We offer a broad range of business and personal legal services. While many of the firm's clients are involved in healthcare, we also represent a large number of owner-operated and family-owned businesses engaged in manufacturing, sales and personal services, as well as individuals who need assistance in planning, negotiations or dispute resolution. Our services include:
Business and Tax Planning
We offer business and tax planning services to a wide variety of closely-held and family businesses. In representing start-up companies, we provide advice on choice of legal entity, and guidance regarding corporate management issues. In representing family businesses, we often assist families with difficult issues such as succession planning.
Our business and tax planning services include representation of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and joint ventures; preparation of buy-sell, stock redemption, and close corporation agreements; negotiation and preparation of employment contracts; non-qualified deferred compensation and "golden handcuffs"; business sales and transfers; succession planning; mergers and acquisitions; commercial financing; contract negotiations and individual and corporate tax planning.
Our employee benefits practice is well known for its skill in designing innovative and cost-effective qualified retirement plans for closely-held businesses and professional practices. These plans are often designed to maximize benefits for owners and other key employee, while keeping employee benefit costs at recognized industry levels.
Furthermore, as healthcare costs have skyrocketed during the last ten years, we have developed a spectrum of innovative health insurance and medical expense reimbursement plans to help employers keep costs under control while retaining maximum tax advantages for employees. Our clients are often surprised to learn how much latitude and flexibility they have in designing these programs.
Our employee benefit services include 401(k) and profit sharing plan design and implementation, defined benefit/cash balance plan design and implementation, Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), non-qualified deferred compensation, group health plans, cafeteria plans, flexible spending accounts, medical expense reimbursement plans, health reimbursement arrangements, wellness plans, participant ERISA benefit claims, controlled group and affiliated service group opinions, ERISA fiduciary compliance, Compensation planning, IRS and Department of Labor retirement plan audits and qualified retirement plan mergers and terminations.
Estate planning is a term that can mean different things to different people, but it most certainly encompasses the lifetime preservation of wealth, minimization of taxes, and establishment of a plan for orderly transition of wealth to one's heirs.
We strive to accomplish all of these goals for our clients. We monitor changes in federal and state law that require revisions to existing documents, as well as counsel clients on interpreting their current wealth philosophies into new or revised plans that create a legacy for their selected heirs and/or charities.
Our practice focuses on the full representation of providers, including physicians and physician-controlled health care ventures, dentists and dental groups, and mental health providers. We have significant experience in all aspects of provider representation, including business structures, Medicare laws, retirement and benefit planning, compensation arrangements, billing issues, medical staff issues, and hospital contracting. Our health law services include practice sales, purchases and mergers; physician/hospital relations; representation of group and individual practices; group practice employment and compensation models; compliance planning; billing and reimbursement issues; fraud and abuse, Stark and fee splitting issues; contract negotiations for hospital-based physicians; credentialing and medical staff problems; HIPAA and medical records issues; covenants not to compete and affiliated service group issues.
Our firm assists professional practices and closely-held businesses in various employment-related issues. We draft employment contracts, confidentiality agreements, close corporation agreements, buy-sell agreements, and shareholder agreements. In addition, we negotiate buy-ins and buy-outs of physicians in private practice.
We represent employers in employment-related disputes and assist employers in terminating problem employees while complying with all applicable laws. We also assist businesses and professional practices in discerning their obligations under the many state and federal employment laws.
Our firm represents clients in a variety of real estate-related matters, including the negotiation and drafting of agreements for the purchase and sale of commercial and residential property, and the drafting and negotiation of lease agreements for professional properties.
Our approach to resolving disputes on behalf of clients has always been pragmatic, with a view toward achieving the client's desired results in the most economical way possible. We combine our experience in business and dispute resolution to provide our clients with cost-effective services. When appropriate, we use the assistance of specialized co-counsel.