Today’s businesses require diverse and sophisticated legal services. Their needs can touch on every aspect of the law – from mergers and acquisitions to product liability, from intellectual property to real estate. The Hamraz Legal and Economic Group is a client-focused business law firm that provides broad-based experience with a small firm feel. We offer a complete range of legal services to our local, state, national, and multi-national clients and are committed to provide the services and counsel needed for these clients to accomplish their business objectives. Our attorneys are experienced in a wide variety of transactional and litigation matters.
Arbitration & Mediation
Legal disputes are increasingly being resolved without litigation. The primary methods of non-litigation dispute resolution are arbitration and mediation. Our firm’s talented attorneys are skilled at representing our clients’ interests in arbitration and mediation proceedings and using alternative dispute resolution strategies to reach out-of-court settlements for a range of clients throughout the country.
Our attorneys can also assist clients in drafting alternative dispute resolution provisions for insertion in their various contracts.
Finally, whether mediation or arbitration is voluntary, court ordered, or required by contract, the The Hamraz Legal and Economic Group Conference Center provides a professional and comfortable facility for out-of-court dispute resolution.
Business & Commercial Transactions
As part of its purpose to meet the legal need of businesses, The Hamraz Legal and Economic Group’s attorneys routinely represent clients in a broad spectrum of business and commercial transactions. Each company has unique needs and goals as it approaches a particular transaction. We zealously represent our clients in negotiating and drafting transaction documents that meet those needs. We have experience representing clients in numerous types of transactions, including manufacturing agreements, private label agreements, licensing agreements, employment and consulting agreements, service contracts, joint ventures, construction agreements, subcontract agreements, and other commercial transactions. In each instance, our goal is to apply the breadth of the Firm’s experience to maximize the value of the transaction to our clients.
Our attorneys regularly advise a wide variety of clients in many different industries regarding all aspects of the life cycle of a business, including the choice of entity best suited for their business goals. We have experience with all forms of business organizations, including sole proprietorships, general and limited partnerships, corporations, and single and multi-member limited liability companies. Our attorneys also advise clients on the formation of subsidiaries, spin-offs, divestitures, and other reorganizations. We can also provide counsel regarding the liquidation and dissolution of a business enterprise.
Our services include the preparation and filing formation documents and negotiating and drafting by-laws, operating agreements and other organizational and corporate documents. We also regularly advise our clients regarding how to handle general corporate operations in compliance with laws, regulations and best practices.
Whether you are an individual entrepreneur or a multi-national corporation, we can help create the business structure that will help you accomplish your business goals.
Collections & Credit Matters
We assist our corporate clients with the collection of commercial debts, including judgment debts, debts on account and through contracts. Our attorneys use their experience and knowledge to plan the best strategic approach for each collection matter.
We also advise our clients with respect to purchase documents, credit documents, security interests, mechanics and other liens, and other credit matters.
Commercial Real Estate
Our Firm’s commercial real estate group routinely represents and counsels a wide variety of clients – buyers, sellers, lenders, borrowers, developers, landlord, and tenants – in virtually every aspect of commercial real estate and real estate development. We negotiate, document, and close commercial real estate purchases, sales, leases, loans, and work-out arrangements. Our attorneys tap into all of the Firm’s resources and ideas to structure and document each transaction to match up to our clients’ business goals.
Our real estate attorneys have extensive experience handling all aspects of commercial projects, including acquisition, financing, land use and zoning, construction, environmental review, leasing and resale. We have been engaged in a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions and in working with owners and developers of shopping centers, distribution centers, mixed-use projects, and other commercial projects.
Working in connection with our attorneys in other practice areas, our commercial real estate attorneys also routinely advise clients with respect to federal and state environmental statutes and regulations.
The Firm represents owners, general contractors, trade contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, construction managers, architects, engineers, and sureties with respect to claims arising out of public and private construction projects. Our services include advice, negotiation, and representation in arbitration, litigation and before government boards. We consult with our clients with respect to contract documents, the preparation of claims, the defense of claims, and project documentation procedures.
Corporate Governance & Compliance
Our attorneys represent companies of all sizes and their directors and officers regarding a broad range of corporate governance issues. In doing so, we tap into the wealth of experience of our attorneys across the practice areas of our firm. We regularly advise boards and board committees, executive officers and other members of management, and shareholders regarding:
- The composition and procedures for boards of directors or boards of managers and board committees
- The oversight functions of the board
- The role of audit committees
- The development of codes of conduct, governance guidelines and other policies and procedures
- The creation of board committee charters
- Director and officer responsibilities and fiduciary duties
- Executive compensation
- Officer certifications
- Governance-related disclosure requirements
- Best practices for boards, board committees and individual officers
- Day-to-day internal governance issues
- Compliance with ethical and legal requirements
We also advise clients regarding the duties of directors and officers in change of control situations, internal investigations, and executive succession matters. The Firm can also conduct legal “audits” to prevent or mitigation potential liabilities and to identify and correct legally-hazardous business practices.
Bankruptcy and insolvency issues – whether they arise in connection with the initial documentation of a loan, the purchase or the sale of assets, as a component of business or corporate restructuring, or as a defensive measure to the collection of indebtedness or enforcement of remedies in defaulted credit relationships – present complex legal and practical issues requiring thoughtful, informed analysis and well-formulated strategic planning.
We represent secured and unsecured creditors in Chapters 7, 11 and 13 and business debtors in Chapters 7 and 11.
Our attorneys also have experience representing purchasers in connection with the acquisitions of distressed business assets sold in bankruptcy.
As part of our practice, The Hamraz Legal and Economic Group advises businesses and their management teams regarding general employment matters. Particularly, we advise our clients with respect to employment contracts, covenants not to compete, and company policy handbooks. The Firm also advises its corporate clients with respect to compliance with state and federal employment laws. We also represent clients in litigation and other disputes concerning these matters.
General Counsel Services
General counsels and in-house lawyers can be an important element in corporate success. To succeed, a company’s legal team needs to comprehensively approach each legal issue, analyze business and legal issues simultaneously, and help set an appropriate course for the business. These lawyers enable a company to achieve its goals, anticipate potential issues, and help serve as a moral compass for the organization.
However, not every company is in the position to have an attorney working in-house. Some businesses decide that the cost of an in-house legal team outweighs the benefits. Others find their in-house counsel lacks expertise in a particular area of the law. These clients are in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, materials distribution, and commercial real estate development.
Our attorneys are committed to learning the complexities and needs of our clients’ businesses, whatever their size. We can address a particular issue or legal question or provide a thorough legal review of a client’s entire business on a singular or on-going basis. We can also assist a client’s internal legal staff to provide a full-service legal team. Whatever the legal needs of your business, we provide efficient, effective day-to-day and strategic counsel across a wide variety of legal disciplines.
We advise and represent employers and their personnel with respect to their rights and obligations under the immigration laws of the United States. We file related citizenship and visa applications on behalf of employers and their employees and family members. Our clients include private employers (particularly technology-based companies) and medical and educational institutions.
We advise clients in connection with disputes with insurance companies concerning direct loss, third-party claims, policy cancellation, and retrospective premiums. We represent insureds and insurers in litigation concerning insurance contracts, bad faith, and related issues. We also advise insurance brokers and self-insured clients.
We represent businesses in trademark, trade name, service mark, service name, copyright, and patent litigation. Our attorneys can also assist in the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, and provide advice on related intellectual property matters. We also prepare agreements regarding the sale and licensing of patents, trademarks, computer software, and other intellectual property.
Lending & Finance
Lending and financing play a vital role in the vitality of business. Whether our clients are lenders or borrowers, small company or large, we have the expertise to assist them in negotiating, documenting, and closing complex financing and loan transactions, workouts, and loan acquisitions. We have also represented companies in private loan and equity investment transactions.
Our attorneys have proven experience in aggressively representing our clients in a wide variety of complex litigation matters throughout the country. We provide full service litigation support including all necessary research, discovery, trial, post-trial, and appellate representation. We also assist corporate clients with the management of litigation matters pending in other jurisdictions.
Our Firm represents defendants and plaintiffs in all forms of business litigation, including breach of contract, fraud, and unfair business practices. These claims may arise out of business transactions or relationships, including such areas as banking, commercial real estate, construction, the purchase of sale of a business, employment, product liability, insurance, and intellectual property, among other areas.
Mergers & Acquisitions
A significant focus of The Hamraz Legal and Economic Group’s practice is in representing the buyers and sellers of businesses. Our attorneys have extensive experience in providing legal and business due diligence services and in negotiating, drafting and closing a wide variety of transactions, including mergers, stock transfers, spin-offs, joint ventures, acquisitions of minority interests, and asset purchase transactions. Our attorneys have completed transactions in a wide variety of industries. These transactions have ranged in size from the relatively small deal to very large and complex transactions. Our Mergers & Acquisitions practice draws upon the wide variety of experiences of our attorneys. The attorney team created for a given transaction can be as broad or limited as our clients’ needs and preferences dictate. In each phase of a transaction, we work closely with our clients to help them achieve their business goals efficiently and effectively. The Firm has been involved in numerous transactions involving the purchase or sale of businesses with $1 million to $1.5 billion in annual sales. Previous transactions include:
- The purchase of large national building supply distributors ($1.5 billion, $250 million, and $200 million in sales respectively)
- The purchase of a New England siding distributor ($90 million)
- The purchase of sign manufacturers ($40 million and $45 million)
- The purchase of manufacturers of upholstered furniture products ($200 million and $35 million in sales)
- The purchase and sale of an insurance company
- The purchase of an insurance broker
- The purchase and sale of waste recycling businesses