The choices made in starting a new business or in operating an existing one on a day-to-day basis are numerous and varied both in complexity and impact. These daily decisions can affect not only the financial security of the business owners themselves but also of their employees and the families of everyone concerned. Cooper & Riesterer, PLC represents businesses of all sizes across a wide spectrum of industries. From setting up new businesses to providing general, transactional, and litigation counsel to large established organizations, Cooper & Riesterer provides the experience, answers, and resources businesses need to succeed.
Beyond pure legal advice, we understand that your business is not like any other. We take the time to fully understand and appreciate the particular aspects of your unique business concern, so that we can evaluate all of the alternatives and help you decide on the course of action that will best meet your needs. Not just to deliver legal advice in a vacuum. Our goal is to ensure we provide the guidance you need in the context of your business environment. We want to your partners in business, not just technical legal advisors.
We help our clients get off on the right foot with their new ventures by addressing a wide range of start-up issues including:
Business entities are set up to enhance the efficiency of your business and to minimize your personal liability. As you conduct your business, questions and issues are going to arise. We are here to answer those questions and address those issues, to ensure you do not make a misstep that will undo the protections you created for yourself when you set up your organization. We will be there for your business to provide ongoing services, including:
As part of our goal to assist businesses with their goals and plans it is critical for every business to keep their ultimate end game or transition plan in sight, even if it is several years down the road. There are many steps a business owner can take over several years of business ownership that can facilitate a transfer that simply cannot be done within a month or two when the owner decides it is time to sell, dissolve or transfer a business. The best succession planning begins years before an anticipated transition. We understand the steps that can be taken and can work with you to ensure your business is structured properly so that you can maximize your goals when you are ready to transition. As examples, those transitions could include:
Most transactions we conduct on a day-to-day basis are simple — we need something, someone agrees to provide it, a price is determined, the money and the needed item change hands. Everyone’s happy. Happy exchanges like this occur every second of every day everywhere in the world and we rarely give them a second thought. But, when the dollars or consequences of the transaction are higher, for business owners and businesses alike, transactions have to be considered a bit more carefully. At the law firm of Cooper & Riesterer, PLC, we provide an astute and carefully considered legal perspective on all business transactions to our clients, including the following types of contracts and transactions.
The attorneys at Cooper & Riesterer understand all aspects of the business process, including the important, but sometimes confusing issues that arise from the employee-employer relationship. Our attorneys provide strategic counsel on all employment-related issues, from employee benefits and contracting to employment litigation. Our advice ensures that employers can successfully navigate the myriad of regulatory hurdles present in today’s employment legal landscape, as well as meet specific employment-related goals and objectives. Our attorneys also provide advice to employees on matters such as compensation plans, severance agreements, and other employment-related issues.
The attorneys of Cooper & Riesterer understand that when it comes to employment matters, the applicable federal and state laws are extensive and missteps can be costly. That’s why our attorneys stay up to date on the most recent developments in the wide-ranging laws and regulations governing the employer-employee relationship so that we are prepared to counsel all types of businesses in ensuring compliance with these laws.
We understand that preventing employment disputes is preferable to the costs of litigation. However, sometimes litigation is necessary. In those instances, the attorneys of Cooper & Riesterer are prepared to vigorously litigate employment-related claims if necessary. In litigating these matters, our attorneys are able to draw on the wealth of experience in both prosecuting and defending these claims in federal and state courts, as well as before state and federal administrative agencies. Our attorneys tailor our litigation efforts on behalf of a client to the necessities of the situation, as well as the needs of the client.
Agreements restricting competition with an employer’s existing business by a current or former employee (or business owner following the sale of the business to a new owner), as well as agreements protecting vital proprietary information from disclosure are indispensable to many businesses. The attorneys at Cooper & Riesterer understand the value of these agreements and have extensive experience in crafting agreements that comply with applicable law and meet the specific needs of business owners and others who need to protect themselves again unfair competition or safeguard their valuable trade secrets against misuse. As a result, our attorneys also understand the ramifications of signing these types of agreements for high-value employees and independent contractors as well, which is why we can provide critical counsel to these individuals as well, both prior to and after signing these types of contracts.