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Business & Corporate Affairs

Professional support of your commercial objectives

Alexander & Cleaver understands Maryland business law and knows how to help you position your company for success. Our attorneys advise you on strategies that reduce your risk, while our lobbyists work to shape laws that give you flexibility in the marketplace. We are equally comfortable working with you in your conference room, making your case in a courtroom or defending your position to a governmental body.

Business formation

One of the driving factors behind forming a business is to avoid personal liability. Alexander & Cleaver attorneys prepare the necessary documents to properly create your business, or review and revise your existing structure to ensure protection. We also draft/review business documents such as:

  • Articles of Incorporation/Organization
  • Bylaws/Operating Agreements
  • Business Succession Plans
  • Board of Director/Shareholder Minutes and Resolutions
  • Board of Director/Shareholder Resolutions
  • Partnership and Joint Venture Agreements
  • Employer and Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Employee Personnel Handbooks/Policies
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Purchase or Sale of Business
  • Stock Purchase Agreements

Contracts and transactions

Whether your company provides products or services to individuals or other businesses, proper operation of your business requires the use of formal written agreements. Alexander & Cleaver attorneys can prepare contracts that govern everyday transactions or acquisitions, divestitures, or mergers that can have a major impact on your company. Some of these documents include:

  • Contracts with customers or business partners
  • Real Property Leases (commercial and residential)
  • Equipment Leases (commercial and personal) and financing
  • Asset Purchase Agreements
  • Sale and Leaseback Agreements
  • Guarantees, Letters of Credit, and Promissory Notes
  • Compliance Agreements
  • Workout Agreements

Litigation

In the life of managing a business, there always seems to come a time when a customer fails to pay a large balance, or when a business partner has a different interpretation of a contract than your company.  Alexander & Cleaver attorneys have vast experience in negotiating disputes, litigating in court, and enforcing the rights of our business clients through a variety of actions including:

  • Contract litigation – enforcement, collection, and defense
  • Defense of wrongful termination / employee discrimination, and unemployment insurance matters
  • Board of Director and Shareholder actions
  • Business Dispute Resolution
  • Accounting and contribution
  • Insurance claims

Licensing, certifications and compliance

Does your business have the proper licenses and certifications from the various state agencies that govern it? Is your company involved in establishing public policy at the State or local level? Is your company subject to inquiry, investigation or a complaint before a State board or commission? Is your company looking to move to or within Maryland and need local zoning approval? Do you need assistance with HIPAA, HITECH, or security risk assessments?  Alexander & Cleaver attorneys and government relations consultants can help you with these and most any other issue your company faces. A sample of services we provide are as follows:

Our attorneys and lobbyists

Attorney and President of the Government Relations Division Robert J. Garagiola, was named a Maryland Rising Star in Business/Corporate law.  Rob has extensive experience representing businesses in every sector related to corporate governance, complex agreements, employment and lease matters.  Contact Rob at 301-545-0100, or email him Read more about Rob

Attorney David N. Hruda has extensive experience with startup companies, establishing corporate structure, navigating complex regulatory issues and raising capital.  He has participated in private place memorandums for companies and has raised in excess of $100MM.  Contact David at 301.292.3300 or email himRead more about David>>>

Attorney Todd K. Pounds was named a Maryland SuperLawyer in Employment & Labor Law. He has extensive experience in all phases of business and corporate matters. Call Todd at 301.292.3300 or email him. Read more about Todd Pounds>>>  

Legal |Lobby | Business Solutions

The law firm of Alexander & Cleaver, P.A. is ready to help you at one of our seven offices in Annapolis, Fort Washington, La Plata, Cumberland, Rockville, Alexandria, Virginia and West Palm Beach, Florida. We are available 24 hours a day to handle your most urgent needs. Call us today at 800-292-LAWS or contact us online. We look forward to speaking with you.

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