General Counsel Services
Our Firm is often retained by small and medium-sized companies to act as their outside general counsel, as many of these companies either do not have a need for a full-time in-house attorney, or do not have the resources to retain one. Under these circumstances, we offer our clients the opportunity to retain our Firm as their outside general counsel, and thereby provide a range of expertise to assist in those clients in their day-to-day business operations. We also routinely negotiate fixed fee arrangements and other alternative fee arrangements for outside general counsel services to allow for our clients to have certainty with regard to legal costs, and budget accordingly. Below are examples of the types of services offered to clients who retain our Firm as their outside general counsel:
- Assist clients’ human resources departments in all aspects of employment law, including the drafting and negotiation of employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, and severance agreements. We also assist with other HR and legal/compliance-related issues, such as drafting employee handbooks, instituting non-discrimination policies, and addressing loyalty incentive programs.
- Assist clients in drafting and negotiating vendor and services agreements, including the creation of form documents for use by the client and responding to form documents provided by counterparties. These agreements range from simple services agreements with potential vendors, to master services agreements between sophisticated parties maintaining a complex business relationship.
- Assist clients with ensuring that marketing-related activities are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, such as with broker-dealers and registered investment advisors, and otherwise provide guidance on limiting potential risks associated with marketing activities, such as drafting appropriate disclaimers and disclosures.
- Assist clients with corporate governance-related tasks, including forming new entities (such as subsidiaries/affiliates), drafting operating agreements/bylaws, and complying with the formalities of operating a legal entity (i.e., the use of Board minutes and shareholder/board resolutions to effectuate corporation actions).