Business & Corporate

At Stark & Stark, our business and corporate lawyers help business owners and management find creative answers quickly. Our clients rely upon us as legal advisors who help them manage their businesses and professional assets, and a resource for facilitating transactions. Our Business & Corporate Law Group represents businesses from sole operators to Fortune 100 corporations.


The services our business and corporate attorneys offer are customized to the needs of the individual business, and range from transactional work to complex litigation matters. Our lawyers take a pragmatic approach to solving problems and helping our clients plan ahead. They are able to provide practical advice because they have experience forged insight that goes beyond their traditional legal training.

In meeting our clients' needs in operating their business, we provide a full range of legal services from entity formation, organization and structure, preparing operating or shareholder agreements, succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and partnership transactions. We also provide services related to employment issues such as preparation of employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, restrictive covenants, preparation of employment and policy manuals.

General Business Counsel

Stark & Stark provides businesses with the ability to have top-notch legal counsel at their disposal on an "as-needed" basis. Our clients contact us to help them to structure their new ventures and to help them to address any legal concerns along the way. We act proactively, to ensure that our clients are protected from unnecessary risks. We manage our clients' legal problems so that they can focus on building their businesses.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Our Business & Corporate Law Group assists clients in accomplishing a wide range of business transactions, including:

  • Stock sales and purchases
  • Asset sales and purchases
  • Mergers
  • Reorganizations
  • Joint Ventures

Licensing & Contracts

Our Business & Corporate Law Group provides our clients with assistance in negotiating, drafting and reviewing business contracts and licenses, including:

  • Employment agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Intellectual property licenses
  • Vendor agreements
  • Sales terms and conditions
  • Manufacturing and distribution agreements


Our Business & Corporate Law Group has experience representing franchisors, and providing valuable assistance that includes:

  • The formation, expansion through acquisitions and joint ventures, and divestiture of franchise systems;
  • Guidance on marketing and distribution agreements;
  • Franchise sales law compliance and monitoring of legislative and judicial developments;
  • Dispute resolution (including mediation, arbitration, litigation and bankruptcy);
  • Representation in regulatory actions;
  • Enforcement of franchisee contract requirements, including maintenance of quality standards, reporting duties, and restrictive covenants;
  • Protection and licensing of trademarks, service marks, and trade secrets.

We also help franchisees to achieve workable approaches in their relationships with franchisors.

We help clients who are established business owners to develop a marketable concept to make the leap from local owners to nation-wide franchisors. This may involve an "A to Z" review of their business and legal status in order to structure the most beneficial transition for their future.

Company Formation

Our Business & Corporate Law Group forms hundreds of companies for our clients each year. We consult with our clients and their accountants regarding entity alternatives and coordinate all of the necessary filings. Our Intellectual Property Group works with our clients to address trademark issues in connection with company formation. We advise our clients as to the proper corporate maintenance and structure of companies to minimize individual and parent company liability exposure.

Areas we Serve

Clients who receive our business and corporate services represent almost all industries and range in size from closely-held businesses to Fortune 100 companies:

  • Accounting firms
  • Advertising agencies
  • Architectural firms
  • Automobile dealerships
  • Banks and financial service companies
  • Computer companies
  • Construction companies
  • Consulting companies
  • Dental practices
  • Educational institutions
  • Engineering firms
  • Family-owned businesses
  • Franchisees and franchisors
  • Health care professionals
  • Insurance brokers and agents
  • Investment advisory firms
  • Investment bankers
  • Law firms
  • Manufacturers
  • Medical practices
  • Medical research and seminar companies
  • Mortgage Brokers
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Pest control companies
  • Pharmaceutical suppliers and manufacturers
  • Professionals and professional organizations
  • Real Estate Brokers and Agents
  • Real estate developers and management companies
  • Religious institutions
  • Restaurants
  • Securities firms
  • Scientific research and seminar companies
  • Software developers
  • Start-up and emerging companies
  • Technology companies
  • Title Companies
  • Venture capitalists

Recent Experience

  • Represented a technology company in $4 million Series A and $2.55 million Series B financings.
  • Represented numerous businesses in loan transactions ranging from $200 thousand SBA loans to $30 million securitized loans.
  • Successfully restructured privately held company's entities to reduce liability exposure.
  • Represented pharmaceutical marketing company in its sale to a public company for approximately $25 million.
  • Represented an investment advisory firm in the formation of entities and compliance regulations.
  • Advised client on reducing legal and regulatory concerns for start-up businesses.
  • Conducted business legal audit for businesses to ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations.

Legal Briefs on Business & Corporate Law

Legal Briefs