Business

The business world abounds with stories of revolutionary new products developed by friends tinkering in a garage, or of a mom-and-pop shop turning into a successful franchise. But far more often, businesses launch and grow with little fanfare as the owners focus all their time and energy on trying to get things right.  This is where a business-savvy law firm can play a crucial role.

At Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney, we guide start-up businesses and established owners through the process of starting, building and maintaining their organizations. We take a pragmatic, seasoned approach to problem-solving, always with an eye toward the future.   We know how to spot early signs of trouble that could ultimately cost clients big down the road, identifying issues they may not realize even exist. And should a problem surface, we advise clients on legal protocols to contain those problems.

Our clients range in size from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 corporations. As their advisors and counselors, we help them manage their businesses and professional assets, and facilitate transactions to keep their companies moving forward.

Our expertise is based on our years of experience. We provide a full spectrum of legal services along with strategic business planning assistance. Our areas of emphasis include entity formation, organization and structuring; preparation of operating and shareholder agreements; general contractual negotiations and drafting; employment risk management and agreements; succession planning; and mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnership transactions.

Our Practice

  • Our Business group provides counseling, negotiation, and assistance with drafting of critical documentation for business operations, such as letters of intent and memoranda of understanding. We also assist with a wide variety of other documents, including buy-sell, sales merger, acquisition, non-disclosure, development, marketing, vendor and distributor agreements. 
  • We represent clients in a wide variety of business litigation matters, including customer and vendor, trade secret and intellectual property, license and franchise, and collections disputes. We also assist with Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, personal service contract litigation, and commercial contract cases.   
  • Our Business team counsels clients in defining the rights and relationships of owners and stockholders. For companies in other stages of the business life cycle, we develop and implement exit strategies and handle succession planning matters, particularly for closely held or privately held entities. The firm also counsels mature client companies in creating subsidiaries, "spin-off" companies, and joint ventures.
  • In the end of the business cycle, we advise our clients in the dissolution of businesses and joint ventures, the formulation of exit strategies that address issues such as ownership and licensing of assets and intellectual property, the management of outstanding tax and contractual liabilities, the division of territories and customers, and non-compete agreements.

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