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Our Business & Commercial Law Practice Group guides established and emerging businesses through their day-to-day legal needs. We provide solutions to legal challenges and strategies to take advantage of opportunities to foster growth and success at every stage of their operations. Our proactive approach helps define business objectives, minimize risk, and handle disputes efficiently.

How We Help Businesses in the Florida Panhandle

We work with emerging and established businesses of various sizes across various industries as their primary outside counsel. At Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, we adopt a strategic approach to support our clients throughout their growth journey, aiding them in defining and achieving their business objectives through proactive legal planning. 

Integrating business and entrepreneurial planning, our corporate law attorneys collaborate closely with our client’s leadership teams, offering guidance on corporate formations and registrations, business planning and contracts, safeguarding proprietary assets and intellectual property, securing capital, managing organizational structures, forming strategic partnerships, and navigating government financing options such as economic development initiatives, grants, and contracts. We assist our business clients at every stage of their company lifecycle.

Our Business & Commercial Law Services

Our experienced Florida Panhandle business lawyers provide transactional and regulatory services, including advice and counsel on business formation, corporate law, financing, management, and business transactions. Our Business & Commercial Law Practice Group routinely advises business owners and entrepreneurs on critical issues, including:

  • Business Entity Selection and Formation: We can help you evaluate the best way to create your business, whether it’s a limited liability company (LLC), corporation or partnership, to ensure your personal assets are protected from the business’s liabilities, and vice versa, with the proper organizational documents.
  • Review and Negotiation of Financing Agreements: Ensure your business’s financial future and create error-proof agreements that meet your needs now and in the future.
  • Review and Negotiation of Franchise Agreements: Whether you are considering buying a franchise or facing a dispute with your franchisor, our legal team can help.
  • Drafting and Negotiation of Business Contracts: Your company’s business contracts are its lifeline. We take the time to ensure they are accurate and thorough so that you are always protected. 
  • Drafting and Negotiation of Commercial Contracts: Eliminate roadblocks and mitigate risks with comprehensive commercial contracts for your business, including organizational documents, operating agreements, bylaws and shareholder agreements, employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, termination agreements, buy-sell agreements, stock transfer agreements, licensing agreements, service agreements, purchase and sale agreements, asset purchase agreements, stock or entity purchase agreements, rental management agreements, distribution agreements, vendor contracts, customer contracts, employment contracts, leases, articles of organization, articles of merger, corporate amendments, and more.
  • Intellectual Property Protection and Licensing: Intellectual property such as your name, logo, and slogan is among your company’s greatest assets. You can maximize its value and protect it from competitors with the proper licensing strategies such as obtaining a federal and/or state trademark or servicemark.
  • Acquisition and Leasing of Commercial Real Estate: From acquiring new office space to reviewing leasing agreements, we can support your real estate needs. 
  • Employment Law Compliance and Policies: Employment laws are constantly changing; our team can help you stay compliant and organized as your business expands and grows. 
  • Business Tax Planning: Together, we can plan to minimize your tax liability and aid in the growth of your organization.
  • Business Mergers, Acquisitions, and Sales: From negotiation of terms and drafting the purchase and sale agreement to conducting the closing, we can handle the complex transactions that support your business needs, whether you’re purchasing a new business, merging with another business, or selling your business.

Business Entity Selection and Formation Help

Entity formation is one of the first steps in launching a business—and one of the most important. An incorrect legal structure can cause significant ramifications, such as individual owner liability and tax implications. Each entity type presents distinct advantages and drawbacks, and our corporate attorneys in Florida can guide you through the options that make the most sense for your vision and overall “big picture.”

Dispute Resolution

Our Florida Panhandle business lawyers offer representation in contract litigation, trade secret disputes, non-competition conflicts, fraud claims, and other commercial tort cases. We also handle corporate and business control disputes, financing litigation, and disputes related to leasing and lending. Our counsel extends to routine and complex commercial disputes, including business entities, equity owners, and employees. In addition to litigation, we maintain a robust alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practice.

About Our Approach – Understanding What Entrepreneurs and Emerging Businesses Need

Our business law attorneys engage closely with startup and emerging companies right from the start, immersing themselves in understanding the intricacies of the businesses, strategic objectives, and potential risks. 

Our goal is to provide comprehensive support from step one. We will begin with an initial consultation to discuss the company’s current stage of growth, pain points, and short—and long-term goals. During this collaborative session, our attorneys delve into the details of the business, exploring various solutions and strategies to outline the next steps and recommendations.

Building on this foundation, we take the insights gained to tailor solutions to our client’s specific objectives and risks. We do this through strategic development and assessment, working closely with founders to craft a strategic roadmap that aligns with their vision.

It is essential to prioritize collaboration throughout this process, ensuring mutual understanding of the necessary actions and rationale. Our commitment extends to providing ongoing guidance and support maintaining continuous engagement with our clients to address evolving needs and challenges. We take pride in working with our business clients to meet their operational needs and budget constraints.

Speak with Our Florida Panhandle Business Attorneys in Our Business & Commercial Law Practice Group

To learn more about our firm’s Business and Commercial Law services, call or contact us online to speak with a member of our Business and Commercial Law Practice Group.