- Incubation Services
- Energy Projects
overview of legal services
Michael believes that the best way for a lawyer really to understand a client's needs is have experience being the client of a lawyer. Michael has had significant high-level experience in the business world hiring lawyer and interrelating with them. This gives the firm a significant competitive advantage.
In addition to reviewing, drafting and negotiating a variety of agreements for clients, the firm offers a range of services that include providing general and strategic business advice relating to —
- the planning and documentation of business ventures, including offering the options for appropriate structures to allow clients to reach their goals;
- the planning and documentation of business relationships and anticipating how the raising of additional capital or the inclusion of new owners, for example, might affect existing business relationships;
- executive compensation, corporate governance, management and exit strategy issues;
- intellectual property and business succession issues;
- applications for federal and state research and development tax credits; and
- licensing, energy, real estate, and professional service industry issues.
overview of contractual services
The firm provides a variety of services relating to the reviewing, drafting and negotiation of a wide array of contracts for clients in both their national and international projects.
Because of Michael's significant practical boots-on-the-ground experience, the firm is able to provide practical insights into the business and legal issues presented by any contract.
The firm's approach to contractual projects sets it apart from most other firms.
overview of incubation services
Every start-up business needs to take a deep breath and make sure that it is starting from a firm foundation.
Michael's position over the years has been consistent: A business lawyer starts at a distinct disadvantage if he doesn't understand his client's business or industry. Similarly, the client starts at a distinct disadvantage if he does not grasp the fundamental legal issues relating to his business and industry.
Michael sees the firm's obligation as being to explain to clients in easy-to-understand language the fundamental legal issues with which the client is faced throughout the process.
The firm's approach to these incubation services is based on Michael's business and legal experience with start-up projects.
overview of incubation services
The firm provides advice relating to the structuring, financing, commissioning, implementation and monitoring of energy performance projects.
The firm's approach to these energy efficiency projectsis based on Michael's experience as Chief Executive Officer of TheJerde Partnership, Inc., an archtiectural design company.
overview of services
Successfully prosecuting or defending business litigation and arbitration is grounded on a sophisticated appreciation and understanding of the business issues and a mastering of the litigation process.
Similarly, to fashion a settlement of a business dispute requires negotiation skills and an understanding of whatever business options are available to the parties.
Because of the inseparable connection between business transactional law issues and technical and strategic litigation issues, I work with the law firm of Cotugno & Rust, LLC in assisting clients in their litigation disputes.