Areas of Practice
Creative ideas, financial resources, and strategic marketing plans are all important components to a successful business. However, the most important component of a business is its legal structure. Building a business without legal structure is like building a house without laying a foundation. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs ignore this aspect of business and seek legal counsel only when a problem arises.
It is a wise business practice to consult an attorney before entering into any business transaction. Several business related legal problems can be avoided by seeking legal counsel on matters such as: corporate formations, including articles and bylaws; contractual agreements between partners, investors, customers, clients, and other businesses; commercial leases; mergers and acquisitions; non-compete agreements; confidentiality agreements; policies and procedures; employment structure, including employee and independent contractor designation; and other federal, state, and local law requirements and considerations.
Our firm has assisted businesses in these transactional tasks. Additionally, we have represented several businesses in commercial litigation with various causes of actions.
Federal and state law imposes specific duties and requirements on certain employers under: the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which includes discrimination on the basis of sex, race, national origin, color, creed, ethnicity and religion as well as sexual harassment and hostile work environment; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Fair Labor Standards Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act; the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act; and various common law torts including defamation of character, intentional infliction of emotional distress and other intentional torts, negligent hiring, and other employment common law actions. Several of these federal and state Acts are procedurally regulated, and claims must be filed at a federal or state governmental agency within a certain period of time before a lawsuit can be filed. Therefore it is extremely important to contact legal counsel as soon as possible to protect yourself.
Representing both employee and employer has provided this firm with a unique perspective on employment related matters. Whether an issue arises with an employer or an employee, this firm is amply equipped to assist you.
For the employer, we use our knowledge and experience to implement preventive measures to reduce the possibility of employee claims. We draft and review employment related documents such as: employee handbooks; disciplinary notices; progressive discipline and employee performance evaluation policies and procedures; employment agreements; independent contractor agreements; confidentiality agreements, non-compete agreements; and other employment policies and procedures. We also assist in human resources and employee training. This firm defends employers in charges of discrimination, lawsuits, and appeals. We also represent employers in suits against employees for violations of employment, non-compete and confidentiality agreements.
For the employee, we offer representation during administrative proceedings before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This includes the drafting of charges and rebuttal statements, and attending mediation, if any. We maintain a close relationship with EEOC investigators to assist them in the investigation process by requesting documents and other information necessary to support charges of discrimination and retaliation. It is imperative that employees consult legal counsel immediately when they perceive there may be an employment dispute to arise in the future. Quite often employees seek legal counsel after the problem has progressed to termination, demotion, denial of a promotion or pay increase, or other adverse employment acts. Addressing a potential dispute or problem and gathering information prior to lodging an EEOC charge may be critical in the outcome of your claim. Our firm also represents employees in lawsuits and appeals.
Personal Injury Law
We understand that every personal injury is unique and requires compassion for those injured in a car accident or a slip and fall. We have assembled a great team so you can concentrate on your health and well-being, and we can concentrate on legal steps that must be taken to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Real Estate Law
Real estate transactions can be a substantial investment of your time and financial resources. It is crucial to entrust your investment with a firm equipped to handle a wide variety of real estate matters. We provide transactional services such as drafting investor agreements; negotiating and drafting commercial leases and purchases; reviewing closing documents; and preparing and removing mechanics’ liens. We also handle claims against title insurance companies, commercial and residential builders, and represent clients in various real estate disputes.
In addition, we represent construction companies and serve as corporate counsel for a local real estate company. To make sure your real estate experience is a positive one, we work hand in hand with realtors and real estate brokers.