Williams, Turner & Holmes, P.C. has earned a solid reputation as a business law firm. We provide superior legal representation to businesses of all types and sizes, from start-ups to established companies. Our attorneys serve as general counsel to construction companies, construction subcontractors, manufacturers, architects, engineers, medical groups, other professional service organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and entrepreneurial businesses of every kind.
We regularly help our business clients with the following:
Selection and Organization of Business Entity
The choice of the proper business entity involves consideration of state statutes and federal and state tax laws. Our attorneys advise clients on the advantages and disadvantages of the various entities available to Colorado businesses (corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, etc.). Once the client has selected the appropriate entity, our attorneys help organize the entity, file the appropriate documents, and formalize the relationships among the various owners with governance and buy-sell agreements.
Contracts and Transactions
We assist our clients in negotiating, drafting and enforcing a variety of contracts. Examples include contracts for use with a client’s customers; contracts for the acquisition of new equipment; real estate or equipment leases; financing arrangements; and joint venture arrangements. Our attorneys have assisted numerous clients, large and small, in purchasing or selling businesses, business assets, or corporate stock.
Numerous federal and state laws impact the relationship between a business and its employees. Our attorneys advise clients regarding the “employment at will” doctrine, best practices for hiring and terminating employees, wrongful termination, state and federal non-discrimination laws, wage and overtime laws, protection of trade secrets, and other employment laws. We help clients draft employment contracts and deferred compensation arrangements for key employees, employee handbooks, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, severance agreements, independent contractor arrangements, and similar documents.
Employee Benefits Law
Businesses offer benefits to attract and retain quality employees. Complex federal laws such as the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code govern many benefit plans. We advise employers regarding these laws and the design, implementation and operation of retirement plans, cafeteria plans, and other benefit plans.
Tax-exempt organizations may focus on mission more than on the bottom line, but they must still be properly organized and operated. In addition to the usual demands of a business, a tax-exempt organization must also comply with numerous rules and regulations spelled out in the federal tax code. Our lawyers form tax-exempt and non-profit corporations and organizations, help obtain tax-exempt recognition, and provide advice on operational issues.
Susan Corle has extensive experience in all aspects of business law. She also advises clients on employee benefits and executive compensation, two areas that require frequent visits to the Internal Revenue Code and regulations.
Kirsten Kurath frequently counsels employers with questions about various employment law issues and has experience in negotiating, drafting and enforcing contracts for our business clients.