What Contract Lawyers Do
The term “lawyer” is often thrown around as if it is a single profession. In reality, thinking all lawyers can competently practice all forms of law is like expecting an orthopedist to perform brain surgery because it’s all medicine in the end. When it comes to legal matters, you want the lawyer with the right training and experience for the work you need completed. And if you need assistance with drafting, managing, and enforcing contracts, the lawyer you should work with is a contract lawyer.
What a Contract Lawyer Is
Your life runs on contracts, from the one you have with your cell phone company to those that create partnerships within your business. Well-written contracts benefit all parties and offer you the protection you need. A contract lawyer is an attorney whose specialization is the creation, negotiation, and enforcement of contracts, ensuring that they follow local, state, and federal laws.
Contract attorneys have existed for as long as law has, but their demand has significantly grown in the United States as concerns about due diligence and litigation have increased. Now, pretty much all businesses have a need for their work as a matter of self-protection.
Contract lawyers can strictly work in contract law. However, most have additional specialties. They might be tenured lawyers seeking additional work, attorneys who want greater flexibility in their working hours, or partners in an agency specializing in business law.
What Contract Lawyers Do
Contracts are complicated, so it should come as no surprise that contract lawyers fulfill numerous duties. Some things a contract attorney might assist with include:
- Drafting contracts from scratch
- Aligning contracts with regulatory and compliance requirements
- Reviewing contracts from another party
- Managing contracts for a client
- Enforcing contracts when the other party does not comply with them
- Preparing case strategies involve litigation related to contracts
- Modifying manuals employees are required to sign or are referenced in a contract
- Outlining intellectual property issues
In essence, if it involves contracts, a contract attorney can help. This assistance helps to protect your business from lawsuits, lost profits, and damage to your reputation.
Finding Contract Lawyers Near You
If you run a business or use contracts for other purposes, you need a contract attorney. This then brings up the issue of finding one near you. You have plenty of options for this, from calling up local law firms to asking for references from friends and family. However, the easiest will generally be located contract lawyers online.
Contracts Counsel is a boutique marketplace that helps you connect with trusted contract attorneys who are certified to practice in your area. Attorneys make bids and you vet them, selecting the one that feels like the best fit for your needs. The lawyers on the platform cover all industries with their expertise, ensuring that every client can find someone with the right knowledge for their project.
If you need assistance with any part of the contract process, turn to ContractsCounsel.com, where you get guidance from experienced attorneys without going outside your budget.
Meet some of our Lawyers
I am a lifelong California resident and attended UC Davis for my law degree, graduating in 2016. I worked for two years with the U.S. Navy under the NAVAIR agency. While there I was tasked with the Small Business Innovation Research contracting team. While on the SBIR team I helped negotiate contracts with a multitude of companies, including some of the larger and well-known contractors, applied the FAR/DFARS to contract drafting principles, and developed a better understanding of contracts in general. Starting in 2017 I began my solo practice, focusing primarily on small to mid-sized businesses. I enjoy working with those entities and the entrepreneurial people who operate them because there is a never-ending and diverse cascade of needs and matters for the companies, keeping my office busy at all times. In general, I handle contract negotiations, corporate formation/management, California 1099 issues, intellectual property asset acquisition and/or licensing, and some M&A activities.
Corporate and transactional attorney in sixth year of practice. Focus areas include general corporate counsel, labor and employment law, business partnership matters, securities matters related to privately-held companies, and regulatory compliance in securities and finance matters.
Forest is a general practice lawyer. He provides legal advice regarding small business law, contracts, estates and trusts, administrative law, corporate governance and compliance. Forest practiced complex commercial litigation in Florida for eight years, representing clients such as Host Marriott, Kellogg School of Business, and Toyota. Since moving to Nashville in 2005, he has provided legal advice to clients forming new businesses, planning for the future, and seeking funding through the use of equity and/or debt in their businesses. This advice has included the selection of business type, assistance in drafting and editing their business plans and offering material, reviewing proposed term sheets, and conducting due diligence. Forest is a member of the Florida, Tennessee, and Texas Bars; in addition. Forest has held a Series 7, General Securities Representative Exam, Series 24, General Securities Principal, and Series 63, Uniform Securities Agent State Law.
FL & NY licensed attorney with nearly a decade of experience in intellectual property, commercial contracts, employment, and data privacy and security. Basically, everything your business needs!
David H. Charlip, the principal of Charlip Law Group, LC, is one of only 101 Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers in Miami-Dade, with over 38 years of litigation experience. Mr. Charlip is also one of only 136 Florida Civil Law Notaries. He has managed and litigated cases across the country. Mr. Charlip has advised businesses, drafted business formation and purchase and sale documents and litigated business disputes for over 30 years and is very familiar with all aspects of contractual relations.
With over 15 years of experience in the area of estate planning, trademarks, copyrights and contracts, I am currently licensed in Florida and NJ. My expertise includes: counseling clients on intellectual property availability, use and registration; oversee all procedural details of registration and responses with the USPTO/US Copyright Office; negotiate, draft and review corporate contracts and licensing; counsel clients on personal protection, planning and drafting comprehensive estate plans.
Melissa Taylor, the President and founding partner of Maurer Taylor Law, specializes in business contract review and drafting and is a second-generation attorney with private firm, in-house counsel, governmental, entrepreneurial, and solo practitioner experience. Melissa has a strong legal background, a dedication to customer service, is friendly, warm and communicative, and is particularly skilled at explaining complex legal matters in a way that's easy to understand. Melissa personally handles all client matters from start to finish to ensure client satisfaction.
Lawrence A. “Larry” Saichek is an AV rated attorney and a CPA focusing on business and real estate transactions, corporate law and alternative dispute resolution. With a background including five years of public accounting and six years as “in house” counsel to a national real estate investment company, Larry brings a unique perspective to his clients – as attorney, accountant and businessman. Many clients think of Larry as their outside “in house” counsel and a valued member of their team. Larry is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator and a qualified arbitrator with over 25 years of ADR experience.
Entertainment Attorney with 30+ years of experience, representing all aspects of the TV, Film, Music and Publishing Industries
Aaron focuses his practice on startups and emerging growth companies, providing general counsel services for companies from formation through exit. Aaron frequently advises clients in connection with routine and unique legal, business, and strategic decisions, including corporate, business and technology transactions, angel and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, protection of intellectual property, and information privacy and data security.
I enjoy helping businesses of all sizes succeed, from start-ups to existing small and medium sized businesses. I regularly advise corporate clients on a variety of legal issues including formation, day to day governance, reviewing and drafting business contracts and other agreements, business acquisitions and sales, as well as commercial and residential real estate issues, including sales, purchases and leases. As an attorney licensed in both Michigan and Florida, I also advise clients on real estate issues affecting businesses and individuals owning real property in either state, whether commercial, residential or vacation/investment property. I also regularly assist nonprofit organizations in obtaining and maintaining tax exempt status, and provide general legal counsel on all matters affecting public charities, private foundations and other nonprofit organizations.