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Our Chicago lawyers help businesses and individuals with their legal needs. A few of the major industries that represent Illinois's economy include business services, exporting, and manufacturing.

Our platform has lawyers that specialize in business law. Business lawyers typically provide advice and other legal services that affect various aspects of a business, which include corporate law issues, contracts, business formation, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, and other types of legal issues that come up when running a business. ContractCounsel’s approach makes legal services affordable by removing unnecessary law firm overhead.

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Jeffrey A. on ContractsCounsel
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September 20, 2023

Jeffrey A.

Business Attorney & Advisor
Free Consultation
Remote
19 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
University of Denver College of Law

Trusted legal counsel and business advisor to businesses and executive teams in the software, financial, and technology industries. Practice areas include commercial transactions, licensing, SaaS/PaaS/IaaS delivery models, software product development, regulatory compliance, new business formation, employment matters, and general corporate matters.

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July 26, 2023

Charles M.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Chicago
21 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
DePaul University

Mr. McElvenny has extensive experience handling and developing strategy for complex commercial and real estate cases. He’s drafted hundreds of complaints ranging from simple breaches of contract to complex commercial claims including breach of fiduciary duty, constructive trusts and misappropriation of trade secrets. He has an excellent record in trial, arbitration and mediation. He also has significant experience in motion practice in both state and federal court. Through his work in corporate law, Mr. McElvenny has developed considerable experience with Limited Liability Company member disputes and general corporate governance. He’s drafted a number of industry-specific documents such as Operating Agreements (for Limited Liability Companies), commercial leases, settlement agreements and employment contracts. Mr. McElvenny has also represented criminal defendants in felony matters and assisted in the defense of civil matters arising from alleged SEC violations. He has represented individuals appearing before the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation as a result of SEC proceedings. After graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy, Mr. McElvenny proceeded from Loyola University-Chicago to DePaul University College of Law, receiving his JD from that institution in 2002. In 2010, he earned his Master’s of Science in Accounting from Loyola University-Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. Mr. McElvenny was selected to Illinois’ Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

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August 1, 2023

Timothy J.

Corporate Counsel
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
8 Yrs Experience
Licensed in FL, IL, WI
Illinois Institute of Technology: Chicago-Kent College of Law

Financial Services, Business, Corporate, Personal Injury, and Healthcare. I've represented fortune 100 companies and defended individuals in personal debt litigation. Wide breadth of experience, ready to assist.

Dennis W. on ContractsCounsel
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August 2, 2023

Dennis W.

Attorney
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Chicago/Schaumburg
31 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
The John Marshall Law School

2008 - Present: Sole Practitioner – Dennis W. Winkler, P.C. Practice primarily in finance and business transactions, as well as commercial real estate transactions. Represent developers, investors, lenders, and businesses, in such matters as: corporate entity selection, drafting and negotiating complex asset purchase agreements, corporate mergers and sales, stock purchase agreements, and various other business contracts for closely related businesses. Involved in a variety of real estate developments, multi-family apartment buildings, construction and acquisition financing, commercial leasing, sophisticated workout transactions, joint ventures, and tax-deferred exchanges. Advise on tax and other savings incentives available to business owners and real estate owners in Illinois. Advise companies involved in related real estate activities such as sales, leasing, property management, brokerage, and construction. Tax experience that includes the representation of taxpayers in State and Federal controversies including: sales/excess tax disputes and responsible parties’ tax assessment protest. Additionally, Dennis has experience in the protest of real estate taxes of commercial and multi-family real estate. As a legal and business advisor, Dennis is committed to helping clients find, develop, and close deals that further their business objectives. Dennis regularly advises entrepreneurs and closely held businesses on matters incidental to their day-to-day business operations as well as their capital raising and start-up needs, corporate structure, private equity raises, and operating agreements. Much like general counsel, Dennis’s breadth of experience allows him to not only provide strategic planning and routine business transactional support to companies, but he also regularly advises on a number of unique issues facing companies by spotting issues and engaging specialists when needed, such as intellectual property, environmental, and bankruptcy counsel. As such, Dennis has been actively involved in sales and acquisitions of manufacturing companies, trucking companies, and logistics companies.

Ronald P. on ContractsCounsel
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August 10, 2023

Ronald P.

Associate General Counsel
Free Consultation
Woodridge, IL
43 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
Loyola University of Chicago Law School

Senior experienced contracts/transactions attorney in the Software Technology space. Also very versed in general corporate legal matters relating to business operations.

Andre T. on ContractsCounsel
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September 6, 2023

Andre T.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Chicago
31 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL, MO
University of Missouri - Columbia

Commercial Litigation attorney providing advice and counsel to management regarding employment related matters and risk management issues

Nadir C. on ContractsCounsel
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September 6, 2023

Nadir C.

Compliance Analyst
Free Consultation
Mokena,Illinois
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
Northern Illinois University College of Law

I am a licensed attorney in Illinois, I am currently a Regulatory Compliance Analyst.

Sarah P. on ContractsCounsel
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September 12, 2023

Sarah P.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Lemont, Illinois
10 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Sarah graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2013. Prior to opening her own practice, Sarah worked in a large law firm defending corporate clients. She then transitioned to a smaller firm where her longing to serve clients in the surrounding community became evident. With her prior experience, Sarah opened her own firm in 2016 and has since served Lemont and the surrounding areas.

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September 19, 2023

Sahil M.

Principal Attorney
Free Consultation
Chicago, IL, United States
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in DC, IL
University of Illinois - Chicago School of Law

Drishti Law is devoted to assisting clients identify and protect their competitive advantage by establishing a capitalization strategy that adapts to their needs. Our expertise focuses on developing competent asset management strategies for innovators, creators, startups, and businesses. Additionally, navigating the current IP trends require a seamless experience that is personable and reflective of your goals. The principal attorney, Sahil Malhotra, founded Drishti Law because of his deep passion and ever-evolving interest in Intellectual property and Data Privacy. We take a holistic approach in balancing the risk and rewards as it relates to the development, management, and capitalization of your assets. Our ability to implement complex litigation and prosecution services permits effective execution of trademark, trade secret, copyright, and data privacy for individuals and businesses. It begins with creating a client-centric environment that develops trust through efficient decision making and instituting creative solutions.

Katherine V. on ContractsCounsel
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November 1, 2023

Katherine V.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Frankfort, Illinois
26 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
DePaul University College of Law

I am a skilled legal researcher and writer with a background in contract drafting and negotiation as well as litigation. I've served as an arbitrator for the past three years and have presided over nearly 400 binding arbitrations for an online dispute resolution platform. Additionally, I am a content writer and editor for the insurance division of LexisNexis. In my role as a contractor for LexisNexis, I research, draft, and edit high-quality legal reference tools on a variety of insurance topics for use by lawyers and insurance industry professionals.

Bill C. on ContractsCounsel
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January 29, 2024

Bill C.

Business Lawyer
Free Consultation
Chicago
11 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
Arizona State University

I am a corporate business and securities attorney licensed in Illinois with more than a decade of legal experience holding both a J.D. and Master in Law in Taxation. I specialize in advising technology companies in the cryptocurrency space with regulatory compliance (eg. securities law, FinCen, and MSB rules) and cybersecurity matters (eg. GDPR, HIPAA, and CCPA), licensing agreements (SaaS, End User Licensing Agreement, Master License Agreement and etc), brokerage agreements, vendor agreements, revenue share agreements, affiliate agreements, and other related business and technology contracts. Having served as both an outside and an in-house counsel, I have worked with many early stage and mid-size companies, including blockchain companies with issued tokens in the top 100 ranking. With a strong understanding of core business needs for cryptocurrency companies and the ability to translate business needs into legal requirements, I have successfully helped businesses in the cryptocurrency space establishing their contracts, meeting regulatory compliance requirements (SEC, FinCen), and negotiating contracts with partners and vendors.

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Business Legal Questions and Answers

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S Corp

Illinois

Asked on Feb 26, 2022

I incorporated an S corporation last year October 2022 in Illinois,but I failed fil form 2553 within within stipulated time frame of 75day . If I fil the form 2553 now , will my incorporation still be approved for S Corporation for

I want commence the filling process immediately .

T. Phillip B.

Answered Mar 7, 2022

It will be approved but may not be in effect until a later tax year.

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Affidavit

Illinois

Asked on Dec 16, 2021

Lien on business name

My husband and I started a transportation company recently and learned a Lein has been put on the business by a company we have never heard of nor have any affiliation with

T. Phillip B.

Answered Jan 4, 2022

Are you talking about a UCC lien? See 810 ILCS 5/9-501 et seq. for some information about fraudulent filings. The Secretary of State also has a form for an Affidavit of Fraudulent Record which you could file. Additionally, you could file a termination which is also available with the Secretary of State.

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Business

LLC

Illinois

Asked on Oct 27, 2023

What documents are needed for LLC formation?

I am looking to form a Limited Liability Company (LLC) for a business venture that I am starting. I have done some research into LLCs and have a basic understanding of the process, but I am looking for more information and guidance on the specific documents that are required for the formation of an LLC.

Frank V.

Answered Nov 10, 2023

At a bare minimum, an LLC requires: 1. Articles of Organization. (These must be filed with the secretary of state.) 2. An Operating Agreement (This document lays out how the LLC is to be managed and maintained.) 3. An Employee Identification Number from the IRS. (Needed to open a bank account, file taxes or to pay employees.) Please feel free to reach out if you have any further questions. Frank Venis

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Business

Demand Letter

Illinois

Asked on Sep 18, 2023

Rejecting claims in a demand letter?

I recently received a demand letter from a former business partner that is making several claims regarding our agreement and the dissolution of our partnership. I believe that most of the claims are baseless and would like to know what my legal options are for rejecting these claims in the demand letter.

Frank V.

Answered Sep 29, 2023

Your options range from ignoring the letter to writing a detailed and specific response to the letter. If you choose to respond, either verbally or in writing, you should consult with an attorney to make sure that you don't make any statements that come back to harm you. For example you might admit to something that gives your former partner grounds for a lawsuit.

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Business

Demand Letter For Payment

Illinois

Asked on May 2, 2022

How much to create demand letter and contact debtor

I lent a LLC 20k and they are late with payment, how much do you charge to create and contact debtor with a official demand letter?

Mathew K.

Answered May 6, 2022

Please resubmit this as a proposal so we can bid on the opportunity. Please include in the proposal the length of the contract applicable to the loan. Here is a link: https://www.contractscounsel.com/client/create-project/step-h1.

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