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Curt B. on ContractsCounsel
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March 25, 2023

Curt B.

Managing Partner
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Los Angeles, California
10 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, DC, FL, IL, MI
UCLA School of Law

Curt Brown has experience advising clients on a variety of franchising, business litigation, transactional, and securities law matters. Mr. Brown's accolades include: - Super Lawyers Rising Star - California Lawyer of the Year by The Daily Journal - Pro Bono Attorney of the Year the USC Public Interest Law Fund Curt started his legal career in the Los Angeles office of the prestigious firm of Irell & Manella LLP, where his practice focused on a wide variety of complex civil litigation matters, including securities litigation, antitrust, trademark, bankruptcy, and class action defense. Mr. Brown also has experience advising mergers and acquisitions and international companies concerning cyber liability and class action defense. He is admitted in California, Florida, D.C., Washington, Illinois, Colorado, and Michigan.

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Frank V.

Partner
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Chicago, IL
15 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
University of Illinois

Navy veteran with 14 years experience practicing law in Chicago.

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June 21, 2023

John B.

Principal Attorney
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Indianapolis, IN
14 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL, IN
University of Illinois Chicago School of Law

I am an attorney with over 13 years experience licensed in both Illinois and Indiana. I spent the early part of my career as a civil litigation attorney. Eventually, I moved into an in-house role, specifically as general counsel, to help companies avoid the pains of litigation. In doing so, I gained significant experience in executive leadership, corporate governance, risk management and cybersecurity/privacy. I bring this wealth of experience to my client engagements to not only resolve the immediate issue, but help implement lasting improvements in practices to avoid similar problems going forward.

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August 9, 2023

Daniel K.

Founder and Managing Partner
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Chicago
8 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL, NJ, PA
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

My practice focuses on business and commercial litigation. I have worked with companies of all sizes from sole member LLCs to those in the Fortune 500. I've advised clients on mergers, equity issuances, commercial transactions, joint ventures, employment issues, and non-competition. I've also drafted and negotiated the underlying agreements for these transactions and more.

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July 5, 2023

Megan W.

Principal Attorney
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Aurora, IL
10 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
DePaul University College of Law

My solo attorney law office is focused heavily on Family Law, but I also do residential real estate, and prepare Wills & Trusts.

Karen H. on ContractsCounsel
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July 23, 2023

Karen H.

Former Division General Counsel
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Chicago
43 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
Loyola University Chicago School of Law

During my tenure as VP & Division General Counsel of PepsiCo Inc. in Chicago, I built upon my diverse career overseeing legal matters for both the domestic and international businesses of PepsiCo and The Quaker Oats Co. My extensive practice areas included M&A, contracts, competition, NDAs, regulatory compliance, consumer product & protection, environmental, patents, and advertising regulations. Throughout my professional journey, I navigated legal complexities associated with an eclectic range of products, spanning juices, sports drinks, cereals, snacks, needlepoint kits, canned goods, eyeglasses, men's suits, car seats and toys. For further information, see my LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/karen-hunter-a700179

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September 15, 2023

Brett S.

Litigation and Contract Attorney
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Chicago, Illinois
6 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
University of Illinois

I attended the University of Illinois- College of Law on a full merit scholarship. While in law school, I was a 711 Attorney at the Lake County State's Attorney's Office, specializing in traffic and misdemeanor cases. After graduation, I served as in-house counsel for one of the largest insurance companies in the world, managing thousands of cases from initial intake to trial. Upon leaving this position, I accepted a role as Legal Counsel to the Illinois Senate Minority Leader. There, I advised Senators on legislative matters, labor and employment law, and complex constitutional questions. After leaving public service, I accepted a role at a mid-size Chicago-based law firm, where I practice insurance defense and litigation. In addition to this, I also serve as outside general counsel to a food brokerage business, where I handle all of their labor and employment matters.

Charles M. on ContractsCounsel
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July 26, 2023

Charles M.

Attorney
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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.

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August 10, 2023

Ronald P.

Associate General Counsel
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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.

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September 6, 2023

Andre T.

Attorney
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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

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Corporate Legal Questions and Answers

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Client Service Contract

Illinois

Asked on Oct 4, 2022

How does a contract protect your business?

I provide services to clients and I am considering getting a contract in place for my services. What are the benefits of having one? I haven't had any disputes with customers yet but I also want to make sure I am protected.

Michael S.

Answered Oct 18, 2022

With the caveat that I'm a Pennsylvania and not Illinois attorney, a contract establishes the rights and responsibilities of the parties. Whether you realize it, when you enter into a deal with a customer, you establish and oral contract. A written contract is much easier to enforce, and to prove the terms, because they are in writing. You are much less likely to run into disputes down the line. And for the most part, customers appreciate the certainty as well.

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Asset Purchase Agreement

New York

Asked on Oct 4, 2022

What should be included in an asset purchase agreement?

I am considering buying a chain of laundry mats and have been told I would need an asset purchase agreement for the legal paperwork involved. I don't believe I want to buy the business, but am not sure. I think I would just want to buy their machines and take over their leases. If this was the case, what would I need to have in an agreement?

Donya G.

Answered Oct 14, 2022

Yes, even though you dont intent to buy the entire business but only the machines and take over the leases (which may be allowed under their current lease or your would have to go directly to the landlord if it is not) you would still need an agreement that lays out what you are buying, the cost, what happens if you have a dispute and all the necessary things to protect your rights. I am a NY attorney that specializes in the purchase and sale of business and assets and can assist you with this. You can connect with me through the website at Donya Gordon. Donya Gordon

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Shareholders Agreement

Kansas

Asked on Jun 2, 2023

Shareholders agreement and indemnification?

I am a founder of a startup business and I recently entered into a Shareholders Agreement with my business partners. I am looking to understand how the agreement handles indemnification for the shareholders. I am seeking clarity on the extent of liability that I may be held responsible for as a shareholder.

Ben P.

Answered Jun 13, 2023

The answer to your question will largely depend on the specific terms of the Shareholders Agreement, and whether the claims, and potential liability, come from a third party, the corporation itself, or your fellow shareholders. It might also depend on any other role(s) you have with the corporation as a director, officer, employee, and/or agent. A Kansas statute (K.S.A. 17-6305) provides specific parameters regarding a corporation's basic indemnity obligations for its directors, officers, employees, or agents. However, a shareholders agreement, the articles of incorporation, and/or bylaws might provide for more details regarding an indemnification review and approval process, the advancement of fees, or other requirements or protections. Related to indemnification by the corporation itself, the existence and extent of any insurance coverage for directors and officers liability (a D&O policy) could be a vital consideration in certain situations. You should consult with an experienced attorney regarding the specific terms of your Shareholders Agreement, any other relevant corporate documents, and the particular concerns you might have to make sure you fully understand the extent of any protection provided, and whether there are any uncertain areas or issues that need to be addressed.

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Corporate

Operating Agreement

New York

Asked on Mar 29, 2021

What happens if I never created an Operating Agreement for my LLC?

I am being told I need an Operating Agreement for a new LLC I started in NY. I want to know what happens if I don't get one.

Jane C.

Answered Mar 29, 2021

If you do not create an Operating Agreement, the default rules in your state will apply. Disclaimer - This information is provided for general informational purposes only. No information contained in this post should be construed as legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

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Corporate

Stock Option Agreement

Connecticut

Asked on Jun 4, 2023

How to amend a stock option agreement?

I recently accepted a job offer from a company that provided me with a Stock Option Agreement. After a few months in my role, I have realized that some of the terms of the agreement are not suitable for my current needs. I would like to know how I can go about amending the agreement to better suit my current needs.

Thomas L.

Answered Jun 23, 2023

You need to propose your changes to your employer.

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