Business Law

Our business law firm is a joint enterprise of the Corporate, Employment, Tax, Real Estate, and Commercial Litigation practice groups at Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins, LLP (“MF&L”), the Business Solutions Group provides fully integrated legal support to the firm’s business law clients.  The Business Solutions Group’s mission is to seamlessly deliver a wide array of legal services to the firm’s business clients while emphasizing ease of access for the client and cost effectiveness.  This model of delivering legal services creates a number of advantages for the client.

One Point of Contact.  Each client is assigned an attorney as a point of contact within the firm.  The point of contact will stay updated on all of the client’s matters and be able to communicate with the client on those matters and facilitate communication between the client and other practice groups in the firm.

Blended Rates.  The Business Solutions Group has developed a blended rate program across the member practice groups to ensure Business Solutions Group clients receive consistent rates no matter which practice group is assisting them in a given matter.

Internal Communication.  Communication about the client and the client’s various matters is managed internally by the point of contact.  Clients are not billed for the time attorneys from different practice groups spend staying updated on the client’s activities and needs.

Proper Staffing.  Strong internal communication and understanding of a client’s needs allows the Business Solutions Group to appropriately staff matters with lawyers whose rates and experience level are compatible with any given task.

Corporate

The firm’s corporate lawyers represent both long established and start-up companies as their outside general counsel, assisting in matters that include corporate formation, organization and governance; contract formation and negotiation; mergers and acquisitions; and fundraising.  At MF&L, we apply our business law experience and resources to get the deal done, keeping the client’s ultimate financial goals as the paramount objective.

Through the firm’s affiliation with the Law Firm Alliance, MF&L provides its clients the resources of an international law firm.  With affiliate business law firms in every state and throughout the world, MF&L can bring a depth of expertise and resources to international transactions that even the largest firms in the world struggle to match.  Even better, MF&L can bring those international resources to its clients in a cost effective manner and can bring lawyers across the United States and abroad together on behalf of its clients without the cost associated with maintaining the overhead of an international law firm.

The firm’s business lawyers also represent a variety of non-profit organizations, providing general corporate counsel as well counsel on specific regulatory and governance issues that face non-profit organizations.

Our firm provides counsel to clients in the formation and registration of trademarks and copyrights and speak frequently to business groups about the creation and protection of intellectual property.  Our business lawyers represent clients in trademark and copyright litigation throughout the United States.  With the proliferation of the internet, these cases have become more complex and more common, and counsel fully abreast of changes in “virtual law” are critical for clients protecting their brand identities.

Labor and Employment Law

The firm’s Labor and Employment Law practice group counsels employers in the many aspects of the employment process, from the initial steps of recruiting to the final stages of termination. Our focus is to provide timely and practical advice to allow our clients to achieve their business goals. Our attorneys are recognized experts, trusted by our clients and peers to provide sound advice and help resolve problems with a high degree of efficiency.

Our business law group has handled NLRB collective bargaining matters, including arbitrations, union campaigns, and unfair labor practice proceedings. We assist in the development and implementation of preventive management practices for employers designed to reduce the likelihood of labor relations problems or the desire for employees to seek outside assistance. We also counsel employers in the labor implications arising out of corporate acquisitions, consolidations and divestitures. Additionally, this practice group provides advice to assure compliance with wage and hour regulations and immigration requirements.

We aggressively represent public and private employers in claims arising under Title VII, age discrimination, disability, family leave, sexual harassment and wrongful discharge. We have represented both employers and employees in claims for violations of restrictive covenants and dissemination of trade secrets and confidential information. Our clients include companies involved in construction, manufacturing, health care, insurance, benefit administration, retail services and technology-related services.

We regularly assist employers in the development of employment policies and procedures necessary to comply with a myriad of federal and state employment legislation.  In this regard, our attorneys provide advice and representation in matters involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, drug testing, immigration compliance, WARN, affirmative action plans, ERISA and COBRA, as well as a myriad of state and local compliance matters. Read more about our Employment Law services.

Business Litigation

The firm’s business litigation attorneys are dedicated to solving the problems of their business clients through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and, when necessary, litigation.  MF&L regularly represents clients in a wide array of cases including, but not limited to, shareholder disputes and derivative actions; breach of contract matters; commercial litigation; truth-in-lending cases; intellectual property infringement and dilution claims; landlord/tenant matters; misrepresentation and fraud claims; director and officer liability; franchise terminations and disputes; and collections matters.

Taxation

The firm’s tax practice concentrates on business tax planning and representation before the Internal Revenue Service. We assist in designing business transactions for maximum favorable tax effect and recommend tax-effective strategies to provide maximum shelter against federal income taxes. Our areas of tax expertise include representation in tax audits and tax controversies; defense against IRS collection action; representation in civil and criminal tax litigation; organization of tax-exempt organizations and defense against revocation of tax-exempt status; and the design and implementation of employee stock ownership plans and qualified and non-qualified stock options.

Real Estate

The firm’s Real Estate practice group offers a wide array of services to a variety of clients. Specifically, we offer our clients commercial and residential closing services; including, SBA 504 and 7(a) closing services, Title Insurance coverage, and title opinions. We assist our clients with the acquisition, financing, development, and divestiture of their retail, industrial, residential, commercial and multi-family real estate holdings.

Our financial institution and bank clients rely upon our representation for a myriad of services; including but not limited to, negotiation, structuring and preparation of loan transactions; due diligence related to lender collateral; litigation services; and RESPA compliance counsel.  We also provide our lender clients with a team of professionals experienced with Real Estate Workouts, the management of REO property and other non-performing assets, and default (Foreclosure and Eviction) services. Read more about our Real Estate Group.

Business Succession Planning and Estate Planning

The firm’s estate planning practices emphasizes business succession planning, serving the needs of the owners of its many business clients.  The firm works with a broad array of estate planning clients, preparing everything from simple wills and trusts to complex estate tax planning, asset protection, and business succession strategies. Read more about our Estate Planning services.