“Measure Twice, Cut Once”

Outside General Counsel

The issues and challenges facing business leaders today often require counseling from an experienced attorney who has a deep understanding of how to balance legal considerations with business demands. Mergers and acquisitions, employment agreements, real estate transactions – if it’s not one thing, it’s another. A powerful alternative to hiring a full-time in-house counsel is to hire an outside general counsel who represents the company, fully understanding its inside perspective. Businesses today need pragmatic solutions to solve every-day legal concerns.

Gary Barr leads the Outside General Counsel Practice Group at Grant | Shenon. Gary brings a depth of senior legal expertise with an ability to grasp just how important it is to understand a company’s culture and way of conducting business. With an offsite general counsel in place, potential problems can be spotted and addressed before they develop into costly legal issues. We promote the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a cost-effective strategy to bring a prompt end to litigation whenever possible.

The attorneys at Grant | Shenon can provide outside general counsel services related to the following:

• Board member search
• Business governance
• Business structure counseling
• Contract negotiations and drafting
• Dispute resolution and litigation
• Employment agreements
• Equipment leasing
• General business review and risk assessment
• Insurance coverage evaluation
• Joint venture agreements
• Licensing agreements
• Mergers and acquisitions
• Non-disclosure agreements
• Practical legal advice and strategy
• Preventive litigation counseling
• Real Estate needs
• Structuring agreements
• Vendor and supplier oversight
• Workforce management

Many of these transactions are one-offs for most businesses. This is especially true if the event is not part of your core business. It doesn’t make financial sense to train internal staff, where there is a steep learning curve to deal with something that our attorneys can already handle adroitly. This is true even if you have a paralegal or even a non-practicing attorney on board. Using our services also eliminates the risk of something going wrong from a transaction that has been managed by a well-intentioned but inexperienced individual. Measure twice, cut once.

We can support you at any stage of your business and can be involved as much or as little as you wish. Our goal is to provide timely, client-oriented services in an ethical, friendly, and professional manner. Our attorneys frequently have experience starting or running a business, including this firm. We know from that experience and the great number of businesses that we have served how hard your job is. Paperwork, a problematic employee, customers, overregulation, finances, et cetera can be overwhelming, particularly for small businesses.

If our outside general counsel services are something that you might be interested, please feel free to contact Gary or any of our attorneys for a phone call or in person discussion. We are happy to discuss ways we can be of assistance and share some of our past successes helping clients accomplish complex legal tasks. The goal at Grant | Shenon is to take care of the tasks that you can’t – or don’t want to – deal with so you can focus on the things that bring you greater fulfilment.

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