Overview of Our Business Law Practice
At Glade Voogt Lord & Smith, our experienced business attorneys can advise you on your business needs and help protect your company’s interests and assets. We provide legal services at the formation stage and through expansion. This includes:
- The ultimate sale of a company
Our clients range from start-ups to entrepreneurs, midsized companies to large businesses. We are based in Denver, Colorado but have a proven record helping clients across the United States.
ur Business Law Expertise
The areas of business transaction law that we cover include:
- Contracts (including federal and government contracts)
- Corporate governance
- Employment law
- Intellectual Property, including trademark, copyright and trade secrets protection
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Outside general counsel
- Succession planning
Contract Legal Services
Our transactional lawyers provide advice and guidance on business contracts. These can include:
- Employment and independent contractor agreements
- Franchise Agreements and Franchise Disclosure Documents
- LLC operating agreements
- Merger agreements
- Non-compete agreements
- Purchase and sale of assets/stock
- Shareholder agreements
Intellectual Property Law
We also advise clients on the protection of intellectual property. The term “intellectual property” encompasses a variety of property rights, including trademark, copyright, patents and trade secrets. A trademark is a word, phrase or logo that identifies the source of goods or services. Trademark law protects a business’ commercial identity or brand by discouraging others from adopting a name or logo that is confusingly similar to an existing trademark. Our business attorneys have extensive experience in trademark law, including new brand clearance and federal trademark protection.
A copyright protects the expression of an idea rather than the idea itself. Copyright protects original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium including literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. Our attorneys advise clients on protection of their works, including federal copyright registration.
Trade secrets are increasingly important in today’s business environment. In general, a trade secret is a formula, practice, commercial method or compilation of information not generally known or reasonably ascertainable by others by which a business can obtain an economic advantage over competitors or customers. Our attorneys are experienced in both advising on the protection of trade secrets and litigating misappropriation of trade secrets.
Covenants not to compete are often used by businesses to protect against competition. Our attorneys have extensive experience advising both businesses and individuals on the preparation and structuring of effective non-competes as well as litigating their enforceability.
Our experienced business attorneys can do it all from drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts as well as litigating business issues when necessary. Moreover, we have significant experience dealing with international transactions and foreign company formations and management.
We advise nonprofit entities at the initial stages of incorporation through obtaining federal tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our lawyers can advise your nonprofit organization on daily operations, fund-raising, corporate governance and the general business aspects of your non-profit’s activities, including real estate, intellectual property and contracts.
General Counsel for Businesses
At Glade Voogt Lord & Smith, our attorneys also fill the role of outside general counsel for some of our clients. They hire us to assist with a wide range of legal matters that can arise for a business including resolution of disputes, as well as transactional and corporate governance matters. This service is offered on a monthly-fixed fee or hourly basis. We provide quick, cost-effective advice to clients on day-to-day matters.
Our Business Law Practice Attorneys
- Cynthia R. Smith, Practice Leader
- David Aschkinasi
- Michael A. Bushell
- Phillip K. Larson
- Asher M.B. Ritmiller
- Edward L. Shepyer
- Eric J. Voogt