Corporate

The firm provides a full array of legal services to our corporate and business clients. We serve as outside counsel to large companies as well as start-ups and closely held businesses. As outside counsel, we strive to make sure that our clients do everything they can to minimize risk and avoid conflicts that lead to litigation. Our goal is to be an integral part of your team and contribute to a continued strategy for success. In this capacity, we provide consultations, advice, and the giving of opinion on the most common fields of law affecting your business.

The Chatham Law Group represents issuers and investors in a wide variety of corporate finance transactions, including private placements, corporate recapitalizations, and mergers and acquisitions. We also provide disclosure, governance, and general corporate advice to our corporate clients.

Our securities practice is closely coordinated with our mergers and acquisitions practice to provide clients with a full range of transactional services. We have experience in negotiated and non-negotiated acquisition methods, including tender offers, proxy contests, roll-up transactions, management buyouts, joint ventures, partnerships, and leveraged acquisitions. We represent sellers, purchasers, targets, and financial advisors in connection with a wide range of transactions.

The practice is also committed to developing and executing creative and effective solutions for its clients. We have expertise in a wide array of areas including insolvency, finance and restructuring matters. We advise on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including corporate strategy and finance, as well as, management relating to the numerous legal issues involved in the intricate processes of merging, acquiring, and selling businesses.

Entertainment

Our firm has extensive experience representing clients doing business in the entertainment industry. Whether pursuing new opportunities or investments, enforcing contracts or agreements or protecting clients’ rights, the firm’s lawyers understand the unique issues presented by operating in this industry, including the importance of establishing and maintaining relationships, controlling sensitive information, maintaining privacy and confidentiality and achieving goals in tight timeframes. As a boutique firm, we pride ourselves on providing tailor specific service to our client’s needs. Our firm offers experienced counsel and effective representation for clients in this fast-moving, high-stakes industry.

Our firm represents clients in all facets of the entertainment industry, including:

  • Musicians
  • Screenwriters
  • Performing Artists
  • Actors
  • Entertainers
  • Authors and Artists
  • Film/TV Producers
  • Production Companies
  • Record Companies
  • Electronic Content Providers

Intellectual Property

Our firm offers a complete range of services that includes all facets of intellectual property and Internet litigation, licensing, counseling, and registration Our firm offers expertise in traditional IP areas, such as copyrights, trademarks and trade secret protection. We understand the value of intellectual property as a business asset, and are skilled at protecting and exploiting it. We develop business-oriented solutions to complex problems, and our firm will often structure a transaction, litigate a dispute and pursue regulatory relief for an IP client.

Our firm combines aggressive protection and effective leveraging strategies to help clients:

  • Select, clear, register, enforce and defend trademarks
  • Register and enforce copyrights
  • Develop, maintain, license and protect trade secrets, business processes, databases and rights of publicity
  • Exploit the most novel types of digital rights

Litigation

Our firm deals with disputes based in all varieties of civil litigation, and we handle jury and nonjury trials in the state and federal courts. We are particularly adept at handling complex business transactions and cases. In negotiation and in the courtroom, we apply sound judgment with an appropriately aggressive edge.

Equally important, we counsel clients on business issues so that they can better prepare and more informed about litigation. We work closely with clients to help anticipate disputes before they erupt. We believe that litigators who know a client’s business – and who advise as transactions are crafted – can help to avoid lawsuits, create a positive record for actions that do arise, and improve the odds for success when a controversy develops. This benefits our clients through greater efficiency, less litigation, more successes, and lower cost.

Representative services include the following:

  • Controversies between business competitors, including the byproducts of noncompetition agreements
  • Partnership and close corporation disputes
  • Claims of business fraud
  • Actions stemming from agreements on corporate acquisitions
  • Unfair and deceptive business practice claims
  • Disputes over agreements with suppliers, vendors, customers, distributors, and franchisees

Employment

The firm represents management in all phases of employer/employee relations, including administrative hearings and litigation. Our attorneys defend employers against lawsuits filed in state and federal courts by employees for wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, breach of employment contracts, wage and hour violations and other employment-related claims. We also defends employers who have been charged by state or federal government agencies for possible violations of labor and employment laws, such as wage and hour laws and employment discrimination laws.

The risk of costly litigation can be substantially reduced when employers think before they act; therefore, our attorneys focus on counseling employers in the following areas:

  • Harassment and discrimination
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Compensation and strategic planning
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Recruitment and hiring
  • Discipline and termination
  • Wage and hour laws
  • Workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance statutes

We also work with employers to draft and implement employment documentation, employee handbooks, supervisor manuals, confidentiality agreements, non-competition agreements, and severance agreements; to set up and maintain evaluation, discipline and termination procedures and documentation; and develop and maintain personnel files.

Real Estate

In addition, our firm offers its services and expertise to sellers, buyers, landlords, and tenants in all aspects of the purchasing and leasing of real property. Very often, these involve the purchase and sale of residential property, commercial property, closings, refinancing, partition actions, deed transfers, and leases, including lease preparation, office leases, retail leases, ground leases, build-to-suit leases, and residential leases. Our lawyers are prepared to assist you in every facet of your real estate transaction.

Our core strengths include:

  • Purchase, Sale, Lease of Office Buildings, Hotels, Shopping Centers, and Multi-unit Apartments and Residential Projects
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate Purchase Agreements
  • Boundary line disputes
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty by Realtors, Brokers and Real Estate Agents
  • Condominium and Homeowner’s Association Matters
  • Construction Defect
  • Commercial Landlord & Tenant representation
  • Easement issues
  • Eminent domain and condemnation
  • Nuisance and other problems with neighbors and adjoining landowners, illegal remodeling in planned developments and condominiums, noise, and water damage.
  • Foreclosures

New Media

Our firm has extensive experience representing clients doing business in new media. Whether pursuing new opportunities or investments, enforcing contracts or agreements or protecting clients’ rights, the firm’s lawyers understand the unique issues presented by operating in this industry, including the importance of establishing and maintaining relationships, controlling sensitive information, maintaining privacy and confidentiality and achieving goals in tight timeframes. As a boutique firm, we pride ourselves on providing tailor specific service to our client’s needs. Our firm offers experienced counsel and effective representation for clients in this fast-moving, high-stakes industry.

Our firm works together with innovative companies and individuals at the intersection of technology and the law in new media, social networking, interactive entertainment, software, and electronic content sharing and publishing. The firm regularly represents clients in the sale, acquisition and protection of domain names and other electronic assets. We have seasoned experience in data security and privacy issues. With the emergence of social networking and the often unfiltered use of these social networks by entrepreneurs and entertainers, there is potential exposure to liabilities with as little as one twitter tweet. Our firm advises clients on the proper use of social networking to minimize the risk to these potential liabilities.