Milton-Freewater, Oregon Business Lawyers
Laura has extensive trial and motion practice at all levels, including federal, state, county, and city courts. She has been both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney, and...
Mr. Evans is a member of the Marion County Bar Association and the Oregon State Bar Association as well as Oregon State Bar sections concerning Construction Law, Elder Law, Estate Planning and Administration, Litigation, Agricultural Law, and Real Estate and...
General Business & Intellectual Property Law
Women-Owned & Family Businesses
Fundraising and Securities
Mergers and Acquisitions
Biotechnology & Health Care
Ashley focuses exclusively on advising corporate clients. From formation to exit, fundraising to litigation, Ashley is an experienced advocate who keeps her eye on the bottom line.
Like many of her clients, Ashley is an entrepreneur. After being battle-tested at a mid-sized business law firm in Portland, she and her husband Jeff and law school classmate Kristie realized their long-standing dream of owning their own firm. They’re now living out the advice they give their clients.
Ashley focuses on providing savvy, practical...
Bend, OR 97701
University of Washington School of Law
Franchise Smith, LLC
Attorney handling matters in franchising and multi-unit operations
Birthplace: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Education: Brigham Young University,
- Bachelor's degree in political science, 1976;
- J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University,
- Juris Doctorate, 1978
Licensed in Oregon and Utah
Doug Smith has specialized in franchise law since 1981 with an emphasis on structure and drafting of franchise agreements and disclosure materials; selection and registration of trademarks; compliance with state and federal franchise and business opportunity laws including the preparation of relevant disclosure and registration materials; and franchise related litigation. He has a working knowledge of French and Romanian.
Every successful business will one day face the reality that relationships can go south in a hurry. Partnerships dissolve, employees become disgruntled, vendors can cheat you, and contracts can go unfulfilled. And of course, there are always people out there looking to make a quick buck by filing a bogus law suit against your company.
When that happens, you need an attorney with the experience, skill, and energy to defend your business and to proactively pursue and enforce your...
With respect to franchise law, the firm creates and reviews Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs), prepares and files state franchise registrations, advises on franchise relationship matters, negotiates franchise-related contracts, helps U.S. companies expand internationally through franchising and licensing, helps international companies franchise in the United States, and provides other franchise legal services.
With respect to business sales and acquisitions, the firm represents buyers and sellers...
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Business laws include all municipal, state, and federal laws that regulate businesses and commerce. Some industries, such as finance, face specific laws and regulations that apply to those in the field. Businesses of all types also must conform to many regulations that apply across the board, such as environmental regulations and advertising laws.
A business lawyer can help you address the myriad legal issues that arise when you are starting a new venture, operating an established company, or winding up or selling a business.
Business lawyers handle a broad spectrum of legal issues that confront companies. For new ventures, a business lawyer can help with business formation decisions, including selecting the proper business form, such a partnership, LLC or corporation, or addressing financial compliance issues when raising capital. In addition, business lawyers can offer advice when reviewing leases, purchase agreements, and other types of contracts. Other issues covered in this practice area include employee compensation and benefits, building relationships with independent contractors and other entities, and compliance with relevant advertising regulations.
While most business lawyers deal in transactional work (contracts and forms), some also litigate business disputes that arise from transactional work. Business litigation attorneys may handle issues such as breach of contract claims, consumer class action lawsuits, and wrongful termination claims.
Business judgment rule: a presumption that directors making a business decision, not involving self-interest, act on an informed basis, in good faith and in the honest belief that their actions are in the corporation's best interest.
Pierce the veil: A court no longer affords a shareholder of a corporation the protection of limited liability when the corporation has neglected corporate formalities and intermingled assets between the shareholder and the corporation.
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