Bristol, Virginia Business Lawyers

Travis B. Lee
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Abingdon, VA Business Law Lawyer
(276) 492-2098 851 French Moore, Jr. Boulevard
Suite 136
Abingdon, VA 24210
Business, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Divorce
Appalachian School of Law
Travis is a native of Southwest Virginia. He graduated from Northwood High School in 2003. After high school, he attended the University of Virginia's College at Wise. He was member of the UVA-Wise Dearden Society, he was named to the Dean's List multiple semesters, and received the Joesph M. Scolnick Memorial Pre-Law Award. He graduated from UVA-Wise in 2007. Travis then studied law at the Appalachian School of Law. After being named to the Dean's List three consecutive semesters, Travis graduated from ASL, in the top of his class, in 2011. He took and...
Abingdon, VA Business Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(276) 698-3127 271 W Main St
Abingdon, VA 24210
Business, Administrative and Energy
University of Houston Law Center
Abingdon, VA Business Law Lawyer
(703) 628-8644 521 Beechwood Dr
Abingdon, VA 24210
Business, Employment and Workers' Comp
Abingdon, VA Business Law Lawyer
(540) 628-6500 110 Fairway Dr
Abingdon, VA 24211
Business
Bradley C Ratliff
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Cedar Bluff, VA Business Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(888) 374-5078 1053 Cedar Valley Drive
P. O. Box 33
Cedar Bluff, VA 24609
Free ConsultationBusiness, Personal Injury, Real Estate and Workers' Comp
Appalachian School of Law
Bradley C. Ratliff, Esq., is a Virginia licensed attorney with significant background and experience in personal injury cases, Virginia workers' compensation, estates, elder law matters, real estate, and civil practice. In addition to his membership in the Virginia State Bar, Mr. Ratliff is admitted to Federal Courts in the Western District of Virginia, and United States Bankruptcy Court. Mr. Ratliff holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bluefield, College and a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the Appalachian School of Law. Mr....
Gerald Douglas Arrington
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Grundy, VA Business Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(276) 935-2008 21026 Riverside Drive
Grundy, VA 24614
Business, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Appalachian School of Law and University of Virginia
Welcome to the Arrington Law Office. I am Gerald D. Arrington, and I maintain a general practice of law, which includes the representation of individuals who have been injured by others, who have been charged with a crime, and who are involved in divorce and child custody proceedings. In addition, I also represent businesses that need help with incorporation, contract drafting, and contract disputes.
Stephen W Gooch
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Grundy, VA Business Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(276) 935-4524 PO Box 286
21026 Riverside Drive
Grundy, VA 24614
Business, Estate Planning, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Appalachian School of Law
Stephen W. Gooch, Esq. is an experienced attorney in the areas of Corporate & Business law, real estate, estate planning & business succession, debt collection and civil practice. Mr. Gooch earned his Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University and his Juris Doctor from the Appalachian School of Law
Gary Joe Kincade
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Wise, VA Business Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(276) 321-7686 Wise, VA 24293
Free ConsultationBusiness, Criminal, Estate Planning and Family
Appalachian School of Law
Norton, VA Business Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(276) 679-3110 30 Seventh St
Norton, VA 24273-0912
Business, Insurance Defense and Workers' Comp
Clintwood, VA Business Law Attorney
(276) 926-8580 West End, Colley Shopping Center
P.O. Box 951
Clintwood, VA 24228
Business and Real Estate
Wytheville, VA Business Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(276) 228-5566 340 W Monroe St
Wytheville, VA 24382
Business, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Hillsville, VA Business Law Lawyer
217 N Main St
Hillsville, VA 24343
Business, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Sean R Hanover
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Fairfax, VA Business Law Lawyer
(800) 579-9864 2751 Prosperity Ave.
Suite 150
Fairfax, VA 22031
Business, Criminal, Employment and Family
Attorney Hanover has been working in the legal arena since graduating with double Master Degrees in Employment Law (HR) and Union Law (Industrial Relations) in 1996. He obtained his JD from the University of the District of Columbia in 2008 and maintains a vibrant practice focusing on immigration, bankruptcy, criminal defense, and business law. In a twist he never saw coming, Mr. Hanover has become accomplished at defending gang members and individuals convicted of drug offenses in immigration court. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Hanover also owns an IT consulting company, HHC, Inc. based in Fairfax, VA. This company...
Timothy R Johnson
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Berryville, VA Business Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(540) 352-4672 20 E. Main Street
Berryville, VA 22611
Business, Civil Rights, Criminal and Education
New York Law School
Our office is a litigation and trial law firm serving Clarke County and the surrounding areas of the Shenandoah Valley. Our diverse experience in criminal, business, and other civil litigation matters positions us to deliver high-quality representations, and compassionate legal services to our clients. We also offer estate planning and business advisory & transactional services to residents and business located within Berryville or Clarke County.

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Timothy R. Johnson is the owner-attorney managing and providing legal services through The Law Offices of Timothy R. Johnson, PLC.

Mr. Johnson was born and raised in New Jersey, but fell in love with Virginia when he...
Katherine S. Charapich
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Culpeper, VA Business Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(540) 812-2046 219 East Davis Street
Suite 320
Culpeper, VA 22701
Business, Elder and Estate Planning
Liberty University School of Law
U Mass Amherst - University of Massachusetts at Amherst - Political Science - Undergraduate Degree

Real Estate Broker License - Commonwealth of Virginia

Juris Doctorate Degree - Law Degree - Liberty University School of Law - Lynchburg, Virginia

Virginia State Bar - Commonwealth of Virginia
Young S. Song
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Annandale, VA Business Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(703) 354-1033 7002 Little River Turnpike, Ste. E
Annandale, VA 22003
Free ConsultationBusiness, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Divorce and Bankruptcy, with Dignity. Licensed in MD, VA, and DC, with offices in Ellicott City, Maryland and Annandale, Virginia.
Mrs Lauren Morgan Ellerman
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Roanoke, VA Business Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(540) 985-0098 303 Washington Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
Free ConsultationBusiness, Consumer, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
University of Richmond School of Law
Married, mother, Roanoke resident and Northern Virginia native.
Heather R. Steele
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Manassas, VA Business Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(703) 506-9440 9073 Center Street
2nd Floor
Manassas, VA 20110
Business, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
George Mason University School of Law
Heather is admitted to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. She represents businesses and individuals and helps to resolve their disputes through litigation, mediation, and negotiation of agreements. Heather handles small business representation, including contract reviews, contract drafting, entity formation (corporations, LLCs), corporate transactions (buy/sell, mergers, acquisitions), demand letters, business litigation and collections. Ms. Steele also represents homeowners associations (HOAs) and condominium associations (condos) with regard to general legal advice, drafting of resolutions, supervision and certification of elections, registration with the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation...
Dominic Paul Lascara
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Chesapeake, VA Business Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(757) 410-8355 652 Independence Parkway, Suite 120
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Business, Elder, Estate Planning and Real Estate
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Dominic P. Lascara is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia. He graduated in 1986 from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary after receiving his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in Business Administration in 1981 from Old Dominion University. Dominic P. Lascara joined the law firm of Roy, Forehand, Laine and Dale, P.C. as an associate in the fall of 1986 after being admitted to the Virginia State Bar. He was admitted to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in 1987. He became a partner...
Merritt James Green
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(703) 556-0411 6849 Old Dominion Drive
Suite 220
McLean, VA 22101
Free ConsultationMcLean, VA Business Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
Business, Administrative, Arbitration & Mediation and Employment
Syracuse University College of Law and University of Oxford
Mr. Green is General Counsel, P.C.'s founder, managing partner and leads its employment law practice.

Merritt serves as an outside general counsel to numerous clients providing guidance on legal issues confronting businesses and non-profit organizations ranging from contracts and agreements to the structuring of corporate transactions and business formations. Merritt also represents businesses and individuals in all aspects of labor and employment law.

Merritt received his J.D., cum laude, from the Syracuse University College of Law (1997). At Syracuse, he was an Associate Editor of the Syracuse Law Review and was Editor-in-Chief of The Labor Lawyer, the publication of...
Robert Cox
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Tysons Corner, VA Business Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(703) 883-9105 1921 Gallows Road
Suite 750
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
Business, Antitrust and Securities
University of Virginia School of Law
For more than 25 years, I have represented Fortune 500 companies and individuals in commercial litigation and securities enforcement matters. I have also represented accounting firms and their partners and employees in government investigations and enforcement proceedings, malpractice, and state disciplinary proceedings.

As a partner in an ‘American Lawyer Top 100 firm’, I’ve represented clients in bet-the-company litigation matters involving breach of contract, business tort, antitrust, insurance coverage, and securities claims. At the PCAOB, I led investigations of Big 4, mid-size, and small accounting firms and their partners and employees.

My litigation experience includes:

• securities fraud class action in the...
Kenneth L. Samuelson
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(202) 991-8800 1405 S. Fern St., Box
#718
Arlington, VA 22202
Arlington, VA Business Law Lawyer with 47 years experience
Business, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense and Real Estate
University of Michigan Law School
Commercial real estate, trade secrets and technology transactions and litigation, including contracts, leases (ground, air rights, and space), financings, LLC operating agreements and disputes, teaming and licensing agreements, subcontracts, non-competes, reciprocal easements and other types of sharing agreements, and outsourcing. District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia
John C. Cook
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Fairfax, VA Business Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(703) 865-7480 3050 Chain Bridge Rd
#200
Fairfax, VA 22030
Business, Employment and Personal Injury
George Mason University School of Law
John C. Cook is a founding partner of Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC, where he has practiced since the firm’s inception in 2007. Previously, John practiced in two firms in Northern Virginia. He began his career in the District of Columbia’s Corporation Counsel’s (now Attorney General’s) office.

John’s practice emphasizes the representation of executives, employees and small businesses in employment law matters, including advice and counsel regarding workplace issues; drafting, review and negotiation of severance agreements, executive contracts and employee handbooks; and litigation arising out of breach of contract, non-competition agreements, workplace assaults, theft of proprietary information, fraud, Family and Medical...
Robert Franklin Powers
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Vienna, VA Business Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(703) 520-1326 8133 Leesburg Pike
Suite 130
Vienna, VA 22182
Free ConsultationBusiness, Employment, IP and Trademarks
Michigan State University
Receiving his legal training at a top ten program for intellectual property law in the United States, Mr. Powers is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law. In addition to earning his Juris Doctorate, Mr. Powers holds dual specialty certifications from Michigan State University College of Law in Corporate Law and Communications & Intellectual Property Law.

Mr. Powers is experienced in transactional business and nonprofit law, intellectual property law, employment law, estate planning, and entertainment law. He has negotiated and drafted several multi-million dollar contracts involving patent licensing and assignments, business acquisitions, asset purchases, wills and trusts, and...
Eric C. Perkins
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Glen Allen, VA Business Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(804) 205-5162 4870 Sadler Road
Suite 300
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Free ConsultationBusiness and Securities
University of Virginia School of Law
Eric Perkins is a business attorney focusing on small business startups and acquisitions, franchising, nonprofits, and Regulation D private offerings. Filling the void between "Big Law" and the Legal Zooms of the world, Perkins Law is pleased to offer flat fee packages for many of its services. He works with leaders in a wide variety of industries from real estate syndicators to healthcare professionals to restaurant owners to pro wrestlers. Eric is active in the tennis community as chair of the USTA Tennis Rules and Regulations Committee and an advisory board member of the Richmond Tennis Association.
Andrew P. Connors
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Blacksburg, VA Business Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(540) 553-8149 1901 S. Main St.
Suite 4C
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Business, Appeals, IP and Trademarks
Liberty University School of Law
Andrew P. Connors is a Partner at Connors & Brenke. He focuses his practice on business law, intellectual property law, contracts, civil litigation, and appeals.

As a litigator, he has represented clients in all state trial courts in Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, the Court of Appeals of Virginia, including the full Court of Appeals sitting en banc, and the Supreme Court of Virginia. He has handled cases involving all kinds of intellectual property matters, including trademark, trade secret, patent, and copyright suits or potential suits. His business counseling practice focuses on business formation, intellectual...
Patrick Maslyn
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Moseley, VA Business Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(804) 639-5501 6430 Arwen Mews
Moseley, VA 23219
Free ConsultationBusiness
George Washington University Law School
Mr. Maslyn has extensive experience working with all of the laws and regulations affecting franchising in the United States. He has helped countless start-up franchisors and several Fortune 20 companies structure their franchise systems and manage their franchisee networks. In many cases, Mr. Maslyn has effectively served as his franchisor clients' outside general counsel, providing advice and counseling in areas like antitrust, intellectual property, sourcing and advertising issues in addition to drafting Franchise Agreements, Development Agreements, and Franchise Disclsoure Documents, filing state franchise registration and exemption applications, and providing counseling on compliance with complicated patchwork of state franchise...
Charles E McWilliams Jr.
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Winchester, VA Business Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(540) 667-4912 204 South Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22604
Business, Estate Planning, Probate and Tax
Georgetown University Law Center and George Mason University School of Law
Chuck has practiced in Winchester and throughout northern Virginia since 2007. He is both a lawyer and a Certified Public Accountant (with an LL.M in Tax and Estate Planning) and worked in public accounting before attending law school. Chuck’s practice focuses on complex estate planning and administration matters, resolving tax disputes, business planning, choice of entity, conservation easements and other business matters. Chuck has extensive training in complex estate and business matters and his practice focuses primarily on business owners and families with more than $1 million in liquid assets. Chuck regularly works to resolve family disputes, establish business...
Jacqueline Sharman
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Richmond, VA Business Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(804) 755-7599 3957 Westerre Parkway
Suite 105
Richmond, VA 23233
Business, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
Regent University School of Law
I represent clients in a variety of legal areas. I regularly represent clients all over the Richmond area and I often travel as far east as Virginia Beach, as far north as Spotsylvania, as far west as Charlottesville and as far South as Dinwiddie. I assist clients with obtaining and defending protective orders, uncontested and contested divorce, spousal support, child custody, visitation and support, pre-nuptial agreements, property settlement agreements, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, criminal defense, business formation and dissolution and general civil litigation.
Stephen M. Terpak
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Annandale, VA Business Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(703) 256-1800 7540 Little River Tnpk
Suite A, First Floor
Annandale, VA 22003
Free ConsultationBusiness, Employment, Personal Injury and Products Liability
George Mason University School of Law
Stephen M. Terpak is a personal injury, civil litigation and traffic attorney for Virginia state and federal courts and began practicing law in 2000. He received his BS at Mary Washington College, and his law degree at George Mason University School of Law, where he served as the Lead Articles Editor for the Journal of International Legal Studies. Mr. Terpak focuses his practice on seeking compensation those who have been wronged or injured, defending individuals and companies facing civil claims and lawsuits, and defending traffic tickets and misdemeanors.
Pedram Baghani
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Vienna, VA Business Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(703) 847-3670 8000 Towers Crescent Dr
13th Floor
Vienna, VA 22182
Business, Immigration and Personal Injury
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Glenn B. Manishin
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Warrenton, VA Business Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(877) 666-5111 6735 Breezy Drive
Suite 101
Warrenton, VA 20187-2716
Free ConsultationBusiness, Antitrust, Appeals and IP
Columbia University School of Law
Founded in June 2015 by managing partner Glenn B. Manishin, ParadigmShift Law LLP represents the premiere application of Internet technology to the practice of sophisticated business law. We leverage cloud technology and decades of AmLaw 100 law firm partner experience to provide cutting-edge responsiveness, innovation and efficiency. We handle sophisticated work for sophisticated companies, operating close to our business principals, bridging the too-often wide gap between outside counsel and corporate strategic objectives.
Wren Montgomery Williams
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Stuart, VA Business Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(276) 694-2455 125 Slusher Street
Stuart, VA 24171
Business, Family, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Samford University
Wren M. Williams is the President of Schneider & Williams, P.C. He graduated from Patrick County High School and went on to attend Hampden-Sydney College as a Patrick Henry Scholar. There, Williams was active in student government, president of his fraternity, and received the Cohen Citizenship Award from the Lambda Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. Williams graduated cum laude from Hampden-Sydney College, earning a BA in English with minors in both Rhetoric and Creative Writing. Following graduation, Williams attended Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law for its outstanding trial advocacy program. During his time at Cumberland, Williams served...
F. Paul Maloof
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Alexandria, VA Business Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(703) 684-2000 510 King Street
Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22314
Free ConsultationBusiness, Estate Planning, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Georgetown University Law Center
I give my clients personal attention and have done so for more than 40 years in Virginia and Maryland. As a partner in a well established Alexandria City law firm, I provide my clients with legal services and skills at a high quality level and at reasonable hourly rates in Northern Virginia, including Fairfax County. I work with individuals, as well as small and large businesses. I advise clients who are consumers and professionals on a range of issues, specifically; fair business practices, business contract disputes, landlord and tenant law, residential real estate matters, loan documentation, commercial leases,...
Kathleen M. Stotish Esq.
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Falls Church, VA Business Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(703) 237-1200 201 Park Washington Ct
1st Floor
Falls Church, VA 22046
Business, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
American University Washington College of Law
Kathleen Marie Stotish was born and raised in central New Jersey, and has called northern Virginia "home" for nearly a decade. She focuses her practice on business transactions and commercial litigation, and also works in the areas of collections/creditors' rights law, and family law. Ms. Stotish has also been certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Guardian Ad Litem for Incapacitated Adults. Ms. Stotish graduated cum laude from the Washington College of Law at American University in 2012. During law school, Ms. Stotish worked as a Law Clerk with the Law Offices of Jonathan Gelber,...
Syed Wali Raheen
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Chantilly, VA Business Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(703) 544-0050 4229 Lafayette Center Dr
Suite 1300
Chantilly, VA 20151
Business, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Fordham University School of Law and New York Law School
After completing his undergrad with honors at the University of Toronto in Canada, Mr. Raheen moved to New York and attained his Juris Doctorate Law Degree (J.D.) and Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.) at the New York Law School and Fordham University School of Law, respectively. Following his post-doctorate graduation, Mr. Raheen worked with the prestigious NY law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where he gained and reflected their successful motto of attention to detail in high quality work product. Mr. Raheen and his family moved closer to family in the DC...
Mark Steven Paullin
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North Chesterfield, VA Business Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(804) 423-7423 575 Southlake Blvd. Suite A
North Chesterfield, VA 23236
Business, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
University of Richmond School of Law
Attorney Mark Paullin has more than 29 years of legal experience, which includes insurance defense work. His experience with both sides of the process allows him to prepare his clients for what may come their way as well as has enabled him to insightfully and aggressively represent his clients with their Personal Injury case, Diminished Value or Diminution case. Mark handles Speeding cases, DUI/DWI cases, and Reckless Driving cases as well as other other Traffic Court matters around the Richmond Metro area. Experience Counts. When you hire the Paullin Law Firm, your case won't be handed off to benchwarmers or...
Juan V. Cervantes
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Fredericksburg, VA Business Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(540) 684-6621 4520 Plank Rd., Suite 102
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Business and Immigration
Liberty University School of Law
Sammid Joseph Mansoor
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Leesburg, VA Business Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(888) 731-5999 44084 Riverside Parkway #120
Leesburg, VA 20176
Free ConsultationBusiness, Elder and Estate Planning
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
My passion is helping individuals, families, and business owners achieve peace of mind by developing and implementing creative, customized, and yet cost effective plans. As part of my goal oriented estate planning process, I first seek to understand your goals and needs. My advice focuses on how your estate planning documents advance your goals. I use plain English and easy to understand visual aids, so you know what you need to do in order ensure that your plan works the way you intend. My personal mission is to make estate planning as accessible, efficient and streamlined as possible...
Jeffrey D. McMahan Jr.
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Richmond, VA Business Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(804) 823-3975 3122 W. Marshall Street, Suite 100
Richmond, VA 23230
Business
University of Richmond School of Law
Jeff focuses his practice on advising middle market and emerging growth companies, as well as venture capital and private equity fund investors, in avoiding, managing, and mitigating risk and litigation associated with corporate transactions and business operations. In addition to his strategic risk advisory practice, Jeff acts as a business advisor to companies and investors on general corporate and business law matters, helping them realize their strategic business objectives and goals while managing their risk exposure. Jeff’s practice includes assisting companies and investors with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, negotiating and drafting complex commercial contracts, financing, corporate governance, entity...
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Need legal help with a business law matter?

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.

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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.