Business Lawyers for Business People

Every day, we advise closely-held businesses and their owners in the areas of business transactions, estate planning, employment, commercial and residential real estate, civil litigation, probate administration, and asset protection. Here is a sample of some recent cases.

Business Law/Commercial Transactions/M&A

  • Represented Seller of commercial construction supply manufacturer in the sale of its North American operations to a strategic European acquiror in an approximate $20,000,000 deal
  • Represented the Seller of a specialty construction supply company to a strategic Canadian acquirer in a $24,000,000 deal
  • Recently completed business succession plan for $6,000,000 family-owned retail business to ensure that the next generation maintained control of the business while the older generation cashed out in order to finance their retirement
  • Represented global chemical company with offices and facilities in United States, France and China in approximate $70,000,000 sale to German strategic buyer
  • Represented regional auto dealer group in acquisition of flagship car dealership and real estate in approximate $10,000,000 deal and new approximate $50,000,000 credit facility
  • Represented U.S. value-add specialty equipment distributor in $50,000,000 complex cross-border part sale part joint-venture transaction.
  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of $5 million regional plumbing contractor business.
  • Company counsel to national medical imaging and diagnostic facility business in $10.5 million private placement by a national investment bank.

Estate Planning/Estate Administration/Contested Estates

  • Implemented transfers to younger generation through use of grantor retained annuity trusts and installments sales to intentionally income tax defective grantor trusts as well as transfers using family limited partnerships and family limited liability companies.
  • Represented executors and personal representatives in all aspects of Massachusetts and Florida estate administrations, in the preparation of applications for appointment, inventories, accountings, federal and state estate tax returns, and allocations of estate assets among beneficiaries.
  • Established private charitable foundation
  • Advise clients on establishing residency in tax-friendly jurisdictions
  • Represented heirs of deceased in $1 million claim against family member for misappropriation of deceased’s assets.
  • Developed gift program to transfer assets to lower generation family members with minimal tax consequence.
  • Represented $5 million estate in litigation by spouse challenging pre-nuptial agreement

Employment Law

  • Successfully defended age discrimination claim and race-based claim on behalf of employer using a creative defense not yet recognized by the SJC.
  • Successfully defended pregnancy/disability claim on behalf of employer based on defense that employee would have been terminated despite informing the employer that she was pregnant and required a leave of absence.
  • Successfully defended business owner charged with sexual harassment and adverse personnel action arising from refusal to accede to the business owner’s sexual demands.
  • Successfully represented insurance agency in enforcing a non-competition/non-solicitation agreement against a former employee salesperson whom had access to the agency’s customer list.

Real Estate & Real Estate Finance

  • Represented a Buyer in a $9 million acquisition of a shopping plaza in Massachusetts.
  • Represented a Buyer of a 300 Unit Apartment complex in Kentucky. Work included negotiation of joint venture agreement with an international investment fund and negotiation of all loan documents.
  • Ongoing counsel to a local manufacturing group reorganizing operations, including a 140,000 square foot warehouse lease in Ohio, sale of its headquarters building with new leased headquarters space in Massachusetts
  • Represented investor group in the purchase of 200,000 square foot office building Chelmsford, Mass, with financing.
  • Represented a multi-national corporation in the acquisition of a 50,000 square foot building and permitting of property for hazardous materials handling.
  • Represented local importer in acquisition of land and subsequent $6.75 million construction loan for construction of a new warehouse facility.
  • Real Estate counsel to local development company. Wrote title to and negotiated $15 million loan facility with equity investment component for construction of workforce housing project in Worcester.
  • Represented seller in $1.3 million sale and lease-back arrangement for industrial property complex.
  • Represented tenant in 375,000 sq. ft warehouse lease.

Civil Litigation/Dispute Resolution

  • Represented clients in audit by Internal Revenue Service through the IRS Appeals Division concerning valuation issues.
  • Successfully represented commercial landlord to obtain large jury verdict against former tenant.
  • Successfully prosecuted multiple trademarks for shoe designer, internet access provider and entertainment group.
  • Successfully argued record authentication issues before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
  • Successfully established a new theory of damages in insurance claims before the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
  • Successfully established a new law regarding estate statute of limitations case by arguing Supreme Judicial Court.
  • Successfully represented majority shareholder in $4 million alleged “freezeout” action brought by minority shareholder.
  • Successfully defended boat owner in a suit brought by buyer who was defrauded by alleged agent of owner.
  • Successfully represented homeowners association against real estate developer.
  • Successfully represented engineer in complex commercial litigation.
  • Defended former business owners in alleged misrepresentation suit brought by buyer for damages allegedly arising from $2 million sale of business.
  • Represented commercial building owner against contractor in $2 million construction dispute.