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General Counsel for Small Business

Fairfax Small Business General Counsel Attorney

Starting a small business feels like the birth of a child to some entrepreneurs. It is exciting, but frightening. An existing business too, is like a living thing — it is constantly in motion, frequently changing, and struggles to thrive in a constantly-changing environment.

Choice of Entity

Let us help you weigh your options in starting your business. The main issues are the levels of legal liability you are willing to assume, and which entity will minimize your taxes. The rules and regulations with which you must comply may seem daunting, regardless of your form. Attorney Richard L. Downey can explain what is needed, assure you, and handle permitting, business planning, contracting, compliance, and myriad other matters.

Existing Businesses

If your company does not have in-house counsel, it needs a dedicated and reliable attorney to work with. Aside from changes you wish to make, such as purchasing real estate, planning and growing the business, there are daily issues such as business transactions, contracting, protecting trade secrets, and collecting receivables. Litigation may be necessary if, e.g. other parties violate their contracts with you.

Rather than seek a lawyer when things go wrong, avoid problems with proactive steps. A small business is more easily buffeted by legal problems and distractions than a major corporation.

Fairfax Contract Law Lawyer

Whether you are a sole proprietor, a family or closely-held business, S-corp, C-corp or limited liability company (LLC), or even a non-profit, our firm can give you the stability you need and confidence about your future. Mr. Downey is:

  • An aggressive trial attorney
  • An experienced advisor
  • A steadfast negotiator
  • An informed source of information
  • A trusted confidant

He has more than 30 years experience and is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. To schedule an appointment with a Virginia small business general counsel, call us at 703-273-8800 or contact us online.