PRACTICE AREAS

Business Formation & Governance

Build a solid foundation for your venture with our business formation & governance lawyer. Trust our experienced lawyers for comprehensive legal counsel to minimize risks and maximize compliance.

We Drive Business Excellence

Proactive Business Formation & Governance Legal Counsel

Business formation and governance are fundamental to establishing and running a successful business. That is why Pignatelli & Associates P.C. understands the critical role of ensuring that your business is not only properly set up but also operates while adhering to all relevant laws and regulations. For over 75+ years, our firm was able to guide thousands of large businesses and corporations in achieving maximum scalability and compliance without worrying about legal constraints.

By developing clear rules, procedures, and structures for decision-making and operations, we assist our clients in laying a solid foundation for growth and expansion. Our proactive approach ensures that we preemptively address potential legal issues, minimizing risks and maximizing opportunities for success.

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Your Business Defense Team

Our Specialized Corporate Legal Practice Areas

Pignatelli & Associates P.C. recognizes that establishing a compliant business is not only about corporate law. It also requires expertise in addressing diverse legal challenges that businesses may face. Thus, our lawyers specialize in various legal practice areas to lay a foundation for protecting you, your businesses, customers, and employees’ interests.

Breach of Contract

Breach of Contract

We handle contract compliance issues involving suppliers, clients, or business partners.

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Breach of Contract

Breach of Contract

We handle contract compliance issues involving suppliers, clients, or business partners.

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Derivative Lawsuits

Derivative Lawsuits

Specialize in protecting corporations and their assets from fiduciary breaches.

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Derivative Lawsuits

Derivative Lawsuits

Specialize in protecting corporations and their assets from fiduciary breaches.

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Wrongful Termination

Wrongful Termination

We represent wrongfully terminated employees, advocating for fair compensation.

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Wrongful Termination

Wrongful Termination

We represent wrongfully terminated employees, advocating for fair compensation.

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Intellectual Property Infringement

Intellectual Property Infringement

Counsel and representation for patent, trademark, and copyright violations. 

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Intellectual Property Infringement

Intellectual Property Infringement

Counsel and representation for patent, trademark, and copyright violations. 

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Empowering Your Business Journey

Our 3-Step Business Formation Legal Framework

Consultation

Our attorneys engage in open discussions to gain a comprehensive understanding of your business goals, industry dynamics, risk analysis and regulatory requirements.

Consultation

Our attorneys engage in open discussions to gain a comprehensive understanding of your business goals, industry dynamics, risk analysis and regulatory requirements.

Preparation

We develop a draft and review articles of incorporation, operating agreements, partnership agreements, and bylaws to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local legal requirements.

Preparation

We develop a draft and review articles of incorporation, operating agreements, partnership agreements, and bylaws to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local legal requirements.

Litigation

Our litigators employ strategic negotiation and litigation techniques to resolve disputes arising during or after business formation. We also aim to minimize disruption to operations and defend our client's interests in court.

Litigation

Our litigators employ strategic negotiation and litigation techniques to resolve disputes arising during or after business formation. We also aim to minimize disruption to operations and defend our client's interests in court.

Building Business Success

Award-Winning Business Formation & Governance Law Firm

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Strengthening Partnerships

Effective Dispute Resolution Provisions

Disputes and conflicts are inevitable occurrences that can disrupt operations, strain relationships, and incur significant costs. Here at Pignatelli & Associates P.C., we specialize in mitigating these challenges by implementing dispute resolution provisions within their contracts and organizational frameworks.

Our business lawyer drafts clear and concise clauses that outline the procedures and mechanisms for resolving disputes that may arise between parties. This ensures that both sides understand their rights, obligations, and recourse options in the event of a disagreement over business decisions.

We also offer mediation and arbitration for faster, cost-effective, and less adversarial alternative dispute resolution methods. Including provisions for these negotiations in contracts empowers parties to resolve disputes through neutral third-party facilitators or arbitrators.

Blueprint for Shareholder Stability

Agreement Strategies for Shareholder Value Maximization

Maximizing shareholder agreement value is a top priority for companies seeking sustainable growth and profitability. However, achieving this objective requires careful planning, strategic decision-making, and effective governance mechanisms. Our business formation and governance law firm specializes in developing tailored agreement strategies designed to optimize shareholder value, business assets, and promote long-term success. 

Governance

Support at Your Fingertips

Expert Legal Fiduciary Duty Advice

At Pignatelli & Associates, we offer legal representation and advisory services for both boards and management groups across both the public and private sectors. This service includes advising directors, officers, and managers on their fiduciary duties, and ensuring they navigate their responsibilities with clarity and compliance. Our lawyers also equip these key business team figureheads with the tools they need to fulfill their fiduciary obligations with confidence and integrity.

In cases where fiduciary duties are breached, disputes may arise, leading to legal conflicts and potential litigation. Our litigators advocate for clients in fiduciary duty disputes, offering strategic advocacy and defense to protect their rights and interests. Whether through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or courtroom litigation, we strive to achieve favorable outcomes for our clients while minimizing disruption to their business operations.

What We Do

Legal Aid in Business Formation & Governance

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State Business Registration

State Business Registration

We assist you in choosing the most appropriate business structure and paperwork filing, considering

factors such as liability protection, tax implications, and operational flexibility.

Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment

Our attorneys conduct thorough evaluations of your business operations, contracts, and regulatory

compliance practices to minimize exposure to potential legal disputes.

Federal Tax ID Application

Federal Tax ID Application

Our legal team ensures prompt and compliant acquisition of your EIN by guiding you through

the application process, addressing inquiries, and ensuring your business is tax-ready.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions

We offer legal support for M&A transactions and strategic guidance to clients' objectives for acquiring

to expand market presence or merging for operational synergies.

Dissolution and Windup

Dissolution and Windup

We provide guidance on asset distribution, creditor notifications, and other legal obligations to facilitate a

smooth and orderly winding down of business affairs.

Legal Expertise at Your Service

Empowering Your Business Entity Decision

Sole Proprietorship

Sole Proprietorship

A sole proprietor is the simplest form of business entity, offering complete control and flexibility. 

Our attorneys provide guidance on registering your sole proprietorship, understanding tax implications, and managing personal liability.

Partnership

Partnership

Partnerships are formed when two or more individuals join forces to run a business

together. We assist in drafting partnership agreements, defining roles and responsibilities, and navigating issues such as profit-sharing and decision-making.

Limited Liability Company

Limited Liability Company

LLCs offer the benefits of limited liability protection combined with the flexibility of a

partnership. Our legal experts guide you through the process, drafting operating agreements, and understanding tax implications to ensure your business is structured for success.

Corporation

Corporation

Incorporating your business as a corporation provides enhanced liability protection and potential

tax advantages. We aid in the incorporation process, drafting articles of incorporation, establishing corporate governance structures, and complying with regulatory requirements.

Cooperative

Cooperative

Cooperatives are owned and operated by their members, who share in the profits and

decision-making. We help cooperatives with entity formation, drafting membership agreements, and navigating cooperative governance structures.

Limited Liability Partnership

Limited Liability Partnership

We specialize in forming LLPs for professionals like lawyers, doctors or accountants and

shielding individual partners from personal liability. Our legal team also facilitates collaboration and ensures compliance with regulatory requirements for business owners involved in limited partnership.

Need A Business Formation Attorneys Near You?

Seeking a safety net for business transactions? Connect with experienced attorneys in your area for expert guidance and support throughout your business entity formation.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s crucial to establish a separate legal entity for your business venture, such as a limited liability company (LLC) or corporation. By doing so, you create a legal barrier between your personal assets and the debts or obligations of your business. This ensures proper adherence to corporate formalities, maintains accurate financial records, and avoids commingling personal and business finances. You can reach out to our expert business attorneys for proper business legal compliance.

You need to select the most appropriate business structure based on factors such as liability protection, tax implications, and management flexibility. Compliance with state and federal regulations, drafting and filing necessary formation documents, and establishing governance structures are also essential to ensure legal validity and operational effectiveness. You also have to consider any industry-specific regulations or licensing requirements that may apply to your chosen business model.

Governance covers the systems and processes that guide the direction and control of organizations, spanning across diverse entities such as non-profits and government agencies. In contrast, corporate governance specifically focuses on the practices and structures utilized by corporations to uphold accountability, transparency, and effective decision-making, primarily for the benefit of shareholders and stakeholders.

Corporate governance oversees the direction and operations of a company, ensuring transparency, accountability, and ethical conduct at all levels. It encompasses the framework of rules, processes, and structures through which a company is directed and controlled. This includes the roles and responsibilities of the board of directors, management, and shareholders.

Corporate governance is closely related to accounting, but they are distinct disciplines. Accounting focuses on the recording, reporting, and analysis of financial transactions and information. Corporate governance, on the other hand, refers to the framework of rules, practices, and processes by which a company is directed and controlled.

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