Business & Corporate

The firm’s lawyers have more than 50 years of experience representing and advising both small and large businesses, companies, and Fortune 250 corporations, from start-up and organization to mergers and acquisitions.

The firm’s lawyers counsel and serve clients in a wide variety of business and corporate matters including:

  • Formation and organization of for-profit and non-profit corporations
  • Commercial lending and finance for lenders and borrowers
  • Business law
  • Foreclosures and workouts
  • Commercial real estate purchases and commercial leasing and negotiations
  • Community development
  • Contract negotiations
  • Complex commercial transactions
  • Historic rehabilitation, affordable housing and energy tax credit transactions
  • Land use and zoning matters
  • New business development and start-ups (including LLCs and corporations)
  • Business dispute resolution and litigation
  • Corporate law and corporate governance
  • Energy law, regulation and renewable energy
  • Employment law and non-competition agreements
  • Intellectual property matters
  • Shareholder agreements and shareholder rights;
  • Partnership agreements and LLC operating agreements
  • Representations of business owners, partners, shareholders, contractors, developers, lenders, and equity investors

Susan Ellinger assists and counsels major corporate clients, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, as well as small businesses, nonprofits, and housing authorities in their business relationships and management, including helping them organize and establish subsidiaries and nonprofits, general board advisement, review of corporate structures and corporate compliance.

Steven Carr’s longtime experience with investor-owned public utility companies, utility holding companies and nonutility subsidiaries has provided him with a sophisticated understanding of commercial structures, project and bond financing, and other corporate and securities matters.

Mr. Carr also has experience in negotiating government contracts, corporate governance, corporate compliance, business litigation, and dispute resolution of both internal and external conflicts in the corporate setting, including nonprofit and tax exempt organizations. Mr. Carr’s clients include Progress Energy, now Duke Energy Corporation, the largest investor-owned electric and gas utility holding company in the U.S. serving 7 million customers in the Carolinas, Florida, and the Midwest and natural gas services in Ohio and Kentucky.