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Experience and Client Successes in  Business, Employment and Litigation

Businesses – For Success – Experience Counts

  • Small Businesses have a variety of legal needs and look for legal counsel who can advise about the interplay of business needs and issues with legal requirements and preventive steps to avoid costly lawsuits.
  • Representing a manufacturing company  of specialty products from owner’s decision to incorporate to corporate maintenance, related business and real estate matters, prepared employment documents, including MA based job application; employee Non-Disclosure Agreements to assure legal protection for trade secrets and other confidential information,  non-competition language,   no-employee stealing clauses; Employee Handbook with required state and federal language, advice about termination of employees and preparation of  Severance Agreements.
  • Representing the same company in advice about and preparation for sale of business, including obtaining Company Valuation Seller Nondisclosure Agreement for Buyer, Going over with Seller due diligence list of Documents to prepare for Buyer and  primary choices for  sale of business: asset purchase agreement, stock purchase agreement, and merger.
  • Helped in changing form of ownership from S Corp to LLC for retail business.
  • Handled stock purchase agreement for sale of a company from founder to adult children, including payment terms over time, secured by a promissory note and stock pledge, with standard warranties and representations.
  • Settled a court lawsuit involving contract language for a North Carolina business, with unusual issues and potential liability.
  • Advised start-up company on various issues concerning business and legal issues, including avoidance of liability and review of contracts.
  • Set up LLC and Operating Agreement for client with Hong Kong partner and working with accounting firm to implement tax advice.
  • Negotiated asset sale for North Shore software firm
  • Set up S Corp for corporation and then negotiated favorable 5 year commercial lease with option to renew for 15,000 square feet of space, initial rent forgiveness and landlord build-out with cap on liability under tenant’s personal guarantee to landlord.
  • Completed stock purchase agreement for acquisition of an energy management company by South Shore commercial heating OEM client.
  • Advising physician – becoming partner in multi-physician practice in two entities the Limited Liability Partnership LLP for the practice and the LLC for Real Estate, review of and changes in employers’ LLP Agreement
  • Represented North Shore tool manufacturing company in asset purchase from CooperTools and later closed on a successful asset sale agreement of the company when business matured
  • Developed and orchestrated succession plan for CEO of Corp. and sale of stock partially funded by life insurance pursuant to stock purchase agreement upon demise of CEO.
  • Represented High Tech/Software Companies and venture capital firms in stock purchases of start-up companies
  • Negotiated tough renewal terms for option to buy real estate, resulting in large corporation’s promptly buying charitable client’s commercial property.
  • Handled all aspects of franchise Monkey Joe’s incorporation, very favorable lease negotiation of 15,000 sq ft retail space, and related business and corporate work.
  • Advised construction company about settlement of claim and about other related issues

Employment – Knowledge and Persistence Pays Off.

  • Advised business clients in successful ways to document pre-firing employment issues and avoid discrimination claims, terms of settlement and over 40 aged special requirements for Severance Agreements.
  • Advised Plant Manager of various employment issues, including working with HR in claim of harassment
  • Advised HR Director about employment issues and concerns as she planned retirement. Recommended other service providers.
  • Achieved very good Severance Agreement, after advising VP of Marketing of her rights under employment contract and negotiated settlement she wanted with payout over time.
  • Obtained very good Employment Contract for manager of manufacturing site of multinational corporation to become President of Mid-West Firm, resolving tricky Non-Competition Issues and with an improved financial package.
  • Filed Gender and Handicapped complaint for a Pharma Specialist against two related Multinational Companies and the manager who discriminated on the basis of gender and handicap.  After receiving a “smoking gun” document from the other side, negotiated a satisfactory Settlement Agreement.
  • Negotiated a very good settlement for almost one year’s salary for an experienced nurse with a chronic medical issue unfairly terminated at the end of her Family Medical Leave Act medical leave at a Boston Hospital, transferring the matter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination.  The key to the successful outcome was our amended complaint detailing failures to provide reasonable accommodations to her illness.
  • Helped a retail manager of a top store of a national company who received a  Personal Information Plan, analyzed the facts and law and helped him with his disability claim, filing a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission obtaining documentation helping to reach a settlement and making the client very happy.
  • Reviewed and advised  Manager in Medical Services Company about severance agreement, obtaining certain changes for her benefit.
  • Achieved settlement with Verizon in unusual employment sexual preference discrimination claim due to homosexual name calling and harassment of employee due to supervisor’s overlooking discrimination
  • Advised business client employing Canadian senior executive on contract terms, drafting independent contractor agreement under 2004 Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute, including issues of confidentiality, non-disclosure, and immigration issues
  • Advised Software Company serving Publishing Industry about Employment and Independent Contractor Agreements, including Confidentiality, Trade Secret Non-Disclosure, and Non-Competition Provisions
  • Negotiated from compelling demand letter resulting in excellent settlement pre-lawsuit for high level manager in initially consensual love affair with CEO,
  • Achieved favorable settlement in sex discrimination claim for pregnant woman based on complete investigation and detailed demand letter.
  • Achieved one of the best settlements according to company legal counsel in age discrimination/ breach of contract case brought by insurance co. executive.
  • Successfully negotiated almost one year’s pay and attorney’s fees severance settlement for an Assistant Treasurer of a Religious Denomination in whistle-blowing/age discrimination claim

Litigation – A Tough Fighter More Often Gets Results

  • Won motion for summary judgment in Superior Court on breach of fiduciary duty claim and interference with contract claim in case involving rights of minority / majority shareholders in closely held corporation – employment contract and obtained settlement on favorable terms, the amount sought in value of stock
  • After obtaining some favorable language from Probate Court judge in denial of motion for summary judgment about the language in a will and trust, got excellent settlement avoiding trial,  –  involving a multi- acre parcel on Ipswich River in Middleton
  • After trial before a Master, obtained a finding of loss of income on rental property in Derry N.H. about $ 50,000 in double damages under claims of fraud / G. L. Ch. 93A, and Attorney’s fees in the amount of $ 32, 000 upheld by Superior Court.
  • Obtained good securities fraud settlement in mediation for inappropriate retirement investments by brokerage firm – key to success – mediator said was our procedural strategy in filing in Superior Court before mediation
  • In an unusual securities fraud case against major brokerage house involving lack of suitable investment advice obtained an excellent pre-trial offer.
  • Expedited lawsuit and discovery for Client Corporation and 3 day Superior Court trial for order of sale of a Motel for $2 million, with six weeks from commencement to trial. Outcome: Client able to purchase Motel on agreed favorable terms
  • Represented citizens group in Superior Court to enforce Ipswich zoning law in Superior Court against McDonald’s Corp., represented by large Boston firm, winning change of location
  • Obtained excellent pre-trial settlement for Topsfield client for land taking of 100-lot subdivision by Salem-Beverly Water Bd. for a future reservoir off Route 1. Key to eminent domain case – expert witness preparation and use of report.

 

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