BUSINESS & TRANSACTIONAL LAW

The corporate section of the firm has substantial experience in the area of acquisitions and dispositions of business interest. Previous transactions handled by the firm include asset purchases, stock purchases and mergers. The firm has represented both purchasers and sellers in these transactions. The firm's participation in these transactions has included both the design and structuring of the transaction, the drafting and negotiation of the definitive sale documents and the actual closing of the transaction and conveyance of real and personal property. The firm has also been involved in negotiations and litigation arising post-closing in connection with indemnity claims for breaches of representations and warranties.

The firm believes that its clients are best served by consolidating in a single attorney overall responsibility for the supervision of the transaction. This insures that one attorney is aware of all facets of the purchase or sale and that all areas of the transaction are coordinated and that the client is not faced with inconsistent position through the fact that two different lawyers are handling separate portions of the transaction.

The firm's corporate attorneys have extensive experience in the negotiation and preparation of contracts in virtually all areas of business, including purchase and sale of real and personal property, both tangible and intangible, supply and distribution agreements, public and private, construction contracts, licensing arrangements, and loan, employment and other corporate contracts. Additionally, the firm's trial lawyers have handled numerous lawsuits involving allegations of breach of contract including claims arising from the design or construction of public projects.

The firm's business and transactional practice is handled primarily by John L. Van Cleave, W. Warner McNeilly, III, and Erik Thorngren.