Both publicly traded and privately held companies in the retail industry seek our counsel on myriad legal and business issues affecting their business operations. Our retail clients include national and international specialty stores dealing in men's, women's and children's apparel and fashion, footwear, home textiles, housewares, drugstores, home appliances, consumer electronics and computer products. We also represent clients involved in the manufacturing and distribution channels for the retail industry, as well as shopping center operators and retail store developers.
Our approach is to provide "common sense" legal and business solutions for our clients to help them grow and expand their business operations and to assist in the early identification and resolution of potential problems. As a full-service law firm, we pride ourselves on the ability to provide timely, practical and accurate advice on a broad range of matters that arise on a daily basis, including corporate governance, real estate, labor and employment, credit, financing, tax, securities law, advertising, licensing, executive compensation, intellectual property, antitrust, bankruptcy and litigation matters.
Commercial Real Estate, Construction, Development and Financial Services
We provide a full range of legal services relating to real estate, including the purchase, sale and leasing of commercial properties, landlord/tenant matters, construction contracts, developer agreements, land use and environmental issues, structuring of complex financing for real estate development projects, and related transactions.
Corporate, Tax, Mergers and Acquisitions
We serve as securities and corporate counsel to a wide array of NYSE-, NASDAQ- and AMEX-listed companies, as well as private companies. We provide counseling in the areas of corporate structure and governance, securities law reporting and SEC compliance, regulatory matters, general corporate law, international and domestic tax issues, and mergers and acquisitions. Our attorneys serve as counsel to targets, acquirers and investment banks in a variety of public and private company mergers.
Employment, Labor, Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits
Representation of management in labor and employment law matters is one of our keystone areas of practice, for which our attorneys have been nationally recognized. We assist retail industry corporate executives, general counsel and human resources professionals in developing and executing their companies' organizational strategies. We have sophisticated experience in counseling employers on employment contracts, restrictive covenants, employee handbooks, training, employee discipline, wrongful discharge, employment discrimination and termination, labor relations including union representation proceedings and contract arbitrations, National Labor Relations Board matters, employee health and safety, workers' compensation, executive compensation, employee benefit matters, ERISA benefits and compensation plans, and immigration issues.
Intellectual Property, Advertising and Promotions
We provide a full range of services to retailers and manufacturers to meet their intellectual property, advertising and promotions requirements. Our services include the registration, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks, copyrights and patents as well as the negotiation and drafting of marketing, distribution, licensing and franchise agreements. Our attorneys regularly advise retail clients on the creation, production, broadcast, publication and dissemination of all forms of advertising, marketing, promotional, public relations and related services and materials, including specialized e-commerce, trade secret and privacy issues.
Litigation and Antitrust
Our attorneys have substantial experience representing retailers in all facets of commercial litigation, including contract disputes and landlord-tenant, labor and employment, vendor, franchising, and distribution matters. Clients regularly look to our attorneys for preventive counseling and representation on antitrust matters, as well as advice during the course of regulatory investigations. We have represented clients in civil actions alleging anti-competitive behavior, including price fixing, tie-ins, monopolization, price discrimination, employee raiding and theft of trade secrets, and have counseled our clients as to the antitrust risks of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances.
Bankruptcy, Restructuring, Reorganizations and Workouts
We have counseled many clients in out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 11 proceedings in the retail/consumer services sector. We represent secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, lenders financing debtors-in-possession, lessors of equipment or real estate, and creditors' committees to protect their respective interests. We have also represented large creditors' committees and various local and out-of-state secured creditors in a number of well-publicized bankruptcies.