BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL LAW

PWHD started in 1954 as a general legal services law firm.  Through the years PWHD has maintained that general business focus, while developing other areas of legal focus and emphasis.  Today, PWHD’s business law attorneys can help you as a start-up sole owner and entrepreneur, a family owned or medium sized business, those that have successfully operated for years, or whether you are a Fortune 500 company or if you have comparably complex legal needs.

We assist businesses with all types of business matters, including:

  • Business negotiations

  • Business contracts, including asset purchase and sale agreements

  • Business formation

  • Business entity formation and entity structures

  • Business succession planning

  • Buy/sell agreements among owners and investors

  • Buying and selling businesses

  • Contract negotiation, drafting and review

  • Commercial lease negotiation, drafting and review

  • Commercial real estate purchases

  • Franchise agreements review, negotiating, and consulting

  • Intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and publishing law) strategy, prosecution and documentation

  • Employment agreements

  • Operating Agreements drafting and review

  • Partnership agreements

  • Purchase and sale agreements

  • Sole proprietorships

  • Exit strategies for executives

  • Partnership disputes

  • Private equity and private placement offering memoranda

  • Real estate purchases

  • Start-up and small businesses

Our attorneys make it a goal to develop long-term relationships with our entrepreneurial business clients and assist them throughout the life of their business. We assist entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes with corporate transactions.  In addition, several of our business law attorneys are volunteers for municipal and private entities that focus on economic development and start-up business matters.

Companies throughout the Virginia Peninsula and Coastal Virginia region have benefited from the services of  PWHD’s business attorneys, and based on that success we have expanded to represent clients in many of the areas of Virginia.  PWHD delivers results-driven representation and cost-effective counsel to small businesses, national corporations, and other entities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

PWHD offers you the best of having a full-service law firm on your side, while remaining small enough to be flexible in our approaches and billing practices, and to develop personal relationships between our attorneys and clients.  PWHD is very proud that many of its business law clients have been loyal clients of the firm for 5, 10, 20 or more years.  We fully intend to keep earning such loyalty.

Business Formation

When opening a business, it is important to work with an experienced attorney to avoid future problems.  We have encountered a lot of legal work required to correct and provide legally complying entity and business documents where owners have used online business registration services.  These are great examples of using an ounce of prevention to avoid a pound of cure.  It is almost always less expensive to use a qualified attorney and set up your business correctly, rather than curing the problems later.  PWHD’s attorneys will help you establish the proper legal foundation, customized to your needs and goals, and that insulate your personal assets while meeting your business needs. We are experienced in the formation of limited liability companies (LLCs), partnerships, limited partnerships, S-corporations (technically a C-corporation with an S-election), C-corporations, and professional corporations or LLCs.

Technology, Entrepreneurial, and Small Business Ventures

Pursuing new technologies, entrepreneurial pursuits, and small businesses is key to the growth of companies both small and large and critically important to building businesses within the community. Entrepreneurs and business owners of all sizes and complexities need to be aware of the laws governing all aspects of starting and operating a business, including employment and discrimination laws, intellectual property, operational practices, manufacturing standards and regulations, financing and capital management, and many other areas of need arise from all levels of businesses.

Intellectual Property, Licensing & Trademark

Intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, licenses, and copyrighted material, is protected by federal and state laws. Legal protection of your intellectual property can help maintain your company’s unique, competitive edge in the economic market.

These are areas with significant overlap and inter-relationships and understanding the rightful use of intellectual property rights is key to managing copyright, patent, and trademark disputes and (if needed) litigations. Researching and drafting agreements regarding use of intellectual property rights and assets require help from attorneys who understand the various rights and laws that govern intellectual property, and that are able to effectively implement protections for you. Confirming compliance with intellectual property laws and resolving disputes are core needs for many businesses and our PWHD attorneys can provide such services for you.

Venture Capital

The risky nature of venture capital means you need help understanding the legal restrictions that are applicable. Skilled legal services can help maintain compliance with regulations for venture capitalists and the recipients of venture capital funding. Regulations on reporting, registration, investing practices, securities trading, and advertising limitations all must be evaluated and appropriate filings and responses may be needed. Assisting you with determining what, when, and how is what our attorneys can do for you.

To learn more about the services our experienced attorneys can provide, contact us to schedule an initial consultation. We can be reached through our contact form or by calling 757-223-4500.

12350 Jefferson Ave
Suite 300
Newport News, 23602
USA

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