Business Law


For over thirty years, Hartley, Rowe & Fowler attorneys have been advising clients in corporate and commercial transactions. Our attorneys have substantial experience working closely with individuals and businesses to effectively and efficiently handle routine and complicated business matters. As a result, we are well-equipped to provide comprehensive legal solutions and advice regarding the many challenges and opportunities facing our clients in today's complex business environment.

Hartley, Rowe & Fowler attorneys provide individuals and businesses of all sizes with a full range of corporate legal services, including:

Entity Formation
We assist individuals and businesses with selecting the best entity and structure for their new business. In addition, we provide counsel to our clients regarding the many challenges and issues that can emerge when entering into business with a new partner, and we offer practical solutions to effectively address these matters on the front-end, including shareholder agreements and buy-sell agreements.

Mergers and Acquisitions
We routinely handle significant business sales and acquisitions, from due diligence through closing and beyond. We have substantial experience representing both buyers and sellers in asset and stock transactions.

Business Contracts and Transactions
We regularly negotiate, structure and document a wide range of business and commercial transactions and agreements, including:

  • Commercial leases
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Service and supply contracts
  • Independent contractor agreements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Financing arrangements
  • General business contracts

Employee Matters
Our attorneys routinely prepare employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, covenants not to compete, non-solicitation agreements, separation agreements and bonus arrangements on behalf of our employer-clients.

Corporate Governance and Compliance
We advise corporate shareholders, directors, officers, members and managers regarding their rights and duties as they operate in a corporate or limited liability entity. In addition, we provide guidance to clients regarding the various legal questions and issues that inevitably arise regarding the laws and regulations that apply to their business.

Succession Planning
We assist business owners in developing succession plans for when they no longer want, or are unable, to operate their business.


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