Business and Corporate

Starting and expanding a business is an exciting endeavor, but one that also comes with many challenges.  GSRM attorneys consistently provide a powerful combination of legal savvy and business know how to individuals, entrepreneurs, mid-market companies, business entities and family and closely held enterprises.  The firm offers the full spectrum of business law advice pertaining to the:

  • Formation, organization and transition of business entities
  • Business transactions and commercial agreements
  • Capital funding
  • Labor and employment relations
  • Litigation and dispute resolution

The infusion of capital can offer businesses tremendous opportunity.  GSRM assists clients in structuring equity funding and investment through traditional media such as venture and private equity capital, lending institutions, private placement transactions and joint venture sources.  Our network of professionals throughout the state has proved invaluable to business owners and operators.

Successful business ventures require lawyers that support business objectives and close transactions.  GSRM advises clients in all aspects of commercial dealings, ranging from organizing business entities, handling mergers, acquisitions and dispositions—to structuring commercial transactions, drafting employment contracts, and counseling clients on matters relating to real property.  Our attorneys also work with individuals to devise transition plans for personal and business assets, as well as to deconstruct a business where partners choose to go separate ways.

Whether the firm is engaged to buy or sell assets or to draft partnering, joint venture or strategic alliance agreements, keeping our client’s unique goal in mind is our steadfast commitment.

Tax considerations are woven into every fiber of a commercial enterprise.  GSRM attorneys represent clients in a wide variety of matters involving their taxation by the Internal Revenue Service, the State of Tennessee, as well as counties and municipalities within the state.  The firm takes a proactive planning approach to address tax issues to achieve the most beneficial tax consequences.  Our attorneys work in conjunction with our client’s accountants to develop the most beneficial tax strategy that balances both long and short term objectives.

Because people make the difference in an organization’s success, employee relations counsel is paramount to protecting a business.  GSRM offers vast experience representing employers.  Our lawyers assist businesses and managers in understanding the federal and state laws that affect the employer/employee or business/contractor relationships.  Our attorneys work with clients to deal with the charges, complaints and litigation that arise from the employment relationship.  Because the avoidance of a problem through proactive, upfront communication is always preferred, our attorneys prepare the full scope of employment agreements, including employment contracts and non-compete, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, among others.

Business as usual does not always apply to all market segments.  Some industries are heavily regulated and demand precise expertise on the rules, regulations and operational challenges which are encountered daily.  Others require an in depth understanding of industry related practices and technologies.  GSRM offers these deep and highly distinct pockets of expertise across a broad range of specialty industries, such as dental, healthcare, retail, banking and hospitality (including the regulation of alcoholic and malt beverages), among others.  The firm also offers a robust government relations practice when lobbying is required to preserve or assert commercial interests.