Practice Areas - Corporate & Real Estate

 The FWH&L corporate and real estate attorneys are experienced in representing clients with the breadth of all of the legal issues in the formation, operation and termination of business entities.  We are solution driven and results oriented.  The businesses may be sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations or limited liability companies.  Our attorneys have handled the formation and filing of new enterprises, acquisition of existing businesses and sale or liquidation of businesses.  They have formed limited liability companies (including single member LLC’s), corporations (including Sub Chapter S corporations, non profit corporations, Professional corporations and Benefit corporations), and Partnerships (including Family Limited Partnerships, general partnerships and limited partnerships).  All formations and acquisitions are done with a strategic view to maximize shareholder benefit and minimize taxation.

FWH&L’s attorneys have prepared all forms of agreements for the operation of businesses i.e.,  Articles of Incorporation or Formation, Shareholder Agreements, Operating Agreements, Buy-Sell Agreements, lease agreements, employment agreements, employee benefit plans (health plans, employee handbooks, pension plans and profit sharing plans) and financing arrangements.

FWHL’s attorneys provide comprehensive legal services for privately-held businesses at every stage of growth, from startup through merger, acquisition, or sale. Our professionals strive to address every client’s legal needs with a businesslike focus on the bottom-line. We take great pride in giving clients proactive legal advice that helps avoid business disputes and regulatory issues, and in delivering top quality legal services in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.  Our corporate law services include:

 

  • Startup company advice, creation, and financing
  • Contract negotiation and drafting
  • Corporate taxation advice & representation
  • Buy-outs of shareholders & partners
  • Resolution of Management/Labor disputes
  • Non-profit entity creation & development
  • Health care law advice and compliance
  • Due diligence investigations
  • Mergers, acquisitions, & sales
  • Export-import transactions
  • International trade, transactions & licensing
  • Joint venture structuring & negotiation
  • Legal aspects of Internet communications & technologies
  • Administrative law practice - compliance & representation
  • HIPAA compliance

 

        Advanced legal advice helps avoid litigation and strengthens a party's negotiating position. FWHL prepares and negotiates a full range of legal agreements for clients including:

 

  • Artist Agreements
  • Business Purchases & Sales
  • Commission Agreements
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Dissolution Agreements
  • Employee benefit agreements
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Employment Contracts
  • Export-import agreements
  • Financial Instruments
  • HIPAA Business Associate Agreements
  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • International Trade Agreements
  • Invention Rights Agreements
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Lease Transactions
  • Letters of Credit
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Non-Circumvention Agreements
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Privacy Policies
  • Pro Formas
  • Promissory Notes
  • Real Estate Purchase & Sale Agreements
  • Sales of Goods
  • Settlement & Release Agreements
  • Severance Agreements
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Software Development Agreements
  • Sports & Entertainment Agreements
  • Stock Option Plans
  • Talent Agent Contracts
  • Technology Agreements
  • Telecommunications Agreements

 

 

        Some Representative Business Law Matters

 

  • Negotiating and drafting agreements for the sale and purchase of multi-million dollar private businesses

 

  • Negotiating and drafting a joint-venture and license agreement between a US-based metallurgical company and a startup company in Eastern Europe

 

  • Negotiating the settlement of bi-coastal litigation in a years-long partnership dispute involving a multi-million dollar business, and structuring the division and reorganization of the business

 

  • Negotiating and drafting medical practice agreements for physician groups

 

  • Drafting HIPAA-compliant Web site privacy policies for medical practices and e-commerce sites

 

  • Negotiating and drafting digital rights and film development agreements for entertainment companies

 

  • Negotiating the settlement of litigation involving the breakup of a large Philadelphia law firm, and drafting the division and settlement agreement

 

  • Performing a feasibility study for a Polish technology company interested in determining the optimum business use of its proprietary digital maps, and conducting negotiations on behalf of that company with potential partners in the US and Germany

 

  • Negotiation & drafting of contracts for US basketball players to play in European leagues

 

  • Negotiation and drafting a Taxi Medallion Sale Agreement for a Philadelphia cab owner

 

  • Performing a feasibility study for a Polish technology company interested in determining the optimum business use of its proprietary digital maps, and conducting negotiations on behalf of that company with potential partners in the US and Germany

 

  • Developing and negotiating the licensing and export of coffee products from a large regional US coffee company to an importer in Poland

 

  • Negotiating joint-venture and license agreements between a US metallurgical company and a startup company in Eastern Europe

 

  • Obtaining a registered US trademark for an Italian company's product tradename

 

  • Creation of a US-based corporate entity for a foreign technology company seeking to enter the United States market

 

  • Creation of a US-based corporate entity for a foreign technology company seeking to enter the United States market

 

  • Representing clients in condemnation proceeding and before boards of view to determine the value of real estate for real estate tax purposes.  In one condemnation matter, a parking lot was taken as part of the expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  The result was an increase in the amount paid to our client by over $1M. 

 

  • Representing clients in the purchase, sale, lease and financing of commercial real estate and residential real estate.

 

  • Representing clients in the roll over of commercial properties pursuant to Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, both as exchange and as reverse exchange transactions.

 

Attorneys:

Paul Baker Bartle

Ronald Bluestein

Emmett Fitzpatrick

Richard Greenstein

Stephen Levin

Robert E. Walton