The attorneys in our business law practice work closely with business owners and executives to provide advice and guidance on many issues and in a broad array of transactions and contexts.
We understand that prompt responses, regular communication, and recognizing the ever-changing needs of businesses are essential to delivering outstanding legal services. We’ve been an integral part of the growth and success of hundreds of companies — many of which we’ve represented for several generations.
So that our corporate clients have every advantage in the marketplace, Cavitch provides a full range of legal services that are delivered accurately, efficiently and cost-effectively.
We offer counsel in many areas including:
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Business formations and dispositions
- Shareholder issues
- Tax planning
- Succession planning
- Raising capital and developing lending relationships
Productive interaction with employees, competitors, customers and suppliers
Employee benefits is an area in which we have extensively practiced, lectured and written. Our attorneys have years of experience advising clients on matters related to:
- Pension & profit sharing plans
- Section 401(k) plans
- Non-qualified employee benefit plans
- Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs)
- Cafeteria plans and medical reimbursement plans
- Executive compensation agreements
- Correction of defective plans
- IRS and DOL audits
We work with business owners to design customized plans that accomplish their objectives in the most tax efficient manner. We also make sure that their plans remain in compliance with ERISA and all other applicable laws and regulations.
One of the more active areas of our business law practice involves acquisitions, sales, reorganizations, financings, and other substantial business transactions. We assist our clients from the beginning of negotiations, through the documentation and due diligence process, to the completion of the closing. When these transactions require specific expertise, we are able to draw upon the resources of our other practice areas to provide advice on issues involving matters such as:
- Taxation Real estate
- Employee benefits
- Financing Employment law
Our goal is to always protect our clients’ interests by assisting them in making informed business decisions and to be there to help facilitate the transaction.
Real estate law is an integral part of our practice and includes all of the facets of planning, evaluating and closing real estate transactions. Our attorneys have years of experience representing purchasers, sellers, lenders, developers, landlords, tenants, brokers and title companies in all aspects of their businesses. We carefully attend to all of the issues related to the successful completion of every type of real estate transaction including:
- Real estate acquisitions
- Operation and disposition (Including like-kind exchanges)
- Leasing (Including oil and gas leasing)
- Like-kind Exchanges
- Real Estate transactions structured as an entity purchase
We also offer expertise in resolving zoning, environmental and title issues. We help negotiate and often prepare all documents related to the completion of real estate transactions. Our team of litigation attorneys also has extensive experience in all types of real estate controversies, including matters such as lease disputes, title insurance claims, real estate tax complaints, hearings before the County Boards of Revision and appeals before the Board of Tax Appeals. Our attorneys also work closely with a network of other real estate professionals, such as title insurance agents, accountants, bankers, surveyors, appraisers, environmental consultants and lenders to help meet all of your needs throughout the real estate transaction.
Cavitch attorneys often represent individuals and families engaged in the ownership and operation of a wide variety of businesses. Those businesses are conducted in many different forms of entity, including, partnerships, corporations, (both C and S corporations), and limited liability companies. Frequently, that representation involves assisting the clients with respect to smooth transition of ownership from the older to the younger generation. Cavitch attorneys can help with the planning and implementation of a plat to move ownership of the business in ways that can involve one or more of a redemption, reorganization, sale or gifting of ownership interests. Cavitch attorneys have many years of representing closely-held business owners and have a particular and creative expertise in the area of corporate succession planning.
We provide legal counsel and practical advice on all aspects of the employment relationship that confront business owners. Our aim is to reduce the risks of litigation and counsel clients on difficult employment decisions, such as:
- Hiring and Firing
- Confidentiality agreements
- Severance agreements
- Wage and hour issues
- Unemployment issues
- Wrongful discharge
- Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
- Workplace safety and injuries
- Employee Benefits
- Regulatory issues
- Personnel manuals and related items
Our employment attorneys have years of experience working with agencies focused on employment-related matters such as:
- Ohio Civil Rights Commission
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Commercial lending can be a long tedious process. Cavitch Capital and Finance attorneys provide a focused analysis in loan structuring, restructuring and loan modifications. We represent banks, institutional lenders and private lenders in connection with asset-based and real estate loan transactions. Our knowledge and experience across a spectrum of clients and types of financing allows us to provide additional counsel in the areas of Corporate Governance, Regulatory Compliance and a wide array of asset based lending.
Cavitch attorneys have years of extensive experience authoring and co-authoring tax law references published by Matthew Bender and others. Our attorneys understand the strategy behind sound tax advice and our tax attorneys work closely with our business, financial, estate planning and bankruptcy attorneys to provide our clients with a comprehensive approach to their tax law needs. In addition to comprehensive tax planning, we also represent clients involved in tax disputes with the IRS and state and local taxing authorities. Our attorneys truly understand how aggressive and adversarial taxing authorities can make this process and as such, our attorneys provide counsel in the following areas:
- Estate and gift taxes
- Tax analysis of proposed transactions
- Executive compensation
- Pension programs and other employee benefit plans
- Federal tax litigation
- Corporate, partnership and limited liability company organization, reorganization and liquidation
- Tax advantaged transfers of business assets or other interests
- Tax implications of real estate ownership and transfer
- Tax-free exchanges of real estate
- Not-for-profit entities