Tacoma Business and Employment Lawyers

Decades of Combined Legal Experience Representing Clients in Business and Employment Law Matters: Proudly Serving the Areas of Puyallup, University Place, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, and Bonney Lake

Business Law

Tacoma business lawyersOur Tacoma business lawyers have decades of combined experience providing businesses with quality legal services throughout the Pacific Northwest. Our business attorneys in Tacoma represent individuals and businesses facing many different legal issues. We pledge to alleviate these burdens while you focus on what you do best: running your business.

Whether you are starting a business or have an established one already, we work closely with you to offer practical and economical solutions to any number of issues that you currently face or may face in the future.

One of our jobs is to help our business clients conduct their affairs so as to avoid conflict, dispute, and litigation. Therefore, we assist our clients when they enter into business relationships; establish policies, plans, and procedures; and exit business relationships – all in ways that avoid future litigation.

When litigation does arise, however, we assist our clients in getting through the legal process and ending up in a favorable position.

Areas of Focus

Our clients rely on us:

  • To form, organize, or sell their businesses;
  • To provide advice regarding the operation of their businesses;
  • To provide advice on employee matters;
  • To handle all litigation matters; and
  • To draft and review contracts prior to their execution.

In this manner, we focus on many different legal issues that our clients routinely face, including the following:

  • Breach of contract claims
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • Business dissolution
  • Confidentiality agreements (drafting the agreements, and resolving disputes)
  • Contract drafting
  • Construction and contractor issues
  • Corporation formation and maintenance
  • Employment matters
  • Franchises
  • General business advice
  • Incorporation issues
  • New business creation (LLP, LLC, non-profit corporations, profit corporations, social purpose corporations, etc.)
  • Non-compete agreements and disputes
  • Partnership agreements and disputes
  • LLC member agreements and operating agreements
  • Real estate acquisition
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Succession planning
  • UCC transactions

What Sets Us Apart

There are many business law firms to choose from in the Tacoma area. However, as you may expect, not all firms are comparable in terms of having successful, ethical, and experienced Tacoma business lawyers with quality business practices. It takes both good people and good management skills to operate a reputable law firm and to produce high-quality legal services. Our Tacoma business attorneys pledge to provide only the highest level of legal representation to our clients. We do this by instituting a number of policies:

Teamwork. Our business law lawyers work collaboratively with each other and directly with clients by sharing strategies, ideas, and experiences to find the best and most straightforward solutions to the issue(s) at hand. When you hire our business lawyers in Tacoma, you benefit from the experience of not just one attorney, but all of the attorneys at the firm.

Resources. Our success and reputation provide many opportunities for both the firm and our clients. We have access to some of the best economic, financial, and vocational experts in the business – when our clients need expert analysis, we have many possible options. Moreover, our business and employment lawyers have access to the best possible legal and news research databases.

Tailored Approach. We are selective in both the type and number of business clients and cases we accept. By taking this approach, it ensures that we take cases wherein we can best apply our transactional and business skills and experience. We treat every case with the attention and specialization that it deserves. We know that your business is extremely important to you, and we never forget that.

Responsiveness. While our team of Tacoma business lawyers and staff is big enough to handle your complex business matter, we are also small enough to be adept and responsive to better serve your legal needs.

Simple Solutions. We do not believe in complicating matters and unnecessarily driving up costs. If there is a simple solution to your issue, that is always our first choice.

Extensive Knowledge. Because we are business litigators, we anticipate what can go wrong and know how to craft solutions. Foreseeing the problems that may potentially arise allows us to draft better agreements to avoid potential pitfalls in the first place.

Employment Law

We Help Employers

Tacoma employment lawyersOur Tacoma employment lawyers represent many large and small business owners throughout Washington state. As business owners ourselves, we fully understand that employers are subject to many local, state, and federal rules and regulations. In the vast majority of instances, employers must follow these rules exactly and precisely or risk suffering significant legal consequences.

We help you identify, understand, and comply with all relevant regulations – including specific “employment laws.” Moreover, if you need to initiate litigation or respond to lawsuits, we provide comprehensive litigation services.

If you are a client, you know you can call our Tacoma employment attorneys with your questions and concerns because 1) we know who you are and we understand the ins and outs of your business; 2) we thoroughly understand the relevant employment laws and regulations applicable to your issues; 3) we have the ability to recognize potential red flags; and 4) we can strategize with you to formulate effective and efficient solutions.

We Help Employees

Many of our employee clients wish to enter into various types of legal agreements. Our Tacoma employment law firm can assist you in negotiating these contracts prior to execution, and provide counsel regarding the terms and conditions of these agreements (as well as identify and explain your resulting legal rights and responsibilities).

We also understand the difficult challenges that employees face in the workplace. Our Tacoma employment lawyers represent employees in many types of legal and administrative matters arising from improper and unlawful actions by their employers. We can help you understand your rights as an employee and determine if your rights were violated. When necessary, we represent employees in many types of litigation based on wage claims, discrimination matters, unemployment benefits matters, and so much more.

We Help Independent Contractors

Independent contractors provide so many necessary and valued products and services to Washington businesses, residents, and government agencies. Like all service and goods providers, if you are an independent contractor, you must comply with various rules and regulations in order to operate lawfully.

Moreover, in many instances, individuals are classified as independent contractors when they should be treated as employees and vice versa. These classifications become very important when workers’ compensation and unemployment benefits are at issue. Our employment lawyers in Tacoma have successfully represented clients on both sides of these issues.

Areas of Focus and Services We Provide

  • Drafting employee handbooks
  • Drafting, review, and negotiation of:
    • Confidentiality agreements
    • Employment agreements
    • Executive contracts
    • Non-compete agreements
    • Severance agreements
    • Separation agreements
    • Trade secret agreements
    • Independent contractor agreements
  • Conducting all stages of litigation arising from any employment law-related matter, including in state and federal courts and administrative agencies
  • Handling employment termination matters and any resulting disputes
  • Handling severance pay issues
  • Protection of intellectual property:
    • Trademarks
    • Patents
    • Copyrights
  • Administration of unemployment benefits
  • Conducting appeals resulting from unfavorable unemployment benefit determinations
  • Handling all stages of wage and hour matters:
    • Wage claims
    • Overtime disputes
    • Issues regarding commissions
  • Resolving wrongful discharge claims
  • Conducting appeals

What Sets Us Apart

Teamwork. Our Tacoma business and employment law firm handles cases in a collaborative environment. We work together as a legal team to identify and offer different perspectives (employer vs. employee, etc.) so that we understand our clients’ issues comprehensively and thoroughly. You benefit from the experience of not just one attorney, but that of our entire legal team.

Tailored approach. We are selective in the type and number of clients we represent and the cases we undertake. We wish to provide our clients with only the best possible legal services that take into account our specific skills, experience, and specialties. By doing so, we can provide legal counsel tailored to your specific business and employment law matter.

Responsiveness. Our firm’s dedicated employment lawyers, phenomenal staff, and commitment to customer service allows us to communicate effectively and efficiently to better serve your needs. We work closely with you to resolve matters quickly and economically.

Appropriate solutions. We do not believe in complicating matters and unnecessarily driving up legal fees and costs. We work with you to formulate an effective and appropriate solution in the most proficient and economical manner.

Contact Us Today

Our Tacoma business and employment attorneys have significant experience representing clients in Washington’s state and federal courts as well as before various administrative and regulatory agencies. Please contact us for more information on how we can assist you with your business and employment law matters. You can also find more information on our business and employment law FAQ page.