Business & Commercial Law
Focusing on the needs of small and medium-sized businesses and nonprofits throughout Virginia, D'Lima Law, LLC represents clients in business and commercial matters, including litigation, contract drafting & negotiation, smart contracts, entity formation, corporate law & structure, mergers & acquisitions, and commercial landlord & tenant disputes.
D'Lima Law, LLC can offer comprehensive services, such as representation through the life of a lawsuit, or limited-scope legal consulting on a task-based or hourly basis.
If business disputes can't be settled, litigation may be necessary. Examples of litigation issues include breaches of contract, tortious interference with a contract, or derivative actions by shareholders. D'Lima Law, LLC has the experience to aggressively pursue or defend claims in arbitration or litigation. D'Lima Law, LLC can also handle appeals from trials or administrative agency decisions, and represent creditors in bankruptcy cases and adverse proceedings.
The main purpose and type of business you're starting affect what structure is best. Options include corporations, nonstock corporations (typically used by nonprofits), partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs), Series LLCs, business trusts, and sole proprietorships. At the federal tax level, an S corporation or C corporation designation may be appropriate, and a nonprofit entity needs to apply for tax-exempt status.
Business Sales and M&A
There are many considerations when selling, purchasing, or merging with a business, such as terms, assets including intellectual property, liability, and a new corporate structure if needed. D'Lima Law, LLC offers advice and representation through the entire process of the sale, merger or purchase of a business.
Contracts are vitally important to the function of a business. D'Lima Law, LLC can help with all aspects, such as drafting, review, negotiation (including commercial leases), and, if needed, advice regarding litigation. Smart contracts are also increasingly being used by companies of all sizes. D'Lima Law, LLC can also advise on Virginia UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) transactions and filings.
Corporate Rules & Policies
Governing documents of a company, such as bylaws or the operating agreement, determine how the company runs and makes decisions. Other important policies a company may implement are conflict of interest policies and employment policies. D'Lima Law, LLC can also assist your business with running effective board meetings.
Dealing with employment issues can be complex. D'Lima Law, LLC can advise on drafting employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, employee handbooks, benefit policies, anti-discrimination policies, and more. D'Lima Law, LLC can also advise on employment disputes.
Intellectual Property (IP)
Intellectual property, or IP, such as trademarks or copyrights, can be one of the most valuable types of assets a business owns. It's important to protect your IP from infringers. D'Lima Law can help with cease and desist letters and litigation. D'Lima Law can also help if the USPTO or US Copyright Office has rejected your trademark or copyright application.
Most businesses need to consider regulatory compliance, whether it's dealing with various regulations or government agency approvals. D'Lima Law, LLC can assist with making sure that you are complying with all relevant regulations and, if necessary, completing agency filings and applications. Compliance with privacy laws is one area of growing concern.
Many small- and medium-sized businesses start or expand with the help of a business loan backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. During the COVID-19 crisis, many businesses also got loans directly from the SBA, known as Economic Injury Disaster Loans or "EIDLs." D'Lima Law, LLC can help answer questions, such as about loan terms and limitations, or assist in requesting an offer in compromise if your business can't afford to pay back its SBA loan.