Henderson Franklin Provides Corporate Counsel Services to a Wide Range of Businesses
Representing a range of businesses - from small organizations and startups to large corporations – we have a keen sense of the issues a business may face. Working closely with our clients to understand the dynamics of their business, challenges, and objectives, Henderson Franklin attorneys act as trusted counsel throughout every stage of a business’ development. Whether in the courtroom or the boardroom, our clients rely on our professional, experienced representation and exceptional client service to realize their company’s full potential.
Few firms understand the business landscape like Henderson Franklin. With deep roots and long history of serving business clients, we uniquely understand what a business needs to evolve and succeed. We also understand what keeps business owners up at night. From routine questions to “bet the company” decisions, our clients rely on our ability to provide full-service counsel no matter the issue.
Our Approach to Corporate Counsel Services
Henderson Franklin provides corporate counsel services to clients in Southwest Florida and throughout the country. We have experience in many practice areas within highly regulated environments, such as health care, financial services, real estate, pharmaceuticals, and more. We are committed to transparency, professionalism, and integrity. Whether working with businesses that do not have in-house counsel or supplementing specific requirements of in-house counsel, Henderson Franklin is focused on offering customized options for legal support that suit a client’s needs and budget.
Henderson Franklin attorneys work closely with our clients to gain an in-depth understanding of their business, industry, competition, and goals. We take a proactive approach and find opportunities to mitigate risk while educating our clients on new developments and opportunities within their industries. We offer clients solutions that help businesses thrive.
Additionally, all our clients benefit from our collaborative, cross-practice approach to legal service. With over 55 attorneys in 16 practice areas, Henderson Franklin clients have access to what is essentially an entire Legal Department. Our collective range of experience provides clients with full-service counsel well-versed in various subjects and practice areas. Nearly one-third of Henderson Franklin attorneys are Florida Bar board-certified experts in such diverse areas of law as business litigation, civil trial, health care, real estate, and tax. Whether our clients require counsel on their current business plan, growth opportunities, litigation, employment and workplace policies, intellectual property, succession, or transactional endeavors, our firm is equipped to collaborate across practices and areas of law.
Industries We Serve
Some of the industries we service include:
- Financial Services
- Food and Agribusiness
- Professional Services
- Real Estate, Development & Construction
Henderson Franklin attorneys offer corporate counsel services tailored to each client’s needs and ultimate objectives. As outside counsel, we coordinate with our business clients or their existing in-house counsel to guide them through business issues like these and others:
General Business, Legal, and Compliance Issues
Our attorneys are available to assist clients with day-to-day legal and compliance issues affecting their business.
Corporate Governance Matters
As companies grow, they must consider how their corporate governance strategy will allow the organization to flourish. We oversee board meetings, offer advice on officer and director fiduciary duties, draft and administer equity plans and corporate governance documents and ensure our work mitigates the risk of any legal claims.
Executive Issues and Compensation
Ensuring your top organizational talent is properly compensated and sufficiently understands their role and responsibilities are paramount to your business's continued success. Our attorneys assist our clients with executive issues from hiring to termination.
Contract Drafting, Review, and Negotiation
Protecting your company from liability starts with the proper drafting and execution of your corporate contracts. Our attorneys assist with the drafting, reviewing, and negotiating of key contracts, including software, technology, and license agreements; non-compete, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation agreements; employment agreements; professional services agreements; vendor, leasing, and other commercial contracts and more.
Employment and Human Resource Matters
Hiring and retaining the right people can make or break your business's future. Our attorneys can assist with every facet of employee and human resources operations, including employee hiring, retention, and termination, employee handbooks, workplace training, and more.
Healthcare Regulatory Counseling
The healthcare industry represents an onerous and often burdensome amount of regulatory procedures to ensure your business remains compliant. Our attorneys navigate compliance issues for companies doing business within the healthcare industry, including HIPAA compliance and data breaches, physician contracts and compliance reviews, anti-kickback, stark law issues, and more.
Often, the most valuable assets a business has are intangible—trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets. Our Intellectual Property practice provides clients with counsel through all phases of acquiring, developing, protecting, and defending their Intellectual Property.
Mergers and Acquisitions
When your hard work is finally paying off with the sale of your company, you’ll need to work alongside attorneys who understand how to navigate the transactions advantageously and to your benefit. We offer guidance in the support and implementation of mergers and acquisitions transactions, including employment agreements, payouts, and more.
Privacy and Data Security
Unfortunately, in our world, it is not IF you will have a data breach but WHEN. While the last thing any business needs is a data breach and the headaches that come with it, we offer clients some peace of mind. Our attorneys work with clients and their IT staff to develop policies and procedures to protect data and preserve privacy, prepare incident contingency plans and guide them through any post-breach notification process.
Risk Management, Arbitration, Mediation, and Litigation
Our corporate counsel services help our clients mitigate risk and avoid future litigation. However, when an issue does arise, Henderson Franklin has a roster of award-winning attorneys with extensive court experience to represent your interests through all phases of litigation.
Years go into building a successful business, and owners want their businesses to thrive after they leave. However, even in the best of companies, disputes between owners arise or something happens where a principal is no longer available to the business. Preparing for such contingencies or handing a business off to the next generation can be a daunting task. Henderson Franklin provides an interdisciplinary, team approach to succession planning. With input from multiple practice areas, we can develop succession plans that anticipate potential problems and meet the needs of your business and personal bottom line. From advising on business structure issues, facilitating changes in management and control, tax questions, and wealth preservation and transfer planning, we can help you develop a plan that protects the future of the business you have worked so hard to build. With offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Naples, Henderson Franklin has a strong presence in the communities of Southwest Florida, providing convenience to our community association clients and an understanding of the issues particular to each community.
Corporate Counsel News
- Erin Houck-Toll Elected to Henderson Franklin’s Executive Committee
- Cetrangelo and Mancini Named Estate Planning Department Co-Chairs
- 21 Henderson Franklin Attorneys Recognized as 2022 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Shannon Puopolo Becomes a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator
- Henderson Franklin Ranks as a 2020 “Best Law Firm” in Fort Myers