Our clients come from a broad cross-section of industries yet they have so much in common.
They create their future. Our clients have a vision (sometimes clear but sometimes a little foggy) of where they are going personally and professionally. They have the courage to know they don’t have all the answers and are committed to asking tough questions of themselves and their organization. And we often act as a co-pilot on their team, helping them navigate the risks and take advantage of opportunities, as they create their future.
They are always seeking growth. Our clients are comfortable being uncomfortable. They thrive on challenge and see failure not as a permanent state, but simply as one step on the path to success and to learning what they are capable of achieving. They read, listen to podcasts, talk to other business owners, bounce ideas off their advisors, and are constantly on a search for new information, different perspectives, and new ways of looking at issues.
They are relationship driven. Our clients believe strong relationships make a strong business. We invest in creating long-term, meaningful relationships with our clients and our clients do the same with us. We are partners with our clients working towards their success, and our clients rely on us to help them achieve their aspirations and dreams.
They invest in themselves and their business. Our clients invest in the people, strategies, and resources that will move them closer to their future vision. And, they are willing to make the sacrifices to achieve it. If they are standing still, their moving backwards because everyone else is moving forward.
If you have these traits, then let’s talk. We may be just the firm for you.
Founder & Managing Partner
High-growth companies come to me for one thing: They want to be confident and clear in the decisions they make and the direction they are heading as they face new challenges.
Most people think of their lawyer as someone who says “No” and prevents them from growing their business. Not me. My job is to find a way to say “Yes” and help business develop strategies to grow and face the challenges ahead.
But I’m not just your lawyer, I’m a voracious consumer of all things business. I stay on top of business management and leadership philosophies, HR trends, sales and marketing strategies, mergers and acquisitions reports, and more. And I learn all this from books I’m reading and podcasts I’m listening to (ask me for suggestions), conversation with my network of experts, and my favorite resource, the Harvard Business Review.
It’s quite simple for me: I love working with entrepreneurs and learning everything about business.
And if you want to know something unique about me: I love all things neuroscience, mental-models, how human biases affect how we learn and make decisions, and my guilty pleasure, power-washing.
I’ve has been told my approach to practicing law is unique (when you meet me, you’ll find out). I’ll guide you in thinking and viewing situations from new and different perspectives. And I’ll do it with Passion. With Energy. With Knowledge. And With Experience.
I’m frequently involved in matters where legal, accounting and business issues intersect. I regularly counsel clients on business formations and corporate transactions, business continuity planning, operations and management of businesses, the accumulation and preservation of wealth for business owners, taxation, and contract matters.
I earned a B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan. I’m also a Certified Public Accountant.
I’ve also be named one of Michigan’s Go To Business Lawyers by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly.
You want to, and must, spend your time on business growth and creating profits. The best way to do this is first to create a solid business foundation.
This means aligning your business goals with the right legal structure, tax strategy, and financial design. This alignment frees you to focus on daily business decisions and the real work of running your business.
Whether you are starting a new venture, or need support to catch up with your growth, we know how to make sure your foundation is not standing in the way of your goals.
The work of your business starts with your customer and supplier relationships, and the contracts you enter into. One unintended mistake cold be costly to your business.
That’s why we focus our energy helping you streamline your contracts.
We pay particular attention to your terms and conditions, employment and contractor agreements, website policies an disclosures, protecting your intellectual property and assets, and even reviewing your insurance policies (especially cyber security policies).
Business deals become more technical and complex every day. Whether you are facing regulatory hurdles, tax consequences, or real estate matters, the only certainty about transactions is the appearance of unanticipated problems.
And it is your legal team’s responsibility to prepare and help resolve them.
We know managing these legal requires smart, strategic guidance to help growing companies navigate mergers and acquisitions, business reorganizations, private equity, and venture capital decisions.
Supporting your employees requires an understanding of complicated federal and state employment laws, ongoing COVID obligations, compensation plans.
We work with you to create a strategic approach to employment policies, salary policies, executive compensation plans and employee benefits, while making sure you comply with state and federal laws and keep you on the right track.