Business and Commercial Law

Business and Commercial LawBusinesses have unique legal needs.  Most successful businesses have counsel who understands how business structure can impact things such tax liability, personal liability, and the ability to grow and expand.  Donnelly Law LLC rejects any form of ‘cookie cutter’ approach and we understand that every business’ needs are unique.  We work with business owners to properly structure their business to suit those needs. We also work with you to make sure all the proper legal documents are filed with the state in a timely fashion. 

Contract Review and Drafting

On an ongoing basis, many of our clients seek legal guidance on a variety of important issues. One of the most common requests is for general contract review and drafting. Contracts are often provided to businesses for loans and other forms of financing, when working with new vendors, for equipment leasing, as well as real estate leasing and purchases. Each contract must be carefully reviewed by an attorney who has business law experience ensuring your rights are protected. Other documents, including employment contracts, are often full of potential pitfalls that should be understood and avoided wherever possible.  Donnelly Law LLC will work with you see that employment contracts, vendor contracts, and leases are drafted in a manner that works with the needs of your business.

Restrictive Covenants

At Donnelly Law LLC, we understand that how companies are increasingly concerned with protection of their intellectual property rights, employees, and customers.  Technological advancement, mobility of the workforce, the overall speed at which information is shared, distributed and disseminated have led companies to use and enforce restrictive covenants to protect their sensitive information, trade secrets, and customer/client information.

A restrictive covenant is an agreement that seeks to restrict the activities of the employee after they leave the company for another job.  Employers look to these agreements in an attempt to prevent, among other things, trade secrets from being taken by former employers and shared with a competitor.  They can also be used in an attempt to prevent former employees from working for a competitor or from soliciting employees or customers.  The enforceability of restrictive covenants is an evolving legal issue in Illinois where the law generally disfavors agreements that are unnecessarily restrictive to the employee.

At Donnelly Law LLC, we keep a close eye on the evolution of the law’s treatment of restrictive covenants.  Whether your company is seeking to use restrictive covenants to protect intellectual property or you are an individual seeking advice as to the enforceability or scope of a restrictive covenant, Donnelly Law LLC can provide you with the counsel you need.

Posted by: kshain on June 21, 2016