Berry Moorman

Business and Corporate

Business and Corporate


From our DetroitBirmingham and Ann Arbor offices, Berry Moorman represents every form of business entity, including profit and nonprofit corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, professional firms and sole proprietorships, in Michigan, throughout the United States and in foreign countries. Our clients engage in a broad range of business endeavors, including manufacturing, computer and high technology (see our Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group), real estate (see our Real Estate Practice Group), finance, retail and wholesale industries and service providers of all kinds. They include publicly-held companies as well as closely held and family-owned companies that range from start-up entities to large established enterprises.

We assist in selecting the appropriate form of entity for you to conduct your business, register the entity where required, and assist you in complying with international, federal, state and local laws. Our business and corporate attorneys work with entrepreneurs and CEOs in the creation and operation of their companies. We are proud of our ability to act as general counsel to companies that do not have staff attorneys. We provide counsel to the management team in strategic planning, labor and personnel issues, financing, technology, licensing, contract, tax, deferred compensation and merger and acquisition (see our Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group) matters. Further, we advise both individuals and business clients in the negotiation and drafting of employment agreements, stock option, deferred compensation and other compensation and benefit plans.

We have unique capabilities and experience in negotiating and structuring domestic and international business transactions and relationships (see our Russia, Ukraine and NIS Practice Group). Our Michigan business lawyers are frequently called upon to negotiate and draft shareholder agreements, operating agreements, financing agreements with banks and other lenders, leases, sales and supply contracts, joint business ventures, distribution and agency contracts, franchise agreements, and a multitude of contracts for specific business transactions.

Our long and varied experience has given us the special skills to negotiate and structure financings, stock and asset sales and acquisitions, mergers, consolidations, reorganizations, bank workouts and liquidations. We address numerous insurance matters, including liability and casualty, directors and officers liability insurance, workers compensation, employment practices liability insurance, auto liability insurance, resolution of insurance coverage and policy limit disputes and the like.

The operation of a business involves a wide variety of issues and challenges. Through our different practice areas, we will solve your problem whether it be business litigation or alternate dispute resolution (see our Civil Litigation and Alternate Dispute Resolution Practice Group), labor and employment litigation or personnel issues (see our Labor and Employment Practice Group), environmental compliance issues or disputes (see our Environmental Law Practice Group), real estate or lease matters (see our Real Estate Practice Group), tax matters (see our Tax Practice Group), or intellectual property or technology related concerns (see our Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group). Should you wish to expand your business into foreign countries or have issues outside of the United States (see our International Law Practice Group), or you wish to bring in workers from foreign countries or address immigration questions (see our Immigration Practice Group) our attorneys will assist you to make that happen.

When a business problem or concern arises, turn to Berry Moorman. We are ready to work with you out of our offices in Detroit, Birmingham and Ann Arbor.

Related Publications

Selling A Business in Michigan – The Sale Process by Randolph M. Wright (November 2011)

New Provisions to Michigan Liquor Control Code Enacted by Randolph T. Barker (November 2010)

IRS Safe Harbor Rules Regarding Employer-Owned Life Insurance (EOLI) Contracts (June 2009)

Going Global: Selling Products And Services To The World Market — And Getting Paid by Randolph M. Wright (September 2008)

Your Business and Electronically Stored Information by James P. Murphy (April 2007)