Law Firm Structuring and Dissolutions
We represent lawyers. We understand the business and ethical issues that are peculiar to lawyers and law firms. On top of normal business and corporate compliance, law firms must comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct and numerous ethics opinions. We can help.
We are often called upon to draft agreements between and among lawyers, including law firm partnership agreements, operating agreements, shareholder agreements, non-equity partner agreements, of counsel agreements, and associate attorney agreements. Lawyers today rarely stay at one firm their entire career. When they decide to move to another firm, there are a whole host of ethical and legal issues that cannot be ignored. With the utmost discretion, we assist lawyers and whole practice groups navigate potential land mines when leaving their existing firms.
When disputes between or among lawyers and law firms arise, we assist in dispute resolution through mediation and negotiation. If that approach is unsuccessful, we have experience litigating and trying disputes arising out of lateral movement, partner withdrawal, and law firm dissolution. We also have experience litigating attorney fee disputes.
Jonathan Hawkins leads this team and has been recognized by his peers, achieving an AV Preeminent Peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell and consistently being named in SuperLawyers and Georgia Trend Legal Elite.