Corporate Law

Phillips Lytle’s Corporate Law Practice is comprised of highly experienced attorneys, several of whom are listed among The Best Lawyers in America®. This group is structured around the main issues faced by our corporate and business clients.

Our Corporate attorneys advise clients on the structure and formation of new business entities, tax regulations for a variety of transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, we guide our clients in meeting all types of operational challenges throughout the United States and abroad.

Our Corporate Law Practice encompasses:

  • Selection, structure, and formation of startup business entities
  • Business entity capitalization and financing
  • Mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and reorganizations
  • Venture capital transactions
  • Public and private securities offerings
  • Securities regulation
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Not-for-profit and tax-exempt entities
  • Licensing and distribution
  • Antitrust and trade regulation
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate compliance programs
  • Executive employment and compensation


As many of Phillips Lytle’s clients are closely held, family-owned and entrepreneurial businesses, we have developed a legal practice that specifically addresses the needs of these entities. We understand our small business clients’ desire for pragmatic and efficient legal counsel, and we help them deal with the myriad issues that arise in the normal course of business, including:

  • Entity selection, formation, and financing
  • Ownership and management structure
  • Accessing private capital
  • Accessing public economic development programs
  • Protecting proprietary rights
  • Managing growth through strategic partnering
  • Business succession planning

We have also been intensively involved in dealing with shareholder disputes, managing conflicts among family members, integrating and compensating key employees who are not family members, and working out equitable arrangements for family members who are not involved in the family business.

Practice Area Icon: Corporate