Corporate Law

For more than a century, Wells, Marble and Hurst has represented businesses ranging from some of the South's largest corporations and insurance companies to local, "mom and pop" operations. We work closely with these clients to understand their long term goals, counseling them on the tax consequences of various forms of entities, advising them on structures and governance, representing them in all contractual and transactional matters, and defending owners, directors, and officers in various legal proceedings.

We regularly counsel businesses on:
  • Choice of entity and formation issues
  • Compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations
  • Employee handbooks, policies, and seminars for employers covering sexual harassment and discrimination
  • Tax free and taxable reorganizations
  • Business succession planning and estate planning for business owners and executives
  • Executive compensation
  • Contract review and complex negotiations related to:
    • Commercial lending
    • Real estate and equipment leasing
    • Technology licensing and transfers
    • Acquisitions, sale, reorganization
    • Employment issues and other contractual arrangements
    • Debt and equity financing
    • Shareholder agreements
    • Voting structures and corporate governance
    • LLC operating agreements
    • Partnership agreements
    • Business dissolution
Our corporate litigation experience includes:
  • Derivative suits
  • Director, stockholder and partner disputes
  • Defense of directors and officers in various types of legal proceedings
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Minority stockholder rights
  • Franchisor / Franchisee disagreements
  • Contract disputes
  • Tortious interference claims
  • Unfair trade practices
  • Debt collection and restructuring
  • Fraud and misrepresentation
  • Lender liability
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Errors and omissions claims
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