Essex County Courthouse and Historic Clerk's Office, Tappahannock, Virginia.
Clerk's Office built 1808. Courthouse built 1848
We have been helping businesses prosper for nine decades. Traditionally our clients have reflected the local economy and as a result we have long relationships with businesses in the banking, insurance, fisheries and agriculture sectors. Influenced by a changing economy and led by a new generation of lawyers, for the past two decades we have expanded our reach and now offer business law services as robust as most law firms in the country.
Although many of our clients still come from an eight-county area in eastern Virginia, we also represent major out-of-state business clients, ranging from New Hampshire to Texas. dealing with all aspects of business and corporate Law. We represent more than 500 businesses, ranging from small- and mid-size businesses to large corporations. Our clients include local business owners as well as national and international corporations.
Partner John C. Hodges leads our Business and Corporate Law group and can help your business meet any challenge. Here are just a few ways we can help.
The birth of a new enterprise is an exciting time. Startups are often the result of innovation, ingenuity and hard work. The decisions you make during the formation of your company will have lasting effects, both on corporate health and on your protection from personal liability. It is imperative to consult with experienced business law attorneys who can help you structure your organization to take advantage of future growth opportunities while mitigating risk.
Our attorneys advise entrepreneurs on all aspects of business formation, including:
Methods to limit personal liability
Statutory and regulatory compliance
Articles of incorporation and bylaws
Negotiating and drafting partnership and shareholder agreements
Negotiating and drafting employment and vendor contracts
Negotiating and drafting noncompete agreements
Facilitating corporate real estate transactions
Facilitating the purchase and sale of business interests
We'll have your back.
Once your business is underway, we are as close a the telephone to help you with contracts, statutory and regulatory compliance, employment law and tax law, as well as most other aspects of business and corporate law. We also advise clients in the fields of e-commerce and Internet business law and counsel employers and employees during a wide variety of employment law issues.
Keeping things straight.
In the whirlwind of a corporate startup, many entrepreneurs neglect the formalities of business formation. As businesses grow, it is important to have formal agreements in place to govern business activities and manage future liability. At Dunton, Simmons & Dunton, we help established businesses organize and incorporate their businesses, draft internal and external contracts and protect the financial health and corporate goodwill of their organizations.
When things change.
We are with you from start to finish and for all the interesting terms in between. Our lawyers are experienced with all types of business contracts and transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, business sales, dissolution, real estate purchases, commercial leases, commercial contracts, non-compete agreements and more.
When there is a problem.
Things don't always go as planned so we offer businesses a team of experienced trial and appellate lawyers who handle a broad range of commercial litigation, including business disputes, corporate litigation, partnership and shareholder disputes, real estate litigation, insurance disputes and contract disputes.
With 200 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys have the ability to handle complex litigation and appeals with the highest level of competence and care. We handle litigation at both the trial and appellate levels and can also assist clients through a broad range of alternative dispute resolution measures.
From start to finish.
If it sounds as if we have been to the business show a few times, that's because we have. We can help your business every step of the way, just as we have been doing for 88 years. Call us today and find out why we are your indispensable business partner.
Partner John Hodges leads our Business Law practice. Call him now.