Corporate Business

GRT Law provides the business planning counsel and small business representation
needed for unavoidable legal issues.

For small to medium-sized businesses every dollar matters

Unexpected, unavoidable legal issues – and the small business attorney fees that accompany them – can absolutely devastate SMEs. We work with sole proprietors, to companies with 250+ employees to give businesses options for high-quality, comprehensive counsel from legal specialists at an affordable, competitive rate.

How Sacramento Business Lawyers Can Help

Whether your business needs help for proceedings already brought against it, or would rather do it right the first time around – our Sacramento business attorneys are equipped to handle common Sacramento business issues that require law specialists and legal counsel.

Here are just a few ways we can help your small business.

Work With Experienced California Employment Law Attorneys

GRT has a particular emphasis on representing public safety in public sector employees including peace officers, firefighters, correctional officers, teachers, nurses and a wide variety of other public sector employees.

GRT also protects workers from wrongful employment practices. We help employees who have been wrongfully terminated, harassed or mistreated.  GRT will handle your labor and employment law matter with expert, assertive and reliable representation to maximize our chances of getting a positive result for our clients.

If you need a California EMT license defense attorney or other type of California employment law attorney, contact our office to schedule your case evaluation. Call us today at 916.851.1900 or fill out the form below.

Areas Of Practice

Strengthening Corporate Integrity: Expert Corporate Governance Counsel

At Goyette, Ruano, Thompson we understand that sound corporate governance is the cornerstone of organizational integrity, accountability, and long-term success. Our firm offers corporate governance counsel to help businesses of all sizes and industries establish and maintain robust governance frameworks that foster transparency, compliance, and effective decision-making.

Our corporate governance counsel services encompass a comprehensive range of solutions, including:

Governance Structure Development: We work closely with boards of directors, executives, and management teams to develop governance structures that align with the organization’s mission, values, and strategic objectives. Our attorneys provide tailored guidance on board composition, committee charters, leadership roles, and governance policies to promote accountability and transparency throughout the organization.

Regulatory Compliance: Staying abreast of evolving regulatory requirements is essential for maintaining compliance and mitigating legal risks. Our firm offers proactive counsel on corporate governance matters related to securities regulations, Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) compliance, stock exchange listing requirements, and other relevant laws and regulations. We help clients navigate regulatory complexities, implement compliance programs, and conduct internal audits to ensure adherence to legal and regulatory standards.

Board and Committee Support: Effective governance relies on the leadership and oversight of boards of directors and board committees. Our attorneys provide comprehensive support to boards and committees, including drafting meeting agendas, minutes, resolutions, and governance charters. We offer guidance on best practices for board and committee operations, fiduciary duties, conflicts of interest, and director independence to enhance governance effectiveness and boardroom dynamics.

Executive Compensation and Disclosure: Compensation practices play a significant role in governance and shareholder oversight. Our firm offers strategic counsel on executive compensation matters, including incentive plans, equity-based compensation, deferred compensation, and disclosure requirements. We assist clients in designing and implementing executive compensation programs that align with organizational goals, shareholder interests, and regulatory expectations.

Shareholder Engagement and Communication: Building trust and fostering transparency with shareholders and investors is essential for maintaining investor confidence and support.

Crisis Management and Investigations: In times of crisis or controversy, effective governance is crucial for preserving organizational integrity and reputation. Our firm offers crisis management counsel and conducts internal investigations into allegations of misconduct, fraud, or regulatory violations. We work diligently to identify root causes, implement remedial measures, and communicate transparently with stakeholders to mitigate reputational damage and restore trust.

Whether you’re a privately held corporation, nonprofit organization, or emerging startup, GRT is dedicated to providing the legal expertise and strategic guidance you need to strengthen your corporate governance practices. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist you in enhancing corporate integrity and governance effectiveness.

Expert business litigation and dispute resolution services in Sacramento are just a phone call away when commercial disputes crop up. Any business can find themselves in a situation involving a range of legal issues including contractual needs, employee conflict, insurance disputes, etc. These issues can unexpectedly become a complex disagreement and a matter of civil law unless you have the right team backing your business up.

Goyette, Ruano & Thompson has a group of Sacramento based business dispute attorneys that manage disputes between small, medium and large businesses and its clients, and knows how to navigate complex interests when dealing with partnerships and shareholders. We negotiate and produce custom solutions tailored to you through dispute resolution services.

Litigation doesn’t always go down smoothly. When matters escalate and  parties end up turning to the court, you must have a reputable Sacramento business litigation attorney. Goyette, Ruano & Thompson is here to serve you.

Our legal team achieves results that matter for your business whether it is small or large. We ensure that clients maintain their professional stance as we handle the litigation process or the dispute resolution. Our team of Sacramento base lawyers at Goyette, Ruano & Thompson do our due diligence to evaluate, research and strategize for the best results. We explore every avenue available in an effective and cost-efficient manner.

We manage:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Torts and Business Fraud
  • Non-Solicitation and Non-Compete Agreements
  • Partnership and Shareholder Disputes
  • Employment Disputes

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson we find mediation and arbitration to be a progressive way to solve disputes. Our business litigation attorneys have found the advantages of mediation include significantly lowered legal expenses leading to a faster, practical solution that hopefully works for both parties.

California businesses trust our litigation and dispute attorneys to understand the legal situations they find themselves in and how these disputes can impact public opinion, brand reputation, and operations.

Should you find yourself embroiled in some form of a commercial business dispute, reach out to the Sacramento-based business dispute attorneys at Goyette, Ruano & Thompson. Consultations are always free.

Goyette, Ruano & Thompson, Inc. cannabis lawyers have been guiding clients as they navigate business and legal areas in the quickly emerging and ever-changing cannabis, hemp and CBD landscape for over 5 years. Our firm develops close relationships with each and every client to provide superior legal counsel, regulatory guidance and business advice for clients ranging from cannabis entrepreneurs and investors, to agricultural specialists and others. Instead of telling our clients what can’t be done we strive for innovative and creative ways that bring new ideas and novel perspectives to our clients so that they accomplish their business goals.

The cannabis industry is growing and changing rapidly across California, and the legal system is changing with it, even though those two developments don’t always occur at the same pace.

There are any number of questions that can arise with regards to the regulation of cannabis, CBD and hemp products. It is imperative, then, to protect yourself that you receive proactive, preventative, and legal advice regularly from cannabis, hemp and CBD lawyers in California before making any significant business decisions.

We can assist you in setting up your business and providing the right advice as you navigate the changing regulatory landscape. Our cannabis lawyers in California are uniquely positioned to help with all aspects of CBD and hemp law.

Whether you need advice on CBD and hemp product manufacturing, distribution or marketing, we can help. Our cannabis and CBD lawyers also have experience with trademark registration and litigation related to CBD products.

At our firm, we pride ourselves on being able to provide comprehensive legal services for clients operating in California’s cannabis industry. Our cannabis hemp attorneys have a deep understanding of both state and federal law, and we are well-equipped to help clients with a wide range of legal needs.

We have experience in assisting clients with:

  • CBD and hemp product formulation
  • Licensing and permit applications
  • Corporate formation and governance
  • Contract negotiation and drafting

Contact GRT today for guidance and a clear understanding of the cannabis laws relevant to your business. The regulatory and tax climate surrounding cannabis, hemp and CBD is newly developing and ever changing. But one thing is for certain is that these industries are here to stay give your business the best chance of success with superior business and legal advice from GRT.

Paul Q. Goyette of Goyette, Ruano & Thompson oversees an active transactional department where we represent a wide variety of traders around the globe. Our clients include commodities buyers and sellers as well as a wide variety of intermediaries. Paul has successfully overseen transactions numerous asset classes including:

  • Gold and other precious metals
  • Fuels
  • Real Estate
  • Currency Transactions
  • Various Agricultural Commodities
  • Historical Assets
  • Cryptocurrencies and other Digital Currencies
  • Medical Supply Products
  • Debt Portfolios

We represent our clients and serve them in a variety of ways ranging from document review and production to the opening and management of IOLTA Trust Account escrows. We frequently conduct due diligence investigations on behalf of our clients. And we serve as compliance officers for many of our client’s transactions. Most importantly, our transactional work is done with the highest level of confidentiality. Please note that for any transactional matter we are highly cognizant of and respect the FINCen regulatory requirements. As such, we will conduct a thorough and robust KYC-AML investigation of all new and incoming clients as well as on the origination source of any monies involved in one of our transactions.

Please contact our Transactions and Asset Protection team and let us help you successfully close your transaction.

Tailored Solutions for Effective Corporate Structuring

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson, we recognize that the structure of your business plays a critical role in its success and sustainability. Our firm offers comprehensive corporate structuring services designed to help businesses of all sizes and industries establish solid foundations, optimize operational efficiency, and achieve their strategic objectives. Whether you’re launching a new venture, restructuring an existing entity, or planning for growth and expansion, our experienced attorneys provide tailored solutions to meet your unique needs and goals.

Our corporate structuring services encompass a wide range of areas, including:

Entity Selection and Formation: Choosing the right legal structure for your business is crucial for maximizing tax benefits, protecting personal assets, and minimizing liability exposure. Our attorneys advise clients on entity selection options such as corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), partnerships, and sole proprietorships, considering factors such as ownership structure, management flexibility, and regulatory requirements.

Corporate Governance: Establishing robust corporate governance practices is essential for ensuring transparency, accountability, and compliance with legal and regulatory obligations. Our firm assists clients in drafting and implementing corporate governance documents, including bylaws, operating agreements, shareholder agreements, and corporate policies, tailored to their specific needs and objectives.

Capitalization and Financing: Securing adequate capital is essential for fueling business growth and expansion. Our attorneys provide strategic guidance on capitalization and financing options, including equity financing, debt financing, venture capital, and private equity investments. We help clients navigate complex financing transactions, negotiate terms with investors or lenders, and ensure compliance with securities laws and regulations.

Succession Planning: Planning for the future is essential for ensuring the long-term sustainability of your business. Our attorneys work with business owners to develop succession plans that address leadership transitions, ownership transfers, and estate planning considerations. We help clients implement strategies to groom and transition successors, minimize tax liabilities, and preserve wealth for future generations.

Compliance and Regulatory Matters: Operating a business involves navigating a complex web of legal and regulatory requirements at the federal, state, and local levels. Our firm provides guidance on regulatory compliance matters, including corporate filings, licensing, permits, and industry-specific regulations, helping clients mitigate risks and avoid costly penalties.

Whether you’re a startup, small business, or multinational corporation, Goyette, Ruano & Thompson is here to provide the legal expertise and strategic guidance you need to structure your business for success. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist you in achieving your corporate structuring goals with confidence and clarity.

Navigating Administrative Licensing: Comprehensive Legal Support for CSLB, DRE, and More

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson we understand the importance of administrative licensing in various industries, and we are dedicated to providing comprehensive legal support to individuals and businesses seeking licensing from regulatory agencies such as the Board of Registered Nurses (BRN).Contractors State License Board (CSLB), Department of Real Estate (DRE), and many other regulatory bodies. Our experienced attorneys have a deep understanding of the licensing processes and regulations governing these industries, and we offer tailored legal solutions to help our clients obtain and maintain the licenses they need to operate successfully.

Our administrative licensing services include:

Application Preparation and Submission: We assist clients in preparing thorough and accurate license applications, ensuring compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and requirements set forth by the CSLB, DRE, or other relevant regulatory agencies. Our attorneys guide clients through the application process, providing strategic advice and assistance to maximize the likelihood of approval.

Application Review and Appeals: If a license application is denied or subject to review by the regulatory agency, our firm provides diligent representation in challenging adverse decisions. We conduct comprehensive reviews of denial notices, identify grounds for appeal, and advocate on behalf of our clients through administrative hearings and appeals processes to secure a favorable outcome.

Compliance Assistance: Regulatory compliance is essential for maintaining and renewing licenses issued by agencies such as the CSLB and DRE. Our attorneys offer ongoing guidance and support to ensure that our clients remain in compliance with licensing requirements, including continuing education, reporting obligations, and adherence to ethical standards and professional conduct.

License Defense and Enforcement Actions: In cases where a licensee is subject to disciplinary action, suspension, or revocation of their license, our firm provides aggressive defense representation. We advocate on behalf of our clients in administrative hearings and enforcement proceedings initiated by regulatory agencies, working to protect their rights and interests and minimize adverse consequences.

Business Transactions and Regulatory Compliance: We assist businesses in navigating regulatory compliance issues related to licensing requirements in various transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructuring. Our attorneys provide strategic guidance on regulatory matters, helping clients structure transactions to minimize regulatory risks and ensure compliance with licensing laws and regulations.

Whether you’re an RN, paramedic, physician, contractor, real estate agent, or other licensed professional, you can trust Goyette, Ruano & Thompson to provide the legal expertise and support you need to navigate the administrative licensing process successfully. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist you in obtaining, maintaining, and defending your professional license with confidence and peace of mind.

Secure Your Business’s Future with Strategic Succession Planning

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson, we understand that effective business succession planning is critical for ensuring the continuity and long-term success of your enterprise. Whether you’re a family-owned business, a closely-held corporation, or a multinational company, our firm offers comprehensive legal services to help you navigate the complexities of succession planning with confidence and foresight.

Our business succession planning services encompass a wide range of strategies and considerations, including:

Estate Planning for Business Owners: We work closely with business owners to develop personalized estate plans that address the transfer of ownership and management control of the business upon retirement, incapacity, or death. Our attorneys assist in drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other essential documents to facilitate a seamless transition and minimize tax liabilities.

Buy-Sell Agreements: Buy-sell agreements are essential tools for clarifying ownership rights and facilitating the orderly transfer of business interests in the event of a triggering event such as death, disability, retirement, or disagreement among owners. Our firm assists in drafting and negotiating buy-sell agreements tailored to the unique needs and dynamics of your business, ensuring fairness, clarity, and enforceability.

Succession Planning for Key Personnel: Identifying and grooming successors for key leadership positions is essential for maintaining organizational stability and continuity. Our attorneys work with business owners and executives to develop succession plans that identify and develop talent within the organization, ensuring a smooth transition of leadership when the time comes.

Tax Planning: Effective tax planning is a crucial component of business succession planning. Our firm offers strategic guidance on minimizing estate, gift, and income tax liabilities associated with the transfer of business interests, utilizing tools such as family limited partnerships, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), and other tax-efficient strategies.

Business Valuation: Accurate valuation of the business is essential for determining fair market value, establishing buyout prices, and allocating assets among successors. Our firm collaborates with valuation experts to assess the value of the business and its assets, providing clients with the information they need to make informed decisions regarding succession planning and wealth transfer.

Contingency Planning: We help businesses anticipate and prepare for unforeseen events that could disrupt succession plans, such as sudden illness, death, or changes in market conditions. Our attorneys assist in developing contingency plans and risk mitigation strategies to ensure business continuity and protect the interests of all stakeholders.

Whether you’re planning for the next generation of family leadership, transitioning ownership to key employees, or preparing for a future sale or merger, Goyette, Ruano & Thompson is here to provide the legal expertise and strategic guidance you need to secure your business’s future. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist you in developing a comprehensive business succession plan tailored to your unique circumstances and objectives.

Protecting Your Creative Assets: Copyright Services

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson we recognize the immense value of intellectual property, especially in the digital age where creativity and innovation thrive. Our firm provides comprehensive copyright services aimed at safeguarding your creative works and maximizing their commercial potential. Our copyright services encompass a wide range of areas, including:

Copyright Registration: We assist clients in registering their creative works with the U.S. Copyright Office, ensuring they obtain the full benefits and protections afforded by copyright law. Our attorneys guide clients through the registration process, including identifying eligible works, preparing and filing applications, and addressing any inquiries or challenges from the Copyright Office.

Copyright Licensing and Agreements: Our firm helps clients monetize their copyrighted works through licensing agreements, distribution agreements, and other contractual arrangements. Whether you’re licensing music, artwork, software, or literary works, we draft and negotiate agreements that protect your rights while maximizing your commercial opportunities.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Compliance: With the proliferation of online content, compliance with the DMCA is essential for both content creators and online service providers. Our attorneys advise clients on DMCA compliance strategies, including drafting and implementing effective DMCA policies, responding to takedown notices, and defending against false infringement claims.

Fair Use Analysis: We offer guidance on fair use principles and assist clients in conducting fair use analyses to determine the permissible use of copyrighted works. Whether you’re seeking to use copyrighted material in your own creations or defending against claims of infringement based on fair use, our attorneys provide clear, informed advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

Copyright Audits and Due Diligence: Our firm conducts comprehensive copyright audits and due diligence reviews to assess the ownership, validity, and status of copyrights in corporate transactions, mergers, acquisitions, and licensing agreements. We help clients identify and mitigate potential copyright-related risks and liabilities, ensuring that their intellectual property assets are properly protected and leveraged.

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson, we understand that every creative work is unique, and we approach each copyright matter with the attention, expertise, and dedication it deserves. Whether you’re seeking to protect a single work or manage a portfolio of copyrights, you can trust our team to provide proactive legal guidance and steadfast advocacy to safeguard your creative assets.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist you in protecting and maximizing the value of your copyrights.

Strategic Assistance for Dissolution of Business Entities

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson we offer comprehensive legal services to assist businesses in navigating the complex process of dissolution. Whether you’re closing a partnership, corporation, limited liability company (LLC), or other business entity, our experienced team of attorneys provides strategic guidance and practical solutions to ensure a smooth and efficient dissolution process.

Our dissolution services encompass the following key areas:

Legal Consultation: We begin by conducting a thorough assessment of your business’s circumstances and objectives. Our attorneys provide personalized legal advice, helping you understand the legal requirements, potential risks, and available options for dissolution.

Documentation Preparation: Our team assists in preparing all necessary documentation for the dissolution process, including articles of dissolution, resolutions authorizing dissolution, and notices to creditors and other stakeholders. We ensure that all legal formalities are meticulously handled to comply with state laws and regulations.

Asset Distribution: We advise on the proper distribution of assets and liabilities among stakeholders, including shareholders, partners, members, and creditors. Our goal is to facilitate fair and equitable distribution while minimizing potential disputes or legal challenges.

Compliance and Regulatory Matters: Business dissolution involves various regulatory and compliance considerations, such as tax obligations, creditor notifications, and employee-related issues. Our attorneys provide guidance on fulfilling these obligations and navigating potential legal pitfalls to ensure a compliant dissolution process.

Dispute Resolution: In the event of disagreements or disputes among stakeholders, our firm offers skilled negotiation and dispute resolution services. Whether resolving conflicts through mediation, arbitration, or litigation, we advocate for our clients’ interests with tenacity and professionalism.

Post-Dissolution Matters: Even after the dissolution process is complete, certain legal obligations may persist, such as winding up business affairs, fulfilling contractual obligations, and addressing potential claims or liabilities. Our attorneys provide ongoing support and guidance to help clients navigate these post-dissolution matters effectively.

Throughout the dissolution process, our firm prioritizes open communication, responsiveness, and proactive legal advocacy. We understand that dissolving a business can be a challenging and emotional endeavor, and we strive to provide compassionate support and expert guidance every step of the way.

Whether you’re considering the dissolution of a small family-owned business or a large corporate entity, you can trust GRT to provide the legal expertise and strategic guidance needed to achieve a successful and orderly dissolution. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist you in navigating the dissolution process with confidence and peace of mind.

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson, we recognize the importance of clear and comprehensive employee handbooks, policies, and procedures in promoting a positive work environment, fostering compliance with legal requirements, and mitigating risks for employers. Our team of experienced attorneys craft tailored employee handbooks and workplace policies that reflect our clients’ values, priorities, and legal obligations. Whether you are a small business or a large corporation, we offer strategic guidance and meticulous attention to detail to ensure that your workplace policies and procedures are legally sound, effectively communicated, and consistently enforced.

Our services related to employee handbooks, policies, and procedures include, but are not limited to:

Employee Handbook Development:

  • Drafting customized employee handbooks that outline company policies, procedures, and expectations for employees.
  • Tailoring employee handbooks to reflect the unique culture, values, and goals of your organization.
  • Incorporating legal requirements, best practices, and industry-specific considerations into employee handbook policies.

Policy Review and Update:

  • Conducting comprehensive reviews of existing employee handbooks, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance with current laws and regulations.
  • Updating and revising policies to address changes in the legal landscape, industry standards, or organizational needs.
  • Providing guidance on emerging legal issues, such as remote work policies, data privacy protections, and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Development of Workplace Policies:

  • Drafting individual workplace policies addressing a wide range of topics, including anti-discrimination and harassment, code of conduct, social media use, drug and alcohol policies, and dress code guidelines.
  • Creating policies related to employee benefits, leave entitlements, performance management, and disciplinary procedures.
  • Tailoring policies to address the specific needs and challenges of your organization’s workforce and industry.

Legal Compliance and Risk Management:

  • Advising clients on compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, including Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Ensuring that workplace policies and procedures are consistent with legal requirements and industry standards to minimize legal risks and liabilities.
  • Conducting audits and assessments to identify potential areas of non-compliance and implementing corrective measures as needed.

Employee Training and Communication:

  • Developing training programs and materials to educate employees on company policies, procedures, and expectations.
  • Conducting workshops and seminars to promote awareness of legal rights and obligations, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and workplace best practices.
  • Facilitating communication between management and employees regarding updates to policies, procedural changes, and other relevant information.

Dispute Resolution and Employee Relations:

  • Providing guidance on handling employee complaints, grievances, and disputes in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Assisting with investigations into allegations of misconduct, harassment, discrimination, or other workplace issues.
  • Advising on dispute resolution strategies, disciplinary actions, and documentation requirements to ensure fair and consistent treatment of employees.

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson we understand that well-crafted employee handbooks, policies, and procedures are essential tools for promoting a positive workplace culture, ensuring legal compliance, and managing organizational risks. With our expertise in employment law and policy development, we help our clients create and maintain effective workplace policies that support their business objectives and foster employee engagement and satisfaction. Let us be your trusted legal partner in building a strong foundation for a productive and harmonious workplace environment.

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson], we recognize the critical importance of clear and comprehensive employment contracts in establishing mutually beneficial relationships between employers and employees. Our team of skilled attorneys craft tailored employment contracts that protect our clients’ interests while fostering positive working environments. Whether you are an employer seeking to hire top talent or an individual negotiating terms of employment, we offer strategic guidance and meticulous attention to detail to ensure the integrity and enforceability of your employment agreements.

Our services related to employment contracts include, but are not limited to:

Drafting Employment Contracts:

  • Crafting customized employment contracts that outline the rights, responsibilities, and expectations of both employers and employees.
  • Tailoring employment agreements to address specific job roles, compensation structures, benefits packages, and performance expectations.
  • Incorporating provisions related to non-compete agreements, confidentiality obligations, intellectual property rights, and dispute resolution mechanisms.

Negotiating Employment Terms:

  • Advising clients on negotiation strategies to achieve favorable terms and conditions in employment contracts.
  • Assisting with salary negotiations, bonus structures, equity compensation, and other financial incentives.
  • Negotiating flexible work arrangements, relocation assistance, and other ancillary benefits to meet the needs of both parties.

Executive Employment Agreements:

  • Drafting executive employment agreements for senior-level executives, officers, and key personnel.
  • Addressing complex issues such as change in control provisions, severance arrangements, and post-employment restrictive covenants.
  • Advising on equity-based compensation, stock options, and performance-based incentives for executives.

Independent Contractor Agreements:

  • Drafting independent contractor agreements that define the terms of engagement between businesses and independent contractors.
  • Ensuring compliance with applicable labor laws, tax regulations, and classification standards for independent contractors.
  • Mitigating legal risks associated with misclassification of workers and potential liabilities arising from contractor relationships.

Compliance with Employment Laws:

  • Advising clients on compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations.
  • Incorporating statutory requirements, such as minimum wage laws, overtime pay, and anti-discrimination provisions, into employment contracts.
  • Ensuring adherence to legal requirements for employee classification, working hours, meal/rest breaks, and other labor standards.

Termination and Severance Agreements:

  • Drafting termination and severance agreements to facilitate amicable separations between employers and employees.
  • Addressing issues related to notice periods, severance pay, benefits continuation, and release of claims.
  • Negotiating favorable terms for both parties while minimizing potential legal exposure and litigation risks.

Enforcement and Dispute Resolution:

  • Representing clients in disputes arising from alleged breaches of employment contracts, including claims of wrongful termination, breach of confidentiality, or non-compete violations.
  • Pursuing or defending against enforcement actions in court or through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation or arbitration.
  • Providing strategic counsel on litigation risks, settlement negotiations, and legal remedies available under employment contracts and applicable law.

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson, we understand that well-drafted employment contracts are crucial for establishing clear expectations, promoting fairness, and protecting the rights of both employers and employees. With our expertise in employment law and contract drafting, we help our clients navigate the complexities of the employment relationship with confidence and integrity. Let us be your trusted legal partner in safeguarding your interests and promoting positive workplace dynamics through effective employment contracts.

Guidance in General Employment Practices: Protecting Employers’ Interests

At Goyette, Ruano, Thompson, we recognize the importance of sound employment practices in fostering a productive and compliant workplace environment. Our firm offers comprehensive legal services to assist employers in navigating the complexities of general employment practices, ensuring legal compliance, minimizing risks, and promoting positive employee relations.

Our General Employment Practices services include:

Employment Law Compliance: We provide proactive legal advice and guidance to help employers understand and comply with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations. Our attorneys assist in developing employment policies, procedures, and practices that are compliant with laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), among others.

Employment Agreements and Contracts: We assist employers in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating employment agreements, contracts, and offer letters to ensure clarity and enforceability of terms. Our firm advises on key provisions such as compensation, benefits, non-compete agreements, confidentiality clauses, and termination provisions to protect employers’ interests and mitigate potential disputes.

Hiring Practices and Recruitment: We provide guidance on best practices in hiring, recruitment, and selection processes to help employers attract and retain qualified candidates while minimizing the risk of discrimination or other legal claims. Our attorneys advise on compliance with anti-discrimination laws, background checks, pre-employment testing, and affirmative action obligations.

Workplace Policies and Handbooks: We assist employers in developing and updating employee handbooks, policies, and procedures that establish clear expectations and standards of conduct in the workplace. Our firm ensures that workplace policies address key areas such as anti-discrimination and harassment, employee classifications, leave policies, safety and health regulations, and social media use, among others.

Training and Education: We offer customized training programs and educational seminars for employers and their workforce on a variety of employment law topics. Our attorneys provide interactive training sessions on discrimination and harassment prevention, diversity and inclusion initiatives, supervisor training, and other compliance-related matters to promote a positive and respectful workplace culture.

Performance Management and Discipline: We provide guidance on effective performance management strategies, including performance evaluations, disciplinary procedures, and termination decisions. Our firm advises employers on handling employee misconduct, poor performance, and disciplinary actions in compliance with applicable laws and regulations to minimize legal risks and maintain employee morale.

Workplace Investigations: We conduct impartial and thorough workplace investigations into complaints of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, misconduct, or other workplace issues. Our attorneys ensure that investigations are conducted promptly, confidentially, and in accordance with best practices, providing actionable recommendations and guidance to address identified concerns and prevent recurrence.

Dispute Resolution and Litigation Defense: We represent employers in resolving employment-related disputes, including discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour disputes, wrongful termination claims, and employment contract disputes. Our firm offers skilled negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation defense services to protect employers’ interests and achieve favorable outcomes.

If you’re seeking guidance in general employment practices to ensure legal compliance and promote a positive work environment, Goyette, Ruano, Thompson is here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our experienced employment law attorneys and learn how we can assist you in achieving your business objectives while protecting your organization from legal risks and liabilities.

Strategic Defense in Governmental Audits and Investigations: Comprehensive Legal Representation

At Goyette, Ruano, Thompson, we understand the significant challenges and complexities that businesses, organizations, and individuals face when confronted with governmental audits and investigations. Our firm offers comprehensive legal services tailored to assist clients in navigating these processes effectively, protecting their rights, and achieving the best possible outcomes.

Our Governmental Audits and Investigations services include:

Compliance Counseling: We provide proactive legal advice and guidance to help clients understand and comply with applicable laws, regulations, and governmental requirements. Our attorneys conduct compliance assessments, review policies and procedures, and develop tailored compliance programs to minimize the risk of audits and investigations and ensure regulatory compliance.

Audit Representation: We represent clients in governmental audits conducted by federal, state, and local agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Labor (DOL), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other regulatory authorities. Our firm assists clients in responding to audit inquiries, providing documentation and information, and advocating for their interests throughout the audit process.

Investigations Defense: Many investigations in this space have serious criminal implications. We have highly experienced white collar criminal defense lawyers that will provide skilled defense representation to clients facing governmental investigations into alleged misconduct, violations of laws or regulations, or suspected criminal activity. Our attorneys conduct internal investigations, respond to subpoenas and information requests, and defend clients’ rights in interviews, depositions, and proceedings before regulatory agencies and law enforcement authorities.

Enforcement Actions Defense: We represent clients in enforcement actions initiated by governmental agencies, including civil enforcement actions, administrative proceedings, and criminal prosecutions. Our firm develops strategic defense strategies, negotiates settlements, and litigates aggressively to protect our clients’ interests and mitigate potential penalties, fines, or sanctions.

Whistleblower Allegations: We advise clients on responding to whistleblower allegations, complaints, or retaliation claims brought by current or former employees, contractors, or other parties. Our attorneys conduct investigations, assess the merits of whistleblower claims, and provide guidance on legal compliance, risk management, and dispute resolution strategies to minimize exposure to liability and reputational harm.

Crisis Management: We offer comprehensive crisis management services to help clients navigate the complexities of governmental audits and investigations during times of crisis or emergency. Our firm provides strategic communication advice, media relations support, and legal representation to protect our clients’ interests and manage reputational risks associated with governmental scrutiny.

Remediation and Compliance Enhancement: We assist clients in remediation efforts and implementing corrective actions following governmental audits or investigations. Our attorneys work collaboratively with clients to address identified deficiencies, implement remedial measures, and enhance compliance programs to prevent future issues and promote a culture of regulatory compliance.

If you or your organization is facing a governmental audit or investigation, don’t navigate it alone. Contact Goyette, Ruano, Thompson today to schedule a consultation with our experienced governmental audits and investigations attorneys. We’re dedicated to providing strategic, effective, and results-driven legal representation to help you navigate through these challenging processes and achieve a favorable outcome for your case.

Counsel for Indemnity and Insurance Matters

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson, we recognize the critical importance of indemnity and insurance in protecting businesses and individuals from financial risks and liabilities. Our firm offers comprehensive legal services tailored to address indemnity agreements, insurance policies, claims management, and litigation related to insurance coverage disputes.

Our Indemnity and Insurance services include:

Contract Review and Negotiation: We assist clients in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating indemnity agreements, insurance provisions, and risk allocation clauses in contracts and commercial transactions. Our attorneys ensure that indemnity obligations are clearly defined, risks are appropriately allocated among parties, and insurance requirements are consistent with clients’ risk management objectives.

Insurance Policy Analysis: We provide thorough analysis and interpretation of insurance policies, including commercial general liability (CGL), directors and officers (D&O) liability, professional liability (E&O), property and casualty, cyber liability, and other types of insurance coverage. Our firm advises clients on coverage issues, policy exclusions, conditions, and limitations to help them maximize insurance recovery in the event of a claim.

Insurance Coverage Disputes: We represent policyholders in insurance coverage disputes with insurance companies, including claims denials, coverage reservations, and disputes over policy interpretation. Our attorneys advocate for our clients’ rights and interests in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation proceedings, seeking to enforce coverage obligations and secure the benefits to which our clients are entitled under their insurance policies.

Risk Management and Loss Prevention: We offer proactive risk management advice and strategies to help businesses and individuals minimize exposure to liability and mitigate potential losses. Our firm assists clients in identifying and assessing risks, implementing risk management protocols, and procuring appropriate insurance coverage to protect against unforeseen events and liabilities.

Claims Handling and Defense: We provide comprehensive claims handling and defense services to insurance policyholders facing liability claims, lawsuits, or regulatory actions. Our attorneys manage all aspects of the claims process, including investigation, documentation, settlement negotiations, and defense in litigation, to protect our clients’ interests and minimize financial exposure.

Subrogation and Recovery: We represent insurance companies and policyholders in subrogation claims and recovery actions to recover damages from responsible third parties. Our firm pursues subrogation rights aggressively to recover funds expended in settling claims or providing insurance coverage, maximizing recovery for our clients and minimizing the impact on their bottom line.

Alternative Dispute Resolution: We explore alternative dispute resolution options, such as mediation or arbitration, to resolve indemnity and insurance disputes efficiently and cost-effectively outside of court. Our firm assists clients in negotiating settlements, crafting creative solutions, and preserving business relationships while resolving contentious indemnity and insurance matters through alternative dispute resolution methods.

Whether you’re a business owner, contractor, professional, or individual seeking to protect your interests through indemnity and insurance, Goyette, Ruano & Thompson is here to provide the legal expertise and guidance you need. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our experienced indemnity and insurance attorneys and learn how we can help you navigate the complexities of indemnity agreements, insurance policies, and insurance coverage disputes with confidence and success.

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson, our team of experienced attorneys offers comprehensive legal services to clients involved in the sales and leases of goods. With a deep understanding of commercial transactions and applicable laws, we provide strategic guidance and practical solutions to protect our clients’ interests and facilitate successful transactions.

Our services include:

Consultation and Strategy Development: We begin by conducting thorough consultations with our clients to understand their specific needs and objectives. Whether representing buyers, sellers, lessors, or lessees, we work closely with our clients to develop tailored strategies that align with their goals.

Contract Drafting and Review: Our attorneys assist clients in drafting and reviewing sales and lease agreements to ensure that all terms and conditions are clear, enforceable, and in compliance with relevant laws. We pay close attention to key provisions such as pricing, delivery, warranties, and dispute resolution mechanisms.

Negotiation Assistance: We provide skilled negotiation assistance to help our clients achieve favorable terms in sales and lease transactions. Drawing on our expertise in contract negotiation, we advocate on behalf of our clients to secure the best possible outcome while mitigating risks and minimizing disputes.

Due Diligence: We conduct comprehensive due diligence reviews of sales and lease transactions to identify potential risks and liabilities. Our attorneys analyze the legal and financial aspects of the transaction, including title issues, lien searches, and regulatory compliance, to ensure that our clients are fully informed before proceeding.

Risk Management and Compliance: We advise clients on risk management strategies and ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations governing sales and leases of goods. Our attorneys stay abreast of changes in the legal landscape to provide timely advice and guidance on compliance matters.

Dispute Resolution: In the event of disputes arising from sales or lease transactions, we offer skilled representation in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation proceedings. We advocate vigorously on behalf of our clients to protect their interests and achieve favorable resolutions.

Enforcement of Rights: Our firm assists clients in enforcing their rights under sales and lease agreements, including pursuing remedies for breach of contract, non-payment, or other violations. We explore all available legal options to recover damages, enforce performance, or terminate the agreement as necessary.

Training and Education: We provide training and educational resources to help clients understand their rights and obligations in sales and lease transactions. Our goal is to empower our clients to make informed decisions and navigate the complexities of commercial transactions with confidence.

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson, we are committed to providing exceptional legal services with a focus on achieving our clients’ objectives in sales and leases of goods. Whether you are a buyer, seller, lessor, or lessee, you can trust us to navigate the transaction process with skill, integrity, and dedication.

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson, we offer comprehensive legal services tailored to meet the needs of clients involved in secured transactions. Our experienced team of attorneys navigate the complex legal framework governing secured transactions, providing strategic advice and practical solutions to protect our clients’ interests.

Our services include:

Consultation and Due Diligence: We begin by conducting thorough consultations with our clients to understand their specific needs and objectives. Whether representing lenders, borrowers, or other parties involved in secured transactions, we perform comprehensive due diligence to assess the risks and opportunities associated with the transaction.

Structuring and Negotiation: Drawing on our expertise in contract law and commercial transactions, we assist clients in structuring and negotiating secured transactions agreements. We help clients draft and review loan agreements, security agreements, promissory notes, and other relevant documents to ensure that their interests are adequately protected.

Collateral Analysis: Our attorneys conduct detailed analysis of collateral assets to determine their value, enforceability, and priority in the event of default. We advise clients on the types of collateral that may be used to secure a transaction and the best practices for perfecting security interests to minimize risk.

Perfection of Security Interests: We guide clients through the process of perfecting security interests in collateral assets to ensure priority over competing creditors. This may involve filing financing statements, obtaining consents or waivers from third parties, and complying with specific legal requirements applicable to the type of collateral.

Due Diligence Reviews: We assist clients in conducting due diligence reviews of collateral assets to identify any potential legal issues or encumbrances that may affect the transaction. Our attorneys work diligently to uncover hidden risks and provide proactive solutions to mitigate them.

Enforcement and Remedies: In the event of default or breach of a secured transaction agreement, we provide strategic advice on enforcement options and remedies available to our clients. This may include foreclosure, repossession, litigation, or negotiation of workout agreements to protect our clients’ interests and maximize recovery.

Regulatory Compliance: We ensure that our clients comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and industry standards governing secured transactions. Our attorneys stay up-to-date on changes in the legal landscape to provide timely advice and guidance on compliance matters.

Dispute Resolution: Our firm offers skilled representation in disputes arising from secured transactions, including litigation, arbitration, mediation, and negotiation. We advocate vigorously on behalf of our clients to achieve favorable outcomes and resolve disputes efficiently and cost-effectively.

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson, we are committed to providing exceptional legal services with a focus on achieving our clients’ objectives in secured transactions. Whether you are a lender, borrower, or other party involved in a secured transaction, you can trust us to navigate the complexities of the transaction with skill, integrity, and dedication.

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson, we offer comprehensive legal services tailored to meet the needs of both employers and employees in navigating Severance Agreements. With our expertise in employment law and negotiation strategies, we provide guidance and support throughout the entire process, ensuring that our clients’ interests are protected and their objectives are achieved.

Our services include:

Consultation and Assessment: We begin by conducting a thorough consultation to understand the specific circumstances and goals of our clients. Whether representing employers or employees, we assess the situation to develop a tailored approach that aligns with their needs.

Legal Analysis and Advice: Our experienced attorneys analyze the relevant employment contracts, company policies, and applicable laws to provide informed legal advice. We help our clients understand their rights and obligations, as well as the potential risks and benefits associated with the proposed severance agreement.

Negotiation Strategy: Drawing on our expertise in negotiation techniques, we develop a strategic approach to achieve favorable terms for our clients. We advocate on behalf of our clients to secure the best possible outcome, whether it involves negotiating severance pay, benefits continuation, or other key provisions.

Drafting and Review: Our attorneys draft comprehensive severance agreements or review existing agreements to ensure that they accurately reflect the negotiated terms and protect our clients’ interests. We pay careful attention to legal language, compliance requirements, and potential implications for future disputes.

Legal Compliance: We ensure that the severance agreements comply with all relevant federal, state, and local laws, including regulations governing minimum wage, discrimination, and unemployment benefits. Our goal is to mitigate legal risks and ensure that our clients are in full compliance with applicable regulations.

Execution and Implementation: Once the terms of the severance agreement are finalized, we assist our clients in executing the agreement and completing all necessary documentation. We guide them through the process to ensure that it is carried out smoothly and effectively.

Dispute Resolution: In the event of disputes or disagreements arising from the severance agreement, we provide skilled representation in negotiations, mediation, arbitration, or litigation proceedings. Our attorneys work tirelessly to protect our clients’ rights and interests and achieve the best possible resolution.

Post-Termination Support: We offer ongoing support to our clients following the execution of the severance agreement, addressing any issues that may arise and providing guidance on transitioning to new employment opportunities or business ventures.

At Goyette, Ruano & Thompson, we are committed to providing exceptional legal services with integrity, professionalism, and a focus on achieving our clients’ objectives. Whether you are an employer or an employee facing a severance agreement, you can trust us to advocate tirelessly on your behalf and navigate the process with skill and expertise.

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