Business and Corporate Law

RKPT's Business and Corporate practice group helps business owners and executives to plan for and address the various issues they face in forming, operating and growing their businesses. We represent entrepreneurs and businesses of all types and sizes from start-up through succession planning.

We proudly partner with established and emerging companies based in our greater Cincinnati area, but also handle corporate matters throughout the U.S.

The RKPT Promise: Trusted Partnership that Minimizes Your Risks and Maximizes Your Results

RKPT's corporate lawyers act as true partners to our business clients. Our track record, spanning over half a century, makes us a trusted source of business advice and guidance. We are always looking for creative solutions to help our clients move their businesses forward.

As your partner, you can expect our attorneys to deliver your efficient solutions, based on your business's goals and risk tolerance. Whether we represent you on a limited issue or on many issues as outside general counsel, you will find that we listen more than we talk: we provide proactive, creative legal advice in the context of your company's mission, concerns, and long-term plans.

We understand the value of collaboration. As a corporate client, you also benefit from the unique advantages of our in-house network of legal expertise. Commercial property matters are handled through collaboration with our real estate group. Issues surrounding family business ownership and succession are seamlessly coordinated with our personal planning group. When disputes arise, we handle negotiation, litigation, mediation, and arbitration with the added advantage of our in-house litigators — all well equipped to handle niche areas such as construction law or creditors’ rights.

Our Business and Corporate Law services include:

Business Representation and Transactions

Our corporate lawyers help with all forms of business transactions, including:

  • Choosing the correct business entity to meet your organizational needs
  • Drafting the documents necessary to clearly define the relationships between business owners, investors, and employees
  • Negotiating contracts, leases, confidentiality, and non-compete agreements that add value while providing the maximum amount of protection
  • Investigating and completing beneficial mergers and acquisitions
  • Working through the sale of some or all of the business and/or its assets
  • Planning and implementing the successful transition of the business from one generation to the next

Commercial Loan Transactions

A cornerstone of RKPT’s practice has long been working with borrowers and local, regional, and national lenders to document and perfect secured transactions, such as mortgage loans, asset purchases, and other transactions. Our attorneys approach each transaction with the expertise required to secure advantageous loan terms for the parties involved, or document the deal to secure the collateral required by the lender in exchange for the loan. RKPT’s wholly owned title company, Safe Title Agency, Inc., often acts as escrow agent and title company to streamline the process.

Emerging Companies

Our broad experience with established companies allows us to offer insightful guidance to new ventures. We advise and coordinate with:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Early stage investors
  • Angel investor groups
  • Business accelerators
  • Venture capital funds

Employment and Labor Law

RKPT attorneys provide legal services across a spectrum of employment and labor issues to employers of all sizes. We advise clients on the ever-changing workplace laws and ensure compliance by regularly reviewing and updating policies and training in these critical areas. Our clients value our ability to provide practical advice and strategic solutions as they navigate the thicket of employment law issues they encounter, while helping them to avoid future challenges or disputes.

In addition to counseling clients on compliance with state and federal workplace laws and standards, including the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), the FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act), and the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), we also assist employers develop sound workplace policies and procedures; provide HR counseling; negotiate, draft and review restrictive covenants and non-competition agreements; advise clients on employee benefits issues; provide workplace training sessions; and conduct workplace investigations.

When litigation is necessary, we effectively and efficiently represent our clients in disputes over employment matters in state and federal courts, in arbitrations, and before state and federal administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Labor, and state Civil Rights Commissions. We also assist employers in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation claims.

As a team of experienced employment law practitioners, we are able to meet our clients’ employment law needs, however sophisticated or complex, with efficiency and confidence.

Our Employment Law Services

Statutory and Regulatory Compliance

We help new and established employers comply with state and federal workplace laws and standards, including the ADA, FMLA, and the FLSA. Our employment law attorneys routinely conduct reviews of our clients’ employment-related practices to ensure compliance with applicable laws and avoid potential future disputes.

Workplace Policies and Best Practices

We assist employers develop sound workplace policies and procedures, including employee handbooks and manuals. A detailed understanding of each client’s business needs, workplace, and circumstances is our mission, allowing us to provide creative, dynamic, and individualized solutions and services.

Human Resources Counseling/Personnel Actions

We provide human resources counseling to employers, helping them to create and maintain a positive and productive employee environment, while managing risk and planning for the future. Our HR services also include assistance with personnel actions, assessment of worker classification, wage and hour compliance, leaves of absence and reasonable accommodations, and employee discipline and discharge.

Restrictive Covenants/Non-competition Agreements

We provide strategic guidance to clients concerning restrictive covenants and protection of their proprietary information. Recognizing the critical importance of protecting confidential information and trade secrets when an employee leaves, we work closely with our clients to draft agreements containing reasonable and enforceable post-employment limitations.

Employee Benefits

At RKPT we advise clients on a broad range of employee benefits issues, including healthcare, retirement, employment, incentive bonus, and severance programs. Always mindful of our clients’ overall business objectives and the strategic importance of an employer’s benefits program, we strive to ensure that the appropriate components are in place, and that the benefits plan complies with applicable state and federal requirements.

Workers’ Compensation

We assist clients in all aspects of workers’ compensation, providing counseling to employers, negotiating settlements where appropriate, and defending claims if necessary. We also represent clients in the defense of workplace lawsuits that may be subject to a workers’ compensation exception or that have been improperly brought in court. We help employers obtain enforceable releases and waivers of non-workers’ compensation claims.

Litigation of Employment Matters

When litigation is necessary, we effectively and efficiently represent our clients in disputes over employment matters in state and federal courts, before state and federal administrative agencies, and in arbitrations. Our experienced litigators have prevailed in administrative hearings and in trials and appeals in courts throughout Ohio.

Workplace Trainings

We provide interactive training and coaching programs to employers on a wide variety of topics, including ethics, compliance, prevention of sexual harassment and discrimination, diversity, and leadership. Our programs are tailored to the specific needs and goals of each client and deliver practical and proactive advice, including the latest legal developments and trends in the ever-changing workplace.

Workplace Investigations

We conduct and counsel employers on workplace investigations, including allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and employee misconduct. We also perform risk assessments of our clients’ internal investigation systems and resources so that they are well-prepared to respond should the need for an investigation arise.

Experienced Employment Law Attorneys Serving Ohio

For more information about our labor and employment law services, we welcome you to contact us.

For additional information about our Business and Corporate Law practice, we invite you to contact RKPT.

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