Jeff Whitley provides Business Formation servicesBusiness Formation

Jeff regularly forms all types of business entities, including corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs).

 

He advises clients who are starting a business on the type of entity they should choose. He works closely with accountants and other financial professionals to ensure that the business entity meets the personal and professional needs of his clients.

 

Jeff strives to ensure that his clients fully understand the ramifications of starting a company, particularly when done in partnerships or LLCs with other owners. He strongly believes that future problems and miscommunications with business partners can be avoided by careful drafting of partnership agreements and LLC operating agreements. Jeff works proactively with business owners to minimize the likelihood that expensive and time-consuming litigation will occur.

 

Jeff Whitley provides Business Transaction servicesBusiness Transactions

Jeff drafts and negotiates all types of business agreements, including:

  • operating agreements
  • business purchase and sale agreements
  • business owner buy/sell agreements
  • nondisclosure agreements
  • non-compete agreements
  • employment agreements
  • technology and software license agreements
  • loan agreements
  • promissory notes
  • deeds and other real estate documents
  • security agreements
  • other transactional documents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before drafting transactional documents, Jeff works hard to ensure that the documents will meet the client's legal needs and respect the agreed-upon budget. He is sensitive to the financial realities encountered in today's uncertain marketplace and he is flexible and adaptive to his client's needs. Jeff's broad experience in a variety of business entities and legal settings allows him to efficiently draft documents that are most appropriate for his clients.

 

Jeff Whitley provides Intellecutal Property servicesIntellectual Property

Jeff has extensive experience in trademark, trade secrets, copyright and patent law. He files and prosecutes trademark applications with both state entities and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He also files and prosecutes copyright applications with the United States Copyright Office. He is an experienced patent litigator, and regularly consults with clients on patent enforcement strategy.

 

In performing intellectual property work for clients, Jeff is mindful of the need to obtain what can be invaluable intellectual property protection at a reasonable price. Having been trained at some of the most sophisticated intellectual property law firms in the United States, Jeff is well aware of the need for aggressive and competent counsel in that area. Jeff also understands that such protection can be a logistical and financial challenge for a young company, and he is an expert at sorting through the complicated questions surrounding what intellectual property should be protected.

 

Jeff Whitley provides Litigation servicesLitigation

Jeff is an experienced commercial and intellectual property litigator. He has litigated large and small cases involving all types of contracts, leases, licenses, patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights. His broad range of experience in litigation encompasses cases involving small and large corporations. He has litigated for both large and small legal firms.

 

Litigation can be extremely expensive and careful planning is essential to a successful outcome. In any litigation, Jeff works closely with the client to construct clear and well articulated goals so that an effective and streamlined legal strategy can be developed and implemented.

 

Jeff Whitley provides Estate Planning servicesEstate Planning

Jeff drafts all types of estate planning documents, including revocable and irrevocable trusts, wills, general powers of attorney, living wills, and health care powers of attorney.

 

Jeff strives to make every estate plan match his client's goals. He uses his considerable experience to educate his clients about unforeseen problems that might arise upon their death or disability, and helps them develop a plan to avoid these common pitfalls through careful estate planning. Jeff's goal is for his clients to be educated about their plan for the estate and distribution of wealth to their heirs and to make the process as smooth as possible. In the discussion of a topic that is often unsettling , he provides his clients with the peace of mind that can only be derived from the knowledge that their affairs are in order.