Business Law

Atlanta Business Lawyers

Even the most savvy business owners can never fully insulate their businesses from conflict. Where money, shared and conflicting interests, contracts and control are involved, disputes that can lead to business litigation are always possible.

Ongoing Counsel And Strength In Litigation For Your Company

Helping North Georgia business owners avoid disputes and resolve them fairly when they occur are core strengths at Cannon, Mihill & Winkles in Atlanta. Clients benefit from our wide-ranging business law experience, turning to our lawyers not only for representation in litigation, but also for comprehensive outside general counsel services.

If a legal issue arises in your business, we can help you find a solution. This is true from entity selection and business formation through to every aspect of your transactions, operations and working relationships. We emphasize proactive communication and a constant understanding that your focus belongs on running your business, not on preparing for a court case.

Partnership, Property And Employment Disputes · Contracts And Collections

Our Atlanta business attorneys have worked with companies of various sizes across many sectors, including specialized areas such as hospitality and entertainment, technology and fashion. Our business litigation knowledge and capabilities cover:

  • Partnership disputes, including those that may require negotiation or litigation of a "business divorce"
  • Trademark registration and litigation, as well as protection of trade secrets and other forms of intellectual property
  • Alleged breaches of noncompetition, nonsolicitation and confidentiality agreements, as well as disputes over commissions and other employment contract disputes
  • Various disputes involving other types of contracts, including buy-sell agreements, commercial leases, franchising agreements and vendor agreements
  • Commercial collections, including the filing of enforcement of materialman's and mechanic's liens under applicable construction laws

If you are embarking on a new business venture or initiative, we want to help you succeed. If you have a problem with a business partner, employee or anyone else, we are here to find the best strategy and zealously protect your interests.

Business Law Services

Atlanta Business Formation Attorneys

The many decisions and formal requirements associated with business startup can be intimidating. However solid your plan and knowledge of your core business, having the right legal counsel from the outset will help ensure that your company is organized for success and the maximum protection of your interests.

Thorough, Conscientious Counsel For Your Business Launch And Ongoing Operations

At Cannon, Mihill & Winkles, you can work collaboratively with an Atlanta business formation lawyer who will take the time to understand your goals. We emphasize clear, active communication, thorough risk assessment and efficiency in all we do for entrepreneurs with interests in Georgia. Further, we build strong relationships with clients and often serve as outside general counsel, answering wide-ranging legal needs through all phases of their operations.

Whether you are establishing a company that will be engaged in manufacturing, retail, hospitality, entertainment, professional services or another area of commerce, you will find relevant experience and insight at our firm. We can help you with all aspects of formation and compliance as you establish a limited liability company (LLC), limited liability partnership (LLP), joint venture, corporation or other structure ideally suited to your needs.

Entity Selection · Contracts · Compliance Issues And Advocacy In Disputes

Our business law and litigation services cover a broad spectrum of matters such as:

  • Entity selection informed by careful assessment of taxation, the need for protection from personal liability, relationships between stakeholders, growth projections and all other key considerations
  • Detail-conscious creation of operating agreements, partnership agreements and other contracts
  • Filings with the government and maintenance of documentation necessary for compliance with Georgia and federal laws
  • Ongoing, comprehensive counsel on key business transactions, employment law issues and virtually any other legal concerns — including skilled representation when disputes arise that may lead to litigation

To talk through your business initiative and legal needs with an approachable, savvy attorney at our Atlanta law firm, please schedule a consultation at a time that works for you.

Representation from an Experienced Business Litigation Attorney in Atlanta

If you are currently in the middle of a complex commercial or business lawsuit, you need an experienced business litigation attorney who is competent to manage the matter to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Our business law attorneys understand that litigation is an unfortunate part of doing business. Whether it's a vendor refusing to meet its contractual obligations, a disgruntled employee or customer threatening to sue, or a competitor improperly benefiting from your hard work and ideas, business litigation is bound to arise. When it does, you need a business litigation lawyer who will provide you with professional guidance and experience to achieve a fair resolution of your case. Our commercial litigation attorneys recognize that litigation is not your principal job - managing and improving your business is.

Call our Atlanta law firm at (404) 891-6700 to speak with an attorney about your circumstances. We will always act in your best interest, from your initial consultation until we achieve a fair resolution for your case.

Highly-Skilled Business Law Attorneys in Atlanta

Cannon, Mihill & Winkles' experienced business law attorneys in Atlanta are able to represent you in a wide variety of litigation that may arise during the course of your business. Our firm believes that litigation is useful only to the extent that it furthers and improves your business. So we'll tell you when we believe active and aggressive litigation is in your best interest; conversely, we'll also tell you when we believe the costs and risks of litigation would exceed the possible benefits. At the end of the day, our commercial litigation attorneys are guided by the principles of honesty, approachability and transparent decision-making. We want to achieve the best results possible for your case.

Cannon, Mihill & Winkles' business litigation attorneys can represent or defend you in any of the following types of disputes that may arise:

  • Breach of contracts
  • Partnership disputes
  • Breach of non-competition or non-solicitation provisions
  • Collection matters
  • Franchise/franchisor conflicts
  • Employee grievances and complaints
  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Real estate litigation
  • Commercial leases
  • Business dissolution
  • UCC liens
  • Fraud
  • Trademark infringement
  • Breach of confidentiality agreements

Cannon, Mihill & Winkles is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and our business law attorneys provide specialized representation to clients in the North Georgia area, including Buckhead, Marietta, Cobb County, Roswell and Alpharetta. Contact our business law firm online or email a highly-experienced business litigation attorney at [email protected] to learn more about our legal services.

Restaurants, Bars & Hospitality

The attorneys at Cannon, Mihill & Winkles represent restaurant and bar owners who need legal guidance when seeking alcohol licensing, settling contract disputes, or facing employee charges of wrongdoing. Owning a restaurant or bar is a full-time job. Vendors and suppliers must be paid, staffing issues must be addressed and, of course, there's the ultimate responsibility of getting patrons to spend money at your establishment. With all of these duties and more, a good working relationship with a local law firm can be invaluable. The business attorneys at Cannon, Mihill & Winkles offer that assistance in a variety of ways, so you have time to focus on what's most important - managing and growing your business.

Guiding Restaurant Owners Through Legal Issues

Downtime means lost profit. Our Atlanta business lawyers are committed to ensuring uninterrupted operations by addressing legal issues and concerns unique to restaurant and bar owners. Our current clientele includes franchisees, independent restaurant/bar owners and family-run establishments. Through our experience, we have gained an understanding of the stress and anxiety associated with running a restaurant or bar. Our relationships with our clients is based on a very simple premise - we're here to help. Whether you need assistance navigating the bureaucratic maze of alcohol licensing, or you need to negotiate or litigate a lease agreement or vendor contract, we can help.

Our attorneys currently offer assistance to restaurant and hospitality clients in the following areas:

  • Alcohol licensing and permitting
  • Special Use permitting
  • Vendor contracts
  • Commercial leases
  • Employee grievances and complaints
  • Premises liability issues
  • Dram shop liability
  • State, city and county regulatory compliance
  • Succession planning
  • Franchisor/franchisee agreements

When seeking legal representation for your restaurant and/or bar, be sure to speak with our qualified Atlanta restaurant and bar attorneys. We can be reached at (404) 891-6700 or [email protected]

Atlanta Partnership Dispute And "Business Divorce" Lawyers

Business partnerships are complex relationships that sometimes break down. When serious disputes arise, those involved must make difficult decisions about whether the problem can be solved through negotiation and compromise or whether litigation is necessary. At Cannon, Mihill & Winkles, our attorneys have extensive experience assessing allegations of self-dealing, breach of fiduciary duty and other misconduct.

Honest, Balanced Counsel Backed By Proven Strength In Litigation

As business professionals ourselves, we recognize all that you have on the line in a partnership or shareholder dispute. If you operate a family business, a disagreement over money, control or strategy can put your most important relationships at risk along with your financial interests. It is essential to work with a lawyer who will genuinely put your needs first if you are facing a possible "business divorce" or any other conflict within your company.

It is important to understand that in Georgia, corporate entities and limited liability companies must be represented by an attorney if a matter proceeds beyond small claims court. Representing yourself in a shareholder or partnership dispute is not just risky; it may not be an option at all. Our legal team is equipped to help you seek fair resolution of virtually any dispute with a current or former business associate, including those involving:

  • One partner attempting to cut another out of a profitable deal or freeze him or her out of participation in key management decisions
  • Known or suspected embezzlement, self-dealing or other financial wrongdoing
  • Tortious interference with business relations, as when a former business partner or employee is unfairly targeting your existing contractual customers
  • Disputes over rights to trademarks, trade secrets or other intellectual property and proprietary information
  • Disputes between controlling and minority shareholders

Dedicated To Finding The Best Path To Resolution Of Your Dispute

Although business litigation is a clear strength for our respected Atlanta firm, we are dedicated to pursuing negotiations, mediation or other forms of dispute resolution when possible. You can count on us for honest counsel on the strength of your position and the likely costs and risks of taking your case to court. To schedule a consultation focused squarely on your case and your viable options, call or email us today.

Atlanta Intellectual Property Lawyers

Cannon, Mihill & Winkles' experienced Atlanta intellectual property lawyers know that some of the most valuable assets of a business may be its intellectual property. Our full-service law firm can help with all aspects of IP protection, including consultation, IP licensing, as well as fighting infringement. This is especially important for online companies, as well as artists and entertainers, who may find that most or all of their value may be IP. Our experienced attorneys will help you protect your unique ideas and concepts that are critical to success.

Cannon, Mihill & Winkles' experienced intellectual property counsel also assists clients with IP licensing and assignments. We provide drafting and review of license agreements, as well as NDAs and confidentiality agreements for those looking to market their assets. Call our Atlanta law firm at (404) 891-6700 to speak with an experienced intellectual property attorney about your case. We want to help you protect your innovative concepts.

Atlanta IP Licensing

Our dedicated intellectual property lawyers provide assistance with a variety of intellectual property-related needs to better protect your rights. Additional IP legal services include:

  • IP licensing and assignments
  • Registration of copyrights and trademarks;
  • Litigating trademark and copyright infringement claims;
  • Protection of trade secret, proprietary, and confidential information;
  • Litigation of trade secret violations;
  • Drafting and reviewing licenses, royalty contracts, NDAs and confidentiality agreements;
  • Litigation of license and royalty disputes;
  • Preparation of and responding to DMCA takedown notices;
  • Litigation of cybersquatting actions and other on-line violations.

Atlanta Trade Secret Attorneys

Trade secrets may be the most valuable asset of a business. Our intellectual property attorneys can help businesses review their trade secret procedures and ensure that the information is properly and legally protected. We also work to ensure that trade secrets and your other intellectual property rights will remain protected.

Contact Our Intellectual Property Attorneys

An experienced intellectual property lawyer from our firm will dedicate the time and energy required to see your case through to the most positive resolution. We are committed to helping you protect any concept you may have that is vital to your success. Contact our intellectual property attorneys today for an initial consultation.

Cannon, Mihill & Winkles is an Atlanta-based full-service law firm that represents clients across Georgia, including clients in Buckhead, Marietta, Cobb County, Roswell and Alpharetta. Contact our business law firm online or email our highly-skilled intellectual property lawyers at [email protected] to learn more about IP licensing. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about protecting your intellectual property rights.