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Outside General Counsel Services 


Ever wish you could just bounce an idea off an attorney who knows your business? Or, have an attorney do a strategic review of your existing customer and supplier agreements? Or do a risk assessment before you fire a problem employee?

What prevents you from calling an attorney? The uncertainty of the cost? The fact that you'll have to waste twenty minutes explaining your business before you can even ask your question? Or, maybe you don't know an attorney who understands the reality of the business world. Well, now you do.

  • Serving as a corporate secretary to ensure good corporate governance and compliance with all legal and internal operating protocols

  • Assisting in the development of strategic planning goals, including labor-management relations, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures

  • Talent management, including recruitment, employment contract development and negotiations, on-boarding, performance evaluations, discipline and terminations

  • Managing third-party vendor and governmental audits for ISO, OHSAS, OSHA, DOL, EEO and other regulatory purposes

  • Handling all aspects of labor relations, including collective bargaining negotiations, grievances, arbitration and contract administration

  • Training of employees and supervisors on best management practices, including diversity and non-harassment, hiring, firing and everything in between

  • Conducting internal investigations when unethical or illegal behavior has been alleged

  • Serving as the primary point of contact for governmental regulators and auditors

  • Creating and managing Affirmative Action Plans for federal contract compliance

  • Drafting and negotiating supplier, real estate and other commercial contracts

  • Developing crisis communication plans and protocols, and serving as the point of contact when crises do arise

  • Conducting internal audits of payroll, employee-relation, safety and environmental functions

  • Assisting with major hiring needs, including tapping into public and private training and grant money resources


Our partners have all served as the chief legal officer of various Cleveland area businesses. They understand the need for efficient, practical legal advice and have broad experience in a variety of legal areas.  The aim of the General Counsel Service is to provide the service of and access to the equivalent of your own in-house attorney at a flat monthly rate. At the onset, our attorneys will take the time to learn your business and the legal challenges facing your business, all at our cost.  As the relationship continues, the flat fee will be open to reconsideration to ensure that the relationship is fair to both attorney and client. The ultimate goal is to become a trusted member of your company’s decision-making team.

Outside General Counsel Service Offerings

Depending on a host of factors, including the size, industry sector and growth plans for your business, we may recommend one or more of the following services:

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