Commercial Litigation

Litigation is often a last resort, but when it can't be avoided, we work with our commercial clients to manage risks and find the most cost-effective approach to resolving business disputes. Athora's litigation lawyers have years of experience handling complex, multi-party litigation. Our goal is to get to the bottom of the issue, avoid lengthy litigation, minimize business disruption, and conclude your case creatively and quickly.

How We Can Help

Starting a Business Buying or Selling a Business Contracts Succession Planning

A business is only as strong as its foundation. A good first step is registering your new entity with the state; something we can help you accomplish. But that’s only the first—and easiest—task on your list. You’ll need a dynamic operating agreement, contracts, and employee policies to really get going. Let’s set you up for success with a legal professional that can guide you through building a strong foundation.

Buying or selling a business is a big deal. No matter which side of the transaction you stand, we have the experience to guide you through it. We can simplify the process, make sure you understand every aspect, and get the best deal suited for your situation.

We often sign contracts without even reading or understanding them, especially when your business is busy and your time is scarce, including those tricky non-compete agreements. But we know how important it is to make sure your contracts are working for you. When drafting contracts, we make sure they’re free of error and legal jargon, and that you can understand it. You need to protect yourself fully where it counts, and our professionals can get you there.

Does your business plan include provisions for what happens when you retire, become ill, or you pass away? It should. Succession planning for businesses can help protect your business, your employees, your family, and yourself. Let’s create a strategic plan to continue your operations when the inevitable happens.

Industry Focuses

Farming Real Estate Creditor's Rights Employment Law

They say farming is a lifestyle, and any farm family would tell you that’s true. But family farms are also sophisticated businesses with the same legal needs as any other business, albeit with a few special considerations. Although handshake agreements were once sufficient to run your farm, today’s legal environment requires more. Your farm deserves legal representation by attorneys with a background and industry experience. Attorney Amanda Zaluckyj’s family farms row crops in Michigan. Attorney Janet Horvath comes from a long line of dairy farmers. With Athora Law on your side, we can help you enter into more favorable contracts, manage farming’s substantial risks, and create a succession plan to pass your farm to the next generation.

Athora can effectively assist our clients in a variety of real estate matters like leasing arrangements, real estate sales, 1033 tax exchanges, liens, and mortgages. With over 60 years of experience in the field, we’ll be there to support you at every turn. Our lawyers’ diverse real-estate experience means we can evaluate your situation from every angle to guide you confidently.

The Athora team cares about getting you the best outcome. We’ll be with you every step of the way to explain and simplify, meaning that you’ll not only get what you need in a real estate agreement, but you’ll understand it, too. And if an issue does arise, we’ll be here to advocate for you at every turn. So call us to find out how we can streamline real estate for you.

Bankruptcy isn’t easy; the extensive bankruptcy code and the legal jargon it uses only add to the difficulty. But our bankruptcy lawyer is very good at what she does. In fact, she has experience working bankruptcy cases on behalf of debtors, creditors, and as bankruptcy trustee. What does this mean for you? It means that we’ll put our knowledge from both sides of the bankruptcy coin—and from helping hundreds and hundreds of others like you—to work, ensuring you know exactly what to expect. That way, you can rest easy knowing you’ve made the best choices for you or your business.

We advise on various employment and human-resource matters, such as pre-hiring practices, termination, and severance issues. We can draft employee handbooks, employee non-compete agreements, and other documents to protect your business. If you need clarification on other issues, we consult on employment policies, employer obligations, and other day-to-day employment or human resources questions. Should you need representation, we are also well-experienced in representing employers in unemployment compensation proceedings and employment discrimination proceedings.

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