In order to create and maintain a successful company, it’s necessary to have a grasp on government regulations that have an impact on the way you do business. That’s why at Leech Tishman, corporate practice is at the core of our firm. We want to be with you every step of the way, from establishing the foundation of your company to creating a plan for your business practices. When clients trust in our experience and knowledge, they find that they have more time to devote to growing and improving their business while we take care of the details.

At Leech Tishman, we don’t limit ourselves to just small or large companies; we’re proud to offer our services to any company ranging from small startups to large multinational companies. Visit our Representative Experience page to view a portfolio of the projects we’ve completed.

Business Formation

When you’re ready to make the leap and start your own business from the ground up, you need to start off on the right foot by partnering with people you can trust. The early stages of business formation are the most important because they determine what your basic operations will be and who you will partner with. Leech Tishman will be at the forefront of this process by providing you with consultation services that will guide you through the process of incorporation, present you with all your options, and answer any questions you have regarding the process.

Entity Selection – Choosing the right legal entity for your business will save you time and money down the line, typically in the form of lawsuits. If you begin your company’s operations without the protection of a legal business entity, you will be liable for everything that goes on in your business.

Tax requirements Another thing a corporate lawyer will go over with you is the tax consequences of whichever entity you choose. Depending on which entity you choose, you may be able to avoid paying more than you need to in taxes.

Structure An important reason to meet with a lawyer before forming your business is to set in place the structure it will use later down the line. Most people aren’t fully aware of all the corporate regulations that are in place to prevent poor business practices. A corporate attorney will go over all the respective information with you in order for you to be successful in your industry.

Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures

Many companies are under pressure from shareholders to increase profits and grow their business. At Leech Tishman, we understand that there will come a point when your business needs to make major changes and we’re here to help. It can be difficult knowing what steps to take when tasked with a merger, acquisition, or divestiture, but we’ll provide you with a focused business assessment that will get you on track and give you the reassurance you need. More specifically, this is what an attorney will do to help you and your company:

Financing As with any business transaction, mergers and acquisitions deal with money. It’s never as simple as two companies making an agreement and going on their way. Attorneys will help negotiate, draft, and administer contracts necessary for the merging of two businesses or the acquisition of one company by another.

Advising Just like with a business startup, mergers and acquisitions involve some type of risk. Corporate attorneys will counsel you throughout the process and help you determine the best course of action for your company. This is called “due diligence” and is important whether you’re a buyer or seller. Some aspects included in a lawyer’s review are: intellectual property, employee agreements, finances, real estate leases,  and environmental liabilities. A corporate attorney will go over everything with you and make sure you understand the risks and liabilities.

Structure Corporate lawyers not only act as a watchful eye, providing you with legal advice and guidance, but they can also help you structure a deal to make it beneficial to you. He/she can help you decide what portion of the company will be sold. Non-compete agreements can also be drafted by the attorney, stating that the seller cannot immediately start competing with the newly acquired business.

Regulatory Compliance

Every business in the country needs to comply with government regulations regardless of the industry that they’re in. The corporate attorneys at Leech Tishman understand these regulations and will put you on track to comply with all regulations and mitigate the risk of government interference. With all the regulations imposed on businesses, Leech Tishman specializes in several industries of expertise:

  • Construction companies
  • Software enterprises
  • Financial services companies
  • Educational and non-profit institutions
  • Health and life sciences companies
  • Energy firms (production, distribution, services)
  • Manufacturers
  • Technology firms (startup to mature)
  • Hotel and entertainment companies
  • Food and retail establishments

To learn more about what our Corporate Practice Group does, visit our Corporate Practices page.

Real Estate

Leech Tishman is equipped with the skills and knowledge to handle a broad range of commercial real estate transactions in Pittsburgh and can assist with acquisition of land, due diligence, and financing and construction. We use a “ground up” approach that allows our clients to get the most high-quality services with no corner cutting or loopholes. Our commitment is to provide efficiency and value for every client. On top of our specialization in transactions, we also assist with subdivision and consolidation, ADA Title III architectural barrier, website and auxiliary aid actions, encroachment issues, and much more. If you’d like to learn more about what Leech Tishman’s Real Estate Practice Group does, you should visit our Practices page.

ADA Title III Defense

The Americans with Disabilities Act: Title III is a public accomodation that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in places that are generally open to the public. If you’re faced with a lawsuit involving ADA Title III, Fair Housing Act, or counseling of ADA Title III architectural barrier in Pittsburgh, contact Leech Tishman.

Encroachment Issues

Encroachment is a situation where one person’s land intrudes in or over another person’s land. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s best to contact a lawyer immediately to learn your rights and determine the best course of action. Even if the encroachment doesn’t bother you, it can add to complications when trying to sell a piece of real estate. You will need to disclose the encroachment issue to potential buyers which may make the land harder to sell.

If you find yourself in an encroachment lawsuit, you’ll need to be able to prove several things:

  • That you own the property that is being encroached upon. A title or deed is the most basic form of proof of ownership, however, if these have been misplaced, you will need to find an alternate form of proof of ownership. A lawyer at Leech Tishman will help you get this in order.

A “quiet title action” is a lawsuit designed to establish clear ownership of a property so that there isn’t any confusion with an old lease or failure to clear title after payment of a mortgage. This is essential for any property owner to be aware of and will protect you in encroachment situations.

  • That the neighbor is using the land against your will and that it should be removed. This can be done through the “act of ejectment” which is the legal process of removing someone from your land.

If you are involved in or need counseling regarding real estate law in Pittsburgh, contact Leech Tishman or visit our Real Estate page to learn more about our commercial real estate services.

Our litigation practice group is composed of lawyers with immense experience with both trying cases in a courtroom and before administrative bodies. Our litigation attorneys are quoted in programs such as Best Lawyers, and are members of the Academy of Trial Lawyers. Below are some of the services you can expect when you trust one of our attorneys:

Case investigation/assessment At leech Tishman, our lawyers are experts in examining your case, analyzing it, and formulating a plan to help you either file a lawsuit, or in the case of a defendant, scope out all courses of action and mitigate legal repercussions as much as possible. This process includes, but is not limited to locating witnesses, gathering necessary documents, interviewing clients, researching laws and regulations and investigating the facts in regards to the dispute.

Pleadings When a case is presented with a litigation attorney, they draft pleadings on behalf of the plaintiff or defendant. For a plaintiff, an attorney will write a summons and complaint to begin the lawsuit. For defendants, an attorney will investigate the allegations and formulate a response. At Leech Tishman, we’re diligent in our efforts to understand the case and formulate a plan so that you can feel reassurance that you’re in good hands.

Discovery Requests for production or admission, depositions and interrogatories are all used by litigation attorneys in order to obtain relevant information to the case.

Preparation A Leech Tishman attorney will develop a trial strategy that will work for your situation. No matter whether you’re a plaintiff or a defendant, we’ll have a plan in place that will present all the necessary evidence and insure that no aspect of the case was left unchecked before it’s time to go to court.

If you need a litigation in Pittsburgh, visit our Litigation Page to view a full list of our services. We do everything from intellectual property litigation to real estate related litigation and everything in between.

Our IP lawyers are dedicated to providing you with full-service intellectual property rights services covering a wide range of technologies and disciplines. Intellectual property (IP) Attorneys protect information covered by patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, technology agreements, IP litigation and IP counseling.

Prior to becoming lawyers, many of the members of our private practice group have worked in information-heavy fields such as engineering, science, and as research associates. As such, Leech Tishman has a wide range of experience in IP in addition to in-house IP counseling experience with Fortune 100 companies. Below are some of the services we offer:

Patents Patents are an important tool for any entrepreneur looking to make their mark on their industry of choice. If you need protection regarding your patent, contact Leech Tishman today.

Trademarks In addition to patents, trademarks are necessary for establishing branding for your good or service. Leech Tishman understands this need and wants to protect your company if the need arises.

Copyright Leech Tishman has experience obtaining copyright protection for a variety of properties including computer software, trade materials, books, articles and newsletters, architectural designs, artwork and music.

Trade secrets Our IP attorneys are equipped with the knowledge and experience to assist you with a wide range of trade secret issues including trade secret protection programs, confidentiality agreements and conducting trade secret audits.

Technology agreements Technology agreements are an essential part of intellectual property and ensure smooth business transactions. If you need an attorney to represent you in a non-disclosure agreement, technology transfer agreement, software licensing agreement and much more, contact Leech Tishman today.

General counseling If you’re not presented with a specific case but want to be aware of trade agreement regulations and prevent the need for future legal intervention, contact us today for counseling services. Our IP attorneys are experts in helping clients develop a sound business model that will be protected from and follow all IP-related laws.

Leech Tishman is committed to providing its customers with professional and reliable corporate, real estate, litigation, and intellectual property law services in the Pittsburgh area. Our team doesn’t cut corners when it comes to laying out a sound plan that will get you the exact legal services you need, custom-fit for your situation. Additionally, we’ll provide you with the knowledge you need to avoid future legal involvement, saving you time and money.