There is nothing easy about being a business owner. There are risks and opportunities around every corner. Whether you are a small, local business or have grown into a national enterprise, you have to know and comply with various state and federal laws. You have to discover and implement best practices to create a strong, stable, productive, and profitable business. You also have to think weeks, months, and years in advance to grow and protect what you have created.

While you probably have to take the lead in building, operating, and growing your business, you will still need support from sophisticated and effective legal professionals. By working with the business lawyers at Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA, you gain the level of care and attention that your company deserves.

With decades of combined transactional and business law experience, our attorneys in Dublin, Ohio and Tipp City, Ohio offer legal services across virtually every industry type, including the medical, dental, and veterinary practices, and can assist with any challenge from buying a business, selling one, or any situation where legal insight can guide you towards the best possible solution.

Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA is available to help your business at every stage and over any obstacle, from formation and drafting contracts to expansion and dissolution.  We represent businesses just like yours throughout Ohio. If you are looking for accessible business law advice with the singular goal of your success, do not hesitate to contact Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA online or at (614) 602-6550 to set up a consultation.

We Can Help With Every Stage of Your Business

Our experienced business attorneys are here to assist companies of all shapes and sizes, through a wide range of industries. From corporate structuring and registration to financing, contract negotiation, and employment issues, we can offer guidance from the very beginning. We want to help you realize and expand your vision.

Business Formation

If you have a new business idea, or are ready to turn an existing business or hobby into a formal business, we can assist you with forming the right business for you. We will work closely with you to tailor our services, determine the current state of your endeavor, your short-term needs, and your long-term goals. We will use this information to advise you on whether to form a corporation, limited liability company (LLC), partnership, or another legal entity and assisting you with whether that business should be taxed as a sole proprietorship, partnership, S corporation, or C corporation. We will ensure you are well aware of the advantages and disadvantages of each option.

After deciding upon the best avenue for your venture, we will demonstrate our value by making sure that your business is formed in compliance with Ohio law. Then, we will guide you through drafting by-laws, shareholder agreements, operating agreements, employment agreements, and any other documents and contracts your business needs with your long-term stability in mind.

Corporate Formalities

You may already be an experienced business professional, far past initial formation. However, opportunities and complications will still come up. Our business lawyers will work with you to foster your business’s growth and sustained profitability. It is particularly important that you work with a trusted business attorney if you have a traditional corporation. You will need to adhere to corporate compliance requirements in Ohio or the other states in which you are incorporated. To maintain corporate compliance, we will guide you in proper recordkeeping, holding necessary shareholder and board of directors’ meetings, and maintaining voting practices and rules.

When you are a part owner of a business, whether it be a partnership, limited liability company or corporation, you may have a strong interest in controlling who can and cannot become owners. For corporations formed and operated within a family or small group of business partners, typically referred to as closely-held companies, it is especially important to ensure shares are not sold to a stranger. To help limit who may be an owner of your business, we can help you negotiate and finalize buy-sell agreements.

Contracts

Whatever type of business you own or operate, you are going to run into contract law issues, and it is better to have a business attorney at hand than to have poorly worded contracts turn into costly disputes. You may need formal agreements with a wide range of parties, including customers, clients or patients, vendors and service providers, employees, independent contractors, and business partners. We can help with all of your contract needs.

If another party provides you with a draft contract, we are here to carefully review it, analyze its potential effect on your business, and recommend changes. We are highly experienced in negotiating with other businesses and their attorneys to draft contracts everyone can agree to. We are also here to draft original agreements that fit your needs and protect your interests.

Employment Issues

One of the hardest things to do from a business standpoint is find, hire, and keep skilled and hardworking employees. To this end, we offer employment advice and counseling. We are here to help recruit, interview, hire, and employ workers in accordance with all Ohio and federal laws.

We are well-versed in an array of state and federal employment guidelines, including Title VII, the Americans With Disabailities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, COBRA healthcare continuation coverage, Ohio labor laws, Ohio wage and hour laws, workers’ compensation insurance requirements, and unemployment compensation taxes.

We will draft employee and independent contractor agreements, including confidentiality, non-solicitation, non-compete, and severance agreements. We also can help you develop an employee handbook, which is essential when your business is growing and taking on more people.

Real Estate

In recent years, virtual businesses, satellite offices, and shared workspaces have become relatively common. Many ventures do not have a physical office. Instead, owners, managers, and employees work from their homes, coffee shops, and coworking spaces. However, this model does not work for every type of company or only meant to be temporary. Many businesses require or benefit from a physical “brick and mortar” location. If you are a physician, you need a building or suite that complies with state and federal laws. If you are a clothing and jewelry retailer, you may want an idyllic storefront downtown.

When your business locates the property it has always wanted or has grown out of its current space and needs to sell, call Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA about acquiring real estate. We are here to assist you with letters of intent, purchase/sale contracts, financing, zoning compliance and other regulatory matters, and commercial leases.

Mergers and Acquisitions

When it comes time for your business to grow, it may lead to acquiring other, smaller businesses or competitors. Or, you and another venture may choose to merge and combine your strengths. Whatever the case, you are going to need the assistance of a business lawyer with M&A experience. We are here to represent you during negotiations and drafting M&A agreements. We will help you get the most out of a merger or acquisition and to transition into the new arrangement as smoothly as possible.

Civil Litigation

As a business owner, going to court over a dispute is a real possibility. If you are unable to resolve a dispute through negotiations or alternative dispute resolution methods, like mediation, then you may decide to file suit. We can represent you in pursuing a civil claim against another party, and we commonly handle breach of contract issues. We can help you fight seek court intervention to order the other party to compensate your business or refrain from taking a certain action.

However, sometimes, your business’s presence in court may not be your choice. Our business lawyers represent employers against employee claims, including those related to wage and hour law violations, allegations of discrimination or sexual harassment, allegations of wrongful termination, and accusations of breach of contract. We also defend businesses against other party’s civil claims, including business partners, vendors, suppliers, customers, clients, and patients.

Dissolution, Divorce, Retirement

After years or even decades of being in business, it may come time to step away. This can happen for many reasons. You and your spouse may decide to divorce, and you either choose to sell or close the business, or one of your partners walks away. You may also be ready to retire or move on to your next venture.

Whatever your reasoning, you need an experienced attorney to guide you through selling your business, exiting a continuing business, or dissolving the business. We are here to represent you through each step of the process, including obtaining an accurate business valuation, negotiating any necessary exit agreements, and ensuring you receive the best possible terms for your exit or sale. If you are closing your business’s doors, we can represent you through the liquidation process.

Bankruptcy

Many industries are highly competitive, and it can be challenging to take an idea and create a profitable venture. Due to all sorts of difficulties, some within and outside of your control, you may find that your business is not only unprofitable, but it also is in a great deal of debt. It may not be easy to walk away, but it may be the best decision to protect your long-term security and provide an opportunity to rebuild. When you owe several creditors money, you should speak with an experienced business lawyer about bankruptcy. At Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA, we have helped many businesses through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or other options.

Healthcare Industry

If you operate a business in the healthcare industry, we can assist you throughout any stage of your operation. We understand that your organization is unique and you have a lot of issues to consider. You may have questions about laws and compliance, or meeting the needs of your patients. We will stand beside you as you begin operation through the closing of your business, whatever process you are at.

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G. Gregory Arenstein

Shareholder

Greg started Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA with Nicholas I. Andersen in March 2010. Greg has many years of legal and tax experience working with clients on a wide array of business, estate planning, and tax issues. Greg is an experienced problem solver with the ability to assist clients with their most complex needs and the ability to communicate with his clients in plain English. Practice areas include: Estate Planning, Business Law, Taxation, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Administration, Legal Services for Healthcare Professionals

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Nicholas I. Andersen

Shareholder

Nick started Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA with G. Gregory Arenstein in March 2010. Nick has extensive experience in civil litigation, business, estate planning, real estate, oil & gas, including pipelines, and representing taxpayers in collection actions. Nick’s practice also includes an expansive and diverse clientele of healthcare professionals, including physicians, dentists, and veterinarians. He believes in being available to his clients whenever they are in need. Practice areas include: Legal Services for Healthcare Professionals, Civil Litigation, Business Law, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Oil and Gas Law, Taxation

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Eric R. McLoughlin

Shareholder

Eric has many years of experience representing clients in probate and trust administration, business, and estate planning matters. He has a strong passion for helping people with their legal matters, and strives to provide all his clients with the personalized service they deserve. Practice areas include: Probate and Trust Administration, Business Law, Estate Planning

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Jessica L. Sohner (née Samuel)

Shareholder

Jessica has years of experience representing clients in family and domestic matters, including divorce, dissolution, and post-decree matters. She believes in providing quality representation for clients while maintaining sensitivity to their individualized needs during stressful litigation. Practice areas include: Family Law, Civil Litigation, Oil and Gas Law

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Erin L. Sanford

Shareholder

Erin joined Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA as a Shareholder in February 2022. Erin has over 12 years of experience working in all areas of family law. Erin understands that when you are navigating through the court system, whether it is a divorce, child custody matter, the need for a guardian of a loved one, or the loss of a loved one it is a stressful time and she is there to be by her clients’ side.

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Ryan L. DeYoung

Senior Associate

Ryan is a Senior Associate at Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA. Ryan joined the firm in August 2020. Ryan’s practice is devoted to assisting clients in civil litigation matters. Prior to joining Arenstein & Andersen, his practice focused on the representation of individuals and small business debtors as an attorney with a small bankruptcy law firm for almost 7 years. In addition to his practice of bankruptcy law, Ryan also has prior experience in the litigation of housing and employment related claims, including claims brought under the Fair Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Civil Rights Act, as well as been an adjunct lecturer in The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. 

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James W. Park

Associate

Jim and Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA formed an “of counsel” relationship in 2015 to assist the firm’s clients in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor protection. Jim has been working in personal bankruptcy since 2005. He began practicing as an attorney solely in the area of personal bankruptcy in 2007, with a focus mainly in Chapters 7 and 13 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Jim understands that financial distress is common today and strives to provide clients with the respect and understanding they deserve while helping them through their difficult times. In December of 2021, Jim became a full-time associate attorney at the firm.

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Robert E. Putman

Associate

Robert joined Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA as a full-time associate attorney in October 2021. He is eager to provide clients with legal assistance in the areas of estate planning, business law, and general civil matters. He believes every client matter is unique and deserves careful professional attention to ensure the client’s interests are protected. 

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Erin M. Haughey

Associate

Erin joined Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA as a full-time associate attorney in October 2021 and earned her J.D. from Capital University Law School. Erin focuses her practice on estate and trust administration and understands the difficulty of losing a loved one. Erin works diligently to ensure that her clients are given the care and attention they deserve so she can best help them understand and achieve their desired goals.

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Joseph A. Downing

Of Counsel

Joe has extensive experience representing clients in estate planning, probate, business, real estate, elder law, and Medicaid planning. Joe prides himself on his ability to build long-term, trusting relationships with clients, and enjoys assisting them with their short and long-term legal needs. Joe and his law firm, Joseph A. Downing Co., L.P.A., are of counsel with our firm. Practice areas include: Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Business Law, Real Estate

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Christen M. Shore

Of Counsel

As a former adjunct professor at Capital University Law School, Christen has been practicing intellectual property law for over 20 years. She has represented multi-national corporations, universities, small business, and individuals in the protection of their intellectual property – including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Christen and her law firm, Christen M. Shore Co., L.P.A., are of counsel with our firm. Practice area include: Intellectual Property

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Ian A. Heyman

Of Counsel

Ian Heyman has over 23 years of legal experience counseling clients on all aspects of business matters, including acquisitions and transfers, corporate governance and structures, taxation including state and federal tax audits, commercial and residential real estate, wealth management, professional and business licensing, internal and government investigations, government relations, risk management, strategic structuring and commercial finance. Mr. Heyman represents businesses and individuals across many industries by creating innovative solutions, while always planning two steps ahead.

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Kathleen A. Hanley

Retired

Kathi is retired and living in Tucson, Arizona. She serves as a valuable advisor to the firm, and assists with continuity of service to her longtime clients that continue to entrust their legal needs to us.

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Contact Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA’s Business Lawyers Today

As a business owner, you are probably used to learning about all the various aspects of your industry, including its laws, regulations, management techniques, and best practices. However, doing everything on your own puts you at risk for costly mistakes and missing chances to maximize your full potential. You and your business will benefit from having knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled legal counsel when forming, running, or ending your business. With over two decades of experience and a well-earned reputation for accessibility and results, Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA is prepared to deliver a successful plan for your business.

Our business lawyers in Dublin, OH and Tipp City, OH have the comprehensive knowledge you need to remain compliant and successful. At Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA , we have the skills to identify and mitigate risks, and when problems arise, we will address them efficiently with as little financial impact as possible.

To learn more about how we can help your business flourish, contact us online or call (614) 602-6550 to schedule an appointment.