Business Law

At Rinke Noonan, business attorneys work with companies from start-up through financial success with special expertise in assisting new and emerging businesses. Our business law attorneys work closely with the firm’s other practice groups to provide our business clients with effective representation in related areas such as business litigation, employment advice, banking and commercial transactions, estate planning, and real estate.

Rinke Noonan’s business lawyers understand the economic cost and frustrations that complex federal, state, and local regulations can create. We take pride in our ability to decipher and simplify complex statutes and regulations quickly and accurately. Each business attorney has developed an area of special concentration to provide advanced legal skills and information in such areas as mergers and acquisitions, complex partnership arrangements, commercial contracts, employee and personnel issues, business financing, environmental concerns, trademarks and franchises.


Key Concepts

Common Types of ADR

Mediation. A forum in which a neutral third party facilitates communication between parties to promote settlement. A mediator may not impose his or her own judgment on the issues for that of the parties.

Arbitration. A forum in which each party and its counsel present its position before a neutral third party, who renders a specific award. If the parties stipulate in advance, the award is binding and is enforceable in the same manner as any contractual obligation. If the parties do not stipulate that the award is binding, the award is not binding and a request for trial de novo (trial lawyer) may be made.

Early Neutral Evaluation. (ENE). A forum in which attorneys present the core of the dispute to a neutral evaluator in the presence of the parties. This occurs after the case is filed but before Discovery (the formal process of gathering information pertinent to the pending litigation, which may include written interrogatories, document production and depositions) is conducted. The neutral then gives a candid assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the case. If settlement does not result, the neutral helps narrow the dispute and suggests guidelines for managing discovery.

Neutral Fact-Finding. A forum in which a dispute, frequently one involving complex or technical issues, is investigated and analyzed by an agreed-upon neutral who issues findings and a non-binding report or recommendation.