Business Law

Helping Businesses Thrive

At Caldwell & Kearns, P.C., we provide legal representation and services to assist clients in all business and commercial matters. Our proactive legal counsel coupled with our comprehensive approach to practicing allows us to protect clients by identifying potential future problems.

The Business Representation We Provide

We are committed to building close relationships with each client. We have earned the trust of business owners, professionals and other clients through a proven record of astute legal counsel and strong legal advocacy. We have offices in Harrisburg and Hummelstown, and provide clients throughout the area with the representation they need in all commercial and business law matters, including:

  • Business representation and litigation — We provide ongoing advice to small businesses to help them avoid legal trouble, and strong representation when disputes flare up.
  • Business corporate formation services — Our business law attorneys assist entrepreneurs with restructuring companies, entity selection, contracts and compliance issues.
  • Association compliance — We provide savvy representation to your association, including counsel on policy, and federal and state law compliance.
  • ADR/mediation services — Attorneys at the firm, act as neutral mediators of your business and commercial disputes.

Let Us Help You

Contact our experienced and trusted attorneys in Harrisburg or Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, online, or call us at 717-232-7661. Our lawyers have the focused knowledge to address your legal matter. In addition to our decades of experience handling business and commercial law matters, we also have extensive experience in many other areas of law. Our vast experience allows us to provide clients the counsel they need, regardless of the matter they are facing.

Our main office is located off I-81 in Harrisburg. We also have an office located at 113 E. Main Street, Hummelstown, PA 17036. And free off-street parking is available.

Association Law

Knowledgeable Representation For Associations

The organization and activities of associations of persons are often subject to federal, state or local regulation. These regulations can become difficult to navigate — it helps to have the guidance of attorneys who have been assisting a variety of different kinds of organizations for years.

At Caldwell & Kearns, P.C., our more than 30 years of experience helping associations to run properly and be in compliance with the law will contribute to your organization’s success. Contact our Harrisburg association law lawyers at 717-232-7661 to schedule an appointment.

Experienced Business Lawyers

Our attorneys represent local and state organizations of every kind. Some examples include:

  • Professional associations such as local associations of REALTORS
  • Boroughs/municipal associations such as the Pennsylvania Association of Boroughs
  • Nonprofit organizations such as Keystone Human Services
  • Other interest groups and trade associations

At Caldwell & Kearns, P.C., we provide general advice to our association clients, including drafting and reviewing bylaws, drafting and revising policy and procedural manuals, employment advice, contract reviews, litigation support, legal and procedural guidance at meetings, and regulatory compliance. We can also provide assistance to political action committees and foundations.

Organizations receiving state or federal funding are subject to governmental laws regulating diversity like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its recent amendments, and federal laws governing fair housing and accessibility. Sometimes even professional or special interest associations become so large and influential, or do business that is so far-reaching that they have a quasi-governmental quality. As a result, they may be subject to these same laws.

We also act as an extremely capable general practitioner for associations and organizations for any legal matter that may arise, including development of policies and handling legislative issues. Our representation of association clients has included amicus briefs filed before the Pennsylvania and United States Supreme Courts.

State Legislative Policy Issues

We provide advice concerning current, pending and future legislation. We have drafted new and amended legislation on behalf of our association clients, and have provided guidance with lobbying efforts for our many associations.

Contact our experienced attorneys in Harrisburg or Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, to schedule an appointment with Stanley Laskowski. We also offer legal advice regarding your dispute that is in the negotiation stage, mediation or arbitration.

Business Counsel And Litigation

Solutions And Damage Control Regarding Corporate Litigation

Caldwell & Kearns, P.C., provides sophisticated representation when your business is threatened with litigation or you need to bring action to protect your interests. We also place a high emphasis on proactive counsel to avoid trouble in the first place.

Our firm extends sophisticated experience in business litigation to clients in the Harrisburg area, Dauphin County, Cumberland County, York County, Perry County and surrounding counties of Central Pennsylvania. Arrange a consultation at Caldwell & Kearns, P.C., by calling 717-232-7661 for responsive, cost-effective legal representation.

Corporate And Commercial Litigation

Our trial lawyers handle all types of business litigation, with significant experience representing entities in real estate brokerage, development and construction:

  • Breach of contract (customers or suppliers)
  • Transaction disputes
  • Construction contract disputes
  • Noncompete agreements
  • Corporate and partnership dissolution
  • Land use and eminent domain
  • Installment land contracts
  • Other commercial real estate litigation

We have handled large and complex litigation involving property development and real estate ownership, but we welcome all small businesses in need of quality, cost-effective representation.

Business Transactions

Contract language is crucial to completing the deal and protecting yourself after the transaction. Our attorneys negotiate, draft and review buy-sell agreements, mergers and acquisitions, contracts for goods and services, commercial leases, and sale or purchase of assets. Business dissolution can also be handled as a straightforward transaction. In any of these scenarios, you will want every detail evaluated by a sharp-eyed lawyer who knows the potential pitfalls.

Employment Policies, Prelitigation And Liability Exposure

Some disputes cannot be foreseen, but many arise due to lack of proper planning. We help companies evaluate their liability exposure, and develop and implement policies to prevent problems. Caldwell & Kearns, P.C., drafts policy manuals and advises on specific matters such as Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or how to fire a troublesome employee. We can negotiate or evaluate employee agreements (confidentiality provisions, noncompete clauses, compensation and severance). We also represent clients before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission to resolve conflicts without formal litigation such as claims of discrimination or harassment.

In any situation, Caldwell & Kearns, P.C., looks for solutions as alternatives to full-scale business litigation. But our attorneys always prepare your case so that it can be presented to a judge, jury or administrative body. Contact us today for seasoned counsel and formidable representation by calling 717-232-7661.

Business Start-up & Corporate Formation

Helping Businesses Get Off The Ground

Caldwell & Kearns, P.C., provides legal services to assist clients in business startups, formations, restructuring, partnerships and organizations. We take a comprehensive approach to structuring a business entity. We also protect clients by identifying potential pitfalls to avoid problems in the future.

With offices in Harrisburg and Hummelstown, our business law attorneys serve clients in Dauphin County, Cumberland County, York County and Perry County, and throughout Central Pennsylvania. Contact us at 717-232-7661 to schedule an appointment.

Experience In Business Formation

Our firm’s lawyers can help you structure your business with your goals in mind. We offer experienced counsel to clients exploring entities such as:

  • Limited liability companies (LLCs)
  • S-corporations
  • C-corporations
  • Limited liability partnerships (LLPs)
  • General partnerships
  • Nonprofit corporations — 501(c)(3)
  • Franchises
  • Construction contractors and subcontractors
  • Real estate brokerages and investment firms
  • Real estate entities

We have significant experience in business formation. We use that experience to guide clients to the right entity and structure. We cover everything you need to think about: ownership, management, profit sharing, tax implications and personal liability. We also advise clients on appropriate insurance coverage, licensing, employment contracts and reporting requirements.

Your Business Deserves A Strong Start

“Incorporation in a box” cannot meet your specific needs and may not put you on solid legal footing. At Caldwell & Kearns, P.C., we carefully draft the operating agreement, shareholder agreement or partnership agreement to tailor it to your unique operation. Whether you want to form an LLC, convert from profit to nonprofit or restructure to take on new partners, our business law experience is a cost-effective advantage.

Contact Us

Schedule a business law consultation today. Caldwell & Kearns, P.C., has offices in Harrisburg and Hummelstown. Our main office is conveniently located on North Front Street in Harrisburg, with easy access from I-81. Our Hummelstown office is located on Main Street, near the center of town. Contact us online to describe your needs, or call Caldwell & Kearns, P.C., at 717-232-7661.