Starting and running a business is demanding. There are countless legal, business, financial and operational factors to consider. The Law Office of Robert J. McGovern assists existing and emerging small businesses and entrepreneurs in business development and planning. We anticipate the issues and understand the difficulties that arise when starting and operating a small business.  Whether you are just starting out or have been in business for years, we will tailor solutions to your specific business plan, providing counsel and guidance along the way. 

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Business Start-Up and Formation

The first steps in starting a business is forming an entity, acquiring the necessary licenses and permits, and compliance with any controlling regulations. Ownership and management structure, how you fund the business, and your tax and liability considerations will heavily impact formation decisions and operations during the life of your business. Let us develop a comprehensive plan for everything you need to open and operate.   

  • Choice of Entity
  • Articles of Organization and Registration with the State
  • By-laws/Operating Agreements
  • Stockholder Agreements
  • Employer Identification Number
  • Department of Revenue Registration
  • DBA Certificates
  • Licenses and Permits
  • Regulatory compliance


Contracts impact countless aspects of your business operation, from landlords to third party vendors to employees and more. Although many may seem routine, these documents have lasting effects and can expose your business to obligations and liabilities that are sometimes unintended, making it important to have an experienced attorney on your side. We will draft, negotiate and review all your contractual needs. 

Real Estate

  • Leasing
  • Zoning
  • Purchase and Sale
  • Development

Employment Issues

  • Employment Contracts
  • Non-Disclosure/Confidentiality Agreements
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Employee Handbooks


  • Equity Financing
  • Loan Agreements
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Friends and Family