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Business Representation

Business Law and Litigation

Since its inception as a business law firm over thirty-five years ago, Knott Ebelini Hart has prided itself on being the law firm for small and medium size businesses in Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Sanibel, Bonita Springs and Southwest Florida.

Our business law practice is headed by an attorney who is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in business litigation.

The firm represents business entities of every nature, size, and capitalization. This includes entrepreneurs, shareholders, management, commercial vendors, land trusts, joint ventures, and individuals related to most business transactions. The areas of advice and transactional services that the firm’s business lawyers provide include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • entity selection
  • contracts
  • employee relations
  • buy-sell agreements
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • internet advertising / website
  • purchase and sale agreements for the sale of businesses
  • organizational documents
  • financing / funding of operations
  • director / officer liability
  • intellectual property
  • trademark and copyright

Corporate Law

The corporate law practice at Knott Ebelini Hart encompasses a wide range of legal services for small to medium-sized business entities including formation of corporate entities, restructuring existing entities, representing clients involved in corporate and partnership disputes, corporate dissolutions, management and corporate control issues, overseeing corporate transactions, and assistance with organizational documentation, tax planning, and funding operations.

Contract Law

Knott Ebelini Hart’s experienced contract attorneys have been handling disputes between parties to written and oral contracts in Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties for over three decades.

Having prosecuted and defended countless breach of contract claims related to all types of contracts, our attorneys are uniquely positioned to counsel their clients during the initial contracting process to better avoid future litigation.  The contract attorneys at Knott Ebelini Hart routinely represent the following clients in contract disputes:

  • governmental entities
  • small businesses
  • general contractors
  • real estate purchasers and sellers
  • nonprofit organizations
  • engineers
  • developers
  • architects
  • subcontractors
  • banks and other lending institutions
  • employers
  • employees

Litigation can be very expensive and, often times, the easiest and most cost-effective way to avoid a lawsuit is to have an experienced contract attorney involved in the initial contract negotiation and drafting stages.  In order to have the most practical and effective contract language, it is important that the attorney who drafts the document be experienced in handling litigation matters that are related to that particular type of contract.   Our attorneys not only have substantial experience in drafting and negotiating contract provisions, but also in litigating contract disputes, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • commercial lease agreements
  • construction contracts of all types
  • stock and asset purchase agreements
  • employment agreements
  • non-compete agreements
  • confidentiality agreements
  • powers of attorney
  • shareholders agreements
  • operating agreements
  • indemnification agreements

Commercial Law

The commercial law practice at Knott Ebelini Hart encompasses a wide range of business relationships and the disputes that arise as a result of those relationships.

Drawing on our extensive experience in successfully and aggressively representing commercial entities, Knott Ebelini Hart is able to offer the best advice and litigation strategies to its commercial clients including:

  • corporations
  • directors
  • officers
  • joint ventures
  • partnerships
  • partners
  • sole proprietors
  • limited liability companies

The commercial law practice at Knott Ebelini Hart covers a wide range of legal services including:

  • breach of fiduciary duty
  • unfair competition claims
  • management and corporate control issues
  • shareholder appraisal rights
  • contract disputes
  • employment agreements
  • covenants not to compete
  • financial transactions
  • insurance coverage disputes
  • business fraud
  • mortgage foreclosures
  • collections
  • commercial evictions
  • property damage litigation

Knott Ebelini Hart strives to deliver its professional services to small and medium-sized businesses in a cost efficient and effective manner.

Employment Law

The employment law practice at Knott Ebelini Hart encompasses a wide range of issues and disputes that arise as a result of employment and contractual relationships.

Our lawyers are experienced in representing both businesses and individuals.  Knott Ebelini Hart is able to offer legal advice and litigation strategies on employment matters including:

  • preparation of employment policies & handbooks
  • independent contractor agreements
  • non-compete agreements
  • severance agreements
  • partnership agreements

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