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Corporate & Small-Business Start-Up Law

Starting and running a business is intimidating. From the moment you’re ready to begin the process, Egan, Flanagan & Cohen’s team of attorneys with specialized knowledge over several business-related areas of law will help you navigate the intimidating world of corporations, contracts and employees- and everything in between corporate.

Our lawyers work closely with our clients to deliver legal services in a cost-effective manner. We review and negotiate contracts, lead diligence efforts, and streamline business and legal processes. We advise businesses in many all fields, including construction law, commercial real estate, medical practices, and financial services.

Egan, Flanagan & Cohen also routinely serves as local counsel to corporate law firms and in-house counsel in both transactional and litigation matters. We advise boards of directors and C-suite leaders on crisis management, employment issues, navigating transactions, and general corporate governance.

Our recent transactions range from secured borrowings exceeding $300 million, MassDevelopment tax-exempt bond financings, and complex real estate and acquisition matters. Our environmental and construction lawyers are standing by for both litigation and commercial matters. On the employment law front, we are the “first call” for our human resources clients because we provide practical advice efficiently and quickly.

Small Business and Entrepreneurial Services:

Small businesses need legal advisors who are responsive, practical, and efficient. Our corporate team is adept at working with small businesses, including family-owned enterprises, on all legal matters. We provide actionable advice for growing businesses.

Non-Profits, Charities, and Institutions:

Egan, Flanagan & Cohen has a significant history representing and working with non-profit institutions. We have represented local religious charities since our inception nearly a century ago. We are adept at navigating non-profit creation, corporate governance, and dissolution issues. We regularly deal with cy pres both administratively and in petitions filed with the Supreme Judicial Court.

We routinely advise boards of directors, trustees, executive directors and other fiduciaries to develop gift acceptance and conflict of interest policies, demystify and implement best board practices, and work with in-house personnel to ensure corporate housekeeping and tax exemption filings are in order. We are adept at gift administration and donor relations, helping clients receive and steward hundreds of millions of dollars.

From religious institutions to public libraries, private colleges to sober homes, our charities, non-profits and institutions practice is a fixture in the western Massachusetts legal community, and it is with great pride that we continue to expand its legacy with a growing team of talented lawyers dedicated to this important practice area.

Labor and Employment Law for Employers:

Staying current and in compliance with all state and federal requirements for business and workplaces can be intimidating, but Egan, Flanagan & Cohen’s attorneys can help your business navigate this complex area of law, and provide expert legal advice for every step of the employment process.

Our services for Employers include: drafting and consulting on the application process and offer letters; drafting and revising handbooks and policies; data privacy compliance; personnel file management; drafting non-compete, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements; advising on wage and hour issues; conducting internal investigations; advising on discipline and termination decisions; navigating reasonable accommodation, FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act), Workers’ Compensation, leave requests and related issues; conducting workplace training for managers and employees; and negotiating severance agreements. We also counsel and represent employers undergoing wage and hour or other employment audits by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office or the U.S. Department of Labor.

In the unfortunate circumstance that litigation results from the employment relationship, we vigorously defend employers against all employment-related claims at both state and federal agencies, such as the EEOC and MCAD, as well as in all Massachusetts state and federal courts.

For the unionized workplace, our attorneys are also experienced in labor relations matters, including negotiation of collective bargaining agreements; impact bargaining; interpretation and compliance with contract obligations; interpretation and compliance with the National Labor Relations Act; and prosecution and defense of interest and discipline arbitrations.

Occasionally, our attorneys represent select high-level professionals in connection with: offers of employment/employment agreements; negotiation and advice on non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants; representation before licensing boards; and negotiation of severance agreements. We will also prosecute meritorious individual discrimination claims on a contingent fee basis.

The best representation for nearly a century.

As we look toward our second century of working for our clients in Western Massachusetts, we’re proud to provide individuals and businesses the accessibility, integrity, and dedication you expect in a great law firm.