BusinessLegal Services for Businesses » Business
The depth of our Seattle Business Practice Group and the many decades of experience of the attorneys practicing in this area of the law allows us to provide creative, responsive solutions to your business issues. Our full-service representation of business types and individuals is rarely limited to one area of the law. You can expect us to employ cross-disciplinary thinking to help you realize your business goals. Ryan Swanson lawyers will try to put themselves in your place to identify optimal solutions for you and your business without "shoe-horning" you into a solution that almost fits. Some of the business areas we focus on are listed below.
Based in Seattle, Ryan Swanson's Business Practice attorneys provide thorough representation for business of all sizes, from the smallest, closely held companies, to large business entities with domestic and overseas operations.
Our lawyers have first chaired transactions ranging from the smallest divestitures and spin-offs for small businesses to complex, multi-party deals over $1 billion in size. We have structured and documented both private and public transactions, and understand how intellectual property, tax, employment and other considerations play out in business combinations. We bring depth of experience, expert legal knowledge and a strong client service ethic to our M&A practice. We also work cooperatively with other professionals, such as accountants, investment bankers, commercial bankers and M&A shops, and are known regionally, nationally and internationally.
To finance growth, intellectual property development, operations or acquisition, companies obtain capital from angels, venture capital firms, private equity shops, institutional investors and partners, and the public capital markets.Our corporate finance lawyers have assisted on hundreds of such financings, private and public, domestic and cross-border. Structures include convertible notes, common and preferred equity, straight debt instruments, highly structured licensing/investment transactions, simple and complex LLC interests, and other financing vehicles.We understand structure and can help with introductions to appropriate sources of capital, particularly venture, private equity and institutional.
The emerging growth practice is really a hybrid. Our practitioners are skilled in helping young companies plan for their growth. Legal services include many of the areas set forth on this page, and others as well. As companies grow, they require expertise in corporate finance and securities, employment, tax, intellectual property and other areas of the law. Through extensive experience, our lawyers know the expectations of funding sources, executives, founders, strategic partners and other key parties, and structure relationships so our clients' goals can be addressed most effectively. One of our partners was co-chair of the firm-wide Emerging Growth Practice Group of a 650-lawyer multinational law firm.
Ryan Swanson's Licensing & Technology Group represents technology companies and other businesses that possess valuable intellectual property. We assist clients ranging from start-ups to established industry leaders with protecting, licensing, and exploiting their technology and proprietary assets. We serve clients in a broad range of industries, including software and game developers and publishers, internet and e-commerce businesses, inventors, manufacturers, distributors, broadcasting media and recording, avionics, publishing, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and life sciences. Our attorneys have extensive experience with representing clients in private placement offerings; venture capital, angel investor, and conventional financings; joint ventures and other strategic relationships; and mergers, acquisitions, and asset and stock sales.
Our Employee Benefits Group advises employers, large and small, in all aspects of employee compensation, from the highest paid executive to the lowest paid employee. We assist with stock options, incentive and deferred compensation, LLC profit interests, employment grants and non-compete and non-disclosure agreements. We design plans to meet the particular needs and desires of our clients, while taking maximum advantage of the applicable benefit and tax laws.
Representative Business Industry Experience
Related Practice Areas
Kevin J. Collette, Chair and Member
Kevin J. Collette
Chair and Member
With a Seattle presence, Kevin is a well-known business and technology lawyer. He advises clients on a full range of legal issues including business and deal structures; branding, protecting, licensing, advertising, selling and distributing products, services, technologies and intellectual properties; Cyberspace information technology and software; start-up and emerging businesses; mergers and acquisitions; real estate, and bringing businesses into the U.S. or to international markets.
Kari Brotherton, Member and CPA
Member and CPA
As a CPA and an attorney, Kari's practice focuses on estate and tax planning, including presenting, drafting and implementing plans; gift planning; business planning and advice, including starting and restructuring businesses, business transactions, succession planning and compensation planning; tax research and problem solving; responding to IRS notices; tax return preparation and review for trusts and estates; and reviewing accounting records.
Michael Jay Brown, Member
Michael Jay Brown
Mike practices in the areas of securities law, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, officer and director liability, internal investigations, high net worth individual representation and general corporate and commercial law.
Thomas H. Grimm, Of Counsel
Thomas H. Grimm
Tom specializes in commercial and complex business transactions and litigation, with an emphasis in the health care and software industries. He also assists with formation of business entities and assists them with business joint ventures, acquisitions and sales, and licensing agreements.
James E. Hadley, Member
James E. Hadley
Jay has been selected by a number of high net worth individuals and closely held companies to oversee all their legal needs. He acts as outside general counsel for a divergent group of companies including technology, construction, manufacturing and service industries. He frequently represents clients in complex business transactions including acquisitions and other business investments. Jay has particular experience in contract drafting and interpretation issues, including preparing complex purchase and sale agreements, financial and legal due diligence analysis, and business strategies development.
Paul Meier, Member
Paul is a member of our firm's Business, Licensing & Technology and Real Estate Groups. On a day-to-day basis, he provides the advice and services clients need to achieve their business goals. Paul's focus is on business formations, business and real estate acquisitions and financings, and other commercial transactions. He represents both start-up businesses and established companies. Paul has considerable experience representing technology companies in venture capital financings, joint ventures, and licensing and marketing agreements. Paul is also experienced in the purchase and sale of dental and other professional practices.
Wendy S. Moullet, Associate
Wendy focuses her practice in the areas of commercial real estate, business and technology. She advises clients in a variety of industries on business and legal matters, including drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, loan documents, licensing contracts and commercial leases; facilitating commercial real estate financing and sale/acquisition transactions; and advising start-up businesses with formation and governance issues.
David H. Oswald, Member
David H. Oswald
Dave has over 35 years of experience as a business and real estate attorney and has assisted with the acquisitions, leasing, sales and financing of properties for businesses and developers. He also helps real estate and business clients structure new businesses, create partnerships, raise capital through private placements, and buy, sell and liquidate.
Joel H. Paget, Member
Joel H. Paget
Joel's practice includes supervising everything from simple to complex probates and the preparation of federal estate tax returns. He assists in obtaining business visas, classification, permanent residency and citizenship for immigrants in the United States. Joel also works with immigrants to obtain temporary and permanent positions as executives, managers or specialists and he also advises on treaty rights and obligations for payment or non-payment of taxes.
Philip M. Roberts, Member
Philip M. Roberts
Phil has a business finance and real estate practice. In addition to helping clients organize, finance, buy and sell businesses, he represents clients on complex real estate transactions, including shopping center and other commercial real estate developments, and represents lenders on the financing of such transactions. His involvement includes the acquisition and financing of the properties, as well as the leasing activities associated with commercial projects. Phil finds the business/finance and real estate areas to be complementary to each other.