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Business Organization & Counseling

Corporate Practice

For more than 50 years, Gross, Shuman, Brizdle & Gilfillan, P.C. has provided legal advice and representation to our clients on business matters.  We represent for profit business enterprises, nonprofit entities and religious corporations.

Formation & Organization

We have represented both large and small private companies and public companies. We have assisted clients in forming publicly traded and privately held corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, partnerships and sole proprietorships. We have worked with our clients and their accountants to structure business transactions in a tax advantageous manner, considering not only short-term income tax considerations but also longer-term estate tax implications.


We have assisted our clients with mergers and acquisitions, large and small. We have experience in structuring acquisitions and de-acquisitions in a manner advantageous to our clients and taking into consideration legal, business and tax implications.  For businesses raising capital, we have experience in structuring re-capitalizations and other equity arrangements. We work with our clients to assure compliance with applicable law in connection with securities offerings and SEC and state regulatory compliance, as well.


We have also assisted clients with negotiating, drafting and reviewing buy-sell agreements, capital business agreements and arrangements including joint venture agreements, licenses, sales and manufacturer’s representative agreements, distributorship agreements, confidentiality and non-competition agreements and employment agreements. We have helped our clients prepare and draft stock awards, stock options and phantom stock arrangements for key employees.

Counseling & Planning

The firm has worked with many family and closely held businesses in transitioning ownership of the business to a later generation, or a corps of dedicated employees.  The firm provides counseling on day to day issues that arise in connection with the operation and running of a successful business.

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced lawyer regarding our corporate practice, please contact us at our office in Buffalo, New York.


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