Business and Corporate Law

We sit down with our clients and listen to them to understand their goals on a wide range of business matters.

In turn, our clients, including for-profit business enterprises, non-profit entities, and religious corporations, trust us to protect their organizations and zealously advocate for them in all areas of their operations. 


Our attorneys provide a broad range of client services including:

Entity selection, formation and organization

With businesses small and large, we bring together clients, their principals, and their accountants, and help create smart structures that consider both short- and long-term planning and tax implications.


Transactions/mergers and acquisitions

Considering legal, business and tax implications, we work to structure these matters advantageously.


Venture capital

When structuring re-capitalizations and other equity arrangements, we not only assure compliance with applicable law, including SEC and state regulatory compliance, but also provide our clients a steady hand, assisting them in raising capital for their businesses, or investing in other enterprises.


Closely held business

Both family and closely held businesses trust our experenced team of attorneys to manage their unique challenges. We assist in the planning and transition of ownership to later generations, or to dedicated employees. 



In addition to preparing and drafting stock awards, stock options and phantom stock arrangements for key employees, we assist clients with the negotiation and drafting of a wide range of agreements including:

  • Shareholder agreements
  • Buy-sell
  • Capital business
  • Joint venture
  • Licenses, sales and manufacturer representative
  • Distributorship
  • Confidentiality and non-competition
  • Employment
  • Property and equipment leases


Corporate securities

Our business attorneys represent clients of every size in all aspects of securities offering transactions including public offerings, private placements and other more specialized investments.  We also assist a wide variety of clients in fulfilling their securities reporting and compliance obligations; whether you are a publicly traded issuer or an individual accredited investor, we can help you navigate the often complex world of federal and state securities regulation.


Government contracts

The award process for government procurement contracts can often feel like a series of hurdles. Our team at Gross Shuman has the experience to effectively guide you to the finish line.  Whether assisting in the review and negotiation of a state or federal contract, applying for Minority and Women owned Business Status or successfully navigating a government Bid Protest, we have the experience to see you through.



Gross Shuman has been focused on our community for more than 60 years. In addition to the important personal time our attorneys’ spend volunteering with not-for-profits throughout Western New York, the firm has also had the pleasure of providing legal guidance and representation to many charities, public foundations and other not-for-profits in all stages of development. From initial set-up and application for tax exemption to fundraising and ongoing compliance issues, we continue to assist not-for-profits of all sizes.