Business Law Attorneys
Attorneys in Central and Northern Virginia
As fellow business owners, the attorneys at Gilliam & Mikula are distinctly aware of the legal challenges faced by small businesses. Successful business formation, planning, management, and growth requires a legal team that is responsive, diligent, and mindful of your business’s current and future goals. Virginia’s legal landscape is fraught with nuanced laws and regulations affecting your business’s day-to-day operations. Gilliam & Mikula offers an experienced, knowledgeable team dedicated to achieving and maintaining legal compliance, evaluating internal and external risks, and remaining alert to legislative and regulatory changes affecting your business’s immediate and anticipated needs.
For over forty years, the attorneys at Gilliam & Mikula have advised sole proprietorships, partnerships, small corporations, and local start-ups on the legal complexities involved in forming, managing, and expanding their businesses. Our clients are predominantly headquartered in the greater Richmond and surrounding areas, with branches, subsidiaries, franchises, and joint ventures reaching across all of Virginia. Gilliam & Mikula counsels businesses operating in industries including, but not limited to, health care, real estate, consumer lending, funeral arrangements, property management, construction, banking, and retail. Such a wide-ranging, diverse practice assures an understanding of the many intricacies implicated by your business’s activities.
Looking to Start a Business?
Deciding to start a business is an exciting and life-altering commitment. Yet all too often, entrepreneurs are overwhelmed and ultimately discouraged by misguided, ill-perceived, or ineffective counsel. The attorneys at Gilliam & Mikula understand that in seeking our legal advice, you are not looking for someone to simply tell you all of the things you can’t do. Instead, our team respects the time, energy, and resources you have sacrificed by taking an innovative approach to helping you achieve your business goals.
The most integral choice you will make at the outset is determining how to structure your business. Gilliam & Mikula is here to guide you in analyzing the benefits and disadvantages encompassed in structuring your entity as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation. Our legal team ensures that you understand the liability consequences, tax considerations, profit and revenue implications, and growth opportunities arising out of each type of business structure in light of your short-term and long-term professional objectives. Once you have decided on your business’s structure, the attorneys at Gilliam & Mikula will collaborate with you in filing any necessary paperwork with the proper state agencies. Our legal team is comprised of seasoned paralegals, attorneys, and business managers devoted to helping you carefully, thoughtfully, and thoroughly draft operating agreements, establish policies and procedures, develop compliance programs, negotiate business contracts, and formulate employment and noncompete agreements.
Already Running a Business?
The attorneys at Gilliam & Mikula routinely counsel small businesses and local start-ups in the greater Richmond and surrounding areas in matters involving labor disputes, commercial litigation, and enforcement of business contracts, employment agreements, and noncompete clauses. In addition to our breadth of knowledge and experience representing businesses both in and out of the courtroom, Gilliam & Mikula offers unique insight and understanding of the statutory, regulatory, and judicial requirements your business faces. Our accomplished attorneys are here to protect your interests and further your business’s long-term success.
The dedicated paralegals and attorneys at Gilliam & Mikula can assist you in maintaining and updating required public records with the Virginia State Corporation Commission, as well as other state agencies, to assure your business remains in good operational standing. Our experienced business law attorneys have provided registered agent services, including receipt of Service of Process, Annual Report preparation, and Corporate Minutes preparation, to Richmond businesses for over forty years. Additionally, Gilliam & Mikula maintains the security of your interests with keen vigilance to legal implications resulting from, and legal changes affecting, your business’s compliance with relevant tax, antitrust, commercial and industry-specific regulations and rulings. In light of legal developments, our team can guide you in evaluating and—where necessary—amending your business’s operating agreements, compliance programs, policies, and procedures.
Looking to Grow or Alter Your Business?
Many entrepreneurs inevitably reach a point in which business growth or alteration is desired. The most important preliminary question to be answered is, how? The attorneys at Gilliam & Mikula are here to assist your business in evaluating Virginia’s economic and legal landscape and reaching a decision as to the most ideal path to proceed upon. As fellow entrepreneurs who have built our firm from the ground up, we have stood in your shoes.
Gilliam & Mikula’s legal team advises small businesses looking to raise funds or capital for expanding their operations. Our attorneys can help you understand the comparative benefits and risks of varying growth options in order to determine whether your business should seek private investments, venture capital, crowdfunding, public investments, or debt financing. Once your business has decided upon a method of financing, we are here to smoothly guide you through the process of obtaining those expansion funds. Gilliam & Mikula will collaborate with your business’s management team to ensure an efficient and low-stress pathway to growth. In addition, our attorneys provide insightful counselling on the financial and legal implications of merging, selling, or dissolving your business. The experienced legal team at Gilliam & Mikula can assist your business’s management team in negotiating and drafting transfer of ownership contracts, dissolution agreements, buy-sell agreements, severance packages, proxy agreements, third-party assignment of rights contracts, and press releases for public notice.
Why Choose Gilliam & Mikula?
Gilliam & Mikula takes pride in approaching and analyzing your specific legal issues within the broader context of your business interests while thoroughly exploring all viable legal strategies. Whether you are starting or already have an existing business, we know that owning a business can be a stressful. The attorneys at Gilliam & Mikula are here to smoothly guide you through the maze of legal issues and ensure that you achieve the most favorable outcome.
Gilliam & Mikula routinely represents businesses throughout Central and Northern Virginia including, but not limited to, Chesterfield, Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Fredericksburg, Alexandria, Fairfax, Manassas and surrounding areas.
Our Mission Statement: To provide our clients with outstanding and aggressive legal representation.