Practice Area - Business Law

You’re working hard to build a strong company and a reputation that will last. At Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer, LLP, we help businesses navigate the legal process with confidence. Not only do we help you overcome the challenges that might pop up, we partner with you to help anticipate and prevent them by helping you create policies that cover you in good times and in rough patches.

While business has changed in the 130 years since our firm was founded, our commitment to clients has not. Our team of business law specialists serves business and corporate clients across the nation and provides them a level of service that can only come from more than a century of experience.

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Corporate and Commercial Law

Experienced attorneys can assist clients in all areas involving business transactions. The firm offers services ranging from forming an entity, to structuring, documenting and financing nationwide mergers and acquisitions. Regardless of the type of transaction, the firm’s business attorneys have broad experience and expertise that translates into a keen knowledge of issues and risks which are inherently a part of every transaction. The Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer, LLP business attorneys can effectively assist clients in protecting their best interests.

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: H. Philip Elwood, Timothy A. Shultz, Miranda K. Carmona, Arthur E. Palmer and Richard J. Raimond

Call 785.233.0593 today for help with your Corporate and Commercial Law needs.

Real Estate Law

Our team of experienced real estate law specialists help business owners and corporations achieve their objectives, resolve disputes and gain a competitive advantage in real estate transactions. While working with our colleagues in complementary practices, the firm is well-positioned to assist with any issues and disputes that arise during any phase of a real estate venture or project. We represent Commercial, Industrial/Residential Property, Developers, Lenders, Contractors, Architects, Owners and Buyers.

  • Acquisitions and Dispositions Commercial Leases
  • Planned Unit Development Issues Contract Disputes and Issues
  • Zoning Issues Land Use & Permitting Issues
  • Taxation of Real Estate Real Estate Transaction Disputes
  • Commercial Leases
  • Land Use & Permitting Issues
  • Real Estate Transaction Disputes
  • Contract Disputes and Issues
  • Asset Purchase Agreements of Real Estate Companies
  • Environmental, Business and Licensing Issues

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: H. Philip Elwood, Timothy A. Shultz, Miranda K. Carmona, Arthur E. Palmer and Richard J. Raimond

Call 785.233.0593 today for help with your Real Estate Law needs.

Employment Law and Litigation

Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer, LLP, represents employers when negotiating, preparing, terminating or voiding employment and independent contractor agreements out of unfavorable contracts and litigate contracts for employers and defend against such litigation. We represent employers in unemployment compensation hearings, in defending against discrimination complaints, and defending litigation involving wage and hour disputes, as well as other types of contract or employment litigation.

  • National Labor Relations Board Regulated Matters
  • Union-Free Workplace Litigation and Analysis
  • Unemployment Claim Defense
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Employee Benefit Issues
  • Contract Drafting and Implementation
  • ADA Claim and Compliance Analysis
  • Employee Policy Development
  • Regulatory Representation
  • Workers Compensation Defense
  • Trial Practice and Management Training
  • Labor Contract Matters
    • Contract Dispute Litigation
    • Contract Analysis for Compliance with Regulatory Requirements
    • Contract Dispute Mediation
    • Collective Bargaining & Arbitration
  • Employer Representation
    • Employee Termination Cases
    • Employee Discrimination Cases
    • Employee Wrongful Discharge Cases
    • Non-Competition Matters
    • Wage & Hour Disputes

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: Timothy A. Shultz, Arthur E. Palmer, Nathan D. Leadstrom, Mary E. Christopher, Lisa M. Brown, Sarah A. MorsePatricia E. RileyCynthia J. Sheppeard and Wesley A. Weathers

Call 785.233.0593 today for help with your Employment Law and Litigation needs.

Banking Law and Liability Defense

Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer, LLP banking & financial services attorneys represent local, regional, and national banks and financial services clients. Whether in commercial lending transactions, oil and gas financing, equipment leasing, mortgage and personal property secured lending, private bank matters, compliance, and operations, we have the diverse experience to handle these unique and timely situations. Our attorneys also assist clients with mergers and acquisitions, charter conversions, and the increasingly complex regulatory and compliance issues.

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: Timothy A. Shultz and Lisa M. Brown

Call 785.233.0593 today for help with your Business Law and Liability Defense needs.

Succession Planning

Just as important as beginning a new business, is the plan for how the business will continue in your absence. Succession plans can provide a number of important benefits – retain key employees, reduce tax burdens, and maintain the value of stocks and assets during a management or ownership transition. Succession plans may also prove valuable in allowing a business owner to retire in comfort and continue to provide for family members who may be involved with the company. The Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer, LLP expert attorneys will assist in:

  • Establishing a formal policy regarding family participation in the business
  • Providing solid work experience for all employees, to ensure that succession is based on performance rather than heredity
  • Creating a family mission statement based on the members’ beliefs and goals for the business
  • Designing a leadership development plan with specific job requirements for the successor
  • Developing a strategic plan for the business
  • Making plans for the preceding generation’s financial security
  • Identifying a successor or determining the selection process
  • Setting up a succession transition team to keep decision-makers informed about their role in the changes
  • Completing the transfer of ownership and control

 

Estate Planning (Includes Wills, Trusts, and Probate)

Estate planning is an ongoing process and should be started as soon as one has any measurable asset base. As life progresses and goals shift, the estate plan should move to be in line with new goals. Lack of adequate estate planning can cause undue financial burdens to loved ones. The Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer, LLP team of expert Estate Attorneys will assist in:

  • Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Living Wills
  • Wills and Trusts

The following services are available for wills and trusts:

  • Directed Disposition of Assets
  • Nominating an Executor
  • Nominating a Guardian for Minor Children and Other Disabled Persons
  • Revocable “Living” Trusts for Probate Avoidance and Other Purposes
  • Irrevocable Trusts for Children and Grandchildren
  • Life Insurance Trusts
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Disposition of Nonprobate Assets (other than by trust)
    • Descendant’s Beneficiary Designations
    • Transfer on Death/Payable on Death Securities, Accounts, Real Estate

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: Miranda K. Carmona and Gerald J. Letourneau

Call 785.233.0593 today for help with your Succession Planning needs.

Tax Planning

Employing effective tax planning strategies can free up more capital for saving and investing. Our team of attorneys assist businesses with designing and implementing tax plans that create the largest possible benefit. In working with clients on tax, our attorneys provide a full range of planning services, including sophisticated tax planning techniques. Moreover, we apply our collective skills to help with additional matters, including those related to closely held corporations, partnerships, real property, income tax, charitable foundations, litigation, employee benefits, employment law, immigration law, and copyright and trademark laws.

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: H. Philip Elwood, Miranda K. Carmona and Gerald J. Letourneau

Call 785.233.0593 today for help with your Tax Planning needs.

Compliance Issues

Our veteran team of attorneys assist Hospitals, Laboratories, Physician Practices, Hospices, Third Party Billing Companies and Home Health Agencies in the design, implementation and monitoring of effective policies, programs, procedures and practices surrounding compliance in an arching effort to minimize risk to an organization and ensure ethical behavior and personal conduct by the organization’s employees and other representatives.

  • Compliance Plan Development
  • Compliance Code of Conduct
  • Compliance Policies Development, Implementation and Instruction
  • Stark II and Federal and State Anti-Kickback and Fee Splitting Prohibitions
  • Billing Compliance, Medical Necessity and Coding Policy
  • Medical Staff Issues, Human Resource Issues

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: H. Philip Elwood, Nathan D. Leadstrom and Mary E. Christopher

Call 785.233.0593 today for help with your Compliance Issue needs.

Lobbying and Advocacy (Before Local, State and Federal Agencies and Governmental Bodies)

Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer, LLP has extensive experience helping clients handle complex legislative issues. Our work has included every aspect of legislative advocacy, including legislative strategy, lobbying, ethics analysis, bill analysis, monitoring and bill drafting. We provide primary legislative counseling and lobby services to many individual clients as well as industry and trade groups. Our lawyers have significant industry and technical experience and can strategically analyze proposed legislation and the ultimate implementation of new enactments. We work with government decision makers to suggest improvements and demonstrate how our proposals further important policy goals. With the State Capitol as our neighbor, we are well suited for lobbying and advocacy activities.

  • Bill writing and Research
  • Monitoring and Management of Key Issues
  • Meetings with Leadership

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: H. Philip Elwood, Timothy A. Shultz, Nathan D. Leadstrom and Mary E. Christopher

Call 785.233.0593 today for help with your Lobbying and Advocacy needs.

Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditors’ Rights

Our firm has maintained a longstanding history of Creditor Representation in legal procedures for debt collection, foreclosure, replevin actions and in bankruptcy proceedings under Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 including:

  • Obtaining Relief from the Automatic Stay
  • Preparing Reaffirmation Agreements
  • Asserting Priority and Secured Claims
  • Defending Preferential and Fraudulent Transfer Actions
  • Objecting to Discharge
  • Litigating Valuation and Exemption Issues

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: Richard J. Raimond, Timothy A. Shultz, N. Larry Bork and Nathan D. Leadstrom

Call 785.233.0593 today for help with your Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditors’ Rights needs.

Workers’ Compensation

Under the workers’ compensation system, employers are required to purchase insurance that provides benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries and illnesses. The system strikes a compromise between employers and employees: Employees get benefits regardless of who was at fault. In return, employers get protection from lawsuits by injured employees seeking money damages for pain and suffering or mental anguish. Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer, LLP is uniquely qualified to address and litigate workers’ compensation issues. One of our partners overseeing litigation, evaluation and analysis issues, has personally handled more than 1500 workers’ cases at the hearing stage. Representing Employers, Insurance Companies and Self-Insureds, our firm will assist in:

  • Litigation and Participation at Settlement Hearings
  • Litigation and Representation at Preliminary Hearings
  • Appeals to the Workers Compensation Board
  • Litigation and Representation at Depositions
  • Litigation and Representation at Regular Hearings
  • Appeals to the Court of Appeals

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: Timothy A. Shultz and Cynthia J. Sheppeard

Call 785.233.0593 today for help with your Workers’ Compensation needs.

Insurance Law and Defense

The firm has been a leader in insurance defense litigation for over 35 years. The firm has experience in defense of automobile, homeowners, commercial & business, primary & excess coverage issues, health & medical plans, property, and life insurance matters. In addition to the firm’s experienced trial lawyers regarding insurance defense and insurance coverage issues, Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer, LLP, has attorneys with actual insurance company experience including a former Assistant General Counsel for a physician-owned liability insurer. The firm also includes an attorney who served as Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law at Washburn University School of Law and has represented insured in courts throughout Kansas and western Missouri. The firm appears before the Kansas Insurance Department and provides analysis of regulatory and licensing issues in the insurance industry. Our principal services cover the following areas:

Insurance Regulation:

  • Company Licensing Issues
  • Health care practice of individuals, corporations, laboratories, & medical care facilities
  • Company Policy Manuals
  • Multi-State Licensing Issues
  • Policy Form Review & Analysis negligence claims
  • Company Compliance Programs
  • Regulatory Agency Representation

Insurance Litigation:

  • Company Licensing Issues
  • Health Care Practice of Individuals, Corporations, Laboratories, & Medical Care Facilities
  • Company Policy Manuals
  • Multi-State Licensing Issues
  • Policy Form Review & Analysis Negligence Claims
  • Company Compliance Programs
  • Regulatory Agency Representation

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: N. Larry Bork, Timothy A. Shultz, Nathan D. Leadstrom, Mary E. Christopher, Lisa M. Brown, Sarah A. Morse, Cynthia J. SheppeardDave P. O’Neal, Wesley A. Weathers, and Arthur E. Palmer

Call 785.233.0593 today for help with your Insurance Law and Defense needs.

Corporate, Commercial, Business and Employment Litigation

Our litigators provide litigation counsel, advice, and support to prominent local and regional companies. To meet the needs of each client, our litigation practice draws from a large pool of attorneys to provide the talent needed at an appropriate, cost-effective level of staffing. We are experienced in a wide variety of substantive areas, including:

  • Antitrust and trade regulation
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Environmental and toxic torts
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property
  • Labor and employment
  • Oil and gas
  • Products liability
  • Professional liability
  • Public utility regulation
  • Securities
  • Transportation
  • White collar crime

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: N. Larry Bork, Timothy A. Shultz, Nathan D. Leadstrom, Mary E. Christopher, Lisa M. Brown, Sarah A. Morse, Cynthia J. Sheppeard, Patricia E. Riley, and Wesley A. Weathers

Call 785.233.0593 today for help with your Corporate, Commercial, Business and Employment Litigation needs.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

ADR services are available as an alternative to litigation or to resolve pending litigation with a trial on the merits, and are offered through our highly trained and experienced mediators at Goodell Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer LLP.

Services offered include:

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Neutral Case Evaluation

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: Timothy A. ShultzPatricia E. RileyArthur E. Palmer and Patrick M. Salsbury

Call 785.233.0593 today for help with your Alternative Dispute Resolution needs.