Business Law

Crawford Law provides practical, efficient, and cost-saving solutions to meet the business needs of individual clients as well as small and large for-profit and not-for-profit corporations which retain our on-going services. We provide exceptional legal representation in the following areas:

Business and Non-profit Formation & Corporate Governance

Whether you are a for-profit or non-profit entity, we help make your business goals and aspirations a reality. We analyze your business needs and help you determine the most advantageous formation, be it a Limited Liability Company (LLC), Professional Limited Liability Company (PLLC), Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), Limited Partnership (LP), Professional Limited Liability Company, General Partnership, S Corporation, or C Corporation. Once incorporated, we ensure that your day-to-day business operations run as smoothly as possible by implementing a sound governance structure that establishes operational procedures and governing policies that adhere to local, state and federal laws as well as fiduciary obligations. In the event you no longer wish to continue your business, we provide consultation on corporate dissolution. As always, we aim to maximize the efficacy of your operations while minimizing your risks of litigation.

In continuing to serve the needs of non-profit organizations throughout New York City, we provide full spectrum representation to include state incorporation, acquisition of federal tax-exemption, establishment of appropriate governance rules, provision of fundraising registration, and compliance services, counsel on fiduciary obligations, duties of boards and best practices for nonprofits, and legal representation in matters concerning breach of fiduciary duty and employment law matters. Our utmost goal is to equip your organization with the legal tools necessary to optimally effectuate its mission while reducing your exposure to liability and litigation.

Contractual Agreements

We ensure that your corporation’s best interests are accounted for in every negotiation, draft and review of business-related contracts involving buy-outs, sales, purchases, loans, promissory notes, leases, licensing, distributions, executive and staff employment, independent contractors, vendors and consultants, and non-compete and non-disclosure agreements.

Commercial Litigation

Unfortunately, the very nature of running a business often leads to a variety of disputes that result in litigation before the courts or are addressed through alternative dispute resolution processes including mediation, arbitration, and administrative hearings. Such disputes may involve breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, tortuous interference with contracts, partnership dissolution, or buy-outs. Whichever situation you are facing, we are here to zealously represent your business’s interests.

Labor & Employment

Crawford Law attorneys are experts in claims arising from State and Federal employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, minimum wage, overtime and wage and hour issues, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Whistleblower Act protection, unfair labor practices, the Uniform Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA), and employment-related immigration matters. Crawford Law has appeared in mediations and arbitrations, and administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), and Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC). We also draft, review and consult on employee manuals, letters of termination of employment, disciplinary actions, and non-compete, non-disclosure and severance agreements.

Our firm is a strong proponent of preventative measures aimed at averting incidents involving any one of the above cognizable claims that have become increasingly pervasive in today’s workplace. We provide in-house training to human resource departments, organizational managers and employees on employment discrimination and sexual harassment laws, as well as consultation on the USERRA in order to ensure that your service member-employees are accorded due employment right protection upon their departure to and return from active military service