Business & Corporate
Our business and corporate practice includes entity formation, general counseling services, employment discrimination defense, contract negotiations and drafting, dissolution, acquisitions, and shareholder disputes. Having a knowledgeable business attorney on your side can help you avoid issues within your corporate structure or with you clients/customers. H&A can provide you with all the advisory assistance you need, while our litigation team can address any disputes arising from governance or compliance issues, contract and transaction disputes, employment discrimination claims, shareholder disputes, and dissolution. Our attorneys also have experience in the areas of securities, stocks, and the uniform commercial code.
Litigating a case can result in considerable costs to clients—both emotionally and financially. Therefore, H&A works with clients to assist in determining whether trial is the most appropriate approach to accomplish a particular resolution, or whether mediation and arbitration would be preferable. H&A provides quality representation for all areas of civil law. Our attorneys have many years of experience litigating cases in federal and state courts as well as in administrative proceedings. Our areas of litigation include real estate and construction, employment, creditors’ rights, contract disputes and interference, shareholder derivatives, ownership disputes, intellectual property and misappropriation of trade secrets, personal injury, and suits against governmental entities. Additionally, our attorneys frequently represent clients in arbitration and mediation proceedings. Most importantly, we are motivated to achieve success for all of our clients.
Real Estate & Land Use
H&A has a history of litigating complex real estate disputes involving both commercial and residential real estate. Our attorneys can assist in negotiating and structuring both simple and complex real estate transactions. H&A has represented condominium and home owners’ associations in both an advisory role and as litigation counsel. Besides performing the role of litigation counsel, our scope or representation has also included drafting development agreements between developers and government bodies, and negotiating and drafting residential and commercial lease. We also help clients resolve zoning disputes, apply for subdivision or zoning approvals, interpret zoning ordinances and general plans, and negotiate development agreements with local jurisdictions. Finally, we offer sound legal advice when it comes to negotiating oil and gas leases.
Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
One of H&A’s principal areas of practice is helping clients plan for their own future and their family’s future. We have a broad range of experience in drafting wills and trusts and in guiding clients through the estate planning process. Because this area of law requires close communication with the client, we make every effort to properly ascertain the needs and expectations of each client so we can ensure the client’s needs and their family’s needs are met.
H&A offers legal advice and representation in matters involving SEC, FINRA, CTFC, and OTC Market regulations and compliance. We advise our clients on issues related to disclosure, accounting, and regulatory compliance. We also advise senior management, boards of directors, audit committees, compensation committees, and governance and special committees on a wide range of issues relating to structure and operation, fiduciary duties, and relationships with institutional shareholders. Furthermore, H&A has represented clients before the SEC and the Utah Division of Securities on matters ranging from licensure to corporate compliance. We have also assisted numerous clients with the preparation of private placement memoranda for the raising of venture capital.
Banking & Finance
H&A can assist institutional and commercial clients in all necessary matters including lending, mortgage, UCC, and regulation transactions and agreements. In addition, our attorneys have significant experience in defending the financial institution position in lending disputes, repossession and disposition of collateral, real estate foreclosures, secured transactions, and FDIC regulation compliance.
H&A has handled numerous appeals for clients involving a variety of issues including contract disputes, governmental immunity, real estate matters, and business torts. Initially, we provide an assessment of any case or decision to determine which issues are appropriate for appeal and whether there is a genuine basis for seeking an appeal. Our goal is to ensure the very best briefing for appeal and to present the most convincing oral argumentation before the appellate court in question.
We understand the many challenges that can occur after a client has suffered an injury or accident. H&A is focused on obtaining all relevant information and expeditiously working to resolve your claim with any insurance company that may be involved in the process. We don’t want our clients to have to deal with the stresses of battling insurance companies. H&A can help take up that fight on your behalf while you focus on your recovery.
Utah is quickly becoming known for its film and music industries. Our firm has considerable experience advising filmmakers, singers, labels, and other performing artists. We have the ability to provide artists, directors, producers, and other entertainment-related professionals with necessary contracts and agreements and to assist in negotiations with other parties.