Business Law


Encompassing all of the laws that dictate how to form and operate a business

Business Law

If you're in business, you know that there are times when you need your lawyer. In fact, without legal help it is increasingly difficult to navigate ever-changing laws and regulations. The question is, what kind of attorney do you need? One who specializes in contracts? Employment law? Litigation?

It seems simple, but a business needs a business attorney. One who understands and is familiar with a wide range of legal issues that a business may face, and can recognize opportunities that could be taken advantage of. Many times the business attorney is all you need; but there are cases where a specialist is needed, and the business attorney will have the right contact at their fingertips.

Kuiper Orlebeke offers a one-stop-shop for your business attorney needs. Listed below are some ways in which we can help your business.


Business Entity Formation and Structuring

If you're considering starting a new business or restructuring an existing business, you will want an attorney with experience, skill and knowledge in choosing the best legal structure for your new entity. One who will carefully examine your business and your goals, taking into consideration the tax consequences and protection of your interests should legal difficulties arise later. The attorneys at Kuiper Orlebeke have the skills and experience you are looking for.

We can help in deciding among any of the following types of entities:

  • S Corporations
  • C Corporations
  • Limited Liability Corporation (LLC)
  • Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP)
  • Partnerships
  • Joint Ventures
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Business Succession
  • Sole Proprietorships

Once an legal entity is chosen, we will assist you with the legal formation, including drafting and reviewing documents, such as:

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Bylaws
  • Operating Agreements
  • Employment Agreements
  • Shareholder Agreements

Business and Corporate Contracts

Business contracts are the basic building blocks of any company. A solidly written contract can make the difference between successful dealings and ones that are fraught with confusion, misunderstanding, and disagreement. Having a contract that contains no ambiguity, loopholes or hidden clauses is critically important to the success of any deal.

Many times, a business contract can be a difficult balance of competing interests. Having drafted, reviewed and negotiated thousands of business contracts, our attorneys are experienced in finding the right balance, while ensuring your business is protected.

We can help with:

  • Contract Drafting
  • Contract Review
  • Contact Negotiation
  • Contract Litigation

Business Litigation

At some point in a business's history, it's likely it will find itself in some sort of contested proceeding—such as court, arbitration, mediation or administrative agency proceeding. It's at this time that the business will seek the help of a litigation or trial attorney.

Unfortunately, disputes can occur in any aspect of business. This tends to draw the resources and attention of the business away from its core operations, negatively impacting the business. The attorneys at Kuiper Orlebeke work with their clients to seek quick, efficient resolution of disputes. The goal is to see to it that the business can return to its primary operation as quickly as possible.


Employment Law

Employees are a critical component to just about every business. Yet there are times when you need an attorney that knows employment law. For example, how should a business handle a difficult situation or disagreement with an employee? How does it handle layoffs or terminations properly? What about employee handbooks and ensuring government rules and regulations are followed? If not handled correctly, employee-related issues can quickly spiral out of control. For this reason, it's important to have an experienced employment law attorney on your side.

The attorneys at Kuiper Orlebeke can help with issues such as:

  • Employment Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wage and Hour Audits
  • Personnel Policies
  • Labor Union Avoidance
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA)
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Privacy Issues
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Drug Testing
  • ERISA/COBRA and Employee Benefits
  • Employment Agreements
  • Severance Agreements

Trust Kuiper Orlebeke

Kuiper Orlebeke has the experience and dedication necessary to help your business succeed. Because we are a smaller firm, we are efficient and affordable, and take a very personal approach to working with our clients.

Contact Us

Feel free to get in touch with us for any inquiries you may have, and one of our friendly staff members will get back to you as soon as possible.

Kuiper Orlebeke P.C.

180 Monroe Avenue N.W., Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

616.454.3700
616.454.0441