As a business law firm, we have designed our legal practice groups around the needs of businesses and business men and women. We have embraced the philosophy of Teaming with Today’s Business to describe not only what we do, but to continually challenge us to work with our clients to achieve positive business results. To assist our clients, our lawyers rely on their extensive experience advising companies about legal issues ranging from day-to-day transactions to major corporate decisions to dispute resolution.

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Real Estate Law: The Pitfalls of Entering into Commercial Leases Without Counsel, by Attorney John Hawthorne

Kathleen Kelley Selected as Finalist for 2015 SmartCEO CPA & ESQ Awards

Member Kathleen Kelley, who leads Protorae Law’s Corporate & Business Entities Practice, has been selected as a finalist in the  2015 SmartCEO’s CPA & ESQ Awards: The Advisors You Should Know program.  The CPA & ESQ Awards honor the region’s most enterprising accountants and attorneys for their leadership, [...]

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Unfair Business Practices – Lying to Induce Franchise Agreement Can Result in Broad Protection for the Deceived

A recent case (Bans Pasta LLC v. Mirko Franchising LLC) began when franchisees claimed they were misled and induced into buying a franchise after being shown inaccurate financial documents which the franchisors claimed was a depiction of what they could expect to make in the business. As it turns out, the franchise did not do well [...]

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Business Breakups: Breaking Up Isn’t Always Hard to Do

All too frequently people go into business with a partner (or manager or member) without thinking through the end of that relationship.  Things go well for a few years, then something happens that changes the dynamic.  Perhaps the business starts faltering and profits are down, perhaps your partner no longer contributes as much as he [...]

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Judge Rules FBI Physical Fitness Test Constitutes Illegal Gender Discrimination

Federal District Court Judge Rules that FBI Physical Fitness Test with differing standards for Men and Women Constitutes Illegal Gender Discrimination Under Title VII Virginia Federal District Court Judge T.S. Ellis granted a disappointed FBI candidate summary judgment in his lawsuit against the FBI for requiring that he pass a [...]

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Small Business Legislative & Regulatory Update

Proposed Changes to the FAR Regarding 8(a) Program Contracts DoD, GSA and NASA have proposed amending the FAR to provide guidance on an 8(a)’s ability to continue to accept orders after its departure from the program and provisions related to 8(a) protests. The rules were issued, in part, to implement changes made by the SBA in [...]

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Reference to a Plat Does Not an Easement Create

When a Deed of Conveyance or a Deed of Subdivision references an easement on an attached plat, this does not necessarily mean that an easement over a parcel of real property has been created.  This is what the Supreme Court of Virginia has now twice held in the past five years.  The Commonwealth’s high court … Read More