Outside General Counsel Services


Meeting All Of Our Clients' Legal Needs

Many of our clients are entrepreneurs or growing and mid-sized business that are large enough to require advice on sophisticated legal issues but not yet ready to employ a full time in-house lawyer.  EDG satisfies the legal needs of these clients by acting as their outside general counsel.  Our familiarity with the legal issues that growing businesses face, and our relationship as trusted advisors, allows us to anticipate the legal risks our clients are likely to face and to develop strategies for addressing those risks before they reach critical stages.  In addition, by acquiring an intimate knowledge of our client’s businesses, we are able to provide legal support consistent with our clients’ needs and budgets.  Whether dealing with corporate governance issues, negotiating a contractual relationship with a new vendor, addressing the termination of an employee or providing advice on how to minimize expense associated with a lawsuit, EDG works proactively with its clients as an integrated part of their business team to effectively and efficiently manage the legal issues affecting their growing businesses.  Examples of the type of outside general counsel services we frequently provide to our clients include:

  • Maintaining Corporate Governance Documentation
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Counseling officers and directors on fiduciary duties and strategic considerations
  • Filing and monitoring trademark applications
  • Drafting employment agreements, NDAs and non-competition agreements
  • Due diligence and deal support
  • Drafting and negotiating commercial contracts
  • Employee termination advice and support
  • Advice regarding regulatory compliance
  • Lease drafting and negotiation
  • Litigation, arbitration and risk management
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Risk analysis
  • Advice regarding insurance coverage disputes
  • Selecting, retaining and serving as liaison with local counsel, as needed
Recent News

Mackenzie Dimitri hosted a webinar for the American Bar Association on March 28, 2017, titled “Hot Legal Topics to Consider This Renewal Season.” Mackenzie hosted the webinar with a panel of distinguished franchise attorneys and discussed the following topics: (1) The new NASAA FPR Commentary; (2) new technological developments in the franchise industry and their regulatory implications; (3) data management and privacy issues; (4) the new SBA process; and (5) the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.

Julie Lusthaus will be speaking on Franchise Law at the Westchester County Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education event entitled, Restaurant Law University on June 6, 2017.  Click on the link for more information and to register for the event.

Michael Einbinder, Jim Goniea and Julie Lusthaus each were named “Franchise Times Legal Eagles” in the April 2017 edition of Franchise Times Magazine.  Michael and Jim are each members of the “Legal Eagles Hall of Fame” having been recognized by the magazine as top attorneys in the field of franchising for 10 or more years.

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