Outside General Counsel

In conjunction with our business law practice, HKD serves the role of "outside general counsel" for a number of businesses who do not have their own legal staff. This entails a hands-on approach, with constant contact with the company’s management. Fees are billed hourly, monthly fee, or, in certain start-up circumstances, with equity in the company.

Services include, among others:


• Company formation, capital structures and reorganizations

• General legal affairs, including management of outside law firms if necessary

Commercial Real Estate

• Real property and business acquisitions

• Lease negotiations and terminations

• Landlord tenant communications

• Zoning

Funding and Commercial Agreements

• Financing, venture capital and private equity

• Mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs

• Purchase and sale agreements

• Professional service agreements

• Non-Disclosure, confidentiality and non-compete agreements

• Independent Contractor Agreements


• Hiring and terminations/ reductions in force

• Harassment/discrimination claims and internal investigations

• Employee policy manuals

• Employee compensation and benefits

• Employment agreements and consulting agreements

Licensing, Distribution, and Other Business Transactions

• Joint ventures and strategic alliances

• Franchising and distribution agreements

• License agreements

• Web agreements and privacy policies

• Trademarks, advertising and branding

• Counseling to protect trade secrets, copyright, trademarks, patents and inventions

Representative work

Construction companies

Technology companies

Retail stores

Restaurants and Bars

Internet Ventures