Business | Commercial
The Carrington Firm puts the "business" in business litigation. The firm's personnel are no strangers to high-stakes, mission-critical negotiation and litigation, and our business litigation lawyers know how to litigate effectively and efficiently to resolve cases large and small with a primary view focused on the bottom line. Our clients have included an enviable sampling of Fortune 500 regulars, along with staple players in ecommerce, technology, sports, entertainment, and startups alike. Our firm is proud to be agile across a wide range of business sectors, and as such have developed a particular depth serving entertainment, sports, and innovative technology startups.
TECHNOLOGY & ECOMMERCE
What sets The Carrington Firm apart from the competition in representing technology and e-commerce clients?
An unparalleled experience from all sides of litigation to effeciently structure and negotiate e-business agreements of all types. We give the right advice, broker the right deal, and secure finalization on ever transaction leading and advising clients on all contractual basics for:
Business and Partnering Agreements
Click-Through and Web-Wrap Agreements
Terms of Service Agreements
Master Services Agreements
Privacy Policies and Disclosures
Advertising and Insertion Orders
Co-Marketing and Distribution Agreements
Service Provider Agreements
Often times, deals for our technology clients involves the formation of strategic alliances, joint ventures or other complex negotiation - but we are skilled and more than capable of creating these as well as a variety of other program and partnering development deals.
The power of the internet as a communication medium has made it more than ripe for susceptibility and abuse. WIth professions who bring years of inside experience, we understand the risks involved, and advise our service and content provider clients on their individual risk profile related to unanticipated misuses of network resources, adult-oriented or other potentially obscene material, online defamation, and similar issues; particularly when it involves issues of conflicting state, federal or international regulations. Laws and regulations related to the Internet are changing at a pace tough to keep up with, well... that's why we are here. There was alot of knowledge and experience to be gained from the technology and dot com meltdowns. The companies that remained strong are making seeing comebacks built with intrinsic value, and battle tested formulas; these are the clients trusting Carrington to advise on their behalf.
The Carrington Firm brings a unique perspective to sports litigation. Having a legal team of former amatuer and professional athletes, as well as honed in-house counsel expertise, the firm's strategies and methodologies in negotiation is second to none.
The firm has represented athletes, multinationals, and new market start-ups in advertising, merchandising and sponsorship negotiations. We've also provided valuable insight to teams, and other interested parties, in the negotiation of broadcasting and media rights agreements. Having worked on these transactions from all angles, the firm has a unique perspective and is able to provide insight regarding issues affecting all parties, as well as invaluable market insight on industry terms. For both sports franchises and major footwear and apparel companies, the firm has been consulted and retained on virtually every issue impacting sports operation and business.
But sports is not just relegated to the commecial transaction market, and this is where our experienced team of litigators take over. Our firm brings inimitable perspective to solve complex problems for sports industry clients, such as compliance and enforcemen, intellectual property, and licensing.
The Carrington Firm has a well developed practice experience focusing on all the major issues of sports law and amateurism, including:
Player / Representative Agreements
In the sensitive field of sports law, every case, client, negotiation, and circumstance is different from each and every other before it. Contact our dedicated team of sports and legal professionals to see how we might go about advising you as well.
ENTERTAINMENT | MEDIA
The Carrington Firm knows Entertainment and Media because while working for a major record label the founder of the firm identified a huge problem in the entertainment industry...the lack of adequate representation and advice recording artists and other ill informed participants receive from handlers.
Whether representing athletes, artists, authors, production companies, or others, we level the playing field and win cases that defy “business as usual” in major media company disputes. Our entertainment litigators excel at working with media’s many constituencies—transactional lawyers, business managers, personal managers, and agents, as well as their clients directly.
Experience working on both sides of the courtroom helps to shape and sharpen our ability to anticipate the opposing party's strategy. This streamlined approach allows up to assume an entrepreneurial approach to fees and share financial risk when appropriate. Our clients also benefit from our internal financial resources, particularly in disputes around audits, profit participation, and licensing. As entertainment litigators, we leverage our fresh perspective on the industry’s often insular practices to help protect and defend the fruit of our clients’ talent.
The Carrington Firm has a well developed practice experience focusing on all the major issues and stakeholders of the entertainment and media industry, including representation of:
Broadcast and Content Providers
Music Video Production
Motion Picture and Television Production
Trademark, Brand, and Advertising Litigation
Since bringing on our first client, a new to the scene actor trying to make his mark, we have learned that the best attorney-client relationships in Entertainment and Media is one based on mutual respect, trust, and enthusiasm. As such, we are very selective to ensuring that the "fit and personality" of a prospective client, is also a good fit for our firm. A firm's reputation is built on more than just its professional reputation, but also that of its clientele. As much of the entertainment world is very public, in order to protect the private interests of our clientele, we kindly refuse to divulge any information absent an express waiver by the client, or a pending deal or transaction.
The Carrington Firm provides a broad range of corporate legal services; which is primarily divided into two (2) groups:
The firm's corporate transactions practice is the core of our business. Each of our attorneys has years of experience working both in-house at at private law firms handling major transactions for each. Accordingly, our professionals know how to get deals done quickly, effeciently, and most importantly, effectively. We are more than happy to discuss the following types of transactions, and more:
Angel | Venture Capital Financings
Mergers and Acquisitions
Technology (Hardward | Software) Transactions
SaaS | IaaS Licensing Agreements
Strategic Alliances | Joint Ventures
Debt | Loan Transactions
Divestitures | Dispositions
Restructurings | Recapitalization
Sale of Businesses
GENERAL CORPORATE MATTERS
The firm has been retained by many startups and other clients to act as their "outsourced in-house counsel." An arrangement of this sort has three (3) principal benefits: (i) we develope an in-depth familirity with our client's business, culture and legal needs; (ii) we maintain a long-term relationship, which facilitates efficiency of service; and (iii) we become an integral part of our client's management team.
Specific general corporate services we provide include:
Formation of Corporations, LLCs and other entities
Restricted Stock Purchase Agreements
Founder / Executive Agreements
Intellectual Property Agreements
Employment and Consulting Agreements
Stock Option Plans
Vendor | Supplier Agreements
Vesting | Equity Ownership
Board of Director Matters
Stockholder | Voting Agremeents
Trademark Advice | Registration
REGISTERED AGENT SERVICES
Most states require business entities to have registered agents, but even if your state doesn't, you should strongly consider getting one.
A registered agent is a responsible third-party who is registered in the same state in which a business entity was established and who is designated to receive service of process notices, correspondence from the Secretary of State, and other official government notifications, usually tax forms and notice of lawsuits, on behalf of the corporation or LLC. A registered agent accepts tax and legal documents on behalf of your business, making sure you don't miss important information regarding tax payments, lawsuits, or judgments involving your business; a registered agent may or may not have a role in the operation of the business itself.
If you do not have a physical location in the state in which your business is registered, you must select a registered agent to accept documents on your behalf. The state in which your business is registered needs to know it has a contact person for your business within the state at all times; accordingly, PO boxes are not acceptable addresses for registered agents.
While it is usually legally possible to serve as your own registered agent, it is advisable to designate a third-party to perform this important role. By having The Carrington Firm, LLC responsible for the receipt of tax and legal documents, you can have the peace of mind that someone will always be available to claim such important information, which means you can leave the office freely, go on vacation, etc., without having to worry about missing any deliveries.
Many of our clients select our office to serve as their registered agent, because of the peace of mind our professionals afford them. If you are starting a business, contact our office and find out how we might help you today.