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We specialize in the journey of entrepreneurship and share your excitement for the adventure of building a business.


We are here to build the best foundation in the start-up phase of your entrepreneurial journey.


We know that as your business grows, you will continuously face new challenges.


It’s never too soon to ask whether you’re building a business that has real value, in terms of dollars and cents.


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There are many legal issues that businesses face, and at different stages of growth. Our team at Hunter Business Law focus our practice on these areas accordingly.

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The OAC had the pleasure of working with Hunter Business Law for both trademark and copyright infringement issues. The law office handled our issues in an efficient and effective manner. We received continual status updates, which made us feel very comfortable that our needs were being represented and met at all times. Hunter Business Law made the process for trademarking our intellectual property seamless and provided us with an array of options to best suit our business needs. We strongly recommend this practice and look forward to working with them in the future.

The Team at Hunter Business Law made expanding my business to Nashville easy.  Two States, one law firm that treats me like family, what more can I ask for.

Katelyn is amazing! I don’t know where my businesses would be without Hunter Business Law.  Sheryl and Katelyn are so attentive and responsive to my changing business needs.  As a start-up entrepreneur, I value the experience and expertise of Hunter Business Law to guide me through the process of establishing my business, maintaining all the necessary documents and even expanding my network to include other dynamic business owners.  Thank you for being my trusted small business legal advisor!

Sheryl Hunter has been so much more than an attorney for our business. Her guidance, intelligence, business savvy, and almost unreal patience as we have navigated the waters as early-stage founders has been priceless. Her staff goes above and beyond, as well, and we simply can not recommend her and this firm more highly!

I have had the luxury of working with Sheryl on several different occasions and multiple scenarios. It isn’t often that you experience someone that cares enough to protect you and your business as if it were her own. This is exactly how I have felt in dealing with Sheryl and Hunter Business Law! She and her team are attentive, detailed and extremely easy to work with. I strongly recommend Sheryl and her team for any of your business needs.

Katelyn is exceptional to work with.  I know my business is in the best of hands when she is taking care of it or providing me information.

Sheryl is exemplary in so many ways. Her knowledge of contract law is impeccable. Her responsiveness is remarkable. Above all, Sheryl shows a genuine interest in helping me in my business with a keen understanding of business issues balanced with contract details. She’s my go-to lawyer.

Sheryl and the entire staff of Hunter Business Law are extremely knowledgeable in assisting new businesses tackle a myriad of issues. From beginning to end, they see the entire process through with their clients in a very personable and professional manner. I would highly recommend anyone starting, or growing their business seek the counsel of Sheryl and Hunter Business Law.

Katelyn’s understanding of a business’s day-to-day needs is extraordinary. She has always been able and willing to help us get things done in a quick, efficient and clear way. Her friendly and approachable manner makes it very easy to communicate with her. No question has ever been too big or too small. As a business owner, I have always found the support I need from Hunter Business Law.

Hunter Business Law has the perfect balance between business and legal acumen so my business dealings are not only successful, but have a higher rate of closing. Sheryl personally is sharp, bright and smart and is a pleasure to work with.

Haley was a delight to work with – insightful, helpful, and patient! As the owner of a business consulting and professional coaching business, I know what it takes to provide high caliber professional services and Haley checked all the boxes.

I have found Sheryl to be a “must have attorney” when it comes to legal matters within your business. She is responsive, honest, diplomatic, and extremely fair. In my most recent transaction with Sheryl, she was able to successfully mediate matters within our company and provide us with a solid foundation moving into the future. Her attention to detail, calm demeanor, and strong authority made me feel confident to always go to her for my companies best interest. Thank you for breathing new life into my green world.

Hunter Business Law firm was not only the utmost professional but very efficient. They gave 100% of time and effort into handling all of our needs. We worked with multiple lawyers throughout the firm and they all really care and answered all our questions and completed everything we needed to be done. I HIGHLY recommend this firm to anyone who is looking for a great legal team to help you with all your business endeavors.

The support system that Hunter Business Law brought to the table throughout our acquisition proceedings was incredible and not only addressed every need that arose but most importantly, provided us with complete confidence that they were working on our behalf, as a true partner.

At Florida Funders, we have come to rely on Hunter Business Law for much of our legal advice and counsel. Sheryl and her team are awesome to work with, and we know that we can always count on them for responsiveness, for creative and entrepreneurial thinking, and for giving us practical legal opinions that take into consideration the business aspects of any situation. Hunter Business Law is a true business partner of Florida Funders, in every sense of the word.

Working with David Kronenfeld restored my belief that attorneys do still exist who are highly skilled and experienced yet also down to earth and enjoyable to work with.  He’s the type of lawyer you can actually form a long-term professional relationship with because you know he has your best interest at heart as opposed to looking at you as billable hours like many other attorneys I’ve worked with prior.

My business partner and I first worked with David to create investment documents that were complex in nature, and that required significant expertise and a lot of communication and brainstorming.  David really impressed me with his patience, conscientiousness, diligence, and thoroughness.  As entrepreneurs, we had little to no experience in this process, but David was excellent at explaining things in terms that we could understand.  I now rely on him for all legal matters in his scope because I know he will have my back.  Without hesitation, I recommend David and look forward to working with him for many years to come.

Sheryl is an absolutely brilliant attorney. She has been massively helpful to my company as we started up. Sheryl has provided guidance and insight every step of the way. Highly knowledgeable and skilled, her team is fantastic as well! If you are considering working with her, stop thinking and do it. You will be glad you did.

Adam is the most focused problem solver you can have on your side. When a business dispute needs a proven professional problem solver that has the track record of winning in court, you need Adam. He understands the business reasons to avoid litigation and is overwhelmingly successful at avoiding it. However, if that where it has to be resolved, having the same professional take the case to the end is invaluable. I, without reservations, recommend Adam as an attorney and business professional.

Sheryl and her team have represented my firm on several matters. They get what it’s like to be an entrepreneur and are master problem solvers. Whether it be needing contract development, collections assistance or guidance on IP planning and protection, I highly Hunter Business Law to any business owner.

Sheryl Hunter and her legal team have done an excellent job for us and have kept us from making costly mistakes in our businesses.  Sheryl has always been readily available to consult us on simple legal questions as well as providing in-depth analysis of complex agreements and contracts. Her insight and wise counsel is invaluable to us.   We consider Sheryl and her team to be members of our team and vital to our continued success.

Ajay is a trusted advisor who actually provides truly valuable counseling, not mere legal services.

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Work with a law firm you can depend on for quality legal services. Marlowe Law has a reputation for providing top-notch services in the Tampa, Florida area. Our team has over 38 years of legal experiences and we've been serving the community since 2017. Whether you are looking to buy or sell a business or you need a general business attorney, our firm can provide you with the legal counsel you need. Our primary practice areas include: mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, entity formation and dissolution, contract drafting/review/negotiation, general business law, and personal injury litigation.

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JOSEPH C. RUSSO, has been practicing law in the Tampa Bay area for over nineteen years. His practice focuses on business contracts and transactions, including asset sales and commercial real estate transactions as well as business entities, start-ups and small business practice.


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Business Secure is a monthly program, designed exclusively for the small business owner in the Tampa Bay area. It not only handles legal issues as they arise, but prevents legal problems before they happen. Understanding the needs of business, your business, is fundamental to making the law work for you. Business Secure guides the client with this in mind. With Business Secure, you can be certain that the legal decisions you make today will benefit you tomorrow. Be confident, knowing your business is secure.


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We offer a variety of services for businesses, including entity formation, handbook and policy development and review, independent investigations, contracts and licensing, and commercial litigation.

Through decades of representing employees in disputes with their employers and investigating and prosecuting countless complaints of retaliation and various types of discrimination , our attorneys have developed extensive knowledge about the risks faced by businesses. You can count on the lawyers at Hoyer Law Group, PLLC, to provide the insights that your business needs to survive and thrive. From offices in Tampa, Florida; Washington, D.C., Michigan and California, we provide general counsel services to businesses nationwide.

Whether you are forming a new LLC and trying to figure out how to handle everyday business matters in your operating agreement or facing a difficult decision about what to do with a problematic employee, we can help. Call us today to learn more about what our experienced attorneys can do for your business.

With offices in Florida, California, Michigan and Washington, D.C., we serve clients nationwide. Our experienced business law attorneys can help you in the following areas:

  • Incorporation services
  • Contract drafting and review
  • Human resources services
  • General counsel services
  • Partnership disputes

Incorporation Services

We understand the challenges of businesses – after all, our law firm is a business, too. You have too much to do to spend time with all the legalities of forming and operating a business. The good news is that we are ready to help you get your business incorporated and up and running efficiently. We have decades of combined experience working with entrepreneurs and business owners and have developed cost-effective ways to get you started and to stay with you as you grow.

Our flexible hourly or fixed-fee policies allow us to deep dive into your company and understand what entity form you need (LLC, PLLC, S-Corp or other business organizational structures). We will also obtain your employer identification number (EIN), draft your operating agreement and related documents, and serve, if you wish, as your registered agent (in jurisdictions where we are permitted to do so).

Contract Drafting And Review

Almost every business transaction requires some form of agreement. We have worked with small, medium and even multinational companies to draft, negotiate and implement contracts and agreements of all kinds, which may become useful for your business, for example:

  • Software/technology licenses
  • Professional services
  • Vendor/outsource/contractor
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Commercial and equipment leases
  • Privacy and data security
  • Employment contracts
  • Human resources agreements
  • Other general business contracts
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Your most valuable asset is your employees. Your employees need clear guidelines, and you need ongoing support to ensure you get the best from your staff while operating in the most legally compliant yet profit-effective manner.

We have decades of combined experience working with employees and employers. Our services can include acting as your in-house human resources manager to perform various custom tasks, including:

  • Drafting employment manuals
  • Drafting and negotiating severance agreements
  • Drafting and negotiating employment contracts
  • Investigating internal complaints and providing legal opinions
  • Training on numerous topics (including Title VII, whistleblower laws , sexual harassment, avoiding government inquiries, etc.)

General Counsel Services

We can serve as your outside general counsel on an as-needed basis or with a fixed-fee arrangement. In this role, we can provide legal services in a wide range of areas for your enterprise, including:

  • Corporate governance
  • Attendance at board and shareholder meetings as counsel
  • Handling legal issues day to day
  • Investigating complaints
  • Resolving disputes
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Human resources
  • Construction defect defense for relevant businesses

With all of the above services, we customize our work to fit your company’s needs. By providing timely advice, we can help your business avoid legal problems. It’s always less expensive to avoid a legal problem than it is to solve it.

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We look forward to hearing about your business law-related challenges and projected needs. Schedule a consultation with one of our business law attorneys to discuss your needs and goals. Send an email inquiry or call 844-277-1217 .

What if I am just starting out? 

If you’re planning on starting your own business, there are several important steps that you need to take, including hiring a business law lawyer from Hoyer Law Group, PLLC. We can walk you through this complicated process and help you get your business off the ground. If you’re interested in starting your own business, you probably already know what you want to market to the public.

Once you’ve answered these questions listed below, you should have a better idea of whether or not your business has the capacity to succeed. However, you’ll need to reanalyze your idea to make sure that it offers something original. Ask yourself questions such as:

  • Is there a need for this product?
  • Is this product innovative?
  • What problem does your product solve?
  • Who are my competitors?
  • How does my product stand out?

How can I form a business plan?

Once you’ve decided that your idea has what it takes, you’ll need to create a business plan. This will serve as a roadmap that details the various stages of development, ranging from start-up to advancement. Mapping out your plan can be difficult, which is why hiring a business lawyer is a smart business decision. Not only can a business law lawyer identify your business’s strengths and weaknesses, but they can also give you a sense of professional confidence and help you reach your goals.

Is it necessary to draft a financial plan now?

The next step in starting your own business is to create a financial plan. Starting a business requires an initial investment before you can start making a profit, and some of the costs you’ll have to cover include licenses, rent, utilities and insurance. One of the most common reasons why businesses fail early on is because owners run out of money before earning a substantial profit. Drafting a financial plan with the help of a lawyer can ensure that you have enough money to keep things running smoothly for at least the first year.

Are there different types of businesses?

If your business doesn’t achieve success as quickly as you imagined, don’t be discouraged. Contact a business law lawyer today to guide you through the process and help you on the path to success. There are a few types of structures for your business to choose from:

  • Sole proprietorship
  • Partnership
  • Corporation
  • Limited liability company

A sole proprietorship is the most popular structure, in which you’re the only person who owns and runs your business. In contrast, a partnership is run by two or more people. A corporation is owned by its shareholders, and you won’t be held liable for your business’s debts. Lastly, an LLC is similar to a corporation when it comes to protections, but it has similar tax benefits as a partnership. Understanding these structures can ensure that you choose the best one for your business.

To learn more about how our team can assist you as your business takes off the ground, or assist with another business-related concern, we are available to take your call now at Hoyer Law Group, PLLC.

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  • Trade Secrets Disputes
  • Severance Agreements
  • The Family And Medical Leave Act
  • Retaliation Claims
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Federal Employee Lawyers
  • OSHA Whistleblower Protection
  • Tax Fraud Whistleblower Protection
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Our team has decades of experience from a wide variety of backgrounds. We’ve worked for and with numerous agencies to protect employee rights, expose government fraud and help businesses succeed. We leverage our experience and investigative prowess to build the strongest possible case. With admissions in numerous states and offices in Florida; Washington, D.C.; and Michigan; our nationwide practice can help you no matter where you are located.

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Every business, regardless of size, faces legal challenges.  Whether those challenges are contract disputes, real estate agreement issues, litigation or regulation, we're here to help.  At Metropolitan Law Group, it's our job to remove the stresses of legal compliance and litigation from the day to day operations of your company.  Our business law firm provides personal and individualized representation to company on your schedule

Our Tampa business lawyers have experience in a range of different litigation and contract matters.  However, our first consideration is always the business impacts of litigation and contracts.  Finding alternative solutions to legal problems often saves time and money.  However, for matters that necessarily involve litigation, our attorneys have extensive trial and courtroom experience.  We have been proud to represent clients  in state and federal courts, appeals courts and before the Florida and United States Supreme Court.  Whatever your business matter is, our firm is equipped to handle it.

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We handle business needs of every company from its inception, through it's growth and into its legacy years.  Whether you need an employment law attorney, a complex business litigation lawyer, or a general corporate counsel, we've got you covered:

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Founded in the Tampa Bay Area by Managing Partner Andrew Tapp in 2012, our firm has worked for a number of local and national companies. The first and foremost consideration for any advice that our attorneys offer is the health of your business.  Sometimes this impacts how our contracts and agreements are designed, other times it impacts our advice regarding pending and potential litigation.  We have found that a careful and considered approach to disputes minimizes negative impacts on businesses and frees up owners and managers to focus on the day to day operations of their business without concern for how a pending dispute is being handled.

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Our office offers free consultations daily.  If you choose to retain us, you will be given access to our attorneys based on your schedule. You can contact us at your convenience to get started with your Initial Consultation.

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New businesses need to be set up correctly to prevent big problems later.  Operating Agreements, Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation or Organization are documents that nearly all companies need.  However, if they're not setup correctly, owners and partners could be left exposed to lawsuits and other liabilities.   Our small business lawyers in Tampa help business owners every day with legal issues like: business formation, intellectual property protections, and employment agreements.  We also engage in business counseling in Tampa, Florida, and throughout the state.

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Even small family businesses in Florida can sometimes find themselves facing legal actions. According to Mary Juetten from Forbes , many small businesses get shut down because they do not obtain the necessary legal defense or pursue entities who have breached contracts. Many companies hesitate to contact business litigation attorneys because they fear potential legal fees surrounding their legal woes. However, business litigation attorneys at Shrader Mendez & O’Connell offer legal services that will benefit your business and take financial practicalities into consideration.

If your business is facing any legal dispute in Florida, your business’ financial well-being should be a priority. At Shrader Mendez & O’Connell, our knowledgeable business litigation attorneys provide legal representation for businesses and corporate clients throughout Florida. We are familiar with the complex business litigation process and how to navigate disputes in a manner that serves your best interests.

Types of Business Litigations We Handle

At Shrader Mendez & O’Connell, our business litigation attorneys handle a wide range of disputes in different industries, from real estate to healthcare. We have represented clients embroiled in litigation that includes, but is not limited to:

Commercial litigation

If your business is facing commercial litigation, you need an experienced attorney who will protect your rights and defend your business interests. Knowledgeable Shrader Mendez & O’Connell business litigation attorneys will help you to resolve legal disputes in a way that will benefit both you and your business.

Landlord-tenant dispute

If you are involved in a landlord-tenant dispute, you want a qualified business litigation attorney who can aggressively represent your interests. The experienced attorneys at Shrader Mendez & O’Connell will provide you with a fierce legal representation to protect your rights and assets.

Trade secret litigation

As a business owner, you are entitled to protect your work product . Trade secret protection is important for your business’s success, and you need a skilled Shrader Mendez & O’Connell business litigation attorney to handle trade secret litigation and defend your intellectual property.

Construction litigation

There are several issues that can arise in both small and big construction projects. Disputes can emerge from the scope of work, plans, pricing, utilities, extension requests, permits, subcontractor problems, and construction defects. Regardless of your situation, you will need an experienced Shrader Mendez & O’Connell business litigation attorney with the legal knowledge in construction matters to help negotiate your contract or aggressively argue your case in court.

Professional malpractice

At Shrader Mendez & O’Connell, our knowledgeable business litigation attorneys have successfully represented and civilly prosecuted professionals regarding ethics violations, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract. Our lawyers know how complex professional malpractice claims can be, and can help restore a damaged professional reputation or seek compensation for those who suffered as the result of wrongdoing.

RICO claims

Civil RICO lawsuits are major cases and you want to have an experienced business litigation attorney in your corner. Shrader Mendez & O’Connell business litigation attorneys have a concrete understanding of the RICO Act , and they can help ensure success in RICO litigation.

Contract disputes

Any contractual relationship can end up in dispute. When a contract is breached, an experienced Shrader Mendez & O’Connell business lawyer can help you seek financial compensation, require a party to perform, or defend against similar attempts by an opposing party.

Partnership disputes and dissolution

Sometimes going into business with certain partners seems like a great idea at the beginning, but soon after turns into a nightmare. When partnerships find themselves in internal disputes or in need of dissolution, an experienced lawyer will help protect personal and business interests.

Why Do You Need an Attorney for your Business?

There are several reasons why you may need an experienced attorney when your business is facing a legal question, including:

Help you determine if you need litigation

Sometimes, litigation may be the only solution, but it is not always necessary. In many situations, litigation might not be the best option due to the costs involved, among other reasons. However, a business litigation attorney can help you weigh the odds and determine whether you should proceed with litigation. They will do this by helping you understand the costs and benefits of litigation.

Protect your business interests

It is the job of your Florida business litigation attorney to protect you and your business. They are obligated to offer you sound legal advice on matters relating to your specific issues. An established working relationship with attorneys can provide counsel on-demand. This means attorneys can prevent the need for litigation by providing you with continuous advice. You will be more confident running your business when you have a litigation attorney at your side for anything from contracts to legal disputes.

Teach you Florida business litigation laws

After you establish a working relationship with a business litigation attorney, they will pass some of their knowledge along to you. They share basic legal concepts of how business litigation works, and you will gain knowledge on legal issues your business may be facing. Understanding your legal rights and obligations will help you protect your business in the future.

Ensure your incorporation is legal

Are you interested in incorporating? Then you need a Florida business litigation attorney at your side. How you decide to incorporate your business will determine its legal liabilities. Your attorney will inform you about the types of incorporations and help you choose the most suitable one. They will also keep you from having to repeat the incorporation process due to potential mistakes.

Hire Experienced Business Litigation Attorneys Who Get Results

When a dispute regarding your business arises you should contact Shrader Mendez & O’Connell to hire a Florida business litigation attorney to advise you about your best options.



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Tampa’s police oversight board can hire a lawyer. Here’s who applied.

T AMPA — Last spring, after years of community pleas, the board tasked with investigating accusations of police misconduct in Tampa was given permission to hire an independent legal adviser not employed by the city.

Only five people applied for the position, and one of them has since withdrawn. Just one is a Tampa resident.

The board’s ability to hire its own lawyer was celebrated as a win for accountability after months of back and forth. But the thin applicant pool has some scratching their heads, wondering if the position was adequately advertised.

“This is something that has been pushed and pushed by the citizens,” board member Carolyn Collins said at the December meeting.

“Is this it?” she continued, shifting through the applications.

The Citizens Review Board formed in 2015 after a Tampa Bay Times investigation revealed that Tampa police were disproportionately ticketing Black bicyclists.

In April — after Mayor Jane Castor vetoed an effort to put the question to voters — council members passed an ordinance giving the board access to their own lawyer, which advocates say is necessary to prevent a conflict of interest if there is litigation against the city.

Now, the board is mulling next steps. Ultimately, they will make a recommendation to the city attorney for the part-time contract position.

Ryan D. Barack

Labor attorney Ryan D. Barack is currently the only Tampa resident in the running.

His 25 years of legal practice have largely focused on employment and civil rights matters. In his application, he described the review board as “very important because involving citizens in the oversight process will help build public trust and confidence.”

He has “extensive experience with the Florida Police Officer Bill of Rights.”

A managing attorney at a Clearwater-based firm, he told the Times he is unsure if he will continue with his application. “I’m disappointed with how long the process has taken,” he said.

Lindsay Faroni Moore

Lindsay Faroni Moore has served as general counsel to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office since 2011.

In this role, according to her application, responsibilities include supervising public records requests, negotiating contracts and managing civil litigation. In 2018, the sheriff’s office named Moore as its first constitutional policing adviser , tasked with ensuring deputies upheld citizens’ constitutional rights.

Moore created the office’s Community Advisory Committee, according to her resume, which builds “relationships between community stakeholders of diverse backgrounds and law enforcement.”

John J. Quick

John J. Quick is the independent counsel for Miami’s review board.

He represented the board in a fight over the legality of civilian oversight in the state that made its way to the Florida Supreme Court in 2017. A police union unsuccessfully sought to declare the board’s oversight unconstitutional.

“Without the successful defense of this appeal,” Quick wrote in his application, “the existence of police oversight in Florida would have been eviscerated.”

He lives in Miami-Dade County and is a partner at a Coral Gables-based law firm.

Joseph Polzak

Joseph “Joe” Polzak is the assistant city attorney for the city of Sarasota and the legal adviser for the Sarasota Police Department, where he co-developed a nationally recognized homelessness response program, connecting people with social services.

Polzak has also served an assistant state attorney with assignments as a felony prosecutor.

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