Determining and setting up the appropriate legal entity is a vital first step for any business.  Dunn Carney’s business team routinely advises investors, strategic partners, family-owned businesses, closely held corporations, emerging and middle-market companies, and nonprofit corporations in all areas of entity formation.

Our Formation and Governance Expertise


Dunn Carney’s business team’s breadth and depth of business experience provides valued insights as we thoroughly examine the following in connection with a client’s formation needs:

  • Short-term and long-term objectives
  • Business model
  • Financial considerations and capital investment
  • Industry norms
  • Competitive environment
  • Regulation and compliance
  • Management and employee issues
  • Numerous other factors that will impact the strength of a business’s foundation and the day-to-day operations
  • Tax efficiency
  • Asset Protection


Dunn Carney’s business team advises clients on a full range of corporate governance matters, including:

  • Corporate governance structuring
  • Representation of independent committees
  • Legal issues in board decision-making
  • Employment and labor, including employee benefits and executive compensation
  • Insurance, including director and officer indemnifications
  • Crisis management
  • Gaining and maintaining tax-exempt status for nonprofits
  • Professional negligence
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Related party transactions
  • Shareholder/member relations and engagement
  • Operations

In addition, our business attorneys provide support or serve as in-house counsel for clients to address day-to-day business matters including the negotiation and documentation of business agreements.