New Jersey Outside General Counsel Services
Outside General Counsel services can be an extension of your in-house legal department, or serve as a one-stop-shop for smaller companies that need a dedicated general counsel. Our lawyers engage with clients, take the time to understand their unique business goals and challenges, and answer day-to-day legal needs with consideration for your specific budget and goals. Our customizable outsourced model can meet client needs, stay within a set spending amount, and replace or assist your internal operations.
Is NJ Outside General Counsel Right for You?
We are available to serve on your management team and offer advice and recommendations on the smooth operation of your business. We have focused experience working with highly-regulated companies including the energy and pharmaceuticals industries. As your outsourced general counsel, we engage on various levels including, but not limited to:
- Serving on your management committee
- Proactively managing regulatory and compliance issues
- Resolving business and legal issues facing your company
- Managing outside counsel
- Drafting and reviewing contracts and employment agreements
- Conducting a full legal audit and focusing on the most pressing issues
- Taking on special legal projects
- Acting as another voice when making business decisions
The lawyers at Dressel/Malikschmitt have the skills and experience to serve as outsourced general counsel for small to medium-sized companies not yet ready to hire a full-time in-house general counsel. We can also assist small and large in-house legal departments with special projects, or even to serve as interim general counsel for maternity or parenting leaves.
New Jersey Business and Commercial Advice
Dressel/Malikschmitt provides focused, comprehensive, industry-specific, corporate advice to craft effective legal solutions to meet the specific needs of your business. Our attorneys bring top-tier legal experience to small, midsized, and large corporations to ensure strong advocacy towards your business aspirations. We have the practical, professional knowledge and guidance to protect your business, as well as the skills and dedication to understand the specific contours of your business needs.
We will assist you in identifying, implementing, and achieving your commercial and strategic objectives while mitigating risk. Dressel/Malikschmitt delivers exceptional value to our business clients; when you choose to work with our firm you can expect predictable costs, strong advocacy, and experienced counsel from a team that understands the realities of the business world.
We offer guidance on all matters of business law through formation, operational issues, dispute resolution, or litigation–where it may become necessary. We bring experience in diverse areas of corporate issues, transactions, appeals, white collar defense, restructurings and disputes that we can apply to your specific case. We can assist clients on any piece of business growth, expansion, professional protection, or dispute.
Distinct, Strategic Approach
We tailor our legal strategy based on the needs of your business while keeping costs and complexity to a minimum. To this end, our lawyers design and apply preventive strategies, draft carefully-constructed legal papers, and provide direct business counseling. We will work with you at every stage to understand your specific goals, assess and navigate risks where they may lie, and help you manage every aspect of your business affairs.
Business and Corporate Litigation Practice Areas
When it comes to litigation we know what it takes to fight in court on behalf of your business interests. Our experience with commercial litigation means that we can advise you on the trajectory of the case, its challenges, and potential twists and turns. Indeed, we have employed many creative strategies in litigation to see our client’s interests advanced, and can advise on strategies to help achieve your goals as expediently as possible.
Contract / Agreement Drafting and Advice
We pride ourselves on our excellent analytical abilities, strong contract drafting skills, and overall dedication to business protection and risk reduction. Our detailed legal contracts and documents can help you foresee and avoid potentially expensive disputes with employment agreements, consulting contracts, supply agreements, license agreements, management contracts, confidentiality agreements, and more. What is more, our custom agreements are designed to suit your business and its budget.
Employment and Severance Issues
Dedicated representation is crucial when it comes to disagreements over professional fees, especially when large sums of money are at issue. Resolving these employment disputes requires a deep understanding of complex contractual intricacies, as well as potentially-applicable governing principles of retaliation, harassment, or discrimination. Our representation has helped executives in contractual obligation disputes fight for their compensation in full and helped protect companies from meritless claims.
Practice Area: Outside General Counsel
Type of Client: Our client is in manufacturing.
Client’s Issue: An ongoing employment issue with the New Jersey Department of Labor.
Result: We negotiated a settlement with the New Jersey Department of Labor that saved our client significant money. The matter has been successfully resolved.
NJ Internal Investigations and Advice
During internal investigations in New Jersey, it’s important to conduct focused, thorough, and discreet examinations to safeguard the integrity and reputation of your business. The experienced attorneys at Dressel/Malikschmitt are prepared to consult, investigate, advise, and protect when an internal investigation becomes necessary.
Advising on Business Disputes and Acquisitions in New Jersey
Business protection is essential during disputes or transactions. Our New Jersey business attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced on issues ranging from accounting malpractice allegations to merger and acquisition negotiations.
Corporate Immigration New Jersey
The lawyers at Dressel/Malikschmitt can help facilitate the immigration of professionals for your business in compliance with state and federal statutes. We work toward an ordered and smooth corporate immigration process that will help you attract and retain talent from abroad.
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An outside general counsel is a private attorney who is retained to provide an open-ended array of legal services to a company on an “on-demand” basis, including contract review, employment issues, and service on a company’s management committee. This attorney works closely with the CEO and other executives to brainstorm business and strategies and make other important decisions. The outside general counsel can also manage any litigation that may arise and can help manage the work of other lawyers serving the company.
The two terms really mean the same thing; they are the in-house lawyers that handle day-to-day legal matters for a company. This includes managing and overseeing all legal work required by the company. They may also manage a team of other lawyers assisting in these legal matters. Indeed, depending on the size of the company, many large corporations have over 20 lawyers working in their General Counsel’s office.
The general counsel has one client: your company. In large corporations, however, the general counsel might also provide legal advice and recommendations to various divisions within the company. The general counsel represents the legal and business interests of the company that employs them. For smaller companies, this position may be handled by an outsourced general counsel who is generally a lawyer in a private practice law firm, such as Dressel/Malikschmitt LLP.
Yes. Any lawyer who is practicing law needs to be licensed in the state in which they practice. Whether they work for the government, are in private practice, or serve as general counsel for a company, each lawyer needs to not just have a license to practice law, they also need to meet that state’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit requirements. Many lawyers are licensed in more than one state, and must also take CLEs in that state. The attorneys at Dressel/Malikschmitt LLP are licensed in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.
Many mid-sized companies simply don’t have resources to hire a single, full-time general counsel. Hiring an outside general counsel, such as Dressel/Malikschmitt LLP, is much more cost-effective and provides the same expertise and benefits to the company without having to provide an office, staff, technology and other resources a full time employee lawyer would require.
Hiring an outsourced general counsel, such as Dressel/Malikschmitt LLP, can be a great move for mid-sized companies in New Jersey. An outside general counsel attorney is an experienced lawyer with significant business and industry experience who can step in at a very high level to fulfill all the responsibilities of an in-house general counsel, for a fraction of the cost.
Our outsourced general counsel can serve on a company’s management committee and provide high-level legal advice to the management committee, as well as oversee all of the business’s legal matters. The outsourced general counsel creates the overall legal strategy for the company and ensures the company is in compliance with any relevant regulations. The outsourced general counsel also manages the work of outside lawyers, and manages the litigation process.
In a traditional law firm, you might have a number of lawyers all providing different expertise including employment law, securities law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and more. When you work with an outsourced general counsel, you work with one or two lawyers who have a broad base of expertise in many areas. Generally working with an outsourced general counsel is going to be significantly more cost effective than working with a number of lawyers from one law firm. In addition, in a law firm, it’s difficult to maintain the strategic oversight of the company since each lawyer is only providing his or her service. Also, whereas traditional law firms bill on an hourly basis, a retained outside general counsel may set up a monthly retainer, allowing for more cost certainty.
Our lawyers at Dressel/Malikschmitt LLP focus exclusively on delivering outsourced general counsel services. Please call at 848.202.9323 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Talk to the lawyers you are interested in and make sure they have the breadth and depth of experience to serve in this important role for your company.
Yes. Dressel Malikschmitt LLP is uniquely qualified to deliver outside general counsel to businesses in New Jersey. From serving on your management committee, to managing compliance issues and resolving the business and legal issues facing your company, the team at Dressel/Malikschmitt is qualified and interested in talking with you about their outside general counsel services.