Business Counseling & Transactions

The attorneys of Roderick Linton Belfance know that assisting our clients in choosing the right structure for their business is a critical first step to success. Whether the considerations ultimately dictate formation of S or C corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, or whether the focus is on formation of professional corporations or nonprofit organizations, we analyze the goals and needs of each client's business plan and provide our advice based on issues of taxation and asset protection, as well as business strategy.

We regularly lend counsel and provide advice related to the special concerns of family business clients. Family businesses are legacies that have defined generations of productive American families and have served as key vehicles for wealth transfer. In working with family businesses, we offer advice with an eye toward defining the desired roles for individual family members in the business now and in the future and in planning for issues of business succession that will ultimately impact the business.

In addition to advising clients on entity formation and business planning, we provide advice and assistance regarding reorganization and acquisition and liquidation of business entities and disposition of assets. We direct the purchase and sale of businesses in taxable and nontaxable transactions.

Whether our clients are selling an interest in a business they have fostered, or acquiring a business as a vehicle to generate wealth and/or expand, we at Roderick Linton Belfance understand that our clients are entrusting us to safeguard a transaction upon which a business's future success is likely to be hinged.

We work with our clients as planners, negotiators and advisors in structuring the transaction and practice our craft as draftsmen to ensure that our clients will receive the benefits of their bargain.

Beyond advising clients on entity formation, sales and acquisitions, we advise directors and officers regarding their duties and responsibilities to the organizations they serve, including providing assistance on matters of corporate governance. We also provide advice and representation to shareholders regarding their rights in the businesses in which they own or have a financial stake.

Securities and Capital Markets

The securities and capital markets team at Roderick Linton Belfance assists its clients in all aspects of raising capital through the offering of equity securities in the private market.

Our attorneys collectively have decades of experience in guiding clients through the maze of federal and state regulatory requirements involved in capital financings, and in advising its clients in all phases of the financing venture, from strategic planning through regulatory compliance.

The firm's experience in the securities and capital markets area has permitted it to:

  • Provide to entrepreneurs and mid-range companies representation in the preparation and offering of the appropriate specific security designed for targeted investor groups with precise regulatory compliance.
  • Assist small and mid-range companies with creative restructuring for financing that best suits the company's business plan and objectives.
  • Structure and prepare issuer offering documents for Direct Participation Programs, either offered independently or through broker-dealer networks.

Our experience and dedication to our clients and their interests assure that they will receive the insightful and innovative legal counsel necessary to compete in today's marketplace.

Employment Law

At Roderick Linton Belfance we assist our clients in avoiding litigation and in improving workplace morale by developing, communicating, and implementing effective personnel policies and employee handbooks. We represent both employers and employees in drafting and reviewing contracts involving employment, executive compensation, non-competition, confidentiality, severance, and similar employment-related subjects.

In those circumstances where our clients are required to litigate employment-related matters, we lend our vast litigation experience to employers and employees alike. Our counsel has experience in prosecuting and defending all types of employment litigation claims – whether it is with respect to at-will employment, employees governed by a private employment contract or employer/employee relationships subject to collective bargaining or governmental employment relations subject to specific state legislation and specific rules. Over the years, our lawyers have earned a solid reputation for both prosecuting and defending claims of employment discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, demotion and discipline, wage and hour violations, entitlement to employee benefits, misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, unfair competition, whistle-blower claims, and defamation and other employment-related torts.

In representing our clients, Roderick Linton Belfance's attorneys regularly appear in state and federal court both in Ohio and throughout the United Sates, before arbitrators, mediators (and arbitration and mediation panels) and before administrative agencies.

Franchise Law

Roderick Linton Belfance represents franchisors, franchisees, and clients who are purchasing a franchise in dealing with all facets of the franchising transaction as well as in carrying out the business created by the franchise opportunity. For franchisees and prospective franchisees, we assist our clients in evaluating franchise opportunities, review with the client and explain disclosure documentation, participate in the acquisition process (including the negotiation of the franchise agreement), work with the client regarding necessary lease and supply contracts, advise on and help form the proper business entity to limit a franchisee's potential future liability, and provide guidance and litigation support for business disputes, including disputes between the franchisor and franchisee.

For franchisors, Roderick Linton Belfance provides a broad range of services including assisting clients in the creation of a Uniform Franchise Offering Circular to meet Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations, guiding clients through the necessary registration requirements, forming the proper business entities to carry on the franchisor's operations, drafting the franchise agreement and negotiating with potential franchisees, and providing ongoing business counseling and litigation support.

Whether you are looking to acquire a franchise or to take your business to the next level by offering franchise opportunities, we at Roderick Linton Belfance stand ready to act as trusted counsel to safeguard the opportunity for your business's success.


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Akron, Ohio 44308


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Medina, OH 44256

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