Halling & Cayo, S.C.


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Wisconsin & Milwaukee Business Law Attorneys

At Halling & Cayo, our Wisconsin and Milwaukee Business Law team is comprised of experienced, expert attorneys who bring a combined 150 years of experience to the table.

For more than forty-five years we have been the first choice of many Milwaukee businesses—both large and small—to handle all of their legal needs. Keeping your business’ bottom line in mind, we work constantly to keep your company in the best position possible and to protect your future.

If your business is in need of legal assistance, please contact us today and set up a consultation. We’re always ready to help.

Click here to see a list of the attorneys in each of our Practice Area Teams.

We also offer Flat Fees for some Business Litigation cases. Learn more here.

Shareholder and Partnership Disputes

While a well-thought-out business plan and careful, proactive approach to building your business can do wonders to help avoid business disputes, some disagreements are considered normal. That’s ok, but you should also be prepared. At Halling & Cayo, our team of business dispute attorneys in Milwaukee will help you anticipate and avoid business disputes when possible and, if conflict does arise, help fight for your best interest.

As experienced attorneys and skilled business dispute trial lawyers, we’re prepared to help you with all disputes, including:

Breach of Contract

Whether you are a small start-up or large international corporation, you deserve to have the best representation should you need to go to trial. At Halling & Cayo, our attorneys are skilled and experienced in a wide range of business litigation cases, including breach of contract, partnership agreement violations, allegations of unfair business practices, and much more.

Our professional network includes expert economists and forensic accountants who will work with us to determine the full amount of financial damage you may have sustained. We understand protecting the future of your business means taking into account every possible factor that could impact your bottom line.

If you’re involved in any business matter that looks like it may be heading to litigation, contact the Milwaukee business litigation lawyers at Halling & Cayo to learn how we can help protect your business. Some of issues we can help you with include:

  • Violation of a partnership agreement
  • Breach of Contract
  • Piercing the Corporate Veil
  • Breach of Warranty
  • Breach of Franchise Agreements
  • Failure to perform a service agreement
  • Violation of a non-compete agreement
  • Licensing disputes and trademarks
  • Failure to pay accounts receivable per a financing agreement
  • Dispute concerning indemnification of board of directors
  • Dispute over interpretation of bylaws
  • Allegations of unfair business practices
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Theft of Trade Secrets

Non-Competes and Employment Disputes

Employment disputes can take many forms. The Attorneys at Halling & Cayo have experience representing both companies and individuals in various disputes including:

  • Non-Solicitation Agreements and Disputes
  • Non-Compete Agreements and Disputes
  • Hour and Wage disputes
  • Unemployment Disputes
  • Discrimination claims
  • Wrongful termination.

Both employers and employees have to keep up to date not just on the current state of the law, but also make sure they are keeping in mind the costs of these potential disputes and the potential savings of ensuring they don’t arise. The attorneys at Halling & Cayo can help you make sure that you are doing everything possible to avoid these kinds of issues, and help you resolve them quickly and effectively if they do arise.

Contract Drafting and Review

The contracts you sign and transactions you make are vital. However, for business owners, paperwork sometimes takes away from what should be their primary focus—serving their clients and customers and working to acquire new business.

At Halling & Cayo, our Milwaukee business transaction attorneys can assist you with common day-to-day transactions as well as complex transactions you may not be familiar or comfortable with. As with everything we do, we will look out for your best interest and work to protect your future as we guide you through these transactions.

The following is just a sampling of the types of issues we assist small and medium-sized businesses with:

  • Purchase and sale of a business, with or without real estate
  • Business valuation
  • Contract drafting, review, and negotiation
  • License transfers
  • Indemnification
  • Royalty deals
  • Vendor agreements
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Employment contracts
  • Drafting policies and procedures – Office Policy Manuals
  • Creditor/debtor workouts
  • Strategies
  • Mergers and acquisitions

Business Formation and Partnership Agreements

You’ve probably heard the old adage, “Anything worth doing is worth doing right the first time.” This could not be truer than when starting a business venture. When you set a firm foundation for your business, not only will you save money in the long run, you’ll also save time and avoid a whole host of headaches. While you shouldn’t be intimidated by starting your new venture, you should take great care in doing it wisely. With years of experience, the Milwaukee business start-up attorneys at Halling & Cayo know what it takes to set up a business for long-term success.

Structure Your Business Properly

Have you thought about what type of business entity is best suited to your new venture? There are many considerations to ponder. What is the best way to handle tax? How about liability? And what about business successors or buyout options? At Halling & Cayo, our expert business formation lawyers can advise you on the best setup for your entity and are experienced in setting up C corporations, sub-chapter S corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), general partnerships, and limited liability partnerships (LLPs). In addition to advising you on the best course of action, we’ll also help you obtain the proper licenses and help protect your intellectual property through trademark or copyright protection.

Minimize the Risk, Maximize the Reward

Starting a new business always entails some risk. Always. When you start your business, it’s very important to consider who will take the risk, who will be responsible for debt, and who will be authorized to purchase assets for the company. Without a solid plan in place, business debt can get out of hand. In some cases, a partner may claim he or she is entitled to most of the reward for the risk you took. As experienced business start-up lawyers in the Milwaukee area, the attorneys of Halling & Cayo utilize their knowledge of these important subjects to help you navigate this complex maze. Our ultimate goal is to protect your future and best interests.

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