Outside General Counsel

Outside General Counsel

San Jose Attorney Providing Legal Counsel for Business Contracts and Negotiations

Richard G. Burt Attorney and Counselor at Law offers outside general counsel services to start-up businesses and ongoing enterprises.  The benefit to a company of having an outside general counsel is that its lawyer becomes familiar with its business over a period of time as a result of repeated interactions. To learn more about a client’s business, Mr. Burt is willing to meet with clients at their place of business. By knowing the client’s needs and the particulars of the business, a lawyer can provide better legal services than would otherwise be the case.

Having an established relationship with counsel enables a client to pick up the phone more readily or to send an email to get a quick response on whether there are legal issues on a particular matter.  There are many occasions where a client has entered into a transaction or relationship that proved costly (or even disastrous), and a five-minute conversation with counsel beforehand would have avoided grief and expense. Furthermore, outside general counsel can at times anticipate the client’s legal needs and help the client avoid a legal problem that is expensive (or impossible) to correct.

Some of the services Mr. Burt commonly provides to clients are a review of the standard form of agreement used by the business with its customers, distributors, or suppliers, drafting contracts, including, employment agreements, confidentiality or proprietary information agreements (also knowns as NDA’s), and buy-sell agreements, advice to the board of directors or managers, preparation of minutes of the board and of shareholders, and negotiating and drafting merger and acquisition agreements.  Mr. Burt also helps clients resolve disputes before they turn into lawsuits.

One important service Mr. Burt provides is assisting his clients in hiring other lawyers who are specialists.  Unlike so-called “full service” law firms, where each lawyer is required to refer a client to another lawyer in that firm (whether or not that lawyer would be the best choice), Mr. Burt is free to help his clients find the lawyer best suited to the client’s needs.  In the unfortunate event that a client needs to institute or defend litigation, Mr. Burt can help a client hire and manage the litigators.  All too often, money is poorly spent in litigation, and left to their own devices without oversight, litigators can run up unnecessary fees. The cost of litigation is too detrimental to a business to leave management of it to the litigators!

Contact us today about Mr. Burt serving as outside general counsel for your business entity. You will incur no payroll costs for maintaining an in-house lawyer and, it is not necessary that there be a monthly retainer or minimum fee for this service.  Feel free to call Mr. Burt to discuss establishing an outside general counsel relationship.  There is no charge for this discussion.