Practice Areas

Business Law

Ritzert & Leyton provides legal services to owners of commercial businesses from early stage formation to sale or termination.  We work closely with accounting, insurance, and financial advisors to provide customized comprehensive solutions for our business clients.

As outside general counsel to businesses located in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, we represent clients engaged in a variety of activities, including professional services, consulting, government contracting, insurance brokerage, general contractors, landlords, restaurants, lobbying, retail, wholesale, and computer software development.

The typical modern commercial enterprise requires help with all phases of its activities, to include the following:

  • initial selection of legal entity (corporation, limited liability company, or partnership) to conduct the business;
  • elections related to income taxation of the entity;
  • shareholder agreements and operating agreements;
  • employment agreements;
  • agreements to protect company trade secrets and confidential information;
  • deferred compensation, bonus, and retirement plans;
  • contracts with third-party vendors and suppliers;
  • leases for office space and equipment;
  • loan agreements with banks for working capital, asset acquisition, or receivable factoring;
  • acquisition of target businesses and assets;
  • strategic planning and business development; and
  • succession planning and enterprise sales.

Our lawyers also advise clients about federal, state, and local tax matters, including income, employment, sales and use, real estate, and business, profession, and occupation license (BPOL) taxes.  We handle tax audits conducted by federal, state, and local tax agencies, as well as tax controversy matters and litigation before administrative and judicial authorities.

Additionally, we provide legal services to non-profit entities, including filing Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, to obtain approval of status as an exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service.

To learn more about this practice area, contact John E. Ritzert Jr.