Business and Corporate Legal Services

New Jersey Business Attorney and Corporate Lawyer

A Businessman or Woman Needs an Experienced Attorney in the Real World of New Jersey Business and Corporate Law

Strategic, thoughtful, pro-active with advice and opinions.

Written by Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a New Jersey Business Law Attorney

Doing business in New Jersey can be a maze. Navigating you through that maze is our job.  At Hanlon Niemann & Wright, our business corporate law attorneys are here to assist you throughout the state of New Jersey.

What We Do

From business formation, including corporations, limited liability companies (LLC’s), partnerships, drafting of business agreements and contracts, business sales and purchases (including asset sales and stock purchases), litigation/mediation of tough business disputes, including contract cases, business fraud and torts, interference with business relations, preparation and/or review of commercial real estate leases, landlord tenant issues and litigation, franchise agreements, including review, analysis and advice on public offering statements, restrictive covenants and the maze called franchising, employment agreements and severance waivers, employment and labor law, business succession planning for families and/or key business people, at Hanlon Niemann & Wright, we’ve done it and often.

Are you planning on forming a corporation or partnership? Our business law attorneys can identify and navigate you through the legal issues and help you decide which is the best business entity for your business enterprise.

For more than 30 years, we have helped small and medium-sized businesses and individuals with their business legal matters in New Jersey, including:

Corporation Formation and Business Start-Ups. Let us help you pre-plan the start-up of your new enterprise to minimize legal risk and liability to maximize your success. Whether you are a small business owner, a prospective investor in a new or existing business or an emerging entrepreneur, our NJ business corporate law attorneys are here to guide you each step of the way.

Transactional Business and Commercial Law.  Consult with us for legal advice on day-to-day business issues as well as strategic business and commercial decisions.


I own several small businesses. I’m good at what I do but legal matters and dealing with lawyers and legal issues is stressful. I called Fredrick P. Niemann and have developed a great relationship with his lawyers and staff. They have reviewed my leases, negotiated the buyout of my former business partner, handled land use problems in a neighboring county and generally have really been there for me. I really like them personally and professionally. If you are a small business owner, give them a call.

Mike Halsey, Middletown, New Jersey

Small Business

Additional Legal Services We Can Offer You in NJ

Business Contracts

Assistance with All Types of Business Contracts

Whether it’s a goods or services contract, employment agreement, licensing and/or distribution agreement, or any other type of contractual agreement, a contract defines and controls the relationship in business. Let us be a clear voice for you by writing, reviewing, and negotiating your business contracts.

Restrictive Covenants and Non-Compete Agreements in New Jersey

Are you concerned about protecting your valuable proprietary information and the possibility that your key employees might compete directly against you? If so, let our experienced business attorneys draft a non-compete agreement for your business that can assist you in protecting your valuable proprietary and confidential business information. We can also prepare a non-competition agreement for your employees that can protect your interests. We can counsel you on the best methods of implementing a non-compete agreement with existing and new employees.

Business Succession and Estate Planning

Business Succession and Estate Planning takes place upon the death, disability, retirement or withdrawal of a business owner, key employee or partner. Depending on the type of business, transfers of ownership interests may not achieve a complete change of control. Careful estate and business planning can minimize problems and facilitate business owners’ goals.

NJ Closely Held Corporations involve a small number of shareholders, and are common forms for family-owned businesses. Due to their low number, shareholders often assume management and direction of the company. This consolidation of responsibilities can lead to specialized legal issues.

NJ Business Franchisee Law Representation

We will review franchise documents, explain your obligations, and advise you throughout the process of purchasing or selling a franchise. We want to be there to guide and protect you through this complicated yet potentially rewarding investment decision.  We have years of experience helping clients buy and sell franchised businesses. Our clients appreciate that we provide quality legal work and responsive service. If you plan on purchasing or selling a NJ franchise business, contact Fredrick P. Niemann today.

Purchase or Sale of an Existing Franchise Business in NJ

In addition to all of the above, selling or buying a franchise has some extra steps. If you are a franchisee who is selling your business, you need to secure the consent of your franchisor and your landlord. We will incorporate the necessary franchise related clauses and important contingencies into the purchase agreement to protect you.

In addition to the normal business acquisition issues, we make sure that all of the franchise agreements are assigned. We also ensure that all post-closing liabilities and assets of the business, including obligations to franchisees, are transferred to the new owner.

We have years of experience helping clients buy and sell franchised businesses. Our clients appreciate that we provide quality legal work and responsive service. If you plan on purchasing a business or selling a NJ franchise business, contact Fredrick P. Niemann today.

NJ Partnership, NJ Shareholder and NJ LLC Member Agreement(s):

A well-written and thought out agreement with an existing or prospective partner, shareholder or LLC member is one of the most essential protections you can have to ensure that verbal promises made to each other are memorialized in writing and legal remedies prevailed upon if your business associate fails to honor this commitment.  Some of the most expensive and vicious business lawsuits that are fought in the NJ court system involve claims of fraud, breach of contract, allegations of bad faith, etc.  A well written business agreement does not have to be overly expensive and can save you tens of thousands of dollars in future litigation costs.  For more information, please visit our related websites:

Directors’ and officers’ liability

Directors’ and officers’ liability in NJ occurs when corporate representatives undertake actions that are illegal, unauthorized, or damaging to the business. While the corporate structure offers protection from liability in most instances, some actions or decisions can expose directors and officers to personal legal risk even if made in the ordinary course of business. Whether it is a claim for or against the Board of Directors, the officers of the corporation, a co-shareholder or LLC member, strong, experienced counsel is critical to protect not only your rights but your financial and economic interests.

Representation in Claims Involving Fraud

Under pressure from creditors or in anticipation of a judgment being entered against you?  There is a temptation to protect assets and income from Armageddon.  If you are a creditor or debtor who is the subject of a claim involving a questionable transfer, consult our experienced fraudulent transfer attorney.

Review of NJ Retail, Office, Industrial Lease for your Business

Avoid the Deadly Traps Landlords and Tenants Make in Their Commercial Leases

Discovering the physical location for your enterprise is one of the most exciting steps in establishing a new business. It brings your business plan one step closer to profitability. Commercial leases are highly negotiable, from the terms and conditions to the financial payments and methods of payment. You should not sign a lease agreement before having an experienced commercial leasing attorney review the lease and negotiate a lease agreement that can save you money today and for years to come. A small mistake or oversight will cost you substantial money.

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Purchase and Sale of a NJ Business

Our experienced attorneys will assist you through the entire process of buying or selling a business, from the letter of intent, due diligence, financing the purchase right through to the closing statement. We are here to protect your interests and to make your business dream a reality.  Buying or selling a business is a complicated transaction. Fredrick P. Niemann will work with you through each step. Once you have secured a buyer for your business or have found a business to purchase, we can help negotiate the legal terms. We draft your Asset Purchase Agreement or Stock Purchase Agreement. We can also draft such documents as:

  • Opinion of counsel
  • Promissory note
  • Appropriate representations and warranties
  • Escrow agreement
  • Non-disclosure agreement
  • Corporate resolutions
  • Amended Operating Agreements
  • Any exhibits to the purchase agreement
  • Letter of Intent
  • Amended corporate bylaws
  • Non-compete clauses
  • Security agreement(s)

Arbitration Law

Arbitration is taken very seriously in NJ. It has serious legal consequences when selected. Do you have familiarity in NJ arbitration? If not, contact Hanlon Niemann & Wright today.

Arbitration Law (Part 1)

Arbitration Law (Part 2)


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TESTIMONIALI didn’t know who to turn to for legal advice. There are so many lawyers, but who was the right one for me? I wanted someone who would listen to me and someone I could afford. I knew I couldn’t afford to be without an attorney and then I remembered an old cliché…”you get what you pay for”. But there can be a difference between high price and high value. With Fredrick P. Niemann, I got a terrific attorney who really worked with me. He was with me every step of the way. His fees were fair and our interpersonal relationship great. I would recommend Fredrick P. Niemann to anyone who wants a caring attorney.”

—Josephine Pysniak, Woodbridge, NJ

TESTIMONIALFred is an amazing and dynamic person. I have attended a few of his work shops and CEU events over the years and his interactive discussions have been both educational and entertaining. He is one of the few lawyers out there that I do trust and does whatever he says he is going to (Accountability) who ever I have referred his way has always thanked me for connecting them and this is why I continue to work w/ Fred. Great person, excellent ethics, and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend him.

Steve Weiss, Regional Director of Professional Relations, Senior Bridge

TESTIMONIALSincere, professional, responsive and in touch with my legal needs and requirements. I have been a client for many years and have been very, very satisfied with Fredrick P. Niemann.

Paul Brady, Princeton, NJ

NJ Business Law Attorney serving these New Jersey Counties:

Monmouth County, Ocean County, Essex County, Cape May County, Camden County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Bergen County, Morris County, Burlington County, Union County, Somerset County, Hudson County, Passaic County

HNW Business Practice Areas | Business & Corporate Law | New Jersey Business Lawyer