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New Jersey Business Attorney and Corporate Law Attorney

Businessmen and Business Women Need an Experienced Attorney in the Real World of New Jersey Business and Corporate Law Who is Strategic, Thoughtful and Pro-active with Advice and Opinions.

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

Business and Corporate Law Services We Offer

Hanlon Niemann & Wright offers many business and corporate law services, including:

  • Business formation, including corporations;
  • The creation and filing of a limited liability company ( LLC)
  • Certificate of formation of a partnership;
  • Drafting all business agreements and commercial contracts;
  • Drafting of business sales and purchase agreements (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;
  • Representation of landlords involving landlord tenant issues and litigation;
  • Franchise document agreements, including review, analysis and advice on public offering statements and litigation against franchisors;
  • Drafting and counseling clients about restrictive covenants and covenants not to compete and non-disclosure agreements;
  • Drafting employment agreements and severance waivers;
  • Labor and employment law;
  • Business succession planning for families and/or key business people.

At Hanlon Niemann & Wright, we’ve done it for clients over many decades.


I consulted with Mr. Niemann following a recommendation from an associate in Brick, New Jersey. I was told that Mr. Niemann would be an excellent person to discuss an investment opportunity which was represented to me as very profitable. Mr. Niemann met with me promptly and reviewed the information which was given by the promoter. After having considered the promotional information, Mr. Niemann cautioned me against the investment. He requested a four-way conference be set up so that he could meet face to face, eye to eye with the promoter of this opportunity. After several hours of intense questioning and discussion, Mr. Niemann courteously and professionally concluded the meeting, whereupon he immediately told me not to invest a single penny into this scam as I would lose my investment. At the time, I was looking to invest several hundred thousand dollars. Thank God I listened to Mr. Niemann.

Since our meeting, I have learned that the deal was, in fact, a scam and that I would have lost my entire investment. The straight talking highly investigative nature of Mr. Niemann’s questioning and insight coupled with his significant past business experience was of invaluable help to me.
Scott Buongiovanni Freehold, New Jersey


Are you planning on forming a corporation, LLC 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 to select for your business enterprise.

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.

For more than 40 years, we have helped small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, and individuals with their legal matters in New Jersey, including:

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 agreement, a contract defines and legally controls the business relationship. Let us be a clear voice for you by writing, reviewing, and negotiating your business contracts.  Please visit our page on Contract Law.

Restrictive Covenants and Non-Compete Agreements in New Jersey

Are you concerned about protecting your valuable proprietary, trademark and confidential information and the possibility that your key employees might compete directly against you? If so, let our experienced attorneys draft a non-competition and non-disclosure agreement for your business that can assist you in protecting your valuable business enterprise. We can also prepare a non-competition agreement for your employees that can protect you against unfair competition. We can counsel you on the best methods of implementing a non-compete agreement with existing and new employees.  Visit our page on Covenants Not to Compete.

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 a business owners’ goals.  Visit our page on Business Succession Planning.

NJ closely held corporations involve a small number of shareholders and are common within family-owned businesses. Due to the small number of shareholders, each member often assumes management responsibility on behalf of the company. This consolidation of responsibilities can lead to unique legal issues that need to be identified and addressed as part of a business succession plan.

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. We have also defended franchisee’s against franchise termination and other unjust actions by large franchisors.  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, toll-free at (855) 376-5291 or email him at fniemann@hnlawfirm.comPlease visit our Franchise Law page.

Purchase and Sale of a NJ Non-Franchised 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.  The attorneys at Hanlon Niemann & Wright 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 of the purchase/sale agreement. 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. It is given high legal status and enforcement under the law.  Many businesspeople have a favorable opinion of arbitration instead of litigation.  But beware.  Do you have familiarity with NJ arbitration? If not, contact Hanlon Niemann & Wright today.

If you would like to discuss our business and corporate legal services in a confidential manner with a practical and experienced NJ business and corporate attorney, contact Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. toll-free at (855) 376-529 or e-mail him at  Please visit our Franchise Law page.

Arbitration Law (Part 1)

Arbitration Law (Part 2)

Purchase or Sale of an Existing Franchise Business in NJ

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

In addition to the normal business sale and purchase issues, we make sure that all 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 or selling a NJ franchise business, contact Fredrick P. Niemann today, toll-free at (855) 376-5291 or email him at

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

A well-written and thought out agreement with an existing or prospective partner(s), shareholder(s) or LLC member(s) 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 his or her commitment.  Some of the most expensive and vicious business lawsuits involve claims of fraud, breach of contract, allegations of bad faith, etc. by formerly friendly owners, officers and shareholders.  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 Shareholder Rights web page.

Corporate Directors’ and Officers’ Liability

Directors’ and officers’ liability in NJ occurs when corporate representatives take action(s) 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 liability 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.  See more on piercing the corporate veil here.

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.  Visit our page on Fraudulent Transfer here.

Review of Your Retail, Office or Industrial Business Lease 

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.

For additional information, contact Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. toll-free at (855) 376-5291 or email him at   Visit our page on Landlord Tenant Law here.


I 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

Fred 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

Sincere, 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