The vast majority of businesses are privately held, often led by founders or later generations of leaders.  These businesses represent the backbone of our economy.  But even the best-run companies are not immune from disputes amongst partners and shareholders.  When those disputes do arise, they need an experienced legal team that understands the business and personal dynamics of closely held businesses with the skill to represent their interests efficiently and zealously.   

The attorneys in Foley Hoag’s Closely Held Business & Shareholder Disputes practice have extensive experience advising officers, directors, LLC managers and shareholders  involved in closely held business disputes, including fiduciary duty claims, corporate freeze outs, appraisal actions, derivative suits, and governance litigation. And because we understand that you want to be a presence in the market, not in court, we are able to draw on diverse interdisciplinary practice areas to counsel clients how to avoid litigation through the preparation and negotiation of shareholder and buyout agreements.  Along the way, we work with clients to manage costs, reduce risk, and align strategy with business goals.