Ethical Formation, Operation and Dissociation

From formation to dissociation and everything in between, Moye White’s Law Practice Professionals Group provides "beginning-to-end" counseling and representation for lawyers and law firms. Combining creativity with business acumen, we advise firms of all sizes regarding every aspect of the business of law, as well as the regulation of lawyers. We’re proud to be the outside ethics counsel other lawyers keep on speed dial.

New firms face especially complex challenges – moving a practice from another firm, structure, compensation, leasing, financing, client generation, and retention. Moye White counsels lawyers during the planning stage to ensure the best chance for success, including the often turbulent transition of moving from one firm to another. We guide our clients on the myriad details that operating a law business entails, such as compensation, hiring, employment agreements, profit distributions, sabbaticals, retirement, fee-sharing, and even office-sharing agreements.

Dissociating from a firm can be equally complex. We help clients through mergers and acquisitions, distribution of cases and clients among the partners, and the many other details that need to be taken into account when selling, restructuring, or ending a practice.

When your ethics are called into question, we’re there, too. Whether defending against a motion to disqualify, sorting out attorney-client privilege issues, or representation before the Office of Attorney Regulation, we have the experience and skill to guide you.

Services include:

  • Associate and key attorney retention
  • Client fee disputes
  • Attorney Compensation
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Cybersecurity and data protection
  • Dissociation from firm
  • Division of fee disputes
  • Attorney employment agreements
  • Partnership agreements
  • Engagement and retainer agreements
  • Ethical attorney advertising
  • Ethical screens
  • Hiring policies/standards/scenarios
  • Law firm formation
  • Law firm mergers and acquisitions
  • Lawyer mobility
  • Multijurisdictional and multidiscipline practice
  • Negotiation ethics
  • Partnership disputes
  • Professional responsibility and legal ethics
  • Attorney Defense
  • Risk management assessment
  • Sale of law practice
Practice Area Contact

J. David Arkell

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionConstructionLitigation

James Belgum

Attorney

ConstructionLitigationInsurance

Jack W. Berryhill

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionLitigation

Kelsey R. Bowers

Attorney

Business and CorporateEmploymentLitigationInsurance

Abby L. Brown

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionConstructionEmploymentLitigation

Theodore B. Brown

Attorney

Business and CorporateCommercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionMultifamily and CondoReal Estate

James R. Cage

Attorney

ConstructionEmploymentIntellectual PropertyLitigationFinancial ServicesInsurance

Vikrama S. Chandrashekar

Attorney

LitigationBrewing and DistillingMedia and EntertainmentCannabis

Jordan L. Cohen, LL.M. (Tax)

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsTaxPrivate Equity

Frederic K. “Jerry” Conover

Of Counsel

Alternative Dispute ResolutionLitigation

Rebecca B. DeCook

Attorney

Administrative LawEmploymentLitigationAdvanced EnergyCommunicationsPrivate Equity

Keely C. Downs

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingMultifamily and CondoReal EstateAdvanced EnergySustainability

Andrew T. Flynn

Attorney

EmploymentLitigationInsurance

Erik K. Foster

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionMultifamily and CondoReal Estate

Paul R. Franke, III

Chair, Litigation Section

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsBusiness and CorporateLitigationReal EstateSecurities & Capital MarketsCommunicationsFinancial ServicesPrivate Equity

Mike L. Fredregill

Attorney

Business and CorporateCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionReal Estate

Charles Greenhouse

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsLitigationReal Estate

Scott P. Greiner, LL.M. (Tax)

Attorney

Business and CorporateTaxTrusts and Estates

Lynne M. Hanson

Co-Chair, Business Section

Business and CorporateFranchise and DistributionIntellectual PropertyMergers and AcquisitionsFinancial ServicesFood and BeveragePrivate Equity

Patrick J. Hickey

Attorney

EmploymentLitigationReal EstateSecurities & Capital MarketsAdvanced Energy

Jessica R. Hunter

Attorney

Business and CorporateIntellectual PropertyBrewing and DistillingFood and Beverage

Scott C. James

Attorney

ConstructionLitigationReal EstateInsurance

Bethany A. Johnson

Attorney

Commercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionReal EstateBrewing and DistillingFood and Beverage

William F. Jones

Attorney

Franchise and DistributionIntellectual PropertyLitigationReal EstateTrusts and EstatesBrewing and DistillingFood and BeverageInsuranceManufacturing

David J. Katalinas

Attorney

Business and CorporateFranchise and DistributionMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateFood and Beverage

John W. Kellogg

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsBusiness and CorporateFranchise and DistributionMergers and AcquisitionsSecurities & Capital MarketsAdvanced EnergyManufacturingPrivate EquityBlockchain Technology

Craig J. Knobbe

Attorney

Business and CorporateFranchise and DistributionMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateBrewing and DistillingFood and Beverage

David A. Laird

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsCommercial and Real Estate LendingConstructionLitigationReal EstateFinancial Services

Eric B. Liebman

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsConstructionEmploymentLaw Practice, Regulation, Ethics, and Professional LiabilityLitigationReal EstateSecurities & Capital MarketsTrusts and EstatesAdvanced EnergyFinancial ServicesInsuranceLaw Firms & LawyersCannabis

Thomas M. List

Managing Partner

Commercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionEmploymentLitigationReal Estate

Stephanie D. Loughner

Attorney

Business and CorporateEmploymentReal Estate

Charles F. Luce, Jr.

Attorney

Intellectual PropertyLaw Practice, Regulation, Ethics, and Professional LiabilityLaw Firms & LawyersSoftware and Technology

Christopher E. McCall

Attorney

Administrative LawEmploymentLitigation

Marilyn W. McWilliams

Attorney

TaxTrusts and Estates

John E. Moye

Attorney

Business and CorporateLaw Practice, Regulation, Ethics, and Professional LiabilityMergers and AcquisitionsFinancial ServicesLaw Firms & Lawyers

Dean Nakayama

Executive Director

Edwin A. Naylor

Attorney

Business and CorporateIntellectual PropertyMergers and AcquisitionsManufacturing

Nicholas M.P. Reckman

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateBrewing and DistillingFinancial ServicesFood and Beverage

Kelly Reiman, LL.M. (Tax)

Co-Chair, Business Section

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateTaxManufacturingPrivate Equity

Dean Richardson

Vice Chair, Litigation Section

Franchise and DistributionLitigationReal EstateCannabis

Lucas T. Ritchie

Attorney

Business and CorporateEmploymentLitigationRegulatory and Enforcement DefenseSecurities & Capital MarketsFinancial ServicesInsurancePrivate Equity

Zaki Robbins

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsSecurities & Capital Markets

Carrie A. Rodgers

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionConstructionLitigation

Patricia J. Rogers

Attorney

Business and CorporateCommercial and Real Estate LendingMergers and AcquisitionsSecurities & Capital MarketsFinancial ServicesPrivate EquityBlockchain TechnologySustainability

David C. Roos

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsSecurities & Capital MarketsFinancial Services

Amy H. Ruhl

Co-Chair, Real Estate Section

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentMultifamily and CondoReal Estate

Dominick Sekich

Attorney

Business and CorporateReal EstateAdvanced EnergyBrewing and DistillingCommunicationsFood and BeverageManufacturingMedia and EntertainmentSoftware and TechnologySustainability

Lorni Sharrow, LL.M. (Tax)

Attorney

Trusts and Estates

Rebecca Smock

Attorney

Business and CorporateFranchise and DistributionIntellectual PropertyMergers and AcquisitionsFood and BeverageMedia and EntertainmentSoftware and TechnologyCybersecurity and Data Breach Defense

Eric V. Snyder

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsBusiness and CorporateCommercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionMergers and AcquisitionsMultifamily and CondoReal EstateAdvanced EnergyFinancial Services

Rose Standifer

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsSecurities & Capital MarketsAdvanced EnergyPrivate EquitySoftware and Technology

Jennifer L. Stenman

Co-Chair, Real Estate Section

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentMultifamily and CondoReal EstateAdvanced EnergyFinancial Services

Timothy M. Swanson

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsCommercial and Real Estate LendingLitigationFinancial Services

Kristen L. Sweat, LL.M. (Tax)

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsTaxTrusts and EstatesBrewing and DistillingFinancial ServicesPrivate Equity

Jake J. Tiernan

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingMultifamily and CondoReal EstateBrewing and Distilling

Edward D. (Ted) White

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionBusiness and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateSecurities & Capital MarketsAdvanced EnergyFinancial ServicesPrivate EquitySustainability

Rachel Yeates

Attorney

Business and CorporateLitigationRegulatory and Enforcement DefenseSecurities & Capital MarketsFinancial Services