Business attorney Stacia Hofmann firmly believes that starting a business is one of the most exciting and satisfying professional paths a person can take. When we go into business with others, we choose people we trust, like family members, close friends, and reliable colleagues. Sometimes it doesn’t work out as planned, and the partnership comes to a premature end.
Partner disputes are like band breakups. Causes range from creative differences, “lead singer” syndrome, a lack of recognition of talents, disproportionate time investments, disagreements about money and value, and outside interests. And because most business partners enjoyed a trusted relationship with one another, the interpersonal component can make a difficult situation all the more emotional and, sometimes, explosive.
Stacia’s experience litigating court cases, combined with her risk management and contract skills, make her uniquely qualified to help business owners negotiate exits, separate, and enter into legally-binding resolutions and agreements. Stacia brainstorms imaginative legal solutions to help her clients make the difficult decisions that go along with internal business disputes. Along the same lines, she also helps employees who are looking for a change transition to new opportunities, negotiate their employment agreements, and understand the enforceability (or lack thereof) of noncompetition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure clauses.