Business Law Practice Group

Payne & Jones approaches the practice of business law in a unique and dynamic way. Unlike many other law firms, which often compartmentalize the various legal areas impacting their clients, each of the attorneys comprising Payne & Jones’ Business Practice Group have an extensive background in tax law and business transactions and are able to respond to virtually all of our clients’ business questions, concerns, and needs. This entrepreneurial approach results in the establishment of a one-to-one rapport between attorney and client which enables the firm’s attorneys to clearly understand and integrate each client’s overall business and legal objectives. Our business law attorneys also provide personal and family legal advice to the individuals who own and operate the business entities that the firm represents.

Attorneys in the firm’s Business Practice Group represent businesses in a wide-variety of industries, from accounting to agriculture, brewers to builders, medical to manufacturing, retail to restaurants, technology to tiling, and nearly everything in between. From simple contract preparation and analysis to complex business transactions, Payne & Jones assists our clients in making well-informed decisions.

Business Practices

Business Planning: Selection, formation, and operation of business entities including proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations (including non-profit organizations), professional corporations, joint ventures, and franchises.

Business Transactions: Purchase and sale of businesses, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, recapitalizations, asset purchases and sales, license agreements, shareholder and owner agreements, operating agreements, contract analysis, and drafting.

Commercial Transactions: Representation of lenders and borrowers, document preparation and analysis, acquisitions and dispositions, foreclosures and workouts.

Corporate and Personal Taxation: Tax planning and representation of business entities and individuals at the federal and state level, including income, estate, employment, sales, use and property tax issues.

Employee Benefit Plans: Preparing qualified employee benefit plans including 401(k) plans, profit sharing plans, ESOPs, welfare benefit and cafeteria plans.

Employment and Labor: Employment contracts, employee manuals and handbooks, stock option agreements, non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, employment discrimination issues, Americans with Disability Act compliance, Family Medical Leave Act compliance, hiring and termination issues, compensation arrangements, and labor disputes.

Real Estate: Acquisition, sale and lease of residential and commercial properties, condemnation, zoning and other land use issues before city, county and state authorities, subdivision and development matters including advising home associations, representation of contractors and builders, representation of owners acquiring development land and/or building residential and/or commercial properties, 1031 like-kind exchanges, loan, mortgage and deed of trust review and do, document preparation.

Intellectual Property: Service marks, trademarks, copyrights and licensing of these intellectual property rights as well as the licensing of patent rights.

Healthcare: Formation of professional corporations, negotiation of managed care contracts, equipment purchases and leasing, Stark, anti-kickback and other Medicare/Medicaid compliance issues, HIPAA compliance, representation before the Board of Healing Arts and medical anti-trust issues.

Bankruptcy: Representation of creditors and debtors in the context of bankruptcy, creditor rights, loan workouts, and foreclosures.

Elder Law: Integration with estate planning, Medicare/Medicaid qualification, assisted living issues, nursing home issues and long-term care insurance.

Native American Law: Assisting the Native American population with all legal and business needs, including, but not limited to the integration of business/legal transactions within the regulatory framework of Native American law.

 Our Business Law Group offers a unique integrated approach which delivers superior global solutions to all of our client’s business needs in a practical manner.

Business Law Attorneys

Thomas K. Jones

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926 P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182 (fax) Thomas K. Jones is a principal in the firm, having practiced with the firm since 1975 in our business, corporate, tax and estate planning groups. Tom has provided legal...

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Jodde Olsen Lanning

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926 P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182 (fax) Jodde Lanning is a Principal in the firm, having practiced with the firm since 1980 emphasizing various aspects of business associations, corporations, real estate,...

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Stephen D. McGiffert

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926   P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182 (fax)  Background Stephen D. McGiffert is a principal in the firm, practicing in our Business Law Practice Group, with emphasis on business law matters affecting...

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Jon W. Gilchrist

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926 P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182 (fax) Jon W. Gilchrist is a principal in the firm, having practiced with the firm since 1988 in the areas of real estate, banking, estate planning, employee benefits and...

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Steven L. Passer

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926 P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182 (fax) Steven L. Passer is a principal in the firm, having practiced in our Business Practice Group since joining the firm in 1991. Steve works with entrepreneurs and closely...

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Roger Templin

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926   P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182 (fax)  Roger Templin is a Principal with the firm, having practiced in our Business Practice Group since joining the firm in 1992, and Roger's practice today includes...

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Michael J. Fischer

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926   P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182   linkedin Michael Fischer is a shareholder with the firm, practicing in the Business Practice Group. He focuses his practice on tax law, business and estate planning,...

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Eric L. Hansen

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926   P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182 (fax)  Background Eric L. Hansen is a principal in the firm, having joined us in 2012 in our business, corporate, tax and estate planning groups. After 16 years of practice...

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Joseph Schmisseur

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926   P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182   Background Joseph D. Schmisseur joined the firm as an associate in 2014, practicing in the firm's Business practice group. Joseph received his Bachelor of Arts in History...

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