The Cleveland and Columbus business lawyers you can trust to manage all your corporate legal services.

Business start-ups, acquisitions and venture capital initiatives require experienced legal counsel. Walter | Haverfield business lawyers guide clients through a range of complex business processes from beginning to end, while avoiding unnecessary delays and costly missteps.

As a business law firm focused on business services nationwide, Walter |Haverfield is relied on by many business clients for all their corporate legal services. Often, long after their initial transactions are complete, we come to serve as clients’ trusted in-house counsel on a variety of issues.

Walter | Haverfield is your business attorney partner every step of the way, helping you with:

  • Choice of entity counseling—Limited Liability Company (LLC), S Corporation, Corporation, Partnership or other form of business
  • Entity formation—filing articles of incorporation, evidence of ownership, creation of multiple business organizations, such as parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies
  • Transfers of ownership
  • Corporate reorganizations—including business valuations, business sales, succession planning, exit strategy planning, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and more
  • Shareholder and member agreements, such as buy-sell agreements, close corporation agreements, operating agreements and options
  • Day-to-day operations—including banking and finance, transactions, securities compliance, taxes, government regulations, commercial relationships and ongoing business management
  • Corporate filings
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Employment and non-compete agreements
  • Commercial leasing
  • Negotiating business relationships, including exclusive rights, customer agreements, joint ventures and vendor agreements
  • Healthcare provider transactions
  • Intellectual property (IP) concerns
  • Private placement memoranda

We serve a broad client base representing multiple industries in Cleveland, Columbus, throughout Ohio and across the nation. Walter | Haverfield corporate attorneys partner with clients including hospitals and health systems, medical equipment and device companies, medical and dental practices, physician practice management companies, steelmakers, auto parts suppliers, biochemical product manufacturers, software companies, and wholesale distributors, among others.

Walter | Haverfield’s business lawyers guide you as a client every step of the way to meet your business law needs. From your first conversations about business formation, our corporate lawyers will use their unparalleled experience to help you select the right business entity for your needs and prepare all necessary documents.

Once your entity is established, our attorneys will guide you through commercial transactions, negotiations of stock option plans, employment agreements, retention plans, non-compete agreements, transfers, joint ventures, intellectual property filings, asset purchases, stock sales, and more.

Banking and finance are a critical component to all businesses, no matter your organization’s size. Walter | Haverfield assists you with loans, mortgages, lending, secure transactions, financing, international banking, mortgages, foreclosures, and more. We partner closely with our real estate law team to assist with any construction and property legal needs as well.

Ensuring strong relationships with your employees is another critical component of a business’s success. Our lawyers assist you in navigating all relevant employment law regulations and restrictions, and we will develop appropriate policies and procedures around employment.

Walter | Haverfield business lawyers stay with your entity every step of the way across the lifetime of your business, helping with buy/sell agreements, reorganizations, merger transactions, acquisitions, and any other changes to your organization.



Our team’s experience includes:

  • Regularly represents one of the largest shopping centers REITS in the United States in connection with portfolio shopping center divestitures, outlot sales, site assemblage and acquisition/development projects, ECRs, joint ventures and unwinds, and various financing transactions.
  • Counsel to a private developer in the acquisition, development, financing, and leasing of a residential, retail, entertainment and “lifestyle” center known as Pinecrest.
  • Representation of various joint ventures in the negotiation of joint venture and operating agreements.
  • Representation of NYSE-listed banks, leading global investment banks, asset management firms, and life insurance companies on commercial loans, including whole loans, mezzanine loans and bridge loans.
  • Representation of a regional port authority in connection with fixed rate financing, structured leasing and infrastructure financing.
  • Representation of a public company in acquisition of polymer manufacturing division.
  • Representation of sellers and purchasers in healthcare practice acquisitions and dispositions.
  • Representation of an aerospace parts manufacturer in asset sale to public company.
  • Guided the reorganization of a mid-sized manufacturing company through conversion from corporation to LLC and sale of minority interest to large international manufacturer.
  • Coordinated the acquisition, financing, leasing and environmental clearance of 750,000 square foot mixed-use manufacturing/office/warehouse facility.
  • Counsel to owner in development of 160,000 square foot building, including ground lease, construction financing, and negotiation of letters of intent and leases with the primary tenants.


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Our corporate attorneys in our Cleveland area and Columbus offices are consistently ranked some of the best business lawyers in the nation by Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell and more. At Walter | Haverfield, we pride ourselves on becoming each client’s trusted corporate lawyer for all their business service needs.