Business, Corporate & Government

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Contract Review

The business attorneys are experienced in the drafting and interpretation of all manner of contractual agreements including, but not limited to, purchase and sale orders, confidentiality agreements, leases, joint business ventures, independent contractor, and intellectual property agreements.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Ellis Painter attorneys have drafted, negotiated, and closed asset and stock acquisitions and sales, as well as mergers.  Our attorneys have been involved in multi-million dollar transactions, and understand the complex issues involved with such transactions, including the labor, tax, intellectual property, securities, and real estate implications arising out of such transactions.

Physician Representation

Ellis Painter attorneys are experienced in the representation of individual physicians and group practices, and have negotiated and drafted employment agreements, shareholder agreements, professional association agreements, and other documentation associated with the representation of individuals in the health care profession.  Our attorneys also serve as counsel to physician groups, providing assistance in matters ranging from regulatory compliance to internal policies and procedures.  

Securities Compliance

The firm assists clients with a variety of securities issues, including the disclosure and reporting requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission and compliance with SEC rules in connection with securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions.  The firm’s securities experience includes:

  • Initial and secondary public offerings
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Private offerings and private placement memoranda
  • Compliance with state “blue sky” laws
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Shareholder rights plans
  • Executive compensation and benefits
  • Equity compensation plans
  • Benefit plan securities registration
  • Corporate governance
  • Securities trading by directors and officers
  • Stock repurchase plans
  • Resale of restricted securities
  • Compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

Family Business

Ellis Painter attorneys assist small businesses in forming new entities, maintaining regulatory compliance, and understanding their obligations under various employment laws.  Our attorneys understand the hurdles that small family businesses face, and provide advice on how to comply with applicable laws and limit potential liability in a cost-effective manner.

Large Corporations

The business attorneys at Ellis Painter represent a number of large national and international corporations representing a host of fields such as the insurance, media, chemical, shipping, trucking, oil, and energy production industries. The lawyers of the firm are experienced in the complete representation of such clients in a variety of matters.

Municipal Law, Zoning and Land Use

The firm has represented multiple municipalities on all issues involving local governance including zoning, annexation, ordinances, intergovernmental agreements and regulatory and administrative matters. The firm also provides harassment and discrimination prevention training for units of local government, as well as providing assistance with investigation of employee complaints of harassment and discrimination.

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Commercial Real Estate and Transactions

Attorneys at Ellis Painter represent numerous developers and lenders with regard to closings and development projects throughout Coastal Georgia, North and South Carolina and Florida. Areas of specialization include the development and finance of hotels, restaurants, gasoline/convenience stores and other commercial projects; tax deferred exchanges; Phase I and Phase II environmental analysis; ad valorem tax appeals for residential and commercial properties; and compliance with zoning and other municipal ordinances.


Ellis Painter represents clients in a wide variety of matters involving individual, estate, gift and corporate taxation. Attorneys in the firm regularly attend the premier national taxation conferences in order to best serve each individual client. The goal of the taxation section is to maximize tax savings opportunities while minimizing the risk to the client of governmental scrutiny.