Industries

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No matter what industry you're in, we'll know how to help.

Some legal concerns are universal, cutting across industries. At some point, every founder, owner, operator or management team will encounter the need for legal documents such as a client service agreement, a loan agreement, a rental lease, website terms of use, or an employee handbook, to name just a few. These company leaders also regularly need legal assistance to handle dispute mediation and resolution, trademarking, trade secret protection, planning for tax consequences, damage control, and more.

At Way Law, we’re well-versed in all these everyday issues. But our greatest strength is our expertise in the distinct legal needs of various industries. Here’s a look at our specialized expertise for specific industries:

Construction & Contractors

Construction and contracting projects are high-value ventures for both the contractor and their customers. For the contractor, each project represents a significant investment of capital and resources for a period of time. Contractors also work with subcontractors and suppliers.

We support contractors in their partner relationships by drafting and reviewing contracts, providing guidance on regulatory compliance and permits, addressing issues related to construction defects or delays, handling labor and employment law matters, advising on insurance coverage and claims, dealing with property and zoning issues, and navigating issues such as payment collections, customer disputes, and warranties on their work.

If you’re a contractor, you need a legal champion to address the many risks inherent to your business. Talk with an expert Way Law construction and contracting attorney to see how we can support you.

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Consultants & Advisors

Individuals hired as subject-matter experts on an independent contractor basis operate in a legally uncertain space. The relationship between the business and the consultant is shaped by the contract between them – not the law. We help advisors design their agreements to protect them from legal liabilities inherent in their work, and allocate the risk of the relationship in a way that matches the design of their business model.

If you’re an advisor of any sort – CPA, appraiser, social media or marketing consultant, web designer, and salesperson are just a few examples – let an experienced Way Law legal consultant help you with client and contractor agreements, intellectual property matters, licensing questions, tax planning, and more.

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Consumer Products & Retail

Your day-to-day may revolve around point-of-sale transactions, but away from the cash register, things get more complicated.

Way Law’s consumer products attorneys help retail businesses manage contracts and relationships with suppliers, distributors, and landlords, ensure compliance with retail and consumer protection regulations, address employment and labor-related concerns, handle lease negotiations for store locations, and assist with any disputes that may arise with customers or suppliers.

Perhaps most importantly, we provide guidance on business formation and structure, helping retail outlets make sense of their business model and their options, and structuring longer term agreements and practices in a more advantageous way.

If you own, operate or manage a retail shop, you know there’s more to your business than you and the customer. Talk to a qualified Way Law consumer products lawyer to see how we can support your store’s success.

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Cosmetology, Salons, & Barbers

A cosmetologist or stylist has spent years studying and practicing to become excellent in personal care and grooming, but may not know much about managing the risks inherent to this industry. These issues include defining booth renter and contractor relationships, managing customers, offering guidance on lease agreements for the physical shop, and advising on potential product liability issues.

In addition, this industry tends not to use written agreements for same-day services, but may need to consider other policies such as those governing appointment cancellations and specialty services (such as bridal party arrangements).

If you own a salon or grooming shop, a knowledgeable Way Law cosmetology lawyer can help you manage risks in all these important areas, while also setting your business up for success.

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Food, Beverage, & Restaurants

These businesses appear to be simple point-of-sale outlets featuring same-day service relationships with customers who aren’t governed by a written contract. But this industry has many behind-the-scenes legal needs.

The food industry is highly competitive, and subject to economic impacts such as recessions. In addition to helping restaurants manage supplier and distributor contracts and employee relations, a Way Law food lawyer ensures compliance with health and safety regulations, manages liquor licensing, oversees lease negotiations for the physical location, deals with potential food safety issues, and advises on customer complaints.

If you run a restaurant or food service business, you know there’s more to it than serving great-tasting food. An expert Way Law food lawyer can help you maximize your business’ potential and reach your goals.

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Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare professions are highly regulated, high-stakes endeavors. People literally trust someone they don’t know well with their very lives. Not to mention, relationships with medical suppliers must be nurtured and insurance companies must be satisfied.

Generally, the medical provider – a doctor, psychologist, therapist or practitioner – is an expert in a specific medical specialty but knows little about business. We explain and take charge of business essentials such as contract creation and review, compliance with healthcare regulations such as HIPAA, liability matters such as malpractice, patient confidentiality and informed consent, and common business concerns such as medical practice acquisitions and employment issues related to staff.

If you own or manage a healthcare business, you know there are many moving parts that can distract you from providing medical care. Talk to a qualified Way Law healthcare lawyer to learn how we can have your back.

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Logistics & Delivery

A surprising number of laws affect the transportation industry. Their business is frequently conducted over state lines, and laws can vary by state. Besides contract law, a host of other laws affect the transportation industry, such as employment law and various federal and state regulatory compliance.

Way Law helps make sense of all of this. Specifically, we handle client service agreements that protect our logistics and delivery businesses from risks stemming from the transportation of goods, while also assuring customers that the transported goods will arrive on time and intact. In addition, transportation is a highly competitive industry, requiring that agreements be drawn so that the inner workings of the logistics business model aren’t readily apparent to a competitor who might obtain a copy of an agreement.

Our transportation lawyers also ensure compliance with federal and state regulations, address issues related to cargo liability and insurance, advise on employment and labor law matters for truck drivers and independent contractors, handle disputes or accidents involving trucks, and protect against “poaching” – of customers by staff starting their own businesses, or staff by customers who want to circumvent the core business.

If you operate a logistics and delivery business, let an experienced Way Law logistics and delivery attorney help you navigate the complex legal landscape surrounding your industry.

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Manufacturers, Makers, & Artisans

Creativity and precision are important to this industry, which runs the gamut from toolmakers and design engineers, to candle crafters and photographers. Makers sometimes create items that they sell directly, or they supply their work to others to sell. All of these goods are subject to a host of laws a maker may not even be aware of – laws governing safety, licenses to acquire materials, importation of components, and more.

In addition to negotiating and drafting contracts, Way Law ensures compliance with product safety and labeling requirements, and advises on potential product liability and intellectual property protection. Our manufacturer lawyers also handle trademarking, international law, loan agreements for capital infusions, and agreements with the next link in the distribution chain (like wholesaler to retailer, or direct sales to end user).

Makers are typically well-versed in creative and production issues, but not in the law. Way Law works closely with makers to ensure their businesses and products are protected. Talk to one of our qualified manufacturer attorneys today about how we can help support your product development business.

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Software & Technology

Software and technology companies specialize in building reliable technical systems that are creative, artistic, and engaging. This blend of diverse and opposing skill sets often pushes out a third essential element: understanding how third parties and legal considerations impact the business.

Contracts and agreements related to licensing, terms of use, privacy, and cybersecurity are critical, and the realm of a qualified attorney. Technology companies also frequently must fend off attempts to misappropriate their intellectual property, and federal and state securities law and investor relations can come into play during fundraising rounds common to tech startups.

Way Law is an expert in all of these areas; if you run a technology company, call to see how one of our knowledgeable technology lawyers can take the legal load off you.

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