Straight talk for business matters, paired with our pragmatic advice, gets results.
Understanding Your Business
“Hell, there are no rules here – We’re trying to accomplish something!” – Thomas A. Edison
We understand the sentiment. If only it were the case! The truth is that we have an increasingly complex business environment with an abundance of laws, rules, and regulations. We help our clients navigate this environment to accomplish their objectives and avoid obstacles. This means investing the time necessary to understand our clients’ businesses, anticipating our clients’ needs, and clearly communicating the scope and nature of our deliverables and the costs involved. It means thoughtful analysis, pragmatism, creativity, and carefully prepared work product on a timely basis.
Our business attorneys are experienced in representing clients in a broad range of business transactions and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, business start-ups, company governance and succession planning, executive compensation, and commerce with customers and suppliers. Our clients include businesses in an array of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, service and technology, as well as private equity funds, family offices, hedge funds, commodity pools, trading groups, real estate funds, and REITs.
We start by asking questions so we can understand your business — and then provide thoughtful analysis, pragmatic advice, creative solutions, and carefully prepared work that helps you meet your objectives.
We advise companies, governing boards, officers, owners, and entrepreneurs with numerous business and commercial matters. We can help you get your business started, build your organization’s legal infrastructure, successfully complete business transactions, comply with regulations, and plan for the future.
Since the firm’s inception, we’ve had a very active mergers & acquisitions (M&A) practice. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, an operating company, private equity fund, or management team, we can help you successfully complete your transaction.
We have extensive experience representing private equity funds, independent sponsors, family offices, and investors in private equity transactions.
Start-up and growth enterprises must balance laying the proper foundation for future growth and conserving cash flow. They are also challenged with the tasks of both operating their businesses and raising capital.
Hedge, commodity pools, and trading groups face a host of complex regulatory, tax, and other legal issues. If you are a sponsor, manager, operator, or trading firm, we can help you navigate these challenges and with matters such as formation, administration, investor offerings, and regulatory compliance.
Experience across the industry and an interdisciplinary approach bring expert guidance on navigating healthcare regulatory compliance.
Our tax practice has been a core strength of PFS since our founding in 1991. We offer sophisticated tax planning for a variety of business entities, including corporations (and Subchapter S corporations), limited liability companies, partnerships, joint ventures, private investment funds, REITs, and tax-exempt organizations, as well as entrepreneurs and high-net worth individuals.
Alan Patzik is a founder of the firm and a partner in the firm’s Business and Finance Practice Groups. Alan has extensive experience in merger and acquisition work, commercial finance, […]
Chad Buttell is a partner in the firm’s Business Law, Tax, and Social Impact & Innovation Practice Groups. Chad joined PFS in 1998, after several years at another firm where […]
David J. Schwartz is a partner in the firm’s Business and Finance Practice Groups. As a member of the firm’s Corporate Group, Dave represents businesses in a variety of business and […]
Gary Walt is a partner in the firm’s Business and Finance Practice Groups. Gary has represented more than hundreds of middle market businesses, sophisticated entrepreneurs, family businesses and banks and […]
Jeffrey H. Frank is a founder of and now Of Counsel to the firm. Jeff has a wide range of legal expertise, but focuses on practice in the areas of […]
Joel G. Shapiro is a partner in the firm’s Corporate, Finance and Tax Practice Groups. Joel represents clients in a variety of businesses and industries in tax, corporate and securities […]
Lindsey A. Weltman is an associate in the firm’s Business Practice Group. Lindsey spends a good amount of her time working on mergers and acquisitions of private companies. Lindsey also does a […]
Lydia L. Follmer is a paralegal for the firm’s Business Practice Group. Lydia has over five years of experience working in law firms in Chicago. Lydia graduated from Loyola University Chicago […]
Marc Z. Samotny is a partner in the firm’s Business, Finance and Tax Law (including Estate Planning) Practice Groups. For more than 40 years, Marc has counseled privately held businesses […]
Neal T. Goldstein is a partner in the firm’s Business Practice Group, where he heads up the firm’s healthcare practice. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Neal worked for two years […]
Scott M. Curran serves as Special Counsel and Social Impact Adviser for the firm. In this capacity, Scott counsels the firm and its clients on opportunities “do more good, better” […]
Scott Michie is a partner in the firm’s Business Practice Group, concentrating his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private securities transactions and general corporate matters. Scott has experience counseling clients […]
Simone Lanier is a paralegal for the Business Practice Group. Simone began her career as a paralegal in St. Louis, Missouri and has over 4 years of experience in the […]
Steve Prebish is a partner in the firm’s Business and Finance Practice Groups. Steve has extensive experience in the merger and acquisition and finance practices, and also provides general business […]
W. John Lagrou is an associate in the firm’s Business and Finance Practice Groups. Within these groups, John counsels clients on a wide array of matters, including entity formation, general […]
Wendy Onofre is an associate in the firm’s Business, Finance, and Real Estate Practice Groups. She enjoys working across the various practice groups and having the opportunity to work on […]
Our business attorneys have the right experience across the full spectrum of corporate matters. We work side by side with our PFS colleagues to ensure you have the right expertise for your needs. Learn about our team.