Consider what happens when you make a product and it turns out to be a pretty good one. In fact, more and more people want your product, and things are starting to feel a little overwhelming. You might find yourself considering whether an experienced business attorney might be a good investment.

Because now, all of a sudden, your business isn’t just about making your product any more. There are contracts to negotiate. Leases in which to enter. Financing to procure. Due diligence to be performed. Before you know it, you’ve spent so much time attending to that part of your business that you haven’t had time to make your product. Customers are calling you night and day because they can’t get your product in stock. Everything you’ve worked so hard for is now at risk because you’ve been sidetracked by the legal minutiae of running a business.

Don’t get sidetracked from making your product.

At TATE BYWATER our dedicated attorneys provide you with all the advice and support you need so that you can focus on what you do best. Let us educate you about what type of business entity is right for you. We can be there to make sure your next contract protects you in the event of a default. And when the time comes for you to purchase another company or to sell what you have built, we’ll help you maximize value and protect your legacy. Schedule a consultation today and let us show you what it means to us to be lawyers for your life.

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Business Formation and Entity Selection

Forming a business requires more than simply filling out forms. To assist a client properly at this important stage of the business formation, an attorney specializing in corporate and business  law will meet personally with the client to better understand their goals and identify how best to achieve those goals. 

After an assessment of the proposed business, a business law attorney will advise the client on how to best control or limit liability and which entity will be most advantageous.  He or she will discuss the various aspects of partnerships, limited liability companies, S-corporations and C-corporations to see what makes sense for the client. He or she will discuss the various aspects of corporate governance such as maintaining corporate records, proper appointment and functioning of corporate officers and directors, meetings, employee agreements, operating agreements and shareholder agreements. Whether you are looking for a business lawyer in Northern Virginia or elsewhere, we can support you at TATE BYWATER. 

Buying or Selling All or Part of a Business

Buying or selling a business can be a daunting task.  The firm has over 25 years experience in advising clients in all aspects of transactions necessitating a business lawyer. We can advise you regarding contracts, proper documentation, timing, financing, leases and especially due diligence in researching debt and title to assets.

General Business Operations

Failure to run your business entity in a proper manner can operate to defeat the liability protection the chosen entity affords and expose the owners to personal liability. The firm can advise you in the proper way to operate your entity so as to avoid such exposure.


When you require financing to purchase a business, rest assured the lender has legal counsel and is looking out for its interests.  Whether it involves institutional or private financing of a business purchase, or financing an existing venture, the firm can advise you in dealing with lenders and ensure your interests are well represented both in loan negotiations and loan documentation.

Litigation and Disputes

The business world in which we operate is more and more dangerous to the business owner.  The firm has extensive experience in representing business owners and creditors in business disputes including litigation, arbitration and work-outs.

Hourly In-House Counsel

For over two decades, the firm has acted as counsel for businesses that do not have the capacity or need for traditional in-house corporate law counsel. He offers knowledgeable counseling and advice on the many types of legal issues business owners constantly face.


“High Recommendation of Gary B. Fuller: For over 10 years Gary Fuller had been my attorney for my business and for any personal legal problems I had, He was instrumental in guiding me for the incorporation of my business. He served as my attorney for our family bankruptcy and for my daughter’s divorce. He was quick to respond to any emergency situation. He acted with the highest degree of professionalism.”

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“Gary B Fuller, the Trusted Professional Lawyer: Gary Fuller has been our company attorney, drafting important legal documentation, providing legal counseling for Patenting and contracts. He is extremely ethical and professional, legally refreshing and a major influence to the Board of Directors.”

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