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About Our Firm

GarbiaPlocki’s experienced business lawyers proudly offer their Outside General Counsel service to sophisticated clients.  Many companies discover they are large enough to need consistent legal advice, but may not yet require a full-time general counsel.  GarbiaPlocki, LLP, provides Outside General Counsel services to clients seeking long-term strategic planning and counsel designed to help grow and compete in a rigorous market. All successful companies are well structured.  Long-term stability requires organization, efficiency, and preparation.  The policies and procedures that make large companies powerful are every bit as necessary to the growing company because they reflect time-tested business principals.

Our Outside General Counsel services include:

  • Drafting and reviewing corporate policies, such as document retention, non-disclosure, non-compete, or drug and alcohol testing policies;
  • Drafting employee manuals and employment agreements;
  • Drafting corporate governance documents, such as by-laws, operating agreements, and resolutions, and helping companies maintain proper corporate records;
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts;
  • Drafting or revising form agreements;
  • Providing assistance with legal and regulatory requirements affecting the company;
  • Providing legal advice to company executives and management regarding proposed company actions and long term strategy planning; and
  • Managing pre-litigation dispute activities.

We focus on steering companies to avoid litigation, but recognize litigation is sometimes necessary.  We will help you identify issues before they become expensive problems.  Avoiding a single lawsuit, for example, can produce huge savings. GarbiaPlocki, LLP, through its affiliate entity NOVA Business Law Group, also has a litigation staff with over 25 years’ experience handling commercial cases in the Greater Washington DC area, should the need arise.

Who’s Minding the Store?

So often, small and growing businesses get so busy running their business, they run out of time to actually run their internal operations.  When was the last time you reviewed or revised your bylaws?  Is your corporate book current with meeting minutes and resolutions covering significant changes to your company over the last year?  Are you in compliance with all applicable state and federal regulations affecting your business?

Many developing companies are simply too busy actually operating their business to focus on infrastructure and administrative policies necessary to make them a long-term success.  In fact, many companies do not focus on such issues until they are forced to review and produce those policies in an audit or litigation context.

Our firm has the time, experience, and knowledge to develop your corporate governance policies, manage those policies over time, and anticipate, avoid or manage litigation as needed.  Our attorneys spent the last 10 years developing expertise in business formation and commercial transactions, corporate governance, commercial litigation, and immigration and naturalization law.  We trained at some of the biggest law firms in the Washington D.C. area.  Our business model is simple: we deliver traditional big-firm work product at traditional small-firm prices.

We also believe that investing now saves money in the future.  As one example, the costs incurred by not having employee manuals, document retention policies, or employment agreements, and thus the ability to rely on those policies, can be far higher in a litigation context than the cost of drafting and enforcing those policies now.

Having a properly organized company also helps you regulate operations on a consistent basis, and thus focus on your business, rather than dealing with emergencies on an ad-hoc basis, or spending needless hours wondering “what if?”
Adopting good corporate governance policies fosters growth.  Once you have established a solid foundation, your company can grow as fast and far as you are willing to take it.  And, establishing good corporate governance is extremely attractive to potential investors, partners, and merger targets.

Having legal counsel who knows your company, its personnel, and its objectives ensures that you receive legal advice aimed at securing those objectives, rather than an outsider who makes decisions in a vacuum.

So what can we do for you?

GarbiaPlocki, LLP offers its Outside General Counsel to provide a more constant legal presence in support of your day-to-day operations.  We can work remotely or on-site depending on your needs.  During that time, one of our lawyers will be available to provide advice as issues arise during your normal course of business, answer questions from your employees, and work on new initiatives and long-term corporate governance projects.  The purpose of the on-site program is to get to know your company quickly and thoroughly, and to advise you immediately on legal developments affecting your business.

Whether your plans involve long-term growth or a planned exit strategy, your company needs organization, efficiency, and preparation.  We believe legal counsel is essential to growing companies, but that they should not be forced to incur the hefty fees charged by big firms, or take on another full-time salary until their company growth warrants that need.  We are here to fill that middle ground and help you achieve your short- and long-term goals.

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Our practice areas include the Outside General Counsel Program, and Cyber-Security and e-Discovery Programs to help our business clients identify and manage risk.

GarbiaPlocki, LLP is a law firm of dedicated professionals specializing in helping businesses grow. We offer corporate development, governance, and policy planning and implementation services to help companies build for the future, and commercial litigation services to protect that growth. Our lawyers are licensed in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.