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We are business lawyers in Jacksonville FL

  • Which industries?

    Our clients are highly educated and/or licensed and regulated.

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  • What do they know?

    Service professionals are experts in their fields, but they don’t know business laws.

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  • Who do we serve?

    Our clients are independent and privately-owned companies with less than 20 employees.

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  • Why only service?

    There are several reason why we only accept service companies as clients.

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Short Term

Big corporations spend thousands of dollars on legal fees. Even if a deal goes bad, they can absorb the losses. Small businesses don’t always have the resources to withstand a bad move. We provide them with legal advice so that they can be protected.

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Long Term

It’s all building legal infrastructure in your business. These areas have to grow with the business and it is an on-going effort. It happens over time with the guidance of experienced business attorneys who understand how service firms function.

Why Should You Build Infrastructure?

  • It builds strength in your foundation so your business can support growth.
  • It promotes good business by creating successful business relationships (through solid and honest contracts).
  • It allows you to avoid problems, and for those that are unavoidable it can help you find an easier resolution.
  • It increases the value of the business, which is great for when it’s time to make a transition.

How exactly do we do this?

We serve as your legal department. Not as employees of your company, but as long-term advisors in helping you be successful. If you’ve got a short term issue, we can help with that, too. No matter what, we don’t do any hourly billing. It’s just not in our business model. Instead, we use a system that allows us to be transparent with costs, set honest expectations and encourage open communications with our clients. Our clients choose how they would like to work with us – on a limited project basis or over the course of a year. Both have advantages.

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Antonia Uruski
Antonia Uruski
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Michael Harshman
Michael Harshman
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First And Twelfth
First And Twelfth
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Michelle Siner
Michelle Siner
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OM Studios
OM Studios
Working with Laurie Lee and The Legal Department has been a pleasure! As a new business, we originally thought we could handle our projects on our... own but after consulting with the SBDC in Jacksonville we realized it was something we would need professional guidance for and were referred to Laurie and her team. What we especially appreciated was the flat fee model for pricing – knowing up front what our fees were going to be and being able to calculate them into our expenses was so helpful. We were quoted hourly fees from some other firms but we had no idea what the end number would be. The agreements that were drafted by Laurie were all professional and comprehensive for our needs. We found that she was patient with us as we learned the legal ropes and replied quickly to our questions or requests. We would absolutely recommend The Legal Department to other small businesses in Florida and we hope to work with them again ourselves on future legal needs!read more
Accounts MyPro
Accounts MyPro
Using Laurie and her team to open my first business was a great decision! Throughout the process I always felt like I was important, my questions... were answered promptly, and the team was communicative and attentive to my needs. Everything felt streamlined and even when there was down time in between calls or meetings, it always felt like they were working on my project and keeping me up to date with the progress. I appreciated the transparency of the flat fee structure; this really took the stress off communicating with one another and left no surprises when it came to the financial commitment. I would definitely recommend The Legal Department to other small businesses! Laurie was knowledgeable and professional, but most of all she was genuine and caring. Great job all around!read more
Rolf Vonderheide
Rolf Vonderheide
Wow! I can't say enough about the Laurie and The Legal Department. I used them to finalize contract negotiations when I sold my business. Every... step of the way I felt protected.Laurie was fair and reasonable; accommodating most of the time, but a pit-bull when needed! If you are selling a business, you can't do any better than this great team!read more
Gary D.
Gary D.
The best friend a small business can have! Explained all options (in plain english) and I felt my best interests were represented. Made me feel... comfortable with the decision I had to make. Cannot recommend high enough.read more
Diane Faulkner
Diane Faulkner
Nice and knowledgeable!
Tonisha Landry
Tonisha Landry
I have worked with a handful of attorneys in the past few years. Laurie is fantastic! Very thorough and hands down runs she the most organized law... firm I have seen.read more
Jason A. Duprat
Jason A. Duprat
Laurie, was very professional and knowledgable. She has everything you need laid out in small digestible pieces. She made sense of the legal... situation for me.read more
Walk-in Wedding Chapel
Walk-in Wedding Chapel
Laurie was a great help and I look forward to working with her in the future.
Blair Gordon
Blair Gordon
Laurie and team helped us with our business, Flour + Fig Bakehouse, as we were preparing to grow and open a retail location. Very professional,... thorough, a pleasure to work with.read more
Kurt D'Aurizio
Kurt D'Aurizio
Great advice and knowledge of business law. They helped us setup our company and were always ready to answer any questions that came up along the... way.read more
Bo Kikendall
Bo Kikendall
We are very fortunate to have her as our attorney. She had counseled us on important corporate initiatives and had provided thorough guidance on all... aspects of company formation, partnership agreements and other areas. Look forward to continuing our positive experience.read more
Triedata Inc
Triedata Inc
Great firm! We have utilized Laurie and her team several times over the last two years, always attentive and goes the extra mile to ensure a clear... understanding of our objectives.read more
Jim Satterwhite
Jim Satterwhite
I have worked with Laurie for a number of years and I must say that she understands law from a business persons perspective. Every time I have an... issue to discuss with her she not only discusses the legal aspects of the issue but she discusses the business ramifications. That is a rare quality in a legal firm. Understanding how a decision will affect our business helps us make the right decision for our firm. Thanks Laurie for all you do!read more
John Harman
John Harman
Laurie helped us during the initial steps of setting up our corporation and with our lease review process. It is good to have someone to turn to... that knows all the bases you need to cover. She is always attentive and available and demonstrates true regards toward your business.read more
SightHealth Primary Eyecare
SightHealth Primary Eyecare
We have worked with Laurie on HR related forms and other matters and she has been wonderful. It has been extremely nice to know prices before... starting a project; it’s nice to ask a question without worrying about how much I’m about to add to my bill. Have recommended her firm to others and will continue to do so.read more
John E
John E
My experience with Laurie Lee was nothing short of awesome. She has assisted me with multiple business matters. She is knowledgeable and easily... accessible, both of which are important to me. I have already recommended her to others.read more
Cindy Lasky
Cindy Lasky
Laurie and her team have been a great and trusted resource for our company. They offer the ideal services and rates for small businesses and really... care about their clients. Hire them without hesitation!read more
Joe Sampson
Joe Sampson
Laurie is a wonderful attorney who knowledgeable in business law.
Debra Hill
Debra Hill
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The Legal Department is located in Jacksonville, Florida and provides legal advice to professional service businesses in the state of Florida. Professional service businesses include those businesses who provide specialized knowledge-based services.  We serve as their Chief Legal Officer and provide business law advice regarding necessary infrastructure to make a business strong.