Business Law Attorneys In Asheville, Hendersonville & Surrounding Areas

From start-up to retirement, business owners require experienced counsel to guide them through a labyrinth of legal and operational issues. The Van Winkle Law Firm works with publicly and privately held companies in a broad range of industries to simplify complexities and develop sound strategies aimed at managing risk and fostering business growth. Our track record of achievement derives from our commitment to understanding our clients’ businesses and the competitive and regulatory environment in which they operate. Combining this knowledge with our years of experience, we deliver counsel that is responsive to clients’ needs and on target with their goals.

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Corporate Lawyers in Asheville & Hendersonville

Businesses are the lifeblood of the North Carolina economy and the dream of many residents. Asheville attorneys at The Van Winkle Law Firm are ready to assist business owners from the beginning. Choosing the right business entity is crucial to not only protect against liabilities but to foster future growth. It may be appropriate to change entities later as the business itself changes. The Van Winkle Law Firm has years of experience assisting clients with business restructuring across a variety of industries.

Because the realm of business reaches well beyond the specific industry of a client, The Van Winkle Law Firm draws on the skills of every attorney at our firm.

As business lawyers in North Carolina, our attorneys not only specialize in many legal areas but bring experience and knowledge from a wide array of professional backgrounds. This allows us to develop strategies tailor-made for a business in most situations imaginable. Regardless of business stage, The Van Winkle Law Firm partners with each client to provide unparalleled legal service.

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Business transactions of all size occur every day and unfortunately, misunderstandings are commonplace. The team of Asheville lawyers at The Van Winkle Law Firm are adept in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and litigation. Skilled in mediation and arbitration, our attorneys always keep a client’s best interest at the forefront of business negotiations. The Van Winkle Law Firm takes the time to learn about our clients’ businesses, ensuring we’re creating strategies specific to their needs. Our goal is to find a solution to any business issue that’s not only efficient but effective, allowing you to focus on the business itself.

The North Carolina business attorneys at The Van Winkle Law Firm work with businesses as much or as little as needed. We’ve provided primary legal counsel to businesses of all size and worked alongside in-house counsel alike. Our range of legal services for businesses include:

  • Drafting and reviewing contracts such as real estate leases;
  • Negotiating debts owed;
  • Maintaining legal compliance during a merger or acquisition; and
  • Reviewing zoning changes.

Administrative & Formation

How a new business is started often sets the foundation for how it moves forward and grows. At The Van Winkle Law Firm, our business law attorneys take the time to understand your business goals and needs and provide legal guidance to ensure the business begins with a solid legal foundation.

Business Startups

Many people dream of one day starting their own business. If this dream is about to become reality for you, contact a small business lawyer with The Van Winkle Law Firm.  Our attorneys are adept in North Carolina business law and can help review all legal documents, such as incorporation documents. We’ll make sure

Business Operations

From launching a new marketing campaign to fine-tuning shipping logistics, a corporate attorney can make sure the decisions for business operations are legally sound and will continue the business on the path to success.

Nonprofit Organizations

Whether your nonprofit organization is large or small, an attorney can provide guidance to avoid taxation conflicts, contract misunderstandings, and more.

Administrative & Regulatory Law

Ensuring the business is in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations takes time and a thorough understanding of these ever-changing rules. The Van Winkle Law Firm is dedicated to assisting clients across a wide range of industries stay in compliance and be proactive about legal regulations.

Legal Services to Grow The Business

Once the business has been established, the goal for most business owners becomes growth and increasing revenues. The Van Winkle Law Firm is well-versed and experienced in the North Carolina and federal laws that govern the issues affecting growth.

Employment & Workplace Law

Business owners are subject to state and federal employment laws that are always changing. A business law attorney with The Van Winkle Law Firm is up-to-date on North Carolina labor laws along with applicable federal statutes.

Land Use

Land use laws are meant to look out for the general public’s well being but can restrict business operations and expansion. The Van Winkle Law Firm can review a proposed land contract for land use specifications and help you navigate the use or negotiate a contractual change in favor of the business.

Tax-Exempt Leasing

The Van Winkle Law Firm helps local and state governments and municipalities obtain equipment, such as communication systems, office equipment, and vehicles, through tax-exempt leasing. Our attorneys have worked with financial institutions, leasing companies, underwriters and all others involved.

Real Estate: Commercial & Residential

Buying, leasing, or renting real estate is a common activity for business owners. Our attorneys can help draft a lease agreement, review a real estate contract, negotiate provisions, and more following current North Carolina statutes.


Healthcare is an evolving industry and The Van Winkle Law Firm dedicates significant time to stay up-to-date on pertinent labor laws, insurance regulations, and more for academic medical centers, hospitals, and private physician practices.


The taxation for most businesses is determined when the business is formed, such as an LLC or sole proprietorship. A business law attorney can review formation paperwork and make sure the business is in at an appropriate taxation level.

Bond Financing

Bond financing is commonly used by businesses, corporations, and municipalities to help pay for improvements such as infrastructure. The Van Winkle Law Firm blends its collective understanding of business, construction, and taxation law together to help clients secure bond financing for a wide range of projects. We’ve helped clients secure and/or underwrite educational, exempt facility, governmental, healthcare, industrial development, and variable rate demand bonds.

Strategic Next Steps

The goal of any business is to expand and grow. This is generally accomplished through several means, all of which The Van Winkle Law Firm can assist with at any time.

Buying & Selling Businesses

The Van Winkle Law Firm has helped many clients buy and sell businesses of all size under a wide range of circumstances. It’s our No. 1 goal to make sure the final transaction is in your best interest while minimizing tax and other liability issues.

Mergers & Acquisitions

No matter your business’s role in a merger and acquisition, The Van Winkle Law Firm is available to draft and file all necessary documents, discuss and negotiate terms of the deal, and ascertain all regulatory compliance.

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Protecting Your Property

The intangible creations produced by your business are protected under a legal practice area known as intellectual property law. At The Van Winkle Law Firm, our attorneys will help you protect proprietary equipment and other intangible assets and if necessary, litigate any infringements.

Privacy & Information Security

The rapidly evolving digital and technological landscape has driven the legal need for privacy and information security for all businesses. The Van Winkle Law Firm can assist your business with issues related to data breaches, social media, and other areas of privacy and information security.

Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights

Our corporate law attorneys are experienced in handling copyright, patent, and trademark issues surrounding a wide range of business equipment, methods and processes, and more.

Business Attorneys in Asheville, NC

Running a successful business in North Carolina requires dedication and teamwork every day. The Van Winkle Law Firm believes in lending a helping hand behind the scenes to businesses by providing unparalleled legal services in any way we can. This can be as simple as reviewing a contract proposal to ensure the business’s interests are preserved or more complex, such as creating a long-term business succession plan. If you need assistance at any business stage, contact the full-service law firm in Asheville, N.C. business owners rely on, The Van Winkle Law Firm.