Congratulation to Morgan A. Carter (Universal Technical Institute), BrewerLong’s 2022 Future Business Leaders Scholar. Over 450 applicants submitted essays reflecting on this quote from former Illinois governor and US presidential candidate, Adlai E. Stevenson: “Law is not a profession at all, but rather a business service station and repair shop.” Following is an excerpt from Mr. Carter’s winning essay...

How to Protect Intellectual Property

When you run a business, you orchestrate many moving parts that work toward a common goal. But your company is more than a collection of bookshelves and office space. What makes your business unique is its proprietary way of baking a cookie, meeting customers’ needs, or providing goods and services.  Like most business owners, you may take things like...

What’s the Difference Between a Merger and an Acquisition

You’ve probably heard the terms merger and acquisition before. They’re terms we frequently hear in the news, like the recent announcement that 21st Century Fox and News Corp may merge into one company again. But these very different terms are often lumped together, creating confusion about what separates the two very distinct types of purchases.  What is the difference...

Questions to Ask Before Signing a Commercial Lease

More workers are returning to the office, with the workforce creeping back to normalcy after the pandemic pause. Additionally, businesses that boomed during the past few years are hunting for new office space or locations to accommodate the rise in sales.  Landlords looking to keep up with inflation and profit off the changing economy are driving rent prices higher...

social media

Social media is a ubiquitous part of our personal and professional lives. It offers a way for individuals to express themselves and connect with a wide range of people from whom they would otherwise be disconnected. Companies use this unique and powerful tool to propel their brand into the 21st century and connect with a broad audience. For some...

Mergers & Acquisitions

If you are a Florida business owner ready to grow or sell your business, you may be considering a merger or acquisition to take the next step in the business lifecycle. Whether that next phase is leveling up or retiring on the beach, you may be asking yourself, “Do all mergers and acquisitions require shareholder approval?” In planning transactions,...

How to File an Arbitration Award with the Florida Circuit Court

Alternative dispute resolution, like arbitration, is a great way to resolve business conflict and save money. In Florida, arbitration is a preferred method of dispute resolution. Arbitration can save businesses time and money in resolving disputes. However, not every case is easy to resolve through arbitration. In fact, you may even need to ask the Florida courts to enforce...

What Is a Freeze-Out Merger in Florida

Florida small business owners often enjoy the flexibility that having closely-held companies affords them. But what happens when you want to grow your business through a merger and some of your shareholders do not want to be involved with the new entity? Or, in other circumstances, the combined business may not want certain minority shareholders (i.e., those shareholders who...

can cbd be trademarked

CBD is in high demand for health and wellness due to its therapeutic effects. The industry is expected to generate revenues of $22.05 billion by 2030. If you are considering starting a CBD business, you face a minefield of state and federal restrictions. A lawyer experienced with intellectual property laws can help you protect your brand despite the challenges....

Do You Need Workers’ Compensation for Independent Contractors in Florida

With the skyrocketing of remote and freelance work in recent years, employers have spent considerable time trying to keep up with the changing landscape and laws. To save money or meet the worker pool’s changing demands, many employers boosted the share of independent contractors on their payroll. But when all is said and done, that can leave you with...