Corporate Law / Business Organizations

Shumaker has broad capabilities to assist clients ranging from small, closely held businesses to Fortune 500 companies.  Clients know that we are a knowledgeable, pragmatic, results-oriented business partner and that the lawyers serving each client's needs – whether individually or as members of a cohesive, handpicked team – have a personal commitment to the achievement of the client's goals that is second only to that of the client itself.

What Makes Us Different

We embrace the truth about the provision of legal services – that it is a personal service business and clients want their legal needs addressed by the same individual lawyer or group of lawyers on a consistent basis.  The team of Shumaker lawyers who together get to know your company and its goals will be the same team that responds to your questions and requests for assistance time and time again.

Rather than take a "one size fits all" approach, we believe there is an ideal working relationship between our law firm and each client.  Your Shumaker lawyer will create a strong, steady working relationship with you.  Consistent, responsive service is what you can expect from us, through appropriately sized and specially selected teams that have the skill and flexibility to step in as special counsel in any matter and the consistency to handle a client's ongoing legal concerns.

Our Clients

  • We have commercial clients across the U.S. and in many foreign countries, with more than 25% of our work involving cross-border matters.
  • We serve as outside general counsel to various publicly held and family owned companies and are a preferred provider of legal services to numerous members of the Fortune 500.
  • The majority of our clients are middle market companies with revenues ranging from $30 million to $1 billion.
  • Although we work with companies in virtually all industry sectors, we have significant experience and specialized industry knowledge in the fields of health care, finance (including financial institutions, financial advisors and real estate finance), manufacturing, insurance, communications and distribution.

Why You Benefit

Lawyers in our various offices work well with one another and are available to help as your needs dictate.  We'll gain an in-depth understanding of your unique requirements that will deepen with the duration of our working relationship.  Each company has a different story and different objectives, and the Shumaker lawyers who counsel you will take the time to learn about both your business and your goals.

Core Services

  • Advice on choosing the appropriate form of business entity – corporation, general or limited partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or individual proprietorship – for maximum operational and tax efficiency.
  • Guidance on structuring efficient sales, supply or licensing agreements, consulting or similar business arrangements, and other essential contracts and relationships, so that your business interests are protected.
  • Counseling on the fiduciary duties of officers and directors, including the proper powers of board members, their interaction with management and their responsibilities to shareholders.
  • Assistance with transfer of business control, whether through development of succession plans, responding to recapitalization offers or handling business sale or dissolution arrangements.

Additional Services

  • Collaboration with privately owned and family owned businesses and their management to develop appropriate entity structures, financial strategies and succession plans.
  • Recommendations to public company boards and senior executives on governance issues involving fiduciary duties, duty of care and the business judgment rule.
  • Advice to board members regarding committee structure, indemnification rights and D&O insurance.
  • Help for public and private companies to resolve shareholder disputes, conduct shareholder meetings and respond to shareholder derivative actions.
  • Assistance with disclosure, compensation and compliance matters.

What you can expect from Shumaker

Shumaker's corporate lawyers have the appropriate blend of legal skills and experience, as well as the creativity and strategic vision, to provide insightful advice and guidance to our clients and their key decision makers.  Our client-focused dynamic begins with our selective hiring process—engaging top graduates from law schools around the nation as well as high quality lateral hires from other major law firms.  Whether we are hiring a new law school graduate or bringing on an experienced lawyer from another firm, we strive to make sure that all of our professionals embrace our philosophy of building a legal practice through the establishment of a select number of long-term client relationships.

Throughout our relationship with every client, Shumaker lawyers do their utmost to align themselves with the client's individual interests and growth plans and to learn and anticipate the problems, pitfalls and obstacles in the way of achieving those goals.

Chambers 2015

News Releases

06.06.2016Shumaker Attorneys Recognized as Leading Lawyers in Chambers USA
03.31.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Attorney Gregory C. Yadley Moderator at Business of Biotech Conference
03.17.2016Shumaker Attorney Represents Cigar City Brewing in Acquisition
02.18.2016Gregory C. Yadley Reappointed to SEC Advisory Committee
02.01.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Attorney Handles Acquisition of Drug Developer Xcelience
01.28.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Recognized as 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers® and North Carolina Rising Stars
01.22.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Business North Carolina's 2016 Legal Elite
12.23.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorney Handles Brew Bus Acquisition of Florida Avenue Brewing Company
12.05.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorney Gregory C. Yadley Named Best Lawyers in America 2016 Lawyer of the Year
11.12.2015Shumaker Earns “Best Law Firm” Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2016
11.11.2015Tyler H. Gordon Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
06.23.2015Erin M. McKenney and Leonardo M. Dosoretz Graduate Tampa Connection
06.11.2015Michael H. Robbins Named General Counsel of the Florida Holocaust Museum
05.27.2015Chambers USA Recognizes Shumaker Attorneys and Practices
03.04.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Spoke to University of South Florida Physicians
02.17.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Attorney Gregory C. Yadley Principal Chair of 33rd Annual Federal Securities Institute
01.27.2015Julio C. Esquivel Named First Hispanic Managing Partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
01.22.2015Andrew L. McIntosh to Speak at Country Market Brief: Canada
11.17.2014Rebecca S. House Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
11.11.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Attorney Gregory C. Yadley Reappointed to SEC Advisory Committee
11.03.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Receives Metropolitan First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2015
10.30.2014Shumaker Attorneys Panelists at Florida Venture Forum Bootcamp
10.22.2014Richard Q. Lewis, III Named Chair of Business Law Section of the Sarasota County Bar Association
10.22.2014Richard Q. Lewis, III Named to Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Audit Committee
09.25.2014Gregory C. Yadley Acknowledged by American Bar Association for His Service
09.02.2014Shumaker Launches Law Blog to Highlight Social Media Developments
08.21.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Named Best Lawyers® 2015 “Lawyer of the Year”
07.07.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite
06.12.2014Warren P. Kean Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
05.29.2014Shumaker Attorneys Recognized as Leading Lawyers in Chambers USA
05.28.2014Christina C. Nethero and H.S. "Brad" deBeaubien Graduate Tampa Connection
04.23.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Attorney Gregory C. Yadley Presents at American Bar Association Spring Meeting in Los Angeles
01.14.2014Two Non-Profits, Attorneys, Students and Entrepreneurs Partner to Clean Up Tampa Bay
12.03.2013Sarasota Attorney Leaves His Mark on Florida Business Law
11.22.2013Tampa Attorney Announces Formation of Bi-National Tampa/Canada Chamber of Commerce
11.18.2013Tampa Attorney Paves the Way for Small Business Investing and Crowdfunding
11.06.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Receives Metropolitan First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2014
10.21.2013Leonardo M. Dosoretz Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
08.15.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Named Best Lawyers' 2014 “Lawyers of the Year”
08.13.2013Michael H. Robbins Appointed Vice-Chair of Corporations, Securities and Financial Services Committee of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar
07.29.2013Andrew L. McIntosh Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
06.27.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite and Up & Comers
05.30.2013Julio C. Esquivel Elected to Board of Directors of the Gasparilla Music Festival
05.29.2013Shumaker Recognized in Chambers USA
05.28.2013Steven S. Grieco Graduates From Leadership Tampa
11.05.2012Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Ranked Among “Best Law Firms” in U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® Guide
09.13.2012Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Named Best Lawyers' 2013 “Lawyers of the Year”
06.15.2012Shumaker Recognized in Chambers USA
06.13.2012Gregory C. Yadley Named a Top 100 Florida Super Lawyer
09.19.2011Barbara Gallé Rivas and Austin K. Irving Join Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
11.02.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2011 Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers
09.27.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Receives First Tier Rankings in U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers 2010 “Best Law Firms” Inaugural List
09.16.2010Peter E. Krebs Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
05.06.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USA



Events and Presentations

02.04.2016"Partnership Creation And Care With No Regrets,” joint webinar with Grant Thornton
11.13.2015"S-Corporation LLCs," American Bar Association, 2015 LLC Institute
03.10.2011"The Big Squeeze: Small Business Financing during the Great Recession"
2011Presenter, "The Business Owner's Pathway™ to Maximizing and Preserving Your Business and Personal Wealth," a Four Part Series, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
2011Presenter, "The Business Owner's Pathway™ to Maximizing and Preserving Your Business and Personal Wealth," a Four Part Series, Wake Forest Family Business Center
2010Presenter, "The Business Owner's Pathway™ to Maximizing and Preserving Your Business and Personal Wealth," a Four Part Series, Elon University Love School of Business
2010Presenter, "A Brief Conversation with Business Owners," Hood Hargett Breakfast Club

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