The Business Law Clinic provides transactional legal services to small business owners, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations in Athens, GA and the surrounding areas.

Entity Formation

An early step for many small businesses or organizations involves forming an independent entity through which to operate. The Business Law Clinic can help with

  • choosing an entity type that best suits the endeavor
  • forming the entity
  • tailoring and structuring the entity through contracts

The most common entities the BLC assists in forming are:

  • LLCs
  • C Corporations 
  • S Corporations
  • Benefit Corporations
  • Nonprofit Corporations
  • Partnerships 
  • Worker-Owned Cooperatives

Entity Governance

An entity almost always needs tailored governance documents to meet the endeavor’s objectives. Some of these documents are required by law and others are optional. These documents primarily take the form of contracts the entity uses to more precisely tailor its purpose and functioning, or to govern the relationships between founders or owners.

Some common governance documents the BLC assists with are:

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Bylaws 
  • LLC Operating Agreements
  • Shareholder Consents
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Partnership Agreements


A common concern for many small organizations is how to structure the hiring and management of employees and independent contractors. 

The Business Law Clinic can help with:

  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Employment Agreements
  • Paid or Unpaid Internship Agreements
  • Volunteer Agreements
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Volunteer Handbooks
  • Noncompetition or Confidentiality Agreements
  • Nonprofit Executive Director Agreements


Organizations need many different types of agreements in place as they form and grow. There are many types of contracts the Business Law Clinic can help with, including:

  • Manufacturing Agreements
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Vendor Agreements
  • Privacy Policies
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Consulting Agreements
  • Data Protection Policies
  • SAFEs
  • Investment Contracts
  • Convertible Notes
  • Supplier Agreements
  • Product and Service Agreements
  • Liability Waivers
  • Co-Founder Agreements

Intellectual Property

The Business Law Clinic can provide assistance with many types of intellectual property protections.

For instance:

  • Trademark registration for your name or logo
  • Copyright registration
  • Non Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Trade Secret Policies

What don’t we do: 

The Business Law Clinic provides a wide variety of services but there are several common business legal services we do not provide. The Business Law Clinic does not assist clients with patent searches or filings, litigation or active disputes. 

Interested in our legal services?

Get in contact to see if you or your business are eligible for our pro-bono legal services!