Balough Law Offices, LLC, located in downtown Chicago, Illinois, focuses its practice on serving small and medium-sized businesses. We work with the owners of established businesses and start-ups to address their legal needs and protect their ideas and other business assets. Our services include determining the appropriate legal entity to conduct business and negotiating and preparing contracts. We help businesses protect their intellectual property through licensing agreements, non-disclosure agreements, trademark and copyright evaluation and registration, and establishing appropriate steps to protect their trade secrets. We work with our clients so that they can maximize their business growth and increase the value of their intellectual property.
- Business Counseling
As a business owner, you want to grow your business by concentrating on what will make your business a success. We strive to understand our clients’ businesses so they can focus on running their business while we provide them with legal advice on an as-needed basis. We negotiate and review contracts, draft employment agreements, assist in resolving business disputes, and write corporate policies to meet regulatory and other requirements.
- Starting a Business
If you have a great idea for a business, we can help you form a business to make your plans a reality. An important step is to determine the type of legal entity that best serves your goals and objectives. We give you guidance in this decision. We work with you and your business partners to develop an operating agreement or bylaws and shareholder agreement to spell out how decisions will be made, how to value your business, how to add or buy out owners, and how disputes will be resolved. We craft vendor and customer contracts and website agreements to protect your intellectual property and allow you to sell your goods and services under the terms you want.
- Intellectual Property
One of your company’s most valuable assets may be the intellectual property of the business. Intellectual property includes trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. At a very simple level, these assets may be protected by non-disclosure agreements or licensing. You may also enhance the value of your intellectual property through licensing. Our firm has evaluated and registered copyrights and trademarks for our clients. We also have taken action against infringers as well as parties who attempted to misappropriate our clients’ trade secrets.
A large portion of today’s business is conducted via the Internet in cyberspace. As a company doing business there, you might want to obtain a new domain name or a domain name confusingly similar to your trademark and used by someone else. If you sell products or services via your website on the Internet, you want to make sure those sales occur under your terms favorable to you. We assist our clients in creating website agreements and policies that protect their intellectual property and allow them to make sales under their terms and conditions. With our knowledge of cyberlaw, intellectual property, domain names, and privacy law, we can help you maintain a successful business on the Internet.
- Public Utilities
Our firm represents clients on electric, water, gas, and telecommunications issues before state and federal regulatory agencies. Our clients include some of the largest electric power users in the Chicago area, as well as municipalities and home owner associations throughout Illinois. We also represent telecommunication carriers.