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Starting Your Own Small Business

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The Washington Post recently released an article covering a small florist shop in Washington, D.C. that has been operating for more than one hundred years. Not all business owners want their companies to grow in size and become global corporations. Some are happy with a smaller company that has perhaps one or two storefronts… Read More »

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Hiring Your First Employees? You’ll Suddenly Become More Popular with These Agencies

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

In early August, the Washington Post released a story announcing that Yelp is planning on opening up a new office in Washington, D.C., which will ultimately bring about five hundred new jobs. Yelp has been around since 2004, is an established company, and has had employees in various locations for years. However, that might… Read More »

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Small Businesses and Legal Advice

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Running a small business is like riding a bucking a bull; there are wild ups and downs, each down a potential disaster that could land you on your keister. Delays in shipping, unruly employees, fluctuating markets, any of these are conceivable pot holes on the road to financial success. Any smart business owner, regardless… Read More »

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Employment Law in Washington D.C.

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Whether you are involved in a contract dispute, have suffered discrimination, or harassment in Washington D.C., it is recommended to employ the services of a reliable law firm specialized in employment law. A law firm with sound advocacy, experience, and record of results can help you receive fair compensation for the wrong done to… Read More »

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Business disputes are not uncommon in business environments.

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Business disputes are not uncommon in business environments. These include ethical issues related to finance and investment, disputes over intellectual property right, breach of fiduciary duty, conflict in employer-employee relation, and disputes related to insurance. In some cases, it is not possible to reach an amicable solution to such disputes through arbitration and negotiation…. Read More »

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When D.C. Employers Use Criminal Records in Hiring

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When you have a criminal record, it can be daunting to find a job. You might be surprised to learn that one in four Americans has been arrested. There is a stigma attached to a criminal history that can haunt an individual in his or her job search. Studies show that up to 92… Read More »

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Tread Carefully with Director Conflicts

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Corporate directors have a fiduciary duty to exercise their directorial powers in the best interests of the corporation rather than in pursuit of their own advantage. However, business deals are rarely a zero sum game. Situations frequently arise where a corporation’s decision to do business with a director in his or her personal capacity… Read More »

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Special Issues When Taking on a Foreign Partner

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Business has become increasingly cosmopolitan as the world seems to get smaller and smaller. Even small companies now often transcend national borders and draw both customers and investors from across the globe. Taking on foreign investors can often provide small and medium companies with a whole new world of opportunities and options for growth… Read More »

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Stakeholder Rights During a Freeze Out

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Unfortunately, the exuberance and camaraderie that usually comes with the formation of a new business venture does not always last. Relationships between the owners may sour over time or the ownership composition of the company may change entirely. Either situation can ultimately pit owner against owner and even lead to one faction of shareholder… Read More »

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Shareholders’ Rights to Corporate Information

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Shareholders in large corporations are typically passive investors who have little involvement with the actual management of the company. When it comes to smaller businesses, however, shareholders are much more likely to play an active role. Even shareholders who are not also board members or officers can still exercise considerable influence over a small… Read More »

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