Small Business Law

This area of law deals with small business matters that are not adversarial. In the legal world, these are called “transactional” matters. Starting and maintaining a small business can involve drafting of documents and navigation of the legal and regulatory framework—JEP attorneys are able to help with effective, affordable counsel.

JEP lawyers working on Small Business Law provide services that may include:

  • Business entity formation
  • Drafting contracts, including loan agreements
  • Corporate bylaws
  • LLC operating agreements
  • Employment agreements and handbooks
  • Michael Reed

    The Law Office of Michael Reed

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, Kane, McHenry, Lake, and Will Counties

    www.chireedlegal.com

    Michael Reed is an advocate, consultant, and art enthusiast. He is motivated to use his law degree to help others achieve their goals and reach their potential. Michael entered law school because of the potential he saw in the legal profession to promote positive social change and protect creative enterprises. He puts his license to use every day to advise entrepreneurs and small business owners on their legal rights while teaching them how to protect their intellectual property. While Michael is often mistaken for a native Chicagoan due to his love of beer and sub-zero temperatures, he is originally from Wisconsin, where he also went to college for philosophy and moonlit as a band promoter. He doesn’t want to go a day without hearing a great new idea, a unique solution to an old problem, or experiencing something that inspires him. If this also sounds like you, then he would like to be your attorney.

    Michael can be reached at mreed@chireedlegal.com or on the phone at 312-620-3852. This firm charges a $200 hourly consultation fee.


  • Darren Perconte

    Perconte Law

    Serves in Cook County

    www.percontelaw.com

    Darren Perconte is an alumni member of the JEP. Darren provides affordable and tailored legal services to business owners, professionals, and creatives. His practice areas include business transactions, business litigation and dispute resolution, employment law, administrative and professional hearings, copyright and trademark, estate planning, and real estate. Darren draws upon his legal and business experience to pursue specific, client-focused solutions to legal issues. For more complex or specialized matters, he utilizes a wide network of attorneys and other professionals to meet the unique needs of each client. Darren understands that every client faces a different situation, so he offers a range of payment plans and representation options, including limited scope, unbundled services, and coaching. Darren earned his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School and his B.A. from Boston College.

    Darren can be reached at (773)242-9909 or darren@percontelaw.com. This firm charges a $150 consultation fee.


  • Adella Deacon

    Sable Law Group, LLC

    Serves in Cook County

    www.deaconlawllc.com

    Adella Deacon is an alumni member of the JEP and a partner at the Sable Law Group, LLC. Adella is a forward-thinking, energetic attorney. Adella practices in the areas of small business, real estate, estate planning, and general civil litigation. She has an extensive, interdisciplinary-focused educational background having earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and her Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. She is a board member of Integra Rehab Solutions and the Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center. She takes a hands-on approach and is committed to providing her clients with the knowledge to make informed decisions regarding their legal needs. An empathetic advocate for equity and justice, she will find innovative solutions for your legal problems.

    Adella can be reached at (312) 469-0622 or at adella@sablelawgroup.com. This firm does not charge a consultation fee unless asked to review documents.


  • Fatimeh Pahlavan

    LITE LLC

    Serves in Cook and surrounding Counties

    https://www.litecounsel.com/

    Fatimeh helps social impact entrepreneurs raise capital, capture intellectual property rights, and ground their professional relationships in strong contracts. Fatimeh delights in taking the intimidation factor out of law by educating her clients and giving them a sense of ownership over their legal tools. She spends a tremendous amount of time thinking about how to make the law more accessible, and aims to design elegant solutions to entrepreneurs’ practical problems.

    Fatimeh can be reached via email at fatimeh.pahlavan@litecounsel.com or by phone at (312) 620- 1406. This firm does not charge a consultation fee.


  • Agostino Filippone

    Filippone Law, LLC

    Serves in Cook and DuPage Counties

    www.filippone-law.com

    Augie Filippone started Chokshi-Filippone Law, LLC so that he could provide the focused, experienced, and dedicated counseling his clients deserve. His practice area includes business, consumer, and injury law. Augie received a Bachelor of Arts from Knox College, Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Master of Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business, and a Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas School of Engineering. During law school, he was News Editor for the Consumer Law Review and was a member of its Executive Board. Augie is licensed to practice law in Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Augie is a strong supporter of community service and a proud member of several Chicagoland area programs, including Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, CARPLS, and Junior Achievement. He is also a Commissioner with the Village of Mount Prospect, serving on the Planning and Zoning Board.

    Augie can be reached via email at afilippone@law-cf.com or by phone at (847)346-5565. This firm does not charge a consultation fee.


  • Seth McCormick

    Great Lakes Consumer Law, LLC

    Serves in Cook, Kane, and Lake Counties

    www.greatlakesconsumerlaw.com

    Seth McCormick protects consumers and small businesses from the monied interests of banks, lenders and debt collectors. Seth spent the lion’s share of his career representing banks and hedge funds in collecting money owed to creditors. Now, Seth uses the tools and laws afforded to consumers to stop these institutions in their tracks. As an experienced litigator, Seth believes there are meaningful solutions for his clients that provide for efficient resolution of their problems. Seth can help you if you are facing foreclosure or debt collection. He can also represent you if you are being harassed by creditors, if you have been taken advantage of by a company, if a company or creditor is unfairly making negative reports to credit reporting agencies, if a company has engaged in unfair or deceptive trade practices in your dealings with them. If you are involved with a lender, a collection agency, a credit bureau or any other creditor, Seth McCormick can help. Seth represents people from all walks of life. He encourages you to contact him regardless of whether or not you think you can afford it. There are creative ways to structure payment, and it is possible that for certain claims he can represent you at no charge.

    Seth can be reached at seth@glclf.com or (312) 971-6787. This firm does not charge a consultation fee.


  • Lauren Cichowski

    3BL Law, LLC

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Will, and Kane Counties

    www.3bllaw.com

    Lauren Cichowski started 3BL Law to provide affordable transactional legal services to individuals and organizations. Lauren practices small business, nonprofit, and real estate law. Whether it’s starting a new business, buying a new home, or experiencing growth in your organization, 3BL Law can help tackle your legal needs. Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and earned a dual JD/MBA from Loyola University Chicago with certifications in business ethics, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution. 3BL law provides transparent fees, client customizable solutions, and a range of pricing options, including flat fees and subscription rates for both limited scope and comprehensive legal representation.

    Lauren can be reached by phone at (312) 279-8818 or by e-mail at lauren@3bllaw.com. This firm charges a $100 consultation fee.


  • Shymane Robinson

    True Lawyer, LLC

    Serves in Cook County

    www.truelawyer.com

    Shymane S. Robinson, a Chicago native, and entrepreneur is very passionate about helping her clients create wealth through real estate and small business law. Shymane is the founder of True Lawyer and serves as General Counsel to Cyprus Investments, LLC., a privately held investment company in Chicago. As a real estate investor and small business owner herself, Shymane understands the importance of purchasing real estate or starting a business as a first step to establishing wealth. Turn to Shymane for smooth and stress-free legal services. Home buyers, sellers, investors and small business owners trust Shymane with their legal matters. Shymane looks forward to working with homeowners, investors, real estate professionals, and business owners. Shymane provides services for cases such as Real Estate Transactions- Buy and Sell, Tax Lien and Deed Foreclosure Services, Tax Lien and Deed Investing Coaching, Real Estate Tax Appeals, and Real Estate small business matters.

    Shymane offers affordable flat rate pricing and can be reached by calling 312-442-0057 or emailing us at info@truelawyer.com. This firm charges a consultation fee ranging from $0 to $150 depending on the type of case.


  • Mitha Rao

    Rao Legal, LLC

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, Kane, and Will Counties

    raolegal.com

    Mitha Rao is the Founder and Managing Attorney of Rao Legal, LLC.  Mitha helps individuals and families navigate necessary estate planning transitions with compassion and ease. Whether it be the couple that wants to execute a will to ensure their loved ones are taken care of, or the business that seeks to safeguard its legacy through succession planning, Mitha is focused on alleviating your concerns.  She is passionate about estate planning and elder law and is eager to serve you.  Mitha is committed to the values of compassion and empathy. A graduate of Duke University (magna cum laude, ’07) and the University of Chicago Law School (’12), Mitha has a track record of helping individuals.  She received the William J. Griffith University Service Award at Duke University and the Tony Patino Fellowship at The University of Chicago Law School for her leadership and public service.  Duly licensed in Minnesota in 2012 and Illinois in 2016, Mitha has also developed an expertise for financial planning and counseling.  She has advised small businesses and professionals on business formation issues, drafting and negotiating contracts, and charitable giving agreements.
    Mitha may be reached at (312)584-8852 or mitha@raolegal.com. This firm charges a $100 consultation fee that is credited to toward the legal consumer’s bill if the legal consumer engages the firm.