General Counsel

General Counsel

A successful business requires strategy and successful strategy requires input from a skilled team of professionals who know how to promote and protect your business interests. The attorneys of Koutsoudakis & Iakovou Law Group know the law and how to best apply it to your business needs. With our attorneys as your general counsel, your business benefits from the professional legal guidance you need to make sound decisions. Why wait until a problem arises before seeking legal counsel? With the right team of attorneys on your side, you can implement strategies to prevent avoidable problems.

While in-house general counsel is useful, it can also be extremely expensive and beyond the budget of most business owners. Alternatively, outside general counsel services provide the same convenient access to trusted legal advice without the extra employment costs. When you need advice on a new endeavor, or encounter an unexpected issue, you can simply reach out to our attorneys for reliable legal guidance. As your general counsel, we learn your business, including its processes, strengths, challenges and future goals. So, when you call, our attorneys can efficiently and confidently address your questions.

​How you choose to utilize our general counsel services is governed by your business needs. Whether you need assistance with negotiation of a new service contract, or you have received notification about a legal claim, you can count on our accomplished New York general counsel lawyers.

Some of the general counsel tasks we routinely handle include:

  • Contract drafting
  • Negotiations
  • Strategic planning
  • Employment policy creation and audits
  • Business litigation defense
  • Employment dispute representation

Corporate Governance

Koutsoudakis & Iakovou Law Group’s corporate governance lawyers provide business leaders and stakeholders with a full range of legal representation regarding the corporate governance challenges often faced by businesses and their leadership. Our trusted legal representation includes such issues as:

  • Board of directors’ structure and composition
  • Executive succession planning
  • Risk identification and management
  • Review and updating of charter and bylaws

From board structure to risk management, our attorneys help businesses avoid problems, while also addressing crises when they arise.

General Compliance

Risk is part of running a business. But that risk can be minimized through general compliance with laws and regulations at the local, state, and federal level, which includes such issues as:

  • Identification of relevant legal and regulatory requirements
  • Policy and procedure designs
  • Process implementation and monitoring
  • Early identification of potential violations
  • Employee conduct monitoring

Since every organization is different, effective compliance requires the services of knowledgeable and experienced legal counsel who knows the specifics of your business. The attorneys of Koutsoudakis & Iakovou Law Group provide their general counsel clients with the guidance they need to keep their businesses in compliance with applicable laws.

We work closely with you to provide well-designed corporate compliance policies and procedures that are tailored to the needs of your organization. Our available corporate compliance services also include:

  • Registered Agent for process service
  • Annual corporate records review
  • Annual business filings
  • Review of meeting minutes
  • Resolution drafting

Immigration Compliance

Employers are required to maintain documents verifying the work authorization of each and every employee under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. This means that your business must keep an immigration I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form on file for each of your employees.  Noncompliance can prove costly, with fines ranging up to thousands of dollars for each non-compliant employee or form.

With the ever changing landscape of immigration policies, it can be difficult for businesses to ensure their compliance without assistance from knowledgeable New York immigration compliance attorneys. Our lawyers stay up-to-date on the latest interpretations of immigration regulations, so we can help our general counsel clients maintain their compliance.

Internal Investigations & Audits

Internal audits are another tool for monitoring and maintaining general corporate compliance. The attorneys of Koutsoudakis & Iakovou Law Group have the knowledge and experience to perform effective internal investigations. Our proven processes help you with such tasks as:

  • Identifying potential exposure to risk
  • Reducing costs
  • Minimizing collateral damage
  • Avoiding government investigations and sanctions
  • Class action resolutions

We understand the goals of an internal investigation, so we are able to efficiently review all aspects of your business processes to quickly identify and address challenges. With our team of general counsel lawyers on your side, you can feel confident with the results of all types of internal investigations, including those involving:

  • Investigations into suspicions of improper conduct
  • Government contract billing
  • Indemnification
  • Whistleblower investigations
  • Shareholder demands

General and Subcontractor Agreements

The lawyers of Koutsoudakis & Iakovou Law Group have an extensive understanding of construction law and various challenges that may arise within general and subcontractor agreements. Our firm routinely provides effective legal counsel to general contractors and subcontractors. Whether you own a small or large construction company, you can count on our team of lawyers to guide you through the intricacies of New York construction law.

When you need a strong, effective contractor agreement, our lawyers are ready to assist you with all components, including but not limited to:

  • Duration and scope of work
  • Contractor/ employment status
  • Compensation details
  • Noncompete clauses
  • Nondisclosure agreements
  • Insurance coverage
  • Liability and duties
  • Modification and termination of agreement

Industry Legislation Monitoring & Support

All businesses have priorities that can be significantly affected by adjustments to government implemented rules and regulations. From newly passed safety laws to modifications in regulatory rules, legislation changes can have a substantial impact on the success of your business. With all of the pressures of running your business, there is likely little time left to monitor industry-specific legislation changes. That is why the lawyers of Koutsoudakis & Iakovou Law Group do the work for you.

Our team collaborates with our general counsel clients to identify their legislative priorities. We then create a strategic plan that includes monitoring relevant legislation, analyzing legislative changes and helping your business determine appropriate responses to legislative challenges.