Advocate for businesses, minority and majority owners, executives and professionals.

Advocate for businesses, minority and majority owners, executives and professionals.

Advocate for businesses, minority and majority owners, executives and professionals.

Advocate for businesses, minority and majority owners, executives and professionals.

I represent private business owners, majority and minority shareholders, partners, LLC Members and professional employees in litigation avoidance, dispute resolution and litigation.  I have 20 years experience in all phases of business litigation and employment law.  I learn about my clients' businesses and their needs and concerns and work with each client to jointly come up with the right, cost-effective strategy for them.  

Practice Areas

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Business Litigation and Employment Law

I don’t do everything. I don’t handle personal injury claims, criminal matters, divorces, real estate transactions, bankuptcies, etc. (I can refer you to excellent lawyers who do these things). I would rather be great at a few things than okay, or worse, at everything. Employment and business law are very complicated. There are numerous state and federal statutes, regulations, guidelines, and countless court decisions. A lawyer cannot stay on top of it all by dabbling in the fields. You have...

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Outside General Counsel

Join the big leagues and hire a General Counsel for your company or organization. Whether you want to impress your friends or strike fear in your enemies, you can hire me on an as-needed or continual basis to act as your outside general counsel.

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Shareholder / LLC / Partnership Disputes

I assist business people in their interactions with their business partners, including shareholders in close corporations, LLC members and managers, and partners in partnerships. I review, revise, negotiate and draft shareholder agreements, operating agreements, employment contracts, noncompete agreements and other types of agreements that impact these issues. I assist majority owners to deal with minority owners, including terminations. I assist minority owners who have been frozen out,...

Interested in working with Law Office of Adam P. Whitney?
Here's just a sample of what you might expect...

I have worked with Adam for over a decade and I consider him a true strategic business partner.

Bradford Caron
President, SIGNET Electronic Systems, Inc

Adam's reputation precedes him and when you need someone in your corner he is your guy. He methods are tactical, his honesty is to be admired and his results speak for themselves.

Bill Higgins
President & Founder, Full Spectrum Benefits, Inc.

Right to the point!

Peter Oldrid
President, Oldrid Financial Inc.

Recent Blog Posts

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Document Your Ownership Interest or Stock Rights in an LLC or Corporation

Fox Mulder’s motto was “Trust No One.” Lawyers can understand this. Oftentimes, the practice of law is all about being paranoid. We have to assume that your business partner will screw you over, or that your employer will not fulfill your expectations. Don’t rely on a handshake, oral promises, or vague documents to establish your ownership interest in a business entity. That’s true whether it is a Limited Liability Company, Family Business or Corporation. The courthouse steps are littered...

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Myths and Realities - Starting or Joining an LLC or Corporation with Friends, Family Members and Acquaintances.

As a lawyer who litigates disputes among partners, close corporation shareholders, and limited liability company members and managers, I hear a lot of myths about them. The myths below are in italics, with my (sometimes snide) comments below each one.

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The New Massachusetts Equal Pay Act - How Bad Is it for Employers?

The new Massachusetts Equal Pay Act goes into effect on July 1, 2018. The basic concept of the statute is that you cannot pay employees differently based on gender. You are busy running your business, but don't ignore this statute. You could face lawsuits that result in high damages awards and an award of the plaintiffs' attorneys' fees and litigation costs. There are attorneys who will be actively targeting your company to find violations. The statute will be irresistible because any...

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