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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See No Evil: Can Your Business be Held Liable when Your Employees Engage in or Simply Overlook Sex Trafficking that Occurs on Company Property?

A District of Massachusetts court decision from November of last year has helped to clarify the liability that employers can face for illegal sex trafficking that occurs on company property. Ricchio v. Bijal, inc. (Civil Action No. 15-13519-FDS). In Ricchio, the victim Lisa Ricchio was kidnapped by defendant Clark McLean, and was held for several days as a captive at the Shangri-La Motel in Seekonk, Massachusetts where McLean stayed as a guest. The Shangri-La is owned by defendant Bijal,...

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Business Owners and Partners Should Be Paranoid

Fox Moulder’s motto was “Trust No One.” Lawyers can understand this paranoia. Divorce lawyers know spouses cheat. Criminal lawyers know clients steal (and worse). You should know that your business partners and key employees that you trust the most can betray you. This includes both majority and minority shareholders in close corporations, members of LLC’s (Massachusetts limited liability companies), and partners in partnerships. Sadly, this also includes family members in a family business.

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No Good at Goodbyes: Why Employment Attorneys are Important to use for Creating Severance Agreements

Severance agreements, which are contracts between an employer and an employee that contain certain rules and guidelines for when an employee is terminated, may be regarded as somewhat of an afterthought by employers. An employer might think to himself, “the employee is leaving the company to go his or her own way, so what is there to worry about?” Despite this fact, it is imperative that anyone involved in the hiring process has an employment lawyer review a proposed severance agreement. A...

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