Business Law

With clients ranging from our Willamette Valley neighbors, to those whose reach extends around the nation and the globe, the attorneys at Fetherston Edmonds, LLP have the knowledge, skills and experience to advise your business and commercial requirements across a variety of industries.

Business Entity Formation

Choosing the right entity in which to operate your business matters. Issues to consider include corporate and owner taxation, personal liability, management structure, and control and transfer of ownership. At Fetherston Edmonds, LLP we are familiar with the full range of corporate forms available in both Oregon and Washington States including corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. For clients just starting out, we advise on long-term goals, and options that will help guide your new business to success. In addition, we prepare and file all the necessary documents with state divisions and regulators so that new clients can focus on what they do best: developing a successful enterprise. Furthermore, we’re available to help our business clients maintain records and documents that are required by law, so that you remain in compliance with state and industry-specific laws and regulations.


From purchasing real estate for a major development project, to negotiating with a vendor or supplier, every contract and transaction needs to be guided so your rights are protected and your interests are served. We negotiate, draft and review contracts and related documents in general business matters – or industry-specific areas, such as liens or financial reorganization – so that your goals are met in a timely and professional manner.


For our clients in the health care field, such as professional medical practice groups, we handle all general business needs. This includes health care-specific issues such as HIPAA compliance, Stark Law rules governing physician self-referral, and anti-kickback laws.


Our agri-business team represents food producers and processors of all sizes, including vertically integrated processors and marketers of finished goods. Transactions involving crops and livestock can present their own unique considerations, while critical issues of land use, water law and property rights are our forte.


Issues of labor and employment law face companies across the full range of industries we represent. We provide advice and counsel from the development of sensitive policies and procedures, to representation in employment-related litigation. We work with our clients to address wage and hour issues, terms and conditions of employment, protocols for employee counseling and disciplinary decisions, and termination procedures.

Estate Planning

Our clients range from large business owners with sizeable estates, to working individuals who just want to preserve and protect their assets for successive generations. We draft a variety of wills and trusts to meet each client’s goals for the distribution of the estate, while minimizing tax consequences and the length and expense of probate. We also assist clients with administering estates and trusts, including representation in probate and any related litigation.

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