Corporate Lawyers.
Focused On Your Unique Situation.


The Charleston Corporate Lawyers of Epstein & Howell provide thoughtful and careful advice to individuals, businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to pursue their goals while simultaneously maximizing their profitability and security.  At Epstein & Howell, we take the time to understand your specific needs and craft a solution specifically tailored to your circumstances.   Whether you are planning to start your first business, enter into an agreement with another business or merge your business with another entity, the Charleston Corporate Lawyers of Epstein & Howell will take the time to actively listen to you and aid you in taking the uncertainty out of the legal process. 

Starting The Process?  We Are Here To Help.

The Charleston Corporate Lawyers of Epstein & Howell provide a broad range of corporate legal services including corporate formation and planning, contract formation and review, corporate transactions and general corporate matters.  If you or someone you know is contemplating founding a business or needs help with their corporate transaction, we can help them navigate the potential pitfalls and benefits of each decision that needs to be made in the following areas:

General Corporate Matters

Many of our clients retain us to act as their “outsourced in-house counsel.”  This arrangement has three principal benefits: (i) we develop an in-depth familiarity with our client’s business, culture and legal needs; (ii) we maintain a long-term relationship, which facilitates efficiency of service (with no additional employee to hire); and (iii) we become an integral part of our client’s management team.  The specific general corporate services we provide include:

  • Formation of corporations, LLC’s and other entities and preparation of related documentation
  • General Counsel Representation of Your Business
  • Startup Counseling
  • Founder’s agreements, shareholder’s agreements, operating agreements, partnership agreements and buy/sell agreements
  • Employment and consulting agreements
  • Commercial contracts, including services agreements, partnering agreements, vendor/supplier agreements, reseller agreements and OEM agreements
  • Structuring of equity ownership, including vesting issues
  • Equity and non-equity based incentive compensation and option plans
  • Bank Documents and Agreements
  • Trademark Advice and Registration

Corporate Transactions

Our transactional practice is just as important as the general corporate matters our firm handles.  We understand the key issues that will come into play, the need to complete deals in an efficient and cost-effective manner and the importance of each transaction to you and your business.   We provide thoughtful hands-on service and advice in connection with the following types of deals:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Strategic Investments
  • Debt Transactions
  • Strategic Alliances, joint ventures, outsourcing and other partnering transactions
  • Tender Offers
  • Acquisitions of Specified Assets
  • Leveraged Buy-Outs
  • Divestitures and Dispositions
  • Restructuring and Recapitalizations