Business and Corporate


Johnstone Adams’ business and corporate clients range in size from the largest international companies to “mom and pop” operations. Our clients include the largest and most expansive health care organization in South Alabama, a multinational chemical company, a large Mobile-based paint manufacturing company, chemical manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, equipment manufacturers, construction companies, and shipbuilders, as well as residential and commercial builders.

Our knowledgeable business attorneys efficiently conclude vital transactions to help your business succeed and thrive. Our transactional practice includes:

  • Deal planning and strategy
  • Contract negotiations
  • Document preparation
  • Due diligence research
  • Loan workouts, ERISA and RICO matters
  • Counseling and assistance on taxation matters, provided by attorneys with advanced taxation degrees

When necessary, our skilled litigators effectively represent your interests in all manner of commercial litigation and contested business disputes, in arbitrations, mediations, and state and federal trial courts. We also represent shareholders in direct, derivative, and class actions.


It’s common for small business owners to hire a business or corporate attorney when they face serious legal problems, such as a customer lawsuit. However, legal counsel is an essential part of doing business and helps your company save money and work efficiently long-term. You may not need an attorney every step of the way, but our legal help can prevent future challenges and ensure your business runs as smoothly as possible.

There are many aspects of business you can handle without a lawyer, but there are several instances in which you can benefit from legal advice, including complex and time-consuming concerns regarding liability.

You will need a corporate attorney if a former, prospective, or current employee files a discrimination lawsuit against you for your hiring or firing practices or on the basis of a hostile work environment. Like most states, Alabama is an “at-will” state, meaning you can terminate an employee without reason or explanation. However, they may still pursue a wrongful termination lawsuit stating that their firing was due to union-busting, contract violation, discrimination, retaliatory action, and other acts.

Another instance in which your business requires legal help includes investigations by local, state, or government bodies for law violations. Environmental concerns may be an issue for some companies, whether or not your actions caused the problem.

Additionally, you will want to consult with our attorneys if you are acquiring another company or negotiating the sale of your company. An experienced business attorney should also oversee special allocations of profits to an LLC agreement or partnership to make certain the documents are filed correctly.


You will need to retain an attorney when you face a lawsuit or law violations regarding the government, but the emphasis is on preventing these issues from ever arising as they cost you time and money. The damage is done by the time these issues occur, leaving you to wonder how much the attorney’s fees, court costs, and awarded damages will cost your business. Preventive legal measures can avoid these situations entirely.

Our lawyers at Johnstone Adams, LLC will walk you through anti-discrimination laws to guarantee you understand what you can and cannot ask during the hiring process, such as asking a female applicant if she is pregnant or plans to become pregnant. We can review contracts you’ve drawn up yourself and go over the applicable laws and statutes. Our legal review and guidance can prevent potential lawsuits and save you from doing the research yourself if you prefer we draw up your contracts.

While you don’t need a lawyer for every legal issue, it’s imperative that you have an established rapport with a team of attorneys with the experience and knowledge required to help your company quickly and effectively when you face legal trouble.

You can get ahead of the curve by retaining our services now.


Johnstone Adams, LLC is a highly regarded law firm in Mobile, Alabama, and we serve clients nationwide and internationally. With over 125 years of helping our various clients, we have evolved to house an expansive team of lawyers who specialize in many practice areas. We continue to serve many of the same companies we’ve helped for more than a century, and our full-service legal help allows us to provide counsel for many businesses.

Contact our Mobile, Alabama office today at (844) 682-7682 or fill out our online contact form.


  • Contract negotiations
  • Document preparation
  • Due diligence research
  • Loans
  • Workouts
  • Taxation
  • Shareholders litigation
  • Derivative litigation
  • Class actions
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Fraud
  • Business torts
  • Contract disputes
  • Antitrust
  • RICO



Johnstone Adams provides solutions for your business transactional and litigation needs. You are assured of the highest level of service as our matters are always staffed by responsive senior attorneys. We respect your time and your bottom line by providing nimble, economical solutions for commercial legal matters. We understand how the economic climate has impacted the way you do business and are responsive to these concerns. Whether you need transactional help, are currently facing litigation or are simply apprehensive about the possibility of a dispute, our knowledgeable attorneys answer your questions and offer realistic solutions. Call on us to work with legal counsel who care about your issues and understand how to find the best path to resolution.

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