Business And Corporate Law

At Coates & Davenport, P.C., in Richmond, Virginia, prompt and thorough client service for business and corporate clients of all sizes is a hallmark of our practice. We handle matters from entity selection and formation to mergers, sales and dissolutions, and can handle all of a client's transactional and litigation needs.

Business Formation And Registration

We will help you select the right corporate or partnership form for your capital and management structure. We draft and file LLC or LLP registrations or articles of incorporation, and keep your filings current for as long as you do business in that form. We will advise you and document your arrangements concerning shareholder rights, operating agreements, management agreements and other matters governing your partnership or corporate relationships.

Business Operations And Transactions

We serve as general counsel for many local companies on matters ranging from employee handbooks and personnel policies to negotiating and documenting:

  • License agreements
  • Commercial landlord-tenant transactions
  • Customer and vendor contracts
  • Equipment leases
  • Collections
  • Labor and employment matters
  • Health, safety and environmental issues

We handle corporate transactions of all kinds, including a $110 million leveraged buyout.

Commercial Transactions

We represent either the borrower or the lender in major transactions. Our extensive experience with commercial lending transactions can help protect your interests, document your transactions and understand the practical realities of your business.

Business And Corporate Litigation

The business litigation attorneys at Coates & Davenport, P.C., are experienced with the full range of commercial and corporate dispute resolution techniques. These include workout negotiations in defaulted loan or lease situations, arbitration or mediation, and civil litigation in the state or federal courts.

Our lawyers can integrate estate planning, family law and criminal defense services into our broader representation for your company. This is especially helpful for our small business clients.


Our business law team is an experienced and skillful group of professionals:

T. Michael Blanks Jr.
Thomas F. Coates III
Betsy Ennis Dulin
Todd Knode
John C. Moore
Bruin S. Richardson III
James R. Watson


For additional information about our ability to cover your business's legal needs, call 804-729-5537, or write to us using this online form.