Areas of Practice | Corsaro & Associates
28039 Clemens Rd.
Westlake, OH 44145
Voice: 440-871-4022
Fax: 440-871-9567
Cosaro & Associates Areas of Practice
General Business Law

At Corsaro & Associates, we find creative and practical solutions to the legal challenges facing businesses and business people. Our experienced team of attorneys advise businesses and individuals in all areas of business law practice, including selecting the proper form of business entity under which to operate, mergers and acquisitions, contract review, contract negotiations, and preparation of business agreements such as leases, shareholder buy-sell agreements, operating agreements, employment agreements, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, executive compensation agreements and business succession planning documents.

Tax Planning / Transactional Taxation /Tax Controversies

Our attorneys work with entrepreneurs and established growing businesses, both domestic and foreign, in all aspects of business and personal tax planning. We have particular expertise in creatively structuring sophisticated corporate, partnership and other transactions to minimize taxes and assist clients in structuring transactions to be most favorable, such as acquisitions and dispositions of businesses and business interests, including stock and asset purchases and sales; taxable and taxfree mergers and acquisitions; business restructurings; recapitalizations, redemptions, spin-offs, splitoffs and split-ups; and transfer of business interest to family members through gifting.

Our attorneys represent clients before all federal, state and local taxing authorities in connection with audits and tax collections, including payment agreements, settlements, seizures, liens, and tax appeals before various administrative tribunals and state and federal courts at all levels. In particular, we represent clients in contesting state income tax liability resulting from their business activities and in contesting and settling proposed sales and use tax liability. Our attorneys also have extensive experience representing clients in complex disputes before the Internal Revenue Service Appeals Division and in all phases of litigation before the United States Tax Court.

Human Resources / Employee Benefits

Corsaro & Associates provides consultation to employers on a full range of employment issues including unionization, defense of wrongful termination claims and employment discrimination suits, hiring and retention practices, discipline and discharge, sexual harassment and separation agreements and review and implementation of employee handbooks.

We work with all types of welfare benefit plans, including group health plans (both self-funded and insured), group term life insurance, severance pay plans, sick and vacation pay plans, medical expense reimbursement plans, disability income plans, and Section 501(c)(9) VEBA trusts. Our group designs and drafts Section 125 cafeteria plans and counsels clients and third-party administrators with respect to their administration.

Intellectual Property / Infringement

Intellectual property rights are typically extremely valuable business assets and our attorneys are experienced in ensuring that our clients’ intellectual property rights are adequately protected. Corsaro & Associates represents individuals and businesses in copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and trade secret infringement cases, as well as preparing and obtaining trademarks and copyrights for our clients.

Civil and Commercial Litigation

Commercial litigation is the handling of disputes in a business setting. Corsaro & Associates represents clients in all aspects of commercial litigation including general contract disputes, disputes concerning the purchase or sale of goods or services, the licensing or infringement of intellectual property, workplace disputes, and the like.

During the life of any business disputes are almost certain to arise. Corsaro & Associates prides itself on working through business disputes both efficiently and effectively. Our creative and aggressive attorneys are committed to your overall success. We regularly deal with contract disputes, shareholder disputes, employment and commercial disputes, copyright infringement, mechanics liens, and construction disputes.

Qualified and Non-Qualified Retirement Plans and ERISA Matters

We design and draft all types of qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, profit-sharing plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and defined benefit pension plans; advise clients with respect to administrative issues that arise during the lifetime of such plans; and assist clients with plan terminations, including terminations of defined benefit pension plans. We update our clients’ qualified retirement plans to preserve the plans’ qualified status under applicable federal law and secure favorable determination letters from the Internal Revenue Service as to the plans’ taxqualified status. We also assist clients in connection with IRS audits of their plans, and with voluntary IRS programs, such as the Voluntary Compliance Resolution (VCR) Program.

Real Estate

We handle all aspects of acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate, beginning with the due diligence phase, through contract negotiations, entity structure and formation, title and survey clearance, financing (whether it be from a private lender, an institutional lender or other financing), and closing. We are experienced in all aspects of 1031 exchanges and will structure your transaction to obtain the most favorable results for you.

Estate Planning / Family Wealth Preservation

Our estate planning services include the preparation of Marital, Family & By-Pass Trusts, Testamentary Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts & Insurance Trusts, Living Trusts & Revocable Trusts, Special Needs Trusts to Protect a Child, Pour-over Wills, Living Wills and Directives to Physicians, Healthcare Power of Attorney and Durable Financial Power of Attorney.

Corsaro & Associates also offers a full range of wealth preservation planning services focused on the needs of entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. We have developed, prepared and implemented creative strategies that combine substantially discounting value for gift/estate tax purposes, transferring it to younger generations and asset preservation. Further, we have significant expertise in implementing prenuptial and post-nuptial planning for our clients. We work closely with our clients and their other advisors to protect and preserve client business and personal assets during their lifetime; maximize the amount of these assets available to the family and future generations; minimize the impact of wealth transfer taxes; and determine the timing and circumstances under which loved ones and younger family members receive the benefit and/or control transferred assets.