Mackenzie Hughes is lead counsel to many of the region’s most prominent and successful businesses. Our clients range from sole proprietorships to sophisticated international corporations, which rely on our proactive counsel and solutions-oriented approach. Our collaborative multidisciplinary approach is also used to counsel not-for-profit entities including colleges, human services agencies, rehabilitation centers, religious organizations, arts organizations and traditional charities. The Firm’s corporate attorneys work closely with the Firm’s tax attorneys to analyze and develop tax-efficient responses to achieve client goals. Services include:

General Business

  • Structuring business entities including sole proprietorships, general and limited partnerships, corporations and limited-liability companies
  • Regulatory compliance; representation before federal and state oversight agencies
  • Negotiating and drafting contracts including partnerships, shareholder and employment agreements
  • Counseling businesses on entity governance; drafting bylaws and operating agreements
  • Providing advice and counsel on bankruptcy and collection matters
  • Representing businesses and individuals in the purchase and sale of business interests
  • Representing businesses in all aspects of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • Counseling on all aspects of business succession

Securities

  • Preparing and filing reports including disclosure forms for corporate officers and directors
  • Providing advice and counsel on all aspects of initial offerings of corporate stock
  • Preparing proxy materials

Employee Benefits Planning

  • Preparing and implementing stock option plans for corporate directors, officers and employees
  • Providing advice and counsel in the establishment of qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation and retirement plans
  • Preparing and negotiating employee separations; planning and implementing workforce reductions

Meet the Team

Our experienced attorneys will work with you to create meaningful legal solutions designed to help you make better business, personal planning and legal decisions.

Meet the Team

Attorneys

Clayton H. Hale, Jr.

Partner and Co General Counsel

News

Joseph G. Farrell and Brandan Ray Join Mackenzie Hughes LLP

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Joseph G. Farrell has joined Mackenzie Hughes LLP as a partner in the firm’s litigation department and will concentrate his legal practice on medical malpractice defense. Brandan Ray has also been hired as an associate attorney in the business department with his practice focused on business formation and governance, private investment transactions…

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Phase Four of COVID19 Requirements for New York Business Re-Openings and Statewide Guidelines for Certain Industries

Central New York will enter Phase 4 of the COVID19 New York State business re-opening on Friday June 26, 2020.  New York State will be allowing the re-opening of businesses by region in four phases as follows: Phase 1:  Construction, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, Retail (limited to curbside or in-store pickup/drop off), Manufacturing and…

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New York State Phase 3 Requirements for Business Re-Openings

New York State has released the requirements for those businesses in Phase 3 of re-opening.  Central New York is now authorized to begin Phase 3. New York State is allowing the re-opening of businesses by region in four phases as follows, with the businesses in the Phases being expanded from the original list to now…

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Can I trademark “[insert food here].com”? The Supreme Court says “Maybe!”

Recently, the Supreme Court concluded another historic term, handing down landmark decisions in employment discrimination and executive immunity, among others.  However, this also means cases like United States Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com, B.V. (“Booking.com”), a case decided at the end of June with broad application in the area of trademark law, do not…

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New York State Phase 3 Requirements for Business Re-Openings

New York State has released the requirements for those businesses in Phase 3 of re-opening.  Central New York is now authorized to begin Phase 3. New York State is allowing the re-opening of businesses by region in four phases as follows, with the businesses in the Phases being expanded from the original list to now…

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EMPLOYEE RETENTION CREDIT AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO A PAYCHECK PROTECTION LOAN

The popular Paycheck Protection Loan is not the only tax-free cash infusion provided to businesses by the CARES Act. Section 2103 of the Act provides an additional means for employers to obtain tax free cash to assist in retaining employees during the period of business contraction caused by the Corona virus government mandates. Section 2103…

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