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Emerging Business

Mackenzie Hughes represented a high-tech start-up company that creates proprietary Internet technology, assisting with its business formation, contract review and business plan implementation. The company is now fully operational and successfully meeting—even exceeding—its business objectives.

Start-up businesses need very different legal services from those required by large, established institutional clients. Our attorneys recognize this and have developed a strong following among entrepreneurs, who rely upon our unique skills to start their businesses off on sound footing. We are also sensitive to the financial constraints of emerging businesses, so we strive to work as partners with them by considering alternative fee arrangements that accommodate their immediate needs. Our services for start-up businesses include:

  • Financing and capital
  • Private placements
  • Business formation and structuring
  • Joint ventures
  • Contract drafting/negotiation/review
  • Employment matters
  • Interaction with governmental entities
  • Taxation
  • Pension
  • Intellectual property (particularly copyright and trademark protection)
  • Real estate
  • Estate and succession planning



Clayton H. Hale, Jr.

Partner and Co General Counsel


Ian S. Ludd Joins Mackenzie Hughes LLP Business Department

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Ian Ludd has recently joined the business department of Mackenzie Hughes LLP after graduating cum laude with both a Juris Doctor degree from the Syracuse University College of Law and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. During Law School Ian was a member…

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Barry M. Shulman Joins Mackenzie Hughes LLP as a Partner

Barry M. Shulman has joined Mackenzie Hughes LLP as a partner in the firm’s business department. With nearly 50 years of practicing law, Shulman has experience representing corporate and governmental organizations, including local, regional and state authorities. He negotiates complex commercial leases for landlords and tenants, as well as contracts for the acquisition and development…

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Congress Passes Trademark Modernization Act

Congress Passes Trademark Modernization Act Here’s What That Means for You, Your Business and Your Business’ Trademarks At the tail-end of 2020, the Trademark Modernization Act (“TMA”) was signed into law.  The TMA, which received broad bi-partisan support in Congress, was passed to curb a substantial volume of improperly registered trademark registrations from so-called “bad…

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The Drones are coming!

With the holidays upon us, more people than ever will be receiving the newest drone models as novel and exciting gifts.  The U.S. Department of Transportation expects over 1 million drones to be sold this holiday season.  But what exactly is a drone, you ask?  A drone is an unmanned aircraft commonly referred to as…

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Choosing a Business Entity—Part Two

By  Lindsay A. Getman, Summer Associate In part one of this series, we provided information on the benefits and disadvantages of sole proprietorships and partnerships as business entities. Part two of this series will discuss corporations and limited liability companies, two additional entity types that a business owner in New York may choose. These types…

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