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Stram Law has extensive knowledge and over fifteen years of experience in a wide range of business matters.  We provide business advice, document drafting and review, policy and procedure creation and implementation, as well as employee training and management services.

GENERAL CORPORATE

A wide spectrum of corporate legal work including, but not limited to:

  • Contracts.  Contract negotiations, drafting and disputes. We craft all types of business contracts, including non-compete agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, employment contracts, lease agreements, vendor agreements, and buy/sell and purchase agreements.
  • Trademark and Copyright.  We assist clients on trademark clearance, registration and enforcement.  We counsel clients on a wide variety of copyright issues for all types of copyrighted materials.
  • Business formation. We provide advice, draft and file documents for setting up a business entity, whether it’s a corporation, limited liability company (LLC), professional limited liability company (PLLC), sole proprietorship or a partnership.
  • Employment.  We work with clients at all phases of the employment relationship from pre-employment inquires and development of job descriptions to individual terminations and workforce reductions.  We help employers develop long-term strategies and best practices to reduce business and legal risks.  Specific work includes:
    • Employment contracts. We draft and negotiate employment and consultant contracts, including confidentiality and non-competition agreements, developments/ownership agreements, severance agreements and executive employment and separation agreements.
    • Company documents.  We draft employee manuals, acceptable use policies, background check waivers forms, insider trading policies.
    • Employee training.  Includes new employee orientations, sexual harassment seminars, personnel policies, employee disciplinary issues, etc.
    • Employment advice.  On matters such as wage and hour classifications and compliance, workforce reductions, employee leaves of absence and disability accommodations, workplace investigations,  hiring practices, disciplinary actions and employee terminations, affirmative action plans and requirements, safety and health matters.

RISK MANAGEMENT / SECURITY / COMPLIANCE

High quality legal services to companies with a special focus on risk management, security and compliance.

The landscape of laws and regulations governing the collection, use, disclosure and security of personal information is rapidly expanding and changing.  The complex and sometimes conflicting obligations imposed by these laws can be challenging for companies seeking to comply with their privacy and data security obligations. And compliance with the law and protecting individual’s privacy is not just a legal issue.  Failure to ensure security of data can severely damage a company’s brand, and influence consumer buying decisions.  We are able to offer practical advice that helps our clients balance compliance with running a business in a cost-effective manner.

We advise on a wide range of privacy and data protection matters, including: risk mitigation; information handling; security policies and procedures; regulatory compliance; data transfers; training programs; compliance audits; privacy policies; and more.  We advise not only on the law but also on best practices and industry norms.

  • RISK MANAGEMENT AND SECURITY PROGRAM

We can create a personalized security program to meet the specific needs of your business.  Individualized programs can include a full set of security policies and procedures, controls appropriate to the size and scope of the business as well as the risk level and type of data processed/stored, an employee training program, etc.

    • Data Security
      • Needs analyzed based on industry, risk, and applicable regulations.
      • Recommendations regarding data loss prevention (DLP) and other security software and programs.
      • Advice on compliant monitoring and recording of communications to, from and within your business.
      • Recommendations on how to deal with and respond to a data security breach.
    • Physical Security
      • Review of access to physical space (including office, LAN Room, parking areas, etc.) and how best to protect it.
      • Advice and help with implementation of cameras, alarms, monitoring systems.
    • Disaster Recovery
      • Determination of business continuity needs/requirements through coordination with information technology, human resources and executive management departments.
      • Source disaster recovery vendors and choose one appropriate for needs, size and pricing.  Set up of disaster recovery site.
      • Draft and creation of Business Continuity Plan.  Set up and training of Business Continuity Management Team.
  • COMPLIANCE

We will review or draft and implement company policies and procedures for compliance with applicable and appropriate email rules, employment rules, privacy laws, data security rules and regulations, etc.

These include but are not limited to issues involving:

    • Privacy requirements – The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), EU Safe Harbor framework, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), FCC regulations.
    • Data security and controls – International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 27001/27002 Information Security Management System, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI), Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS-70) audits, individual state laws including Massachusetts 201 CMR 17.
    • Email – CAN-SPAM Act

SOCIAL MEDIA

We provide companies with expertise and advice on creating, managing, and properly utilizing social media platforms.

Social media platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, mobile marketing and LinkedIn for example, are changing the ways that businesses market to and communicate with their consumers.  These platforms help businesses dramatically increase their visibility and their customer base while building a loyal community of followers and social authority.

In the last few years, use of these social mediums has sky-rocketed.  But with that surge in usage, comes issues and concerns with privacy and protection of both your company and your company’s clients.  Stram Law can help you determine what is the appropriate approach for you, your practice and/or your company.

Stram Law can assist you by providing:

  • Advice regarding privacy and security for social media platforms.  Know risks before making decisions.
  • Help setting up social media accounts.
  • Auditing of pre-existing social media platforms for optimal privacy and security settings.
  • Training for staff to appropriately manage social media platforms.

COMMERCIAL                   REAL ESTATE

We represent landlords and tenants of commercial space throughout the metropolitan area and beyond. 

Each stage of the transaction is carefully explained, and the client is guided through the process with as much – or as little – detail as requested, depending on the client’s preferences.  Buying or renting, selling or leasing commercial real estate can be a complex but rewarding venture.  We pride ourselves on making the experience smooth and clear.

BUSINESS MEDIATION

Stram Law has mediated disputes in community centers and Brooklyn civil court between landlords and tenants, business partners, vendors and consumers, and employees and employers.

Mediation is a private, voluntary, informal but structured process where the mediator assists the participants to resolve their dispute in a manner acceptable to all. The parties are more satisfied with the final agreement, because they created it, and are, therefore, more likely to comply with its terms.

If you are involved in a civil dispute, from a business matter to a landlord-tenant problem, from a partnership or employment issue to the breach of a contract, you may want to consider civil mediation as a way to minimize cost, maximize control and maintain relationships.

We mediate a wide range of civil disputes, including:

  • Property settlements
  • Business Interests
  • Employment disputes
  • Business contract mediation
  • Breach of contract
  • Landlord-tenant mediation

In mediation, we act as a third party neutral, working with you and any other party to find cooperative ways to resolve your differences. We do not provide legal advice to either party, do not consider evidence or testimony, and do not render a decision for you. Instead, we help you work with the other parties to the mediation to find solutions that are satisfactory to everyone involved.

You may choose to be represented by a lawyer in mediation, but it is not required. If you reach agreement on the issues, we will prepare an agreement setting forth the terms, which will then become enforceable in a court of law.

GENERAL COUNSEL

We will bring our full range of legal and business expertise to your company as General Counsel.

Stram Law takes on short-term General Counsel consulting engagements.  These consultancies are intended to get the company set up from a legal standpoint.  Any legal needs of the business are addressed, and the engagement can be catered to suit the particular needs of any company or entity.