Brett R. Harris, a shareholder with Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., has broad-based general corporate practice consisting of both transactional matters and day-to-day client counseling on everyday business matters. She has extensive transactional experience in stock and asset acquisitions representing both buyers and sellers. She has many years of experience in document drafting and negotiation, regulatory compliance matters and policy development for a full range of clients, including publicly-traded companies, closely-held businesses, health care practices, charitable organizations, governmental entities and individual business executives.
Ms. Harris has a particular focus on counseling non-profit organizations including entity formation, establishing and maintaining tax exempt status and complying with fundraising regulations. She counsels Boards on policy matters, mission statement development and strategic planning. In addition, she advises clients on structuring and operating family foundations, including grantmaking due diligence and administration of grant agreements.
Her intellectual property practice consists of trademark screening, trademark and copyright registrations, IP licensing matters, trade secret protections, issuing and responding to cease and desist letters and interfacing with the firm's commercial litigation team on infringement matters.
Ms. Harris has developed a practice with an emphasis on technology issues. She represents software developers, online businesses and consulting firms. Ms. Harris also advises general business clients and non-profits in addressing technology concerns, including privacy, licensing, e-discovery, development of online policies and website disclaimers, e-commerce, domain name management, establishment of employee e-mail and Internet usage policies and addressing legal issues related to social media.
Area of Emphasis
General Corporate Counseling, Nonprofit & Charitable Organizations, Intellectual Property Protections, Technology Contracting and Software Licensing, Cybersecurity and Data Protection, Employment and Consulting Agreements, Shareholder Relationships and Limited Liability Company Operating Agreements, Mergers and Acquisitions, Restrictive Covenants and Confidentiality Agreements
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