Practice Areas & Industries: Morris Polich & Purdy LLP


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Morris Polich & Purdy LLP’s Outside General Counsel practice provides a full range of services enjoyed by major corporations on an as needed basis. Many times, small and midsize businesses neither have nor can meet their legal needs with a fully-staffed legal department. Further, they often do not have an in-house General Counsel. Nonetheless, their need for legal advice and services is as great, if not greater, than large and well-established companies. Acting as an outside General Counsel for these businesses, MPP attorneys assist in any number of corporate transactions, provide contract review and negotiation, and implement risk management programs.

Serving the legal needs of our business clients for over 40 years, MPP’s collective scope and depth of experience makes us a perfect match for businesses who are in need of General Counsel and other legal advice and services. Our attorneys have served as outside and inside General Counsel, Vice President of Legal Affairs and other senior positions, working with domestic and international businesses ranging from family-owned to Fortune 100 companies. Our clients come from all industry sectors, including: life sciences, aviation, manufacturing, service, retail, construction and insurance. Our extensive experience representing our clients in all types of legal matters gives us the unique ability to recognize risks that exist for all businesses and allows us to understand how detrimental not mitigating those risks can be. We partner with our clients to proactively create solutions that fit within our clients’ overall strategy, helping our clients to achieve their long-term goals. Our ability to offer various types of billing arrangements and our flexibility in meeting our clients’ needs on an expedited basis underscores our understanding of the challenges facing businesses today.


Business Formation and Corporate Transactions

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Joint Venture Formations
  • Corporate Reorganizations
  • Financing
  • Licensing
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Transactions
  • Leases
  • Government Contracts
  • Vendor / Supplier Contracts
  • Group Purchasing Organization Contracts
  • Distributor Agreements

Risk Management

  • Contract Review
  • Training of Sales Representatives / Distributors
  • Training of Corporate employees
  • Insurance Program Review
  • Document Control, Retention and Preservation Issues
  • Privacy & Data Security

Pre-Litigation and Litigation

  • Protocols for Insurance Reporting
  • Document Retention / Destruction Policies
  • Document Preservation/Litigation Holds/E-Discovery Issues
  • Educations Employees on Use of Social and Electronic Media
  • Identifying and Retaining Key Industry Experts / Experts Who Developed Product / Experts
  • Who Use Product / Thought Leaders
  • Key Employees
    • Identification of corporate witnesses
    • Retention of key employees
  • Protocols for Handling Pre-Litigation Claims / Complaints


  • Complaint Handling – Coordination between Complaints / Customer Service and Legal
  • Review of Marketing and Training Materials
  • FDA Inspections / Audits
  • 483s and Warning Letters
  • Recalls
  • Off-Label Use Issues

Environmental Regulations

  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • Porter-Cologne Act, California Water Code §13240, et seq.
  • Clean Water Act, Total Maximum Daily Loads, NPDES Permitting, Enforcement Actions
  • Clean Air Act
  • Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”)
  • California Proposition 65
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Underground / Aboveground Storage Tanks, California Health & Safety Code §25270, et seq.
  • Lempert-Keene-Seastrand Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act
  • Regulation of Hazardous Materials


  • FAA Regulations
  • FDA Regulations
  • Environmental Regulations


  • Develop and Advise on Human Resources Policies and Procedures
  • Draft Employee Handbooks
  • Employment Agreements
  • Severance Agreements
  • Wage and Hour Compliance
  • Human Resources Compliance
  • Participation in Human Resources Selection and Termination Processes
  • Training (Sexual Harassment, etc.)
  • Human Resources Internal Investigations
  • Crisis Management
  • Representation Before Administrative Agencies
  • Litigation
  • CA-Specific Labor / Employment Issues

Privacy and Data Security

  • Develop and Audit Privacy and Data Security Measures
  • Respond to and Remedy Privacy and Data Security Breaches


  • Crisis Management
  • Crisis Communication Plan
  • Media Inquiries
  • Protocol for Responding to Articles / Other Press 



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