Dillon Grube, LLC not only represents local businesses in the courtroom, but it can bring unique experience to those businesses’ boardrooms, as well.

A general counsel serves as the primary in-house lawyer and source of legal advice for a company or organization. A general counsel typically reports directly to the CEO and often has an extensive list of responsibilities — just how many depends on factors such as the size of the company, the industry, and the states or countries in which it operates. 

There are many reasons why a general counsel plays an instrumental role within a company. We live in a litigious society, so having a knowledgeable lawyer as a key member of the management team can help control legal costs. And because the general counsel is personally involved in many different areas of the organization, including sales, marketing, engineering, finance, distribution, human resources, and production, they provide keen insight into improving efficiency and achieving goals — all while ensuring the corporation operates with integrity. 

The general counsel’s role is wide-encompassing but generally involves tasks such as crisis management, compliance reporting, and public policy advocacy. Specialized tasks include antitrust and patent law, trademark protection, tax work, mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment law, intellectual property agreements, and more. 

Duffy Dillon acts as general counsel for several local manufacturers and service providers in Southern Wisconsin who rely on him to help them tackle their day-to-day legal needs. In addition to running his own business, his accounting background and extensive litigation experience make him uniquely qualified to provide the best general counsel service in Janesville and the surrounding area. Duffy quickly learns what makes each business go and relates to the issues they face.

Jonathan Groessl’s experience with general counsel spans several decades. He spent the first part of his career working as the Assistant General Counsel for a major manufacturer of heavy equipment and truck trailers. Since then, he’s devoted 30 years to helping local businesses with mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, real estate, construction, accounting, and business law needs. Jonathan’s well-rounded background is a boon to companies throughout Southern Wisconsin. 

General Counsel Issues We Have Handled

As general counsel, our lawyers regularly advise our clients on a wide range of general corporate matters. These include, but are not limited to:  

  • Business formation and governance issues  
  • Confidentiality agreements / Letters of intent  
  • Drafting sale terms and conditions  
  • Drafting warranty programs  
  • Insurance issues  
  • Intellectual property agreements 
  • Investigation and litigation of employee-related claims, including employment agreement claims, discrimination claims, wage and hour claims, and breach of noncompete claims  
  • Investigation and defense of third-party claims 
  • Negotiation and drafting of agreements for the manufacture, sale, and purchase of products and services, agreements pertaining to real estate, and distribution  
  • Negotiation and drafting of agreements pertaining to real estate  
  • Negotiation and drafting of distribution and supply contracts 
  • Negotiation and drafting of employee-related plans and agreements, including benefit plans, employment agreements, noncompete agreements, and separation agreements 
  • Real estate issues, including property acquisition, property zoning, conditional use permits, and financing  
  • Trade secret protection 
  • Trademark registration and protection

If you’re seeking a knowledgeable general counsel lawyer or other business law lawyer, contact Dillon Grube, LLC for a consultation today.