Business Law Firm Opens Office in Birmingham

 Former Counsel for General Dynamics Combat Systems Tax Group opens business firm to service small businesses, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Donald Katz announced the opening of a new business law office in downtown Birmingham. Donald Katz, PLLC delivers legal and advisory services to businesses, business owners and investors. The firm’s attorneys advise clients on legal and tax issues arising from the ownership and operation of small- and medium-size businesses, with particular expertise in family owned and closely held businesses. The firm also guides clients through commercial disputes that arise from time to time.

 Prior to founding the firm, Donald Katz, its managing member, was counsel for the $9 billion Combat Systems Tax Group at General Dynamics Corporation. He is well published on taxation and various business law issues, including e-commerce.

“Our business experience and focus bring a fresh perspective to mid-size business clients,” says Donald Katz, the firm’s managing member. “Clients find our advice creative but practical, and we put to use Lean Six Sigma principles [an analytical methodology to improve business processes] to maximize efficiency and preserve the bottom line.” 

Regionally, Katz received distinction in 2003 for his pro bono representation of a nonprofit housing corporation that sought to establish affordable housing for its disabled citizens in Livingston County. The plan was opposed by a group of local activists who threatened Katz, his family and his client. County sheriffs protected the proceedings, and the project was built as planned. What should have been a simple corporate law and zoning matter became into a constitutional battle to protect the rights of vulnerable community members, who were subject to slander, physical intimidation and various constitutional violations.  

Nationally, Katz received recognition in 2005 and 2006, while at Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone, in Chambers USA: America’s leading lawyers for business, an objective listing of the best practitioners and corporate lawyers throughout the world. To this day, Katz is one of very few Michigan lawyers to have achieved this distinction.

Today, Donald Katz and his firm represent businesses and investors in a variety of capacities. “Beyond legal services, we provides investment advice and assist in resolving disputes with customers or suppliers without litigation,” says Katz. “We understand that one of the most valuable assets a business has is its relationships, and we help businesses sustain and grow them.”

Practice areas of Donald Katz Law include asset protection planning, commercial financing, tax planning, corporate law, franchise law, real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution, copyright and trademarks, estate planning, and probate and trust administration. For more information, visit www.donaldkatzlaw.com or call 248-731-7479. 

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