Business Law

Telecommunications Lawyers

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn provides a variety of telecommunications advice regarding regulation, transactions, and disputes in a variety of sectors, including wireline and broadband, wireless, satellite, and Internet and e-commerce, as well as information technology. Our clients include service providers, equipment suppliers, electric utilities, and governments.

If you are a telecommunications company needing assistance with a lease or license, raw land or co-location, or variance or special exception, you have come to the right place. Since the dawn of cellular phone technology, the attorneys at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn have been at the vanguard of telecommunications law, assisting industry providers in the location, development and construction of cellular telephone communication facilities, known as cell sites or cell towers. Our telecommunications lawyers have developed a base of experience and knowledge in telecommunications law that is unparalleled in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Handled With Professionalism

Are you looking for expert guidance from a firm that understands business? Our Business Law Team provides a full range of legal services, including Employment Law, the preparation of Pennsylvania real estate documentation, asset-based and other types of business representation. At Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, no one will work harder for your business.

Employment Law Attorneys

Whether you own a small business with a few employees or a large corporation with a few hundred employees, it is important that you are well-versed in Employment Law and have an Employment Law Attorney who can advise and assist you in a wide range of employee-related issues. The Employment Lawyers at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn can be an indispensable part of your management team.

We represent private- and public-sector employers in all aspects of PA employee relations, including labor relations and negotiations; litigation in state and federal courts involving PA employment law matters; claims involving wrongful discharge, sexual harassment or discrimination based upon sex, race, age, religion, disability or nationality; and matters before state and federal agencies, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Employers turn to our employment lawyers for counsel on a variety of personnel issues, including employee handbooks, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, sexual harassment training and litigation, accommodating disabled employees, separation agreements, drug testing, drafting and enforcing non-compete agreements, reduction in force and downsizing, and structuring corporate reorganizations to mitigate age and discrimination claims.

Here Is Just a Sample of the Matters Handled by the PA Employment Law Attorneys at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn:

  • Americans With Disabilities Act
  • Discrimination claims
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Employee handbooks, manuals and company policies
  • Employment and non-compete agreements
  • Family Leave and Medical Act
  • Injunctive relief
  • Labor relations and negotiations
  • Separation agreements
  • Sexual harassment claims
  • Unemployment compensation cases
  • Wrongful discharge claims

Handled With Professionalism

Are you looking for expert guidance from a Firm that understands Business? Our Business Law Team provides a full range of legal services, including Employment Law, the preparation of Pennsylvania real estate documentation, asset-based and other types of business representation. At Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, no one will work harder for your business.

Tax Assessment Attorneys

For Real Estate Tax Assessment Lawyers, Call FREE (800) 760-1LAW. The right to appeal property tax assessments is not limited to taxing authorities. Property owners have the right to appeal on all types of property classifications. Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn assists with commercial, residential and industrial property assessment appeals.

A Pennsylvania real estate tax assessment appeal can be a complicated process, best handled with the assistance of an experienced attorney. Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn’s real estate tax assessment attorneys are very familiar with the nuances of property tax rules. Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn represents landowners, Fortune 500 companies, commercial, industrial, and residential property owners and developers throughout the entire tax assessment process – from the initial challenge, to any necessary trial and appellate court proceeding.

Are You Overtaxed?

Typically, commercial or industrial property values are substantially higher than their residential counterparts. When a Pennsylvania taxing district decides to appeal the assessments of some properties within its boundaries, concentrating solely on commercial or industrial properties may seem like a sound strategy. After all, raising the assessments on non-residential properties would usually result in a greater tax-revenue increase. When properties are not assessed separately, it can cost a commercial or residential property owner hundreds or thousands of dollars in unnecessary tax.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously ruled that it violates the Uniformity Clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution. The Uniformity Clause requires that “All taxes shall be uniform, upon the same class of subjects, within the territorial limits of the authority levying the tax.” (Article VIII, Taxation and Finance, § 1.) This means that a taxing authority is not permitted to implement a program targeting only the assessments of one sub-classification of properties, where that sub-classification is drawn according to property type (e.g., commercial, apartment complex, single family residential, or industrial.) The person (or entity) appealing the assessment bears the burden of proof.

At Least One of the Following Facts Must Be Established:

  • The tax assessment relies on information that is incorrect or incomplete.
  • The tax assessment sets the taxable value of your property higher than the taxable values of similar properties in your area.
  • The tax assessment assumes that the current market value of your property is higher than it actually is.

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn Tax Appeal Case Study

A recent tax appeal filed by Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn saved a commercial shopping mall client a substantial amount of tax liability. The property, previously assessed at $47MM, dropped to $24MM, saving the client over $585,000 annually based on current millage rates.

Commercial Litigation Attorneys

Your company is involved in a contract dispute. Your legal situation seems to be overwhelming and is distracting you from your business. You need experienced attorneys you can trust to protect your interests.

The NEPA commercial litigation attorneys at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn handle disputes involving many matters including contracts, property rights, corporate management control, real estate, zoning, use and land management disputes. In addition, our business litigation lawyers assist clients in employee-related cases, will contests, competency disputes, guardianship proceedings and in seeking or defending injunctions.

Commercial litigation is a type of lawsuit that settles a dispute between two or more parties who are involved in a business or commercial transaction.

What Is a Commercial Dispute?

Commercial disputes can involve contracts, business torts, bankruptcy, shareholder disputes, and more. Commercial disputes typically involve businesses, such as corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, or state-licensed professionals, such as doctors, lawyers, and accountants.

What Is a Commercial Tort?

A commercial tort is a business tort, such as a breach of contract.

What Is a Business Tort?

A business tort is a civil wrong. A business tort may be a negligent act, such as an intentional act, like invasion of privacy.

What Is a Breach of Contract?

A breach of contract is a violation of a legal obligation to perform a promise. A breach of contract is typically filed by the injured party or their legal representative.

What Is a Shareholder Dispute?

A shareholder dispute is a dispute between a shareholder/member and the company, such as a corporation or a limited liability company, that they own stock in, or a dispute among shareholders or members. A shareholder dispute typically involves a dispute about a company’s financial performance, a change in management, one party wishing to exit the business relationship or a change in the company’s direction.

Employment and Labor Law Attorneys

Whether you own a small business with a few employees or a large corporation with hundreds of employees, employment and labor law issues can present themselves. It is of utmost importance to be prepared with an employment and labor law attorney who can advise and assist you in a wide range of employee-related issues.

The employment and labor law attorneys at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn have earned a reputation as the go-to team for employers dealing with employment and labor law issues in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Our employment law attorneys represent private and public-sector employers in all aspects of Pennsylvania employee relations, including:

  • Labor Relations and Negotiations
  • Litigation in State and Federal Courts Involving PA Employment Law Matters
  • Claims Involving Wrongful Discharge, Sexual Harassment, and Discrimination Based Upon Sex, Race,
    Religion, Disability, or Nationality
  • Matters Before State and Federal Agencies
  • Including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity
    Commission

Employers turn to our employment lawyers for a counsel on a variety of personnel issues, including:

  • Employee Handbooks
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Americans With Disabilities Act
  • Sexual Harassment Training and Litigation
  • Accommodating Disabled Employees
  • Separation Agreements
  • Drug Testing
  • Drafting and Enforcing Non-Compete Agreements
  • Reduction in Force and Downsizing
  • Structuring Corporate Recognitions to Mitigate Age and Discrimination Laws

Our labor law attorneys handle all traditional-management activities, including:

  • Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Labor Arbitrations
  • National Labor Relations Board and Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board Proceedings
  • Wage and Hour Matters
  • Conduct of Union Elections and Campaigns
  • Unemployment Compensation Cases
  • Wage Payment and Collection Law Claims
  • All Aspects of Union and Non-Union Labor Management Relations in the Public and Private Sectors

Corporate Law Lawyers

At Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, our Corporate Law Attorneys work with existing businesses and entrepreneurs in Northeastern Pennsylvania and throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to assist the clients in deciding on the best ways to maximize their success in forming, governing and managing all kinds of business entities. We focus on how business entities are formed and managed as there are numerous types of business structures to choose from, including sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, trusts and business and professional corporations.

Partnerships and corporations each have various subcategories of possible business entities such as limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, S Corporations, C Corporations and in some cases, joint business ventures between various entities. Each type of business structure has its advantages and disadvantages, including different legal and tax issues that must be considered to help make sure that the best choice is made.

One of the key legal features of a corporation or LLC is its separate legal personality. A traditional corporation or limited liability company has a business structure that is created as a separate, distinct legal entity from its owners in order to limit the liability of the owners/shareholders. But a C corporation may be subject to double taxation in that taxes are imposed on the corporate level and then on dividends paid to the shareholders. Making the right choice of the business structure is extremely important in order for a client to achieve its goals.

At Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn we provide not only guidance on selecting the type of business structure which best suits the needs of the client, but also on forming the entity and providing governance guidance.

Our Corporate Law Services Include:

  • Preparing and filing formation documents, such as sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies and business and professional corporations.
  • Drafting partnership agreements, operating agreements, shareholder agreements and employment contracts as well as financing the business.
  • Assisting business entities regarding internal governance as well as insurance and employment matters.
  • Advising business entities on legal compliance and certain state/federal regulatory matters.
  • Developing business and family succession plans. Our corporate and business lawyers work with our estate planning specialists to develop plans to continue your business in the event you are no longer around to manage it.
  • Providing advice on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buy-outs and joint ventures.

For business entities, our legal services also address the duties of the management of the business, investor ownership, the rights of shareholders/members, transferable shares and the myriad of diverse legal issues that are unique to business entities. We also work closely with the non-profit community which includes many charitable organizations that do good work in the community and who are forced to deal with many business and regulatory issues that make the work of non-profit entities including charitable foundations challenging.

Banking & Finance Attorneys

Financial service institutions and banks are economic gatekeepers. Commercial clients should employ a banking and finance lawyer to translate regulatory and economic policies into everyday business transactions. Banking and finance law involves understanding these ever-evolving laws and Pennsylvania banks as well as commercial clients routinely reaching out to the commercial lawyers at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn for drafting, workouts, litigation and foreclosure/bankruptcy related matters.

Attorney Joseph E. Kluger has been ranked as a “Top-Rated Lawyer” in banking and finance by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell®, a national lawyer-rating firm. In addition, “The Best Lawyers in America,” the nation’s oldest and most respected legal peer-review publication, and U.S. News & World Report have named Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn to its list of “Best Law Firms” in America for banking and finance law.

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn represents many of the region’s leading banks, lending institutions and industrial development authorities, as well as private individuals and investors in all areas of banking, commercial transactions, debt and equity financing, and restructuring.

Are You Looking For Expert Guidance From a Firm That Understands Business?

Our Business Law Team provides a full range of legal services, including formation of many different types of entities, Employment Law, the preparation of Pennsylvania real estate documentation, asset-based, stock-based and other types of business representation, and most other aspects for which a business would need legal guidance. At Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, no one will work harder for your business.