Corporate Consigliere

Legal and Strategic Advice for Business Owners

Corporate Consigliere

Legal and Strategic Advice
for Business Owners

Corporate Consigliere

Legal and Strategic Advicefor Business Owners


Serving Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Reno, and everywhere else in Nevada

Business Formation Attorney


You will make some of the most important decisions about your business before you even open your doors, when you have the least amount of information. What type of entity should you form? How will you fund the business? What are your long-term goals? What is your exit strategy? Addressing these questions with the guidance of a business attorney can help ensure you give proper consideration to the liability implications, tax consequences, and restrictions on ownership associated with each entity type.

Business Contract Attorney


These days, doing business on a handshake is a risky proposition. Any exchange of money or promises should always be memorialized with a written contract for a host of reasons. Reducing an agreement to writing gives the parties an opportunity to work out any miscommunications in advance and helps ensure the contract accurately reflects their intentions. Disputes can often be avoided by a well-written contract to which all parties are equally bound.

Business Management Attorney


You’ve formed your business, had your lawyer draft your documents, and now you turn your attention to actually running the show. How do you get funding? Where do you find clients? What happens if you need to expand your workforce or your facility? How do you keep the train chugging along? Is there someone out there who can keep an eye out for legal trouble while you focus on running the business?
Why yes, yes there is.

Building a Better Business Starts Here

Business Startup Attorney

Start Your Business

Forming a legal entity is an important step for a new or growing business. Each form of business has its own liability implications, tax consequences, and restrictions on ownership.

It’s much easier and far less expensive to do things right at the start than to try to fix a mistake down the road. With all the laws and regulations out there, it’s easy to make a mistake.

Business Management Attorney

Run it Right

You’ve formed your business, had your lawyer draft your documents, and now you turn your attention to actually running the show. How do you get funding? Where do you find clients? What happens if you need to expand your workforce or your facility? How do you keep the train chugging along? These are the questions not often addressed by a lawyer. However, a lawyer who has business education and experience can assist with more than just the legal aspects of your business. That’s where Bongiovi Law comes in.

Contract Attorney

M&A (Buying and Selling)

An estimated 76 percent of businesses will change hands over the next ten years, and 48 percent in the next five years. Whether you’re buying or selling, it’s crucial to involve experienced lawyers as early as possible in the transaction. Even if a document claims to be non-binding, that doesn’t mean you should sign it without having it reviewed first..

Commercial Lease Attorney

Commercial Lease Agreements

A commercial lease is so much more than the price per square foot, and landlords know this. The lease you’re presented will be drafted heavily in the landlord’s favor, but there is always room to negotiate. Be sure you have someone in your corner before you sign something, especially when it involves a personal guarantee.

Outside General Counsel

Outside General Counsel

Whether you’re a growing business that’s just this side of needing full-time in-house counsel, or an existing legal department needing some support, we provide our corporate counsel services on an as-needed basis.

Owning a business is a lot like serving as captain of a ship. You are trying to keep the ship on course, watching for and avoiding storms, barking orders at your crew, maintaining proper speed, and generally trying to keep from capsizing. Even if you manage to take your hands off the wheel to climb into the bird’s nest, you may not know what trouble looks like and how to avoid it. Engaging the help of an experienced business lawyer is like sending another seasoned captain into the bird’s nest with a telescope while you keep your hands firmly on the wheel. We are experienced in navigating the sometimes choppy waters of business ownership in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, and Clark County. Let us keep an eye out for trouble while you run the ship.

Nevada has a surprising number of free resources to help you flesh out an idea and see if it’s worth pursuing. NSBDC, SCORE, Nevada Department of Business & Industry, UNLV Center for Entrepreneurship, and many more. Even if you aren’t in Nevada, many states house a Small Business Development Center, and a SCORE office. If you really want to put your idea through the paces, it’s incredibly beneficial to create a business plan.

We try to be as flexible as possible with our business clients and, unlike most law firms, bill hourly only when absolutely necessary. Why? Because it’s impossible to budget for an hourly rate and, as business owners, all our clients must stick to their budgets. Most of the time, we bill a flat fee per project or a monthly retainer.

Only when we have no control over the amount of time spent on a particular project, namely when we are negotiating on your behalf.

We typically work on a two-week turnaround, but if other people are involved, it will always take longer than you think. For example, one of our clients wanted to purchase a building. He called us on Wednesday and wanted to open escrow (which required a fully executed purchase agreement) the following Monday. The people involved in that deal included us, our client, the seller, the seller’s attorney, the client’s banker, the escrow officer, the title company, and CPAs on both sides. Each advisor had his/her own set of requirements for the agreement and had to sign off before the client and the seller could sign. It’s wise to involve us as early in the process as possible. Work under pressure is always more expensive.

While robots and artificial intelligence have come a long way, online contracts still lack the human evaluation and analysis you get when you hire us. Anytime a client asks a question, even an innocuous one, our lawyer-brains immediately start firing off what-ifs and hypotheticals and analyses that wouldn’t even occur to most people. That’s why law school takes so long – because our way of thinking is reshaped.

One of the benefits of hiring a large law firm is that they often offer lots of disciplines under one roof. The downside is that such convenience is reflected in the hourly rate. Sure, we are a boutique law firm, but we have addressed this challenge by keeping other firms with different specialties on retainer. So, we have the benefit of consulting with those attorneys when necessary without having to ship our clients off to a different firm.

We are happy to make office calls. We find that we learn far more about you and your company when we come to you than if you come to us. We get to meet your employees, see your space, understand your processes, and put faces to names. Plus, you’ve got a business to run; it shouldn’t be a hassle to consult with your lawyer.


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Operating Agreements and 50/50 Ownership

We strongly advise against holding ownership in your company 50/50 because it means the owners have to agree on every decision and we’ve seen too many partnerships like this go south, with disastrous consequences.  If there is a “deadlock” (a disagreement that the parties just

What the Corporate Transparency Act Means for Small Businesses

6/10/2023, Updated 1/15/2024, Updated again 3/9/2024 TL;DR: Another reporting requirement that targets small businesses. Still a moving target. 3/9/2024 update: On March 1, 2024, the US District Court for the District of Alabama declared the CTA unconstitutional in a decision that’s actually a pretty entertaining

How to Retire from a Professional Services Practice

An estimated 66% of businesses in the US will transfer ownership over the next ten years, whether or not the owners have planned for it.  Very few professional practices have given much thought to how and when senior partners will transition out of the firm.

Incentivizing Employees With Equity

5/1/2022 – updated 3/9/2024 Business owners seeking ways to reward or retain excellent service providers (employees or independent contractors) often believe that giving ownership in the company is the only – and best – way to do it.  We strongly disagree.   Ask anyone who’s had