A general corporate practice involves the entire spectrum of legal services for a diversified client base. Work includes corporate counseling, negotiating and preparing legal documents for all types of business transactions, from sales agreements to complex joint ventures and business combinations. Private law firms can represent publicly-held companies, privately-held businesses, start-ups, venture capitalists, investment bankers, and others. They will deal with issues such as joint ventures, financing, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, securities, tax, and more.
Attorneys are also found working within corporations as “in-house” corporate counsel. For these lawyers the corporation for which they work is their client. The issues they handle may include all those mentioned above, as well as handling employment issues or lawsuits against the company arising out of personal injury, products liability, or breaches of contract.