Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP Law Practice
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Practice Areas

We take a personal, dedicated approach to representing clients in a variety of legal matters. Whether your legal matter is simple or challenging, we are committed to helping you find an agreeable, effective solution as we help protect you, your business, your assets. In complex matters, SMT attorneys work together, bringing the firm's multiple areas of subject-matter expertise together for the benefit of our clients.

Below are descriptions of our representative practice areas.  Please feel free to contact us to discuss how we can help you or your business.

BusinessBack to Top »

SMT business attorneys assist clients in virtually all types of business matters, transactions and formations. With a core expertise in corporate finance, we offer a full range of transactional and counseling services important to successful companies of all sizes.

  • Asset and Stock Purchases
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporations | LLCs | Partnerships
  • Financings | Private Placements
  • Formations | Dissolutions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Noncompetition | Nonsolicitation
  • Nonprofits | Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Reorganizations | Recapitalizations
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities
  • Stock Options | Equity Compensation
  • Succession Planning
  • Tax
  • Tax Exempt Financings
  • Venture Capital

    LitigationBack to Top »

    Working in most areas of civil litigation, SMT litigators help individuals and entities get the best, most economical result, whether pursuing lawsuits to enforce rights, recover damages, resolve disputes, or helping clients defend such claims. We assist clients in the litigation process from preparation through mediation, arbitration, settlement, or trial.

    • Appeals
    • Business
    • Construction
    • Employment
    • Environmental
    • Insurance
    • Intellectual Property
    • Landlord | Tenant
    • Mechanic Liens
    • Medical Malpractice Defense
    • Noncompetition | Nonsolicitation
    • Personal Injury
    • Products Liability
    • Real Estate | Real Property
    • Technology
    • Trust | Probate | Conservatorship
    • Appeals,Litigation

      Labor & EmploymentBack to Top »

      SMT labor and employment attorneys provide employers and employees preventative and remedial counsel on all aspects of employment law, emphasizing proactive measures which help employers comply with ever-changing federal, state and local laws to avoid unnecessary risk and expense.

      • Discipline
      • Discrimination | Harassment
      • Employee Training
      • Employment Agreements
      • Employment Handbooks and Policies
      • Employment-Related Administrative Law and Regulations
      • Executive Compensation
      • Labor Unions
      • Proactive Counsel | Risk Management
      • Termination | Severance
      • Unfair Competition
      • Wage and Hour

        Trusts & EstatesBack to Top »

        SMT trusts & estates attorneys help clients achieve their intended legacies for their families and favored charities, creating tax-efficient plans from simple wills and trusts to family limited partnerships, irrevocable grantor trusts, insurance trusts and charitable trusts. We also assist fiduciaries (executors and trustees) with the administration of trusts & estates, and represent clients in mediations, arbitrations, and trials regarding troubled trusts & estates.

        • Conservatorships
        • Estate Planning
        • Family Wealth Preservation
        • Planned Charitable Giving
        • Probate | Trust Administration
        • Succession Planning
        • Tax
        • Wills | Trusts

          Real PropertyBack to Top »

          Serving all sectors of the real estate industry, SMT real property attorneys counsel clients in a wide range of matters, including financing, leasing, title review & insurance, syndications, and land use. Our clients include individuals, developers, owners & management companies, banks & private lenders, wineries, ranchers & agricultural concerns, commercial landlords & tenants, buyers, sellers, trustees & other fiduciaries.

          • Construction
          • Easements and Boundaries
          • Landlord | Tenant
          • Leases
          • Lender | Borrower
          • Purchase | Sale
          • Real Estate
          • Title Insurance

            Intellectual Property & TechnologyBack to Top »

            SMT Intellectual Property and Technology counsel helps clients navigate "Bits, Bytes & Intangible Rights" including trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, rights of publicity and the myriad of rights and conflicts arising from the use of computers, software, the internet, telecommunications, and other technologies. SMT assists businesses and individuals to identify what can and should be protected as well as exploit the value of these assets.

            • Copyright
            • Licensing
            • Rights of Publicity
            • Technology Law
            • Trade Secrets
            • Trademarks

              Alternative Dispute ResolutionBack to Top »

              Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to legal proceedings designed to be efficient, economic ways to resolve disputes without going to trial, and we encourage ADR whenever appropriate. Our skilled and experienced litigation attorneys are available to act as advocates in mediations and arbitrations, and some of our attorneys are trained, experienced mediators, arbitrators, Judges Pro Tem, and Discovery Referees.

              • Arbitration
              • Discovery Referee | Facilitator
              • Early Neutral Evaluation
              • Mediation
              • Settlement Conference
              • Special Master
              • Judge Pro Tem

                2017 Wildfire – Legal SupportBack to Top »

                SMT has assembled a team of its attorneys to assist clients with recovering from the 2017 wildfires. We help navigate the complex legal issues caused by the devastation by offering a full range of services in the following areas:

                • Construction
                • Debris Removal
                • Finance
                • Insurance
                • Property Tax
                • Construction,Labor & Employment

                  Harassment,2017 Wildfire – Legal SupportBack to Top »

                  • Finance,Labor & Employment


                    Risk Management,Litigation,Labor & EmploymentBack to Top »

                    • Termination


                      Severance,LitigationBack to Top »

                      • Personal Injury,Labor & Employment


                        Real Property,LitigationBack to Top »

                        • Trust


                          ProbateBack to Top »


                            Conservatorship,Labor & Employment,2017 Wildfire – Legal SupportBack to Top »


                              Tenant,Litigation,LitigationBack to Top »

                              • Mechanic Liens,Litigation


                                ConservatorshipBack to Top »


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