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Founded in 1979, Davis Malm is a premier, full-service, Boston-based law firm. The firm provides sophisticated, cost-effective legal services and represents local, national, and international public and private businesses, institutions, and individuals in a wide spectrum of industries. The firm delivers successful results to clients through direct partner involvement, responsive client service and practical and creative problem solving. These qualities—combined with a cross-discipline approach to the law and an efficient approach to staffing—are not just our watchwords, but our working reality. We take pride in our long-standing relationships with our clients and, most important, in our clients' many successes.
Business: Our business attorneys represent public and private businesses in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, pharmaceutical, biotech, software, environmental management, Internet commerce, service, distribution, and medical. We handle all areas of business practice from initial formation, issues of governance, and private and public financing to SEC compliance and mergers and acquisitions. We also serve clients in new and emerging businesses in the changing economy.
Employment: Our employment attorneys regularly represent employers, executives, and employees in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination law, breach of contract matters, noncompetition agreements, and trade secret and confidential information matters. Attorneys regularly advise employers regarding employee hand books, employment audits, and workplace policies and practices. They also conduct workplace investigations and trainings on diversity harassment and other topics. Attorneys are experienced trial lawyers with a strong success record, who are prepared, when necessary, to negotiate, mediate, arbitrate, and litigate employment issues in all administrative and judicial forums.
Intellectual Property: Our intellectual property attorneys represent inventors, start-ups, emerging companies, and private and public companies in a wide range of industries and technology verticals. We offer a full range of intellectual property services, including patent prosecution, obtaining and managing trademarks and copyrights, safeguarding trade secrets, negotiating and drafting licensing and joint venture agreements, preparing opinions, reviewing and drafting employment and consulting agreements, and enforcing and defending intellectual property rights and assets through litigation.
Litigation: Our litigators have extensive experience handling commercial litigation matters of all sizes and complexity in state and federal courts, both trial and appellate, and in administrative agencies. The firm resolves large and complex litigation for marjor, publicly traded companies and handles "bet the company" litigation for smaller, privately held enterprises and individuals. We have a strong track record of obtaining positive results for our clients. Our litigators bring to every dispute years of experience and dedication to success extending across a broad array of disciplines. We are always vigilant in pursuing favorable settlement opportunities and have a demonstrated record of success both in negotiating settlements and in alternative dispute-resolution forums. We work closely with all our clients to reduce their litigation risks and to resolve disputes outside the courtroom arena whenever possible. This commitment to dispute resolution demonstrates the importance we place on preserving our clients' management, human, and financial resources.
Real Estate and Environmental Law: Our real estate and environmental attorneys represent developers in the acquisition, financing, construction, and sale of residential and commercial projects. Our expertise in condominium law—in both development and management—is well-known. We have a long history of successful representation of clients in environmental compliance and contamination matters.
Regulatory and Administrative Law: The firm represents clients in regulated industries and works closely with them to protect their interests, ensure compliance, and avoid or minimize sanctions in cases of alleged noncompliance. Represented industry sectors include: cable television, telecommunications, data security and information privacy, energy, renewable energy, environmental, permitting, zoning, and liquor licensing. The firm regularly represents clients in securing regulatory approvals and advocating in state and federal agency proceedings.
Trusts and Estates: Our trusts and estates attorneys assist clients to accomplish financial and charitable goals and to plan the orderly disposition of assets at death. We provide a full range of services, from preparing essential documents to complex plans for individuals with complicated asset or family situations. We advise clients on charitable giving, sophisticated estate and gift taxation issues, and the effective administration of estates and trusts. For our clients who own interests in privately held businesses, we provide succession planning geared toward a smooth, tax-efficient transfer of ownership of the business at retirement or death. We also provide succession planning for our clients with vacation homes or other "heirloom" properties, with the goal of minimizing taxes and avoiding family conflict. We have expertise in estate planning for nontraditional families and for persons with disabilities. Members of our trusts and estates team are often asked to serve as professional trustees of various types of trusts. We also have a particular expertise in working with personal injury lawyers to structure tort settlements so that we can meet our clients' needs to fund care and rehabilitation and to improve quality of life.