Commercial & Business
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Commercial & Business

Commercial Litigation



When you take a secured position to protect an extension of credit, it may be necessary to foreclose on the assets to recapture your funds. Unfortunately, that process is virtually impossible to handle pro se and requires an experienced legal team to navigate it well.

At Fisher Cohen Waldman Shapiro, LLP, we deal with foreclosures from the debtor and creditor sides while representing both institutions and private parties. We know how to use the system properly to give you the best chance of gaining control of underlying assets without encumbrance and using them to satisfy your credit obligation.

Foreclosure Defense


When your assets are on the line to a creditor and your debt is in default, you need to act quickly as they start foreclosure. You need a law firm that knows the system, one that can buy you time and spot defects in the creditor’s case.

We are your trusted partner for foreclosure defense. FCWS understands the foreclosure process and how to use it to our client’s maximum advantage better than most firms. So before you hand over the keys, let our experts examine the facts and determine what you can save.

Defense of Note & Guaranty Lawsuits


When you are party to a loan in default, a creditor will usually issue you a letter telling you that you are in violation and give you only a few days to pay in full. While the letter is frightening and the circumstances are serious, it doesn’t mean you have to pull out your checkbook on the spot.

At FCWS, we can spot the errors often made in note and guaranty lawsuits and find the defenses available to you. When you find yourself being drawn into litigation as a debtor or guarantor, don’t just surrender. Call FCWS and let us find ways to protect you from a judgment entered against you.

Breach of Contract


When a dispute arises with a contract, both sides will contend that the agreement supports their position, not the other party’s. When the words of your contract don’t translate into black and white clarity, call Fisher Cohen Waldman Shapiro, LLP. Our attorneys will step in to evaluate your contract, understand your claim, and formulate a compelling argument to help you win your dispute.

Shareholder/Partnership Disputes


When you form a new business with another individual, nobody plans on breaking up the band with acrimony —- but it does happen. Litigation between business partners rarely leaves a thriving business behind, no matter who wins and loses.

FCWS leverages our business acumen and legal knowledge to create a settlement between business partners before they jeopardize the entire company. If necessary, we can carry a dispute through litigation, but that is not the goal. Our goal is to achieve a reasonable settlement so the business can continue to grow.

Debt Restructuring/Workouts

  • Commercial Lending
  • Distressed Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Debtor & Creditor Representation
  • Note Purchasing
  • Private Money Lending (Negotiation & Documentation)

More Commercial Legal Services


At Fisher Cohen Waldman Shapiro, LLP, we have an exceptional team of legal professionals ready to fight your case on your behalf. We offer a wide range of other commercial legal services, including:

  • Commercial Collection
  • Complex Commercial Disputes
  • Reach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Fraud
  • Intellectual Property Disputes
  • Unfair Competition
  • Business Divorce
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Construction/Mechanics Lien
  • Beer Industry Fair Dealing Act
  • Illinois Franchise Disclosure Act

Business Transactions

Business Formation & Organization


While most entrepreneurs concern themselves with capitalization, product sourcing, staffing, and marketing, some of the greatest risks are the underlying formation and structure of the business. From management roles and responsibilities to equity ownership and exit plans, the initial formation of your company is critical to its ultimate success or failure.

Don’t let structural mistakes be your undoing. Instead, let our experienced professionals help you build the proper structure for your business upfront.

Strategic Planning


When company leaders need a strategic plan for their business, they don’t often think of attorneys. The legal professionals at FCWS are different. We can contribute significantly to your strategic planning process with our business backgrounds and affiliation with our consulting company, S-K Partners. We’ll combine our business acumen with unmatched legal expertise to provide a sure-fire plan that is actionable, advantageous, and secure.



At the beginning of nearly every business transaction, everyone is optimistic — but circumstances change. Contracts must be complete and address future disagreements and conflicts to provide clarity, define the rules of the game, and create a pathway to settling disputes. Our team has years of experience drafting all forms of business contracts, and we can minimize the cost of inevitable future disagreements between you and other parties.

Mergers & Acquisitions


The principals of FCWS have negotiated and documented mergers and acquisitions since the 1980s. We have worked across several industries and negotiated arrangements from both sides of the table. Our team will give you the peace of mind you need to move forward post-closing and prevent inadvisable closings from taking place.

Private Placements & Equity Financing


To raise capital, you have to conform to the several legal requirements in today’s complex securities market. Fisher Cohen Waldman Shapiro, LLP has the expertise to ensure your private placement memorandum meets the requirements of the various regulatory agencies.

In addition to conventional legal services, we also have a comprehensive list of contacts who like investing in select opportunities. When appropriate and fully disclosed, we can make those introductions to help bring your dream to fruition.

More Business Transactions


At Fisher Cohen Waldman Shapiro, LLP, we have an exceptional team of legal professionals ready to fight on your behalf. We offer a wide range of business transaction services, including:

  • Representation of Cemeteries
  • Representation of Funeral Homes
  • Hospitality Transactions

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