Commercial Contracts & Agreements



Wilson Elser advises its business clients on the entire range of commercial contracts and agreements, from commodities export arrangements to motion picture and television talent, production and distribution agreements.

Our clients rely on us for advice regarding event-driven agreements, such as those involving the organization of companies, financing and loans, joint ventures, divestitures and dissolutions. Many seek our counsel when crafting the quotidian operations contracts that drive their business every day, including sales and service contracts, master agreements, consulting contracts, lease arrangements, and licensing and distribution agreements.

Seemingly ironclad commercial contracts often become the subject of relentless “after-the-fact” scrutiny. Various parties struggle to preserve gains or limit losses by exploiting minute details of agreements when a lack of clarity may exact a significant financial toll.

Contracts involving employers and their executives must be handled with special sensitivity and attention to detail. On the front end, we help to craft effective initial employment agreements, noncompete clauses, confidentiality protections and ownership of intellectual property created through the work process. On the back end, we represent clients in litigation involving these same matters, helping to achieve client goals by leveraging specific contract clauses and negotiating concessions from their adversaries.

Wilson Elser’s clients appreciate how our firm’s depth in insurance law keeps our practitioners focused on striking a balance between risk and business opportunity, as well as providing specific insights that help them manage risks and liabilities with innovative, cost-effective solutions.