A well-run business can bring many successes for executives and entrepreneurs. It’s also the nature of business to be challenging and even rocky at times. At McShane & Bowie, we get your tough deals done. Regardless of how complex a business matter may be, our lawyers have a singular focus—understanding your goals and guiding you through the best solution.

You can rely on our dynamic business law team to be actively engaged with you, throughout the entire business life cycle: entity selection and formation, operations and growth, succession planning and exit strategies.

Specialization and Reach

Regardless of your business industry, we can represent you in the issues of business counseling, start-up, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, the purchase and sale of businesses, shareholder agreements, buy and sell agreements and nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. Some of our current client industries include agriculture, automotive, banking, health care, manufacturing, real estate, technology and transportation.

Legal Expertise

Business formation and counseling
  • Entity selection and formation of corporations, partnerships and Limited Liability Companies
  • Buy and sell agreements
  • Voting agreements
  • Contract negotiation, review and drafting
  • Supplier and vendor contracts
  • Master service agreements
  • Software and other intellectual property licensing agreements
  • Succession planning
  • Dissolution and liquidation
Merger and acquisitions
  • Purchases and sales of businesses
  • Recapitalizations and reorganizations
  • Statutory mergers and combinations
  • Tax-free reorganization
  • Joint ventures
Nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations
  • Incorporation
  • Governance
  • Application for 501(c)(3) tax exemption
  • Federal and state compliance
  • Public charities
  • Private foundations
  • Professional and trade associations
  • Schools and educational institutions
  • Churches and religious organizations
  • Social service organizations
  • Community development and relief organizations
Labor and employment
  • Employment agreements
  • Employee handbooks
  • Independent contractor agreements
  • Severance agreements
  • Executive and deferred compensation agreements
  • Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Deferred compensation planning and agreements
  • Incentive compensation planning and agreements
Property tax services and appeals
  • Valuation and appraisal counseling
  • Real estate assessment and taxable value appeals
  • Property tax uncapping
  • Property tax exemption claims
  • Board of review representation
  • State Tax Commission representation
  • Michigan Tax Tribunal representation
Federal and Michigan tax law
  • Business tax planning at all phases of the business life cycle
  • Nexus issues
  • Voluntary disclosure and tax amnesty
  • Tax audits and controversies
  • U.S. Tax Court litigation
  • U.S. District Court tax litigation
  • Criminal tax representation


Commanding and Simplifying Your Legal Complexities in Business and Real Estate


99 Monroe Avenue NW, Suite 1100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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McShane & Bowie, P.L.C.
99 Monroe Avenue NW, Suite 1100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503