Business Law

Jackson & Campbell, P.C.’s Business Law Practice Group counsels a range of entities from startups to more mature companies dealing with growth and succession issues. Our attorneys represent a wide array of businesses, trade and professional associations, government contractors, tax-exempt public charities, and private foundations, throughout the Washington, D.C. region. We advise clients by working with them side by side, in some cases going so far as to serve as the company’s virtual general counsel, on a variety of legal issues, from the structuring and implementation of deals to corporate governance, business and vendor agreements, loan and other financing documents, employment contracts, and other general corporate matters. At Jackson & Campbell, we are most proud of the continued confidence that our Business Law Practice Group has maintained with companies, many of whom have relied on our trusted advice for decades and through numerous generations of their family owned businesses.

Our attorneys are problem solvers. We keep your transactions on pace and on budget. We handle the complex legal legwork, clarify the legal risks, and advise our clients on options that fit them, so they can make the best decision for your company.

Corporate and Business Transactions

Our attorneys handle a variety of domestic and international transactions; including business formation, mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate transactions, joint ventures, bringing companies to market, buyouts, and strategic partnerships. We also routinely assist our clients in financing transactions, including the negotiation of debt and equity financing, creative financing, and equipment leasing agreements. Our attorneys also assist numerous business clients in negotiating hundreds of executive employment, non-compete, and severance agreements.

NonProfit Entities

Nonprofits rely on Jackson & Campbell to aid with federal and state tax planning, 501(c) filings, and compliance. We also have a unique expertise in advising nonprofits on real estate transactions. We have represented both the buyers and sellers in multi-million dollar acquisitions and nonprofits, in the sale of their real estate, and restructuring or dissolving following the liquidation of significant real estate holdings.


Our attorneys provide advice on federal and state tax planning and can assist in minimizing overall tax burden. We are also experienced in representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Tax Court, and U.S. Treasury Department.

Our individual and corporate clients, who span dozens of industries— nonprofit, real estate, health care, and professional services— rely on our skills and knowledge in the areas of corporate and business law in order to get deals completed and in the successful day to day operations of the company.

If you want attorneys who have a practical, attentive approach to helping you reach your business goals—Jackson & Campbell is the Firm for you.

  • July 2022
    Massachusetts High Court Rules that a Business Owners Liability Policy Does Not Cover Attorney’s Fees Awarded under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Statute
    On July 6, 2022, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts determined that an award for attorney’s fees under the Massachusetts consumer protection statute, M.G.L. c. 93A (“Chapter 93A” or “the statute”), was not covered under a business owners liability policy because attorney’s fees awarded under the statute do not constitute damages “because of” bodily ... Read More
  • May 2022
    When to Hang Up the Phone—Hazards of Talking to Prospective Clients
    Arthur D. Burger, Chair of the Firm’s Professional Responsibility Practice Group, has an article published in today’s Bloomberg Law relating to legal ethics and law firm practices when communicating with “prospective clients.” See attached in a BLaw Insight here. Reproduced with permission. Published May 5, 2022. Copyright 2022 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. 800-372-1033. For further use, please visit  ... Read More
  • January 2022
    The COVID-19 Vaccination – Testing Mandate Is Not Completely Dead
      On January 13, 2022, the Supreme Court prohibited OSHA’s enforcement of its nationwide emergency vaccination and testing standard declaring the scope of the regulation beyond OSHA’s statutory authority. On January 25, OSHA conceded the point and withdrew the standard. But even as OSHA withdrew the standard, OSHA made clear that employers are not relieved of their obligation to protect employees from the risks of ... Read More
  • January 2022
    Court Limits Retirement Benefits For Those Who Received Civil-Service Pay
    David Babcock was a dual-status military technician, which meant he received both military pay and pension payments through his service with the National Guard, and also received civil-service pay from the Office of Personnel Management. After he retired, he applied for Social Security benefits. The Social Security Administration considered his civil-service pay to be a “windfall” and reduced his SSA ... Read More
  • January 2022
    Court Blocks OSHA Rule Requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations For Workers
    The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, to combat the spread of COVID-19, issued a rule mandating that all employers who have at least 100 employees require that those workers be vaccinated—affecting some 84 million workers nationwide. The rule was enacted under an “emergency temporary standard” process which avoided the typical notice-and-comment procedures for rules. States and private parties challenged the ... Read More
  • January 2022
    Court Allows Vaccination Mandate For Health Care Workers To Go Into Effect
    The Secretary of Health and Human Services issued a rule in November of 2021 requiring all health care workers be vaccinated or have a valid exemption in order for the health care facility to receive Medicare or Medicaid funding. Certain states sued to block the mandate, and the lower courts enjoined enforcement of the rule pending a determination on the ... Read More
  • December 2021
    Sixth Circuit Dissolves Stay on OSHA’s Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers - UPDATE
    On November 5, 2021, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) requiring employers with 100 or more employees to take certain actions to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in their workplaces.  Enforcement of the ETS was initially set to begin on January 4, 2022.  Although often referred to as a “vaccine mandate,” the ETS ... Read More
  • November 2021
    Business Practice Group Spotlight: Vaccine Mandates
    https://youtu.be/_gWg3jRdBU0 Firm President John J. Matteo discusses vaccine mandates & the efforts made by Jackson & Campbell's Business Law Practice Group to advise clients on evolving guidelines from the CDC. Follow our new YouTube channel for more video content from our attorneys! Jackson & Campbell, P.C.'s attorneys are among the most respected in Washington, routinely winning national awards and ... Read More
  • December 2020
    Client Alert: Congressional Ban on Anonymous Shell Companies in the U.S. Has Huge Implications for Businesses and Financial Institutions
    While businesses across the country have been eagerly planning, preparing, and waiting for Congress to pass the latest coronavirus relief package, less attention was paid to the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), which sailed through the House and Senate in early December.  The CTA was part of the National Defense Authorization Act which the President recently vetoed; however, the House voted ... Read More
  • May 2020
    COVID-19: District of Columbia Emergency Legislation Providing for Payment Plan Application Process and Rental Increase Restrictions Under Retail Leases
    On May 13, 2020, the “Coronavirus Omnibus Emergency Amendment Act of 2020” was approved by District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser which imposed new requirements upon landlords and tenants under residential and commercial retail leases, as well as touching upon many other areas of District of Columbia law including, but not limited to, alcohol beverage regulation, cooperative association remote meetings, ... Read More
  • April 2020
    Client Alert: OSHA to Consider Employer Good Faith when Non-Compliance Results from COVID-19 (Coronavirus) or Restrictions Relating to COVID-19
    On April 16, in a memorandum entitled Discretion in Enforcement when Considering an Employer's Good Faith Efforts During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration acknowledged that COVID-19 and the workplace restrictions imposed in response to the virus may present significant difficulties for employer compliance with OSHA standards. Accordingly, OSHA outlined when during this coronavirus ... Read More
  • April 2020
    Client Alert: New CDC Guidance for Essential Employees Exposed to COVID-19
    In an effort to ensure the continuity of essential operations while maintaining a safe work environment, the Centers for Disease Control issued guidance for when critical infrastructure employees may be permitted to work following a potential exposure to COVID-19. A potential exposure means household contact or non-household contact of six feet or less with a person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, ... Read More
  • April 2020
    Client Alert: Estate and Business Succession Planning During the Coronavirus Quarantine
    As efforts to contain the coronavirus continue throughout the United States and across the globe, Jackson & Campbell remains committed to the safety and well-being of our clients, employees, and the communities in which we live and work. Although our physical office is closed to the public, we continue to service new and existing clients - not just by offering ... Read More
  • April 2020
    Client Alert: OSHA Guidance on COVID-19 in the Workplace
    As businesses deemed essential continue to operate during the coronavirus outbreak and other businesses make plans to reopen when conditions allow, it is important for employers to keep in mind the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s recently issued Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, available here or at www.osha.gov. The guidance is not a standard or regulation. It creates ... Read More
  • January 2020
    Employers Receive Additional Guidance with the New Department of Labor Rule, Making It Easier to Avoid Classification as a Joint-Employer
    The Department of Labor issued a final rule on January 12, 2020 regarding the interpretation of joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA requires employers to pay employees the federal minimum wage for every hour worked and to pay overtime for every additional hour worked over 40 during a workweek. Liability for making such payments falls ... Read More
  • January 2020
    SCOTUS Opinion: Denial Of Request For Relief From Automatic Bankruptcy Stay Is A Final, Appealable Order
    After Ritzen Group, Inc. sued Jackson Masonry, LLC over a contract, Jackson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which immediately halted Ritzen’s litigation. Ritzen moved the bankruptcy court for relief from the automatic stay, which was denied. Ritzen then filed a proof of claim, which was eventually disallowed. Ritzen then opted to file a notice of appeal of the bankruptcy court’s ... Read More
  • December 2019
    End of the Calendar Year: A Good Time to Confirm Compliance Issues for Businesses
    Corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), and other business entities are certainly aware of the need to make certain end of year decisions for income tax purposes, but it also is a good time to perform a business audit for possible state, local, and personal property tax return deadlines. It is also advisable for businesses to review other corporate compliance issues, such ... Read More
  • April 2019
    Congratulations to our Attorneys and Practice Groups
    Jackson & Campbell, P.C. is proud to announce our 2019 Super Lawyers. Please join us in celebrating Nathan J. Bresee, Richard W. Bryan, Arthur D. Burger, David H. Cox, William E. Davis, Christopher P. Ferragamo, Robert N. Kelly, James N. Markels, Nicholas S. McConnell, and Brian W. Thompson; and ... Read More
  • April 2019
    Changes to Paid Leave Policy Go into Effect for District of Columbia Employers
    Employers in Washington, D.C. have been waiting for the Universal Paid Leave Amendments Act of 2016 (the Act) to go into effect. Much to the chagrin of many small employers, that time is here. The Act creates a mandatory, employer-funded, paid leave program, which provides up to eight weeks of paid leave to covered employees working in the District of Columbia ... Read More
  • April 2019
    Tax Filing Deadlines – A Good Time to Confirm Other Compliance Issues for Businesses
    Corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), and other business entities are certainly aware of tax filing deadlines in the month of April, but tax season is also a good time to perform a business audit for other important dates, including applicable state and local requirements and personal property return deadlines. It is also advisable to review other corporate compliance issues, such as ... Read More
  • March 2019
    Department of Labor Proposes New Overtime Rules
    Employers will recall during the Obama administration that the salary threshold for determining overtime eligibility under the Fair Labor Standards Act was changed from $23,660 per year to $47,476.00 per year. Many employers modified their own employment policies to meet the new standard despite the federal regulations never being implemented due to a successful court challenge. The Trump administration has ... Read More
  • November 2018
    Protect Yourself Against Wire Transfer and Credit Card Fraud
    We are seeing two varieties of online fraud, but the good news is securing your information is as easy as a few steps. The first type of fraud involves fake wiring instructions. The criminal learns that a transaction is about to occur and sends an email to a title company, bank, buyer, seller, or real estate agent saying that the wiring instructions ... Read More
  • November 2018
    Court Rules ADEA Applies To All Governmental Entities Regardless Of Size
    When two firefighters were terminated to cut costs, they sued under the Age Discrimination Employment Act, alleging they were discriminated against based on their ages. The fire department argued that it did not have enough employees to qualify as an employer under the Act. The Act provides: “The term ‘employer’ means a person engaged in an industry affecting commerce ... Read More
  • October 2018
    Are Business Lunches Entertainment?
    The new tax legislation, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) eliminated most deductions for client entertainment expenses. Prior law allowed a 50 percent deduction for both meals and entertainment expenses, and so there was no need for businesses to differentiate between the two categories. The newly enacted TCJA eliminated deductions for entertainment, amusement, and recreation expenses, but ... Read More
  • September 2018
    D.C. Tax Rate Changes Effective October 1, 2018
    The District of Columbia’s Office of Tax and Revenue has issued a notification of changes in various tax rates that will become effective on Monday, October 1, 2018. The real property tax for Class 2 properties will increase to $1.65 per $100 of value for properties worth less than $5,000,000; $1.77 from $5 million to $10 million; and $1.89 for ... Read More
  • August 2018
    Housing Licensing and TOPA in the District of Columbia
    Recent changes to the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) in the District of Columbia have had broad repercussions in the single-family rental market. Since TOPA’s inception, the competing purposes of maintaining a rental market and encouraging tenants to leave the rental market and become homeowners have resulted in a structure that is difficult to follow and has ... Read More
  • May 2018
    Conservation Easements: Congress Giveth and the IRS & Tax Court Taketh Away
    By: Nancy Ortmeyer Kuhn, Esq. Charitable conservation easements have long been controversial, and there was some concern that the new tax legislation enacted in December 2017[1] would limit the conservation easement charitable deduction.  However, there were no limits placed upon conservation easements, and even the syndicated easements[2] were left alone.  This particular area of the law is ... Read More
  • February 2018
    Key Provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts
    By:  Nancy Ortmeyer Kuhn, Esq. The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” or “TCJA” is the new tax law effective for tax years beginning January 1, 2018 or later.  TCJA has many interconnected parts and it is not yet completely clear how some of these parts will co-exist to impact certain taxpayers.  Already, many questions have arisen regarding interpretation of terms and ... Read More
  • November 2017
    Exempt Organizations: Tax Reform Provisions to Watch
    Part II:  Senate and House proposals By Nancy Ortmeyer Kuhn, Chair of Jackson & Campbell's Tax Group The Joint Committee on Taxation released the Senate’s “Description of the Chairman’s Mark of the ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’” on November 9, 2017.  The Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives previously released its long-awaited tax bill on November 2, ... Read More
  • November 2017
    Exempt Organizations: Tax Reform Provisions to Watch
    By Nancy Ortmeyer Kuhn, Chair of Jackson & Campbell's Tax Group The Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives released its long-awaited tax bill on November 2, 2017.  The bill is entitled Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1  (“TCJA”).  Note that there is nothing in the title referencing “tax simplification”.  The full text of the bill ... Read More
  • August 2017
    Upcoming Event: How Women Lead
    How Women Lead Featuring Flora D. Darpino, 39th U.S. Army Judge Advocate General ... Read More