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Attorneys

The Private Firm’s experienced attorneys help business owners, executives, and managers address legal issues of every kind. We apply our experience in the boardroom and the courtroom to help our clients: navigate opportunities, overcome difficulties, and achieve their goals. We specialize in business law, property law, contract law, employment law, telecom and technology law, and corporate litigation.

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Reese Serra

Attorney and Counselor

As founder of The Private Firm, Mr. Serra concentrates his practice on tirelessly representing the needs of Michigan businesses and business owners. Reese Serra has counseled businesses ranging from a wide variety of industries with an expertise in representing technology clients of all sizes.

 

As a civil litigator, Mr. Serra has procured victories for his clients at all levels of State and Federal courts, including numerous successful appeals.

Mr. Serra focuses his practice in the areas of:

  • BUSINESS & CIVIL LITIGATION
     

  • MERGERS, ACQUISITIONS, REORGANIZATIONS, AND FORMATION OF BUSINESS ENTITIES
     

  • COMPLEX COMMERCIAL AND REAL ESTATE LENDING AND RESTRUCTURING TRANSACTIONS
     

  • BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS
     

  • REAL ESTATE SALE AND LEASING TRANSACTIONS

  • LIABILITY PREVENTION AND BUSINESS SUCCESSION
     

  • EMPLOYMENT LAW
     

  • TELECOM LAW
     

  • PRIVACY LAW
     

  • HEALTHCARE LAW 
     

  • COMPLEX LEGAL AND BUSINESS MATTERS

LOCAL BUILDING CODE 

ZONING AND PLANNING RULES

METRO ACT

MICHIGAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT

FCC

SSAE-18

Mr. Serra has drafted numerous:

Leases, subleases, easements, licenses, real property purchase and sale agreements, permits, summons and complaints, motions, responses, answers, asset purchase and sale agreements, membership purchase agreements, entity purchase agreements, buy-sell agreements, employment/contractor agreements, confidentiality agreements, customer contracts, service level agreements, master service agreements, terms and conditions, acceptable user policies, and many other legal documents and memoranda.

Mr. Serra handles Corporate Secretarial functions for hundreds of corporations including:

Bylaws, Corporate Minutes, Shareholder Agreements, Operating Agreements, Warrants, Articles of Organization, and Articles of Incorporation.

 

Mr. Serra frequently handles disputes and litigation with small businesses, major corporations, telecommunications providers, real estate developers, lending institutions, and other businesses and parties.

 

As a negotiator, advocate, and lobbyist, Mr. Serra has lobbied before the Michigan Public Service Commission, the Governor of Michigan, numerous Michigan state senators, and the Michigan House of Representatives.

Mr. Serra regularly assists clients in structuring and negotiating acquisitions of other businesses; structuring and negotiating the sale of businesses; assisting entrepreneurs in organizing and structuring new business ventures; documenting complex commercial lending transactions; and negotiating and documenting work-out transactions on behalf of commercial lenders.

Our team has successfully litigated numerous civil cases in State and Federal Courts throughout the State of Michigan.

1,000+

CORPORATIONS, LLCS, AND PARTNERSHIPS FORMED.

Mr. Serra ensures compliance with:

  • LOCAL, STATE, FEDERAL, & INTERNATIONAL CODES, LAWS, & REGULATIONS 

 

  • ZONING AND PLANNING RULES

 

  • METRO ACT

 

  • MICHIGAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT

 

  • FCC REGULATIONS

 

  • SSAE-16, SSAE-18, AND OTHER TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • PCI & HIPAA REGULATIONS

 

  • STATE MARIJUANA LAWS

  • EMPLOYMENT LAWS

 

  • BANKING REGULATIONS

 

  • & MANY OTHER RULES, LAWS, AND REGULATIONS

Chris Atallah

Attorney and Counselor

Mr. Atallah joined The Private Firm as Of Counsel in 2020 and brings a wealth of Estate Planning and Complex Probate and Trust Administration experience to the Team. Over the past decade, Chris Atallah has helped 1,000s of Michigan families and businesses secure their futures in all matters of Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, and Business Formation.

Mr. Atallah has taught dozens of seminars across the State on such topics as avoiding the death tax, protecting minor children after the parents’ death, and preserving family wealth from the courts and accidental disinheritance.

  • PROBATE AND TRUST ADMINISTRATION
     

  • TRUSTEE SERVICES
     

  • ASSET PROTECTION PLANNING
     

  • GUARDIANSHIP/CONSERVATORSHIP
     

  • FINANCIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY
     

  • MEDICAL POWER OF ATTORNEY
     

  • MEDICAID PLANNING

  • COMPREHENSIVE ESTATE PLANNING
     

  • WILL PREPARATION
     

  • LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
     

  • LIVING WILLS
     

  • TRUST PREPARATION
     

  • LIVING TRUSTS
     

  • REVOCABLE TRUSTS
     

  • IRREVOCABLE TRUSTS
     

  • SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST PREPARATION

As a full-service Estate Planner, Mr. Atallah focuses on:

Matt Wozniak

Attorney and Counselor

Mr. Wozniak joined The Private Law Firm in December 2020,
bringing with him academic credentials and professional experience to assist clients in all aspects of their business relationships. Mr. Wozniak has provided legal services to many different clients in diverse business settings.

 

He combines his legal expertise with financial and business acumen to provide expert guidance and creative solutions to a wide array of business clients. Matt has served as general and outside counsel for many well-known businesses, locally and nationally. Using ingenuity and a tireless work ethic Matt will assist you with your real estate, business, transactional, estate planning, and litigation matters. 

That’s why we take a comfortable, personalized approach to ensure that all of your needs are taken care of properly – the first time. Whether you are looking to make your business come to life or are planning for your family’s future – we will help you every step of the way, addressing all of your concerns to make sure you’re protected.

Chris understands that your family and your business planning needs are unique and the volumes of information and documentation can be intimidating and overwhelming.

Our Approach

The Private Firm offers aggressive legal representation that is both professional and responsive. The Private Firm's lawyers and professional staff know that it takes top legal talent and knowledge combined with a laser focus on our clients' needs to be entrusted with their business. We pride ourselves on having a passion for our clients' businesses and a mindset to serve as responsive, creative business advisors. Our advanced practices and efficient platforms deliver exceptional value to our clients. Finally, we believe our commitment to providing client service is simply the best available, from anyone, anywhere. At The Private Firm, we invest our time and resources to fully understand what our clients' needs are, exactly what they expect, and when they expect it. We work with our clients to plan and manage each and every matter they entrust to us. We are available when needed and respond promptly to communications. Our lawyers and staff will go out of their way to understand each client's definition of "responsiveness" and make every effort to exceed expectations.

$50 Million+

COLLECTED FOR CLIENTS.

$100 Million+

IN BUSINESS MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS, REPRESENTING PURCHASERS AND SELLERS