As a business owner, I understand first-hand the many aspects of operating a business. I help established, start-up, and growing companies navigate the legal landscape of doing business in Texas.
Who needs a business lawyer?
Every business needs a business lawyer. Do you have customers or clients? Vendors and suppliers? Employees? Own your business with others? Have shareholders? Lease a location? Is your business regulated by local, state, or federal government? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you need a business lawyer.
What do we do?
We help businesses deal with situations that could expose them to liability and help them be proactive to reduce or manage their exposure to risk.
- Strategic legal planning to achieve business objectives
- Forming and administering corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs),
partnerships, non-profits, and other business entities
Certificates of Formation
Buy-Sell and Shareholder Agreements
- Negotiating, drafting, and reviewing business documents
Purchase and Sale Agreements
- Representing buyers and sellers of businesses
Negotiating terms of purchase or sale
Assisting with due diligence
Drafting purchase and sale agreements
Preparing closing documents
- Restructuring business entities
Conversion from one kind of entity to another
Certificates of authority to do business in Texas
- Serving as general counsel
Advising on legal/business questions
Employment law questions
Basic intellectual property
Business Law Experience
Jacqueline Rixen's business law experience includes 4 years as an in-house counsel and over 10 years representing for profit and not-for-profit businesses. She has advised management and boards of directors in corporate governance and serves as general counsel for many clients. Our clients include businesses of all kinds: lawyers, accountants, consultants, medical professionals, computer services, food service, real estate and construction, and insurance guaranty associations and insurance companies.
Ms. Rixen is a member of the Business and Corporate Law sections of both the Austin Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas. She has spoken at several business conferences on such topics as types of business entities, contracts, succession planning, franchising, general employment law and corporate responsibilities.
Doing Business in Texas (PDF)
Contracts Checklist (PDF)
Texas Secretary of State
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (Texas taxes)
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)
Small Business Administration (SBA)
City of Austin Small Business Development Program (SBDP)
BIG Austin (Business Investment Growth)
Texas State Small Business Development Center (SBDC)