Mr. Kane is a long time resident and community activist of Logan Square. After a career in anti-poverty non-profit work, Mr. Kane founded Kane Community Law in 2014 to address his community’s need for community-focused legal services. Since its founding, Kane Community Law has been dedicated to providing cost-effective representation to the small businesses, individuals, and community groups of Chicago. As a reflection of this commitment, Kane Community Law has grown quickly and currently represents over 15 clients in Logan Square, Wicker Park, and throughout Chicago.
Because the needs of small businesses are always unique, Kane Community Law is a generalist firm – able to adapt to and handle almost any legal controversy. However, through experience, Mr. Kane’s practice has developed an expertise in corporate, commercial, and real estate law. Additionally, Mr. Kane is well versed in the unique legal and procedural complexities associated with defending against “copyright troll” lawsuits in federal court.
As the owner of two small businesses himself, Mr. Kane prides himself on understanding the unique challenges of small business ownership as well as a familiarity with the legal issues encountered. Recognizing the often turbulent finances of small business operations, Kane Community Law offers a multitude of fee structures to its clients to ensure flexibility and ensure that something as trivial as money never prevents a client from receiving the legal representation they deserve.
- Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, May 2014
- University of Michigan, B.A., Economics; B.A., Sociology, December 2007
- The State of Illinois.
- The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
The Legal Needs of Small Businesses
For small business owners, encountering legal issues is a matter of when, not if. Indeed, a recent study revealed that almost 60% of American small businesses have experienced significant legal events in the past two years.  Further, nearly all study participants described one, or more, legal issues as the “greatest threats to their business.” 
The old maxim “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is especially true with legal issues. Instead of waiting to find your small business unprepared for a legal problem, you can save yourself a lot of hassle and expense by proactively addressing relevant legal issues from day one.
Common Small Business Legal Issues
What type of legal issues can your small business expect to encounter? The following is a non-exhaustive list of the most common legal issues small businesses face.
- Entity Law. The formation, governance, sales, and acquisitions of business entities like corporations, LLCs, and non-profits.
- Commercial Law. The law of contracts, sales, credit, insurance, secured transactions, commercial paper, and product liability.
- Administrative Law. Addresses (1) licenses and permits; and (2) regulatory compliance with city, state, and federal agencies.
- Real Estate Law. Leases, titles, and zoning compliance for land and premises.
- Employment Law. Covers the hiring, management, and firing of employees, independent contractors, and volunteers.
- Tax Law. Registration and payment of taxes from a multitude of sources.
- Intellectual Property Law. Protecting your intangible property through copyright, trademark, patent, and trade secret law.
- Litigation and Trial. When push comes to shove, small businesses need a lawyer they can trust to represent them in court.
If you, or someone you know, has a legal questions relating to any of the above topics, please contact us to set up a free consultation.
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 “Small Business Face Legal Challenges Alone,” PRNewswire.com, http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/small-businesses-face-legal-challenges-alone-212300761.html.
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