empowering small businesses to thrive
We get it. Being a small business owner or entrepreneur can be tough. You are pulled in many different directions and often don’t know where to begin, especially when it comes to legal counsel. At Grassotti Law, we understand the pressures of owning a small business and strive to alleviate them by providing you with practical legal advice and quality work product that you can rely on. Ultimately, we endeavor to provide you with the tools to empower your business to thrive.
We subscribe to the old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” One of the most common mistakes we see is clients who ignore potential legal issues or wait too long to seek legal advice. By addressing your legal needs as they arise, you can save yourself and your business huge headaches (not to mention expenses) down the road. For example, tightly worded contracts can protect your business from stepping into a landmine of costly liability.
WHY GRASSOTTI LAW?
we are experienced
Rina Grassotti has over a decade of experience as a defensive litigator, and is also an experienced contracts attorney. Read more about Rina here.
we are responsive
Every inquiry, email or call is returned within 24 hours. Period.
we are small
As a small firm, we pride ourselves on providing you with the individualized attention that big firms often lack. We devote whatever time is necessary to effectively serve each of our clients, regardless of the size of the case or amount of work involved.
we are a boutique firm
We are a boutique firm, which means that we are dedicated to a small number of niche practice areas. By concentrating our practice in this way, we are able to deliver more focused and effective representation to serve your needs.
we are efficient
All work is completed in a timely manner. We are sensitive to your time constraints and strive to accommodate any deadlines you may require of us.
We genuinely care about our clients and are dedicated to providing the best legal representation possible. We want your experience of working with legal counsel to be a positive one, and we endeavor to create a long-lasting relationship with you.
contract drafting & negotiating
Every contract your business enters into carries with it profound legal implications. If not carefully worded, these agreements can unknowingly place your business at risk. We will meticulously draft, review and negotiate your contracts to ensure they accomplish your objectives, while protecting your business to the fullest extent possible. We commonly handle the following types of contracts, among others:
employment counseling & defense
Employee issues can be a drain on company resources and can hamper productivity. We generally recommend a preventative approach by implementing and updating employee handbooks and company policies. When an employee issue arises, we will counsel you on how to strategically to resolve the matter to avoid potentially costly litigation. If your business is faced with an employee claim before an administrative agency, we are experienced in defending against such claims. When the circumstances warrant, we are also equipped to serve as independent investigators. Our employment services span a wide range of areas, such as:
outside general counsel
Many small businesses have the occasional need for legal advice, but do not have sufficient resources to keep an attorney on their payroll. Whether it is to answer a single question, handle a complex employment issue or negotiate a contract, we are happy to provide counsel on an as-needed basis. Our services include advice in areas such as:
Founder and Managing Member
Rina Grassotti has extensive experience both as a litigator and a transactional attorney. Rina spent nearly a decade as a commercial litigator for a prominent New Jersey law firm, where she defended institutional clients in New York and New Jersey in a wide range of areas including complex commercial/contract disputes, employment law (race, gender, age, disability and other types of discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, harassment/bullying, wage and hour and labor issues), insurance and reinsurance defense, personal injury and other tort claims, intellectual property, due process and other constitutional rights, student dismissals and discipline, appeals, class actions, product liability and legal malpractice. As a litigator, Rina obtained favorable outcomes for her clients by way of numerous trials and hearings, dispositive motions and settlements. Rina also conducted internal investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment, bullying and retaliation. In addition, she regularly counseled clients in a variety of areas ranging from employee handbooks and policies to wage and hour issues to termination decisions and severance packages.
What if I am unsure about the services I need?
Many clients come to us unsure about the services they need. During your free initial consultation, we will listen to your concerns and gather the information needed to develop a recommendation to achieve your objectives.
Do you represent individuals?
Absolutely. Many entrepreneurs and business professionals rely upon us for things like drafting consulting contracts, reviewing and interpreting noncompetition agreements and negotiating severance packages.
Do we need to meet in-person?
We are happy to meet with you in person, but it is not required. We regularly accommodate requests to work by phone and email.
How long will the work take to complete?
The time frame to complete the work will depend on what services you need. Rest assured that we are sensitive to your time constraints and will accommodate any deadlines you may require of us.
Are clients billed on a flat fee, an hourly basis or by some other arrangement?
Most of our services can be done for a flat fee. However, some services, such as internal investigations and defense of administrative claims, require hourly billing arrangements. All of our fees and terms will be clearly stated in our initial retainer letter, before work begins.
What form(s) of payment do you accept?
We accept personal checks and all major credit cards.
“I’m a first time entrepreneur launching an executive coaching and business consulting practice. Rina worked with me to develop client contracts that not only protect my business, but also serve as a signal of professionalism when I’m soliciting new business. She’s sharp, and she did her homework in researching my specific business. She’s generous with her counsel, and took the time to highlight vulnerable spots in my business off the clock. I trust Rina. Working with her has been a teriffic experience and I would recommend her to other entrepreneurs who need the protection Rina affords.”
–Dominick Quartuccio, President and Founder of Master Your Universe
“Rina was a critical part in assembling a new contract template for my interior design services. Rina drafted a contract with clauses that promote the protection of my intellectual property and my interior design business overall. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Rina to any entrepreneur, especially newbies, for legal guidance. She was quick, responsive and really easy to work with. She even took my call on a Sunday during her vacation! Thank you Rina!”
– Pooneh Maghazehe, Principal and Interior Designer, LM // PM PRODUCTIONS LLC
“I have worked closely with Rina on diverse matters, and she always shows incredible judgment and ability in representing her clients. She is a gifted attorney because she first makes it a point to understand a client and his or her case and needs so that she can then effectively strategize to obtain a favorable result. Rina takes the time to teach her clients preventative measures and best practices to help set them up for success in the future. Anyone who has worked with Rina, knows that she is a consummate professional who is at the top of her field. I recommend her without hesitation.”
– George Tenreiro, Esq., Of Counsel, Baldassare & Mara LLC
“Rina is a lawyer at the top of her game. She brings deep legal expertise and professionalism, coupled with personal passion and commitment. When it came to our case, Rina walked us through our situation step by step and helped us navigate through a tough time. Rina made winning our case look easy with her incredible grace and knowledge. I couldn’t recommend her more!”
– Binna Kim, Financial Services Communications Consultant
“Not only is Rina extremely thorough and sharp, she really cared about the work she did for us. Rina was very responsive in responding to our inquiries and came up with practical solutions to help us make informed decisions. We recommend her without hesitation.”
– Elana Harriman
“I definitely recommend Rina. She is knowledgeable, professional and personable. She was able to resolve our problem quickly and efficiently.”
– Lynn and Joe Manza
“I hired Rina in the past to review the contract of a potential business acquisition and her expertise about what to do, and more importantly what not to do, was extremely helpful to me in making my final decision. She was an absolute pleasure to work with and was always punctual and accurate with her advice. I would highly recommend Rina to anyone and definitely plan to use her services in the future.”
– Justin Wilk, Vice President-Sales & Business Development at Designer Appliances
“Rina is an enthusiastic and energetic person who is both creative and extremely professional in her approach to working with clients. In one particular instance, Rina utilized effective persuasion and negotiation skills to resolve a difficult dispute and avoid litigation. I do not hesitate to contact Rina when I need the assistance in a difficult case or expert advice. I have also referred her to many colleagues and friends. Overall, Rina is a valued business partner who is a forward thinker and trusted advisor.”
– Dawn Ballin, Esq., Insurance Professional
“Rina was invaluable in helping me through a difficult negotiation for the purchase of a business. I was dealing with accountants, lawyers, bookeepers and the emotional sellers trying to get a good understanding of the valuation of the business. Rina took charge immediately and helped me through the process. She was able to obtain straight-forward answers in a timely manner while maintaining the professionalism of the seasoned attorney she is. Thanks to Rina’s counsel we uncovered many undisclosed debt obligations that allowed us to make a very informed decision to walk away from the purchase. Without Rina’s counsel I would have found myself mired in someone else’s financial mess. I couldn’t have been happier with Rina’s representation and have used her services several times since then on employment and business contracts.
– Peter Tamburro, Director of Business Development, Designer Appliances, Inc.