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Common Pitfalls When Running a Family Business

By Joseph Rust Own or operating a business with your family?  Over half of the businesses currently operating in the United States are family businesses.  While the term family business is used loosely most would agree it is some business with a combination of multiple family members involved as the owners, managers and employees.  These can [...]

By | July 18th, 2018|Business Law|

Former Justice Michael Streit Joins the Firm of Sullivan & Ward, P.C.

FORMER JUSTICE MICHAEL STREIT JOINS THE FIRM OF SULLIVAN & WARD, P.C. Sullivan & Ward, P.C. is pleased to announce that the Honorable Michael J. Streit has joined the firm, after serving for over 27 years on the bench in Iowa District Court, the Iowa Court of Appeals and the Iowa Supreme Court. Former Justice [...]

By | May 29th, 2018|Sullivan & Ward Spotlight|

Robert Holliday inducted into Roosevelt High School Hall of Fame

Sullivan & Ward, P.C. would like to congratulate Robert (Bob) M. Holliday on his induction into the Roosevelt High School's Hall of Fame. During his time at Roosevelt High School, he was an accomplished athlete in both football and wrestling, having served as captain for both teams and was awarded all-conference and All-State honors in [...]

By | April 9th, 2018|Sullivan & Ward Spotlight|

Sullivan & Ward, P.C. Announces Shareholder Changes

West Des Moines, IA, Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Sullivan & Ward, P.C. announces the following firm shareholder changes: Sullivan & Ward, P.C. is pleased to announce the promotion of Attorney Amanda A. James to shareholder. James is a public utility attorney who has established her expertise in public utility law and regulation through representation [...]

By | February 5th, 2018|Sullivan & Ward Spotlight|

Trademarks and Business Protection

Operating a business and want to distinguish your goods and services from those of all other companies? You should likely consider filing for a trademark. A trademark or service mark or also simply referred to as a "mark" is a word, name, symbol, device, or even any combination of used to distinguish the goods or [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Business Law, Regulatory Compliance|

Obtaining and Conducting Business using a DBA

Own a Company but operating your business under a different name than originally used to form the business? Have you registered, filed, or recorded for a Doing Business As, "DBA", or "d/b/a" also known as Trade Name, Fictitious Business Name or Assumed Name? Depending on how your company is organized you will need to file [...]

By | August 3rd, 2017|Business Law|

Joseph W. Rust joins Sullivan & Ward, P.C.

Sullivan & Ward, P.C. would like you to meet our newest attorney! Joseph W. Rust joined Sullivan & Ward, P.C. in the Spring of 2017 as an Associate Attorney. Joe grew up in Tinley Park, IL, attended the University of Iowa for his undergraduate degree and later attended Drake University Law School. We invite you [...]

By | July 18th, 2017|Sullivan & Ward Spotlight|

Considering an Employment Contract?

You have probably heard many times, a company is only as good as its employees. In Iowa, we are in what is known as an at-will employment state. At-will employment means that if there is no formal agreement in place, generally either the employer or employee can end that relationship at any time for any [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|Business Law, Employment Law|

Amanda James Graduates from West Des Moines Leadership Academy

Sullivan & Ward, P.C. Associate, Amanda James, recently graduated from the West Des Moines Leadership Academy (WDMLA). Developed in 2007, WDMLA focuses on developing and enhancing leadership skills of participants while stimulating increased leadership throughout the community. Participants receive 30 hours of leadership training over the course of 9 classes and have the opportunity to [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|Sullivan & Ward Spotlight|

Business Break Up: A Look into Buy-Sell Agreements

A FALLING OUT between business owners is usually not a focus of discussion when planning on starting a business. Typically those starting out focus on the next big idea and how their new business will be owned and managed. More times than not, when those initial discussions involve two or more people entering business together, [...]

By | June 5th, 2017|Business Law, Employment Law|