1160-A Pittsford-Victor Road
Pittsford, NY 14534

(585) 785-4514

Legal Solutions
Business Advice
Strategic Management
Risk Management

On-site, on-call, on-demand

The benefits and advantages of an in-house legal department at fraction of the cost.

Affordable, practical legal solutions and business strategies, tailored for small and mid-sized businesses.

Business problems require business-oriented solutions. Less obvious, but equally true, is that business owners and managers need lawyers to bring this practical, business-focused approach to solving legal challenges. In-house attorneys naturally understand this; outside counsel often do not.

30 Years Experience

As an experienced business founder, CEO and General Counsel for both public and private companies, I started my firm to address demand within the small and midsized business community for outside counsel who respond to business problems in an “in-house way.”

What is the “in-house way?”

Practical, timely, decisive business-oriented solutions, charged on a flat fee or by project – not time – to eliminate hourly billing’s inherent ineficiency and unpredictability. Plus, no big law firm overhead, translating into cost savings for the client. I will work with you and your team to manage business risks and control legal expenses through proactive legal advice, best practices, practical solutions and applied business strategies to support your business goals and promote consistent business growth.

MORE than your legal advisor

I want to become a valuable member of your management team and your trusted advisor. I can save you more than just legal fees and payroll taxes. The more I work with your team and learn about your business, the easier it is to catch problems early. I will help you avoid the time, money and resources that you may have spent down the road.

Understanding Your Challenges

Having been responsible for making years of payrolls and managing to the bottom line, I bring a unique and valuable perspective to the role of in-house attorney. I understand your challenges. So, in addition to working with you on contracts and regulatory compliance, I can also structure and implement a fund-raising program, write a marketing plan, source and qualify management placements and negotiate an office lease...

“...I have done it all—and then some.”

Part-time cost.Full-time counsel.

In-House Counsel to small and mid-sized businesses

Michael S. Smith

Michael S. Smith

Michael S. Smith, PLLC Services

  • Contract drafting, negotiating and review
  • Form/template contract development
  • Employee Stock Option Plans
  • Employment Law/HR Compliance
  • Corporate governance
  • Outside counsel retention and management
  • Litigation management
  • Dispute resolution
  • Intellectual property issues
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Company policy and procedure review
  • Business, strategic and contingency planning
  • Risk assessments
  • ISO 9001 Consulting
  • Corporate ethics reviews
  • Legal and business support to exec management

Full Time Counsel.
Part Time Cost. In-House Counsel to Small and
Mid-Sized Businesses

Affordable, practical legal solutions and business strategies, tailored for small and mid-sized businesses.

Business problems require business-oriented solutions. Less obvious, but equally true, is that business owners and managers need lawyers to bring this practical, business-focused approach to solving legal challenges. In-house attorneys naturally understand this; outside counsel often do not.

MORE than just your legal advisor. On-site, on-call, on-demand.

I want to become a valuable member of your management team and your trusted advisor. I can save you more than just legal fees and payroll taxes. The more I work with your team and learn about your business, the easier it is to catch problems early. I’ll help you avoid the time, money and resources that you may have spent down the road.

About Our Firm


I have over 35 years’ experience as an outside attorney, business founder, CEO and general counsel for both public and private companies. Let me put that experience to work for you.

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Inside/Outside Counsel Program


Practical, timely, decisive business-oriented solutions, charged on a flat fee or by project – not time – to eliminate the inherent inefficiency and unpredictability of hourly billing.

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Startups and Emerging Business Counsel Program


When it comes to understanding the challenges of launching a new business endeavor, I bring a unique and valuable perspective to the role of in-house attorney.

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The In-House Attorney Upstate NY Has Trusted for Over 35 Years

At the Law Firm of Michael S. Smith, PLLC in Pittsford NY, I bring a wealth of experience to draw from.  As an experienced outside attorney, business founder, CEO and General Counsel for both public and private companies, I founded my firm to address a pent up demand within the small and midsized business community for outside counsel that respond to business problems in an “in-house way.”

 

What is the “in-house way?”  Practical, timely and decisive business-oriented solutions, charged on a flat fee or by project – not time – to eliminate hourly billing’s inherent inefficiency and unpredictability.  Plus, no big law firm overhead, translating into cost savings for the client.

 

Having been responsible for making years and years of payrolls and managing to the bottom line, I bring a unique and valuable perspective to the role of in-house attorney.  I understand your challenges.  So, in addition to working with you on contracts and regulatory compliance, I can also structure and implement a fund-raising program, write a marketing plan, source and qualify management placements and negotiate an office lease.  

Michael S. Smith