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TOP PROBLEM

"How do I protect myself and my business?"

We understand that it is impractical to find a bodyguard who is, 6’8” 290 lbs of steel, to defend your business. However, you can think of us as “business bodyguards” as well as lawyers - we just wear heels and power suits. Our team of corporate attorneys work closely with CEO’s and business owners through every step of your business. We know you’ve poured blood, sweat, and tears into your company. We don’t just view your business as a business – it’s a creation from you and your team’s hard work. A high-power, profit producing creation that builds jobs, livelihoods, and communities! To us, that’s worth it.

How

SOLUTION

Goosmann Law Firm Founder, CEO and Managing Attorney Jeana Goosmann understands what it takes to be an entrepreneur and grow a successful company. As the CEO’s Attorney, Jeana Goosmann and her Sioux City law firm, Sioux Falls law firm, and Omaha law firm team of attorneys are business-minded and keep up with the pace of business. We provide innovative legal solutions to your biggest and most sensitive business issues.
Goosmann corporate attorneys have business experience in various industries, not just areas of law. We know your industry. We are banking attorneys, manufacturing attorneys, construction attorneys, agribusiness attorneys, telecommunications attorneys, internet and technology attorneys, health care attorneys, municipal attorneys, education attorneys, real estate attorneys, transportation attorneys, and tribal attorneys; we make our client’s goals our own. We understand what it takes to be the best in your industry and what issues you are confronted with before we provide you a legal solution. We don’t just respond to your legal needs. We anticipate them.
There is no issue too big to conquer for our business lawyers. We have experience working with small local businesses to large national and international corporations. We understand that no business is the same and each company has unique needs with specific goals. Big or small, there is always a reoccurring goal of achieving success. Our firm helps your team achieve their goals no matter the size or challenge.
We offer our clients big city style with Midwest rates. Our Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota attorneys negotiate sophisticated deals opposite the largest law firms from coast to coast. Since we don’t charge coast rates, this means you get a strategic advantage with innovative legal advice and more money in your pocket.
Business deals happen fast, so you need attorneys on your team who are prompt, efficient, and fast. At Goosmann Law Firm we have a 24-hour turn around policy for client contact and strive to return all emails the same day. We understand the pace of business and always cross the finish line – in a “go for the gold medal” type of fashion.

Tim Rossetti

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Sabre Industries, Inc.
I have worked with Goosmann law for several years and have leaned on Jeana and her firm for advice and guidance with a broad range of cases. The experience and knowledge they provide gives me a sense of peace and confidence that a true professional is protecting our interests. I’ve attended legal proceedings with Jeana and admire her skills, professionalism and the respect she has earned with fellow colleagues. Jeana Goosmann is truly a business partner. Her thoroughness, dedication to her clients, and command of the law are a perfect complement to her availability and genuine concern for her client.

Skip Perley

President & CEO of TEC – Corp.
The Goosmann Law Firm has been very helpful in three recent Real Estate deals and I look forward to future work with them.

Kyle Kelly

President of Century 21 Prolink and Kelly Construction, Inc.
I consider Goosmann Law Firm more than a law firm. They are a trusted partner in my businesses. Jeana and her team have a unique ability to look at issues through the eyes of a CEO to deliver the best possible outcome. Jeana’s laser-like focus on our goals and objectives has helped fuel our continued growth. I wouldn’t want anyone else on my team.

Josh Nelson

CEO Great Lakes Communication Corp.
These guys rock. The Goosmann Law Firm team is a good return on your legal investment. The Firm has been a valuable source for strategic legal advice for both me and my business. I feel confident and assured as a CEO and business owner knowing that the Goosmann team is on my side. Jeana is an entrepreneur, trial attorney, and savvy risk-taker. When I have a question, Goosmann takes the time to explain the delicate web of complex laws to me in plain English. Jeana helps guide me to make the best business decisions by factoring in not only the law but the political and industry landscape. The firm zealously represents me whether we are in my local city hall getting a permit or in a federal court battling with global corporations. Every CEO has a secret element to help them be successful, Goosmann Law Firm is mine.

Disclaimer: The following testimonials do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.

What we do.

PROBLEMS AND HOW WE SOLVE THEM

“I want an attorney to be there for me no matter what comes up.”

Whether you’re an in-house corporate attorney looking for local counsel or you’re a fresh entrepreneur looking for direction – we are here to help! You can have comfort knowing you have an entire team of corporate lawyers supporting you whenever a legal needs arises. Call us today!

“How do I protect myself and business from liability?”

CEOs and business owners want to protect themselves from liability, but how? Our Sioux Falls, Omaha, and Sioux City lawyers can walk you through each step to prevent a lawsuit and lost profits in the future. Call our business attorneys today! Read our blog here.

“How do I divorce my business partner?”

Imagine - you're planning the wedding of your dreams. A pre-nup is most likely far from your mind. When you start a business with a partner, you may be in a similar state of bliss and forget to protect yourself from a business divorce. If you’ve found yourself in a rut with your business partner and you are looking to get a “business divorce”, call us today! Read our blog here.

 

“Is my new vendor contract a good deal?”

*Sigh, reading legal jargon, blah, blah, blah* Reviewing a contract without an attorney can lead to trouble in the future if you sign on the dotted line without fully understanding all the terms. And who likes reviewing legal contracts? We do! Contact us to review and draft your business contract today!

“Do I need to be an LLC or an S-Corp?”

What is the difference between an LLC and an S-Corp? Let us help you form your company! Read our blog and call us today!

“I have a great idea for a business. Where do I start?”

We love entrepreneurs and start-ups! We understand that you have a lot on your plate followed up with a ton of passion and ambition to get “stuff” done! Our Founder Jeana Goosmann started the firm from the ground up in 2009 with the drive and intuitive mind of an entrepreneur. Let’s just say we get it, and we want to help! Bring your idea, call us, and we’ll help make it happen!

“Are those investments as part of my business growth strategy too risky?”

All business deals come with some risks, but you want to make sure you’re taking the right risks to help grow your business. Our team of business attorneys will review, analyze, crunch, anticipate, and assess your unique situation to help you determine the most rewarding deal with the best possible outcome. Yay for more profits and cash flow! Call us today to analyze your business risks! Read our blog here.

“What needs to be done annually for my company?”

Like an oil change in the car, some things require regular maintenance. Your business is one of those things that requires annual maintenance, but that’s what we are here for! Our business team provides a corporate maintenance program for your business that helps you relax knowing it’s already taken care of and you can focus on making money. Call us today to set your business up with our Corporate Annual Maintenance Program! Read our blog here.

What we offer

SERVICES

You go golfing with your business owner friend who happens to also be in the same industry. You get to chatting, and he mentions his pricing. You happen to have the same pricing and now you’ve accidently put yourself in a tough spot in an antitrust investigation. This is just one of many situations that happens often, where CEOs and business owners commit felonies they don’t even know they’ve committed. Our Sioux City, Sioux Falls, and Omaha attorneys help CEOs and business owners know the laws and remain compliant with antitrust and trade regulations. Call us today to have our team of business and trial attorneys and help your company remain compliant!

How we can help:

  • Antitrust Investigations
  • Antitrust Litigation and Government Investigations
  • Antitrust Compliance, Counseling, and Audits
  • Unfair Competition
  • Structuring Distribution Arrangements
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Blog: Unintentional Felonies Every CEO Needs to Know About 

Blog: Top 5 Legal Mistakes Business Clients Make 

There’s a reason why commercial litigation is often referred to as a “business divorce”, it’s the legal breakup of privately-held business entities. Given the nature of the separation, it can be fraught with emotional traps, especially if the business involves family, friends, or longtime partners.

Like any legal separation, a business divorce is as complicated and expensive as the conflicting parties make it. With an experienced legal team by your side, you can approach the task with awareness, thoughtfulness, and efficiency so you can be best equipped for what comes next.

Visit our blog about business divorce here.

Yep. We know how our clients feel when they get a subpoena. Don’t panic – just give us a call.

When a contract is breached or a company is threatened, Goosmann Law is there. Our business lawyers handle cases involving allegations of interference with contracts, fraud, misrepresentations, dealership and franchise law, and various other claims. When a business is wronged or receives a claim, we use our legal instincts and business judgment to handle the situation.

The Goosmann Law Firm can work with you to resolve complex business disputes that include bet-the-company and precedent-setting cases. While not afraid to take a case to trial, we never lose sight of a client’s business goals.

Goosmann Law represents businesses of all sizes during litigation. We assist our business clients during the early stages of potential litigation by presenting reasonable alternatives where appropriate, including mediation, arbitration, and other forms of dispute resolution. Our Sioux City, Sioux Falls, and Omaha attorney teams handle matters efficiently while bringing a fresh perspective to each case.

Visit our Litigation and Trial Law page for more information.

Your business is a big deal and you’re a big deal – so let’s make big deals happen!

Since 2009, we’ve done over 2 billion dollars in deals and we aren’t stopping anytime soon. From mergers and acquisitions to business formation and buying and selling companies, we help business owners, CEOs, executives, and entrepreneurs with a variety of transactional matters designed to close the best deal possible. If you have a big deal that’s about to go down, give us a call today. Visit our Mergers & Acquisitions page for more information.

How we can help your company:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Purchase agreements
  • Technology protection and licensing
  • Real estate
  • Contracts
  • Non-compete
  • Executive compensation
  • Financing
  • Franchising
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Exit planning
  • Business formation

You have an amazing new business idea. You have been in talks with some friends willing to invest. Where do you go from here? Initial capitalization in your business is a big deal. We help navigate securities laws to set you up for success, whether that is in phase 1 or you’re preparing for growth.

“How do I raise capital for my start-up? There are numerous options, read our blog about raising capital for your business.

Kinds of investors:

  • Family & Friends
  • Angel Investors
  • Venture Capitalists

Call us today to help you weigh your best options and get started!

“Is my new vendor contract a good deal?”

*Sigh, reading legal jargon, blah, blah, blah* Reviewing a contract without an attorney can lead to trouble in the future if you sign on the dotted line without fully understanding all the terms. And who likes reviewing legal contracts? We do! Call us today to review and draft your business contracts today!

Types of contracts we can help with:

  • Asset Purchase Agreement
  • Stock Purchase Agreement
  • Agreement for the Sale of Goods
  • Purchase Order
  • Bill of Sale
  • Warranty and Limited Warranty
  • Security Agreements
  • Employment Agreements
  • Employee Non-Compete Agreements
  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Consulting Agreement
  • Distributor Agreement
  • Sales Representative Agreement
  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • Nondisclosure Agreement
  • Employment Separation Agreement
  • Real Property Lease
  • Equipment Lease
  • Franchise Agreement
  • Advertising Agency Agreement
  • Indemnity Agreement
  • Settlement Agreement
  • Release
  • Assignment of Contract
  • Partnership Agreement
  • Joint Venture Agreement

When running a business, a CEO may need to also account for a board of directors and shareholders. We can simplify this process so you do what needs to be done. Call our corporate legal team today to get your corporate governance on track.

Goosmann attorneys assist our business clients in all areas of corporate governance involving advisory, corporate investigations, liability insurance, regulatory defense, and litigation. Our Sioux City, Sioux Falls, and Omaha attorney team regularly advise CEOs, executives, and boards on a multitude of areas related to corporate governance such as:

  • Organization of the board and its committees
  • Corporate governance principles
  • Codes of ethical conduct and conflicts of interest policies
  • Corporate and internal investigations
  • Relationships between the board, shareholders, management and other corporate constituencies
  • Performance evaluations
  • Liability
  • Insurance coverage analysis
  • Indemnification investigations
  • Advising board committees
  • Compliance
  • Investigation responses
  • Leading investigation teams
  • Investigation reports
  • Litigation regarding fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and shareholder oppression
  • Litigation regarding insured and uninsured claims and coverage issues with D&O insurers
  • “Piercing the corporate veil” claims
  • Internal corporate leadership disputes
  • Manage of PR issues and PR crisis situations
  • Defense administrative enforcement actions

“What needs to be done annually for my company?”

Like an oil change in the car, some things require regular maintenance. Your business is one of those things that requires annual maintenance, but that’s what we are here for! Our business team provides a corporate maintenance program for your business that helps you relax knowing it’s already taken care of.

Goosmann Law Firm provides legal services to corporations, limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships and joint ventures in all stages of their development, whether as start-ups, growth companies, established private companies, or publicly held entities. We make our clients’ goals our own, drawing on legal resources in all dimensions of corporate representation to deliver strategic business analysis as well as real legal approaches. We serve as your eyes and ears in the state, monitoring developments that can impact your company. Plus, we stay on top of the changing business compliance landscape. Our experienced attorneys are ready to deliver Registered Agent services with the quality, value and convenience your business deserves, while simplifying your company’s responsibilities. Call us today to set your business up with our Corporate Annual Maintenance Program!

Ebook “Importance of Entity Maintenance”

Read our blog here.

“Extra, Extra! Read all about it! Unless my company is having a PR crisis. Then please don’t read all about it.”

We’ve all seen it happen. A customer speaks out about your business on a bad day and decides to share it on social media which then gets 3 million views. You’re living a nightmare and want to wake up on a beach with a pina colada in hand. Give us a call so you can end your nightmare and let us take the PR scandal off your hands.

We manage everything from crisis prevention to PR strategy and responses to the media. We bring together our business, transactional and litigation team to create a strategic and ethical plan that will have your business coming out with minimal damage. When facing a scandal, don’t try to “handle it” on your own. You need a team of PR gladiators to come to your rescue and defense. Call us today!

“Do I need to be an LLC or an S-Corp?”

Should I be an astronaut or a firefighter when I grow up? This question makes about as much sense to a 4-year-old as it does a new business owner. What is the difference between an LLC and an S-Corp? Let us help you form your company! Read our blog and call us today!

As a business there are various options of business formations – but which one is best for you? Call us today to help you form your company.

  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Cooperative
  • Corporation
  • Partnership
  • S Corporation

View our tip sheet on the difference between each business formation here.

Your son, brother, cousin, and second cousin twice removed all work at your second-generation family business. You need a plan to pass the business on to the next generation but need some guidance. Who’s cut for the job? Call us today – we can help!

We know family businesses! We are members of the Prairie Family Business Association and our team of business attorneys understand family dynamics and the importance of passing on your legacy and traditions. We respect the hard work and dedication that goes into making a family business successful.

From “How do I fire my mom?” to “I want to buy the business from my brother,” we keep your family’s wishes in mind while keeping family relationships and your sanity in one piece. Looks like Thanksgiving dinner at mom’s house is still a go.

Looking for more information on transitioning your second-generation family business? Read our blog here.

How do you fire your mom? We have some answers…

Thinking of selling the family business? Read this first.

“I want to multiply my business’s team, culture, and customer experience. Is franchising for me?”

Are you envisioning your business on a bigger scale? Our business attorneys help determine if franchising is right for you and your business and then work with you and your team to implement your big dream.

At Goosmann we represent regional and national franchisors, franchisees, distributors, manufacturers, and wholesalers with legal needs in areas of business transactions, business litigation, franchise formation, corporate governance, and PR & crisis management.

Call us today to help your franchise or distribution company with your legal needs! Looking for more information about franchising? Read our blog here.

When dealing with a governmental entity, don’t get stuck in red tape. We help clients negotiate government financing and opportunities. We also lobby for our clients’ interests when needed.

OSHA compliance risk management

We can help your company with an intellectual property dispute. Learn more about our litigation practice here.

We love entrepreneurs and start-ups! We understand that you have a lot on your plate followed up with a ton of passion and ambition to get “stuff” done! Our Founder Jeana Goosmann started the firm from the ground up in 2009 with the drive and intuitive mind of an entrepreneur. Let’s just say we get it, and we want to help! Bring your idea, call us, and we’ll help make it happen!

We recognize that entrepreneurs are unique. That’s why we’re unique. We are always available via email/cell and pride ourselves on our responsiveness and passion for practicing law. Goosmann Law will make introductions to the people you need to know. We’ll do fixed fees through our Foundation Client Program. We help entrepreneurs succeed. Review our client testimonials and see for yourself!

As a fresh entrepreneur with a hot start-up idea we know you probably have a lot of questions. You don’t want to be taken advantage of. You might be seeking investors or looking for ways to break-through new markets. You need to meet people that will help you make your idea happen and your prospect list is a mile long. You have a plan, but you need more man-power behind it to launch your idea.

We have our rocket ship ready – call our Sioux City law firm, Sioux Falls law firm, and Omaha law firm today to help you launch your start-up.

How we can help you get started:

Entity Formation

As a business there are various options of business formations – but which one is best for you? Call us today to help you form your company.

  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Cooperative
  • Corporation
  • Partnership
  • S Corporation

View our tip sheet on the difference between each business formation here.

Read our blogs!

Forming a Company, Do You Choose an LLC or S Corp?

Top 10 Questions to Ask When Determining Form of a New Entity

What is a Limited Liability Company Certificate?

Growth Capital & Securities

“How do I raise capital for my start-up? There are numerous options. Read our blog about raising capital for your business.

Kinds of investors:

  • Family & Friends
  • Angel Investors
  • Venture Capitalists

Call us today to help you weigh your best options and get started!

Employment Law

“Human Resources scares me. Help.”

Our team of business attorneys understands how intimidating HR and employment law can be. We will get your business’s employee handbook and employment policies all set and ready to go along with HR advising, creating an employee training program, hiring and firing, non-compete agreements, defense claims, diversity strategies, benefits and compensation, social media in the workplace, employee retention, trade secrets and proprietary information handling.

Call us today. We throw all HR awkwardness out the window and will help you tackle your sensitive HR questions!

Internet & Technology

“Wait a second… how do you turn this thingy on?” Words you don’t want to hear from your “tech-savvy” attorney.

You’re a tech savvy entrepreneur, so you need attorneys who know technology and have experience in the industry! Our team has experience in telecom law, cybersecurity, privacy and data security compliance and counseling, compliance and risk management, breach response, and social media.

Like our clients, Goosmann Law’s Telecommunications, Media, and Technology Practice is on the cutting edge. Our lawyers understand and appreciate the communications industry. Goosmann Law represents emerging telecommunications companies in the telephony industry, wireless companies, competitive service providers, telecommunications partners, equipment manufacturers, and large users of communications services.

Read our client testimonial from a fellow entrepreneur in the telecom industry:

“These guys rock. The Goosmann Law Firm team is a good return on your legal investment. The Firm has been a valuable source for strategic legal advice for both me and my business. I feel confident and assured as a CEO and business owner knowing that the Goosmann team is on my side Jeana is an entrepreneur, trial attorney, and savvy risk-taker. When I have a question, Goosmann takes the time to explain the delicate web of complex laws to me in plain English. Jeana helps guide me to make the best business decisions by factoring in not only the law but the political and industry landscape. The firm zealously represents me whether we are in my local city hall getting a permit or in a federal court battling with global corporations. Every CEO has a secret element to help them be successful, Goosmann Law Firm is mine.”

– Josh Nelson, CEO Great Lakes Communication Corp.

Entrepreneur & Start-Up Resources

Read our blogs!

Forming a Company: Do You Choose an LLC or S-Corp

5 Quotes About Owning Your Own Business that are Absolutely Relatable

5 Awful Tips for Starting Your Own Business

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From House of Card

Business Structure: The Difference between C Corporations and LLCs

Raising Capital for Your Startup

Why Sell to an Accredited Investor

Top 10 Questions to Ask When Determining Form of a New Entity

What is a Limited Liability Company Certificate?

Corporate Maintenance- Why is it Important?

Helpful websites

EXPERIENCE & CASE RESULTS

  • Regularly represents banking institutions including national and regional advisory fiduciaries, financial advisors, insurance companies, investment and trust companies, and community banks in regulatory, corporate, financing matters, debt workouts, and regulatory and general business matters as well as company workouts and bankruptcy pre-packs.
  • Represents investment advisors, government securities brokers, entities registered pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Investment Co. Act of 1940, or Investment Advisors Act of 1940, and entities registered under state securities regulations.
  • Represented co-executor of estate containing significant farmland in a will contest, receiving full defense verdict after bench trial.
  • Obtained summary judgment for insurer in lawsuit involving claim that opposing insurer’s $1,000,000 insurance policy was primary to client’s insurance policy. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa. v. American and Foreign Ins. Co., 2006 WL 4757339 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 9, 2006).
  • Represented insurer in multi-million dollar insurance coverage lawsuit involving allegations of construction design and installation defects at more than 3,000 residences; obtained favorable resolution after mediation.
  • Successfully represented physician’s clinic against a bankrupt debtor for fraud in construction of medical facility, trying the case before the Bankruptcy Judge to establish the debt as non-dischargeable.
  • Handled extensive cases involving claims of Breach of Contract and counseled clients on Breach of Contract.
  • Handled cases before various commissions and counseled clients on commission actions.
  • Handled cases involving promissory notes and counseled clients on promissory notes and drafted promissory notes.
  • Drafted Certificate of Deposit (COD) agreements and counseled clients on COD matters
  • Experience with Collaterized Debt Obligations (CDOs) and Collaterized Mortgage Obligations (CMOs). Jeana Goosmann has presented on UCC matters and written opinions of counsel. She regularly handles collateralized debt cases and counsels clients on related issues.
  • Experience with commodities, common stock, and corporate bonds. Jeana Goosmann is the Vice-Chair of the Iowa State Bar Association Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section.
  • Experience with forming companies and counseling clients on corporate matters with preferred stock.
  • Counseled clients on Structured Products as it relates to estate planning matters.
  • Handled mergers and acquisitions involving warrants/rights and closed transactions with warrants/rights and counseled clients on such matters.
  • Regularly administrates probates with total gross net estates over $2 million.
  • Chaired the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors and the Liquidating Trust in which we recouped over 8 figures of assets for the creditors in a complex, highly contested involuntary bankruptcy case.
  • Represented numerous dissolving companies and managed debtor/creditor, employee and other wind-up issues.
  • Pepresented numerous merging companies and counseling on transitional issues.
  • Acted as counsel in many business sales and acquisitions; both asset and stock transactions.
  • Provided legal terms and conditions for community bank for use in online security/privacy customer standards.
  • Obtained favorable results for financial institutions in foreclosures.
  • Successfully represented secured creditor to repossess collateral.
  • Reviewed and provided opinions for loan file reviews for financial institutions.
  • Obtained favorable outcomes for entities, including financial institutions, in collection actions.

Past case results do not indicate the outcome of your case and case results are not typical.

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