• Pierce / McCoy
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  • / Start-Up and Business Matters+

    Our Corporate Attorneys advise Start-Up and emerging companies at every stage of their development ranging from initial Formations, growth financing to their exit event. We aim to help our clients make the best use of their limited resources. With our dedication to keeping costs low while delivering high quality legal services, we are able to supply effective services our client’s need at a cost that represents true value. Our team handles a multitude of corporate matters ranging from intellectual property development, corporate governance to structuring capital and acquisitions.

  • / Transactional Opportunities+

    We believe no two deals are alike, which is why we listen to our client’s goals and identify their needs. Our team focuses on making sure the fine print accomplishes our client’s objectives and addresses the deal’s major points of risk and opportunity.

    We focus on providing legal counsel for our clients in order to address every day transactional matters involving corporate governance, Federal and state securities regulations, and creditor issues. We have extensive experience in various complex business transactions involving corporate restructuring, recapitalizations, stock and asset acquisitions, joint ventures, and like-kind exchanges.

  • / Tax+

    We advise clients on the tax implications of a wide range of transactions. With an acute focus we help our clients comply with IRS guidelines, and defend tax collection we represent Individuals and companies in various tax matters. We provide tax advice on all aspects of business operations for clients of all types and sizes.

  • / Nonprofits & Foundations+

    We understand what makes nonprofits and tax-exempt foundations different. As avid participants in the tax-exempt community, we have an in-depth understanding of the needs of our nonprofit clients. We advise our nonprofit clients in all matters involving tax exemption applications, legal audits, joint venture capital projects, and continuing corporate governance to ensure the stability and success of your vision.
    We also have experience in Social Enterprise law and navigating new and evolving legal opportunities for our mission-driven clients who seek to accomplish both social impact and profitability.

  • / Intellectual Property+

    Our intellectual property practice is centered on strategies for scalable start-ups and growth companies. This ranges from pre-formation structuring, ownership assessment, assignments and protection strategies intended to keep the Company’s IP protected. Our attorneys also counsel on negotiating and drafting licenses and alliance agreements while handling a wide variety of matters that relate to the creation, use, licensing and transfer of technology.

  • / Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution+

    We act in a wide range of business disputes in the courts and other types of alternative dispute resolution arising out of commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, investor disputes, director and officer liability claims and business breakups.

  • / Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring+

    While there are many opportunities for success in business, companies may become financially distressed at some point in their existence for a variety of reasons. Our Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring team has experience representing all major constituencies in business reorganizations, liquidations and out-of-court workouts including debtors, secured creditors, unsecured creditors’ committees, landlords and trustees. We not only understand bankruptcy law, but also the practical business and financial considerations that guide the difficult decisions that develop in a complex bankruptcy case.

  • / The Big Idea+

    Pierce / McCoy believes in changing the legal industry. For many of our clients this means we act as part of their team in an “outsourced general counsel” role. With lower overhead and a smaller administrative staff we focus on long-term client relationships and business viability. Whether you need Pierce / McCoy to help with a single transaction or ongoing representation its our desire to provide cost effective service to launch, grow or protect your business.

    When it comes to legal fees we understand the need for a business to avoid unpredictability. Instead of open-ended invoice billing all clients can choose to pay for legal fees on a 6-month Representation Retainer that purchases a credit with our firm necessary for their unique legal needs. Clients pay a fixed, monthly payment rather than fluctuating invoice amounts.

  • / Focused Practice+

    Pierce / McCoy attorneys practice exclusively in the field of business and tax law. We dedicate our firm’s knowledge and resources to guiding our clients’ through the numerous bodies of law implicated by their business objectives and hurdles. Check out some of the legal opportunities and challenges we capture and solve for our clients under Our Services.

  • / Community Investment+

    Pierce / McCoy is invests in the start-up business community by providing pro-bono corporate legal services to new businesses growing their ventures with Hatch Accelerator, Lighthouse Labs, i.Lab Incubator at the University of Virginia and other similar programs.

    Pierce / McCoy also supports various non-profits and faith based ministries as well as offers an additional week of vacation to its attorneys who participate in a missions or service trip.

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    Josh Jewett Added to Lead Labor and Employment Division11/20/18+

    Complimenting our firm’s corporate, litigation and transactional practice we are excited to announce the addition of two outstanding employment lawyers to our firm, Josh Jewett and Brittany Wrigley.

    We have also launched a specific website tailored to providing specific information for employees and employers in Virginia (vaemploymentlawyers.com)

    Josh Jewett focuses his practice exclusively in the area of employment law. For his expertise in this field, Josh has been interviewed for stories featured in CNN Money, WKTR (News Channel 3), and 13NewsNow.com, and some of the matters on which he has worked have been published in the Washington Times, Virginian Pilot, WAVY-TV (News Channel 3), and Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly.

    Josh’s representative experience in employment law matters spans a broad spectrum of local industries. He has handled numerous matters before the Equal Emploment Opportunity Commission, and he has litigated cases in federal court arising under the umbrella of federal employment law statutes. In addition to handling matters in litigation-type settings, over the years Josh has also advised management and decisionmaker employees facing legally-challenging situations.

    Josh resides in Chesapeake with his wife, Shanna, and three small boys. In his free time, he is an avid follower of the Chicago Cubs and enjoys reading about theology and insider accounts of Washington politics. He is a member of New Life Church in Virginia Beach.

    Brittany Wrigley represents employees in a wide range of employment matters, as well as advising corporate clients regarding compliance issues and risk management. In her studies Ms. Wrigley received the highest level of honors awarded in her respective courses of study, and she strives to provide her clients with the level of excellence, candor, and respect essential to the effective practice of law.

    Prior to practicing law Ms. Wrigley interned with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (white collar crimes division) and the Center for Global Justice. She has continued to hone her research and writing skills, and she has been recognized as a zealous advocate and formidable foe by mediators, attorneys, and clients during her legal career.

    Ms. Wrigley has a particular interest in women’s issues, and she specializes in representing women in cases of sex discrimination. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

    Jonathan Grasso Added To Lead Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Practice Group12/8/16+

    Pierce / McCoy is very pleased to announce that Jonathan Grasso has joined the firm and will head a newly formed Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Practice Group. This service offering rounds out an already robust offering of business and transactional services. The addition of Jonathan bolsters the firm’s ability to serve a wide range of business clients.

    Jonathan will continue to represent business debtors and creditors throughout Virginia and Maryland in all financially distressed situations including bankruptcy cases, commercial litigation, out-of-court workouts, foreclosures and collection matters.

    Jonathan can be reached at 101 West Main Street, Suite 101, Norfolk, Virginia 23510, (443) 525-4821, jon@piercemccoy.com

    New Virginia Capital Raising Law Using Crowdfunding8/20/15+


    While we still have to wait on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to complete the equity crowdfunding regulations for interstate crowdfunding under the JOBS Act, the Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission has published new regulations affecting intrastate (solely within Virginia) crowdfunding in Virginia effective in July of 2015.

    Traditionally, a company raising equity can be subject to strict registration requirements under the Virginia Securities Act. The new law allows for companies in Virginia to utilize crowdfunding as a way to raise equity (up to $2 million) and bypass those stringent registration requirements.


    There are, however, certain standards the business must meet to be eligible for the exemptions. Here is a list of some of the requirements:

    • The business entity must be formed under Virginia law, be authorized to conduct business in Virginia, and have its principal place of business in Virginia.
    • Staying in line with the regulations governing intrastate exemptions allowed under federal law, the securities must be offered and sold only to Virginia residents.
    • The securities offered and sold must be equity. Debt securities are not allowed under this law.
    • The sum of cash and any other consideration received for the security cannot exceed $2,000,000.
    • If the investor is not accredited (defined by federal law), the company cannot accept over $10,000 in investment from that person.
    • At least twenty days prior to the offering, the company must provide certain information and documents to the state, pay a filing fee, and have established an escrow account for which funds will be deposited.
    • The company cannot be one that is operating as an investment business, one that is involved in certain natural resource – based ventures, one that is subject to various federal reporting regulations, or one without a certain level of operational details delineated.
    • The offering term cannot last 12 months after the initial offer.
    • The issuer must provide an annual report, which carries its own requirements, to the security purchasers for three years.


    Virginia businesses that fall under this new exception are able to take advantage of an equity-raising avenue that is growing rapidly. This growth of crowdfunding can be attributed to the Internet’s significant lowering of the informational and logistical barriers that have traditionally faced entrepreneurs and small businesses.

    The attorneys at Pierce/McCoy are well versed and up to speed on the rapidly changing federal and state laws involving crowdfunding. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your concerns in this area.

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    This post is purely informational and is not to be construed as legal advice.

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