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Florida Business Attorneys

Just by walking down the hail or by picking up the phone, large companies have attorneys they can immediately turn to whenever they encounter a legal issue. Most small companies do not have the assistance of legal counsel so readily available. Yet, today’s business environment is extremely complex, and it is vitally important that all companies, large or small, have access to legal counsel and understand their legal rights. It is equally as important for all companies to properly implement their legal responsibilities. Because small business owners are responsible for the disposition of the company’s legal issues as well as the everyday aspects of maintaining the business, most business owners have little time to focus on other important matters involved in running a business. A business owner’s time away from the everyday workings of a business to handle complicated legal matters can prevent that company from growing and prospering. Therefore, as a business owner, it is important to place your business needs in the hands of a law firm you can trust and one that understands your specific needs.

The lawyers at Griffiths & Smitherman, P.L. have over 22 years combined experience representing companies of varying sizes and types and have the legal skill and knowledge necessary to advocate for your business. Our legal team provides our clients with an honest, cost-effective, creative, and client-focused approach in dealing with legal issues and prides itself on assisting businesses understand complex legal matters in an uncomplicated way. We will effectively, passionately, and aggressively pursue your case with diligent attention to your legal rights and best interests. No matter what sort of business you have, it is important to have the confident support of one of our lawyers. Our professional service is matched with an intimate level of understanding towards each business and individual we represent. We strive to provide an attorney/client relationship in which every client leaves the office with confidence knowing they received a truthful and competent assessment of their individual situation.

What Is Business Law?

Business Law involves the areas of law that impact the operation of a business. These areas of law include, but are not limited to, Contract Law, Corporate Law, Intellectual Property (Copyright, Trademark, and Patents), Advertising and Marketing Law, Franchising and Distributing, Entertainment Law, and many others. The primary purpose of a business law attorney is to provide legal services and advice to clients in areas of law that impact the operation of a business. Such services may include the formation of a corporation or other business entity, reviewing an Asset Sale and Purchase Agreement, drafting a model release, registering a company’s trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, conducting due diligence, negotiating lease terms with a landlord or tenant, representing a client’s interest in a complex litigation natter in court, and countless others services.

Business Transactions

The term “Business Transactions” refers to the drafting, execution, and administration of such important business documents as deeds for real estate, financial agreements, shares and asset purchase agreements, manufacturing contracts, employment contracts, merger documents, individual contractor agreements„ the creation of foreign or domestic corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships, and even the transfer of intellectual property from one entity to another. In short, a business transaction is any type of transaction or series of transactions that impact the ability of a business to function within the perimeters set by the laws
of the jurisdiction. Transaction attorneys review and perform any and all business transactions that the business may be engaged in.


Business Attorneys Florida

Florida Business Attorneys – Excellent Video! There are two professionals every business will need early on: an accountant and a lawyer. The reasons for hiring an accountant are pretty obvious–you need someone to help you set up your “chart of accounts,” review your numbers periodically, and prepare all of your necessary federal, state and local tax returns. The reason for hiring a business attorney may not, however, be so apparent. A good business attorney will provide vital assistance in almost every aspect of your business, from basic zoning compliance and copyright and trademark advice to formal business incorporation and lawsuits and liability. First, some general rules about dealing with lawyers:

If you are being sued, it’s too late. Most small businesses put off hiring a lawyer until the sheriff is standing at the door serving them with a summons. Bad mistake. The time to hook up with a good business lawyer is before you are sued. Once you have been served with a summons and complaint, it’s too late–the problem has already occurred, and it’s just a question of how much you will have to pay (in court costs, attorneys’ fees, settlements and other expenses) to get the problem resolved.
America’s judicial system is a lot like a Roach Motel–it’s easy to get into court, but very difficult to get out once you’ve been “trapped.” Most lawyers agree that while nobody likes to pay attorneys’ fees for anything (heck, let’s let our hair down–nobody likes paying or dealing with lawyers, period), but the fee a lawyer will charge to keep you out of trouble is only a small fraction of the fee a lawyer will charge to get you out of trouble once it’s happened.

Florida Business Attorney – Services & Practice Areas




The Firms Commercial & Corporate Attorneys takes an interdisciplinary approach specializing in intellectual property, Internet, technology, multimedia and entertainment, business and related fields. To maximize clients’ rights and helpthem achieve greatest success, Silverberg & Weiss provides advice and counsel on business formation,copyrights, publishing, multimedia, e-commerce, trademarks,trade secrets, entertainment, identity theft and licensing, cyberlaw of the Internet, blogs, digital and software matters as appropriate.


Whether it’s forming a new business, or analyzing strategies for growing to the next level, the Florida Business Attorneys at Silverberg & Weiss’ primary mission is to help our clients become more successful. Silverberg & Weiss regularly forms business entities such as partnerships, limited liability companies, and S and C corporations. We handles commercial transactions, strategic alliances, and makes sure clients are well-protected in the development, acquisition and use of intellectual properties.


Our Florida Copyright Attorneys offer sound advice to our clients on a wide variety of copyright issues, including protecting, licensing and transferring copyrights in all fields including books, photographs, films, musical compositions and sound recordings, graphic arts, fine art, architecture, computer software, publishing, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and works displayed on the Internet.

Silverberg & Weiss Law Group regularly: 

    • prepares copyright registrations
    • negotiates and drafts complex copyright development, transfer and licensing agreements
    • advises and counsels clients on ensuring copyright ownership in the development of new works and the subsequent protection of those works
    • guides clients on the use of copyrighted works owned by others and obtains clearances
    • reviews the use of copyrighted works in advertising
    • prepares consulting agreements and confidentiality agreements relating to the creation or dissemination of copyrighted works
    • develops enforcement strategies
    • sends and responds to cease and desist notices
    • resolves “work made for hire” issues
    • counsels on fair use principles in the context of new media and Internet technologies
    • gives advice concerning photocopying and scanning
    • counsels clients on whether a particular work may be in the public domain
    • addresses emerging issues raised by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.


The Firm also has a focused group of individuals in the Florida Publishing Attorneys division.  They represents authors, publishers, and others in the publishing industry. Silverberg & Weiss regularly counsels, negotiates and handles:

    • Protecting rights of authors in their works and ideas
    • Licensing Agreements
    • Permissions and Releases
    • Work for Hire and Copyright Assignments
    • Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements
    • Publishing Agreements
    • Agency Agreements
    • Collaborators and Joint Authors’ Agreements
    • Copyright Registrations and Assignments
    • Options and Life Rights Agreements
    • Right of Privacy matters
    • Defamation (slander and libel) issues
    • Character Protection and Merchandising
    • Audio Book Deals
    • Electronic Rights Management (online e-books, databases, print-on-demand, etc)
    • Secondary Rights Management (movies, TV, etc.)


Florida Transmedia Attorneys began their intellectual property law practice in 1983 and has been on the cutting edge of technology and innovation, including Multimedia and transmedia, ever since. Technology is facilitating the convergence of computing, communications, entertainment and consumer electronics.
Multimedia refers to a collection of related technologies which are usually interactive, often networked, and which permit applications which contain some combination of audio, video, text and graphics images. Transmedia refers to the opportunity to transform content into many forms to reach people through all available media. In transmedia, the content often transforms as it is adapted to new media. Silverberg & Weiss has special knowledge in facilitating the widest desired distribution of our clients’ content into many media.
Silverberg & Weiss provides business and legal counsel covering the: Silverberg & Weiss provides business and legal counsel covering the:

    • Acquisition of the rights necessary to create multimedia products
    • Licensing of third parties to create and distribute the multimedia product
    • Licensing of Multimedia content (software, songs, video, photos, art, data, movies, etc.)


Florida E-Commerce Attorneys represents a large part of Silverberg & Weiss’  multi-media practice, reflecting the burgeoning growth in online activities in general. Silverberg & Weiss is well-versed in the legal and practical considerations for companies venturing forth on the Internet and helps her clients capitalize on the digital revolution and converging technologies. We regularly handles:

    • Setting up E-Businesses
    • Website Development and Operation Agreements
    • Online Content Provider issues
    • Domain Names and Trademark issues
    • Domain Name Transfer and Ownership Agreements
    • Privacy issues
    • Digital Content, Publishing and Electronic Rights
    • Digital Security and compliance under Privacy and Security State and Federal Laws
    • Online software licensing
    • Internet Payment Systems
    • Securing Online Content
    • Electronic contracting issues
    • Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA)
    • Federal E-Sign Act Compliance
    • Electronic signature issues
    • Information Licensing and Transactions
    • Advertising and Marketing issues
    • Proprietary protection of multimedia products
    • Software Development and Licensing Agreements
    • Internet Distribution Agreements and other E-commerce transactions
    • Webcast and Ancillary Rights Agreements
    • Interactive Online Entertainment


For select artistic talent, we also serve as personal management attorneys as well as agent and manager, advising them in every area of their career and professional development. In serving as personal manager, in addition to providing agency and legal services, we regularly:

    • protects and promotes the talent’s right of publicity
    • serve as artist’s personal representative
    • Provides guidance to enhance and further artist’s career
    • contract negotiation


The Florida Trademarks and Brand Management Attorneys offers a full range of trademark and brand managementservices including advising and counseling emerging and established businesses on branding strategies, securing and enforcing registrations for clients’ marks, providing guidance on how to maximize the goodwill of their marks and develop practical strategies for the selection, use, registration, protection, enforcement, licensing and transfers of marks as well as trade names and Internet domain names. In handling trademark portfolios, we regularly:

    • Conducts trademark searches
    • Provides opinions on trademark availability
    • Counsels clients on resolving trademark conflicts
    • Handles Merchandise and other Trademark Usage Licensing
    • Advises clients on trademark issues in mergers and acquisitions, and
    • Files new trademark applications based on actual use and intent to use and coordinates foreign filings
    • Handles international filings under the MADRID Protocol.

Being well-versed in Internet and Technology issues, we also regularly handle matters relating to Trademarks and the Internet, including:

    • Domain name issues and disputes
    • Jurisdictional issues and infringement via deep links or framing
    • Cybersquatting and cybersmearing,
    • Other e-commerce branding strategies.


Florida Trade Secrets Attorneys protection can function as a less expensive yet very effective way to protect intellectual property. Silverberg & Weiss often defines and implements comprehensive trade secret strategies for our clients to help them protect their inventions, processes, methodology, information, formulas, client lists, ideas and other trade secrets.  Silverberg & Weiss regularly:

    • Conducts trade secret audits and designs protection programs to avoid trade secret misappropriation
    • Drafts confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements to protect employers, independent contractors, joint venturers, suppliers, purchasers, business partners, contractors and potential buyers and sellers of proprietary technology
    • Prepares e-mail and Internet use policies, covenants not to compete, no-solicitation agreements, and no-raid agreements
    • Provides intellectual property and employment law advice when a former employee leaves with a company’s trade secrets and/or copyrighted materials
    • Represents parties whose trade secrets have been misappropriated or who are accused of misappropriating trade secrets of others


The Florida Entertainment Attorneys offer a full range of legal and business services in the entertainment fields of book publishing, television, film, theater and music. We regularly negotiate and handle:

    • Digital Rights Management
    • Music and the Internet
    • Brand Integration
    • Infomercial Deals
    • Maximizing Value of Assets for Media Ventures
    • Performer Agreements
    • Life Rights Option Agreements
    • Director’s Agreements
    • Producer’s Agreements
    • Acquisition Agreements
    • Co-Production Agreements
    • Talent Agreements
    • Dramatization Rights Agreements
    • Collaboration Agreements
    • Publishing agreements
    • Releases of all kinds
    • Subsidiary Rights Agreements
    • Foreign Rights Agreements
    • Agency Agreements
    • Scenic Designing Contracts
    • Costume Designing Contracts
    • Lighting Design Contracts
    • Writer’s Agreement for Television or Motion Pictures
    • Literary Option and Acquisition agreements
    • Distribution Agreements
    • Negative Pickup Agreements
    • Songwriter’s and Composer’s Agreements
    • Loanout Agreements
    • Property Clearance Opinions
    • Property Shopping Agreements


Florida Licensing Attorneys helps their clients merchandise and license their valuable intellectual properties. She helps clients create and implement merchandising programs from start to finish by identifying and protecting licensable elements of a property and identifying potential licensees. Our firm also drafts and negotiates license agreements and creates and administers anti-piracy policing programs. We regularly negotiate and handle:

    • Licensing of all form of intellectual properties
    • International Licensing
    • Cross-licensing
    • Joint development and marketing deals
    • Distribution agreements
    • Manufacturing Agreements
    • Licenses with payments over time or options to purchase.


Florida Identity Theft Attorneys have appeared on numerous television shows, conferences, and in books as an expert on Identity Theft.


As Florida Cyber Law Attorneys offers a full range of legal and business services in the CyberLaw, Internet Law arena.
Silverberg & Weiss regularly negotiates and handles matters concerning:

    • Online Community and Membership Site Setup
    • Online Advertising and Content Management
    • Digital Downloading
    • Podcasting
    • P2P File Sharing
    • Broadband
    • Gaming and Virtual Worlds
    • Television and Video deals
    • Takedown Procedures
    • Spam and Which Unsolicited Emails are Legal
    • Privacy/Security Online and Handling Private Data on Blogs
    • Online Marketing
    • Seach Engines
    • Domain Names and Trademarks
    • Content Regulation
    • Adware/Spyware
    • Use of Images, Inline Linking, Deep Linking, Thumbnails
    • How to Handle Use-Developed Content
    • Duty to Monitor Blog Comments and Liability
    • Journalism Shield Laws and Blogs


The Firms Software Attorneys offer, negotiate and handle transactions relating to software development and use such as:

    • Software Development Deals
    • Licensing
    • Software protection through copyrights and trade secret lawImage



Florida Business Attorneys are dedicated to representing plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of matters, including shareholder and derivative actions in corporate disputes; partnership and LLC disputes; trade secret claims; non-compete agreements; fraudulent transactions involving the sale of businesses and commercial real estate; breaches of fiduciary duty; commercial landlord/tenant disputes; business disparagement claims; interference with business relationship claims; and other commercial tort claims such as conversion, civil theft, racketeering, and deceptive and unfair trade practices.

Florida Commerical & Corporate Attorneys We have experience in trying jury and non-jury cases and arguing appeals in both state and federal courts, as well as prosecuting and defending injunction and receivership hearings.  We also have experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, AAA arbitration, and private arbitration.


The Florida Construction Attorneys represent owners, as well as architects, residential designers, engineers, general contractors, and subcontractors in payment disputes and design/construction defect claims.  Our representation includes contract drafting and negotiation; construction lien-related documents, including transfer bonds; and arbitration and litigation of disputes and claims, including surety bonds and insurance coverage for defective construction.

Florida Contract Attorneys

Florida Business Attorneys also represents individuals and businesses in drafting, reviewing, and litigating contracts and covenants, including employment agreements; non-compete agreements; leases; promissory notes and mortgage foreclosures; shareholder, partnership, and LLC operating agreements; purchase and sale contracts for real estate and businesses; homeowner association covenants and deed restrictions; insurance contracts, including bad faith claims; and software licensing.

Florida Clergy Abuse Attorneys

Our Group of Florida Clergy Abuse Attorneys , for the victims of clergy abuse,  including children and adults who have been molested by priests, pastors, or others who held a position of trust. Because of the nature of these cases, representation includes confidential pre-suit negotiations where possible, and if these are unsuccessful, filing suit for physical harm and mental anguish.

Our firm also provides representation to other victims of crime, including those injured due to inadequate security, drunk driving accident victims where alcohol was negligently served, and other instances of assault or violence which could have been prevented by persons in a position of responsibility. We use the same case handling techniques to resolve these matters pre-suit if possible, but stand ready to take appropriate cases to trial.

If you would like to learn more about the latest developments in Crime Victims/Clergy Abuse law in Florida, visit our Clergy Abuse blog.


The Fair Labor Standards Act Attorneys have the ability to help employers be proactive in trying to avoid becoming entangled in lawsuits, or at least minimize the risk of serious disruption of business if litigation is filed.  We do so by drafting employer policies and procedures and employee handbooks; providing employer-sponsored seminars and workshops on discrimination and harassment policies; drafting non-compete and confidentiality/non-disclosure agreements; defending unemployment claims and EEOC complaints; and defending FLSA claims.


The Federal Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, also known as ERISA, is the primary law governing employment benefits litigation. If you have a claim for disability, medical or other types of benefits and you received your benefits through your employment, most likely your claim is covered by ERISA.

The most common type of ERISA case our firm handles is a claim for long-term disability benefits. These cases are filled with pitfalls that can derail an otherwise meritorious claim. These pitfalls can be avoided or at least dealt with provided you contact an attorney early in the process.

Another type of case we handle is a suit for recovery of unpaid medical benefits. A frequent variation on this theme is a claim that an employer has failed to provide appropriate COBRA notices.

We are also happy to review potential cases involving inappropriate investments or other pension-related irregularities. On occasion we have reviewed claims that an employer terminated an employee that was about to vest in a pension to avoid such vesting.

If you would like to learn more about the latest developments in ERISA law in Florida, log onto our Florida ERISA blog.


The Florida Mediation Attorneys devotes their time and efforts to mediating civil disputes. He has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Civil Mediator and has also been certified by the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. Marcus has resolved a wide variety of disputes including personal injury and wrongful death, business and contract cases, employment litigation matters and employee benefits/ERISA cases.

The Florida Business Attorneys are available to conduct mediation sessions throughout the Florida area. Contact his office at (954) 384-0998 or e-mail to schedule a mediation.




Paul K. Silverberg

Firm Founder, Paul K. Silverberg, established this law firm in 2000 based on his legal training at one of the largest international law firms, judicial clerk internship for a federal judge, professional business consulting and vital roles as Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Director of Finance and General Counsel.  Mr. Silverberg’s business and legal experience has allowed him to perform professional services for Fortune 100 companies, multi-million dollar companies, strategic growth companies, start-ups and individuals.






Kraig S. Weiss


Kraig S. Weiss previously served as J.P. Morgan Chase’s lead litigation counsel for South Florida region and as an Assistant Vice President. J.P. Morgan Chase is the second largest U.S. bank with over $1.1 trillion in assets.  Prior to working in-house with J.P. Morgan Chase, Mr. Weiss was engaged for over eight years in private practice, where he practiced a broad scope of commercial litigation, family law, probate, estate litigation, civil and business litigation and real estate litigation in both Federal and State Courts.





Nicole Paolino

Nicole Paolino started her practice of law with the firm in 2003 after receiving her Juris Doctor Degree. Earlier she attended Villanova University in Pennsylvania where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Rhetoric and Public Discourse.  She is also admitted to practice in the State of Florida, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, State of New Jersey and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.


Francisco A. Corrales

Francisco A. Corrales advises businesses and individuals on commercial transactions, compliance issues, intellectual property, international matters and the development of business opportunities. Mr. Corrales has extensive experience in the review, negotiation and drafting of commercial agreements. He also counsels international clients on doing business in the United States and domestic businesses on expanding their global markets. He counsels and advises clients in Spanish, French and Portuguese.









Call any of our offices to set up a private consultation, you may also submit our contact form located on the contact us page.

Satellite Locations: Miami (305) 280-0095 | Ft. Lauderdale (954) 384-0998 | Boca Raton (561) 651-0998



  • Weston (Main Office)
  • 1290 Weston Road, Suite 218
    Weston, Florida 33326
  • (954) 384-0998 Office – (954) 384-5390 Fax
  • Tampa Office
  • 1101 Channelside Drive, Suite 234
    Tampa, Florida 33602
  • (813) 865-0998 Office – (813) 200-1005 Fax




The team at Silverberg & Weiss frequently go beyond conventional law practice to provide clients with support to get things done… solutions to problems… and assist in the success of dealing with their every day legal challenges. The members of the law firm provide quality legal services that rival even the largest law firms.




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