General Counsel on a Small Budget

Effective, September 2023,  I am returning to private practice as of counsel to the Law Office of Andrew Dansicker at 11350 McCormick Road, Executive Plaza 2, Suite 705, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031. I’ve dedicated my entire career to providing affordable legal services to employees, unions and small businesses and will continue to do so as a member of Andrew’s firm. If you are seeking legal representation on employment matters or any related cases, feel free to contact me directly at (410) 299-6071 to begin the intake process.


Legal Services for Small Business and Service Providing Organizations For Flat Monthly or Yearly Retainer Rates

Large corporations and organizations typically employ a general counsel whose function is to deal with every matter that has or may have legal implications. Having served as general counsel to large international organization and smaller ones, normally I would review all HR and personnel actions, all contracts, insurance policies and the issues arising out of day to day services provided by the organization. Having managed a law firm for 30 plus years, while primarily litigating labor and employment, personal injury and medical malpractice and intellectual property and copyright enforcement, I have learned that I can assess virtually any situation and provide competent legal advice. As a general counsel, I normally do not litigate all claims and actions myself but rather hire outside counsel, as necessary to handle tasks that I cannot.

Small businesses on the other hand, rarely have in house counsel due to the cost but ending up spending far more on legal services on an hourly rate as situations arise where legal assessment is needed. Worried that “the clock is running” for each phone call, small businesses, medical, dental and legal practice and labor and other organizations try to avoid that expense, often making matters worse and costing far more than needed if counsel had been available earlier. I would like to help change that culture of obtaining legal services. I can provide your organization the legal peace of mind that larger organizations take for granted. While I have represented unions, the bottom line is that they are a business involved in selling the services of representation for members often in the hundreds or thousands paid for in monthly dues. My goal is to create a union where the members are the businesses and organizations who are provided legal representation for low monthly payments. When representing labor unions, the union was the middle man. Ultimately, the union contracted with me to provide the legal representation to the members in all matters related to employment. They received the monthly dues allowing them to hire me. Most of the legal time required dealt with the provision of the representation of the members and only a small percentage of my time was related to the legal matters related to the organization itself.

Having represented small corporations, I have found that the time actual legal services for the representation business itself of even large organizations was quite limited.Representing a small business itself involves probably only about four or so hours a month averaged over the course of a year. Even for businesses which have unionized employees involving my negotiation of bargaining agreements, such negotiations occur only once every three years. Businesses who have competent counsel rarely end up arbitrating claims more than once every few years. While businesses that do not have good personnel practices often wind up defending claims file at government agencies, most of those claims and charges are avoidable simply by handling the matter correctly from the start. As I preach at seminars intended for business, most claims are the result of the anger suffered by a badly handled termination. By having legal counsel available every day of the year at a low monthly retainer makes far greater sense.

Having legal counsel always available by phone or in person helps avoid most legal mistakes that end up in litigation. I have found that most contracts are poorly devised accomplish specific goals and boilerplate failing even common sense. Simply by having an attorney review business contracts to insure that they achieve the intended results while incorporated low or no cost enforcement methods, saves money. Every hiring and termination of workers is fraught with legal complications. I have been consistently rated in the top 3% of all lawyers practicing in the field of labor and employment litigation. Having experience in numerous fields of law however, you can safely be assured of professional and competent legal representation concerning most matters that affect the large majority of businesses in service fields, manufacturing, transportation, medical, dental and other health related fields. If you need a quote on how much that would cost, I offer free estimates to organizations of all types and nature.

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Regions Served

We proudly serve the following areas specifically including Towson, Lutherville-Timonium and the Baltimore metropolitan area:

Baltimore County General Counsel on a Small Budget: Arbutus (21227), Catonsville (21228, 21250), Cockeysville (21030, 21031, 21065), Dundalk (21222), Edgemere (21219), Essex (21221), Garrison (21055), Lansdowne (21227), Lochearn (21207), Lutherville (21093), Middle River (21220), Milford Mill (21244), Overlea (21236), Owings Mills (21117), Parkville (21234), Park Heights (21215), Pikesville (21208), Randallstown (21133), Reisterstown (21136), Rosedale (21237), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204), White Marsh (21162), Woodlawn (21207), and more.

Anne Arundel County General Counsel on a Small Budget: Annapolis (21401, 21403, 21409), Arnold (21012), Crofton (21114), Crownsville (21032), Gambrills (21054), Glen Burnie (21060, 21061), Hanover (21076), Jessup (20794), Pasadena (21122), Severn (21144), Severna Park (21146).

Howard County General Counsel on a Small Budget: Clarksville (21029), Columbia (21044), Cooksville (21723), Dorsey (21075), Elkridge (21075), Ellicott City (21043), Fulton (20759), Glenelg (21737), Glenwood (21738), Granite (21163), Hanover (21076), Highland (20777), Jessup (20794), Lisbon (21765), Marriottsville (21104), North Laurel (20723), West Friendship (21794), Woodbine (21797), Woodstock (21163), and more.

Carroll County General Counsel on a Small Budget: Eldersburg (21784), Finksburg (21048), Hampstead (21074), Manchester (21102), Marriottsville (21104), Taneytown (21787), Union Bridge (21791), Westminster (21157, 21158), Mount Airy (21771), New Windsor (21776), Sykesville (21784), Woodbine (21797), Taneytown (21787), and more.