Business Advising

Carl A. Sorling arrived in Springfield in 1925 to assist a prominent area business with its legal questions. The firm Sorling founded continues to work with businesses of all sizes to solve legal challenges.

Sorling Northrup recognizes that business leaders today demand prompt answers to a variety of complex legal issues. The firm meets this demand by employing attorneys who focus their respective practices in the principal areas of law affecting commerce. Through this team approach, Sorling Northrup quickly responds to clients through an attorney who concentrates in the very legal specialty in which the client needs answers, such as taxation, labor, government regulation, transactions, risk management, environmental concerns, trademarks, copyrights, or contractual matters.

Firm clients include many of the most prominent businesses in central Illinois. Included are those in the heavily regulated areas of banking, public utilities, and health care. The firm’s industrial clients include those involved in construction, printing, component manufacturing, and railroad services. Retail and service clients include prominent real estate developers, accountants, physicians, electrical suppliers, news media producers, hotel management organizations, restaurateurs, funeral home operators, and vehicle dealers.

Sorling Northrup clients do business as sole proprietorships, general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, not-for-profit entities, and joint ventures of various types and sizes. As a result, the firm is frequently called upon to form business entities, handle labor and tax disputes, acquire real estate, draft and review contracts, plan for transition of family-owned businesses, establish copyrights and trademarks, and assist entities in the compliance with regulations imposed upon them by governmental entities. Firm attorneys also counsel Internet-based businesses on matters regarding trademarks, copyrights, privacy, intellectual property licensing, Internet advertising, co-branding, linking, disclaimers, and a variety of other E-commerce and Internet related issues.

Business clientele of the firm is not limited to central Illinois. Clients throughout the state and across the nation recognize that the firm’s location within Illinois’ capital city provides the client ready access to state and local governmental bodies and records. The firm’s Springfield location further allows Sorling Northrup to provide state government-related and other services more economically and timely than firms based elsewhere.

Sorling Northrup attorneys who practice in this area include: