J. Gerard Legagneur, Esq.

Attorney (Columbia University School of Law)

Gerard Legagneur practices transactional corporate law as the sole member of GL Esquire Consulting, LLC in Miami, Florida. He provides general corporate legal services, including contracts, mergers and acquisitions, equity investment, entity formation, corporate governance, joint ventures, and bank finance services. As Of-Counsel at Malkin Law P.A., he serves the legal needs of the alcohol and cannabis industries by assisting clients in navigating the intricacies of federal and state-by-state alcohol and cannabis laws and negotiating industry-specific agreements, such as sponsorship agreements, agency agreements, bottling agreements, and distributor agreements.

As a senior attorney at the Miami offices of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, and White and Case, LLP, Mr. Legagneur served as both purchaser’s and seller’s counsel for numerous sophisticated corporate transactions. He has also contributed and consulted on legal publications for the Thomson Reuters Practical Law online portal.

Mr. Legagneur received his law degree in 2001 from the Columbia University School of Law, where he served as the Staff Editor for the Columbia Business Law Review and the Articles Editor for the National Black Law Journal. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics (with Honors) from Harvard University in 1998.

Mr. Legagneur is also a political commentator, writer, and satirist; feel free to visit his blog and his Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages to view his content and/or contact him.

Articles By J. Gerard Legagneur, Esq.

Does My Corporation Need a Shareholders’ Agreement?
Are you unsure whether or not your company needs a stockholders' agreement? Learn what this type of agreement does and whether or not you need one.
Six Questions to Ask Before Forming an LLC
Before you create your LLC, make sure you have thought through these basic questions.
Selling Your Business: A Guide to the Due Diligence Process
Are you selling your business? This article will walk you through the due diligence process.
How Using an Escrow Agent Can Protect Your Business Transactions
How can you protect yourself in a transaction when you don't trust the other party to perform?
Amending and Restating a Contract
This article will help you combine your contract with all of its amendments to create a new, cleaner document.
What Is a Convertible Promissory Note?
What are the implications of having your company borrow money under a convertible note instead of a regular promissory note?
Steps in Declaring a Cash Dividend to Stockholders
Do you want to know what cash dividends are and how to pay them to your stockholders?
Preparing a Notice for a Meeting of the Board of Directors
Make sure you deliver proper notice for regular and special meetings of your board of directors.
How to Draft a Volunteer Agreement for My Business
Find out what provisions to include in a volunteer agreement to best protect your business.
Standard Contract Provisions for Non-Solicitation, Non-Disparagement, Proprietary Rights, and Return of Company Property
Use these standard personnel contract provisions to protect your business's interests.