Business Law

Commercial Contracting

Quarles & Brady's Commercial Law Team has an unusually deep level of experience in this nuanced and specialized practice area. Our commercial attorneys understand the full range of issues that surround contracts, including UCC, antitrust, technology licensing, and international aspects. Our clients have found that for important commercial documents, our ability to craft the language for a crystal-clear expression of the negotiated terms minimizes the risk of ambiguities that lead to disputes and puts our clients in the best possible position for a successful business relationship.

Our Practice

Our Commercial Law Team has over 25 attorneys with practical experience in a wide array of areas relevant to our clients, including:

  • negotiating major supply agreements, for both commodity and noncommodity purchases, often with values in excess of $100 million over the contract term;
  • providing clients with “best practice” guidance on an array of issues related to contracting, such as the advisability of “most favored nation” provisions, appropriate indemnification obligations, and industry standard service levels;
  • providing strategic advice regarding the structuring, negotiation, and documentation of the many complex business and legal issues that arise in connection with outsourcing fundamental business, technology, and data storage functions to a third-party provider;
  • representing clients in many contracting negotiations with international entities, including Chinese, Indian, European and South American entities;
  • providing internal client training sessions regarding contracting practices, such as providing guidance on the use of standard contracts and how to negotiate key terms;
  • undertaking focused reviews and revisions of contracts and internal contracting procedures to increase efficiency and reduce business risk;
  • developing and negotiating numerous long-term manufacturing, fulfillment, brand-label, and distribution agreements;
  • advising clients regarding the licensing, development, acquisition, and protection of software, enterprise management systems, trade secrets, digital content, copyrights, trademarks, know-how, technical information, and most other forms of intellectual property;
  • preparing and negotiating nondisclosure agreements to protect confidential information disclosed in business negotiations and relationships; and
  • serving as a temporary in-house resource to clients who require dedicated assistance with their commercial contracts over a period of time, whether weeks or months.