North Carolina Business Legal Services

We regularly represent small, medium, and large corporations all over North Carolina. Our attorneys provide businesses with legal services, unemployment cost control, litigation, contracts, business formations, handbooks, employment law issues and more.

eWe are proud to be one of the top unemployment law firms in the state of North Carolina.

Do you have a scheduled unemployment benefits hearing in the near future?

It is imperative to have legal counsel for such a hearing to protect your financial assets.

North Carolina Division of Employment Security (“D.E.S.”) appeals hearings are quasi-judicial proceedings that can be scheduled in-person at local D.E.S. offices or via telephone. The former employee, who may be represented by an attorney, will have the opportunity to ask questions of the employer’s witnesses and present evidence against the employer during the hearing. As an employer, you have the right to legal counsel.

It is essential that the employer provide clear and succinct information during these hearings, as the employer has the burden of proving its case seventy percent of the time. Failure to participate and/or be successful in these hearings can lead to higher unemployment benefit taxes or benefit charges to your account.

North Carolina Employment Law Attorneys

We act as outside counsel for some of the largest companies in the nation, but also actively represent small to medium sized businesses all over the Raleigh/Durham area. We represent clients statewide in North Carolina Employment Law matters, including:

  • Severance Agreement Negotiation, Drafting, and Litigation
  • Non-Compete Consultation, Drafting, and Litigation
  • Employment Law Compliance
  • Employee Handbook Consultation and Drafting
  • Employment Contracts
  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Service Contracts
  • State or Federal Agency Audits
  • Unemployment Matters
  • Workers’ Compensation Penalties for Uninsured Employers
  • Employment Disputes Arising Under Federal or North Carolina Law

We also provide legal services in the form of Drafting, Review, Consultation, and Negotiation of Employment Agreements, Separation Agreements, Severance Pay, Non-Competes, and other Employment-related documents used to avoid litigation.

Employment Litigation

Our employment litigation attorneys represent businesses in cases involving

  • Unemployment Insurance Benefits
  • Wrongful Discharge or Termination for NC employees
  • Employment Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation based on a protected category under Federal Law (including under statutes enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission- EEOC)
  • Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act Violations (REDA Cases)
  • Wage and Hour Violations (both under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act)

We also provide representation before various administrative agencies, such as the NC Department of Labor, the EEOC, the Division of Employment Security, and others.

Unemployment Cost Control

Our law firm has extensive experience representing businesses in Unemployment Appeal Hearings before the Division of Employment Security (formerly the Employment Security Commission). By contesting unemployment claims, Employers can keep taxes down. When a former employee makes an unemployment claim, it can cost the employer thousands in tax dollars. We represent businesses at all levels, including the filing of a response to an initial claim for unemployment, filing an appeal, representing a business in a hearing, filing higher authority appeals, and taking cases to Superior Court for judicial review.

Business Collections

The business collections lawyers at Hopler, Wilms, & Hanna represent North Carolina businesses in collection actions against both consumers and other businesses. We stay compliant with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and work to collect debts owed to your small business. We represent a wide variety of professionals, including general contractors, medical professionals, accountants, attorneys, HOA’s, and many other types of businesses.

Collections Lawyers in Durham, NC

Our debt collection practice is focused entirely on being responsive, available, and streamlined for the convenience of our clients. We want the process to be easy for our clients and have a high level of effectiveness due to our quick response to our client’s collection needs.

Experienced Debt Collection Attorney

If you are having problems with your accounts receivable, consider our firm for your collection law needs. By having a third party, like our law firm, handle your debt collection of those individuals and companies that have not paid your invoices, you can focus on your business.

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Corporate Counsel

Does your company have ongoing legal needs but you are not ready to take on full time counsel as part of your staff? We can provide your business with contract corporate counsel services. Our firm can act as your “in-house” counsel without the cost or obligation associated with bringing on additional staff. While larger organizations may enjoy the benefits having lawyers on staff that are integrated into their business, you can have the next best thing as you grow your company. Hopler, Wilms, & Hanna can be your corporate counsel but also has the skill set to act as litigation counsel when needed.

Commercial Litigation Attorneys

An unfortunate side effect of a successful business is the risk of exposure to liability. Commercial litigation is a last resort in many cases, but it is something that cannot always be avoided. The time, cost, and wasted attention on a hard-fought court battle can disrupt a successful company such that even a “win” is a loss because of the resources spent.

However, when litigation becomes necessary, Hopler, Wilms, & Hanna can assist with litigation. We have experience representing both sides of business disputes and can provide you with valuable assessments of the case at various stages of litigation so that you can make informed decisions.

  • Breach of Contract
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Business Disputes
  • Contract Disputes and Enforcement
  • Severance Agreement Violations
  • Non-Compete Enforcement Actions
  • Unfair Trade Practices
  • Collections Actions (Debtor/Creditor Actions)
  • Employment Litigation

Starting a New Company?

When you are about to start a business, you will want to protect your ideas, business, personal interests, as well as the interests of others involved. Our Law Firm works with individuals and businesses in helping them decide the right type of entity, such as a Limited Liability Company (LLC), C-Corporation, S-Corporation, or other structure.

One our firm will work to set up all the legal requirements, formalities, and structure to ensure the success of the business and protection of the people involved.

Consider These Business Legal Services

  • Initial consultation with an attorney about the structure of your new company
  • Preparing and Filing the Initial Documents (such as Articles of Organization or Articles of Incorporation) with the Secretary of State
  • Creating, negotiating, and executing documents such as bylaws or operating agreements
  • Recording minutes, making resolutions, having a shareholder’s meeting, and setting up the Board of Directors
  • Employment Agreements
  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Contracts
  • Service Agreements
  • Vendor Agreements
  • Partnership, Operating, and Shareholder Agreements
  • Non-Compete Agreements and Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Business Sales
  • Asset Purchase Agreements
  • Escrow Agreements
  • Severance Agreement Preparation, Review, and Enforcement


  • Deciding the rights of the partners or other owners
  • Planning for succession – Buy/Sell Agreements and other succession planning
  • Service contracts
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Starting a new C-Corporation, LLC, or Partnership
  • Stock Purchase Agreements
  • Joint Ventures
  • Real Estate Leases
  • Mechanics Liens
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Representing Parties to a Business
  • Business Purchase
  • Corporate Counsel (See above)
  • Dissolution Documentation

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