“Knowing my business clients well is the key to building and maintaining long-term relationships.”

-Attorney Lisa Kavalhuna

As a business lawyer for over 25 years, 20 of which with Hertz Schram PC and as a partner on our business law team, I invoke a guiding principle – know your client. It’s simple yet imperative. I advise individuals and start-ups to mid-tier closely held businesses in various industries and business matters. I understand that while many individuals and businesses that I counsel present similar needs and issues, no two clients or transactions are the same. The best way to benefit my clients, in combination with extensive and efficient legal services regardless of the size or industry, is to do the work necessary to know them. Know the players – owners, executive team, and professional advisors. Know the history. Know the goals.

I use my client knowledge to often serve as “outside-in house counsel” to businesses and their key team members and individual business owners to navigate day-to-day matters such as organization, management, governance, and compliance; hiring and termination of employees or independent contractors and other human resource initiatives; terms and conditions for customers, supplier, and lending relationships; joint venture partners and other contractual business relationships;  raising capital through private offerings; nondisclosure and restrictive covenant protections; ownership disputes, and mergers and acquisitions. I collaborate with other professional advisors such as accountants and financial advisors to add value to today’s initiatives, while planning for future goals, whether the goal is growth by merger or acquisition or the separation of business owners or the sale of the business.

I also work closely with individuals to review and negotiate employment or independent contractor agreements, including nondisclosure and noncompete obligations, separation from employment agreements, investments in business ventures, and related matters.  I use my knowledge of my clients’ circumstances to assist them in identifying other matters requiring attention and I work with other members of the Hertz Schram team to fully address my clients’ needs.

Practice Areas

Corporate law
Business organization formation and operation
Business owner disputes (shareholders, members and partners)
Mergers and acquisitions
Non-profit organizations
Employment law
Business succession planning
Private offerings

Bar Admissions

Michigan
Ohio

Education

Juris Doctor, University of Toledo College of Law

B.A., Western Michigan University

Honors & Awards

M&A Advisor Mergers & Acquisitions “deal of the year” for deals between $75-$100 million.

Dbusiness Top Corporate Counsel in Metro Detroit

Examples of Excellence

  • Sale of client’s multi-generational industrial manufacturing business to private equity that was recognized by the M&A Advisor Mergers & Acquisitions “deal of the year” for deals between $75-$100 million.
  • Serve as “outside inhouse counsel” for a multigenerational family owned manufacturing business for 18 years and counting.
  • Representation of seller in potential sale of national drug store chain.
  • Business counsel for numerous start-ups to establish their ownership structure and governance, secure their business branding and intellectual property, and create business documents to support operations.
  • Represent business owner of numerous businesses in navigating the sale of such businesses in the context of complex on-going legal matters affecting the transactions and other interests of the owner.
  • Represent buyers and sellers of businesses in numerous industries and of various sizes, while working closely with accounting advisors to achieve favorable tax and post-closing outcomes.

Professional Affiliations & Credentials

  • Member, State Bar of Michigan
  • Member and Presenter, Michigan Association of CPAs
  • Women’s Initiatives Task Force Committee
  • Member, Inforum
  • Board Member and Incoming Chair of the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member and Vice-President of the Board of Education, Brandon School District

Testimonials

Lisa played an invaluable role, as both an attorney and a counselor, in the last several years of my career. Like many small business owners, I had neither prepared my business for my exit nor kept up with pension and estate planning opportunities and possible pitfalls over the years. First, she clarified my organizational structure and strengthened my entity’s documents so that I had a viable choice as to whether I would sell the business or implement a succession plan. Simultaneously, she steered me (with the assistance of her partners) through implementation of a highly advantageous pension plan and vastly improved estate planning documents. She always kept my personal well-being in mind as I repeatedly course-corrected. She often helped me see the path to get out of my own way. Ultimately, I completed a succession with which I am more than pleased on a personal level in terms of the legal and financial matters and which is consistent with the way I wanted to take care of my family and my employees.

Paul Davis, Business Owner and Entrepreneur

I have worked with Lisa for many years and it has been a very positive experience. Her attention to detail, knowledge and ability to listen has been very beneficial in helping our organization move forward and grow.

Troy Swalwell, Chief Financial Officer, TransNav

As a member of our board of education, Lisa Kavalhuna has provided an incredible amount of wisdom, strength and care to our team. She thoughtfully and analytically approaches complex challenges and helps our board to make the best decisions possible for the students in our district. She sees the big picture and understands how small decisions can have a large impact. She never loses sight of what our mission is and always strives to do what is best for those that we serve. Lisa Kavalhuna is one of the most honest, dedicated and intelligent people that I know.

Matthew S. Outlaw Ed.D, Superintendent of the Brandon School District

I have had the pleasure of working with Lisa Kavalhuna for many years. Her eloquent and effective methods of communication and facilitation among a room full of individuals, while utilizing her strong analytical and practical problem-solving techniques, provides results-driven, positive outcomes. This relatable leadership strength has proven effective with her clients. As a result, she has built valuable strategic relationships with others.

Jean Jernigan, IOM, CAE, CMP, President of the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce and Client

Awards and Accolades