Columbus’ Small Business Lawyer

Expert legal representation for people and business owners who want to stay one step ahead.

Big Law Firm Quality & Results
Without the Big Law Firm Fees

What we Do​

Represent Small Businesses of the Greater Columbus area and their owners

  • We provide start-ups with flat fee and ala cart options to fit their budget and needs, while protecting their owners from personal liability and excessive taxes.
  • We counsel existing businesses that are facing compliance issues or new regulations threatening their industry.
  • If you find yourself in a courtroom, you need someone like Brenden who will fight like hell and do what it takes to win.

    Columbus Small Business Lawyer that Represents Victims of Legal Malpractice

    • We represent individuals and business that have been injured financially or faced major consequences for placing their trust in the hands of an ineffective or unethical attorney.
    • Ohio lawyers are required to carry legal malpractice insurance to cover these types of situations, just like doctors are required to have medical malpractice insurance. However, you only have one year to file a claim against your attorney, so time is of the essence.

    The Brenden Kelley Difference

    Brenden Kelley Law, Cleveland Ethics LawyerProviding solutions for the unique needs and problems facing entrepreneurs and their businesses.

    Don’t let his boyish grin fool you;

    Brenden is a seasoned litigator and a dedicated attorney

    Born into a family of legal professionals, he fiercely upholds justice, offering tailored, affordable legal solutions to small businesses and legal malpractice victims. From a humble start in his apartment to a thriving practice across Ohio and Pennsylvania, Brenden’s practice embodies his commitment to integrity and client advocacy, honoring the legacy of his parents’ fight for the voiceless.

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    We Represent Families and Individuals in need of Estate Planning

    • We design and build estate plans based on your unique needs, concerns, and aspirations.
    • Our estate plans are about more than just “who” is to get “what” when you pass away. We believe that your estate plan should be about how you want to enjoy your retirement, achieve your life’s goals, and pass on a legacy to your children & grandchildren.

    Proudly serving the Greater Columbus area

    Brenden Kelley Law, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, extends its expert legal services across Ohio and into Pennsylvania. With additional offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh, PA, Brenden and the firm offer continuous support and ensure personalized legal assistance throughout the region, regardless of their physical presence. This commitment allows us to provide effective legal solutions tailored to the unique needs of clients throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    Including the cities of…

    Grove City | Hilliard | Grandview Heights | Lincoln Village | Worthington | Riverlea | Dublin | Minerva Park | Westerville | Gahanna | Whitehall | New Albany | Blacklick | Reynoldsburg | Brice | Urbancrest | Hilliard | Upper Arlington | Flint | Obetz

    Columbus Business-Related Services Provided by The Brenden Kelley Law Firm

    Business Formation and Structure

    Choosing the right business entity is crucial as it affects liability, taxation, and operational strategies. At the Brenden Kelley Law Firm, we take pride in being Columbus’  small business lawyer that guides you through the process of business formation and structure, helping you make informed decisions that support your business goals. Our services include:

    • Entity Selection: We provide advice on the benefits and drawbacks of different business structures, including sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs), and corporations. This guidance helps you select the most suitable entity for your business’s needs.
    • Registration and Documentation: We assist with registering your business with the Ohio Secretary of State, drafting articles of incorporation or organization, and creating operating agreements that define the governance and operations of your business.
    • Compliance: We ensure that your business adheres to all legal requirements, including securing the necessary licenses and permits, and following state and federal regulations.
    • Strategic Planning: Our team offers strategic planning services to navigate the legal complexities of business formation and structure, considering factors for growth, expansion, and future success.

    Contracts

    The Brenden Kelley Law Firm supports Columbus businesses in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts to safeguard their interests. Our expertise ensures that contracts are legally sound, setting clear expectations and securing rights in all business dealings, including commercial transactions and employment agreements.

    Intellectual Property Protection

    We aid businesses in Columbus in protecting their intellectual property (IP). Our services include managing trademark registrations, copyright protections, patent strategy, and litigation support for IP disputes, ensuring that your valuable IP assets are well-protected and contribute to your competitive advantage and business growth.

    Employment Law

    Our firm provides comprehensive legal support to small businesses in Columbus, helping them navigate the complexities of Ohio employment law. We offer services such as drafting employment agreements, advising on labor relations, managing wrongful termination cases, and ensuring compliance with workplace regulations.

    Regulatory Compliance

    Brenden Kelley Law is proficient in the nuances of business law, particularly in regulatory compliance. We help businesses in Columbus navigate Ohio’s complex regulatory landscape, ensuring compliance with both state and federal laws.

    Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

    Brenden Kelley Law offers expert legal guidance in mergers and acquisitions, ensuring smooth transactions that align with your business objectives in Columbus. We support you through due diligence, deal negotiations, and transaction closures, all provided with a transparent flat fee structure.

    Dispute Resolution and Litigation

    Our firm provides negotiation, mediation, and litigation services to resolve disputes and protect the interests and reputation of your business in Columbus, ensuring compliance with Ohio law.

    Real Estate

    We specialize in commercial real estate services for small businesses in Columbus, handling transactions including purchases, sales, and lease negotiations, ensuring compliance with local zoning and real estate laws.

    Tax Planning and Compliance

    Brenden Kelley Law provides tax planning and compliance services, helping Columbus businesses develop strategies to minimize tax liabilities while ensuring full compliance with tax laws.

    Succession Planning

    We provide succession planning services for small businesses in Columbus, helping to ensure smooth leadership transitions and the secure future of your business.


    Why Legal Support Is Crucial for Your Business in Columbus

    Legal support is essential for navigating the dynamic business environment of Ohio. It prevents potential legal issues, ensures smooth operations, and helps your business adhere to relevant laws and regulations. Effective legal support is critical for contract integrity, intellectual property security, and dispute resolution, preserving your business’s reputation and financial health.

    Proactive legal assistance from Brenden Kelley Law ensures that your Columbus business is not only compliant but also primed for growth and success in Ohio’s competitive marketplace.

    Please note that while we maintain a presence in Columbus, most of the work will be performed from our primary office in Cleveland, Ohio. Our Columbus location provides fully equipped office spaces and conference rooms as needed to support your needs efficiently. In-person meetings are available by appointment only, and our team is readily available for virtual consultations.

    Brenden’s Recognitions & Memberships

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    What Brenden’s clients are saying…

    Excellent
    Based on 20 reviews
    Sylvia Schumacher
    Sylvia Schumacher
    2024-03-11
    Brenden is exceptional. During our initial consultation regarding a real estate matter, he was transparent and candid about my likelihood of winning a lawsuit (which was low) and advised exploring alternative options. He invested time in locating an attorney specializing in land use and zoning for me. Brenden was not only great to talk to, but also extremely knowledgeable, and I highly endorse him. Thanks a lot for your help!
    Juliet’s Room
    Juliet’s Room
    2024-02-12
    I hired Brenden to create terms of service for a website. First, I saw the many automated services that are offered. Legal zoom, rocket lawyer, etc. I ALMOST decided on using them for a mere $200. But, as my grandpa who fought in WW2 always told me “you get what you pay for”. I shopped around because my situation was unique. I made dozens and dozens of phone calls to lawyers looking to help. Only 10% of my calls were returned. Brenden came in with a flat fee for less than 1/2 of the competitors quote. I met with him today. He was VERY thorough and thought of important coverages I did not think of. I thank God I found him. He communicates well and promptly…. Not like most attorneys. I could not be more pleased with my finished product. Honestly…. He should charge more. I am happy to give my personal reference to him. -Beekeeper Mike
    Jasmine Zaben
    Jasmine Zaben
    2023-12-29
    Professional. Efficient. Caring. Brenden assisted me in the purchase of a dental practice. His calm manner, keen insights, and negotiating skills were invaluable during this stressful process. I am grateful for his personal touch and tireless persistence. He helped make my dream a reality. I would highly recommend Brenden to other dentists and business owners looking for a lawyer who understands their needs and cares about their success.
    Joey Falatok
    Joey Falatok
    2023-12-28
    Working with Brenden Kelley on my oil and gas lease was a fantastic experience. He explained everything clearly, added crucial protections to the contract, and helped to secure a great lease rate. I wholeheartedly recommend Brenden to anyone in need of legal representation, especially in oil and gas lease agreements. His commitment to his clients' best interests is clearly evident, and I have no doubt that he will continue to provide exceptional service to others.
    Pia Lague
    Pia Lague
    2023-12-01
    We're so happy with Brenden's work. He was extremely helpful when we started our business. Very responsive, flexible and knowledgeable. We feel fortunate to have such a great lawyer help us.
    Reynaldo Gomez
    Reynaldo Gomez
    2023-09-29
    Explained everything to me. Make my dentist contract easier for me.
    carol johnson
    carol johnson
    2023-09-18
    Brendan is very affordable, knowledgeable, respectful and concerned about his clients!
    Ocean Balsley-Roupe
    Ocean Balsley-Roupe
    2023-07-28
    Takes away all the hassle when writing up a business contract. Completely transparent with the cost. Don't know of any other lawyer charging a flat fee.
    Ryan Cawood
    Ryan Cawood
    2023-07-28
    Highly skilled business lawyer with a wealth of knowledge in Contracts, Partnership Agreements, Commercial Contracts, and Incorporation & restructuring. His approachable demeanor and commitment making working with him a breeze. For any business legal needs, He's my go to!
    Ashley Blubaugh
    Ashley Blubaugh
    2023-07-18
    Brenden Kelley is a truly exceptional lawyer, demonstrating both deep empathy and unwavering dedication. His comforting presence coupled with his clear communication style made navigating a challenging situation much more manageable. With impeccable attention to detail, he tailored his strategy to my unique situation and worked tirelessly to secure a resolution far exceeding my expectations. Beyond his legal expertise, Brenden consistently extended emotional support, transforming what could have been an ordeal into a journey where I felt understood and represented. If you need a compassionate, hardworking lawyer who will fight for you every step of the way, I wholeheartedly recommend Brenden Kelley.

    Contact Us

    Our team is available 24/7 to discuss your legal needs and how we can assist. Schedule your free consultation today and discover how we can work together to achieve your goals.

    Brenden Kelley Law

    • Cleveland: 815 Superior Ave • Suite 1815 • Cleveland, Ohio 44114
    • Columbus: 21 E State Street • Suite 200 • Columbus, Ohio 43215
    • Cincinnati: 201 E. Fifth Street • Suite 1900-1325 • Cincinnati, OH 45202
    • Pittsburgh: 322 North Shore Drive • Building 1B, Suite 200 • Pittsburgh, PA 15212

    M-F: 9am-6pm, Sat: 10am-3pm, Sun: Closed. By Appointment Only.

    Why Choose Brenden Kelley Law?

    Experience: Brenden Kelley Law brings a wealth of experience across all legal services, with years of practice handling a variety of complex cases. This broad expertise informs our effective and sophisticated strategies tailored to meet the specific legal needs of Ohio and Pennsylvania residents.

    Selective Clientele: We take a selective approach to client management, ensuring personalized and detailed legal service by working with a limited number of clients at a time. This allows us to deeply understand and effectively manage your unique legal needs.

    Proven Results: Our firm is known for its strong track record of success, consistently achieving clients' legal goals across Ohio and Pennsylvania. This history highlights our expertise and commitment to excellence.

    Client-Centric Service: Your needs and goals are our priority. We provide tailored advice, regular updates, and accessible communication to ensure your satisfaction and success throughout the legal process.

    Local Expertise: Our deep understanding of Ohio's and Pennsylvania's legal environment is essential for providing effective legal solutions that are compliant with state-specific regulations.

    Transparent Pricing: Transparency is a cornerstone of our practice. We offer a clear fee structure to ensure that you understand all costs upfront, eliminating surprises and building trust.

    Brenden Kelley Law

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