Carpenter and Berger is a boutique law firm based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Our practice is focused on the representation of small to medium-sized entrepreneurial businesses based in or with operations in South Florida. The firm’s partners, Joseph E. Carpenter, Jr. and Michael B. Berger both have many years experience as legal counselors and as entrepreneurs running their own businesses.
Our Firm maintains a sophisticated practice with a select clientele. We are committed to providing excellent service and strive to create long term relationships so we can understand the business of each of our clients on the most complex levels. Only then can we bring to bear our skills and resources to most efficiently achieve our clients’ objectives.
For many years large organizations have benefited from the ability to employ in-house counsel, which provides three major competitive advantages over traditional law firm provided services: 1) Lower costs; 2) Availability; and 3) An intimate knowledge of the business. Carpenter and Berger provides the same types of service, counseling, and availability as an in-house lawyer, on an as-needed and ongoing basis. Companies that retain us as their outside, “in-house” counsel reap the benefits of having a lawyer “on-call” in a cost-efficient and affordable manner.
On the transactional side, Carpenter & Berger has expertise in several areas:
We are counsel to technology companies and technology driven product and services companies; counsel to organizations in technology centered transactions such as technology acquisition and outsourcing arrangements.
We have extensive experience in the representation of clients in hardware and software development, data communications, telecommunications, information processing, and related industries with a particular focus on the domestic and international operations of manufacturing, service and data/telecommunications/ Internet related companies.
We regularly counsel corporate clients ranging from start ups and emerging companies to established middle market clients. Our primary areas of focus for corporate clients are: Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity, Venture Capital, Banking and Finance; and sales, marketing, distribution and joint venture arrangements.
Our firm’s real estate finance & development practice has experience in the following areas: corporate real estate services, including leasing and acquisition and development programs for clients with sizable real estate holdings and needs; finance; acquisitions and dispositions; joint ventures; complex multiuse projects; public/private partnerships; land development and construction; and, the strategic planning and asset analysis that goes along with real estate focused transactions.