Commercial Contracts

Helping to manage critical business relationships with robust, sensible, achievable business contracts
Gross McGinley Allentown PA Commercial Contracts

The Commercial Contract Law Experts

Contracts protect the value of your company, but it isn’t always easy to keep pace with contract-related commitments. Our contract attorneys have worked on thousands of commercial contracts. We’re focused on researching and providing you with the best information to make better decisions and manage risk.

Manage Risk and Achieve Business Goals

Your business relies on contracts to protect its interests, assets, and intellectual property. Our business attorneys will help you negotiate commercial contracts that build a foundation for a successful outcome. Our business attorneys also work to resolve contract disputes. We advise on the full spectrum of commercial contracts, including:

  • Advertising and Marketing Agreements
  • Assignment or Assumption Agreements
  • Confidentiality or Non-Disclosure (NDA) Agreements
  • Escrow Agreements
  • Indemnification Agreements
  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • License Agreements
  • Vendor Agreements


Companies that need marketing services will sign a marketing or advertising agreement with the agency providing that service. It details both parties’ rights and responsibilities. In addition to identifying expectations, the agreement includes terms of payment, billable tasks, and a non-compete agreement. Our lawyers negotiate and write advertising or marketing agreements customized to satisfy both parties’ requirements.

An assignment or assumption agreement transfers one of the contracting party’s rights and obligations to a third party not on the original contract. Different reasons may lead to the need for this type of agreement. For example, one party’s equity or the current business climate may have changed. An assignment agreement allows a new party that can comply with the existing contract’s goals or requirements to step in and replace the struggling party. Our lawyers will review and clarify the original contract and draft a new assumption agreement to meet each party’s specific needs.

Businesses and individuals use confidentiality or non-disclosure (NDA) agreements to prevent outside sources from accessing ideas, information, financial transaction details, and more during a business deal. Whenever you must disclose sensitive information during specific business negotiations, an NDA protects your interests. They’re used for various reasons including:

  • Preserving trade secrets or intellectual property
  • Protecting sensitive financial information/ inside information not publicly available
  • Defining specifics of what a company or individual can/ cannot disclose
  • Preventing forfeiture of patent rights
  • Prohibiting former employees from sharing private company information with others, like a market competitor

Our business attorneys will help guide you through the NDA complexities and ensure that the document’s language protects your legal rights. We can also assist with settlement or litigation if someone has breached a confidentiality agreement. And we’ll create a strategy to help prevent future disclosures of confidential information.

Contracts form the solid foundation of business and other transactions. Contract disputes happen when a party involved with the contract disagrees with any of its terms or definitions. These disputes often happen when someone failed to keep up their end of the deal. Usually there are two types of breaches (failures to stick to all the contract’s requirements):

  • Material breach: Also sometimes called a total breach, this breach occurs when one party irreparably and completely breaks the contract. The non-breaching party is no longer required to fulfill their obligations.
  • Minor breach: A partial breach can happen when one party fails to fulfill one part of the contract. All parties involved in the contract must still uphold their obligations.Our attorneys will work with you to develop a solution to any contract dispute. We’ll evaluate each individual situation to determine which is most appropriate, whether compensatory damages, restitution, or liquid damages. Our team includes attorneys with the knowledge to represent you in court, if necessary.

This type of contract outlines terms and conditions between parties and their responsibilities. Commonly used in real estate transactions, escrow agreements typically involve an independent third party — also called an escrow agent. That entity holds the assets until the escrow’s conditions are met. Our lawyers can serve as escrow agents and/or draft the documents you need to remove transaction risk.

“Indemnity” literally means to hold harmless. An indemnity or indemnification agreement is a type of insurance that offers compensation for damages or loss. Within this contractual agreement, one party promises to pay for potential losses or damages caused by another party. Car insurance is one example of an indemnity agreement. On a larger scale, businesses or governments may require an indemnity clause if they’re assuming larger costs on behalf of the public, for example.

Because these contracts are quite complex and must include provisions that benefit parties as equally as possible, indemnification agreements require working with a lawyer. Our lawyers will explain confusing legal terms. We will also make sure that you’re given the most protection against risk — if you’re drafting the agreement. We’ll review indemnification agreements to protect your best interests, too.

Many companies rely on independent contractor agreements to clearly set expectations. These contracts define the relationship, outline the scope of work, and dictate the terms of the project. They become the client-contractor relationship’s legal basis. When you need to hire a consultant or expert for professional advice or business support, our legal team can draft the contract that protects your interests and establishes your relationship with the contractor.

Two parties rely on this legal contract to grant permission to the licensee to use the licensor’s property, which might include:

  • Using a trademark, brand name, trade secrets, or patented technology
  • Producing and selling goods

Our attorneys understand the intricacies of licensing agreements. You benefit from our knowledge, which we use to protect your rights and reduce your exposure to risk.

People and companies use these business contracts to protect both parties involved in an exchange of goods or services for set compensation. Individuals planning a wedding sign vendor agreements with the photographer and florist, for example. Corporations use vendor agreements to contract with an event planner or caterer, IT contractors, printers, and photographers.

Whether you’re the host or vendor, you’ll want an attorney to review the agreement to ensure the contract is fair. We look out for your interests by reviewing the specific scope of services or products included, contract length and duration, payment — and payment timetable, and breach of contract clause.

Commercial Contracts Team

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Victor F. Cavacini

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Gregory H. Daub

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J. Jackson Eaton III

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John F. “Jack” Gross

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Jennifer Hodges

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Michael S. Horvath, II

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Eileen Miller

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