Laura Plourde is a corporate attorney focusing her practice on helping businesses and business owners throughout New England, especially with complex mergers, acquisitions, and the protection of their trademark and other intellectual property assets. Clients of all types and sizes turn to Laura for guidance and representation in connection with mergers and acquisitions and other sophisticated transactions, commercial contract drafting and negotiation, protection of trademarks and other intellectual property (including the filing of trademark applications and advising clients with respect to trademark infringement and trademark oppositions), entity formation, equity financings, formation of nonprofit corporations, negotiation of limited liability company Operating Agreements and Shareholder Agreements and business succession. Laura also advises clients about their rights in the case of a business or trademark dispute, working with her litigation colleagues to resolve such disputes in the most advantageous manner for her clients.
Laura represents companies in various stages of growth in complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial lending and private placements of equity securities. Laura regularly helps early-stage entrepreneurs lay the groundwork for their businesses, which includes:
- Selecting the best business structure and forming business entities;
- Drafting limited liability company Operating Agreements and Shareholders Agreements;
- Protecting essential intellectual property, including the filing of United States Patent and Trademark Office trademark applications and;
- Drafting and negotiating a wide range of commercial contracts and employment agreements.
Whether start-ups, well-established businesses or in between, clients value Laura’s combination of corporate and intellectual property legal expertise coupled with her detail-oriented, deadline-minded attitude and her practical advice. Laura is available to her clients as a “first-call” resource when business or legal issues arise. Her unique perspective lets Laura more efficiently advise businesses on how best to recognize and protect their crucial corporate and IP assets.
Prior to joining Bowditch & Dewey, Laura practiced at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP and Pabian & Russell, LLC. During law school, Laura interned at Davison Van Cleve, a Portland, Oregon, firm focused on energy law.
Aside from spending time with friends and family, Laura loves to travel. She also enjoys staying active and running, including recently chalking up her first half-marathon.
- Fundraising Committee Member, Melrose Education Foundation
- Member, Women’s Bar Association
- Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Leadership Program 2016-2017
Articles + Talks
- “Legal Considerations for Business Owners,” Certified Value Growth Advisors, Dedham, Massachusetts, May 16, 2018
- “Legal Considerations for Start-Up and Early-State Businesses,” Center for Women and Enterprise, Westborough, Massachusetts, May 2, 2018 & August 27, 2018
- “Basic Legal Issues Most Entrepreneurs, Closely Held Businesses, and Small to Mid-Size Companies Overlook,” Corporate Value Metrics, Dedham, Massachusetts, December 6, 2017
- Woostapreneurs Forum, Massachusetts SBA Office and Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, May 2017
- J.D., summa cum laude, Lewis & Clark Law School
- B.A., summa cum laude, University of New Hampshire
Successfully closing the sale of business assets
A medical professional was planning to retire and needed help disposing of certain business assets as part of that process. His estate planning lawyer referred him to Laura, who assisted with the sale of the client’s business and real estate. Laura also crafted an agreement with the new owner that allowed her client to stay on during a transition period.
Helping set up a new business
A businessman needed help getting established in a new, post-retirement endeavor. He hired Laura, and she helped him purchase a business and the associated real estate. “We formed a couple of businesses, and I took him from Letter of Intent to closing.”
Growing a new business
A newly-established business needed assistance preparing a distribution and sales agreement for its products. Laura drafted and negotiated the agreement and has, since then, efficiently put together additional agreements for the sale of goods into new territories.
Resolving a conflict between co-owners
An existing client came to Bowditch & Dewey when problems surfaced with the co-owner of her business. Laura successfully negotiated a settlement agreement and buy-out of the minority owner.
Protection of intellectual property assets
- An existing client came to Bowditch & Dewey when it became aware that a competitor was infringing its trademark. Laura successfully negotiated a settlement agreement that provided that the competitor could no longer use its infringing trademark.
- Owner of entertainment company, in overcoming a USPTO objection and successfully registering its trademark.
- Owner of services company, in properly marking its trademarks on its website.
- Individual starting new business venture, in selecting and forming a limited liability company and filing trademark applications to protect her brand.
- Owners of retail establishment, in successfully negotiating a resolution of a trademark infringement dispute.
Purchase and sale of businesses
- Seller of a medical practice, in the sale of his practice and the condo in which it operated, along with a continued employment arrangement following the sale.
- Majority owner of an excavation company, in the drafting and negotiation of the principal documents related to the sale of two businesses, along with his employment arrangement following the sale.
- Employee of service company, in the drafting and negotiation of the principal documents related to the acquisition of an ownership interest in the company.
- Majority business owner of a service company, in the resolution of a dispute with a minority business and the buy-out of the minority business owner.
Estate and business succession planning
- Majority owner of a manufacturing company, in the development of a succession plan along with drafting and negotiation of a Transition Services Agreement and Employment Agreement.
- Family-owned food service company, with the transfer of ownership interests for estate planning purposes followed by the redemption of one of the sibling’s ownership interests in the business.
- Human resources company, in the drafting of a Shareholders Agreement addressing business succession issues.
General corporate and intellectual property
- Founder of a retail establishment, in negotiating the terms on which a partner would join the company, negotiating commercial leases, prosecuting a trademark application and reviewing copyright issues related to protection of designs.
- Professional services company, in the negotiation of a Shareholders Agreement focused on management, voting, buy-sell considerations and tax considerations.
- Three founders in a newly-formed software company, with negotiation and drafting of an Operating Agreement, negotiation of commercial contracts, issuance of equity to raise capital and prosecution of a trademark application.
- Outdoor toy company, in the negotiation of several license agreements regarding the sale of certain products under its brand.