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The Most Trusted Firm by Dentists and Dental Professionals

DEHNADI & CONLEY provides experienced and highly qualified legal guidance to dentists and dental professionals. 

We are a firm of attorneys specializing in dental transitions, dental leases, dental partnerships, dental groups, estate planning and all business needs of a dentist. With multiple offices and attorneys, we provide legal services to a vast number of Dentists and other Medical professionals.

Areas of Practice

Practice Purchase Agreements

Whether you are buying or selling a practice, it is important to have a written, enforceable contract in place for the acquisition or sale of your dental practice. Standard business form purchase agreements are not sufficient for acquisition or sale of a dental practice because they do not contain the numerous areas in which a dentist needs protection.  Dehnadi & Conley has been leading the dental industry in the development, implementation and perfection of dental practice purchase agreements.  The dental industry is a unique and complicated profession.  We have crafted industry standards unique to the dental profession for purchase or sale of a dental practice regarding such important issues as uncompleted dental work, redo work, insurance plan issues, referral sources, restrictive covenants, accounts receivable collection and many other industry issues based on State and Federal laws.

We have helped hundreds of dentists purchase or sell their dental practice.  In each and every transition we provided personal, hands-on review and understanding of each individual client and their business needs.  Dehnadi & Conley has earned a reputation for excellence and creativity as counsel in the dental industry.

Partnership Agreements

DEHNADI & CONLEY has advised clients with respect to a broad range of transactions involving various types of partnerships and strategic relationships.  Partnerships are like a marriage and must be treated like one. They require constant work, communication and openness to survive. Some of our happiest clients are involved in partnerships; however, most of the litigation brought to our law firm is a result of partnerships not having a written, comprehensive partnership agreement in place.

We have special expertise in structuring and negotiating partnerships and strategic alliances (whether in corporate, limited liability company, partnership, contractual or other form of joint enterprise or through strategic contracts and licenses) for the dental industry.  Structuring and negotiating these complicated transactions requires, in addition to legal guidance and counseling, substantial business experience and industry understanding; all of which we have garnered through the depth of our experience in these transactions.

Dental Office Leases/Space Sharing

In most cases, the legal wording of a lease or space sharing agreement rarely matches the presumed straightforward business arrangements that were negotiated.  Instead, there is a tendency to find hidden meanings, unexpected costs and incompatible obligations structured into most lease agreements.  It is important to have your lease or space sharing agreement reviewed by a lawyer familiar with the dental industry for protection in areas such as trade secrets, patient lists, patient charts, computer access, shared employees, supply expenses, landlord/tenant issues, HIPPA regulations, restrictive covenants, protection of referral sources as well as many other issues which are inherent with the space sharing and dental office lease arrangements.

Dental Corporations and Dissolution

State and Federal laws requires dentists to comply with complex statutes designed to protect the public from non‑licensed individuals holding themselves out as dentists. As a result, in many states you cannot be an LLC, LLP or general corporation.   The main reason for professionals (such as dentists and doctors) to incorporate is for tax liability purposes and to avoid personally liability for the malpractice of other owners.   What sets the corporate entity apart from all other types of business entities, and what makes it special for legal, practical and tax purposes, is that the corporation is a legal entity separate from any of the people who own, control, manage or operate it. In fact, a corporation is legal entity capable of entering into contracts, incurring debts, etc. It is this separateness, between the entity and the people that own the entity, from which many of the advantages of the corporate entity flow.

DEHNADI & CONLEY has extensive experience representing dentists in their entity formation, ensuring that the individual complies with all statutes and regulations so that the dentist receives the liability and tax protections which corporate formations allow.  It is important to note that if you are set up improperly, even if you do not know that you are, you will generally not have the liability protection needed to protect your personal assets from litigation.

Partnership Disputes and Litigation

Business partnership disputes are sadly common and can be very bitter when a trusted business relationship breaks down.  Some partnerships are simply not salvageable and we will provide representation to a partner in order to achieve a fair and equitable result.  Partnerships are created either by a written partnership agreement or alternatively by the simple fact of two or more people going into business together and sharing any profits and losses.  Disputes within partnerships are often much easier to resolve if there is a written partnership agreement B as this should, if drafted well, cover most eventualities.   More problematic are disputes involving partnerships without any written agreement.

Partnership disputes can be over agreements between shareholders, partnership agreements, or breach of fiduciary duties.  Partnership disputes typically include legal issues such as embezzlement, conspiracy, trade secrets, conversion, usurpation of corporate or partnership activities, dissolution, business disparagement and other issues. 

The attorneys in our Litigation Practice have substantial experience in a wide variety of vehicles for dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration, and mediation.