(Partner) LISA & SOUSA, LTD.
Admitted to Bar: 1996, Massachusetts; 1996, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; 2003, Rhode Island.
Education: University of Rhode Island (B.A., 1989); University of Massachusetts School of Law (SNESL) (J.D., 1996).
Special Agencies: Commissioner, Rhode Island Real Estate Commission, 1997-2005.
Franchisee Representation: Full service representation of franchisees in development and financing of retail franchises; entity formation; purchase and sale of business assets and real estate throughout the United States; employment law; negotiations with franchisors and lenders; work with attorneys as counsel and co-counsel in multiple jurisdictions throughout the United States representing and defending franchisees in compliance, default and termination cases brought by franchisors.
Business Law: Purchase and sale of business assets and real estate; financing; entity formation and dissolution; shareholder/member agreements; mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations; leasing; franchising; civil litigation; arbitration and settlement negotiations.
Family/Domestic Law: Draft and negotiate pre-marital and separate property agreements; co-counsel and/or legal consultant in divorce cases involving business assets.
Secured Transactions/Financing: Draft private and commercial loan and security documents; negotiation of loan terms with lenders; representation of borrowers in commercial financing transactions, workouts and matters of loan defaults.
Wills, Trusts and Estates: Draft wills, trusts and estate plans; probate.
Real Estate: Purchase and sale of residential and commercial real estate, draft and negotiate purchase and sale agreements and leases; financing; land development; subdivision of real estate; permitting; zoning; boundary disputes; land use law.
Elder Law: Represent Rhode Island clients and their families in applications for state medical assistance programs as well as administrative appeals.