Business & Corporate Law

At the Kirkman Whitford Law firm, our attorneys have been providing legal services to business men and women in Carteret County and Eastern North Carolina for over 35 years.  We have the knowledge and experience to guide our business clients in the prudent use of their time and money as they increase and preserve their profits.

Business Entities

We assist our clients with forming corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and advice on which business entity best serves our clients’ needs.


We assist our clients in negotiating a wide variety of contracts including the purchase and sale of businesses, the sales of goods, and employment contracts.

Employment Law

We represent many small and large employers including the largest employer in Carteret County.  This gives us considerable experience in dealing with virtually all employment issues businesses may experience including:

  • Personnel policy handbooks
  • “At will” employment issues
  • Employment contracts
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Occupational safety including OSHA
  • Workman’s Compensation
  • Americans With Disabilities Act
  • Family Leave Act
  • Unemployment claims
  • Employment discrimination claims including
    race, sex and religion
  • Termination of employees
  • North Carolina Department of Labor contacts
  • United States Department of Labor contacts



Businesses cannot operate without appropriate financing.  We often assist our clients in negotiating with banks and private lenders for financing and have considerable experience in:

  • Business loans
  • Security Agreements
  • Mortgages and Deeds of Trust
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Sales and Secured Transactions


Our attorneys have extensive experience in preparing, reviewing, and negotiating business leases including:

  • Office leases
  • Shopping Center leases
  • Industrial site leases
  • General commercial leases
  • Ground leases
  • Triple Net leases

Environmental Matters

Whether assisting with environmental permitting, mitigating environmental harm, bringing claims against others who have harmed the environment of our clients’ property, or defending our clients from governmental or private allegations of environmental violations, we are available to assist our clients address the environmental issues they face in the operation of their businesses.

Business Litigation

Occasionally business men and women are confronted with litigation in the state or federal civil courts.  Someone may be harming your business and you have no choice but to bring litigation to protect your interests.  Or you may be the subject of a law suit over some business related matter.  Our attorneys have decades of experience in litigating business cases.  We make every effort to reach an amicable resolution of a case in pre-law suit negotiations or in post-suit mediation, but when the interests of our clients are best promoted with a civil trial, we will aggressively protect and promote those interests in court.

Contact us

Put our experience with business law to work for you!  Call or email us today if we can assist you with your business law needs.  To schedule an appointment, call us at 252-726-8411, or contact us online.