Small Business Law

This area of law deals with small business matters that are not adversarial. In the legal world, these are called “transactional” matters. Starting and maintaining a small business can involve drafting of documents and navigation of the legal and regulatory framework—JEP attorneys are able to help with effective, affordable counsel.

JEP lawyers working on Small Business Law provide services that may include:

  • Business entity formation
  • Drafting contracts, including loan agreements
  • Corporate bylaws
  • LLC operating agreements
  • Employment agreements and handbooks
  • Andrea Karle

    Karle Law, LLC

    Andrea provides economical, tailored, business solutions to small business owners. She has a background in accounting and taxation, and a passion for food science. While she grew up in the Chicago area she pursued her bachelor’s in the mountainous west at Colorado State University and her law degree from Indiana University. (Go Hoosiers!) She worked with startups in the San Francisco Bay area and has experience with tax consultation for state sales tax issues, mergers and acquisitions, and general family tax planning. She focuses on regular folks by offering flat rate fees and limited scope solutions. When not volunteering at Prairie State Legal Services Tax Clinic, CARPLS, and the Olive Mary Stitt Science Club, Andrea stays involved in the community by giving seminars for small business owners. Andrea’s exuberance for both consuming and researching food bubbles over into brewing. Andrea can be reached at (847)-773-0900 or Online appointments can be made on her website.

  • Clifford Helm

    Helm Business Law

    Cliff Helm is a Chicago area attorney and JEP alumnus specializing in small business law, non-profit law, music and the arts, and community development. His practice is dedicated to supporting people as they start and maintain small businesses and non-profits. In addition, he is an advocate for responsible community development through the use of Community Benefits Agreements. Cliff was placed at the Law Project (part of the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law) and worked with non-profits, small businesses, and community coalitions. After the placement concluded, he continues to volunteer for the Law Project through its weekly help desk and by representing clients pro bono. Cliff can be reached at 773.417.6409 or

  • Darren Perconte

    Perconte Law

    Darren Perconte is an alumni member of the JEP. Darren provides affordable and tailored legal services to business owners, professionals, and creatives. His practice areas include business transactions, business litigation and dispute resolution, employment law, administrative and professional hearings, copyright and trademark, estate planning, and real estate. Darren draws upon his legal and business experience to pursue specific, client-focused solutions to legal issues. For more complex or specialized matters, he utilizes a wide network of attorneys and other professionals to meet the unique needs of each client. Darren understands that every client faces a different situation, so he offers a range of payment plans and representation options, including limited scope, unbundled services, and coaching. Darren earned his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School and his B.A. from Boston College. Darren can be reached at (773)242-9909 or

  • Adella Deacon

    Sable Law Group, LLC

    Adella Deacon is an alumni member of the JEP and a partner at the Sable Law Group, LLC. Adella is a forward-thinking, energetic attorney. Adella practices in the areas of small business, real estate, estate planning, and general civil litigation. She has an extensive, interdisciplinary-focused educational background having earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and her Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. She is a board member of Integra Rehab Solutions and the Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center. She takes a hands-on approach and is committed to providing her clients with the knowledge to make informed decisions regarding their legal needs. An empathetic advocate for equity and justice, she will find innovative solutions for your legal problems. Adella can be reached at (312) 469-0622 or at

  • Anthony M. Abou Ezzi

    Ezzi Law

    Anthony (“Tony”) M. Abou Ezzi provides services to his clients in the area of Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Special Needs Trusts), Probate, Adult Guardianship, Small-Business and Corporate Formation, and Disability Law. Tony founded Ezzi Law with the purpose of providing his clients with personalized and exceptional legal services. He assists clients with end-of-life planning and circumstances, and prides himself in treating each of his clients as he would a member of his family. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from North Central College and receiving his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School, Tony never lost sight of his passion for helping those in need. As an intern for Equip for Equality, a recipient of the AT&T Excellence in Pro Bono Legal Services Award through the Center for Disability and Elder Law, and as a volunteer for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Tony has dedicated himself to providing legal assistance to individuals with a disability and the elderly. Tony can be reached at (929)-322-3994 or

  • Shymane Robinson

    Shymane S. Robinson, a Chicago native, and entrepreneur is very passionate about helping her clients create wealth through real estate and small business law. Shymane is the founder of Robinson Law LLC and serves as General Counsel to Cyprus Investments, LLC., a privately held investment company in Chicago. As a real estate investor and small business owner herself, Shymane understands the importance of purchasing real estate or starting a business as a first step to establishing wealth. Turn to Shymane for smooth and stress-free legal services. Home buyers, sellers, tenants, landlords, and small business owners from a variety of industries trust Shymane with their legal matters. Shymane looks forward to working with real estate professionals, hip-hop recording artists, stylists, salon owners, restaurant owners, fashion designers, artist managers, music producers, photographers, videographers and many more. Shymane offers affordable flat rate pricing and can be reached 24 hours 7 days a week by calling 312-442-0057 or emailing us at

  • Agostino Filippone

    Filippone Law, LLC

    Augie Filippone started Chokshi-Filippone Law, LLC so that he could provide the focused, experienced, and dedicated counseling his clients deserve. His practice area includes business, consumer, and injury law. Augie received a Bachelor of Arts from Knox College, Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Master of Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business, and a Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas School of Engineering. During law school, he was News Editor for the Consumer Law Review and was a member of its Executive Board. Augie is licensed to practice law in Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Augie is a strong supporter of community service and a proud member of several Chicagoland area programs, including Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, CARPLS, and Junior Achievement. He is also a Commissioner with the Village of Mount Prospect, serving on the Planning and Zoning Board. Augie can be reached via email at or by phone at (847)346-5565.