I’ve always been interested in business law. In fact, my legal background started in business law long before I became a lawyer, went to law school or even went to college.
My dad and uncle had a small business from the time I was young. The company focused on the sign business: billboards and on-premises signs. We also rented out our cranes for use by others including air conditioning companies who needed to get an air conditioner lifted onto a roof, but did not have the equipment to do so.
All through my life I heard about the legal issues they had from collections to contracts to applying for permits to place signs in various cities. My first contact with constitutional law came when I was applying for a permit for a sign when the city employee advised me that a code section on the books was kept there even though it was in violation of free speech.
After high school, I went on to college graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and then getting my Masters of Business Administration both with a focus on Management Information Systems. During those years, I was required to take a course simply titled “Business Law.” A standard course for most, if not all, business students. I don’t recall all of the areas covered back then, but I did enjoy the course.
I recall that the Business Law class I was required to take as a student included studies in torts, contracts, sales, and business organizations. That’s a lot of area to cover in one course. If you think about it, “Business Law” can encompass just about any area of law from criminal law to torts (including personal injury) to environmental law, to property law, to employment law to…well you get the idea.
This blog will cover various areas which concern businesses. I will probably focus on how small businesses and the law interact, although the principles will be the same with mid and large sized companies. Being based in Nevada, I will be discussing Nevada Law, but, again, many of the principles are the same or similar as they are in other states.