Fortis Expertise Spans Many Leading Industries

We represent clients throughout their business life cycle—from formation to exit—and our extensive experience in a broad range of key practice areas allows us to best support and protect your business goals, regardless of whether you are looking to build, maintain, or sell your business.  Our lawyers work collaboratively across all industries and practice groups to ensure that clients receive the best possible advice and a comprehensive team approach, resulting in more efficient and informed counsel for you.

Cannabis

The burgeoning cannabis industry has gained significant traction across the United States within the past few years.  Businesses in the cannabis industry constantly face new and myriad business challenges, including ever-changing and complex regulations, employment concerns, and litigation.

  • Based in Denver, Fortis has been at the forefront of this budding industry since the beginning. With a deep network of clients and partners throughout the United States, as well as in the industry currently taking shape in Canada, our cannabis practice is one of the most sophisticated and experienced in the country.  Our Denver based cannabis attorneys are frequent speakers on industry issues and, as part of the Cannabis Committee for the American Herbal Products Association, we even help drive policy.

  • Our clients range from those directly involved in the cannabis industry, to businesses affiliated with the cannabis industry and investors that support the operations, infrastructure and services for producers and sellers.  We also provide services to companies in the legal marijuana, industrial hemp, and cannabinoid industries.

  • Fortis’ team helps clients with an expansive range of cannabis-related corporate affairs, including:

    • Serving as outside general counsel for more than a dozen cannabis businesses

    • Business formation and corporate structuring

    • Funding for technology and growth

    • Acquisitions and major transactions

    • Tax-related issues

    • Real estate matters, such as commercial leasing and purchases

    • Litigation

Fortis has established our prominent reputation in the cannabis industry by being a reliable partner that clients can count on to adeptly guide them through the rapidly changing cannabis landscape.  We’ve been there from the beginning for many of our clients, and we continue to help them succeed today. We look forward to partnering with others in the industry who are looking for a higher level of legal representation.

Financial Services & Lending

Financial services and lending are incredibly complex and highly-regulated industries that can be challenging to navigate. Fortis’ financial services group is skilled in  all aspects of commercial and consumer financial services and lending, including:

  • Helping clients secure financial services and funding and defending them in regulation and enforcement investigations.  

  • Representing banks, lenders and other financial services providers in breach of contract and collection matters against borrowers, as well as in examinations, investigations and enforcement actions by the SEC, FINRA, CFPB, FDIC, and other state and federal regulators.

  • Representing consumers and businesses in disputes with banks and other lenders across a broad range of matters.

  • Representing private equity firms and investors in connection with M&A transactions and investments in closely-held businesses, and assisting with drafting deal documents in accordance with today’s changing regulations and legalities.

  • Assisting clients in obtaining funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) that was signed into law on March 27, 2020.

Manufacturing, Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods

It’s a different business world today in so many ways, and that is often most evident in the retail and manufacturing sectors, where competition and regulatory uncertainties can make business challenging and sometimes risky.

At Fortis Law Partners, we understand the legal and regulatory complexities that guide safety efforts for the manufacture and sale of consumer products, and food and beverage items.  We have vast experience with clients in the manufacturing, retail, and CPG industries including restaurants, breweries, artesian water companies, and cannabis, and advise both small and large businesses on an ever-growing list of topics that can adversely affect manufacturers and retailers.

Some of these include:

  • Employment law and human resources issues

  • Commercial contracts

  • Equipment maintenance and acquisition

  • Corporate compliance

  • Litigation to resolve allegations of any kind, but specifically defective product claims

  • IP protection

  • Financial restructuring

  • Antitrust issues

  • Advertising and marketing

Professional Services 

Fortis has decades of practical experience in professional legal services, C-suite leadership and business entrepreneurship. We use this expertise to support clients working in an array of professional services, including:

  • Media

  • Software and technology

  • Healthcare

  • Data security

  • Advertising

  • Architecture and engineering

  • Real Estate

  • Education

  • Accounting

  • Law

We help companies big and small, new and old, handle important legal matters and manage their resources effectively so they can focus their attention on what’s most important–providing services to their clients.

Real Estate & Construction

Fortis has a long and extensive background working alongside various companies across the real estate and construction industries. Whether you are running a real estate or construction company, investing in the industry, or simply looking to do business with a company in one of these fields, our expertise can help protect your interests, and grow your business.

We have helped clients with:

  • Real estate purchases

  • Leasing

  • Financing, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans as well as other traditional bank loans

  • Structuring and negotiating real estate partnerships and investment terms

  • Construction industry claims and litigation, including alternative dispute resolutions

  • Construction operations

  • Corporate compliance

  • Risk management

  • Labor and employment

  • Government contracts

  • False Claims Act defense

  • Structuring and negotiating industry agreements

Software, Technology, Internet & eCommerce

Today’s world is very much a digital one, and Fortis attorneys are well-versed in all aspects of the laws and regulations governing today’s technological infrastructure, the global reach of the internet, and the many ways in which technology is used to sell products and services.

Cloud-based software, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings now dominate the software industry and companies in this industry expect their legal agreements to be as innovative as their products.  We understand these new market conditions and have helped businesses thrive in them by adapting agreements and service offerings to meet these challenges.

Our experienced legal team advises clients on many important industry areas, including:

  • Internet law

  • Data ownership

  • E-commerce

  • Cloud-based on-demand software and infrastructure platforms, such as SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS

  • Intellectual property

  • Privacy regulations

  • Trade secret protection

  • Legal or regulatory issues that arise during software development or use

Whether you merely have a website to provide information on your company or your primary product or service marketplace is online, your business constantly needs to adapt in order to comply with ever-changing online regulations. We keep up with this fast-paced market so that you don’t have to and our expert counsel can help you avoid legal pitfalls, meet your immediate business needs, and pave the way for future growth.

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