Women-Owned Business

Tharpe & Howell, LLP Certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

Tharpe & Howell, LLP, is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women Business Enterprise Council-West, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

The WBENC standard of certification implemented by the Women Business Enterprise Council-West is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women. Read More

Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring


Our talented and experienced attorneys have significant experience representing debtors, creditors, committees, trustees and asset buyers in the areas of restructuring, bankruptcy, and bankruptcy litigation.

Our attorneys have worked on large and complex bankruptcy cases across the country, and have a broad range of experience in connection with in- and out-of-court reorganizations in multiple industries, including, retail, entertainment, real estate, hospitality, health care, oil and gas, manufacturing and technology.

Our clients include business and property owners, landlords, secured and unsecured creditors, Chapter 11 debtors in possession, financial institutions, asset-based lenders, management companies, high-net worth individuals and purchasers of financially distressed businesses. Read More

Contract Review and Contract Disputes


We believe that contracts are the foundation of a strong and profitable business.  Our attorneys are well-versed in drafting, negotiating and modifying contracts.

Signing a master services agreement, property lease, vehicle/equipment lease, advertising agreement, accepting the terms and conditions attached to an invoice and numerous other contracts are typical for the course of business.  Some contracts are simple, easily understandable documents while others can be complex and incomprehensible.  We have found that it is not uncommon for otherwise very careful people to glance over a contract and just sign it without really knowing what it obligates them or the other party to do. Read More

Corporate Formation / Mergers & Acquisitions


Corporate Formation

Business formation, whether as a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or sole proprietorship, is the first major step to establishing a new business.

Our experienced team of attorneys will help you develop business structure that fits with your business goals, so that you can provide your organization with the best possible chance of success.  Determining the type of business form that is best for you is a major decision that should include a discussion with your attorney, as there are key issues regarding liability, taxation that will be affected by the structure you choose. Read More

Outside General Counsel Services


We offer the opportunity for small businesses to have a general counsel as an outside staff member, without the built in overhead and cost.  As companies begin to grow beyond their startup phase, legal needs can pile up.  As the legal needs of a company continue to grow, a number of complex legal issues can arise regularly, and companies need a trusted resource they can turn to first no matter the issue they are facing.  Read More