also known as Duie Latta, A. Duie Latta
Duie is committed to exceptional client service, and he provides it with good judgment, common sense, and a practical approach to what his clients want.
Closely Held and Family Businesses:
Duie represents clients in business transactions and corporate matters, with an emphasis on privately held and family businesses. His practice spans the business life cycle, from initial business planning and the formation of corporations, LLCs, partnerships, and other entities, to business sales, workouts, and windups. Duie also provides general representation in day-to-day business matters such as contract preparation, review, and negotiation. He frequently advises clients on shareholder, buy/sell, and other owner agreements, lending and finance, construction contracts, employment and non-compete agreements, and other business matters. Duie works with closely held business owners in their estate and succession planning, particularly as it relates to their businesses. He also represents non-profit organizations in their formation, governance, and application for federal and state tax exemptions.
Duie is on the Board of Directors of A. Duie Pyle, Inc., a 4th generation family business that was founded in 1924. A. Duie Pyle is a 2200-employee transportation and distribution company that provides trucking, warehouse, and other supply chain services through its system of 22 service centers and 7 warehouses located throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Duie has firsthand experience with Pyle’s Board of Directors, with its multi-generational business planning, and other issues unique to family-owned businesses. This enables him to advise clients on decisions involving a complex intersection of legal, business, and ownership risks and issues, and to do so from the vantage point of an attorney, business owner, and board member.
In 2014, Duie was one of only two attorneys in Pennsylvania selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers–Rising Stars in the practice area of Closely Held Business.
Mergers & Acquisition:
Duie regularly represents buyers and sellers of businesses and assets in merger and acquisition transactions for a variety of industries, including the manufacturing, services, transportation and distribution, technology, information management, food, and oil and gas industries. His experience includes preparing purchase agreements, counseling clients on confidentiality agreements, term sheets and letters of intent, and review of regulatory issues.
Duie also represents clients in the lease, development, purchase, and sale of real estate. He regularly advises businesses that are planning to build their own facilities, helping them navigate the construction, financing, title, taxation, and numerous other issues accompanying real estate projects. His experience includes the review and negotiation of construction and architectural contracts for owners and contractors, and representing buyers and sellers in negotiating purchase agreements, ground leases, and development agreements. He provides tax planning advice on realty transfer tax, real estate tax exemption, and other tax matters. Duie also represents landlords and tenants in lease preparation and negotiation, including for commercial, office, industrial, and warehouse buildings, and shopping centers.
Duie serves on the Boards of several of his clients and other organizations, assisting them in strategic and governance matters.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Lawyer||Main Line Today Magazine||2015|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Top Lawyer||Main Line Today Magazine||2014|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Top Lawyer||Main Line Today Magazine||2012|
|Top Lawyer||Main Line Today Magazine||2011|
|Top Lawyers||Main Line Today Magazine||2010|
|Pennsylvania Rising Stars||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Fred Kring Scholarship Award||Fred Kring Scholarship||2003|
|Founding Attorney||Clarion Law, LLC||2016 - Present|
|Attorney||MacElree Harvey, Ltd.||2007 - 2016|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|A. Duie Pyle, Inc.||Board of Directors||2013 - Present|
|West Chester Food Cupboard||Board of Directors||2009 - Present|
|Dr. and Mrs. Charles S. Swope Memorial Scholarship Foundation||Board Member||2009 - Present|
|Chester County Bar Association||Member, Business Law section||2007 - Present|
|Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center||Chairman||2007 - 2010|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Formed a nonprofit and obtained 501(c)(3) tax-exemption||The organization obtained 501(c)(3) tax exemption|
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|Clarion Law Blog||Amazon Contract Has Zombie Apocalypse Clause||2016|
|The Legal Intelligencer||Special Challenges for Board Oversight of Family Businesses||2015|
|Grove City College||Philosophy||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Villanova University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Chester County Bar Association - 2010 Spring Bench Bar||Contractor and Mechanics' Lien Law||2010|
|HICPA - Suburban Contractors||Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act||2009|
|Nonprofit Organizations||Nonprofit Law & 501c3 Organizations||N/A|
|Industry Groups||Premarital Agreements||N/A|
|Industry Groups||Contracts & Legal Agreements||N/A|
|Industry Groups||LLCs, Incorporation & limited liability||N/A|
|Industry Groups||Business Law & Corporate Law||N/A|