We are approachable, compassionate New York small business lawyers helping business owners with small business law, litigation, partnership disputes, contracts, and startup.  If you’ve been sued, want to sue someone or have deals and contracts happening in your business, talk to us. If you are just starting up and need guidance with the formation and setting up of your business, talk to us.


We are small business lawyers. As a small business, you need attorneys who get your business and offer you personalized, hands-on legal services.  We think we do and we pride ourselves on being approachable, efficient, and cost-effective.  We will always prioritize your matter and provide personal attention and focus on your legal issues.


We can help you with the separation of business owners of a closely held business, such as a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company owned by only a handful of owners. 


We advise Founders in all aspects of business formation, choice of entity and jurisdiction, formation of business entities, founder agreements, consulting agreements, confidentiality agreements, start-up funding, seed investments, protection of names, ideas, and inventions.


We can help you resolve partnership disputes by fully investigating the matter and exploring all possible alternatives prior to taking the other business partners or the business to court.


While we make it our business to keep small business owners out of court, sometimes it cannot be avoided.  We can help you enforce your rights in New York or defend any case brought against you.


Are you considering buying or selling a business? We can help you make this a success.  We can guide you in the multi-stage process of buying or selling a business.

From the Blog

  • How to deal with LLC Member Disagreements
    How can you deal with disagreements between LLC members?  Short Answer: you prepare for this scenario in the operating agreement and provide sensible solutions for any disagreement. The long answer: Pick the rights business partners Just like in marriage, it usually does … Read More
  • Five Steps of Buying a Small Business in New York
    Buying a small business in New York usually follows five distinct phases. Finding a Business Negotiating the Terms of the Deal Due Diligence Documenting the Deal Closing of the Deal Let’s work through the process and how your attorney can help you … Read More
  • What happens when an LLC Member dies?
    What happens when an LLC member of a multi-member LLC dies….?  This must happen frequently now because the New York LLC is an entity created by law 27 years ago, so nature must take its course.  You may think that your heirs … Read More

Our Team

Imke Ratschko, Business Attorney | Ratschko Wallace PLLC

Imke Ratschko

Imke Ratschko is a business attorney focusing her practice on advising small businesses, emerging companies and start-ups in transactions and business disputes.

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Jonathan Wallace, Counsel | Ratschko Wallace PLLC

Jonathan Wallace

Jonathan Wallace is a civil litigator and a 1980 graduate of Harvard Law School. He is admitted to various federal and appeals courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

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