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For Over 50 Years

Business Law Attorneys in Spokane, WA

With a reputation built on a commitment to excellence and trust, Layman Law Firm provides innovative solutions to the complex issues faced by organizations in an increasingly competitive climate. The quality of our attorneys and their involvement in the business community sets us apart.

Spokane Business Lawyer

Our business, banking, and commercial attorneys have extensive business experience and credentials.

Our law firm is General Counsel for Farmers Merchants Bank in Spokane, Washington. In addition to practicing law, our law firm’s founder, John G. Layman, was President of Farmers and Merchants Bank for 30 years.

With our business and commercial experience, we provide a full range of legal services to businesses, including entrepreneurs, partnerships, corporations, and banks.

Business Formation and Representation

Our business and corporate lawyers advise on all business formation issues, including:

  • Legal entity options, including incorporation, partnership, or limited liability company (“LLC”)

After a business has been formed, we serve as on-going legal counsel, to advise and represent the new business in all legal matters, including the following:

  • Contract negotiation

  • Preparation of agreements

  • Preparation of employment contracts, including non-compete agreements

  • Employee relations

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Creditor’s Rights

  • Tactics for minimizing liability exposure

Business Formations

When you start a business, its structure dictates the liability of the owners and other important business matters, from taxes to succession. At the Washington law firm of Layman Law Firm, in Spokane and Seattle, our business formation lawyers assist clients with selecting the appropriate entity for their business.

Our business attorneys offer extensive experience and notable credentials. Together, they have the comprehensive legal knowledge and sharp business acumen needed to help our business clients succeed with their endeavors. They can help set up operations, handle daily transactions and provide strong representation in any legal disputes. Contact us to discuss how we can help you get sound legal footing for your business venture.

Start a Business That Works Best for You

As a seasoned business and commercial law firm, Layman Law Firm, PLLP will help you evaluate your goals and objectives and identify any potential challenges. We handle the following entity startups:

  • Sole proprietorships

  • Partnerships

  • Limited liability companies (LLC)

  • C corporations

  • S corporations

Document Preparation and Commercial Transactions

Our firm assists clients with the creation of articles of incorporation, articles of formation, bylaws, and operating agreements, and addresses all license issues. We also draft and review lease agreements, partnership agreements, policies and procedures, employee handbooks and commercial contracts for a wide range of business and commercial law transactions.

Business Litigation Support

While entrepreneurs always face a certain amount of risk in starting a business, our skilled commercial attorneys can help reduce the threat of future litigation by implementing the proper business structure from the very beginning. When disputes and challenges do arise, we are fully prepared to handle matters from an informed perspective, helping you protect your rights, interests and competitive place in the market.

From understanding OSHA requirements and zoning concerns to consulting with financial experts and meeting litigation needs head-on, Layman Law Firm, PLLP will guide you at every step. We offer comprehensive advice from across many industries so that you have the greatest chance of achieving success from day one.

Protect & Grow Your Business


Commercial Litigation

At Layman Law Firm, a law firm serving Washington State and North Idaho, we represent the interests of businesses, including corporations, and banks in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels. Our cases have been varied but have involved:

  • Contract disputes, including non-compete agreement issues

  • Business disputes

  • Transaction disputes

  • Suits for amounts due

  • Securities disputes

  • Employment disputes

At Layman Law Firm, PLLP, our commercial litigation attorneys have knowledge and experience in business, banking, and commercial law and litigation. The trial and litigation experience of these attorneys coupled with the business backgrounds of several of our attorneys provides us with a unique perspective in representing clients. Two of our commercial litigation attorneys, John G. Layman and John R. Layman, have been actively involved in the financial institution industry for decades. John G. Layman has almost 50 years of commercial litigation experience. John R. Layman has almost 20 years of commercial litigation experience.

Our respected business litigation lawyers work with our transactional lawyers as a team to provide the best, most cost-effective representation for our clients. If you would like to discuss a commercial litigation matter, please contact us.


If you are working for or involved with a company, and you see misconduct that needs to be reported and made known, we can help. These cases, known as Whistleblower cases are very important, and help keep companies honest. They are commonly referred to as:

  • Whistleblower Lawsuits

  • False Claims Acts

  • Qui Tam

Here at Layman Law Firm, we have over 100 years of combined experience in dealing with company law, commercial litigation, and making sure the right parties are protected.

Many Whistleblower lawsuits include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Stock / Securities Fraud

  • Money Laundering

  • Health Threats

  • Safety Violations

  • Corporate Corruption

If you or someone you know would like to report any one of these actions, and see if legal action should be taken, please feel free to contact our firm, or fill out a Free Case Evaluation to learn more.