General Counsel and Business Brokerage Services

Our Offerings

Selling Your Business

The Harbor Group, LLC should be your first stop when you are looking to buy or sell a business. With over twenty years of exerience in the industry, we have helped clients successfully buy or sell hundreds of businesses, in a variety of industries, and with values ranging from as low as $100,000 to well over $25,000,000. Let us know how we can be of assistance to you?

Contract Review and Negotiations

At the Harbor Group, LLC, our business lawyers assist owners with the negotiations of key sales provisions with an eye towards maximizing your return on investment, and to minimize unintended consequences. With over 20 years of experience handling thousands of business transactions, our professionals understand the value of a thorough and well thought out contract. Let us be your business broker in Charleston, South Carolina. 

General Counsel Services

When your company is ready for an experienced general counsel, but you don't want to spend six figures and benefits to bring someone inhouse, we are here to help. Monthly retainer quotes available upon request.

Testimonials

Franchise Startups

"Chris was tremendously helpful guiding me through the South Carolina business set-up process for various new LLC's. He also reviewed franchise development agreements, leases and other related start up documents. Coming from a banking background, I am familiar reviewing legal documents/contracts - I found Chris will to take a practical approach to such reviews (i.e. reviewing specific areas where I had concerns etc)."

Jeremy Bollington, owner of Waxing The City and Blo Blow Dry Bar Inc.

Business Sales

"If you are in the market for an attorney to have in your corner during a business sale I couldn't have been more pleased with Chris Staubes. Chris's knowledge of the entire process, what to push for and not, as well as extremely timely with communication made me ecstatic to have him in my corner."

Brent Tatum, former owner 911 Driving School franchise in Mount Pleasant, SC.

General Counsel

"Chris is a great attorney. He thoroughly and timely represents me and my organization's needs. I would recommend Chris to anyone who requires his services in the areas of his expertise. He is a true professional."

Michael Sawer, owner of Metalworx, Inc. www.metalworxinc.com


Regulatory

"Chris transformed my existing Anti-Money Laundering Plan and FinCin plan into something that could actually be enacted and useful at a reasonable rate. I feel very comfortable that my employees can understand the plan and will be compliant with the regulations. We have commenced negotiating additional work, which should give you the confidence to hire him without further delay."

Jason Sharon, owner of Low Country Coins, LLC. www.lowcountrycoins.com


Small Business

"Chris Staubes and his firm are fantastic!  He is very honest,  knowledgable and I'm so thankful to have him in our corner for our business.  I whole-heartedly recommend him to anyone looking for legal counsel."

Jen Van Buskirk, co-owner of Creative Solutions LLC.  www.organizecharleston.com

"Chris Staubes helped us incorporate FenceCraft two decades ago, and has been meeting our legal needs ever since."

Michael Herold, owner of FenceCraft, LLC. www.FenceCraftSC.com

"Chris is honest and trustworthy, and it was clear that he genuinely cared about my situation.  He clearly and concisely communicated my options and all other relevant details and helped me move forward with a plan that I feel great about.  Thank you Chris!"

Doug Van Buskirk, co-owner of Creative Solutions LLC. www.organizecharleston.com

Community Service

  A leader is a person who makes the people around him better than they are. That description fits Chris Staubes perfectly. Chris had big shoes to fill in 2015 when he assumed the job of president of the Mount Pleasant Business Association, an all-volunteer organization. He responded by taking the office of president of MPBA to a new level, setting a shining example for the other members of his board and leading them to excel as well. Their efforts, under Chris’ direction, were the driving force in transitioning MPBA into becoming the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce.   Would Mount Pleasant have a Chamber Commerce today without the vision and leadership of Chris Staubes? Probably not. Chris did not hesitate when he saw the opportunity to do something important for his hometown. He moved forward, and the other members of the MPBA board, encouraged by the example he set, worked with him to create something that might have seemed to be only a distant and unreachable dream just a few years ago.   Is Chris Staubes a great leader? Just ask the ever-growing membership of the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce, an organization that has nearly tripled in size in the past few years. The answer to that question is self-evident. 

Brian Sherman, owner of the Publications Specialist   

About Chris Staubes, Esquire

Experience

Our principal, Chris Staubes, has extensive experience assisting clients with mergers and acquisitions, corporate start-ups, contract review and negotiation, physician and dental practice agreements, medical practices, franchise rights, corporate dissolutions, real estate, general corporate matters and litigation. Many business owners rely on Chris’ knowledge and experience for their personal legal needs as well. A certified Circuit Court Mediator since 2009, Chris can assist with any matters that need to be negotiated.

Public and Community Activities

In 2014, Chris was elected to the Charleston County School Board, where he served as Vice Chairman. Chris also sits on the Executive Board for the Coastal Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2012, Chris participated in The Riley Institute® at Furman University, and was named a Riley Institute Diversity Fellow. Chris was General Counsel and a member of the Board of Directors for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce from 2000 – 2003. He is a 1998 graduate of the Leadership Charleston.

Recognitions and Awards

In 2001, Chris was named to the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 for his public and community service. Chris has an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2010 in the field of Corporate Law.


President, Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce

Chris is the President of the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce (www.mountpleasantchamber.org), an organization that promotes businesses of all sizes in the local area. In his role as President, Chris has tripled the organization’s membership, expanded charitable giving, implemented a business education series known as Food For Thought and created the Town Anchors program.

Education and Personal

Chris is a graduate of Wofford College and the University of South Carolina School of Law, and resides in Mt. Pleasant with his wife Tanya and their three children. His hobbies include playing guitar, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Licences

Chris is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts in South Carolina and North Carolina. Additionally, he is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court in the District of Colorado. Chris has been a certified Circuit Court Mediator since 2009.

Read more about Chris Staubes at www.businesslawsc.com

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Harbor Group, LLC

155 King St, Charleston, South Carolina 29401, United States

(843) 224-2413

Hours

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed