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JEFFREY H. LABARGE

Jeff LaBarge’s practice concentrates on business transactions and corporate law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and commercial transactions.

What do you focus on?

My practice is focused on helping clients to structure and document their business transactions so that they receive the intended benefits of their deal.

Mergers and Acquisitions

I advise companies on both buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions. My clients are in a wide variety of industries, from a leading wine, beer and spirits company, to a well-known consumer goods manufacturer to a computer software design company.

Venture Capital

I work with venture funds and angel investors as well as companies trying to attract investment (including startups). I assist them with structuring, diligencing, negotiating and documenting their transactions.

General Business Advice and Commercial Transactions

For many clients I act as outside general counsel, working with executives on various legal issues as they impact their business, ranging from employment issues to regulatory matters to tax and business strategy. In that role I often act as “quarterback” to direct, organize and deliver the extensive experience that Nixon Peabody has to offer. In addition, I counsel clients on a wide variety of commercial transactions including joint venture agreements, license agreements, procurement and supply agreements, employment and consulting agreements, research and development agreements, outsourcing agreements, manufacturing and design agreements, distribution and re-seller agreements, service agreements, OEM contracts, confidentiality agreements, letters of intent and financing and loan agreements.

What do you see on the horizon?

I have noticed an increasing interest in addressing risk in M&A transactions through products such as representation and warranty insurance. I think that trend will continue, especially as the market becomes more familiar with those products.

Media Clips

  • State Legislation Increases Wages, Mandates Family Leave
    Rochester Business Journal | May 13, 2016
    Rochester partners Jeff LaBarge and Steve Jones, counsel Todd Shinaman, and associates Joe Carello and Kim Harding co-authored this column discussing New York’s landmark legislation raising the minimum wage and mandating paid family leave.
  • LLCs should carefully choose an incentive compensation plan
    Rochester Business Journal | April 15, 2016
    Rochester partner Jeff LaBarge and associate Brian Mahoney authored this column in which they explore tax considerations around equity-based compensation plans.
  • N.Y. takes aim against transgender discrimination in the workplace
    Rochester Business Journal | March 11, 2016
    Rochester partner Jeff LaBarge and associate Kim Harding co-authored this law column discussing transgender discrimination issues in the workplace.
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  • FDA takes steps to define ‘natural' on food labels
    Rochester Business Journal | February 12, 2016
    Rochester partner Jeff LaBarge and Buffalo associate Tracey Scarpello co-authored this column on steps the Food and Drug Administration is taking to define “natural” on food labels in the changing landscape of food ingredient and production.
  • Navigating the new rules of securities-based crowdfunding
    Rochester Business Journal | January 15, 2016
    Rochester M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester associate Brian Becker authored this column discussing how clients can best leverage the new rules of securities-based crowdfunding.
  • Anonymous social media apps create campus problems
    Rochester Business Journal | December 11, 2015
    Partners Jeff LaBarge and Chris Thomas and associate Kacey Houston Walker co-authored this column discussing problems arising from the use of anonymous social media apps on college campuses.
  • Mission investing comes to the fore with recent announcements
    Rochester Business Journal | November 13, 2015
    Partners Jeff LaBarge and Mike Cooney co-authored this column on “mission” or “impact investing”—terms used to describe the deployment of philanthropic investment capital to advance charitable ends.
  • Protect your consumers' privacy from mass telemarketing
    Rochester Business Journal | October 9, 2015
    This column explains the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the risks to businesses, and how businesses can avoid TCPA liability. Corporate transactions partner Jeff LaBarge, commercial litigation associate Dan Deane and IP litigation associate Troy Lieberman collaborated on the piece.
  • Think NLRB Rules Don't Apply to You? Think Again
    Rochester Business Journal | September 18, 2015
    Rochester Corporate Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester Labor & Employment associate Kim Harding authored this column discussing increased enforcement actions by the National Labor Relations Board, the resulting litigation and how employers should comply.
  • Wearable devices pose data security problems
    Rochester Business Journal | August 21, 2015
    Rochester partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester associate Joe Carello authored this column discussing legal issues surrounding wearable devices in the workplace.
  • State Offers an Efficient Resource for Business Dispute Resolution
    Rochester Business Journal | July 10, 2015
    In this monthly “Law” column, Rochester partners Jeff LaBarge and David Tennant discuss efforts by the New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division to improve the litigation process.
  • Law Column: Battle against sexual violence is underway, but change will be slow
    Rochester Business Journal | June 15, 2015
    Rochester Business Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester Commercial Litigation partner Chris Thomas authored this article on college sexual assault and associated legislation.
  • Drone technology is taking off, but so are its regulations
    Rochester Business Journal | May 8, 2015
    Rochester Business Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and San Francisco Commercial Litigation associate Cameron Cloar-Zavaleta authored this column discussing trends in unmanned aircraft systems legislation and potential opportunities for businesses.
  • Put Low Interest Rates to Work in Estate Planning Strategies
    Rochester Business Journal | April 10, 2015
    Rochester M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester Private Clients associate Sarah Brownlow authored this column discussing the real estate strategy of locking in low interest rates to generate higher returns and reduce future estate tax burdens.
  • Trends and Compliance in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
    Rochester Business Journal | March 20, 2015
    Rochester M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge, Rochester Commercial Litigation counsel Kevin Saunders, Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Charles Tamuleviz, and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Emily Sy co-authored this article on trends and compliance in FCPA in light of the DOJ’s increased enforcement efforts.
  • How changes in Cuba embargo affect travel, banking, exports, more
    Rochester Business Journal | February 13, 2015
    M&A and Corporate Transactions partners Jeff LaBarge and Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Commercial Litigation counsel Alycia Ziarno authored this column on the business implications of easing Cuba sanctions.
  • Strategy to Grown NYS Craft Beverage Industry Comes to Fruition
    Rochester Business Journal | December 12, 2014
    Rochester partner Jeff LaBarge and associate Brian Mahoney authored this column on the history of legislation in New York that has helped the craft beverage industry flourish, and how the Craft New York Act of 2014 will contribute to further growth.
  • Keep Your Company's Trade Secrets from Walking Out Your Door
    Rochester Business Journal | November 21, 2014
    Rochester M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester Commercial Litigation associate Terence Robinson collaborated on this column discussing 10 practical ideas to safeguard trade secrets.
  • Case Leaves Open Questions on Affirmative Action at Public Colleges
    Rochester Business Journal | August 15, 2014
    This guest column authored by Rochester M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge, Rochester Commercial Litigation partner David Tennant and Commercial Litigation associate Brian Jacek focuses on the Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case and how it could affect colleges and universities in the Rochester area.
  • Medical Marijuana Statute Creates Awkward Situation for Employers
    Rochester Business Journal | July 18, 2014
    Rochester Business Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester Labor & Employment associate Joe Carello co-authored this column discussing what New York State’s medical marijuana law will mean for employers.
  • Law: Preparation, prompt response limit impact of disputes
    Rochester Business Journal | June 13, 2014
    Rochester Business Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester office managing partner Carolyn Nussbaum authored this column on preparation for business disputes.
  • Is Your Estate Plan as Out-of-Date as the Eight-Track Tape?
    Rochester Business Journal | May 9, 2014
    This contributed article co-authored by Rochester Business Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester Private Clients counsel Stephanie Seiffert focuses on including your digital assets (such as online accounts) when putting together your estate plan.
  • Are Student-Athletes Employees? A lot of money is at stake
    Rochester Business Journal | April 11, 2014
    Rochester partner Jeff LaBarge developed this column with Long Island Labor & Employment partner Dan Rizzi and associate Alex Gallin discussing the National Labor Relations Board decision over whether student athletes are “employees.”
  • Startups Must Carefully Evaluate New Crowdfunding Options
    Rochester Business Journal | December 20, 2013
    In this monthly Rochester Business Journal law column, Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester law clerk Brian Mahoney focus on crowdfunding opportunities.
  • Good Privacy Practices Help Your Firm Survive and Thrive
    Rochester Business Journal | November 8, 2013
    Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Buffalo Products: Class Action, Industry & Trade Representation counsel Jacob Herstek discuss why and how companies should have a strong compliance plan in the event of a data breach.
  • Your Email Can Be a Contract; Think Before You Click ‘Send'
    Rochester Business Journal | October 18, 2013
    In this column, Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge discusses how e-mail can amount to a contract if the sender is not careful.
  • Can Your Supply Chain Meet the Requirements of Regulators?
    Rochester Business Journal | August 16, 2013

    In this column, Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge discusses the regulatory requirements associated with supply chain management.

  • The Binding Nature of a Term Sheet Should Not Be Underestimated
    Rochester Business Journal | July 12, 2013

    The importance of a term sheet should not be underestimated by deal makers according to Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge.

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Nixon Peabody's Complimentary CLE Program
March 4, 2016 | Rochester, NY

Procure and Protect
February 12, 2015 | Rochester, NY

Procure and Protect
September 30, 2014 | Rochester, NY

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Jeffrey H. LaBarge