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Jay Eckhaus Business Attorney

Jay Eckhaus

Introducing Business Attorney Jay Eckhaus

Jay Eckhaus is a Business Attorney licensed in Florida, New York and Ohio.
He has been practicing Business Law for more than 35 years.

Jay takes personal pride in the quality of his work.  His primary focus is the best interest and protection of his clients.  He works in a timely, reliable and cost-efficient manner giving individual attention to each of his clients.

Jay is the founder of the Business Law Center of the Palm Beaches in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

He can easily be reached at 561.630.4800.



Business Law Background and Experience

Jay’s business and legal career began with General Foods Corporation in White Plains, New York.  In the
16 years with Kraft-General Foods, Jay was responsible for various Business Transactions such as:
Mergers and Acquisitions, Franchising, Distributing, Intellectual Property, Trademarks, Advertising,
Marketing, Consumer Affairs, Financing, Corporate Finance, Employment issues, Antitrust,
Crisis Management, Securities, Arbitration and Litigation.


•  Vice President Chief Counsel of General Foods Bakeries
General Foods Bakeries, a company with more than $1 billion in annual sales
with brands under the Entenmann’s, Freihofer’s, Boboli and Oroweat Trademarks

•  Vice President General Counsel for U.S. Operations
Swedish Multinational Technology & Manufacturing Company
Focused on commercial transactions, employment law and risk management

•  Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary for a NASDAQ Traded Marketer
of Point-of-Care Medical Diagnostic Products – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Focused on business transactions, technology licensing, distributing, corporate finance and employment law


Background Highlights of Jay Eckhaus’ Business Law Experience


Business Formations  –  New Business Startups & Home Businesses

•  Business and Legal Counseling for Startup Businesses
•  Startup of General Foods Bakery Company, Inc.
•  Startup of Online and E-Commerce Businesses
•  Startup of Home Based Businesses


Trademark, Licensing & Intellectual Property Background

•  Numerous Trademark Applications before the US Patent & Trademark Office
•  Advocate for business clients before the Federal Trade Commission, Congress, State Regulatory Agencies
•  Advocate for business clients before the National Advertising Division of Better Business Bureau
•  Advocate for business clients regarding TV network Advertising
•  Brand and Product License Agreement for “Sugar Bear” between Applause, Inc. and General Foods
•  Software License for Entenmann’s Bakeries
•  Trademark Registrations for Online Internet Businesses


Internet, Online Business & E-Commerce Background

•  Managing Director of an Internet-based E- Commerce business
•  Terms of Use, Privacy Policies and Disclaimers for various Florida based Internet Businesses
•  Web Design Contracts for various Online Businesses
•  DMCA Take-Down Notices
•  Business and Legal Counseling for Startup Online Businesses


Franchising & Distribution Background

•  Drafted 1st Franchise Offering Circular for General Food’s Burger Chef subsidiary after FTC’s Franchise Rules adoption
•  Franchising for Burger Chef Systems Fast Food Restaurants
•  Boboli –  Distribution Agreements
•  Entenmann’s Bakeries  –  Distribution Agreements
•  Freihofer’s Baked Goods  –  Distribution Agreements
•  Franchise Disclosure Documents reviews for potential Franchisees of various nationally known franchises


Contracts & Agreements Background 

•  Kool Aid and Country Time ready-to-drink beverages Manufacturing Agreement
•  General Foods World-Wide Headquarters Food Service Contract
•  General Foods – Kraft numerous Commercial Contracts
•  Boboli –  Commercial Contracts,
•  Entenmann’s Bakeries  –  Energy Services Agreement, Distributor Agreements and more
•  Oroweat Bread Cooperative Advertising Agreement and other Contracts
•  Freihofer’s Bakeries numerous Commercial Agreements
•  McDonald’s Franchisees miscellaneous Agreements
•  Japanese Pharmaceutical Company and U.S. Based Manufacturer Development Agreement
•  Supply and License Agreement with prominent Internationally known Cosmetic Company
•  Banquet Hall License Agreement for West Palm Beach facility
•  Technical,  Medical, Cosmetic &  Advertising Contracts
•  Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs Contracts and Agreements


Buying & Selling Businesses  –  Mergers & Acquisitions Background

•  Merger between Philip Morris Companies, Inc. and General Foods
•  Acquisitions of Oscar Mayer and Company
•  Acquisitions of Entenmann’s, Inc. from Warner-Lambert Company
•  Acquisition of Charles Freihofer Baking Company
•  Acquisition of Mexican Foods of America Inc.
•  Sales and Leasing  for Burger Chef Systems Fast Food Restaurants
•  Buying/Selling various types of Small Businesses  –  Asset Purchases  –  Stock Purchases 


Technology &  Product Licensing

•  Brand and Product License Agreement for “Sugar Bear” between Applause, Inc. and General Foods
•  Software License for Entenmann’s Bakeries
•  Supply and License Agreement for Key Ingredient in Prominent International Line of  Cosmetic Products
•  Research Agreement for Over-the-Counter Medical Device
•  Exclusive World Wide License Agreement for Key Ingredient used by leading International Cosmetic Product Line


Corporate & Small Business Finance Background

•  $100 million Acquisition Financing through Eurodollar offering and debt/equity swap
•  $15 million Convertible Preferred Stock Private Placement
•  $25 million Equity Line Private Placement
•  Entenmann’s Bakery Loan Agreements
•  SBA Financing of various Business Purchases


Employment Law Background

•  Executive Employment Contracts for U.S. based and Foreign companies
•  Independent Contractor Agreements for Major Companies and Small Businesses
•  Employee Handbooks for all types and sizes of businesses
•  Legal Counseling for Employers
•  Internal Investigations of Employee Irregularities


Commercial Real Estate Background

•  Sale of $6 million former Marriott Distribution Centers, Port St. Lucie, Florida
•  Sale of $4 million office building in Delray Beach, Florida
•  1031 Exchange & Purchase of $3 million office complex in Jupiter, Florida
•  Entenmann’s Land and Building Leases
•  Family Partnership Lease for Trane Air Conditioning Major Warehouse, Port St. Lucie, Florida
•  Small Commercial Real Estate Transactions


Professional Organizations, Committees, Community Service

•  Palm Beach County Business Incubator, Inc.  –  Chair
•  Client Advisory Panel, Enterprise Development Corporation  –  Member
•  Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association  –  Founding Member
•  Corporate Counsel Sections Mergers & Acquisitions Committee  –  Chair
•  Commercial Arbitration and Litigation Committee Member
•  Council’s Executive Committee  –  Member
•  Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce
•  Small Business Advisory Council, Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce  –  Co-Chair
•  Government-Legislative Affairs Committee, Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce
•  Executive Trustee of the  Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce
•  Ohio State University Alumni Club of greater New York   –  President and Treasurer



•  JD, Juris Doctor law degree  –  Ohio State University
•  BA, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration  –  Bowling Green State University

Free Consultation with Attorney Jay Eckhaus

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