Business and Commercial Law Overview

Honolulu Business and Commercial Lawyer

Helping Small Businesses across the Island of Oahu

If you own or operate a small business on Oahu, or if you are thinking of setting up a commercial enterprise on the island, you want an experienced business attorney who understands the law, who will identify all of your options in a commercial situation and who will provide you with an honest assessment of the outcome of your legal issue.

At the offices of Donald L Spafford, Jr., Attorney at Law, in Honolulu, we have counseled people for over 32 years. We handle a broad range of legal issues for small businesses on the island, from business formation to commercial litigation. Contact us to schedule a confidential meeting to discuss your needs.

Business Formation and Transactions

We work with individuals and small businesses seeking to establish new commercial enterprises. We will carefully identify the different legal structures available and the advantages and disadvantages of each. We help clients understand the tax and liability attributes of

  • Sole proprietorships
  • Limited and general partnerships
  • Limited liability companies (LLCs) and limited liability partnerships (LLPs)
  • Corporations
    • Chapter S
    • Chapter C

Once you have decided which business form meets your needs, we will prepare and file all the documents necessary to set up your business, including articles of incorporation or agreement, partnership contracts and by-laws.

We also negotiate, review and prepare all types of business contracts, such as buy/sell agreements, vendor contracts, distribution agreements, employment contracts, franchise agreements and non-compete agreements.

Commercial Litigation

If you have bought or sold a business or goods and the other party has failed to perform in accordance with the terms of the contract, we will represent you and protect your interests in any commercial litigation. We are always willing to negotiate commercial disputes, but prepare every case as if it will go to trial, so that we can protect your interests.


We work with franchisors and franchisees seeking to set up business operations anywhere on the island of Oahu.

If you need an experienced business or commercial attorney on the island of Oahu, contact our offices to schedule a confidential consultation. We are located in the Pauahi Tower in Honolulu's central business district. Evening and weekend hours are available upon request.