Retail is one of the largest industries in the United States, as well as globally. Because the retail industry employs so many workers (skilled and unskilled) and involves myriad establishments(both “bricks and mortar” and online), it is not surprising that retail activity has become entwined with the basic economic fabric of our nation. As the U.S. economy continues to rebound from the recession and grow stronger, retail activity increases.

At Epstein Becker Green (EBG), we have gained extensive knowledge of the retail industry’s culture, practice, and importance, which proves invaluable in working with our retail clients. We realize that the more we know about a retail client’s business setting, the more effective we can be in our advice and representation. Our attorneys approach each matter with the goal of obtaining a thorough understanding of the issue and then respond promptly and efficiently to resolve it to the client’s satisfaction.

Our Services

EBG has a long history of advising and representing retail clients on a wide array of issues that impact their businesses. All practices and offices of the firm handle matters for these clients, providing an in-depth knowledge of their industry with the focused experience to handle all of their business and legal needs. Specifically, retail clients have relied on us for the following:

Health Care and Life Sciences Services

We provide advice and representation to life sciences and health care product retailers, including retail pharmacy chains, on transactional, regulatory compliance and enforcement, and business disputes. For example, our services include, among other things:

  • Counseling life sciences product retailers on federal and state distribution obligations as well as marketing and promotional activities under federal and state laws and requirements
  • Assisting with regulatory matters affecting the establishment of health care clinics in retail pharmacies
  • Advising retail pharmacies on over-the-counter and prescription drug regulatory matters and payment/reimbursement issues from state and federal governmental sources
  • Counseling on compliance with the Affordable Care Act
  • Representing retailers in disputes alleging false claims, self-disclosure, billing and pricing, and data security/privacy violations

Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management Services

EBG’s attorneys handle the full range of employment, labor, and workforce management issues relating to retailers. A few samples of our services include:

  • Providing advice on all aspects of the employment relationship
  • Conducting wage-hour, human resource, and compliance audits for retail companies
  • Drafting worldwide policies and procedures related to global retail operations
  • Providing guidance on employee benefits and executive compensation issues
  • Advising retail clients on immigration and worksite enforcement matters
  • Counseling retail employers on union avoidance
  • Negotiating collective bargaining agreements for retail and service unions
  • Preparing employment, noncompetition, confidentiality, and other critical employment agreements
  • Advising on the protection of trade secrets and other proprietary information

Litigation Support

EBG’s highly skilled litigators have extensive experience defending retail clients in connection with federal, state, and local administrative charges and in mediations, arbitrations, and commercial litigation matters as well as handling bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings.

Our Clients

We routinely advise and represent retail operations of all types and sizes, including, but not limited to:

  • Apparel stores
  • Big-box stores
  • Department stores
  • Discount stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Luxury retailers
  • Medical device retailers
  • Online retailers
  • Pharmacies
  • Restaurants
  • Specialty stores