ELY W. SLUDER, ESQ.
Since 2004, I have advised clients on a wide range of legal matters. I have primarily served closely-held business owners as their “virtual in-house counsel,” advising them on business transactional matters such as business formation and start-up, contracts, asset purchase and sales, trademarks, and the licensing of intellectual property. I also help them with other things such as real estate matters (residential and commercial, purchase/sale and lease), asset protection, and tax and estate planning. I have mediated the resolution of many a dispute, including quite a few business “divorces.” There is an art to getting unreasonable people to be reasonable, but when all else fails, I also help my clients pursue litigation when it is called for.
I received my law degree from the Arizona State University College of Law in 2003 (which, in 2006, changed its name to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law). While attending there, I studied business/corporate law, internet law, real estate, and intellectual property, and I completed the mediation clinic. Prior to attending law school, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Communication, with an emphasis on logic, rhetoric, and conflict resolution, from Arizona State University in 2000.
I am a veteran, having served as a Combat Medic in the US Army from 1992-1995--fortunately, I never saw combat. After receiving my law degree, I spent time as General Counsel for an internet company and, for a period of time before the real estate market meltdown, I was the co-owner of, and General Manager/General Counsel for, a licensed real estate brokerage firm in Arizona. With a focus on serving real estate investors, I developed a “lease-option” program that helps landlords find better tenants while avoiding the landmines that can result from a poorly-drafted “lease-to-own” or option/right of first refusal lease provision.
Three hundred days of sunshine a year can get boring, so, after 15 years in the “Valley of the Sun,” my family and I relocated to New Jersey in 2010. I did so not only to experience seasons again (something I missed after growing up in Northern California--go Raiders!), but also so that my children can grow up near their cousins and other family members who live in New Jersey and Connecticut. We hit the lottery when we decided to buy our “forever home” in the picturebook-perfect Allentown-Upper Freehold area, where I serve as President of our local lacrosse league, helping coach both of my children, and sponsor several other local youth sports organizations.
Despite living in New Jersey, I continue to have a large Arizona practice and can help with legal matters in any Arizona county, including Maricopa, Pinal, Pima, Mohave, and Yavapai. I am generally accessible by cell phone, text, instant message (Skype, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, etc.), and videochat. I have an office location in west Mesa, Arizona, courtesy of commercial real estate broker extraordinaire, Susan McCall, CCIM, owner of Commercial Property Connect. Eventually, I plan to set up video conferencing capabilities for meeting with clients remotely, but, for now, it simply serves as my Arizona place of business.
Finally, I would be lost without my legal assistant, Elizabeth Bruckbauer, who helps me with both my legal practice and the lacrosse league.
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