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The Firm.

INSPIRED BY DIFFERENCE.

Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green combines the client service expected from a small firm with the experience and capabilities typically found in larger ones. It is this combination that has established Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green as a law firm for growing businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals and individuals with special or unique legal needs.

The genesis of Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green was to establish a well-positioned law firm to better serve the needs of our growing business clientele by combining each of our practice specialties to offer a more expanded services platform.  Now, as our law firm is strongly rooted, and continues to expand in many business communities throughout South Carolina and Illinois, we have the capability of providing greater experience and technical expertise in the core areas of commercial litigation, corporate and transactional work, intellectual property, real estate and estate planning, among other practice competencies.  With these new capabilities, combined with our expanded geographic footprint in Chicago and Charleston and other strategic relationships established nationwide, we are well equipped to serve the diverse range of legal services required by our growing business clients.

Firm Philosophy

Philosophy.

EXPERIENCED ADVOCACY. QUALITY REPRESENTATION.

Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green’s philosophy is simple: to provide our growing business clients with greater experience and technical expertise at a reasonable expense in our core practice areas of commercial litigation, corporate and transactional law, intellectual property, real estate and estate planning, among other practice competencies.

RESPONSIVE

Next Generation Law Firm

Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green is a leader in the next generation of law firm. Our firm attorneys are entrepreneurial, technology savvy and well versed in all things business, which means we have the capacity to provide thoughtful, proactive legal counsel to our growing business clients in order for them to make informed, 21st century decisions.

PROACTIVE

Like-Minded Business Attorneys

By employing the latest communication technologies, our firm attorneys have the capability to provide smarter and more effective legal counsel from wherever we are needed.  We have earned the trust of business owners, professionals and other clients through a proven record of astute legal counsel and strong legal advocacy.

DYNAMIC

Flexible Billing Options

By investing in the latest technologies, we are better suited to provide our business clients with efficient, effective legal counsel thereby significantly reducing our overhead costs and remaining highly adaptive. Because we do not have the overhead of most larger firms, we pass these savings on to our clients in the form of flexible, flat-fee or fixed-fee billing options.

Our Attorneys

Our Attorneys.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green integrates the personalized expertise of a small firm with the practical experience and resources of a large corporate law firm to provide our clients with unmatched legal counsel. Backed by years of professional experience, Frame, Wills, Zeller, & Green understands the unique needs of each client and strives to always offer  thoughtful, timely, and effective legal aid.

KELLY FRAME

Over the years, Kelly has served as corporate counsel to numerous business start-ups, small businesses, private companies, inventors and entrepreneurs on a broad range of transactional business matters in a variety of business industries. Kelly practices in the areas of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, joint ventures, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and trademarks.

As a Charleston corporate lawyer in these areas, Kelly advises entrepreneurs, professionals and business clients on a variety of business transactions including, but not limited to, mergers and acquisitions, business organizations and re-organizations, contract development and negotiation, employment, and intellectual property, specifically trademarks.

In his early years, Kelly spent summers in Florida and winters in Park City, Utah. Besides skiing and surfing, he enjoys playing soccer, golf and tennis. Additionally, Kelly Frame studied international law in Sydney, Australia, traveled Central and South America, Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and worked for Habitat for Humanity, building houses in Nicaragua.

Like all of our attorneys at Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green, Kelly firmly believes in developing lasting, successful client relationships with all of the firm’s business and entrepreneurial clients.

RYAN ZELLER

Ryan Zeller, a Chicago commercial litigation attorney, is the firm’s Managing Partner.  Ryan’s practice involves a wide array of business disputes and commercial litigation matters.  Ryan provides legal counsel to individuals and business clients and has represented numerous corporate, small business, start-ups and professional clients in a number of litigation matters; including:  breach of contract, legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, trade secrets, employment disputes, non-competes (and other restrictive covenants), trademark infringement, debt collections and a myriad of other contract disputes, partnership disputes, shareholder disputes, among other matters adversarial in nature.

Ryan has successfully represented clients in both state and federal court.  He also represents his clients in alternative dispute resolution matters such as arbitrations and mediations.  He works zealously to achieve favorable results for his professional and corporate clients.

After graduating from Indiana University, Ryan attended the DePaul University College of Law and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business to obtain his Juris Doctor and Masters in Business Administration.

REID GREEN

Reid practices in the areas of real estate, estate planning and probate administration and litigation, business succession planning, asset protection, commercial litigation, and other business law matters.   In her estate planning practice, Reid represents individuals, families and corporate clients on estate planning matters in the formulation and implementation of strategies to reduce taxation, protect and preserve assets, and facilitate the transfer of assets among family members and charities.  Reid advises clients in connection with the establishment of both simple and highly customized estate plans, which may incorporate the use of revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, charitable trusts, insurance trusts, special needs trusts, and various other estate planning methods. She works with individuals, families, and closely-held businesses to ensure that the estate plans established by her clients during their lifetimes are respected into the future.  Reid is a member of Wealth Counsel Trust and Estate Practice.

Reid regularly works with our law firm’s corporate clients on such diverse matters as commercial litigation, real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, business organizations and reorganizations, and intellectual property. She assists individuals, families, and investors in navigating the complicated and detailed process of buying and selling real property.  Reid is a licensed title insurance agent with Chicago Title Insurance Company and is experienced in handling all types of transactions involving real property including buying, selling, leasing, refinance and 1031 exchanges.

JAMES STARK

James represents and advises entrepreneurs, business start-ups, closely held and family owned businesses, multi-national companies, and non-profit associations on a broad range of corporate transactional matters.  He serves businesses in numerous industries, some of which include healthcare, transportation, construction, financial services, entertainment and attractions, retail, hospitality, apparel and fashion, brokering, and technology (new product, software, and hardware invention, design, development, funding, licensing, and sale).

As a Chicago corporate attorney, he practices in areas such as new business formation and development, operating agreements and bylaws, corporate infrastructure management, contract drafting and negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, customer and supplier contracts, bylaws, buy-sell agreements, business succession planning, employment and non-compete agreements, employment law, venture capital and private placement offerings, financing and lending, licensing, regulatory compliance, merchant services, domain name disputes, and legislative undertakings.

After graduating from Saint Xavier University, James attended the DePaul University College of Law and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business to obtain his Juris Doctor and Masters in Business Administration.

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Industries.

REPRESENTATIVE BUSINESS INDUSTRIES.

At Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green our firm attorneys combine their collective experience and technical expertise in various practice specialties to serve and deliver industry specific solutions to the unique challenges and issues that our business clients face.

Our firm attorneys have long served as trusted advisors to an array of prominent private health care providers. Relying on an understanding of the health care industry, and often times utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, we offer clients insights on innovative and effective strategies to help them excel in an increasingly complex and competitive environment.

Our firm attorneys provide counsel to companies and their officers, boards of directors, shareholders, members, and venture capitalists in joint ventures, business organizations, reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, private offerings and private placements of debt and equity.

Our firm attorneys provide counsel to consumer products companies on a myriad of business matters involving their goods and services. Our clients include e-commerce, wholesale, retail, specialty, apparel, cosmetics, consumer electronics and restaurants through South Carolina and Illinois.

Our firm attorneys represent restaurants, beverage companies, pet beverage companies, distributors, manufacturers, importers, suppliers, and retailers, as well as private equity and other significant investors in the industry. Additionally, our attorneys have experience with regulatory laws and license transactions concerning the sale and distribution of wine, beer and liquor.

Our firm attorneys offer insight on both the procedural measures to protect against security breaches and the legal remedies available to ensure top-notch cybersecurity and digital privacy. 

Our firm attorneys represent primary through post-secondary education organizations. From educational initiatives to school funding to administrative issues, Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green offers the legal support to cultivate unique, creative solutions for all needs. 

Our firm attorneys are recognized for their work representing individuals, small and medium sized businesses, capital investors, developers, real estate owners, lenders in real estate finance, joint ventures, leasing, development and acquisition and disposition matters on both an individual commercial or residential asset and portfolio basis.

Our firm attorneys are valued consultants for subcontracting, outsourcing, trade practices, supply and distribution chains, competition law, mergers and acquisitions, technological investments, intellectual property guidelines, tax employments codes and other operational issues. Through longstanding relationships with manufacutring and industrial companies, we offer clients support and guidance backed by proven success. 

Our firm attorneys are dedicated to providing top media litigation and advisement in content-related services, including: prior restraint censorships, defamation charges, invasions of privacy, anti-SLAPP lawsuits, commercial speech rights, public records access, and unpublished materials protection. 

Our firm attorneys offer legal aid in the gas and oil sector through insight on acquisition disputes, ownership disagreements, extraction bylaws, statutory adjudication, rules of capture and correlative rights. 

Our firm attorneys practice health and fitness litigation with third-party contractor agreements, facility licensing, membership codes, negligence claims, employment policies and procedures, and indemnity agreements. 

In order to promote free artist expression in art, photography and film, our attorneys handle intellectual property violations, digital domain and trademark protection, breach of warranty claims, Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) protection, and 1st Amendment protection.

Our firm attorneys understand the complex, modern technological landscape and integrate a diverse knowledge set of data protection laws and cybersecurity measures to mitigate the legal risks for any technological venture. 

Our firm attorneys are experienced entertainment litigators, prepared to handle all contractual needs in the music, television, literature, sports, fashion and public broadcasting industries. 

Our firm attorneys offer personal, responsive and experienced insight for an array of consulting services, including: cost control, client services, performance management, market research, mergers and acquisitions and crisis management. 

Our attorney understand that tax-exempt corporations face unique difficulties. Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green advise non-profit organizations on an array of these issues, including: tax codes, public relations, employment, competition law, intellectual property and litigation. 

Our firm attorneys have spent years working closely with project owners, developers, investors, contractors, managers, architects and engineers to offer our clients a multi-disciplinary yet individualized perspective for any project. 

Our firm attorneys strive to promote legal fairness in the workplace with experience defending fair labor standards, employment anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws, termination and demotion rights, hour and wage rights, and health and safety codes. 

Practice Areas

Practice Areas.

RESULTS DRIVEN LEGAL COUNSEL.

Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green’s core practice areas include commercial litigation, corporate and transactional law, intellectual property, real estate, and estate planning, among other practice competencies.

Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green represents professionals, entrepreneurs, and small and medium sized businesses, including joint ventures, privately owned corporations, limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships, statutory close corporations, family owned companies and sole proprietorships.  Our law firm’s business attorneys provide legal and business counsel to clients in various situations and circumstances, simple or sophisticated, from assisting in employment matters, reorganizing the business or entity, negotiating buyouts and mergers, negotiating and litigating business conflicts and winding up the business.

Our firm corporate attorneys endeavor to understand each client and its business, to create long-term personal relationships, to determine each client’s business concerns and plans, and to assist each client in reaching short- and long-term business goals.  The firm advises its business clients on a broad spectrum of business and legal matters, including contractual issues, shareholder, partnership and operating agreements, employment and consulting agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, joint venture agreements, and other simple or sophisticated business deals.

Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green represents business and individual clients in federal and state courts in South Carolina and Illinois.  Our commercial litigation attorneys draw upon their own experiences, and upon the experiences of colleagues, in order to understand the unique challenges facing our clients and to help meet objectives and achieve favorable results.  We put our clients’ needs first, and focusing on those needs and goals, we develop our plan of action.

We have represented clients as plaintiffs and defendants in a myriad of commercial litigation matters in both state and federal courts.  Our commercial litigation matters include:  breach of contract, legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, conversion, breach of employment agreements, shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, fraud, tortious interference, misrepresentation, among others.

Our litigation attorneys prepare each case as if it were going to trial, conducting the necessary due diligence and investigations needed with an acute focus toward positioning clients to receive the best possible outcome.  If the lawsuit ends in settlement, our due diligence and preparations help maximize the client’s result.  If the lawsuit goes to trial, our clients enter the courtroom with confidence that we are thoroughly prepared.

Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green represents business clients, inventors and entrepreneurs throughout South Carolina, Illinois, the United States and abroad. Our firm attorneys provide trademark legal services to a diverse range of industry clients in many areas of trademark law, including, but not limited to, corporate brand and trademark strategy, trademark registration, trademark search, trademark office actions, trademark oppositions, trademark cancellations, trademark litigation and the prosecution of state and federal trademarks before the United States Trademark Office.

Our firm attorneys are acutely aware that a company’s identity and brand is one of its most important assets. Business names, symbols, phrases, logos, and other distinctive marks are developed at great time and expense. Thus, trademarks are extremely important to almost every business that provide a product or service.

Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green real estate attorneys provide counsel to clients in matters that include drafting and negotiating residential and commercial real estate purchases and sales, structuring, negotiating, closing, restructuring and working out loans, leases and other credit transactions, resolving issues relating to due diligence, entitlements, environmental, title, land use and zoning, preparing development agreements, drafting and negotiating simple and complex leases, management and sale and buy back agreements, closing IRC Section 1031 tax deferred exchanges and reverse like-kind exchanges, forming and representing homeowners’ associations, including the preparation and enforcement of restrictive covenants, conditions and easements.

Our real estate attorneys are proud to work as agents under Chicago Title Insurance Company to issue title insurance commitments and policies, coordinate title examinations and close transactions for local and national servicers and clients.

Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green has a special focus on representing owners of small and mid sized businesses, family businesses and other closely held businesses.  Our estate planning attorneys employ various client-tailored tools, including techniques in estate planning, corporate tax planning, and business succession planning to help clients structure their plan for transfers during life and at death through the implementation of wills, revocable trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, installment sales to intentionally defective grantor trusts, generation skipping trusts, family limited partnerships, limited liability companies, shareholders’ agreements, and the like.  In addition, since a large portion of an individual’s estate may consist of life insurance, qualified retirement plans, and IRAs, if appropriate, our firm attorneys advise our clients on designating the proper owner and beneficiaries of these important assets to minimize the tax burden.

Our law firm can assist clients with probate matters as well, including real estate and estate litigation issues stemming from probate matters.

Office Locations

Office Locations.

CHARLESTON AND CHICAGO.

The Chicago law offices of Frame, Wills, Zeller & Green, LLC are located on the 20th Floor of 120 North LaSalle Street in downtown Chicago, Illinois. The South Carolina Law Offices of Frame, Zeller, Wills & Green, LLC are located off of Belle Hall Parkway in Mt. Pleasant and adjacent to Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, just minutes from downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Our South Carolina mailing address is 164 Market Street, Suite 102, Charleston, South Carolina 29401..

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