The Gillis Firm, PLLC

My passion is serving our community's dental and medical practices. From start-up to acquisition/sale, my goal is to be your practice's advocate for a lifetime. #thesmilinglawyer

We provide effective and thorough legal solutions to small businesses and healthcare professionals. Whether hired to tackle a complex business acquisition deal or to provide a fresh perspective on a partnership agreement that has been long avoided, our clients hire us because they want the burden of legal uncertainty lifted off their shoulders and handed to a trusted, experienced advocate who can

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10/29/2021
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#thesmilinglawyer #Collaborativetransitions

#thesmilinglawyer #Collaborativetransitions

10/06/2021

Taking Leap Into Practice™️ on the road to talk about how to achieve practice ownership through a start-up, acquisition or partnership.

Taking Leap Into Practice™️ on the road to talk about how to achieve practice ownership through a start-up, acquisition or partnership.

09/24/2021

We're getting ready to finish course material and publish for our new mentors and mentees who have signed up for our unique 8 week Practice Ownership/Business Plan Course!

✅Mentors have been selected.
✅Mentees have been placed.

Here we go!

We're getting ready to finish course material and publish for our new mentors and mentees who have signed up for our unique 8 week Practice Ownership/Business Plan Course!

✅Mentors have been selected.
✅Mentees have been placed.

Here we go!

The Gillis Firm, PLLC 09/23/2021

The Gillis Firm, PLLC

Let's talk about conflict resolution. The least pleasant task that perhaps any buyer or seller wants to tackle after Closing is handling an internal dispute or conflict. 🥊

Conflicts often arise as a result of miscommunication or bad communication coupled with assumptions and emotions. 🗣😠 This can occur in person, via telephone or in written form (text messages or even emails). Even if you (as the communicator) think that you couldn't get any clearer, it can be difficult to overcome listener bias.

Here are some helpful ways to promote more effective communication to avoid post-Closing woes:

✅ Make sure you understand your obligations per your contract;

✅ Before you close, make sure you and your buyer/seller are clear about how certain post-closing items will be handled (verbally). Remember: just because the other side read the contract doesn't mean they understand it. Verbal repetition is often helpful to reinforcing understanding and expectation setting;

✅ When a complaint arises, do not get defensive. 🤨😒Ask open-ended questions that seek to better understand the problem. Active listening will give you a lot of clues that will help you understand the underlying issue.👂

✅ Work together to reach a mutual resolution by setting up a time that you can speak. ⏰ Email can be an effective way to handle some communications or to recap understandings, but verbal speech is often better as a means to communicate in a conflict situation.

✅ If the initial communication fails, allow for some time to pass to calm any emotions, then try to meet in person during a time that neither of you are distracted. You can pick up a lot from someone's tones and gestures, and you can also communicate your intent through your body language. Avoid having too many people with you since that can further complicate perceived intent and the communication.

The point of your communication should be to disarm, discover and work on an amicable solution. 🤝

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The Gillis Firm, PLLC Attorney providing healthcare professionals, dentists, medical doctors and small businesses with effective and efficient legal solutions.

09/22/2021
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After over 1 year and two failed acquisitions, perseverance & patience prevailed as our buyer became the record owner of a general dentistry practice and real estate today.

After over 1 year and two failed acquisitions, perseverance & patience prevailed as our buyer became the record owner of a general dentistry practice and real estate today.

09/12/2021

What a great way to start the weekend. Thank you to Maryland State Dental Association (MSDA) for allowing me and Zar Dental Consultingthe privilege to lecture on "Leap Into Practice Ownership". We were extremely excited to have such a strong attendance at our presentation (despite COVID) and such an energetic group! Thank you for working hard to bring together so many talented industry professionals. Pictured below: my attempt to take a "selfie" with Malika Azargoon at the 2021 Chesapeake Conference yesterday.

What a great way to start the weekend. Thank you to Maryland State Dental Association (MSDA) for allowing me and Zar Dental Consultingthe privilege to lecture on "Leap Into Practice Ownership". We were extremely excited to have such a strong attendance at our presentation (despite COVID) and such an energetic group! Thank you for working hard to bring together so many talented industry professionals. Pictured below: my attempt to take a "selfie" with Malika Azargoon at the 2021 Chesapeake Conference yesterday.

09/05/2021

Tomorrow!!! Don't miss out on this week's live event at the Maryland Live! Casino hosted by the Maryland State Dental Association. Be sure to come to our lecture on Saturday, September 11 at 2:30pm. http://www.msda.com/register-cdc.php

Tomorrow!!! Don't miss out on this week's live event at the Maryland Live! Casino hosted by the Maryland State Dental Association. Be sure to come to our lecture on Saturday, September 11 at 2:30pm. http://www.msda.com/register-cdc.php

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07/26/2021

Happy Closing Day and a huge congratulations to these two smart and savvy doctors on their upcoming transition! Please make sure to continue to visit Dr. Seema Ahmed at Old Town Smiles in Alexandria, Virginia. https://www.oldtownsmiles.com/

Happy Closing Day and a huge congratulations to these two smart and savvy doctors on their upcoming transition! Please make sure to continue to visit Dr. Seema Ahmed at Old Town Smiles in Alexandria, Virginia. https://www.oldtownsmiles.com/

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THANK YOU! Chappaqua Smiles John Vargas DDS Let's Smile Dental Allen Schiff and more! And of course, Zar Dental Consulting-- thank you for being such a great co-host this semester.

THANK YOU! Chappaqua Smiles John Vargas DDS Let's Smile Dental Allen Schiff and more! And of course, Zar Dental Consulting-- thank you for being such a great co-host this semester.

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FIVE in a row today!

FIVE in a row today!

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What an awesome summer so far!

What an awesome summer so far!

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The Leap Into Practice Newsletter is Out! 06/08/2021

The Leap Into Practice Newsletter is Out!

Newsletter time! https://mailchi.mp/913ed1fde9fa/legal-practice-consulting-newsletter-all-in-one-4916977

The Leap Into Practice Newsletter is Out! Zar Dental Consulting and The Gillis Firm are providing a joint newsletter designed to give dental practice owners some helpful tips and food for thought as they operate daily. Now featuring Dr. "Ninja" Durr.

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06/03/2021

Taking that leap to Practice Ownership is a huge step.

This Fall, we are partnering with Leap Into Practice to present an interactive, structured and virtual 8-week Mentorship program designed to prepare potential practice owners to take the leap.

Are you a good fit to participate as a Mentor or Mentee? Participants earn CE and service hours. Read more and apply here: https://certifysimple.com/e/24

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Lease negotiation strategies for acquisitions are different than start-up practices because you have an existing lease and tenant in place. Before you create a list of changes, consider this.

Lease negotiation strategies for acquisitions are different than start-up practices because you have an existing lease and tenant in place. Before you create a list of changes, consider this.

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Lease negotiations and transfers are an important part of acquisition process. Some clauses that can be deal breakers include those that give the landlord a blanket right to terminate at any time.

Lease negotiations and transfers are an important part of acquisition process. Some clauses that can be deal breakers include those that give the landlord a blanket right to terminate at any time.

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So excited to welcome the D3s in the first ever summer session at VCU School of Dentistry

So excited to welcome the D3s in the first ever summer session at VCU School of Dentistry

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I love when clients send beautiful announcements after a long acquisition journey. Today, we are congratulating Dr. Laura Duhring as she takes the reins of practice ownership. Make sure to check out her office and her team (and like her page while you are there!):
https://www.facebook.com/RoundHillSmileDesign

I love when clients send beautiful announcements after a long acquisition journey. Today, we are congratulating Dr. Laura Duhring as she takes the reins of practice ownership. Make sure to check out her office and her team (and like her page while you are there!):
https://www.facebook.com/RoundHillSmileDesign

[05/14/21]   Annnd that’s a wrap. A big thank you to #RKTongue and #VirginaDentalAssociation for tonight’s informative and engaging acquisition Q&A! Lots of big hitters tonight.

05/12/2021

Tomorrow!! Come join me on this exciting virtual Q&A event.

Join us Thursday for a VDA member-exclusive practice transitions expert panel! Whether you are beginning or nearing the end of your professional career, considering becoming a practice owner or planning to sell, a practice transition is a big deal. General information, and sometimes misinformation, about practice transitions is widely available on internet forums, from colleagues, and myriad other sources. But every practice purchase or sale is unique, and the best transitions are executed by a team of expert advisors. This fast-paced, highly interactive webinar is designed to put a team of local advisors at your disposal to address your most pressing questions and concerns. Register now>> https://www.vadental.org/webinar-pt-experts

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Lease assignments can be tough once you get into the process. The landlord may seem to arbitrarily require more personal information than you anticipated or may come up with demands that could kill your deal. My best tip is to treat the tenant application process like any other professional presentation. Prepare your application and support your position with financial information such as professionally prepared tax returns, personal financial statements, references and anything else the landlord may initially request. This is where quality and strong initial presentation counts.

Lease assignments can be tough once you get into the process. The landlord may seem to arbitrarily require more personal information than you anticipated or may come up with demands that could kill your deal. My best tip is to treat the tenant application process like any other professional presentation. Prepare your application and support your position with financial information such as professionally prepared tax returns, personal financial statements, references and anything else the landlord may initially request. This is where quality and strong initial presentation counts.

Our Story

Welcome to the firm’s page! I am S. Natasha Gillis, principal of The Gillis Firm, PLLC. My practice focuses on representing medical and dentists as well as helping service-based small businesses with their legal needs. My guilty pleasure is to walk around town and point to each business that I represent. It makes me proud to know that I have helped several brilliant business owners achieve what most people consider a dream.

We are a boutique law firm providing services exclusively to businesses and their owners. From start up through partnership changes and acquisitions, I handle it all. I represent businesses from diverse backgrounds with a heavy focus on medical and dental practices. A sampling of services that I personally provide include:


  • Full-service practice acquisition (purchase/sell)-- we spearhead the transaction so that you can focus on the transition process;

  • Entity formation

  • Internal governance documents for your business including partnership agreements (commonly referred to as operating agreements for LLCs)
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    20130 Lakeview Center Plaza, Suite 400
    Ashburn, VA
    20147

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    We are fluent in the following languages: English and Farsi. Translators for other languages available upon request for clients. We accept all major credit cards and flexible payment plans.

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    Monday 9am - 5pm
    Tuesday 9am - 5pm
    Wednesday 9am - 5pm
    Thursday 9am - 5pm
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