Our attorneys have extensive experience representing entrepreneurs, start-up companies, family business owners, partnerships, individuals, and borrowers, among others. We have the intellect, skill, and judgment to handle large, sophisticated transactions, but are equally adept and comfortable with smaller and more routine matters, which we handle pragmatically and cost-effectively.

We strive to understand our clients’ businesses and provide the level of service appropriate to each situation. Whether structuring a transaction, conducting a difficult negotiation, or handling a day-to-day matter, we strive to produce the best result possible for our clients at a reasonable cost. Our areas of expertise include:

  • entity formation (corporations, LLCs, partnerships)

  • corporate governance

  • business planning

  • contracts and leases

  • tax planning

  • litigation

Working with emerging companies and family businesses is an important part of our practice. Our work with entrepreneurial clients often begins with an analysis of the type of entity that will best suit their management style and financial goals. Then we assist clients in the initial formation of the venture, including agreements among founders, vendor and customer agreements, property transfers, and intellectual property matters.

After forming the business, we can assist with their ongoing management in a variety of ways, including: 

  • debt and equity agreements

  • licensing

  • manufacturing and distribution agreements

  • leases

  • license agreements

  • employment agreements

  • business acquisition agreements

We have a long tradition of serving the legal needs of business clients on California’s North Coast. Business counseling involves knowledge in a multitude of legal disciplines in which we have deep experience. In all cases we attempt to structure fee arrangements that balance a client’s needs with their resources.