Depth of Knowledge

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Recognized in the Bay Area and beyond as among the foremost business transaction attorneys, I break down complicated legal issues in accessible and clear language, empowering business owners to make intelligent, informed strategic decisions about their companies.

Since 1983, I have represented companies of every type, size and description, from Fortune 100 multinational conglomerates to “mom-and-pop” businesses and “solopreneurs”.

My clients represent a broad spectrum of industries, from health care, architecture, construction, equipment supply, real estate, legal and financial services, business and project management, and the arts.

With compassion and patience, I help clients evaluate the risks and opportunities their companies present, and then guide them in developing  customized strategies and action plans that keep the business on track, thereby ensuring longevity and consistent success.

Experience

As a Bay Area native and resident of Oakland, I am deeply committed to the growth and success of small business in our community.  I work closely with owners to help them understand the laws that apply to their specific industry and situation.

Among my primary responsibilities is making sure that owners are confident in addressing the legal risks and barriers their businesses may confront. Whether it’s selecting the appropriate business entity, understanding the contracts they enter into with vendors or their own clients, or putting in place a comprehensive business succession plan, collaboration with my clients helps them raise the bar in their respective professions and industries.

I regularly offer workshops and seminars for business owners on various topics, including “best practices”, strategic planning, and responsible corporate compliance.

For the Community

In addition to my legal work, I give back to the community through teaching, mentoring and volunteering; serve as the Chairperson of the Alameda County Bar Association’s Business law section: participate on the leadership team of Business Networking International; and have successfully launched a Mexican folk art business.