Pleasanton Business Law

In a state like California where business transactions are highly regulated, the help of an experienced business attorney can be crucial to starting, operating, and growing a business of any kind. Unlike some areas of practice that may rely almost exclusively on skill and verbal dexterity, corporate counseling is largely based on experience and judgment. These are qualities developed over many years of practicing commercial law.

Pleasanton business attorney James G. Schwartz has over 35 years of experience advising business owners in Alameda County and throughout Northern California on every facet of their business. His advice has been critical to the success of numerous major corporations, as well as mid-sized and small businesses.

State and federal courts in California are clogged with disputes, a number of them the result of parties failing to consult with an experienced attorney before entering into a legally binding agreement. Whether you are thinking about starting a business, or are considering a lawsuit, you should retain a knowledgeable general business attorney who can advise you on possible legal strategies and probable outcomes.

Starting or Growing a Business

Numerous legal issues are involved as you start or grow a business. Basic questions that need to be addressed include: what your business goals are, where you will operate (local, state, national, international or a mixture), how many employees you will have, and how ownership interests will be transferred if you leave the business. You will also need to determine whether you are generating your business from scratch or whether you will be acquiring another business.

Once you have established some of this basic information, a general business attorney can help you figure out the kind of business formation or incorporation that would be most advantageous from a tax perspective. However, a number of legal issues remain after formation.

For example, to the extent that you plan to interact with other businesses, vendors, or individuals, you will need contracts or agreements. While certain form agreements may be acceptable for some businesses or may never be tested in litigation due to luck, an experienced attorney can tailor an agreement that will meet your specific business goals, and also stand up to legal challenges. Depending on the goods or services you offer, some of the most common agreements address commercial and intellectual property issues.

Commercial agreements can include licensing and distribution agreements, franchise agreements, equipment purchase or lease agreements, and others that relate to core aspects of your business. While some vendors provide form contracts, working with a general business attorney to develop your own agreements can better protect your interests.

Similarly, some of the most important agreements for certain types of companies are those that establish and protect intellectual property rights in the areas of patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets. Indeed, the number of companies choosing to work with independent contractors is increasing, and drafting strong agreements related to intellectual property rights, as well as confidentiality agreements, can be critical to a business’ long-term success. An experienced business lawyer can work with you to develop agreements that help you maximize productivity while minimizing your exposure to losses.

Operating a Business

Not all businesses require the daily attention of an attorney, but many have regular issues that are best handled with the assistance of legal counsel. The most obvious of these issues is business litigation. These are lawsuits in which your business may have suffered damage as a result of a rights violation or a breach of contract. Conversely, another company or individual may attempt to hold your business responsible for a loss it has suffered. Other common business litigation matters involve intellectual property infringement, franchise disputes, interference, and partnership/shareholder disputes. Mr. Schwartz is well-versed in all of these areas, and has guided countless clients through related legal conflicts and toward a favorable resolution.

Mr. Schwartz’s knowledge and experience can also prove useful to businesses that are experiencing problems related to bankruptcy, negotiations with creditors, taxes, collections, or employment issues, from the creation of employment policies to defending discrimination or wage and hour lawsuits.

If you own a business in Alameda County or elsewhere, you have legal needs. In the world of commercial law, it is critical to hire an attorney who understands your business needs and goals, and who also has the skills to represent you in the courtroom. For legal help with protecting or growing your business, contact Pleasanton business attorney James G. Schwartz at (925) 463-1073 or via our online form today.

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