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Comprehensive Legal Counsel for Your Business and Personal Injury practice since 1976, senior partner and law firm founder James G. Schwartz has established a solid reputation in the East Bay and across Northern California as an effective corporate counselor, a skilled negotiator and a formidable adversary in litigation.

The Law Offices of James G. Schwartz is known for savvy advice, thoughtful planning and thorough preparation in contracts, transactions and resolution of disputes. Learn more about our practice then contact our Pleasanton law office to schedule a consultation.

Business and Commercial Law — Jim Schwartz is highly sought as a lecturer and authority on business law. He provides comprehensive counsel for business start-up, transactions, contracts, enforcement and favorable resolution of disputes in the course of operations:

  • Starting a business
  • Buying or selling a business
  • Business litigation, including contract disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes and fraud/misrepresentation
  • Businesses in financial trouble, including workouts
  • Debt collections
  • International trade
  • Employment matters

Intellectual Property Law — We provide front-end counsel to establish IP rights, and effective enforcement of contracts and agreements:

  • Technology licensing and distribution
  • Infringement and trade secrets litigation
  • Confidentiality/nondisclosure agreements

Construction Law — We represent builders, developers, owners and other parties in contracts, regulatory issues and litigation in construction and development:

  • Construction contracts and transactions
  • Construction litigation
  • Contractor disputes
  • Construction defects
  • Mechanics' liens
  • Public works contracting

Real Estate Law — Our Alameda County real estate law lawyers represent buyers, owners, developers, brokers and associations in commercial and residential property transactions, contracts and disputes.

  • Real estate litigation
  • Commercial leases
  • Mortgage law
  • Homeowners' association law (HOA)

Civil Litigation — We initiate action or defend clients in breach of contract, foreclosure, elder abuse, employment disputes and other civil matters, through out-of-court resolution or in lawsuits.

Education Law — We defend students' rights when conflicts occur with school administrations and represent students in disciplinary actions such as suspension, expulsion or CIF athletic eligibility.

Wills and Estates — We help clients plan for transfer of wealth, take over the affairs of a loved one, settle a family member's estate or challenge a will.

  • Estate planning
  • Wills and trusts
  • Conservatorship/guardianship
  • Probating a California estate or trust administration
  • Probate litigation

Tax Law — We provide tax planning and representation in audits and tax controversies.

The Law Offices of James G. Schwartz is equipped to respond quickly and aggressively to disputes. Our skilled trial lawyers represent clients in complex litigation at all levels of the state and federal courts. We are advocates for negotiated dispute resolution, since that is inevitably more timely and cost-effective. When mediation or arbitration options are unavailable, however, our lawyers are aggressive litigators focused squarely on the protection of our client's legal rights.

We believe the attorney-client relationship is a collaborative process requiring clear and consistent communication between both parties. Contact a Northern California business attorney at our Pleasanton office for an overview of our services and a comprehensive discussion of your goals and legal options.

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