PRACTICE AREAS



COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE





We offer extensive experience, effective strategies, and a practical approach to help institutional and private investors, commercial developers, national and regional financial institutions, real estate investment trusts (REITs), retail companies, health care providers, mining operators, energy suppliers, asset managers and property owners with commercial real estate transactions locally, statewide and nationwide. We establish exceptional working relationships with our clients by learning the ins and outs of their businesses and acting as a valued counsel in every aspect of our clients’ real estate transactions.

The varied backgrounds of our team members, representing more than 150 years of collective legal experience, includes extensive experience in acquiring, financing, developing, selling and leasing almost every type of commercial real estate – from office buildings to industrial projects, from shopping centers to mixed use developments, and from agricultural property to residential subdivisions. Our distinctive experience and expertise, together with our knowledge of the marketplace, enable us to efficiently identify and resolve commercial real estate issues and guide our clients through their commercial real estate transactions in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

OUR AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION INCLUDE:

  • Commercial Leasing
  • Development Projects
  • Purchase and Sale Transactions
  • Real Estate Financing


CORPORATE & BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS





We represent our clients in a broad range of corporate and business transactional matters including merger and acquisition transactions, private placements, joint ventures and strategic alliances, the formation, capitalization, restructuring and dissolution of legal entities, debt financings, corporate and real estate tax matters, and the review, drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements.

Our business clients include individuals and partnerships as well as public and private companies of varying size from a wide array of industries including real estate, manufacturing, technology, medical device, professional services, retail, hospitality, food service, agriculture and mining.

We focus on providing sophisticated, practical, creative and efficient solutions to matters affecting our clients. Our attorneys have experience as both outside and in-house counsel which provides them with a more complete understanding of our clients’ operational priorities and more thorough insight into the most effective approach to resolving our clients’ legal and business needs.

OUR AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION INCLUDE:

  • Business Formations
  • Corporate Governance and Business Operation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Placements
  • Joint Ventures and Strategic Relationships
  • Commercial Agreements including:
    • Supply, Manufacturing and Distribution Agreements
    • License Agreements
    • Professional Services and Consulting Agreements
    • Non-Disclosure Agreements
    • Employment Agreements
  • Business Reorganizations
  • Debt Financings
  • Corporate and Real Estate Tax Matters


TAXATION





We consider and advise on all tax issues in connection with real estate transactions, business activities, formation and operation of partnerships, LLCs, C and S corporations, mergers, acquisitions and other forms of business structuring. With our tax law expertise, we are adept at resolving specific tax issues arising out of business transactions and ongoing operations, as well as negotiating and structuring transactional documents such as real estate purchase agreements, lease agreements, stock and asset purchase agreements, redemption agreements, buy-out agreements, consulting and professional services agreements, severance agreements, partnership agreements and LLC agreements and other commercial agreements, each in the most tax advantageous manner.

OUR AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION INCLUDE:

  • Section 1031 and 1033 Like-Kind Exchanges
  • Purchases, Leases and Sale-Lease Back Transactions
  • Real and Personal Property Tax Assessments and California Proposition 13 Reassessments
  • Gifting and Estate Planning Matters
  • Business Formation and Entity Selection
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Placements
  • Joint Ventures and Strategic Relationships
  • Distributions of Income and Assets
  • Business Reorganizations
  • Licensing Arrangements
  • Cancellation of Indebtedness
  • Debt Financings


TRUST & ESTATE PLANNING





We provide guidance and counsel to our clients in all aspects of estate and gift planning. We assist our clients in developing comprehensive estate and gifting plans that accomplish their long term objectives. In meeting our clients’ objectives, we also consider family dynamics and needs, the types of assets comprising the affected estate, the appropriate types and timing of transfers and the structures to best preserve and protect assets for the short and long term. Our tax law expertise allows us to structure estate and gifting plans to optimize the impact of federal and state income, transfer, gift and estate taxes and property assessments. Our areas of specialization include structuring and drafting wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, powers of appointments, health care directives, business transfer documents and more complex estate planning documents.