I am a general business and business transactional attorney. That means that I do not handle lawsuits on behalf of my clients, or go to court if I can possibly help it. (Although I do fight an occasional small claims court matter on my own behalf – just to stay in practice!)
What I do do is form corporations and limited liability companies for my clients; draft, review and negotiate contracts of all kinds, including leases and loan documents; buy and sell assets and whole businesses; advise on employment matters, including drafting employment agreements; and give sound business advice. My advice often helps keep my clients out of court by avoiding problems in the first place. Philosophy >>
Provided here is a printable list of some of the services in which I specialize. Services >> The list is not exhaustive, as I can serve any business, corporate or commercial law need for individuals and the small- to mid-size company. I have also handled relatively large matters, sometimes with the assistance of in-house staff.
I particularly specialize in the representation of companies in the security and fire protection industries. I draft contracts that comply with the Alarm Company Act and applicable consumer protection laws, and advise on compliance issues with the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services division of the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs. BSIS >> Since 1994, I have represented as legal counsel and currently serve on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Security Association, the largest regional trade association of security and fire alarm dealers and vendors in the country. SCSA >>
My invaluable experience as a trained, professional mediator places me in a unique position to assist clients in working out disputes, often without the necessity of filing a lawsuit in the first place. This can save immense amounts of money rather than participating in the stressful, time-consuming and exorbitantly expensive exercise of being trapped in a protracted litigation matter.
What the list of services cannot describe is your experience with me and the "way" I practice law, which earns me the loyalty of the clients with whom I work. I bring a pragmatic approach to the practice of business law, because I've been in business myself. My belief is that it is critical not only to advise my clients what the law is, but what happens in the "real world," and to give concrete recommendations based on my many years of experience.
While I aggressively and forcefully represent the interests of my clients, I attempt to avoid confrontational tactics which I believe are counterproductive. I practice "preventive law," which is like preventive medicine -- a little time and effort now prevent bigger problems from arising in the future.