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Corporations, Businesses & Transactions

Formation of Business & Non-Profit Entities

We advise the advantages and disadvantages of various business and non-profit entities: sole proprietorship, limited liability company, general partnership, limited partnership, regular corporation, S corporation, close corporation, professional corporation, and non-profit entities, so you can make an informed choice. We then prepare and file the necessary documents by fixed fees to form the chosen entity, such as articles, bylaws, share certificates, and minutes. Upon your request we will email you an interactive Excel sheet on which you can choose what you want to do yourself and what you want our firm to do. 

Early Firm Ownership

We counsel non-public business entities from the point of organization through early round venture financing, until direct involvement of securities counsel on an ongoing basis is necessary.

We assist you in establishing proper transfer mechanisms for unanticipated deaths and other situations, such as buy-sell agreements.

We provide real-time business counseling in addition to document preparation services.

Strategic planning and business focus is a value-added component which we routinely supply. When securities, ERISA, complex international, or other specialty legal issues arise, we associate appropriate outside counsel and coordinate activities.

International transactional planning and execution are available.

Due to decades of experience with new firms up to billion dollar firms, we add value above and beyond the industry standard.

Documenting Business Entities

Many business and non-profit entities protect their owners from personal liability. Proper corporate records and formalities regarding meetings, elections of directors and officers, and preparation of resolutions documenting the decision making process help maintain that protection. We assist your firm to comply with formalities and prepare necessary compliance documentation.

We assist transfers of ownership interests, joint ventures, mergers, the purchase or sale of a business or profession or its assets, and the wind up and dissolution of these entities. More ....


We advise you on employment matters such as employment agreements, policies and procedures, and compliance with state and federal labor laws, including "bounty hunter" laws and wage and hour rules. We assist you in internal investigations of employee claims, including sexual harassment claims, counseling on employee hiring, discipline and firing matters, employee benefit plans, and advising on emerging employment issues, such as privacy, electronic communications, violence, and substance abuse issues. More ....

Regulatory Compliance

We identify laws that affect your firm and industry and implement plans for compliance. We identify and obtain licenses, permits, and registrations from local, state, and federal agencies.

Preventative Counseling and Internal Investigations

We provide preventative counseling and internal company audits, if necessary, to assist you to identify potential criminal activity and assess the adequacy of internal policies and procedures. We assist your firm in implementing an effective corporate compliance program.

Quick Internal compliance audits often preclude civil and criminal enforcement. Federal Sentencing Guidelines require rigorous watchfulness by business executives.

International Transactions

Today, businesses and entrepreneurs are looking increasingly to international transactions to obtain the cost savings they need to compete. International transactions should be entered into small steps at a time, using experienced international assistance. We are experienced with international transactions, including contracting, joint venturing with foreign agents and partners, and extending to the setup of foreign affiliates to perform projects or conduct business. More ....

Debt & Dispute Resolution

We resolve disputes. We work closely with you and seek creative solutions to get the result you need. More ....


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Who We Are

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The present firm arose from Bruce's move from the Los Angeles area to Dana Point, where he and his wife wanted to live since they first  discovered it. 

Bruce comes from the Senior Counsel position in a large world class international technology, engineering and construction corporation with thousands of employees, hundreds of large clients, world class projects, hundreds of affiliates, and complex transactions and litigation. 

Before that, he gained significant major law firm experience, including arguments before state appellate and supreme courts.

His desire in moving to Dana Point was and still is to bring his world class experience to smaller and emerging businesses in the area. 

This experience produces more valuable legal and business judgment from him than is available from newer attorneys or attorneys whose practices are more specialized and localized.

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Marlene wears all hats other than "Lawyer" in the firm,  including Paralegal, Marketing, Accounting, and Office Management and Assistance.

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