California’s New Business Laws


California’s New Business Laws Affect Everything Legislation passed by the California Assembly and state Senate in 2016 are set to affect various aspects of local businesses starting in 2017, according to a recent Mercury News report. Matters that received attention from lawmakers for the new year range from arbitration of disputes to criminal history questions […]

Importance of Hiring a Business Lawyer in California


Every business needs an accountant and a lawyer early on in the life of the enterprise. The purpose of hiring an accountant is to provide assistance in setting up a chart of accounts, periodic review of the books, and preparing the necessary federal, state, and local tax returns. The reasons for hiring a business lawyer, […]

California Non-Compete Agreements


Non-compete clauses in employment agreements and entirely separate California non-compete agreements have become commonplace in today’s world. This holds true particularly when it comes to service-based and high technology industries. The purpose of a non-compete agreement or clause is to protect an employer’s legitimate business interests. These interests include theft of trade secrets, conversion of […]

Early Resolution of ADA Lawsuits


ADA lawsuits can be expensive to defend and can take years to resolve.  If you’ve been sued for violations of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12181-12189, you can file an Application for Stay and Early Mediation to temporarily halt the litigation to allow for the parties to mediate. Stay and […]

Common Pitfalls of Buying a California Business


Anyone who is interested in purchasing a California business should be cautious before handing over a signed offer. In fact, it is critical to consult with an experienced business purchase/sales attorney for guidance throughout the process. It is not uncommon for business purchase agreements provided by brokers to be designed to protect the broker and […]

California Business Shareholder and Partnership Disputes


California business disputes among shareholders and/or partners can, at best, disrupt business operations and affect profit margins. At worst, they can cause a dissolution or premature sale of a company. Any business with more than one owner can come to a crossroads for a variety of reasons. Types of Business Disputes Some examples of shareholder […]

Why Hire a Business Litigation Attorney?


Business and Commercial Litigation Business and commercial litigation often arises from contractual disputes. You can the majority of legislation that govern California business in the California Commercial Code.  In California, only certain types of agreements are enforceable contracts. If one party breaks an enforceable contract, the other party can potentially obtain money damages. An enforceable […]