Our diverse client base, which includes companies in the energy, utility, retail, food service, manufacturing, financial services, and real estate industries as well as cities and school districts across California, rely on our attorneys to guide them through essentially every type of business transaction they require as they form, grow, consolidate, and dissolve their companies. We help them save money through streamlined processes and standardized contracts, like the Fortune 100 company for which we reviewed and renegotiated all of the construction contracts and subcontracts for its activities in the Western United States.
And we help them navigate privacy, data protection, cybersecurity, social media, and incident response laws and regulations which increasingly impact corporate transactions of all types: network and cloud computing contracts, outsourcing agreements, collaboration and strategic alliances, intellectual property licensing and valuation in M&A transactions, and more.
Trusts and Estates
Wealth preservation requires legal, financial, and business experience combined with serving as a trusted advisor and counselor. From wills to various trust vehicles and foundations, as well as trust and probate litigation, the goal of our Trust and Estate practice is to help individuals, families, churches and non-profits, navigate the complexities of estate planning to create and fund their legacies.
AlvaradoSmith attorneys work extensively with foundations, non-profit organizations, and religious institutions on structuring and executing planned giving programs that meet their unique economic and strategic objectives. Our attorneys have gained an intimate understanding of the special circumstances faced by these organizations through serving these organizations as general counsel, special counsel, and board members.
We represent a wide range of clients with diverse backgrounds and needs, including high net worth individuals, multi-generational families, and clients with ownership interests in closely-held family businesses in the U.S. and abroad.
Entrepreneurs and Startups
We have particular strengths working with entrepreneurs to establish startups and finance their ideas, including one of the first craft distillers created under California’s Craft Distiller laws, whom we helped secure a site, obtain local, state, and federal licensing, establish trademark, copyright and trade secret protection, and negotiate investor financing documents. Our team includes a former in-house attorney whose responsibilities included information technology transactions who advises tech startups and emerging businesses alike on the constantly evolving and increasingly challenging regulatory minefield of tech regulation and its impact on both day-to-day operations and long-term strategy and success.
Commitment to Client Success
Committed to the success of our clients, we build our representation upon a thorough understanding of the goals and business challenges of the companies and entities we represent. We collaborate to overcome obstacles and close deals. We provide alternatives that allow them to move beyond legal roadblocks or stalled negotiations.
And we rarely take “no” for an answer, even when it means working with legislators in Sacramento to change laws that disadvantage our clients: on behalf of one of California’s largest school districts that had received federal approval to construct a new high school only to see municipal authorities revoke their authorization to build, our lawyers persuaded state lawmakers to adopt a law that would protect all school districts in the state from the whims of elected city leaders.
AlvaradoSmith’s transactional lawyers bring a keen understanding of the business and legal challenges facing their clients – informed by time spent in-house and by their experience serving as general counsel to numerous business organizations, non-profits, and school districts – to every representation they undertake.
Our transactional work includes: