Pleasanton Business Lawyers

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Taylor N. Burras
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Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP – Management Labor & Employment Law

Taylor Burras represents employers in matters relating to discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination, reduction in workforce, hiring, leaves of absence, and wage and hour issues. Read More »
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Stuart K. Tubis
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Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP – Business and ADA Litigation

Stuart Tubis is a civil litigator representing businesses in a wide range of matters, including Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claims and intellectual property disputes. Read More »
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Kerry Shapiro
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Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP – Mining and Natural Resources Lawyer

Kerry Shapiro is the Chairman of JMBM's Mining & Natural Resources Group and represents the mining, construction and building materials industries on mineral extraction and land development projects Read More »
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Martin H. Orlick
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Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP – Real Estate Lawyer

I am a skilled and experienced attorney representing clients with business law needs. I am committed to exceptional advocacy for your legal issues and concerns. Visit my website for results and call for a consultation. Read More »
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James Gulseth
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Pleasanton, CA Business Law Attorney with 46 years experience
(925) 463-9600 5890 Stoneridge Dr.
Ste. 102
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Business, IP, Patents and Tax
UC Hastings COL
James H. (Jim) Gulseth was born and attended high school in Devils Lake, North Dakota and graduated with an A.B. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Jim earned his JD degree at the University of California Hastings School of Law in San Francisco and is admitted to practice in the State of California and before the Federal District Court, Northern District of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the Corporations, Business Transactions, Securities and Tax and Intellectual Property Sections of the State Bar of California. Jim’s reported cases include...
Gerald Ray Prettyman
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Pleasanton, CA Business Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(925) 600-7342 5890 Stoneridge Dr Ste 102
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatBusiness, IP, Patents and Trademarks
Golden Gate University
Gerald R. Prettyman has been preparing and filing patents since 2001, and since 2006 has filed trademarks, copyrights and business filings, and worked to prevent and solve legal problems for his clients. Mr. Prettyman has prepared and filed over 200 patent applications for his clients and over 70 trademarks. Mr. Prettyman was previously an engineer and business manager, making him uniquely qualified to work with and protect the intellectual property of tech companies and to advise start-ups on how to make money without spending money. Mr. Prettyman is a U.S. Navy veteran.
Joshua D. Brysk
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Pleasanton, CA Business Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(925) 463-1073 6600 Koll Center Pkwy
#250
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Business, Arbitration & Mediation, Real Estate and Tax
University of San Diego School of Law and University of California - Los Angeles
Joshua D. Brysk advises clients on Business & Commercial Law, Debtor/Creditor, Estate Planning, Landlord/Tenant, Tax Law, and Wills, Trusts & Probate matters. He provides knowledgeable and skilled representation to clients in the East Bay and throughout Northern California.

With over 20 years of experience, Joshua is committed to providing unmatched personal attention and high quality legal advocacy. Helping clients avoid and solve their legal problems, Joshua's focus is always on achieving the best possible outcomes.

Outside of work, Joshua is a seasoned traveler. He has also enjoyed living and working in Australia and Israel.
Zachary Roy Rayo
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Pleasanton, CA Business Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(925) 825-1955 4417 Railroad Ave.
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Business, Elder, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Miami School of Law and University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
Zachary Rayo brings experience, efficiency and empathy to estate planning. Mr. Rayo’s approach is people-centered. He recognizes that the legal needs and special issues differ from client to client, that each person is unique, with unique needs that must be met with efficiency, active listening and care. Mr. Rayo knows the importance of social responsibility which manifests not only in ethical decisions and practices but also in involvement in socially important causes.
Robert Lockhart Taylor
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Pleasanton, CA Business Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(925) 463-9600 5890 Stoneridge Dr. Suite 102
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Business, IP, Real Estate and Tax
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Robert L. (Bob) Taylor was born near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended high school in Berkeley, California. Bob graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982 with an A.B. degree in Economics. Bob graduated from the Boalt Hall School of Law (UC Berkeley) in 1985, where he was a member of the California Law Review. In 1985, he was admitted to practice in the State of California and before the Federal District Court, Northern District of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. He has since also been admitted...
Daniela Lungu
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Pleasanton, CA Business Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(925) 558-2710 4695 Chabot Drive, Suite 200
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Business, Arbitration & Mediation and Estate Planning
Golden Gate University School of Law
Like many attorneys, before opening her own law firm, Ms. Lungu was a highly accomplished businesswoman, in various areas of management and areas of specialty. Additionally, she has a mediation and conciliation practice spanning almost two decades in California. Her unique abilities to make high level communication a safe and comfortable experience facilitated the transition to law and a career in mediation and dispute resolution. Part of her strength is in her keen awareness of the importance of each individual's particular needs and the need for individualized solutions. She provides individually tailored estate and business plans to all clients after...
Stephen M. Fuerch
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Pleasanton, CA Business Law Attorney with 45 years experience
(925) 463-2575 7901 Stoneridge Dr
#506
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Free ConsultationBusiness, Arbitration & Mediation, Employment and Medical Malpractice
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Paige Simmons Esq.
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Pleasanton, CA Business Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(925) 756-7777 4900 Hopyard Rd
#100
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Free ConsultationBusiness, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
The Simmons Law Firm is led by Paige Simmons, Esq. Paige has provided legal counsel to businesses, community associations, management companies, and building owners for close to a decade. She has also spent several years defending and suing Fortune 500 companies like Staples, Home Depot, Benihana, KB Homes and Richmond American Homes. In addition, Paige has handled hundreds of commercial and residential landlord-tenant disputes, judicial foreclosures, personal judgments, and liens.

Paige brings years of business acumen and insurance knowledge to the firm. Prior to embarking on her legal career, Paige was a licensed all-lines claims adjuster for a national...
Kristen Noelle Hayes-Kuse
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Pleasanton, CA Business Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(925) 399-1529 4900 Hopyard Road, Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Free ConsultationBusiness, Communications, IP and Trademarks
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Kristen is the founder of Integrated General Counsel, a full-service business and employment law firm located in Pleasanton. IGC is designed to help entrepreneurs and business owners start, grow, and manage their companies. Kristen enjoys this work because she knows firsthand what it takes to dream up, build, and run one's own enterprise.

Kristen received her undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of San Francisco and her Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University. Her professional experience includes a decade working for large firms like Morrison Foerster and Pillsbury Winthrop and as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 international architecture &...
Laurie E. Yoon
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Pleasanton, CA Business Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(925) 463-1073 6600 Koll Center Pkwy
#250
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Business, Estate Planning and Real Estate
John F. Kennedy University
Nicolas De Lancie
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Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP – Commercial Finance Lawyer

Nicolas De Lancie represents banks and other financial entities in creditors' rights, bankruptcy matters, commercial credit and commercial real estate finance transactions. Read More »
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Eric Hahn
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California Business Law Attorney

Loyola Law School, Los AngelesCalifornia
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Steve Robert Sherman
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Pleasanton, CA Business Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(925) 463-3300 5890 Stoneridge Drive
Suite 102
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Business, Collections and Real Estate
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Mr. Sherman received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He was admitted to practice in California in 1988. Mr. Sherman's practice focuses on business and real estate. He assists his clients in litigation (in State and Federal Court) and ADR (alternate dispute resolution), such as mediation and arbitration. Mr. Sherman is also licensed to practice law in Texas.
James G.  Schwartz
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Pleasanton, CA Business Law Attorney with 44 years experience
(925) 463-1073 6600 Koll Center Pkwy
#250
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Business, Civil Rights, Collections and IP
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Michael Scott Martin
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Pleasanton, CA Business Law Attorney
(925) 218-3944 4900 Hopyard Road, Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Business, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
Contact my office for a consultation at (888) 200-6526. As a former prosecutor, I have handled an extensive and heavy caseload and spent countless hours negotiating with other attorneys and preparing for and taking cases to trial. As a prosecutor I handled over 500 arraignments, 40 cases to resolution, and five jury trials, including a six week special circumstance homicide trial, as a second chair attorney. It is this experience that I will bring to your case. You can be assured, my office will communicate with you as your case develops and zealously represent...
Jonathan H. Van Ee
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Dublin, CA Business Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(415) 938-7694 7172 Regional Street, No. 342
Dublin, CA 94568
Business, Asbestos, Health Care and IP
Columbia Univ School of Law
Pleasanton, CA Business Law Attorney with 42 years experience
(925) 399-6302 6200 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Ste 300
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Business, Health Care, IP and Real Estate
UCLA School of Law and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law
Pleasanton, CA Business Law Lawyer with 44 years experience
(925) 600-1800 6600 Koll Center Pkwy Ste 250
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Business and Real Estate
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Pleasanton, CA Business Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(925) 600-1800 6600 Koll Center Pkwy Ste 250
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Business
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Pleasanton, CA Business Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(925) 600-1800 6600 Koll Center Pkwy Ste 250
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Business, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Pleasanton, CA Business Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(925) 460-3700 5000 Hopyard Rd Ste 225
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Business, Estate Planning, Real Estate and Tax
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Pleasanton, CA Business Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(925) 264-4040 6601 Koll Center Pkwy Ste 300
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Business
California Western School of Law
Stephen M. Fuerch
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Free Consultation! Exceptional Business Law Attorney! Skilled Legal Counsel!

For over 35 years, I have passionately worked to advocate for the rights and interests of business clients. I am committed to the best possible outcomes! Visit my website for information, call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Bruce J. Napell
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California Business Law Attorney with 36 years experience

Bruce Napell has specialized in representing franchisees for over 18 years, delivering dedicated legal services and results to franchisees and business throughout California and nationwide. Mr. Napell is a certified... Read More »
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Michael J. Sellers
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Pleasanton, CA Business Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(925) 463-9644 5890 Stoneridge Drive
Suite 102
Pleasanton, CA 94688
Business
University of California - Davis
Thomas Fraser
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Livermore, CA Business Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(925) 980-1362 641 Hanover Street
Livermore, CA 94551
Business
University of the Pacific
Robert Briant Jacobs
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Livermore, CA Business Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(925) 847-8680 2300 1st St
Ste 336
Livermore, CA 94550
Business, Arbitration & Mediation, Construction and Real Estate
Brigham Young Univ J Reuben Clark LS UT
Our office provides legal services in matters involving business law, real estate, construction, employment law, contracts, and litigation. With over 20 years of experience we are highly skilled and experienced in the various legal issues that involve our clients. We represent business owners, brokers, landowners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, sellers, and purchasers. Our clients include both businesses and individuals. We represent clients throughout the State of California. In addition, Mr. Jacobs provides top-notch mediation and arbitration services.
Ranvir S Sandhu
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Fremont, CA Business Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(510) 516-2889 39510 Paseo Padre Parkway
Suite 190
Fremont, CA 94538
Free ConsultationBusiness and Estate Planning
Lincoln University
Attorney Ranvir is a dynamic, focused and hard-working lawyer who values transparency and integrity.

Estate Planning:

Ranvir helps create professional estate plans that will satisfy individual and family members’ personal, financial, and tax goals. This includes the preparation of customized wills, trusts, powers of attorney, deed transfers and advanced health care directives.

Corporate Law:

Ranvir advises individuals, joint partnerships, startups and emerging companies in tech and non-tech, including cannabis on corporate formation, M&A, financing, SAFEs and IPOs, general corporate counseling, as well as on non-corporate matters such as employment, licensing, securities compliance and general corporate counseling.

Prior Experience:

Prior to founding Insight Legal, P.C.,...
Karyne Ghantous
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San Ramon, CA Business Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(925) 242-2431 2603 Camino Ramon, Suite 200
San Ramon, CA 94583
Free ConsultationBusiness, Construction, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Karyne T. Ghantous is a California licensed attorney with close to 20 years of litigation and insurance defense experience successfully negotiating the resolution of, and trying cases in State and Federal court, Contra Costa County, Alameda County, San Francisco County, Santa Clara County, Sacramento County, Solano County and Monterey County.
Scott Jordan
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San Ramon, CA Business Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(925) 913-0275 18 Crow Canyon Court
Suite 280
San Ramon, CA 94583
Free ConsultationBusiness, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
I represent individuals and small to medium sized businesses in bankruptcy, foreclosure defense and debt consolidation matters. For individuals, I represent clients in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings, including adversary proceedings, including 2nd home mortgage lien stripping, redemption of vehicles and student loan reductions. For businesses, I provide services related to the winding down of a business, board and management consultations and bankruptcy debt consolidation in Chapter 11. In conjunction with my bankruptcy practice, I also provide estate planning, probate and trust administration representation. The best way to avoid probate is to plan properly by drafting...
Derek Deake Lim
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Fremont, CA Business Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(510) 818-0898 3100 Mowry Ave
Ste. 204
Fremont, CA 94538
Free ConsultationBusiness, Estate Planning, Family and Immigration
New Coll of CA School of Law
Experienced, dedicated and affordable immigration attorney servings the Immigration community for near 20 years. Record of winning case on asylum, VAWA claim, naturalization with criminal background, waivers, and complex family based immigrant visa petitions.
David Sheen ESQ.
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Fremont, CA Business Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(510) 438-6868 39510 Paseo Padre Pkwy
#190
Fremont, CA 94538
Business, Estate Planning, Family and Immigration
California Western School of Law and University of North Carolina School of Law
Swapna Anthoor
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Fremont, CA Business Law Attorney
(510) 244-2760 39111 Paseo Padre Parkway
Suite 115a
Fremont, CA 94538
Business, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Golden Gate University School of Law
As founder of the Anthoor Law Group, APC, Swampa Anthoor guides Fremont residents through the estate planning process. She has law licenses in both India and California, and can assist with legal concerns involving both jurisdictions. Her firm also provides legal representation in matters of family law and business law. Attorney Anthoor is a member of the California State Bar and Bar Council of India. In addition to English, she can aid clients in Malayalam, Hindi and Tamil. To learn more, please contact her firm today and receive a free consultation
Robert Sakai
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Hayward, CA Business Law Attorney with 46 years experience
(510) 538-6407 26429 Chatham Ct
Hayward, CA 94542
Business, Estate Planning and Real Estate
UC Hastings COL
Matthew S. Kenefick
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Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP – Protecting Diverse Business Interests

Matthew Kenefick's law practice extends to litigation, compliance and real estate matters. He represents manufacturers, financial institutions, retailers, real estate developers, and the hotel industry, among others. Read More »
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Joshua Haevernick
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Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP – Advocacy in Commercial Disputes

Joshua Haevernick focuses on commercial litigation and represents businesses in design and construction defects, suretyship issues, professional negligence, breach of contract, and other matters. Read More »
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Beth Wolf Mora
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San Ramon, CA Business Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(925) 820-8949 18 Crow Canyon Court, Suite 145
San Ramon, CA 94583
Free ConsultationBusiness, Civil Rights, Elder and Employment
Golden Gate University School of Law
Manohar T Reddy
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Fremont, CA Business Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(408) 829-2824 2140 Peralta Blvd
Ste. 208
Fremont, CA 94536
Business, Estate Planning, Immigration and Real Estate
American University Washington College of Law
Guy Ellery Louie
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San Ramon, CA Business Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(925) 234-1440 2010 Crow Canyon Place Suite 100
San Ramon, CA 94583
Business, Animal, Appeals and IP
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Michael T Krueger
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Livermore, CA Business Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(925) 454-4460 2300 First St.
Suite 336 K
Livermore, CA 94550
Business and Bankruptcy
Valparaiso University School of Law
Nalini Rajender Frush
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Danville, CA Business Law Attorney with 43 years experience
(925) 580-2257 4115 Blackhawk Plaza Cir
Danville, CA 94506
Business, Environmental and Real Estate
Hamline Univ School of Law
James Wesley Choate III
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San Ramon, CA Business Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(925) 271-4342 111 Deerwood Rd
Ste 200
San Ramon, CA 94583
Business, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
John F Kennedy Univ School of Law
Christina Weed
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Walnut Creek, CA Business Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(925) 390-3222 1990 N California Blvd
Suite 1020
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Business, Estate Planning, Probate and Tax
University of San Diego School of Law and Whittier Law School
Christina Weed understands the complex life demands and goals of her clients. Christina also understands that most of the time it is not possible to completely separate family life from business. Clients need an integrated plan that covers all of their family, business, tax, and estate planning concerns. Christina has dedicated the past thirteen years to the study and practice of law, taxation, business, accounting, and estate planning and uses this knowledge to consult with her clients in business, tax and estate planning matters. Christina is a licensed attorney with an LL.M. in Taxation from the...
Peter Alan Mankin
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Walnut Creek, CA Business Law Lawyer with 44 years experience
(925) 935-0300 1211 Newell Ave.
Suite 120
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Business, Arbitration & Mediation and Real Estate
University of San Francisco School of Law
Private Practice in real estate and business law for 40 years. Court and private mediator for 25 years. AV Rated and Northern California Super Lawyer.
Michael J. Hassen
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Walnut Creek, CA Business Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(925) 359-7500 1981 N. Broadway, Suite 280
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Business, Antitrust and Appeals
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Michael Hassen's litigation practice spans over 30 years and emphasizes general business and commercial litigation, including class action defense and matters involving intellectual property and unfair competition.
Melissa A. Wurster
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Santa Clara, CA Business Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(408) 416-2929 4655 Old Ironsides Dr
#250
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Free ConsultationBusiness, Construction and Real Estate
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Melissa Wurster’s practice focuses primarily on complex real estate, insurance and business litigation. Ms. Wurster has also handled numerous appellate matters. Her real estate litigation practice includes representing subcontractors and material suppliers in construction defect actions as well as clients in commercial lease disputes, quiet title actions, land use matters and eminent domain. Her business litigation practice includes corporate and partnership disputes, breach of contract and unfair business practices. Ms. Wurster has also litigated insurance coverage and bad faith actions, successfully representing clients in trial and appellate courts throughout California and in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Ms. Wurster was...
David Cincotta
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Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP – Land Use Lawyer

David Cincotta specializes in obtaining land use entitlements for large commercial, mixed-use and residential developments in San Francisco and throughout Northern California. Read More »
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Bennett G. Young
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Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP – Insolvency Lawyer

Ben Young represents lenders, financial institutions, secured and unsecured creditors, distressed investment funds, businesses, receivers, special servicers, and creditors' committees, in insolvency matters. Read More »
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