San Jose, California Business Lawyers

Wendy Watrous Smith
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Over 25 Years of Experience! Exceptional Business Counsel & Representation!

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Kathryn E. Barrett
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Dedicated & Experienced Attorney! Business Law Representation with Expertise!

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David Blaise Rao
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Experienced Business Lawyer! Dedicated to Aggressive Counsel & Representation!

For over 30 years, I have been successfully advising businesses in legal matters. I am committed to the best possible results for business law needs! Visit my website for representative cases. Call for a consultation. Read More »
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Robert G. Harris
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California Business Law Attorney with Extensive Experience and Skill! Call Now!

I am a passionate legal advocate for those with business law needs. I will work tirelessly to advocate for your legal rights and interests! Visit my website for representative clients and cases. Call for a consultation. Read More »
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Jingming 'James' Cai
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San Jose, CA Business Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(408) 436-0789 1754 Technology Drive Suite 122
San Jose, CA 95110
Free ConsultationBusiness and Immigration
Temple University Beasley School of Law
James Cai founded SAC Attorneys, LLP after serving as in-house legal counsel for Yahoo! Inc. His practice focuses on corporate law, immigration, employment and estate planning. Mr. Cai believes in relationship lawyering and has a client-driven practice. He practices law the old fashioned way - giving each client this full attention with prompt responses, thorough research and analysis, aggressive representation and careful attention to details, in both transactional and litigation matters. As a result, most of his clients are repeat and long term clients, including individuals, small businesses, non-profit organizations and public companies. Before founding SAC Attorneys, LLP,...
Jennifer Louise Mispagel
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(408) 286-9800 70 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Business, Estate Planning, Family and Probate
Santa Clara University School of Law
Jennifer Mispagel focuses her practice on Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate. Jennifer received her Juris Doctorate and her Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University in 2008. After completing her first year at Santa Clara University School of Law, Jennifer spent a summer in Tokyo studying the Japanese legal system and interning for a local law firm. When she returned to school, she enrolled in Santa Clara’s MBA program to complement her legal education. Jennifer received both the Witkin and CALI Awards in Community Property as well as the American Bankruptcy...
Kathryn E. Barrett
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(408) 573-5700 One North Market St.
Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95113
Business, Bankruptcy, Employment and Real Estate
Santa Clara University School of Law
Kathryn E. Barrett is a member of Silicon Valley Law Group’s Business Litigation, Employment and Financial Services Group. Her areas of expertise include complex commercial disputes involving fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, partnership, corporate and shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, derivative claims, alter ego; claims under the Convention for International Sale of Goods (CISG), employment, and real estate. Kathryn's litigation experience also includes adversary proceedings in the bankruptcy courts.

Kathryn is also an experienced, U.C. Berkeley-certified mediator of business disputes. She serves as a mediator and arbitrator for the Santa Clara County Bar Association Fee Arbitration Panel and...
Matthew G. Grech
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(408) 214-0385 111 North Market St.
Suite 300
San Jose, CA 95113
Free ConsultationBusiness, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Probate
St. Thomas University School of Law
As an attorney, Matthew Grech began his career as a civil litigator. From there Mr. Grech transitioned into estate planning and probate & estate administration. As an estate planning/administration attorney Mr. Grech has assisted numerous clients manage trust and estate administrations from inception to closing, as well as guiding and facilitating the planning process. It was during this time that Mr. Grech realized that a number of his clients’ family members and friends were facing mounting financial troubles in the wake of The Great Recession. It was this realization that motivated Mr. Grech to begin practicing bankruptcy law, which...
Jeffrey K Nielsen
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(408) 294-9700 84 West Santa Clara St. #540
San Jose, CA 95113
Free ConsultationBusiness, Estate Planning and Probate
Western State University College of Law
With over 5 years of experience, I understand the challenges facing families when they begin to contemplate their future. I know that you want to make sure that you are leaving your loved ones in a good place, and I want to help you develop a comprehensive estate plan that allows you to achieve your specific objectives.

I offer customized Estate Plans tailored to each client's needs. I have dealt with estates of all different sizes. Even if you feel that it is unnecessary for you to create an estate plan, you may have more assets than you realize. Certainly,...
Steven Edward Springer
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(888) 490-9852 95 South Market Street, Ste. 300
San Jose, CA 95113
Free ConsultationBusiness, Criminal, Employment and Family
Santa Clara University
Help small to medium size companies navigate through a wide variety of legal challenges: formation, funding, governmental impediments, operational legal planning, merger and acquisition, employee relations, and labor compliance. All with the goal of litigation avoidance. Litigation in all California state courts and the Northern and Eastern U.S. District Courts of California.
Clarence Joseph Ferrari Jr
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 59 years experience
(408) 280-0535 333 W. Santa Clara Street
Suite 700
San Jose, CA 95113
Business, Estate Planning and Tax
Stanford University
Clarence J. Ferrari is a founding partner of Ferrari Ottoboni Caputo & Wunderling. He primarily handles cases involving business and tax planning, with an emphasis on business planning and wealth transfer for families, individuals, and closely-held companies. He has extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in business transfers, generation-skipping transfers, creating sophisticated estate plans, charitable trusts, life insurance trusts, and more. Mr. Ferrari also understands the state and federal tax implications regarding estate plans and business transactions. He is a certified specialist in taxation.
Lawrence Michael Boesch
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SAN JOSE, CA Business Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(408) 421-8297 12 S. First Street, Ste. 600
P.O. Box 796
SAN JOSE, CA 95113
Business and Real Estate
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
William L. Bretschneider
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(408) 573-5732 One North Market St.
Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95113
Business, IP and Trademarks
Santa Clara University School of Law
Bill Bretschneider is Special Counsel with Silicon Valley Law Group. As a Member of firm's Corporate & Securities and Intellectual Property practice groups, Bill’s practice focuses on corporate/business formation and governance, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures, private placements, and corporate finance, as well as commercial and intellectual property transactions, including technology licensing, copyright and trademark registration and licensing, and strategic intellectual property counseling. Bill also focuses on a full-range of franchisor/franchisee relationship transactions and counseling. Bill serves as Outside General Counsel for multiple local technology and start-up businesses.

Prior to joining Silicon Valley Law Group, Bill was...
Louis Spitters
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
96 North Third Street, Suite 500
San Jose, CA 95112
Free ConsultationBusiness, Construction, Employment and Insurance Claims
Washington University School of Law
Michael W. Stebbins
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Aggressive & Skilled Business Law Attorney! Outstanding Legal Representation!

I provide exceptional legal counsel and representation for business law matters. I have extensive litigation and trial experience! Visit my website to see client reviews and case results, or call for a consultation. Read More »
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Christian P. Binder
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Knowledgeable California Business Law Attorney! Exceptional Advice & Advocacy!

I am a dedicated and determined business law attorney. I will aggressively advocate for your rights and interests in business law matters! Visit my website for representative clients and cases, call for a consultation. Read More »
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Leizel Ching Esq.
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(408) 441-7500 1754 Technology Drive
Suite 135
San Jose, CA 95110
Business, Arbitration & Mediation and IP
The University of Chicago Law School
Amiel Lee Wade
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San Jose, CA Business Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(888) 909-9430 84 West Santa Clara
San Jose, CA 95113
Free ConsultationBusiness, Construction, Family and Real Estate
Rutgers Univ School of Law
I am an experienced, proven and well respected civil litigation and business law attorney representing both individuals and businesses in lawsuits. I have been practicing law for over nineteen years. What sets me and my law firm apart from other lawyers is that it’s critical to us that we provide superior and distinctive services while building client relationships and achieving client satisfaction second to none. I have served as a judge pro tem as both an arbitrator and a mediator for the Santa Clara County Superior Court. In 2016, I was selected to the exclusive list of the “10 Best”...
Steven Michael Fink
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 48 years experience
(408) 256-2979 160 W. Santa Clara Street
Suite 1180
San Jose, CA 95113
Business, Civil Rights and Employment
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Though he began his career practicing Entertainment Law in Los Angeles, Mr. Fink and his wife traded the glamour of Hollywood for the San Jose area' s charms. That early exposure to big city, high-pressure civil cases has served him well, particularly when dealing with the complex issues involved in contemporary employment cases. Mr. Fink is a partner in Mesirow & Fink, a small but energetic and creative law firm founded in 1976. Mr. Fink is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley's Boalt Hall, and he has six times been selected by San Jose Magazine as one of the...
Eric Daniel Despotes
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San Jose, CA Business Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(408) 553-0801 1871 The Alameda
Suite 475
San Jose, CA 95126
Business, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Santa Clara University School of Law
Eric Despotes became the newest attorney at Lonich & Patton, LLP in February 2010 and assists in all areas of the firm's practice, Family Law, Estate Planning, and Business Law Eric grew up in the Bay Area and attended college at California State University, Long Beach, earning a degree in Poltical Science with an emphasis in International Relations. He then returned to the Bay Area to attend law school. Eric graduated cum laude from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2009. He received the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Constitutional Law and the CALI Excellence for the Future Award...
Marc G. van Niekerk
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(408) 573-5700 One North Market St.
Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95113
Business, IP and Trademarks
University of Texas - Austin and University of Cape Town, South Africa (Maritime Law and South African Income Tax Law)
Valary Anne Miller
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San Jose, CA Business Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(408) 800-5791 777 N 1st St
Suite 325
San Jose, CA 95112
Business, Consumer and Estate Planning
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Solution oriented attorney who specializes in Business, Estate Planning, and Consumer Finance Law, offering a proven background of advising large and small businesses. My goals in working with clients is to drive business operations, team building, company governance, and regulatory compliance for small companies, and individuals. Experience in same at: Lincoln Law School of San Jose, Credit.com, A&W Properties, WAP Forum, and eCycle, Inc, and General Electric. Actively collaborates with public- / private-sector officials, senior-level executives, leadership peers, stakeholders, and / or clients to analyze needs while identifying challenges and resolving legal / business issues...
John Matthew Wunderling
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(408) 280-0535 333 W Santa Clara Street
Suite 700
San Jose, CA 95113
Business, Estate Planning and Tax
Gonzaga University School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law
John joined Ferrari Ottoboni Caputo & Wunderling in 1999 in the tax, trust, and estate division. He completed his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law and earned his LL.M in Taxation from the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. He primarily handles cases in the areas of income, estate, gift taxation, wealth transfer, post-death trust administration, and probate. He is well-versed in many state and federal tax matters and implications regarding estate planning tools and business structures. John frequently presents in legal seminars regarding tax law.
Michael J. Shea
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San Jose, CA Business Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(408) 441-7500 1754 Technology Drive
Suite 135
San Jose, CA 95110
Business, Communications, Employment and Real Estate
Harvard Law School
Laurence Louis Spitters Jr
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San Jose, CA Business Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(408) 293-0463 96 North Third Street, Suite 500
San Jose, CA 95112
Free ConsultationBusiness, Construction, Employment and Insurance Claims
Washington University
Jaclyn M. Ford Esq.
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(408) 441-7500 1754 Technology Dr
Suite 135
San Jose, CA 95110
Business, Employment and Real Estate
Santa Clara University School of Law
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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Marc G. van Niekerk
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Experienced & Determined Legal Counsel & Advocacy! Business Law Expertise!

I am an aggressive and successful business law attorney. I provide exceptional counsel and representation for a wide array of legal matters! Visit my website for client reviews and case results, call for a consultation. Read More »
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Lisa Intrieri Caputo
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(408) 280-0535 333 W. Santa Clara Street
Suite 700
San Jose, CA 95113
Business, Estate Planning and Tax
Santa Clara University
Lisa joined Ferrari Ottoboni Caputo & Wunderling in 1994 and became a Partner in 1999. She earned her law degree from Santa Clara University. Lisa devotes much of her time to cases involving wealth transfer planning, business succession, tax planning, tax litigation, charitable planning, and a variety of other trust and probate matters. She has published a variety of legal treatises and presented her work before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and Treasure Dept. Lisa frequently speaks and educates the public regarding estate and tax planning issues. She consistently ranks as one of the top lawyers in her field.
Ethan Solove Esq.
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(408) 441-7500 1754 Technology Dr
Suite 135
San Jose, CA 95110
Business and Real Estate
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Austin T. Jackson
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer
(408) 411-7500 1754 Technology Drive Suite 135
San Jose, CA 95110
Business
Santa Clara University School of Law
Ryan Penhallegon Esq.
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San Jose, CA Business Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(408) 441-7500 1754 Technology Drive
Suite 135
San Jose, CA 95110
Business, Bankruptcy, Construction and Real Estate
Santa Clara University School of Law and University of Washington
Quynh-Anh V. Nguyen
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San Jose, CA Business Law Attorney
(408) 441-7500 1754 Technology Drive
Suite 135
San Jose, CA 95110
Business
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Julie Bonnel-Rogers Esq.
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San Jose, CA Business Law Attorney
(408) 441-7500 1754 Technology Drive
Suite 135
San Jose, CA 95110
Business and Real Estate
University of San Francisco School of Law
Mark R. Figueiredo Esq.
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(408) 441-7500 1754 Technology Dr
Suite 135
San Jose, CA 95110
Business, Employment, Landlord Tenant and Tax
Golden Gate University School of Law
Frederick William Schwinn
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(408) 294-6100 1435 Koll Circle, Suite 104
San Jose, CA 95112-4610
Free ConsultationBusiness, Bankruptcy and Consumer
Washburn University School of Law
Fred W. Schwinn is a licensed attorney admitted to practice in the States of California and Kansas. Fred is the shareholder and owner of the Consumer Law Center, Inc. His practice is dedicated exclusively to representing consumer debtors in bankruptcy, stopping predatory and abusive consumer lending practices, and protecting consumers from illegal debt collection activity.

In 1997, Fred graduated from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas where he organized and volunteered at the law school's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site. While other law students were training in the law school's legal clinic, Fred began his legal career in...
Bernard Vogel III
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San Jose, CA Business Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(408) 573-5700 One North Market St.
Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95113
Business, Securities and Tax
Santa Clara University School of Law and University of California - Los Angeles
Edward A. Kraus
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San Jose, CA Business Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(408) 573-5700 One North Market St.
Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95113
Business, Criminal, Employment and Environmental
Santa Clara University School of Law and University of California - Berkeley
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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Joshua Haevernick
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Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP – Business Litigation Lawyer

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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David Charles Burgess
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(408) 979-7800 1800 Hamilton Ave, Suite 240
San Jose, CA 95125
Business, Real Estate and Tax
Stanford Law School
Mr. Burgess is a partner of the Business Law Group. His practice focuses on the needs of small and medium sized businesses. His goal is to listen carefully to his clients, recognizing that each person and business is different. He then seeks to fashion practical, creative, and cost effective solutions to best fit each client's particular circumstances. He is able to offer the personal attention, customized service, and efficiency that often are lacking from the mega law firms. Mr. Burgess seeks to build long-term relationships with clients, becoming a key member of their business teams. To that end, he...
Ryan Dewey Griffin
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San Jose, CA Business Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(408) 998-7211 181 Devine Street
San Jose, CA 95110
Business, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense and Insurance Claims
California Western School of Law
I maintain offices in San Jose and Sacramento where I run a general practice with a focus on bankruptcy. Call for a chapter 7, 13 or 11 bankruptcy consultation, or contact us with your issues related to small business, real estate, or personal injury.
Susan P. Grey
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San Jose, CA Business Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(408) 279-1118 1011 West taylor Street
San Jose, CA 95126
Business, Elder and Family
Damian R. Castaneda
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(408) 998-5888 84 W Santa Clara Street
Suite 700
San Jose, CA 95113
Free ConsultationBusiness, Employment and Real Estate
Univ of San Diego School of Law
I have a passion and love for what I do. At Castaneda & Company, we represent individuals and small businesses in the areas of business law, contracts, employment, fraud, and real estate. After I filed a lawsuit in October 2007 against Apple™ and AT&T over the iPhone™, I was featured on websites around the world including Businessweek.com, Forbes.com, MSNBC.com, and the USAToday.com.

We have gone up against Stanford University, Google, Adobe, and Bank of America. Despite these big names, the majority of our clients are ordinary people and small business owners. We like representing the underdog and we like beating the...
Stephen S. Wu
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San Jose, CA Business Law Attorney
(408) 573-5700 One North Market St.
Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95113
Business, Communications and IP
Harvard Law School
Eben Lee Kurtzman
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San Jose, CA Business Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(408) 295-2105 1131 Park Ave
San Jose, CA 95126
Free ConsultationBusiness, Animal, Arbitration & Mediation and Criminal
Based out of Santa Clara County, The Law Office of Eben L. Kurtzman has been providing reliable legal advice and representation in criminal law defense and personal injury prosecution cases for over two decades. Eben has handled over one thousand cases and has had more than fifty jury trials. His practice is centered on the idea that the client is the most important part of any case, and that a straight-forward, honest approach is the best way to succeed. He will give you a realistic, honest assessment of your case. He encourages all of his clients to ask questions and...
Brian Stanton Case
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(714) 540-3636 95 S. Market St.
Third Floor
San Jose, CA 95113
Business, Collections, Construction and Real Estate
Pepperdine Univ School of Law
Richard Gary Burt
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 45 years experience
(408) 286-7333 10 Almaden Blvd # 1250
San Jose, CA 95113
Business and Real Estate
George Washington Univ LS
Rebecca Charlene McCracken Esq.
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(408) 441-7500 1754 Technology Dr
Suite 135
San Jose, CA 95110
Business, Arbitration & Mediation, IP and Real Estate
Vermont Law School
Mark Walter Hostetter
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
181 Devine Street
San Jose, CA 95110
Business, Employment, Personal Injury and Real Estate
UCLA School of Law
Attorney Mark Hostetter has earned a reputation for creatively using complex law as a means to solve problems and achieve his clients' goals. Mr. Hostetter is proud to note that many of his clients are small business owners, immigrants, and people with disabilities asserting their civil rights. Mr. Hostetter is able to keep fees reasonable as an independent practitioner. However, we also have a network of top attorneys with whom we may associate if a case is unusually complex or goes all the way to trial, as in our recent discrimination case against the U.S. Department...
Leizel Ching Esq.
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San Jose, CA Business Law Lawyer with 11 years experience

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Bernard Vogel III
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Exceptional Business & Tax Law Counsel & Legal Advocacy! Experienced & Skilled!

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