Our law firm has the experience and knowledge needed to address multiple legal issues involved in a single case. We have the expertise to handle overlapping legal issues in a variety of areas. We maintain an active general civil law practice in the following areas:
Business Law: Entrepreneurs and business owners in the Santa Cruz area often seek our counsel for purposes such as business entity selection, business formation, and establishment of bylaws and other business operation mechanisms, contracts, and insurance coverage. We also handle breach of contract and related business litigation matters.
Construction Law: We provide advice on construction project documents, regulatory compliance, bidding procedures, performance and payment bonds; we are also involved in handling alternative dispute resolution, mediation and litigation in construction contract matters.
Employment Law: Our attorneys represent both employers and employees, public and private sector, in matters related to employment matters. We draft employee manuals and advise clients on workplace policies, non-compete contracts, confidentiality agreements, disclosure/nondisclosure of information, and policies and procedures contained in employment contracts.
We assist employers in being proactive to prepare for a possible employee claim of discrimination, harassment, or retaliatory discharge. Our firm conducts employment investigations for employers.
Environmental and Land Use: We provide advice to our public and private clients on compliance with federal, state, and local environmental, land use and natural resource law, including CEQA, Clean Water Act, Coastal Act, Endangered Species Act, solid waste, hazardous waste and hazardous substances requirements.
Litigation and Appeals: We handle litigation and appeals in state and federal courts on behalf of public entities, business owners, employers, corporations, and individuals.
Public Law: Our attorneys represent municipalities, public agencies and special districts by providing comprehensive legal services in transactional and litigation matters. We are engaged in the full scope of legal representation of our public entity clients, including, civil rights, code enforcement, construction, environmental and land use, labor and employment, planning, and premises liability issues.
Real Estate: We review, draft and negotiate real estate agreements involving issues such as zoning and land use, disclosure of defects, and environmental issues, as well as handling buy-sell agreements, and boundary disputes.
Trusts and Estates: We work closely with clients in drafting revocable/irrevocable trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney, advanced health care directives, which are tailored to clients’ unique circumstances. We also handle trust administration, trust litigation, and probate matters.