Areas of Practice

Wine Law
winery sales and acquisitions; use permits; custom crush, alternating proprietorship agreements; vineyard sales, acquisitions and leases; vineyard management agreements; grape contracts and winemaker agreements; ABC and ATF (TTB) regulation; labeling; appellations of origin and AVA’s; e-commerce and direct shipping

Corporate and Commercial
drafting and interpretation of contracts; corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies; equity, venture capital financing; loan negotiation and documentation; private placements; mergers and acquisitions; due diligence and licensing; non-profit organizations

Real Estate
purchases, sales, exchanges; drafting and enforcement of contracts; syndications and financing; brokers and agents; commercial leasing, ground leases; easement, boundary litigation; construction contracts and construction defects; condominiums, homeowners associations

Dispute Resolution
state and federal court litigation; trial and appellate work; arbitration, mediation; administrative proceedings; international dispute resolution

Employment
preventive advice and litigation; wrongful discharge; sexual harassment; age, sex, handicap, racial discrimination; discharge counseling and investigations; privacy, drug testing; executive compensation; wage and hour; employment agreements, policies; restrictive covenants and trade secrets

International
international sale of goods; joint ventures, partnerships; foreign direct investment, acquisitions; trade finance, letters of credit; intellectual property licensing and protection; agency and distributorship agreements; litigation and arbitration; cross-cultural negotiations

Land Use and Environmental
zoning, use permits; lobbying, political advice; CEQA analysis and litigation; environmental impact reports; wetlands and endangered species; Subdivision Map Act; exactions and development fees; Planning Commission hearings

Intellectual Property
trademarks and trade names; copyright protection and infringement; technology transfer and licensing; trade secrets, proprietary information; Internet law

Tax Law
Sophisticated estate and gift tax planning; charitable and non-charitable gifting strategies; federal and state income taxation; property tax; sales and use tax; business entity formation, reorganization and succession planning; complex real estate and business transactions and other transactional tax matters

Trusts and Estates
Wills; revocable and irrevocable trusts; charitable trusts; life insurance trusts; qualified personal residence trusts, generation skipping transfer tax trusts; financial and health care powers of attorney; trust administration; probate proceedings; gifting strategies