Business Law

Business Formation/Operation

When helping a client establish a business, we begin by evaluating your resources and goals. With the recent changes in California law giving the business person more options, VS&B will help you determine whether a “Sub-S,” “C” or non-profit corporation, an LLC, LLP, limited or general partnership best fits your situation.

It is also essential to have well-drafted, written agreements between business principals drawn at the outset of a business relationship. Many people make the mistake of thinking that asking everyone to enter a written agreement will result in a non-deal. In our experience, this is penny-wise and pound-foolish. Partners who can’t agree up front when everyone is enthusiastic will find out the hard way that the lack of a clear agreement will most likely result in costly and emotionally debilitating litigation later on.

VS&B will also work with your business as it grows, assisting you with business financing, limited partnership investors, negotiation of domestic and international licensing and distribution agreements, trademark applications and debt collection. We want to efficiently coordinate all of your legal needs under one roof.

Real Property/Land Use Planning

VS&B has a diverse real estate practice. Our experience includes real property sales transactions and encumbrances (commercial/income properties and residential), condominium homeowners’ associations and landlord/tenant relationships. We also have a successful track record of saving our clients millions of dollars through loan restructuring.

Following up on Dave’s family history in real estate development and his tenure as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles West LA Area Planning Commission, we are also engaged in assisting developers shepherd projects through the planning process.

Commercial Acquisition/Sale

Performing the due diligence necessary to ensure you don’t buy someone else’s headache is something VS&B can help guide you through. Unfortunately, we have on many occasions been called upon to litigate between from buyer and seller of both goods and entire businesses where it could have been avoided if there had been proper documentation of the promises made during negotiations. Even more critical is the need to properly secure the sale of the business. We can assist you through this maze to ensure that you “get what you paid for.”

Business Reorganization/Bankruptcy

VS&B has the experience required if you find your business on either side of a probable or existing bankruptcy. In the past several years, we’ve represented a regional airline and a major furniture chain through reorganization, along with every type of business in between. While few bankruptcy attorneys will admit the chances of successful reorganization in Bankruptcy Court are negligible, we’ve helped several clients turn around their businesses without filing for bankruptcy protection. Let our experience and record of success help you make the right choices, too.