Outside General Counsel

Many businesses run into trouble because of small mistakes that could have been easily prevented: a poorly-drafted contract with a key supplier, a wage-and-hour class action lawsuit, or failure to properly protect trademarks, patents and intellectual property. To avoid these issues, companies often take advantage of an outside general counsel.

The key to avoiding circumstances like these is a little effort up front.  As outside general counsel, we invest time (off the clock) to get to know our clients’ businesses and identify the legal challenges they face. Then we craft solutions to mitigate legal risk in a cost-efficient manner. The following is an overview of the legal issues we address.

  • Commercial contracts
    • Drafting of contract forms
      • Customer
      • Supplier
      • Terms of Service (TOS)
      • Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)
      • IP Licensing
      • Others
    • Training on contract negotiation
    • Drafting and negotiation of custom contracts.
    • Training on contract management
  • Corporate Governance
    • Board and shareholder matters
    • Minute book maintenance
    • Stock ledger and option plan management
  • Human Resources
    • Advise on employment policies
    • Advise on Confidentiality and Invention Assignment Agreements (CIAAs)
    • Advise on stock options and other company benefit plans
    • Advise on employment disputes
  • Intellectual Property
    • Advise on intellectual property and trade secret matters
    • Patent, trademark and copyright registration
    • Advise on IP disputes
    • Inbound and outbound IP licensing

Most services are customized to  your business’ particular circumstances and industry, as these issue are never one-size-fits-all. But the items above are common to many businesses in some form or another.

Outside general counsel for foreign businesses

We provide outside general counsel services to foreign companies that have established operations in California. We advise on and manage legal workflows in a cost-efficient manner, including all of the services listed above.

If your business needs a California outside general counsel, contact us today.