Protect Your Best Interests with the Help of an Attorney

Starting and maintaining a business is a significant undertaking that should be approached carefully and with a strong support system. 

The commercial and business lawyers at Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP, serving greater Walnut Creek and Stockton, CA, can support your business and help you strategically address any challenges or opportunities.

So why should you hire a business lawyer?

Maintain Compliance

A business lawyer can provide guidance in matters of organizing your business and obtaining licensing. They can help ensure that you remain in compliance with local and federal laws that apply to your business. This can include filing paperwork on your behalf and properly registering your business.

Protect Your Assets

Regardless of your industry, you likely have valuable assets associated with your business that need protection from outside parties. For some businesses, this will include intellectual property, while others have more tangible assets like real estate holdings and inventory. 

Legal Representation

At some point, your business may face legal action from a previous employee or other entities. You should always have a lawyer on hand who focuses on business law and is familiar with your organization. An attorney can help you navigate these issues and protect your best interests.

Do Not Wait Until You Are Being Sued 

Waiting to hire a lawyer until you are already in legal trouble can have lasting effects on your business. Protect yourself by calling us at: 

(209) 477-8171

Request a Consultation Online 

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Focus on Your Success

Operating a successful business can be demanding and requires your undivided attention. A specialized attorney can concentrate on the complex legal aspects of your business and keep you informed of any developments or issues while you remain focused on the future of your organization

Peace of Mind

Working with a business attorney that you trust can provide you with peace of mind that your organization is legally and financially sound. When hiring a lawyer to represent your business, you should make sure that they can be trusted as your advisor to act in your best interest at all times.

Save Money

A business lawyer monitors and anticipates issues that may affect your business. They can then help you implement a strategy to prevent these issues from coming to fruition, or at the very least mitigate the damage to your organization. As such, they can often save you money and achieve the best possible outcome.

Isn't Hiring an Attorney Expensive?

We understand many business owners–especially those embarking on new ventures–feel financially spread thin. But cutting corners by failing to consult an attorney early on can have immense repercussions. Consider the consequences of a poorly handled dispute:

  • Tarnished reputation in the community
  • Fewer business contracts in the future
  • Lack of applicants for roles within your company
  • Fewer investors and shareholders

The bottom line is that failing to take appropriate legal measures now will likely cost you in the future. You can trust our team to recommend only the services that are pertinent to your unique type of business and current level of development.

Our Commitment to Clients

"As a cohesive legal team, we thrive on helping each client make informed decisions for the protection of his or her most important interests. We are adept at finding innovative solutions and strategies to achieve our clients' goals as efficiently and economically as possible. As engaged community leaders and participants, we also devote our time to serving on boards and organizations that benefit children, the disadvantaged in society and other causes. We are established members of this great community, and have been trusted with a wide variety of large cases across generations of local families."

A Business Lawyer Can Provide the Support You Need

In today's complex, intensely competitive marketplace, it is more important than ever for business owners and stakeholders to have trustworthy legal counsel that is always just a phone call away. From early-stage business planning to partnership or corporate dissolution and every step in between, our law firm is a proven resource. 

As your company develops, a commercial or business lawyer can assist with mergers and acquisitions, business formation, contract and lease review, and many more important processes. Our team understands the financial and personal investment you have made and can provide the passionate, tireless representation you may need in business or commercial litigation.

Services We Offer

We have built many long-standing, productive relationships with entrepreneurs and business leaders across the spectrum of Bay Area commerce. Whether you are primarily engaged in agriculture or technology, real estate or medical services, hospitality, retail merchandising or another pursuit, our Stockton-based business lawyers are exceptionally equipped to help you with:

  • All aspects of business structure and entity formation, including registration and essential, ongoing record keeping and reporting needs for your partnership, limited liability company or corporation
  • Drafting, review and negotiations associated with all types of business agreements, including contracts and commercial leases
  • An employment lawyer at our firm can handle concerns faced by employers, ranging from the development and implementation of employee manuals, policies and best practices to defense of your interests when employees allege discrimination, wage and hour violations or other wrongdoing
  • Business and commercial litigation and other forms of dispute resolution arising from contract breaches, problematic real estate transactions, allegations of unfair competition, disputes between partners and a vast range of other situations

If a problem or opportunity involves your business, our accomplished legal team has the perspective and resources to help you deal with it effectively. In addition to our prowess within the field of commercial law, we have complementary strengths in wealth and estate planning at all levels.

Our Experience

At Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP, each named partner has more than 20 years of wide-ranging practice experience, with business and commercial law as key focus areas. Our Stockton attorneys bring strengths in taxation, asset protection, and other specific concerns. We work closely with each client to tailor services to your unique needs.

Our team understands the financial and personal investment you have made and can provide the passionate, tireless representation you may need in business or commercial litigation."

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Respected by Colleagues

"John is not only an exceptional attorney in his practice, but he is an exceptional 'counselor' for his clients and their legal issues. I continue to refer matters to John, as well as clients."

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What if I'm Already Involved in a Dispute?

Working with a business attorney in the earliest stages of your business formation, such as drafting contracts, is the simplest way to minimize potential problems down the line. But we understand the unique circumstances that lead many clients to contact our firm.

Whether you are faced with a liability lawsuit, allegations of discrimination against an employee, or another type of dispute, we can help. We have a strong background in business and commercial litigation. It's never too late to get an attorney in your corner and our team of attorneys will put your livelihood and your reputation first.

Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP

Our firm has been representing Walnut Creek and Stockton clients in a wide range of practice areas for over 20 years. We are trusted across generations and are recognized by various prestigious organizations, including: 

  • Martindale-Hubbell® 
  • American Bar Association 
  • Consumer Attorneys of California 

Our team is ready to assist in most legal challenges that you may encounter throughout your lifetime. To schedule a consultation, call us at (209) 477-8171 or contact us online

Legal team at Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP