California Start-up Businesses

Do you need to know how to start your own business? Starting a business can be a complicated process, making an experienced business attorney a necessity. The Williams Firm’s business and corporate attorneys specialize in representing start-up companies. The business and corporate attorneys of The Williams Firm have assisted numerous business start-ups in a wide variety of fields and industries. The Firm not only represents start-up businesses but also directors, officers, partners, managers, members, founders, entrepreneurs and executives. The Firm’s corporate and business attorneys all have over 20 years of experience.


The Firm’s start-up business attorneys provide advice and representation to business clients in the areas of business and corporate law. Let us use our expertise in structuring, negotiating and documenting various types of business and corporate transactions, to help you with:

  • Forming and structuring all types of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, joint ventures and sole proprietorships
  • Transactions regarding the purchase and sale of businesses, including asset sales and stock sales
  • New and emerging e-commerce and high technology companies
  • Business formation, financing and acquisitions
  • Business finance transactions, including the negotiation and preparation of loan documents
  • Corporate governance
  • Maintenance of corporate minutes
  • Stock options
  • Preferred stock
  • Employment and labor matters
  • Dealing with investors and venture capitalists
  • Dissolutions of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, joint ventures and sole proprietorships
  • Disputes among shareholders in corporations, partners in partnerships and members of limited liability companies
  • Buy-sell agreements and shareholder agreements
  • Restricted stock
  • Capitalization issues
  • Employment agreements
  • Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements
  • Buyout of shareholders’, partners’ or members’ interests
  • Structuring and planning of business entities
  • Regulatory and licensing matters
  • Trade secrets
  • Covenants not to compete
  • Liquor licenses

The Williams Firm also provides expertise in intellectual property to start-up companies. The protection of a start-up company’s intellectual property is very important and the intellectual property attorneys of the Williams Firm can provide the necessary expertise to protect your intellectual property. The Firm represents a wide variety of traditional and high technology businesses in the protection of intellectual property. Our head intellectual property attorney taught law school intellectual property courses, served as the founding president of the Intellectual Property Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association and has over 20 years of intellectual property experience.

We can put our extensive experience representing clients in all types of intellectual property matters to work for your business, including:

  • Intellectual property transactions of all kinds
  • Trademark registrations in the United States and international
  • Trademark litigation
  • Copyright registrations
  • Copyright litigation
  • Opposition and cancellation proceedings for trademark registrations
  • The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Protection of intellectual property
  • The formation, financing, acquisition and representation of start-up companies
  • Trademark, copyright and patent license and assignment agreements
  • Licensing agreements for every industry and type of property
  • Cross-promotion, co-branding agreements and strategic alliances
  • Content agreements
  • Arbitration pursuant to the UDRP or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ Uniform Domain Name and Dispute Resolution Policy or ICANN
  • Technical support agreements
  • Software development agreements
  • Domain names and domain name disputes
  • E-Commerce
  • Website terms of use
  • Privacy policies
  • Click-through and shrink-wrap agreements
  • Website development agreements
  • Website hosting agreements
  • Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements
  • Trade secret policies
  • Internet issues
  • Intellectual property inventories and counseling
  • OEM, VAR
  • Distribution Agreements

The business and corporate attorneys at The Williams Firm Walnut Creek office also assist with resolving disputes and effective representation of clients in business and commercial litigation. Contact a business and corporate attorney who can assist with your start-up business.