Corporate & Business Law

Jones & Lester, LLP provides legal services to clients throughout Southern California in corporate and business law matters. Business transactions in today's global economy are becoming increasingly complex, presenting legal issues that require prompt, practical, and expert resolution. Our successful business law practice rests on over 40 years of experience, combined with a philosophy of client support that promotes innovation and cost-effectiveness.

At Jones & Lester, we offer comprehensive legal services for our corporate and business clients. Our attorneys regularly negotiate and prepare documents for a wide variety of business transactions, including:

  • Financing Arrangements
  • Joint Ventures
  • Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Purchases and Sales
  • Mergers
  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Executive Compensation Plans
  • Recapitalization and Restructuring

Jones & Lester attorneys have served as inside or outside general counsel to numerous clients, from large corporations to non-profit organizations. We possess the diversity and wealth of experience necessary to handle the vast variety of legal matters confronted by today's businesses. Our business lawyers also have extensive experience in complex business litigation, giving them special insight into the most effective methods of protecting clients' interests -- we provide advice not only on current litigation problems, but also with a keen eye towards loss prevention and risk management. This expertise allows us to approach every client business formation or commercial contract with a grasp of how to maximize stability and minimize the threat of future litigation.

Government Regulation

With the recurrence of business clients with governmental regulation problems, our attorneys have experience in diverse areas of local, state, and federal law. We represent clients in matters involving numerous government agencies, including city councils, redevelopment agencies, the California Franchise Tax Board, the Internal Revenue Service, state and federal environmental agencies, the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Transportation, the California Public Utilities Commission, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Department of Real Estate. For more information on our real estate law practice, visit our real estate page.

Employment Practices

Our employment law expertise allows us to provide valuable counseling and representation to employers in the expanding fields of labor, employment, and labor relations law. These aspects of our business law practice have become important elements of our services to business clients. Our labor and employment lawyers assist management and personnel administrators in the planning and preventative counseling essential to employment operations, assuring compliance with state and federal employment and labor laws and minimizing the risk of litigation by employees.

Aviation Transactions

Jones & Lester has extensive experience in all areas of aviation transactions, including acquisitions, aircraft management contracts, and ultimate dispositions of aircraft. Our clients include buyers, sellers, and management companies involved in private corporate aircraft transactions. We regularly assist clients with the structuring and formation of single or multi-asset holding entities, as well as negotiating financing contracts for the acquisition or sale of aircraft. We can also serve as escrow agent for unique transactions that are refused by traditional financing organizations.

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