San Jose Business Lawyers

Silicon Valley is not just a place. It’s a spirit of innovation. It’s a spirit that drives entrepreneurship and engineering excellence, far surpassing other tech centers around the globe. From new ventures to multinational corporations, businesses flock to Silicon Valley to try and capture that spirit.

Silicon Valley Law Group understands that spirit. And we help our clients solve the problems that sometimes stand in the way of delivering on the promise of that spirit. For over 20 years, SVLG’s seasoned San Jose business attorneys have provided sophisticated legal services to businesses and individuals throughout the Silicon Valley and beyond. From our offices in San Jose, California, we not only serve Silicon Valley, but the San Francisco Bay Area, all of California, the United States, and other parts of the world.

We’re poised at the cusp of revolutions in many areas of technology, like robotics, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, haptics, human-computer interfaces, augmented and virtual reality, wearable devices, healthtech, and 3D printing. We also see rapid advances in cleantech, biotechnology, nanotechnology, neuroscience, and the convergence of life sciences with information technology. These advances augment more established technologies, such as social networking, mobile device management, mobile apps development, Big Data, cloud computing, privacy and security technologies, Internet technologies, computer software, computer hardware, and semiconductors. SVLG’s lawyers support businesses in all of these areas with assistance on compliance, dispute resolution, risk management, employee relations and information governance—data privacy, information security, and records management.

Silicon Valley Law Group represents a wide variety of businesses and their owners. For many clients, our representation begins at the startup phase and can end in an exit of some kind. For decades, we have helped business owners with the process of business formation—starting a new corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership. We help our clients position themselves for funding and help them navigate the process of closing successive rounds of investment. During the operation of the company, we help officers and directors with corporate governance, managing director and officer meetings, and advising boards of directors on key decisions.

Our business lawyers help clients position themselves for M&A transactions, and step them through the process to a successful exit. In negotiating these deals, our business lawyers work to obtain for their clients a strong return, while reducing legal and business risk.

Inevitably, our clients encounter disputes. Sometimes, a business deal goes wrong when one party to the deals doesn’t pay what is owed. The other party may counter that the product or service provided didn’t work as promised. This is a common scenario for contract and licensing disputes. When these kinds of disputes arise, our experienced and tenacious San Jose business lawyers tirelessly represent our clients’ interests in all forms of business litigation, in arbitration, at trial, and on appeal.

Our clients might also encounter situations when the entrepreneurs who founded the business have a falling out, or can’t get along anymore. We routinely handle business break-ups where a disruptive owner threatens to stop a business in its tracks. Likewise, we often help minority shareholders from being unfairly targeted by other shareholders seeking to take control of a company.

Our clients sometimes face disputes involving their employment practices. We defend employers from wage and hour claims, as well as allegations of discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination. Our employment lawyers also provide advice regarding terminations, employment handbooks and policies, and help executives disengage and migrate successfully from company to company.

Sometimes, our clients face environmental problems, requiring strategic advice regarding clean-ups and remediation. We defend clients in governmental enforcement actions and criminal charges. We also provide advice to our environmental law clients on a wide variety of compliance, permitting, insurance, and transactional matters.

What all of our clients have in common is a need to protect their intellectual property and avoid infringing the intellectual property rights of others. Through the years, we have filed and defended suits regarding the theft of trade secrets, particularly in situations where a departing employee has taken technology designs, source code, and customer lists in order to compete against a former employer. We also help clients that are victims of corporate espionage, in which foreign or domestic actors seek to steal our clients’ technology.

Our clients also use our services to protect their copyrights and trademarks. They rely on us for strategic intellectual property advice, as well as trademark applications and copyright registrations. We have also sent cease and desist letters, prosecuted and defended copyright and trademark infringement suits, and stopped counterfeiting activities that threaten our clients’ businesses.

Silicon Valley Law Group represents high technology businesses with transactional support, drafting and negotiating a wide variety of agreements covering information technology and intellectual property. For instance, our attorneys help with the deal flow of contracts of various kinds, including master service agreements for our technology service clients, cloud service agreements, product distribution agreements, software licenses, hardware sales, development agreements, and website terms and conditions. Our attorneys also negotiate deals to support various kinds of marketing and sales arrangements, including sales agent, joint marketing, reseller and OEM agreements.

Finally, Silicon Valley Law Group defends clients in criminal actions and government investigations. At Silicon Valley Law Group , we represent those who become the target of criminal investigations or who are arrested for a crime. In the face of complex new laws and regulations, coupled with growing federal and state concerns about fraud and misconduct, individuals and businesses face ever more aggressive government investigations and prosecution. With over 15 years’ experience, Silicon Valley Law Group handles and resolves criminal investigations and, when needed, defends criminal proceedings through trial in State and Federal Court. We have handled complex white collar matters involving theft, real estate fraud, financial fraud, environmental compliance, insurance fraud, embezzlement and trade secret misappropriation. We also represent clients in cases involving charges of driving under the influence and assault.

In all of its practices, Silicon Valley Law Group provides practical solutions for a complex world.

Service Groups
Corporate & Securities Law
Corporate & Securities Law

Our business law lawyers help clients start up, obtain financing, and conduct complex mergers and acquisition transactions.

Business & IP Litigation
Business & IP Litigation

SVLG's litigation and trial attorneys handle a wide variety of disputes in state and federal court, arbitrations, and mediations. Their practice emphasizes business and trade secret cases.

Financial Services
Financial Services

SVLG represents financial institutions and other lenders; real estate developers...

Technology & IP Transactions
Technology & IP Transactions

Our Technology & IP attorneys draft and negotiate technology product, service, licensing, and marketing deals, as well as apply for and obtain trademarks and copyright registrations.

Employment Law
Employment Law

Our Employment Group represents companies and executives in employment discrimination, harassment, termination, and compensation disputes. It also provides compliance counseling for employment issues.

  • The litigation team gave me the muscle, organizational skills and attention to detail I needed against our major competitor and got us a great result.
  • For creative solutions to complex legal issues, I often turn to the attorneys at Silicon Valley Law Group. They are one of the law firms I have come to trust for providing consistently superior, responsive legal services.
  • I expected legal competence from SVLG and they delivered on that expectation. But they went beyond my expectations in two important ways.
  • Frank is a formidable negotiator and has gone to bat for us many times and won. I would highly recommend him for any real estate work or as personal counsel. If I ever have my own company, I wouldn't want anyone else but Frank Maiorana to represent me.
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  • Michael W. Stebbins - Attorney Profiles
    Michael W. Stebbins

    Michael Stebbins is a shareholder with Silicon Valley Law Group and the Chair of its Business and IP Litigation and Employment Groups. His practice focuses primarily on employment, intellectual property and commercial disputes. He has extensive litigation/arbitration experience involving trade secret theft, employee solicitation, technology licensing, IP infringement, false advertising, earn-out disputes, unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duty, trade libel, harassment, discrimination, wage and hour issues, and wrongful termination.

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  • Edward A. Kraus - Attorney Profiles
    Edward A. Kraus

    Edward Kraus is Of Counsel with Silicon Valley Law Group and a member of its Business Litigation and Criminal Law Groups. For over 20 years, Ed has represented individuals, small and large companies in a variety of civil and criminal litigation matters. Ed has handled a variety of civil litigation matters in areas such as employment matters, real estate, construction and commercial disputes. He also has handled a wide variety of criminal matters, representing individuals and businesses in cases involving charges such as grand theft, fraud, and environmental violations.

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  • Kathryn E. Barrett - Attorney Profiles
    Kathryn E. Barrett

    Kathryn E. Barrett is a member of the firm's Business and IP Litigation Group. Her areas of expertise include complex commercial disputes including fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, partnership and corporate disputes, employment litigation, real property disputes, and litigation in the bankruptcy courts.

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  • Marc G. Van Niekerk - Attorney Profiles
    Marc G. Van Niekerk

    Marc van Niekerk is Special Counsel with Silicon Valley Law Group's Business and IP Litigation Group. His practice focuses on business litigation, with special emphasis in the areas of intellectual property disputes, business torts and commercial contract disputes. He has extensive litigation/mediation experience involving trade secret theft, employee solicitation, technology licensing, IP infringement, false advertising, earn-out disputes, unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duty, U.C.C. issues, and commercial lease disputes.

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  • Stephen S. Wu - Attorney Profiles
    Stephen S. Wu

    Stephen Wu is Of Counsel with Silicon Valley Law Group and former Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law. His practice focuses on transactions, compliance, risk management, and litigation in the most cutting edge technologies, such as robotics and artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Big Data. He reviews and writes sophisticated information security and privacy policies for large enterprises, and assists in data security regulatory compliance, incident response, breach notifications, and establishing secure electronic commerce systems.

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  • William L. Bretschneider - Attorney Profiles
    William L. Bretschneider

    Bill Bretschneider is Special Counsel with Silicon Valley Law Group. As a Member of firm's Corporate & Securities and Intellectual Property Transactions practice groups, Bill's practice focuses on corporate/business formation and governance, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures, private placements, and corporate finance, as well as commercial and intellectual property transactions.

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  • Jeffrey Lawson

    Jeff Lawson is a shareholder of Silicon Valley Law Group, where his practice focuses on compliance and litigation related to environmental law and land use. He also litigates complex commercial and employment cases. Jeff serves the petroleum, manufacturing, water, agriculture, transportation, financial services, real estate, and semiconductor industries. He also serves as a mediator in environmental and commercial disputes. Jeff has been recognized by Law & Politics Media and San Francisco Magazine as one of "Northern California's Super Lawyers" from 2004 to the present and has been named one of the top 100 lawyers in Northern California in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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  • Bernard Vogel III

    Bernie Vogel is a shareholder and the CEO and President of Silicon Valley Law Group. His practice emphasizes complex corporate transactions, investment financings, mergers and acquisitions, as well as the formation and maintenance of partnerships and limited liability companies. He provides ongoing business counseling to a variety of entities, ranging from venture capital firms and start up high tech and biotech companies.

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