Areas of Practice
With our comprehensive skills and knowledge, our team of attorneys is uniquely qualified to help clients anticipate and navigate business challenges and expand confidently from start-up through acquisition and sale.
Formation and Ongoing Business Representation
We form and organize entities in California and out of state. We help each client choose the entity that best fits its needs, and provide the comfort of understanding how the entity operates.
We provide ongoing counsel to our clients, drawing from our firm’s collective expertise in a multitude of industries spanning a range of legal needs.
Private Placements, Stock Option Plans, and Mergers and Acquisitions
We have helped clients raise millions of dollars in compliance with Federal and state securities law. We establish and administer stock option plans for our clients’ employees and contractors.
We provide expert counsel in connection with business purchases, sales, and mergers – from drafting term sheets to transaction documents to conducting due diligence – consistently working to structure deals to maximize tax benefits.
We reorganize or recapitalize businesses to provide our clients with a fresh start or new business focus.
We help clients protect their intellectual property and assert their rights when parties damage those rights, their reputation or their business. Our practice includes trademark and copyright protection and representation, licensing, and the protection and assertion of trade secret rights.
Licensing and Development Issues
Our software, entertainment and media clients count on us for the documents that permit them to develop and license their products and intellectual property, as well as partner or joint venture with other entities, whether domestically and internationally.
Our robust trademark and copyright practice, which includes both registrations and advocacy against infringing third parties – protects and safeguards our clients’ intellectual property.
We regularly handle registration of trade and service marks and copyrights to protect against infringing third parties. We submit and prosecute trademark and copyright registrations that our clients can easily protect if infringing parties are later discovered.
In circumstances in which a trademark or copyright is infringed upon, Scherer Smith & Kenny LLP provides dedicated, professional service in defending and prosecuting actions that protect our client’s intellectual property.
Protecting and Defending Trade Secrets
We carefully document our clients’ intellectual property in each agreement we negotiate. If third parties infringe upon our clients’ trade secrets we provides spirited advocacy to punish those parties responsible.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Scherer Smith & Kenny LLP prosecutes and defends civil litigation matters. We identify our client’s ultimate goal by balancing the cost and benefit of alternative litigation strategies and explore ways to minimize the time, effort and money spent on litigation.
Our litigation attorneys are tenacious and resourceful advocates, dedicated to protecting each client’s interests and obtaining a successful and satisfactory outcome. Central to our legal strategy is our belief that litigation should be as brief and cost-effective as possible, giving our client the ability to invest resources in expanding its business rather than in litigation.
General Civil Litigation
We have a broad civil litigation practice, focusing on protection of our clients’ trade secrets and intellectual property, employment litigation, personal injury litigation, common interest development and other real property disputes, as well as contract and other business disputes.
Disputes Among Partners, Shareholders and Other Owners
We have significant experience in successfully resolving ownership disputes, in most cases without litigation. We focus on the parties’ common goals, favor early mediation, and frame the dispute on a business, rather than a personal, level.
In the few cases that do not settle without litigation, we present our expert knowledge of the rights and obligations of partners, shareholders and other principals to the judge or arbitrator. We go to extremes to inform our client s as to what they can reasonably anticipate as an outcome.
With long-term, substantive expertise in the unique law of nonprofits, our firm represents nonprofit organizations dedicated to specific issues of concern among their members and the public at large.
We have represented numerous nonprofit corporations, associations, and trade organization, and possess substantive expertise in the unique law of nonprofits.
As part of our extensive common interest development practice, we represent dozens of homeowners’ associations organized as nonprofit mutual benefit corporations.
Our attorneys are tenacious and resourceful advocates, dedicated to protecting clients’ best interests and obtaining a successful outcome in all categories of employment matters, including wrongful discharge, discrimination, wage and hour and violations of state and federal law.
Employment Counseling and Litigation
Employment law constantly changes and affects our clients’ business every day. Scherer Smith & Kenny LLP is a tenacious and resourceful advocate, dedicated to protecting our clients’ best interests and obtaining a successful and satisfactory outcome. Our employment litigation practice includes the defense, and in certain circumstances the prosecution, of actions alleging: wrongful discharge; sex, age, race, disability, national origin and religious discrimination/harassment/retaliation in violation of state and federal law; violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act; violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and violation of other state and federal wage and hour laws.
Our firm emphasizes employment counseling, which keeps our clients’ employment disputes to an absolute minimum. We work with our clients one-on-one to explain employment law, its requirements, and its impact on their operations. Our timely, sensitive and proactive counseling and implementation of policies and procedures ensures compliance with all local, state, and Federal employment laws.
When disputes arise and our clients are forced to make claims or defend them, Scherer Smith & Kenny LLP’s successful employment litigation practice offers prompt, dedicated advocacy, defending employers against employment claims and asserting claims on our clients’ behalf.
Estates & Trusts
Clients turn to us for the management and distribution of their personal assets through the establishment of wills and trusts, and assistance with probate and trust administration.
Estates and Trusts
We understand the laws relating to wills and trusts and provide clear counsel. We counsel our clients in connection with their estate plans and draft wills and trusts to carry out their intentions.
We act as counsel to administrators and trustees in connection with probate and trust administration, including the sale and marshalling of assets, payment of obligations and debts, and ultimate discharge of the estate or trust, as appropriate.
Real Estate & Common Interest Developments
We specialize in providing counsel in a wide range of fields relating to real estate purchases, landlord/tenant, leasing, transfers, and ownership, as well as representing property management firms and common interest developments on an ongoing basis.
Real Estate Law
We provide counsel on a wide range of fields relating to real estate purchases, leasing, financing, transfers, and ownership. We also represent real estate brokerages and property management firms on a continuing basis.
Common Interest Developments
We have represented common interest developments (“CIDs”) throughout California on a broad range of issues for over 20 years. We provide objective, sound, and practical advice aimed at limiting disagreement among our clients’ members, permitting our clients to be cohesive, focused organizations.
Our representation includes mediating and litigating disputes between CIDs and their members or third parties, revising and updating governing documents, oversight of legal issues arising with capital improvements and repairs, as well as property transfers.
We are proud of the many long-term relationships we have with our CID clients.
Real Estate Brokerages; Property Management Firms
We represent real estate brokerages and property management firms in connection with their services, employment obligations, and continuing compliance with California’s Business & Professions Code and the regulations and policies of California’s Bureau of Real Estate.
San Francisco Tenancy-In-Common Purchases
We help our client through the confusing process of purchasing buildings as tenants-in-common, obtaining financing, confirming the availability of a mortgage deduction for all owners, and drafting the tenancy-in-common agreement. Our firm also engages in dispute resolution among tenants-in-common.
Commercial and Residential Leases
We represent both landlords and tenants in connection with the negotiation of residential and commercial leases.
Purchases and Sales of Real Property
Our attorneys assist clients in transferring real property throughout California and in other states, working to make sure that ownership entities are properly formed, clear title is passed, financing is in place, and contingencies are satisfied.