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REPRESENTING CLIENTS IN ALL ASPECTS OF BUSINESS & ESTATE PLANNING

Our team of San Diego Business & Estate Planning Attorneys at Gehres Law Group, P.C. have collectively won millions of dollars in judgments and settlements, and saved at least as much for clients over the course of their careers. Each of our lawyers has been recognized for excellence in their respective fields of practice and focuses on providing cost-effective legal solutions for your litigation and legal transaction needs. Whether you need to form a new business, purchase or sell a business, have your business or employment related contracts reviewed or drafted, enforce the terms of a contract in Court, assert or defend other business or employment related claims, protect your intellectual property, resolve a corporate dispute, or address your estate or succession planning needs, let one of our award-winning San Diego based Business Lawyers put their years of training and experience to work for you.

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WE ADD VALUE TO YOUR LEGAL SITUATION

Our attorneys and staff don’t just talk the talk, as a solution-focused San Diego law firm, we are dedicated to preventing costly disputes and solving your legal issues before they spiral out of control. Our 80+ plus years of collective experience, provides you, our valued client, with legal advice and representation that is cost-effective and efficient by avoiding many of the costly missteps often caused by less distinguished attorneys.

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WE ARE COMMITTED TO CLIENT SATISFACTION AND IT SHOWS

From sole proprietors and individuals to Fortune 100 companies, we go the extra mile to achieve the best results possible for each business and estate planning client. From routine corporate work to multi-million dollar litigation claims, we have done it all with integrity and transparency—putting our clients’ interests above all else.

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MEET OUR BUSINESS AND ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEYS

TINA K. GEHRES

PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER
BUSINESS, EMPLOYMENT & ESTATE PLANNING

Ms. Gehres has held a broad range of roles including Corporate Counsel, Director of Human Resources, Law Firm Partner, Legal Consultant, and Senior Accountant.

KAREN M. HAWKES

OF COUNSEL ATTORNEY
TRADEMARK & COPYRIGHT LAW

Ms. Hawkes focuses her practice on the protection and enforcement of brands for clients ranging from start-ups to well established corporations of all sizes.

WILLIAM J. TUCKER

OF COUNSEL ATTORNEY
BUSINESS & EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION

Has a vast wealth of knowledge and experience has positioned him as a leader in complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on business disputes.

Stephen S. Lux

OF COUNSEL ATTORNEY
BUSINESS & EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION

An aggressive, zealous advocate who also enjoys an excellent reputation for courtesy and professional integrity in the legal community.

Sara N. Tasch

OF COUNSEL ATTORNEY
BUSINESS LAW & ESTATE PLANNING

Ms. Tasch comes from a family of business owners, which enables her to truly understand her clients’ goals, both legally and on a personal level.

SOME OF OUR BUSINESS LEGAL SERVICES

entity formation

BUSINESS FORMATION

You’ve got questions…we’ve got answers! Choosing the appropriate type of business entity is a critical first step once you have decided to form a new business. At Gehres Law Group, our business attorneys have helped hundreds of business owners get started on the right foot by:

  • Offering sound legal advice concerning their specific legal needs;
  • Offering affordable flat fee (no surprises) business formation rates; and,
  • Streamlining the process through an easy-to-use questionnaire and secure client portal.

Unlike those one-size-fits-all services, we customize your formation documents to fit your specific needs and offer services they don’t (and often don’t even tell you that you need), which can save you a great deal of time, frustration and money down the road. As part of our flat fee packages, we will advise you in determining which type of entity best suits your needs, then get your business set-up for you quickly and painlessly. We’ve partnered with businesses in dozens of industries to ensure their business has the solid foundation they need to grow and thrive.

Read more on Business Formation Attorney Services

BUSINESS LAW

Our success is your success. Business Law is a generic term which can involve a variety of legal practice areas, including the California Corporation’s Code, Intellectual Property Law (including trademarks and copyrights), the California Commercial Code (UCC), Employment laws, the California Business and Professions Code, general legal principles governing Contract interpretation and enforcement, Securities laws, E-commerce laws, and many more. Generally speaking, business law attorneys address matters which often involve a combination of legal and regulatory authority. One of our challenges, and a focus at Gehres Law Group, is to identify complex issues and simplify them as much as possible for our clients–making the law work for you, not the other way around.

Our founder, Tina K. Gehres, has brought together a dynamic team of business attorneys who each brings their own area of expertise to the firm. With an emphasis on supporting all aspects of your business’ legal needs, she has developed a full-service law firm to provide top-notch legal services to businesses throughout California. Our business attorneys are committed to remaining informed on the latest legal developments and trends which may affect our business clients, adding value and efficiency to your business, and preventing costly missteps which could put your company at risk. Read more…

BUSINESS LITIGATION

Reasons To Hire Gehres Law Group Litigation Attorneys

Experience Matters. If you are involved in a costly business-related dispute or lawsuit, we understand that you don’t want novice attorneys or paralegals making decisions that affect your case. You want business litigation attorneys (trial lawyers) with decades of legal experience and proven results. While every contract and legal document we draft is prepared with an eye toward preventing disputes and protecting our clients from lawsuits, some relationships inevitably break down, leading to conflicts and/or litigation.

Our business litigation lawyers are dedicated to obtaining the best possible result for each client. From the outset, our attorneys and staff engage in an interactive process with clients and go the extra mile to ensure our clients remain well-informed on every aspect of their case. This aids not only our clients, but aids us in ensuring we have garnered all the critical facts of your case and in providing the best possible legal representation. Our business litigation attorneys provide each client with an honest appraisal of their case, the potential risks, costs, and possible outcomes, depending on how the clients’ case develops, whether through mediation, arbitration, litigation, or simple negotiations absent a formal legal proceeding. No two cases are the same, but over the years, our trial lawyers have developed a keen sense for developing the best strategy for each type of dispute they may encounter, adding value to client outcomes and often saving clients a great deal of unnecessary time and expense.

And, we listen. We understand that the legal process, including litigation, is often a frightening prospect for the parties involved, who may have many questions, so we take the time to answer your questions–to your satisfaction. Our business litigation lawyers don’t just talk the talk, we take pride in addressing legal matters for every client with integrity, diligence and genuine concern. We sincerely value our clients, and we are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients. Whether you are involved in a contract dispute, ownership dispute, a suit involving fraud, trademark litigation, copyright infringement, securities violations, employment-related claims, including wage and hour violations and wrongful termination claims, or other business-related matters, you can be confident that you will receive superior representation from our attorneys and staff. Read more about our business litigation services.

COMMERCIAL LAW

The commercial law, including the California Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”), embodies the rules and regulations that you and other merchants are bound to when engaging in a variety of transactions. Commercial law is one aspect of business law and is often handled by a business attorney. Many legal documents involve provisions which are governed by commercial law, as well as other business-related practice areas. Therefore, commercial law may come into play not only from a transactional perspective, but also when parties are involved in litigation, as these laws will often dictate the rights and responsibilities of the litigants.

How Can the Gehres Law Group Attorneys Help You?

The business attorneys at Gehres Law Group have the skills and knowledge of commercial law to draft highly effective legal instruments to ensure your legal interests are well protected. Similarly, if you are involved in a dispute, mediation, arbitration, or litigation involving a commercial law matter, our business litigation attorneys are some of the most experienced and knowledgeable in their field.  Since our business is business, we stay abreast of the laws and trends affecting businesses in California, and have successfully represented clients in a variety of commercial-related matters, including sales of goods, secured transactions, leases, bulk sales, investment securities, bank deposits and collections, insurance coverage, letters of credit, and others. So, if you are struggling with a commercial law issue, there is no any reason for you to try to handle the matter on your own, without and experienced and diligent attorney at our side. Our attorneys always provide a free evaluation of each client matter and will explain to you how the law applies to your situation, while advising you on strategies, or a particular course of action, which is designed to protect your legal rights and achieve a successful outcome. For transactional matters concerning Commercial Law, click here. For disputes or litigation, click here.

Commercial Litigation

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

As in most civil litigation matters, achieving a successful outcome in a dispute involving transactions or agreements governed by commercial laws begins by gathering all relevant documentation and information so our commercial law attorneys have a thorough understanding of your case, your business, and how your case may affect your business. Once this process has been completed, we will be in a position to formulate the best strategies and options available. While few cases actually go to trial, if the facts and law support your case, pushing your case to trial may be the best option. However, there are many other possible alternatives, including mediation, arbitration, pursuing a demurrer, motion to dismiss, motion for summary judgment, or other pleadings geared to achieving the best results for you.

How Can the Gehres Law Group Commercial Litigation Attorneys Help You?

            Experience Matters. With a combined 7+ decades of commercial and civil litigation experience, our commercial litigation attorneys have developed a keen sense for what it takes to “win” cases. From start-ups and sole proprietors, to large Fortune 100 corporations, our highly respected staff has represented and worked with clients at every level of business involving nearly every type of commercial law dispute.

And, we listen. We understand that the legal process, including commercial law disputes and litigation, is often a distressing prospect for our clients to face, who often have many questions. We take the time to answer your questions–to your satisfaction. Our commercial litigation lawyers don’t just talk the talk, we take pride in addressing legal matters for every client with integrity, diligence and genuine concern. We sincerely value our clients, and we are committed to achieving the best possible outcome so you can remain confident that you will always receive superior service from our attorneys and staff. Read more about our commercial law services.

COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION

Do you have a book or other idea you would like to publish? This is just one example of a situation in which the issue of copyright registration should be considered.

Why Is Copyright Registration Important?

The body of laws governing the rights and responsibilities of authors/owners of creative works are generally referred to as Copyright law. These laws were developed to protect the author/owner of all creative expressions that are fixed in a tangible medium. Copyrights are not meant to protect the idea itself, but your expression of the idea. This means that if you want to print a book, a copyright will not protect your idea for the book, but it will protect the expression within the book, the text inside it. Your work, whether a book, software code, dramatic works, including any accompanying music, pantomimes and choreographic works, pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, a motion picture or other audiovisual work, sound recordings, architectural works, or engineering designs, will be protected by copyright laws whether it is in a printed, tangible form or is published electronically.

While authors/owners of creative ideas receive the benefit of copyright laws without registration, there are a number of additional advantages to formally copyrighting your works. These advantages include: 1) Permitting the author or owner to bring a claim of infringement against others; 2) Defeating a claim of “innocence” by an infringer; and, 3) Simplifying the process to prove a claim of infringement. Read more about the advantages of copyright registration by the Gehres Law Group Attorneys here.

How Can the Gehres Law Group Copyright Attorneys Help You?

Our leading copyright attorney at Gehres Law Group, P.C. has specialized in providing clients with the highest quality services for over a decade and knows copyright law inside and out. We are committed to providing our clients the greatest level of copyright protection at very affordable flat fee rates. During your initial consultation and beyond, our copyright attorneys will work diligently to identify copyrightable works and inform you of the best strategies available to protect your works. We will provide a thorough and reasoned opinion regarding the registrability of your works, complete and file the registration application, engage in maintenance and renewal efforts, prepare licensing agreements if appropriate, and respond to substantive and non-substantive office actions. We also have years of experience representing clients in copyright infringement actions. Read more about our Copyright Registration Services or Copyright Infringement Services.

COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

Put simply, copyright infringement refers to a situation in which an owner of a copyright has established copyright ownership and another (the infringer)

Put simply, copyright infringement refers to a situation in which an owner of a copyright has established copyright ownership and another (the infringer) usurps, or infringes, on those ownership rights in some manner. Copyright infringement may be intentional or the result of negligence.

How Can the Gehres Law Group Copyright Attorneys Help You?

Our leading copyright attorney at Gehres Law Group, P.C. has specialized in providing clients with the highest quality copyright infringement legal services for over a decade and knows copyright law inside and out. She has aggressively pursued remedies against infringers and defended clients who have been improperly accused of infringement. We understand that stopping the distribution of a work that is copyrighted is often as critical, or even more imperative, than financial remedies to our clients whose works have been infringed upon. In appropriate cases, we will not hesitate to utilize takedown notices and Section 512 subpoenas to get infringing content off the internet before a lawsuit is even filed. Our copyright infringement attorneys have successfully litigated numerous copyright infringement matters on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants over more than a decade.

All of our attorneys and staff bring experience and integrity to the table through all stages of the infringement process, whether it involves a demand letter, negotiations, mediation, arbitration or a full-blown trial. We strive to represent our clients in the most cost-effective manner possible. Read more about our Copyright Registration Services or Copyright Infringement Services.

ESTATE PLANNING

Estate planning allows individuals and families to manage their assets and property in the best possible way during their lifetime and beyond the incapacity or death of any one individual. Engaging in the estate planning process involves considering not only to whom your assets will pass, but also when your assets will be distributed, who will manage your assets and make distributions when you are no longer able to do so, who will make medical and financial decisions if you become incapacitated, and a myriad of other issues. If you do not have an estate plan when you pass, the distribution of your assets will be determined by state law pursuant to intestate succession laws. Since these “default” laws require full probate and the decedent gets no say in when, to whom, and by whom his/her assets are distributed, passing away without estate planning documents in place is generally not an attractive result for most adults. In addition, the time, expense, and other burdens of full probate on the surviving family and friends is typically avoidable and a process most people want to avoid.

If you are from California and your assets exceed $150,000, you should have an estate plan. If you have children or own real property, then an estate plan is also highly recommended regardless of the value of your assets.

Gehres Law Group Estate Planning Attorneys

The estate planning attorneys at Gehres Law Group, P.C. are known by our clients and community for the high quality of our services, extensive knowledge, commitment to protecting clients’ interests, and integrity throughout the estate planning process. Each set of estate planning documents is customized by our estate planning attorneys to address the expressed needs and desires of our client, and to meet or exceed all state law requirements for enforceability. Our attorneys place a great deal of emphasis on understanding the goals and objectives of our clients, and work diligently to address each of these thoroughly. Whether you need a living trust, last will and testament, durable or statutory power of attorney, advance directive, deed transfer documents, or all the above and more, Gehres Law Group is your full-service estate planning law firm in San Diego.

In addition to personalized attention by a dedicated estate planning attorney, you will know upfront the costs of preparing your estate planning documents. Our flat fee packages are designed to provide a comprehensive estate plan for each client at affordable rates—at a fraction of the cost of some San Diego firms (it pays to shop around). Our estate planning attorneys recognize that the topic of estate planning is not always a pleasant one, so we work hard to put our clients at ease and make the process as painless as possible, giving each individual the same attention we would our own families. Read more on Estate Planning Attorney Services.

EMPLOYMENT ATTORNEY

As most business owners understand, a thriving business requires a tremendous investment in terms of time and money and a company’s labor force represents one of their greatest investments of both valued resources. Many business owners also understand that the legal pitfalls are many when it comes to the potential for employment-related violations, disputes, claims, and even lawsuits, including allegations of worker misclassification, wage and hour violations and wrongful termination claims.

How Can the Gehres Law Group, Employment Law Attorneys Help You Protect Your Company?

Tina Gehres, the founder and president of Gehres Law Group, P.C. earned her specialized certificate in labor and employment law and has been recognized by the American Bar Association for excellence in this area of law. While Ms. Gehres generally handles transactional employment law matters, such as drafting employment-related agreements and other documents, our business and employment litigation attorneys handle employment-related disputes, mediation, arbitration, and litigation. While we work diligently to prevent disputes from arising, we also recognize that we live in a litigious environment. Therefore, we also focus on putting you, our client, in the best possible position if a dispute does arise and vigorously protect your interests in such cases. We understand that you aren’t looking for a novice to handle your complex employment law needs, you need trained and seasoned professionals who will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible result in your case.

As you may know, the state of California has enacted a labyrinth of complex, and often misunderstood, set of employment laws, making it imperative that businesses implement and enforce sound and well-developed employment related strategies and policies. The award-winning employment law attorneys at Gehres Law Group can help simplify this complex legal landscape and aid in protecting you and your business from legal attacks. We will assess your situation thoroughly and provide you with an honest assessment of your legal situation, offer strategies to resolve any concerns or disputes, and provide our best estimate of the costs involved to implement such strategies.

We utilize a variety of tools to address employment-related matters for business owners and managers, from concrete contracts to creative dispute resolution strategies. Some of the types of contracts we prepare for clients include employment and independent contractor agreements, separation agreements (often under-utilized), non-solicitation agreements (and non-compete agreements where appropriate), confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, consulting agreements, and stock option agreements. Read more about our EMPLOYMENT ATTORNEY SERVICES.

TRADEMARK LITIGATION

There a variety of distinct types of trademark litigation proceedings, including: 1) District Court Litigation where owners of a trademark might bring a claim of federal trademark infringement against others who are alleged to have engaged in infringement activities; 2) Cancellation Proceedings, which is an administrative proceeding, somewhat like a federal lawsuit, and takes place before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”). These proceedings are typically brought in an effort to cancel a trademark, as the name implies; and, 3) Opposition Proceedings: similar to a cancellation proceeding, except that it involves trademarks which have a “pending” application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) but have not yet registered.

How Can the Gehres Law Group Trademark Attorneys Help You?

Our leading trademark attorney at Gehres Law Group, P.C., attorney Karen Hawkes, has specialized in providing clients with the highest quality trademark litigation legal services for over a decade and knows trademark law inside and out. We have aggressively and successfully pursued remedies against infringers and defended clients who have been improperly accused of infringement. Ms. Hawkes is highly experienced in prosecuting and defending claims involving federal trademark infringement, unfair competition, and Lanham Act violations. She also has very substantial experience in prosecuting and defending enforcement actions before the TTAB, and in state and federal courts, and regularly advises clients on their rights concerning trademarks.

If you are involved in a trademark litigation matter, or are considering initiating such a claim, put our years of knowledge and experience to work for you and we pledge to vigorously protect your intellectual property rights through all stages of the litigation process, whether it involves a demand letter, negotiations, mediation, arbitration or a full-blown trial. At the same time, we understand costs of litigation can quickly mount, so we continuously strive to represent our clients in the most cost-effective manner possible. Read more about our Trademark Registration Services or Trademark Litigation Services.

TRADEMARK REGISTRATION

Many companies consider their intangible property, such as trademarks, their single most valuable asset. No matter your industry or the service and products you offer, registering your trademarks is a critical step in establishing a brand that is recognizable and respected, as well as protecting that brand and associated goodwill which you have worked so hard to develop.

Why Is Trademark Registration Important?

You may have heard that you establish rights to a trademark as soon as you begin using it. While this is generally a true statement, common law rights established by use of a trademark are fairly weak compared to the rights you receive when you formally register your trademark. Our leading trademark attorney summarizes her top 10 reasons for registering your trademark, here, which include: national priority, deterrent against infringement, presumption of ownership, incontestability, use of the ® symbol, litigation damages, exclusivity, automatic right to sue, and more. See also, Considerations in Choosing a Trademark.

How Can the Gehres Law Group Trademark Attorneys Help You?

Our leading trademark law attorney at Gehres Law Group, P.C. has specialized in providing clients with the highest quality services for over a decade and knows trademark law inside and out. Together, we are committed to providing our clients the greatest level of trademark protection at affordable flat fee rates. During your initial consultation and beyond, our trademark attorneys will work diligently to identify marks which may be registered and inform you of the best strategies available to protect those marks. We will provide a thorough and reasoned opinion regarding the registrability of your marks, complete and file the registration application, engage in maintenance and renewal efforts, prepare licensing agreements if appropriate, and respond to substantive and non-substantive office actions. We also have years of experience successfully representing clients in trademark litigation matters. Read more about our Trademark Registration Services or Trademark Litigation Services.

Sandiego skyline at nightSunny San Diego, in Southern California, is a family vacation spot filled with activities for all ages. There are theme parts, museums, beaches, and kid-friendly restaurants for families to visit. The opportunities are endless and don’t necessarily need to cost an arm and a leg.
Theme Parks San Diego theme parts offer a variety of family entertainment. Great memories are made at the following parts:
San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. A world-famous zoo with an adjacent safari park where 4,000 animals roam through nine habitats, the San Diego Zoo and Safari Part is a “must-see” for families. Animals from around the world are housed in this wildlife preserve, which includes a 25-minute tram tour through the African habitat.

Sea World Continuing on the animal theme, Sea World is a top attraction in San Diego. Pad amusement park, part animal shows, this park is fun for everyone Children and adults, alike, enjoy the amusement park-type rides that are scattered around the park.

Legoland One of the most unique theme parks in San Diego, Legoland is one of the most beloved attractions. The part boasts over 5o Lego-themed rides designed specifically for kids Don’t miss M inil and USA, a recreation of seven regions using 20 million Lego blocks.
Museums In the San Diego area, there are also a few museums that families can enjoy together. These museums house hands-on exhibits and are extremely engaging to young children.

Discovery Science Center-Famous for the io-story Solar Cube, the Discovery Science Center i s filled to the brim with hands-on exhibits, including: • A virtual volleyball court • An indoor geyser eruption • An earthquake simulation • A 4oD theater In addition, there are also many educational programs and events for families to participate in throughout the year.

In My Opinion, Tina Is The Best Out There!
Her range of knowledge and commitment to her client’s needs are unparalleled in my experience. She truly cares about her clients!

Veronica, Chula Vista, CA

These testimonials or endorsements do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.

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