Brooks & Carpenter is a law practice based in Sacramento and focused on business clients in Northern California. Established in 1999, the practice has advised companies and individuals in a wide-range of business, corporate, financial transactions and bankruptcy matters. Brooks & Carpenter offer professional legal services in the following areas:Business Formation and Counsel
We advise clients in creation, pre-formation and development of corporations, LLCs and partnerships. Our attorneys counsel clients in the strategic alliances and joint ventures, planning, development, business operations, dissolution and bankruptcy of partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations.Business Transactions
We assist individual, partnership and corporate clients with commercial buy-sell transactions, debt management, lender negotiations, sales growth strategies, equipment and real property leasing and finance, labor and employment issues including collective bargaining agreements. We advise clients with business and shareholder buy-sell transactions.Corporate Governance
Our attorneys advise shareholders, directors and officers in executive compensation, equity incentive plans, and general matters of corporate governance. We advise clients on matters of asset protection, shareholder protection from corporate liability, ease of operations and achieving desired results.Acquisitions
We assist clients identify the advantages and disadvantages of buying or selling an established business. We also represent individuals and corporations with business mergers, acquisitions of business assets including equipment, accounts receivable, other tangible and intangible assets.Professional Practice Sales
We assist doctors, dentists, accountants, chiropractors and other professional clients with selling a professional practice and we represent purchasers interested in purchasing a professional practice. Our advice and legal services have included structuring the acquisition, patient measurement and valuation, financial terms and conditions, contingency management and succession planning.Commercial Finance and Secured Lending
We have found, negotiated and documented commercial transactions including raising capital, personal and commercial loans, private securities offerings, secured lending and unsecured loans, asset based transactions, and venture capital investment with banks and other commercial lenders.Protection of Intellectual Property
We assist clients with protection of their trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets thorough non-disclosure, confidential information and trade secrets and technology licensing agreements with consultants, employees and corporate executives.Succession Planning
Our attorneys integrate business concerns and individual interests together to provide a comprehensive package of legal services we call a ‘succession plan’…because a ‘plan’ for the future success of the company is essential.
We represent family-owned businesses, privately held companies and professional corporations in matters concerning business succession, future business planning, and wealth preservation. The relationship among current and future owners, employees, and the next generation of managers is critical to the long term success of the business. We strive to facilitate productive dialogue and build consensus among the various participants in the transition of the company. Our goal is to help clients achieve their economic goals and ensure business continuity.Franchise Representation
We have represented franchisors with offering franchises for sale in California and the franchisors qualification to sell franchises in other states. We have also assisted franchisees and purchasers with evaluation of the franchise opportunity, research of the franchisor, and negotiating terms and conditions of the franchise agreement.Conflict Resolution and Disputes.
We represent clients in a variety of business disputes that involve partners, shareholders, lenders, competitors, opportunists and a variety of other business participants. Our priority is to find alternatives and propose actions to keep the dispute out of court, where litigation costs may quickly exceed $100,000.Business Bankruptcy
We have represented numerous directors, officers and other business clients and rendered legal advice in personal and business bankruptcy transactions, asset protection and pre-bankruptcy workout proceedings. We advise our business clients on structured work-outs, reorganizations, asset sales and liquidations.