Ralph is a business transactions and estate planning attorney known for his strong negotiating skills and pragmatic problem solving approach. He has nearly 20 years of experience representing a broad variety of businesses, investors, entrepreneurs and individuals in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, and the greater Tri-Valley Area and Bay Area.
Ralph's practice includes:
Drafting and negotiation of all forms of commercial agreements, including leases, technology and other licenses, confidentiality agreements, joint venture agreements, buy-sell agreements, and development agreements.
Drafting formation and governance documents spanning all forms of business entities, including corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, general and limited partnerships.
Representing companies and investors in securing all forms of private investments, including early round, angel and "friends and family" investments, institutional venture capital investments, and bridge and other debt financings.
Sale of Companies
Representing buyers and sellers in mergers, acquisitions, stock and assets sales and other reorganizations of companies.
Employment and Consulting Issues
Drafting and negotiating employment and consulting agreements, stock option plans and executive compensation arrangements.
Advising both individual and family clients in Pleasanton, Livermore and the greater Tri-Valley Area and Bay Area on estate planning matters, ranging from the creation of various documents such as wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney and health care directives, to evaluating beneficiary designations of accounts, lifetime gifting and business succession strategies. In addition, Ralph routinely reviews clients' existing estate plans and will recommend changes, where appropriate. Ralph also counsels clients with regard to the formation of charitable organizations.
Estate and Trust Administration
Assisting estate representatives and trustees in estate and trust administration matters, including representing executors, trustees and beneficiaries, advising clients on legal requirements and filing necessary documents in court on their behalf.
Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California, L.L.M. in Tax - 1999 University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California, J.D. - 1989 University of California, Berkeley, B.A. Honors: With Distinction