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BUSINESS FORMATION

Forming a legal entity protects you, your family, and your assets. It can even save you money. Your unique facts and circumstances determine whether a C-Corp, S-Corp, Professional Corp, Nonprofit, Public Benefit Corp, Social Purpose Corp, LLC, LLP, or LP, is best for your business. See how we can help.

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BUSINESS CONTRACTS

Your word is your bond. But, not everyone’s is. Avoid problems, losses, misunderstandings, and lawsuits from clients, employees and vendors by having a business lawyer draft ALL of your core day-to-day documents (invoices, sales contracts, employment contracts). See how we can help.

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EMPLOYER RIGHTS

California has the most complicated labor and employment laws on the planet. Employee or independent contractor? Meal and rest periods? Overtime? Harassment? Discrimination? Wrongful termination? Hiring? Employees can be your greatest liability, or your greatest asset. See how we can help.

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INTERNET BUSINESS

The Internet offers businesses great opportunities, but also grave challenges. You’ll have to worry about terms of use, privacy policies, online reviews, sales, sales taxes, accommodating disabilities, and even questions about who owns your website. See how we can help.

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TRADEMARK

As business owners, entrepreneurs, artists, photographers, and authors, you want to protect your ideas and brand from infringers and competitors. Filing a trademark application begins a legal proceeding that has many legal requirements and strict time deadlines. See how we can help.

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COPYRIGHT

It can take years to create valuable intellectual property. Copyrights are used to protect music, video, photos, software, source code, and websites from those who might copy, sell, perform, display or manufacture a derivative version of your “original work of authorship." See how we can help.

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San Diego Business Lawyer at McCarthy LawSan Diego Business Lawyer

A San Diego business lawyer, at McCarthy Law, can provide smart, efficient, affordable, legal solutions to entrepreneurs, startups, business owners, shareholders, business buyers and those investing in business in San Diego, CA.

McCarthy Law offers first-rate legal services and reasonable fees. For new businesses or sole proprietors going “legit”, a business lawyer from McCarthy Law can help you choose the best entity that protects BOTH your personal and business assets — often with the bonus of significant tax advantages.

A business lawyer from McCarthy Law helps clients set up sound business methods, review, or draft, day-to-day business contracts, purchase a business, invest in a business, sell a business, or properly dissolve a business.

McCarthy Law is the go-to law firm of choice for new, small and medium businesses for entity selection, legal formation (LLC, S-Corp or C-Corp), startup services, transactional services, business & employment contracts, and advising and counseling business owners and managers (employers) in California. California is a tough state to do business. We make it easier.

Entity Formation — Incorporations by Phone

Image of client working with Business LawyerIncorporate your entity over the phone. If you are in San Diego or anywhere in California, a McCarthy Law business lawyer can form a Corporation or LLC over the phone for expediency. If you are local, we can also meet in our San Diego office or at your business location: it’s all about client service.

Whether you come to our office – or call in by phone – we will discuss the pros and cons of each entity type to make certain that you choose the best legal entity to suit your unique situation and potential tax savings needs. We will collect your information, review your options and then prepare, file and form your new C-Corp., S-Corp., or LLC. In approximately two weeks (or faster if you need a RUSH filing) you will receive your completed Corporation or LLC documentation.

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Employer Lawyer — For Businesses in San Diego, CA

John F. McCarthy is also a respected employment attorneyFounder and owner of McCarthy Law, John F. McCarthy, is also a respected employment attorney. McCarthy Law offers our business clients the law firm’s extensive employment law expertise that will keep new and established employers out of the minefield of strict federal and California “employee-centric” employee protection laws.

Hundreds of California businesses flee California’s anti-business political climate each year. That said, San Diego and Southern California is “paradise” and therefore we do what we must to survive as business owners.

The most reputable San Diego employers find themselves astonished when they receive their first employee lawsuit. There are simply too many laws and regulations coupled with irresistible financial jackpots luring employees to make big-money claims for the slightest employer oversight.

We have some Employer HORROR stories to make our point that otherwise savvy and smart business owners can be oblivious and vulnerable: CLICK HERE

Because founding attorney McCarthy has had years of successful experience representing employee’s in the workplace collect sizeable financial settlements, McCarthy Law now brings that knowledge and experience to our employer clients! Our approach to employer-side employment law is “preventative” by counseling businesses to take simple, pro-active steps that put an emphasis on risk management helping his clients avoid messy, costly disputes.

employee labor law claimUnnecessary employee claims can be avoided! Take a minute to think through the unfortunate consequences of having Federal and California government agencies insisting on investigating you and inspecting your bank records! Investigators with the POWER of the government insisting on a deep audit into your companies’ private business, accounting records, tax returns, and interviewing past and current employees. Frightening, isn’t it? Avoiding employee claims and lawsuits is possible by understanding common pitfalls. This is just one area where a business lawyer from McCarthy Law will become invaluable.

Employer-Side Employment Legal & Compliance Advice

McCarthy Law has business lawyers and employment attorneys in San Diego, California that advocate “employer preparation and litigation prevention”. We routinely address our clients’ management and staff on litigation prevention topics such as discrimination, sexual harassment, hiring and firing practices, proper downsizing & layoff procedures, and proper disciplinary methods.

Our San Diego employer rights’ lawyers will counsel companies to pro-actively prevent disputes or, when necessary, resolve employment law disputes by offering a range of legal services including:

  • Ensuring wage and hour compliance
  • Ensuring the proper classification of employees
  • Drafting of employment agreements
  • Drafting of employment manuals
  • Representing employers in administrative proceedings brought by agencies such as the labor commissioner
  • Alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and arbitration

McCarthy Law represents employers in employment law counseling and transactions such as employee claims prevention and management training.

We assist employers with hiring and firing practices, wage and hour issues, leaves of absence, claims for wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, preparation of employee handbooks, policies, properly-drafted severance agreements, employment agreements and performance management.

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Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyersA Super Lawyer at McCarthy Law guides clients clear of the legal challenges facing California businesses and offers “al la carte” and affordable “bundled flat-fee legal services” for entity selection & business formation, intellectual property registration, business & employee contract drafting, and corporate compliance counseling to help San Diego employers avoid the minefield of California employment laws.

We’re craftspeople and entrepreneursWe’re craftspeople, entrepreneurs and business owners ourselves. We know the right questions to ask our clients to help protect their personal and business assets, avoid costly and unnecessary lawsuits, far-too-common employee labor claims, business-crushing state audits seeking back taxes for employee/contractor misclassification and other legal pitfalls awaiting most every California business.


Top Drawer Legal Services — Reasonable Fees

Image of Business Attorney John F. McCarthyMcCarthy Law’s founder, San Diego business attorney John F. McCarthy insists that his law firm offer top drawer legal services coupled with reasonable fees. For new businesses or sole proprietors stepping up to a legal entity, McCarthy Law can help you choose the best entity that protects BOTH your personal and business assets — often with the bonus of significant tax advantages.

A skilled business lawyer from McCarthy Law can help you set up sound business methods, review or draft day-to-day business contracts, purchase a business, invest in a business, sell your business, or properly dissolve your business.

Super Lawyers Rising Star 2017McCarthy Law is the go-to law firm of choice for new, small and medium businesses for entity selection, legal formation (LLC, S-Corp or C-Corp), startup services, transactional services, business & employment contracts, and counseling business owners and managers (employers) in California — a state with extremely employee-centered laws — to avoid business-killing employee claims and government labor law violations.


If you own a business in California, it is critically important to protect yourself from UNLIMITED personal liability. Unfortunately, operating as a sole proprietor or as a general partnership exposes you, your family, all your personal assets (home, car, bank accounts) to unlimited personal exposure. By choosing the proper legal entity, you can incorporate your business operation using a C-Corporation, S-Corporation or an LLC for greater asset protection. As a bonus, the right entity can often provide you substantial tax reductions that repeat year after year after year!

Legal Services YOUR Way

As a business person, you have questions. As business lawyers, we have answers. Whether in person, by phone, Skype, or by videoconference, at our office, or yours, we’ll discuss your legal issues and help you make the right decisions for your unique business situation.

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McCarthy Law

525 B Street, Suite 1500
San Diego, CA 92101
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