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Firm Overview

Bay Oak Law focuses on providing consigliere services to clients; advising them so as to avoid costly legal problems long before they arise; when such problems do arise, Bay Oak Law aggressively advocates in court on behalf of the company. Bay Oak Law began in June 1998 in San Jose, and has been in Oakland since 1999.

Example cases

Trade Secrets - successfully defended corporations accused of hiring individuals who allegedly had trade secrets of rival company; Trademarks - successfully represented business in first defending its trademarks against claims of abandonment, then in prosecuting trademark infringement claims by others. Patents — represented company in suit to recover patents taken by former business associates without authority.

Main Office

Main
180 Grand Avenue
Suite 700
Oakland  CA  94612

Phone
  • (510) 208-5500
Fax
  • (510) 208-5511

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

First half hour is free.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Set up corporation or LLC (articles, by-laws/membership agreement, initial meeting minutes) $850; expedited fees and franchise fees not included.

Hourly Rates

Jacobson (partner): $350 to $425

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Office Manager

Kim Kennedy at (510) 208-5507.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Japanese

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Much to my astonishment (I originally wanted to be a prosecutor), I found that I had a knack for business law and intellectual property. Intellectual property is especially interesting because the law is trying to keep up with the speed of technology. There are always fascinating new issues.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

An educated client is a great client. Bay Oak Law prefers clients who learn about the legal issues -- they ask smarter questions, and are more responsive about factual issues. When necessary, Bay Oak Law can help guide clients to a greater understanding of the legal issues involved; PowerPoint presentations are available about various issues when necessary.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We are concerned with getting the document right. Clients often call upon us to review letters and agreements that the client has prepared; if our suggestions are negligible, we often do not charge at all for the review. Bay Oak Law's emphasis is not on who prepared it, but making sure it is the best possible product, within a price range the client can afford.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

The procedural requirements are complex and demanding. Whoever stands in court must be prepared for the nuances and have an excellent understanding of the smallest details. Since we usually work with corporations and LLCs, and these clients cannot by law appear in court, we do not have much experience in coaching clients who represent themselves.

Andrew K. Jacobson

Robbins Palmer & Allen, Oakland California; Berliner Cohen, San Jose, California; Minutillo & Gorman, San Jose, California; Brown & Bain, Palo Alto, California; Office of the California Attorney General; interned at San Francisco District Attorney's Office.

Teaching the legal side of the Business of Media to students has helped me realize the need to educate clients and the public at large about legal issues important to their businesses.

1. Anticipating problems and resolving them before they become expensive.
2. Resolving issues with the client's best interests in mind -- not mine.

First, I listen --hard -- and ask a lot of questions. Only then do I try to tell a client what the client needs to hear. I do this even if it is more to my benefit to tell the client what she or he wants to hear. A client satisfied over the long term that I've given the best possible advice and advocacy, even if some disappointment is involved, is better than a client who doesn't learn the bad news until a lot of expense is incurred.

Personal interests:

Sports (tennis and swimming); reading; working around the house.

License
  • Bar Number: 148583
    California , 1990
Education
  • Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
    J.D. , 1990
    Berkeley, CA
    Assistant Editor, International Tax and Business Lawyer
  • Stanford University
    Bachelor of Arts , 1985
    Stanford, CA
    Political Science

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