JGPC Business & Corporate Law

JGPC Business & Corporate Law

JGPC specializes in providing cost-effective solutions to your business issues. Our skilled, experienced team of lawyers has decades of experience helping business owners realize their goals and protect their business assets.

Firm Overview

Do you need an experienced business or corporation lawyer? JGPC business lawyers specialize in helping business owners, managers, investors, buyers, and their businesses at every stage of the business life cycle. We have decades of experience in assisting privately held businesses and business owners with the legal issues related to all stages of business.

Our business law firm has received the "AV Preeminent" Rating from rating service Martindale-Hubbell, their highest honor for peer and client ratings. Our attorneys' extensive business law experience and commitment to excellence will ensure that you and your business make the best possible business law decisions, for today and tomorrow.
JGPC is a business and corporate law firm located in Pleasanton, CA. Our experienced team of attorneys specialize in providing cost-effective legal help your business needs.

Our practice areas include business contracts and transactions, business law, business litigation, arbitration, and mediation, business sales, mergers, and acquisitions, business startups and entity formation, civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution, corporation law and incorporation, limited partnership and family limited partnership law, intellectual property and trade secret law, limited liability company law, real estate law and litigation, patent, trademark, and service mark law, and asset protection.

Since 1995, JGPC lawyers have helped thousands of business owners, entrepreneurs, business executives, business managers and business investors realize their business goals and preserve and protect their business and personal assets.

JGPC's skilled business attorneys serve clients in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore, San Ramon, Danville, Walnut Creek, Castro Valley, Fremont, Tracy, Modesto, Manteca, Stockton and across all of Alameda County and Contra Costa County.
Main Office
Main Office
5890 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 102, Willow Ridge
Pleasanton  CA  94588
  • (925) 463-9600
  • (925) 463-9644


Free Initial Consultation?
First 30 minutes of consultation are free

Office Information

Office Hours
9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Monday-Friday
Office Manager
Jennifer Gray, (925) 463-9600 ext.248

Other Offices

Livermore Office
373 North L Street
Livermore,  CA  94551
JGPC Business & Corporate Law will represent your Business legal matters.
Areas of Law:
-Business Law
-Corporate Law
-Asset Protection
-Business Start Up
-Emerging Growth Company
-Business Organization
-Business Formation
-Company Formation
-Venture Capital
-Private Placement
-Intellectual Property
-Franchise Law
-Trade Secrets
-Theft Of Trade Secrets
-Mergers And Acquisitions
-Partnership Law
-Corporation Law
-Business Transactions
-Limited Liability Company Law
-Business Sales
-Employment Law
-Employment Litigation
-Employment Mediation
-Executive Employment Law
-Trademark Litigation
-Copyright Litigation
-Intellectual Property Audit
-Intellectual Property Infringement
-Intellectual Property Litigation
-Unfair Competition
-Collaborative Law
-Distributor Termination
-Distribution Agreements
-International Distribution
-Business Arbitration
-Business Associations Law
-Business Cooperatives
-Business Development
-Business Dissolutions
-Business Enterprises
-Business Estate Planning
-Business Fraud
-Business Litigation
-Business Mediation
-Business Planning
-Business Regulation
-Business Reorganization
-Business Succession Planning
-Business Successions
-Business Syndication
-Business Taxation
-Business Torts
-Business Transfers
-Buy-Sell Agreements
-Buying and Selling of Businesses
-Closely Held Business Estate Planning
-Closely Held Business Law
-Closely Held Business Taxation
-Complex Business Litigation
-Emerging Business Law
-Emerging Growth Companies
-Entrepreneurial Business Law
-Family Business Law
-Family Business Mediation
-Family Business Successions
-Joint Ventures
-Pass-Through Entities
-Private Business Law
-Professional Practices
-Small Business Law
-Strategic Alliances
-Commercial Collections
-Professional Collections
-Unsecured Collections
-Secured Collections
-Commercial Arbitration
-Commercial Fraud
-Commercial Liability
-Commercial Litigation
-Commercial Mediation
-Commercial Torts
-Commercial Transactions
-Commercial Transfers
-Secured Transactions
-Breach of Contract
-Commercial Contracts
-Contract Fraud
-Contract Litigation
-International Commercial Contracts
-International Contracts
-Closely Held Corporations
-Corporate Commercial Law
-Corporate Contracts
-Corporate Control Contests
-Corporate Criminal Law
-Corporate Dissolutions
-Corporate Fiduciary Law
-Corporate Formation
-Corporate Governance
-Corporate Investigations
-Corporate Litigation
-Corporate Organization
-Corporate Partnerships
-Corporate Planning
-Corporate Real Estate
-Corporate Reorganization
-Corporate Successions
-Corporate Tax Planning
-Corporate Taxation
-Family Corporations
-Nonprofit Corporations
-Professional Corporations
-S Corporations
-Small Business Corporations
-Vehicle Leasing
-Equipment Leasing
-Equipment Finance
-Civil Litigation
-Complex Litigation
-Defense Litigation
-Federal Civil Litigation
-Federal Litigation
-Trial Practice
-Supreme Court Litigation
-Business Acquisitions
-Business Divestitures
-Leveraged Acquisitions
-Leveraged Buyouts
-Merger Reorganization
-Acquisitions Finance
-Acquisitions Taxation
-Premerger Notification
-Nonprofit Organizations Law
-Tax Exempt Organizations
-Family Limited Partnerships
-Family Partnerships
-Limited Liability Partnerships
-Limited Partnerships
-Partnership Dissolution
-Partnership Formation
-Partnership Organization
-Partnership Syndication
-Partnership Taxation
-Land Acquisitions
-Land Sales
-Real Estate Acquisitions
-Real Estate Arbitration
-Real Estate Fraud
-Real Estate Leasing
-Real Estate Litigation
-Real Estate Partnerships
-Real Estate Restructuring
-Real Estate Mediation
-Real Estate Sales
-Real Estate Syndication
-Real Property
-Real Property Acquisitions
-Blue Sky Law
-Private Placement Syndication
-Shareholder Disputes
-Shareholder Rights
-Shareholders Law
-Technology Licensing
-Technology Protection
-Technology Transfers
-Technical Litigation
-Trade Secret Misappropriation
-Service Marks
-Trade Dress
-Trade Names
-Trademark Infringement
-Trademark Licensing
-Trademark Prosecution
-Trademark Protection
-Trademark Registration
-Alternative Dispute Resolution

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Our business lawyers respect their clients.

There are few higher compliments than to be considered a successful, honest business person. Business success and skill are attributes deserving of respect. JGPC business lawyers and staff appreciate business and management skills and respect those qualities in all good businessmen and businesswomen.
Each JGPC business attorney appreciates the fact that a good businessman or businesswoman knows their business better than we ever will, and that it is only by working together with our business clients that we can combine our expertise with their business knowledge to create the best and most cost-effective legal solution to a business issue.

There is no substitute for common sense. Some people have it, some people don't. Some lawyers have it, some lawyers don't.

JGPC business lawyers have common sense.
They may have earned it the hard way, from years of experience and trial and error, but they have learned that all business law work must make sense in the real world, on the street, or it is a waste of the lawyer's time and the client's money.

Businesses require practical, cost-effective solutions.

JGPC business lawyers know that every dollar that goes to pay an attorney comes out of the business owner's pocket. All legal work must be practical, efficient and cost-effective. We understand that our business clients are in business to make money, not to enrich their lawyers.
Specialization, experience, common sense and, when necessary, creative approaches to business law work enable JGPC business lawyers to maximize their productivity and cost-effectiveness.

JGPC's Pleasanton business lawyers are experienced business attorneys.

There is nothing like experience to give a person perspective and wisdom in dealing with life's issues. The same is true in the practice of business law. JGPC attorneys all have years of business law experience supporting every business law decision they make.
The hardest part in the practice of business law, as with life in general, is knowing what to do and when and how to do it. Our lawyers' extensive business law experience helps ensure that our clients make the best possible business law decisions, for today and tomorrow.

Specialization is the key to competence and efficiency.

JGPC's business lawyers specialize in business law. They have years of experience in assisting privately held businesses and business owners, entrepreneurs, investors, managers, executives and buyers in planning for and creating business start-ups, supporting emerging growth companies, assisting businesses in avoiding legal problems and disputes and resolving business problems and disputes in a cost-effective manner when such issues can not be avoided.

JGPC business attorneys value creativity.

In business, as in most areas of life, simplicity is usually best. But there are times when the usual "simple solution" just will not work.
JGPC business attorneys can, when necessary, create original and unique solutions for business law issues.
Sometimes the usual, standard legal approaches will just not get the job done, at least not in a cost-effective manner. It takes an experienced business law specialist to know when creative approaches to a business law issue can be productive. And it takes a talented and creative experienced business law specialist to create original and unique solutions for business law problems.
JGPC business lawyers have the intellectual strength, academic background, and comprehensive understanding of complex areas of business law that are necessary to enable us to create original and unique cost-effective solutions for business law problems.

James H. Gulseth

Attorney in Pleasanton, CA

James H. (Jim) Gulseth was born and attended high school in Devils Lake, North Dakota and graduated with an A.B. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Jim earned his JD degree at the University of California Hastings School of Law in San Francisco and is admitted to practice in the State of California and before the Federal District Court, Northern District of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

He is a member of the Corporations, Business Transactions, Securities and Tax and Intellectual Property Sections of the State Bar of California. Jim's reported cases include PACKER TRANSPORTATION CO v. USA, 596 F.2d 891; PLATTS v. SACRAMENTO NORTHERN RAILWAY, 253 Cal. Rptr. 269, 205 Cal. App. 3d 1025. Jim has assisted hundreds of business start ups, including many significant start-ups such as Pleasanton's Phosistor Technologies, Inc., that raised over $15 million in Series A and B offerings.

Jim is a member of the State Bar of California, the Alameda County Bar Association, and a member and past President of the Eastern Alameda County Bar Association.

Jim is a member and a past President of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton and the Rotary Club of Pleasanton Foundation. He is also a founder and past member of the Board of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, a founder, past officer and past member of the Advisory Committee for Pleasanton Partnerships in Education, a member of the advisory board of Dublin Partnerships in Education, a member of the Board of the Museum on Main, a founding officer and director of Pleasanton Heat, a track and field and running club, and a member of the Berkeley Yacht Club.

Areas of Law:
-Asset Protection
-Business Law
-Corporate Law
-Limited Liability Company Law
-Business Planning
-Business Transactions
-Business Formation
-Business Start-Ups
-Family Limited Partnerships
-Limited Partnerships
-Real Estate
-Real Estate Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Managing Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1974, California
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Law School Attended:
University of California, Hastings College of Law

University Attended:
University of California, Berkeley

Associations & Memberships:
Alameda County and Eastern Alameda County (Past President), State Bar of California; Member of Corporations, Business Transactions, Securities, Tax and Intellectual Property Sections).

Representative Transactions:
Phosistor Technologies, Inc. Series A and B Rounds totaling $14,500,000.

Representative Cases:
PACKER TRANSPORATION CO. v. USA, 596 F. 2d 891.; PLATTS v. SACRAMENTO NORTHERN RAILWAY, 1988, Court of Appeal, First District, 253 Cal.Rptr 269; 205 Cal.App.3rd 1025
  • Bar Number: 61369
    California , 1974
  • University of California, Hastings College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1974

Robert L. Taylor

Attorney in Pleasanton, CA

Robert L. (Bob) Taylor was born near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended high school in Berkeley, California. Bob graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982 with an A.B. degree in Economics. Bob graduated from the Boalt Hall School of Law (UC Berkeley) in 1985, where he was a member of the California Law Review. In 1985, he was admitted to practice in the State of California and before the Federal District Court, Northern District of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. He has since also been admitted to practice before the Federal District Court, Central District of California and Northern District of Illinois, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit.

Bob is a member of the Business Transactions, Real Estate, Litigation, and Intellectual Property Sections of the State Bar of California.

Phi Beta Kappa. Member, California Law Review, 1983-1985.

Areas of Law:
-Business Law
-Business Transactions
-Buying and Selling of Businesses
-Mergers and Acquisitions
-Intellectual Property
-Business Start-Ups
-Business Formation
-Corporate Law
-Trade Secrets
-Real Estate
-Real Estate Litigation
-Service Marks

Experience & Credentials:


Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1985, California and U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Law School Attended:
Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California
Class of 1985

University Attended:
University of California at Berkeley
Class of 1982
with high honors

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of California (Member, Sections on: Business Transactions; Corporations; Intellectual Property).
  • Bar Number: 121107
    California , 1985
  • Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California
    Juris Doctorate , 1985

Thomas von Thury

Attorney in Pleasanton, CA

Thomas von Thury is a litigator and trial attorney with over thirty years of experience in dispute resolution representing clients in civil and business trials, litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

He has successfully represented hundreds of business plaintiffs and defendants in mediations, arbitrations and litigation in California, Colorado and Illinois state courts and in many federal district courts, including appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the California State Court of Appeals.

Tom's alternative dispute resolution, litigation and trial experience includes many years of service as general counsel to a major manufacturer/importer of automotive and consumer electronics.

Tom graduated with a B.A. from Southern Illinois University and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL. He has been admitted to practice and practiced in California, Colorado, Illinois and before the U. S. Supreme Court.

Areas of Law:
-General Practice
-Civil Litigation
-Complex Litigation
-Defense Litigation
-Federal Civil Litigation
-Federal Litigation
-Trial Practice
-U.S. Supreme Court Litigation
-Collaborative Law
-Federal Civil Practice
-Creditors Rights
-Debtor and Creditor Collections
-Debtor and Creditor Remedies
-Debtor and Creditor Reorganization
-Secured Creditors Rights
-Unsecured Creditors Rights
-Civil Fraud
-Professional Malpractice
-Professional Negligence


Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1974, Colorado
-1977, Illinois
-1998, California
-U.S. Supreme Court

Law School Attended:
John Marshall Law School

University Attended:
Southern Illinois University
  • Bar Number: 195558
    California , 1998
  • John Marshall Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Gerald Prettyman

Gerald R. Prettyman is a Patent and Intellectual Property lawyer for U.S. and International filings. His focus is assuring clients receive global protection with Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Contracts. His patent work includes software, solar applications, electronics, medical and bio-medical applications and design patents. He is a Registered Patent Attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is licensed in California and Minnesota.

'Jerry' earned a law degree and a post-graduate Masters degree in Intellectual Property (LL. M.) from the Golden Gate University School of Law, as well as a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from U. C. San Diego. Prior to his law career, Jerry was an engineer, including work in product design, material and product testing, regulatory compliance, quality control and assurance, and nuclear power plant testing for the U.S. Navy. Jerry is a U.S. Navy (Hospital Corps) Veteran. Jerry and his wife reside in Pleasanton with their furry family of three dogs. Jerry volunteers with Rotary while his wife volunteers with Paws In Need.
  • Bar Number: 247887
    California , 2006
  • Golden Gate University
    LL.M., J.D.
    Jerry graduated law school at Golden Gate University with a J.D., then got a post-graduate Masters in Intellectual Property.
  • UC San Diego
    B.S. , 1989
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Chabot College
    A.A. , 1983