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Firm Overview

I practiced from 1975-1990 as a partner in Condie and Lee. For several years I was a sole practitioner. Lee and Lawless was formed in 2008, and became Lee, Lawless and Blyth in 2010.


Lee, Lawless & Blyth specializes in the formation and operation of organizations, entertainment law, business transactional work, estate planning, probate litigation, elder abuse actions, civil litigation, tax planning and controversies, intellectual property, bankruptcy and media law.

The attorneys and staff of Lee, Lawless & Blyth have decades of experience assisting clients and have earned a reputation for ethical, cost-effective and conscientious representation.

We are conveniently located near Jack London Square with free private parking and easy access from BART


Our focus is on providing high quality legal advice and assistance at reasonable cost. We specialize in assisting clients in solving problems, whether concerning estate planning, business issues or undertaking charitable issues.

Example cases

Due to client-attorney confidentiality, we do not share information about prior cases. For more about our firm, please visit our website.

Main Office

Lee, Lawless Blyth
11 Embarcadero West
Suite 140
Oakland  CA  94607

Phone
  • (510) 272-0200 x304
Fax

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, first half hour is not charged.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

For many services, once I have determined what the client needs, I will be able to give them a flat fee rate. I will provide a discount to clients who mention Nolo.

Hourly Rates

Currently $400. Associates billed at lower rates.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment

Office Manager

Nina McCallister

Emergency After Hours

Yes

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

All of the areas of law I practice in are areas where individuals and small business need assistance. I like working with individuals and small businesses. Planning for distribution of one's estate when one dies, preparation of simple documents that can save thousands of dollars in fees if one becomes disabled, planning for family members with special needs, assisting families in preserving assets for succeeding generations, helping families who have lost a loved one to administer the estate or trust, working with business owners to make sure they have the correct business form, and helping them resolve issues that come up in the business, helping groups to undertake charitable or educational activities. These are all activities I enjoy, and that is why I do them.

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

I support and encourage clients to learn about legal issues relating to their business and personal matters.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I do this often. It is faster for me to edit than draft. I encourage clients to prepare their own paperwork when it will save them fees to do so.

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

Where appropriate, such as preparing for small claims court, I am willing to coach clients in this way.

Richard Lee

Prior to being admitted to the bar in 1975, while in law school I worked for the California Attorney General in SF in Consumer Affairs and Environmental Units. I worked for the Environmental Defense Fund. I also taught English and math at a Buddhist boarding high school two miles outside of Kathmandu, Nepal, and worked as a cost accounting clerk for an aluminum manufacturer.

I have been practicing law since 1975 in the East Bay. During that time I have gained practical as well as theoretical knowledge of what clients want and what they need. I have been helping them to reach their goals and fulfill their dreams.

I listen carefully to what a client says and try to determine with the client what the client needs and if I can help the client with the situation. I strive for clear communication and cooperation with my clients.

Personal interests:

I enjoy traveling and spending time with my partner Steven and our two dogs. I play golf, which I enjoy because it is a complete diversion from work. I have traveled extensively, have lived in Nepal and Germany, and traveled to Europe, Asia, Australia and some in South America and North Africa.

License
  • Bar Number: 61857
    California , 1974
Education
  • Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley
    Juris Doctor , 1974
    Berkeley, CA
  • Stanford
    Bachelor's Degree , 1969
    Stanford, CA
    Sociology

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