Over 25 years of Focusing in Business Law
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Miller, we believe that successfully handling a legal matter requires both the education, knowledge and expertise of your attorney and a close, collegial working relationship with you as the client. We see our role as supplying complete and accurate legal information so that you can make informed, knowledgeable choices about how to proceed. In his over 25 years of experience as an attorney in Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area working primarily in the areas of business law, employment matters, and alternative dispute resolution, Jeff Miller has always strived to partner with his clients so that they can resolve their legal matters in an efficient and straightforward way. Because of his longtime experience in the Bay Area, Jeff has also developed an extensive network of attorneys who specialize in virtually every area of law as well as other professionals such as such as accountants, tax experts, appraisers, brokers, mediators, arbitrators, and retired judges with whom he consults regularly so that his clients get the same kind of service offered by much bigger firms but at a substantially lower price.
2501 Park Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Palo Alto CA 94306
Businesses & Transactions
Many business entities of all sizes in the San Francisco Bay Area utilize our services as the primary focus of our practice is business law. We are particularly known in the business law community for assisting small to medium-sized and closely held companies in and around Palo Alto and Silicon Valley with a wide range of business law matters and business transactions. Critical to this kind of assistance is taking the time to become acquainted with the principals in the business to ascertain their goals and understand the approaches that make them most comfortable. Through this process, we attempt to quickly and efficiently identify the key issues facing the business and structure cost effective strategies and solutions to address those issues. Because of his longtime experience in the Bay Area, Jeff has developed an extensive network of attorneys who specialize in virtually every area of law relating to various forms of business work as well as other professionals such as such as accountants, tax experts, appraisers, brokers, mediators, arbitrators, and retired judges with whom he consults regularly so that his clients get the same kind of service offered by much bigger firms but at a substantially lower price. We advise a broad cross section of individuals and business entities with their business law needs. Though it is impossible to give an exhaustive list of all the business law matters we handle, the following gives examples of the ways we assist our clients: Planning and Forming Business Entities -Assisting in picking the proper business entity and other business planning -Consulting with tax experts as part of strategic planning -Forming corporations, limited liability companies, proprietorships, partnerships, professional corporations and limited liability partnerships to operate a business -Preparing all the necessary documents, permit applications, filings, and other documentation relevant to the formation -Documenting relationships among owners including founders, shareholders, buy-sell, stock option, management, indemnity and similar agreements -Assisting with employment agreements, employee handbooks and initial employment and labor law issues -Drafting, reviewing, analyzing and negotiating commercial leases for premises upon which the business is conducted Assisting in the Purchase or Sale of An Existing Business or Franchise -Planning and executing purchases and sales of businesses and business entities including bulk sales, asset sales, stock sales, and franchise sales -Advising on the purchase documents or franchise documents -Drafting and revising purchase and sale documents -Consulting with tax experts to plan properly for the purchase -Coordinating with brokers and escrows to consummate the purchase or sale Acting as Counsel for Business Entities in Their Ongoing Operations -Advising about ongoing employment and labor matters including compliance with various state and federal employment regulations -Consulting on and negotiating severance arrangements to avoid protracted employment-related disputes -Counseling about consulting and independent contractor arrangements -Drafting required documentation such as tax and administrative filings and records of transactions including shareholder and director minutes -Counseling about a variety of transactions including selling stock, loans, leasing and purchasing property, transactions with customers, arrangements with vendors and suppliers, contracts with distributors and agents -Drafting and negotiating commercial leases -Drafting, reviewing, analyzing and negotiating commercial leases for premises upon which the business is conducted -Advising about intellectual property, proprietary information and trade secret matters including non-disclosure and proprietary information agreements -Negotiating and drafting a wide range of business law contracts and documents -Helping clients with business entities that have been suspended or are otherwise out of compliance with California business law -Advising about a broad range of disputes from the operation of the business particularly in using mediation and arbitration to avoid expensive litigation Strategies and Arrangements to Expand Business Entities -Advising clients in range of transactions to increase capitalization including stock offerings and lending arrangements -Counsel clients in planning and executing joing ventures, strategic alliances, mergers, and acquisitions -Drafting of detailed and comprehensive documents relating to mergers and acquisitions of all kinds Termination of Business Entities -Assisting in all forms of sales of assets and mergers and acquisitions where the entity disappears into another business entity -Collaborating with tax experts to plan and execute the transactions in a manner most favorable to the client -Drafting and handling all documents necessary to dissolve business entities
Jeff holds a degree in political science and government from Dartmouth and received his law degree from Cornell University. He worked at a mid-sized San Francisco-Palo Alto-San Jose firm for approximately five years and started his own firm in Palo Alto in the mid-1980s. His primary areas of practice include representing clients in the formation and operation of businesses, assisting in a variety of employment-related matters, handling a range of real estate matters relating to businesses, and acting as a mediator and arbitrator primarily of business disputes.
As a result of having worked in his own firm for over twenty years, Jeff has learned to use entrepreneurial and innovative approaches to legal problems in order to maximize results and minimize costs. He works with his staff to constantly improve the delivery of services and believes that the client's goals and satisfaction are preeminent. As part of his ongoing effort to continually provide clients with the highest quality legal services, Jeff has developed an extensive network of attorneys who specialize in virtually every area of law as well as other professionals with whom he consults regularly so that his clients get the same kind of service offered by much bigger firms but at a substantially lower price.Jeff has spent untold hours doing community service in an effort to bring more legal information to the public. He has given public presentations to business, real estate, community and professional groups and has taught at Santa Clara University Law School, St. Mary's College, College of Notre Dame, and Canada College. He is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association where he serves on the Business Committee and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He is also involved in various community groups.
Jeff is married and has a daughter who was born in 2003. He values his time with his family and always strives to learn more about being a better husband, father and person. Jeff is an avid reader, particularly about matters relating to psychology and spirituality.