Corporate, E-Commerce, & Financial Law

Tierney, Watson & Healy has a reputation for effective and knowledgeable counsel for companies doing business in the capital markets. For more than 30 years, our attorneys have represented lenders, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and developers in virtually all aspects of wealth creation.

Lender Representation

Led by Dewey Watson and Brian Healy, Tierney, Watson & Healy provides skilled, knowledgeable legal counsel and litigation services to a broad cross-section of the financial services industry, including banks, thrifts, mortgage companies, commercial lenders, and others.

The firm's extensive background in real estate, mortgage banking and tax law gives us an insider's edge in assisting clients with receivership issues, lender liability, judicial foreclosures, trustee sales and deficiency collection. We have a long and successful track record handling large, complicated litigation in these and other issues, including creditor's rights in bankruptcy.

Many of our skills in this area were gathered and honed through years of representing the Resolution Trust Corporation and the Federal Deposit Insurance Company, following the S&L failure of the 1980s.

Tierney, Watson & Healy represents a broad range of business clients in litigation and arbitration arising from both contract and tort claims. We have been actively involved in complex cases ranging from unfair competition, construction actions and foreclosure to breach of contract and title insurance litigation.

Corporate Structure, Planning & Governance

Tierney, Watson & Healy has acted as outside corporate counsel for companies with annual sales in excess of $100 million. The firm's broad knowledge base enables us to advise clients in many areas of law encountered in daily business operations.

Our partners have all been principals in businesses, and each is familiar with the issues facing companies as they seek to gain competitive advantage.

As just one example, we have advised many real estate professionals and developers and property owners on issues surrounding the ownership of real estate. From sale and acquisition to development of entitlements, our partners have guided the real estate community for over 30 years.

Most significantly, our  philosophy is to address the whole client, not just the issue before it. We believe in arriving at solutions that are lasting.

Owning a Business in California

We assist clients starting a business in California in choosing which business entity (or entities) is best for their situation, not only from a tax perspective, but also from asset protection and estate planning perspectives. We also help business owners with the legal issues involved in transferring a business, whether through a sale or exchange or to the next generation of a family business. For family business owners, we also address the issues of coordinating the business and family estate plans and meeting the challenges of estate equalization while while ensuring family harmony and the ongoing health of the business. Learn more about owning a business in California.

E-Commerce, Licensing & the Internet

The partners at Tierney, Watson & Healy have extensive familiarity with the legal issues surrounding software, e-commerce and the Internet. Whether the need is for licensing agreements, systems integration, development, alliance or more common issues of stock options and corporate governance, we bring years of practical experience to the client.

In addition to legal services, if your company is thinking of developing an e-commerce site, we can usually be helpful with introductions and other non-legal assistance.

Note: Nothing in this publication is intended or written to be used, and cannot be used by any person for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties regarding any transactions or matters addressed herein. You should always seek advice from independent tax advisors regarding the same. [See IRS Circular 230.]

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Tierney, Watson & Healy provides California probate administration, probate litigation, elder law and estate planning to clients throughout California and nationwide. Our California practice includes the entire San Francisco Bay Area, the cities of San Francisco, Alameda, Oakland, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Berkeley. With offices in San Francisco and Sonoma counties, we regularly represent and visit clients in San Francisco County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Mateo County, Marin County and Sonoma County.

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