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Business Transactions

Practice Chair: Kevin D. Elder

Business Formation, Acquisition, and Counseling

Sinsheimer Juhnke McIvor & Stroh’s business practice focuses on structuring, forming, and counseling business entities from Santa Maria to Paso Robles such as corporations, general and limited partnerships, joint ventures, and limited liability companies. Our lawyers also provide advice and representation concerning strategic alliances, commercial financing transactions, asset and stock acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, exchanges, private placements and corporate reorganizations. Our attorneys represent clients engaged in a variety of businesses and enterprises, including high technology companies, and a broad range of manufacturing and service firms in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County.

Finance and Banking

The attorneys at Sinsheimer Juhnke McIvor & Stroh have experience in the areas of private placements and other California and federal securities transactions, secured and unsecured lending, net lease financing, and asset-based financing. Our lawyers have negotiated and documented a wide variety of financing transactions, including real estate net leases, facility leases, equipment financings, project financings, bond financings, manufacturer/vendor/distributor programs, loan participations, loan portfolio purchases, sale-leasebacks, asset securitizations and commercial credit transactions, including term and revolving loans and covering all types of collateral. Our clients include both borrowers and financial institutions. We have also litigated matters involving all of these types of transactions in state and federal courts throughout California.

Labor and Employment

Sinsheimer Juhnke McIvor & Stroh represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment, including comprehensive counseling of employers on Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, wage and hour issues, labor/management relations, preparation of personnel policies and forms, management training, representation in union elections, collective bargaining negotiations, grievances and arbitrations, preparation of employment agreements, pre-discharge counseling and representation of employers in state and federal courts, and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Labor Commissioner. Our lawyers defend claims against employers for wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, and related contract and tort claims.


Sinsheimer Juhnke McIvor & Stroh tax lawyers are routinely called upon to give advice on sophisticated corporate tax strategies, the tax aspects of partnerships, limited liability companies, and tax planning for individuals, trusts, and estates. The firm's lawyers represent clients in dealing with the IRS in negotiation, litigation, and collection matters. Our attorneys have experience in the United States Tax Court. In addition, we develop and implement strategies for avoiding or minimizing liabilities for property tax, sales and use tax, excise tax, business license tax, and other state and local taxes. We represent California real property owners and we have litigated assessment issues. We have negotiated favorable settlements with assessors and successfully advanced applications for reduced assessment before appeal boards. One of our partners was a member of the San Luis Obispo County Assessment Appeals Board from 1988-1998. We also handle reassessment petitions and tax refund claims before the California State Board of Equalization and at the state, county and municipal government levels. As a matter of course, lawyers in all of our practice groups consult with our tax specialists as to the tax ramifications of transactions they are handling.

Sustainable Entrepreneurship

SJMS has developed expertise in sustainable entrepreneurship, assisting entrepreneurs in sustainable industries and entrepreneurs looking to incorporate sustainable practices into their businesses in other industries. The firm represents companies such as a national solar installer, an alternative fuel vehicle car sharing company, an innovator in the biofuel industry, a nonprofit fostering green building in our community, and a program for certification of wineries and growers using sustainable practices, as well as landowners negotiating with alternative energy companies looking to locate large scale projects on their land. Partner June McIvor has been named to the Pacific Coast Business Times’ “Who’s Who in Clean Tech & Sustainability.”


Our attorneys have experience representing major international sporting events as well as leagues and teams in a variety of sports. We also represent sports marketing companies, event production companies and recreational sports entities.

Wineries and Vineyards

Sinsheimer Juhnke McIvor & Stroh has extensive experience representing wineries and grape growers from Santa Maria, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, Templeton, Paso Robles and elsewhere on a wide range of matters, including business formation, land use issues, and the negotiation of grape contracts and contracts for the purchase and sale of winery and vineyard properties. Our lawyers have also represented wineries in bonding, compliance, and permit matters with the California Alcoholic Beverage Control Department and the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), as well as in labor matters before the California Labor Commissioner and the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Our attorneys have experience dealing with the TTB in issues relating to the establishment and modification of Appellations of Origin. We also provide comprehensive advice to nonprofit trade associations in the wine industry.