Areas Of Practice

Business Law

Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz LLP understands business and business owners.  We offer practical, creative, and responsive counsel on a variety of matters to clients ranging from small, family-owned businesses to emerging growth companies to multinational corporations. 

Our clients are in a wide variety of businesses, including wineries and vineyards, hospitality, real estate development/construction/brokerage, commercial property leasing/sales, finance, retail, consumer products, professional services, e-commerce, and manufacturing.  Clients benefit from utilizing us as their outside general counsel, because we deliver a full range of transactional, counseling, and litigation services, including:

  • Formation of business entities, including for-profit and non-profit corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, family limited partnerships, and corporate governance;
  • Mergers and acquisitions, sales, joint ventures, spin-offs, and restructurings;
  • Business counseling and governance;
  • Business contracts, including drafting, interpreting, and enforcement;
  • Labor and employment issues;
  • Financing transactions, and loan agreements, capitalization and real estate ventures;
  • Succession planning;
  • Secured transactions; and
  • Dispute resolution and litigation related to ownership, operation, employment, financing, and contracts.

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated Attorneys* Malcolm Manwell and Jeremy Olsan lead the firm’s business law group. Mr. Manwell has counseled individuals and public and private business entities for over twenty-five years. He has also litigated in court and jury trials regarding business, real estate, trusts and estates, and family law matters. 

Mr. Olsan has counseled individuals and public and private business entities for over twenty years.  He represents clients involved in complex, multi-million dollar real estate and business transactions, winery, vineyard, and construction transactions, as well as all matters related to real estate and business formation, and for-profit and not-for-profit corporate governance. He has also litigated business, real estate, construction, and commercial landlord/tenant matters. In March 2010, Mr. Olsan was voted the “Best Attorney, Sonoma County”, by the readers of the North Bay Bohemian Newspaper.

Mr. Manwell and Mr. Olsan are joined in the business group by Mike Miller, Les Perry, Roger Illsley and Burt Fohrman, all of whom have over 25 years of experience.

Roger Illsley is a Sonoma County native who has decades of experience with real estate, corporate, and business, formation and transactions. Mr. Illsley has also been on the faculty of Empire College of Law for more than 20 years, teaching classes in Commercial Law and Contracts.

Burton H. Fohrman has national and international business transaction experience. His clients include multinational corporations, governments, and investors with financial interests in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.  In addition Mr. Fohrman provides land purchase, merger and acquisition and business structure counsel to a variety of vineyard owners and wineries in Sonoma and Napa Counties,  primarily producers of ultra premium wines.

Michael G. Miller advices employers on all matter relating to employment law in including wage and hour law, employee complaints and developing appropriate policies. Mr. Miller also has represented clients in over 60 jury trials.

Leslie R. Perry provides expertise in the land use, CEQA and entitlement process to assist clients in achieving their development goals.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating.