Practice Areas

In this technology-driven society, we know it’s not enough to react to change, you must stay ahead of and manage it.  We understand the need for innovation and efficiency facing today’s businesses – and what it takes to help them succeed with limited resources. Our areas of practice cover the spectrum of litigation, transactional, regulatory, and tax matters that our clients face.  And when these matters have an interdisciplinary dimension, we are well positioned to bring together the right team of lawyers to meet our clients’ objectives.

Commercial Law and Insolvency

Our commercial law and insolvency practice provides creditors, including vendors as well as private and institutional lenders, and borrowers the expertise they need to navigate through the entire restructuring process. We strive to provide creative and cost-effective solutions without formal court proceedings, but also have represented a wide variety of businesses through formal Chapter 11 proceedings where appropriate.

We represent buyers and sellers of businesses in and out of court and in informal proceedings such as assignments for the benefit of creditors. We also represent creditors and borrowers in structuring relationships to minimize use from the outset, and also to resolve various financial problems.


Clark & Trevithick’s Corporate Law group counsels clients from a diverse group of industries that includes manufacturing, housing, information technology, digital media, entertainment, financial services, healthcare, and professional services.  Our clients are comprised of privately-owned companies, emerging growth enterprises as well as individuals conducting business in the middle market.  The Corporate Law group serves as outside general counsel for the firm’s clients, often acting as the primary point of contact between the clients and other entities and/or service providers in order to assist our clients with comprehensive and cost effective representation.

Elder Law

Clark & Trevithick has an expanding elder law team that focuses on assisting clients in planning for their silver retirement years. We offer general advice and counsel on elder care issues, as well as complex estate planning and litigation, including trust litigation and obtaining guardianships and conservatorships. We advise clients on how best to utilize retirement funds for their care, formalize their health care desires, and plan the transfer of their assets to heirs. We also provide counsel on issues of financial and physical abuse of elderly family members and litigation of financial and physical abuse claims, representing the elderly client or the accused abuser.

Estate Planning

Clark & Trevithick’s estate planning team is involved in assisting owners of closely-held businesses and other high net worth individuals in transferring wealth to surviving spouses and descendants by the most efficient and tax-advantaged methods.

We are well-versed in our practice and strive to ensure service, open communication and personal attention to our clients.

Labor and Employment

Our labor and employment practice team provides extensive training and advice to executives and managers to ensure compliance with state and federal employment laws.  The best legal advice is that which eliminates employment liability risks and avoids costly lawsuits.  We are proactive not reactive in taking steps to anticipate and resolve employment issues to minimize liability risks.

We understand the importance of telling clients not just what the laws require.  We provide practical guidance on how to comply with restrictive employment laws in ways to allow employers to effectively operate their businesses.  When a lawsuit is filed we are creative and efficient in defending employers with an eye toward a swift, economical and satisfactory conclusion.


Clark & Trevithick has a strong and experienced litigation/resolution dispute department with a demonstrated record of success.  All of its members have a minimum of ten years courtroom experience and are capable of, and dedicated to, handling even the most complex cases in an efficient and economical manner.  The litigation group’s depth of experience, especially trial experience, its track record, and its ability to work efficiently and be responsive, is what sets the firm apart from most other business litigation firms.

Partnership Dispute & Resolution

Clark & Trevithick’s Partnership Dispute & Resolution Practice Group has been involved in a number of partnership/joint venture disputes as well as family and closely held corporation disputes involving real estate partnerships and joint ventures, law firm partnerships and closely held businesses. The firm’s business expertise is particularly useful in attempting to resolve these types of disputes without litigation or, alternatively, in mediation or arbitration. However, when necessary, the firm’s litigation capability is readily available to address situations which cannot be resolved through negotiation or alternative dispute resolution.

Real Estate

Our Real Estate attorneys provide skillful representation in complex real estate transactions throughout Southern California and across the United States. We have had extensive experience representing developers, investors, buyers, sellers, lenders, architects, contractors, engineers, brokers, landlords and tenants in connection with every conceivable type of real estate asset, including raw land, retail, office, industrial, residential, marinas, hotel and resort projects. We are well versed in our practice and strive to ensure prompt service, open communication and personal attention to all our clients.

We focus on correctly assessing all legal and business aspects of a transaction to provide comprehensive, high-quality representation to our clients at all times. We have represented both landlords and tenants in over two million square feet of office leasing transactions in the Los Angeles area. In addition, we have been involved in the preparation of complex ground leases for private operations on government land. Our real estate team works diligently to ensure that our clients and their particular transactions are structured to maximize our clients’ results.

We seek to facilitate the process and achieve the client’s goal successfully.


Clark & Trevithick’s taxation team represents sophisticated clients in a broad spectrum of federal and California taxation law matters.

The Clark & Trevithick taxation team works with clients in devising tax planning strategies to minimize the impact of income, corporate and estate gift taxes. Our lawyers regularly represent clients with the IRS, Franchise Tax Board and State Board of Equalization. Two of our tax lawyers are certified by the State Bar as Taxation Law Specialists and one is in the process of completing a masters degree in taxation.

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