How we can help clients from Ventura to San Luis Obispo

With 25 years of experience representing clients throughout California’s Central Coast, a Santa Barbara business lawyer at McCarthy & Kroes can offer comprehensive representation, advice and counsel in all aspects of business law and litigation. We represent all types of local businesses who do not have in-house legal counsel to guide them through transactions and resolve disputes. Using our professional, practical experience and skills, we provide the highest-quality guidance to help each business achieve successful operations.

Business law and litigation services

Each attorney at McCarthy & Kroes is dedicated to providing straightforward service your business can rely on. From the initial business formation to guiding your business through each decision and dispute, our firm meets all your business’s legal needs:

Business disputes and litigation

Because even minor disputes with vendors, suppliers, customers, partners or competitors can seriously disrupt business operations, our lawyers provide strong, competent and reliable representation to resolve disputes through strategic negotiations or litigation.


Commercial business law

Our lawyers assist with all types of commercial business transactions, including commercial contracts, real estate transactions, and sales of goods and services.

Business formation

Choosing the right entity for your business is a crucial first step to success. Our attorneys provide comprehensive business formation assistance, evaluating factors such as the number of partners or parties involved, potential liability, tax consequences, and your needs and goals to help you choose the right entity. We assist with all aspects of formation and incorporation.

Entertainment law

Our firm assists business in a broad range of entertainment law matters, including protecting intellectual property rights through registering copyrights and helping negotiate, develop and draft a variety of agreements. These include licensing agreements, merchandising agreements, development contracts and royalty agreements.

Contract negotiations and disputes

Well-drafted and negotiated contracts help ensure smooth business operations and minimize the likelihood of future disputes. At McCarthy & Kroes, a Santa Barbara business law attorney can assist with all types of contracts, including non-compete agreements, nondisclosure agreements, stock agreements, partnership agreements and contracts for the purchase and sale of businesses. When there is a breach of contract, we provide decisive, professional representation to efficiently resolve the dispute.

Partnerships and joint ventures

As lawyers that small businesses rely on throughout the Santa Barbara area, we provide full-service representation for business partnerships, including assisting with partnership formation and development, transactions and disputes, and dissolution. We also assist with joint ventures and guide businesses through joint venture agreements and resolving disputes.

Intellectual property

A business’s intellectual property is an extremely valuable asset. Our attorneys assist you in protecting your intellectual property by helping you:

  • Draft and enforce nondisclosure agreements and licensing agreements
  • Register and enforce copyrights, patents and trademarks
  • Develop a trade secrets policy and reasonable safeguards
  • Sue for infringement

Trade secrets and non-compete agreements

Our lawyers help you protect trade secrets by advising on business safeguards and drafting and enforcing sound nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements with employees and others. If your competitor, former employee or another party uses trade secrets without authorization, we help protect your business by suing for unfair business practices or breach of contract. We also assist with non-compete agreements to protect your business.

Business dissolution

When you are ready to close your company, our firm is dedicated to helping you with each step of your business dissolution. We assist with uncontested and contested business dissolutions, business sales, business succession and succession planning.

Seek assistance from high-quality lawyers in Santa Barbara County

For thorough, discreet and highly professional representation, businesses in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo have relied on McCarthy & Kroes. To learn more about how we can assist you with your business venture or dispute, contact us online or call 805.564.2085 today.