Serving businesses in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties since 1988

Most small businesses do not have a legal department or in-house counsel at their disposal and are unlikely to have significant reserves set aside to fight protracted legal battles in the courts should a dispute arise. Financial pressures may force the small business owner to settle a dispute rather than fight it, or to let a wrong go unaddressed rather than take it to court. In addition, when a business is forced into litigation, it can consume the time and attention of the owner and employees, draining precious human and financial resources.

For this reason, a Santa Maria area lawyer at McCarthy & Kroes can help your business deal with disputes effectively and efficiently so that you can return to normal operations as soon as possible. When litigation is your best option, our litigators use 25 years of courtroom experience to swiftly guide your business to a fair resolution.

Business litigation

At McCarthy & Kroes, we understand the effect that disruptive disputes and ongoing litigation can have on local businesses. Our business law attorney represents a wide variety of local businesses in disputes with vendors, suppliers, customers, partners and competitors in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo. As highly experienced litigators, we know when a dispute can be resolved through diligent negotiations and when to take an aggressive stance and sue to protect your rights and interests in court or defend against unfair accusations of wrongdoing. We assist with all types of business litigation:

  • Breach of contract
  • Copyright, patent or trademark infringement
  • Violation of non-compete agreements or nondisclosures
  • Trade secret violations or unfair business practices
  • Partnership litigation
  • Commercial disputes, including vendor, supplier and contractor disputes
  • Business torts

Our business dispute attorney also provides steadfast and experienced assistance for businesses facing all types of tax issues, including disputes over payroll taxes, business sales tax and franchise taxes.


A seasoned business attorney can help local businesses of all sizes resolve disputes of all types through strategic and skilled negotiation and litigation:

Contract disputes

A business dispute attorney can help resolve all types of contract disputes, including disputes involving the negotiation or interpretation of contract terms and breach of contract. We assist with disputes over contracts involving:

  • Purchases, sales or leases of property or equipment
  • Employment contract disputes, including nondisclosure agreements and non-compete covenants
  • Partnerships agreements
  • Business dissolution agreements

Partnership disputes

Partnership disputes can arise at any point in a business, from the initial formation through dissolution. A lawyer at our firm can assist with all types of disputes involving partnerships, including:

  • Disagreements over transactions
  • Disputes with vendors, suppliers, customers or competitors
  • Shareholder disagreements
  • Disputes over joint ventures
  • Business succession plans

Franchise disputes

We help businesses resolve all types of disputes involving franchise law, including the formation, structure and organization of a franchise, purchase, sale or transfer and lease, or contract negotiations. We also help your business avoid franchise disputes and litigation by counseling on compliance with all California and FTC regulations.

Business torts

We help resolve disputes involving a broad range of business torts, such as fraud, embezzlement and deceptive or unfair business practices, including the use of trade secrets.

Contact experienced attorneys to obtain prompt results

At McCarthy & Kroes, our business lawyers are committed to helping your company succeed through the swift and effective resolution of all business disputes. To learn more about how we can help resolve your dispute or represent your business in litigation, contact us online or call 805.564.2085 today.