Practice Areas
We provide state-of-the-art legal counsel and practical business advice to Clients in the areas of business, and corporate law, including intellectual property protection, licensing and commercial transactions, as well as dispute resolution services including civil litigation, arbitration and mediation. Our attorneys are seasoned and experienced in a variety of business areas.
Administrative Law & Investigations

We provide assistance for Clients faced with investigation or disciplinary actions by governmental administrative agencies. We are proud of our successful track records in evoking favorable resolutions in these matters. Some of the agencies we have negotiated with include the New York Stock Exchange Enforcement, Securities and Exchange Commission, California Department of Motor Vehicles, California State Athletic Commission, California Department of Consumer Affairs, and various local governing regulatory institutions.

Business & Commercial Transactions

Our attorneys provide clear advice and thoughtful guidance to our Clients in all stages of growth and development, from inception to exit strategy and day-to day operations. We have advised on entity selection and creation, dissolution, sales and marketing, product distribution, aspects of software licensing and distribution including supply, reseller, OEM, VAR, joint development/distribution arrangements, and franchisor-franchisee relationships. We have provided advice and guidance in a variety of types of transactions from the purchase and sale of company assets and shares, venture capital finance, debt finance, mergers and acquisitions and asset securitization matters.

Intellectual Property, Entertainment, Media & Technology Law

We provide practical, cost-effective intellectual property advice as well as litigation expertise to protect client rights in the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition law. We have extensive industry knowledge and have advised clients on matters as diverse as enterprise software to e-commerce. We counsel our Clients whose core assets consist of intellectual property and those in non-technical businesses who may require advice on a particular issue involving technology. By drawing on both technical and commercial perspectives, we approach every issue with a single focus: finding a creative yet highly cost-effective solution that makes practical and economic sense to the client.

We have extensive expertise in technology transfer, joint venture arrangements, trade secret protection and enforcement, employee policies on confidential information and non-disclosure of proprietary matters. We have also performed crucial due diligence for clients who may be considering buying, selling or licensing technology. Our Clients' projects have involved software development, online services, mobile computing, multimedia and book publishing, music, music production, television, video and film development and production, graphics and web design and development, as well as privacy and 1st Amendment issues.

Internet, Cyberspace & E-Commerce

Beginning in the early 1990's, we were a pioneer in the areas of internet, cyberspace, and electronic commerce law. We have worked with our clients in website issues, domain name dispute resolution, cybersquatting, customer data and privacy issues, and CAN-SPAM compliance, to name just a few of the growing list of new, complex issues with which we have been involved. Val Hornstein has served on the State Bar of California Business Law Section, Cyberspace Subcommittee.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our attorney teams are experienced and ready to assist in litigation or alternative dispute resolution such as arbitration or mediation. While always focused on creative solutions to business disputes, we believe that the only way to obtain an advantageous settlement is to be fully prepared to take the case to trial or arbitration. We have litigated, and received favorable decisions, in cases ranging from contract breach, intellectual property infringement, unfair business practices, fraud, securities and real estate-related matters. We obtained a $3.9 million arbitration award for our client in a complex business takeover case and recently obtained a $1.1 million award in a securities fraud case. We have correspondent relationships with firms throughout the United States, allowing it to handle most litigation, wherever located.

Real Estate

We have experience in most areas of commercial and residential real estate, including purchase & sale, financing, leaseholds, landlord tenant disputes, land use, boundary disputes, easement issues, quiet title, partition and construction and zoning issues, as well as dealing with local government boards such as planning commissions, city council, and other agencies and districts with which the applicant may need assistance. We also assist in the areas of investment partnerships, fraud, and contractor owner issues.

Securities Law

We have represented both litigants in various complex securities disputes including civil litigation and arbitration. Hornstein Law has developed a reputation as a go-to firm for complex securities cases. We obtained a $3.9 million arbitration award for our client in a complex business takeover case and recently obtained a $1.1 million award in a securities fraud case. We have correspondent relationships with firms throughout the United States, allowing it to handle most litigation, wherever located.