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Roger Royse

About Me

ROGER ROYSE is the founder of Royse Law Firm, PC, a business and tax law firm with offices in Northern and Southern California (  Roger practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation.  His clients include emerging and middle-market companies and high net worth individuals.  Roger has represented companies in a variety of industries, including clean tech, internet, life sciences, entertainment and new media, sports, real estate, retail and mobile devices and applications.  Practicing since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area law firms as well as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in New York City.  Roger has also served as an adjunct professor at the Golden Gate University Masters of Tax program.  He is a frequent speaker, writer, radio guest, blogger and panelist for bar associations, CPA organizations, and business groups. Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer and is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell.


Roger is a participating instructor of corporate law for the Center for International Studies (Salzburg Austria) and has been an adjunct Professor of Taxation (Property Transactions and International Taxation) for Golden Gate University and also owns several websites, including (a legal content site) and (a resource site for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists).Roger is the founder of the philanthropic organization “Team Motion to Dismiss Cancer” which conducts high profile auctions of meetings with venture capitalists to raise money for charity and has been recognized for his efforts on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by being named the 2012 San Francisco bay area chapter Man of the Year.


Roger sits on the boards of advisors to several funds, accelerators and tech companies and takes an active role in the strategic planning decisions of his clients. Roger also acts as trusted advisor to a national and international clientele of high net worth individuals.



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Practice Areas


  1. Corporate & Incorporation: 50%
  2. Tax: 50%



Hourly ($250-500/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Daniel Louis Feder

    Roger is one of the most respected and competent corporate and tax lawyers in the San Francisco Bay Area. He possesses a very keen intellect. Roger has achieved a high level of knowledge in some very technical and complicated areas of the law, taxation and corporate law. Very few lawyers possess the degree of knowledge that Roger does. Roger advises many start-up companies, and is very familiar with the challenging legal issues facing start-up companies. He listens very carefully, is very analytical in his approach, and gives excellent advice. I strongly recommend Roger to anyone seeking a corporate lawyer.


    Daniel Feder Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Harmeet Kaur Dhillon

    Roger is an outstanding tax specialist in addition to his overall corporate transactional skills. I recommend him whenever my clients face a complex tax structuring issue.


    Harmeet Dhillon Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Royse Law Firm

1717 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA, 94303

Royse Law Firm

11150 Santa Monica Blvd
Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA, 90024

Royse Law Firm

135 Main Street
Suite 1200
San Francisco, CA, 94105



NYCurrently registered 199003/13/2015
NVAttorney Inactive201008/10/2015
NDNo longer licensed to practice law in N.D.198404/28/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Legal InnovatorThe Recorder2014
Man of the YearBay Area Leukemia & Lymphoma Society2012
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
FounderRoyse Law Firm2006 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Taxation CommitteeVice Chair2014 - Present
Palo Alto Area Bar AssociationPresident2014 - Present
American Bar FoundationFellow2013 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
NTR Investment in Stirling Energy SystemsFinancing
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Publication NameTitleDate
Dead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes that Could Kill Your StartupDead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes that Could Kill Your Startup2012
California Business Law PractitionerBuying and Selling a Business, Practical Tax Consequences2011
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawLawLL.M - Master of Laws1989
University of North Dakota School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of North DakotaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Strafford CLE webinarStructuring Tax-Free M&A Deals - Navigating IRC 368 and 351 and Selecting the Appropriate Structure2014
Asia Pacific ConferenceAg-Tech Law2014
American Bar Association Section of Taxation Midyear MeetingThe Role of the Internal Revenue Service in the Administration of Social Welfare Policy2014
American Bar Association Section of Business Law, April 2014Incorporating The Venture Backed LLC2014
Strafford Legal WebinarsReverse and Forward Triangular Mergers2013
CalCPA Asia Business ForumTax Strategies to Maximize Business Opportunities in China2013
2013 Mellem Business SymposiumThe Business of Law2013
Vator Events: Venture ShiftDebate about the JOBS Act between Dave McClure and Michael Stocker2012
Tax and Corporate Law Considerations Purchase and Sale of a BusinessTax and Corporate Law Considerations Purchase and Sale of a Business2012
MobileMonday Silicon ValleyTop Legal Mistakes2012
Marketing for Small and Medium Sized Law Firms in a Technology Driven AgMarketing for Small and Medium Sized Law Firms in a Technology Driven Ag2012
Itech Law Asia ConferenceTaxation of Technology in International Mergers and Acquisitions2012
Divorce and TaxesDivorce and Taxes2012
2012 Legal Marketing Technology Conference WestUsing Video for Business2012
012 Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar & California Tax Policy ConferenceTax Strategies for Cross-Border M&A, Cross-Border Reorganizations and Other International Issues2012
VC Task ForceLP Breakfast, VC Task Force2010
State Bar of California Annual MeetingTax Aspects of Purchase and Sales of Businesses2010
Los Angeles Commercial RE Distressed Asset SummitHow to Swim Underwater2010
Founders Space Roundtable in San FranciscoTop 10 Legal Mistakes Startups Make2010