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Benjamin James Sowards

Benjamin James Sowards

Practice areas:

Corporate & Incorporation, Trusts, Business, Probate, Mergers & Acquisitions

About Me

Extended Biography:


 


Mr. Sowards' practice is focused on advising small and family owned businesses with their general corporate needs.  Mr. Sowards also helps his clients transfer wealth from one generation to the next through living trusts, wills and other advanced planning techniques.  Mr. Sowards serves as outside general counsel for numerous San Francisco Bay Area businesses.  Prior to opening the Sowards Law Firm, Mr. Sowards was an associate attorney at the international law firm of Morrison Foerster LLP and started his career at San Diego's oldest and largest law firm, Luce Forward Hamilton and Scripps LLP.  His experience working with the Fortune 500 has taught him how to address complex challenges in an efficient and cost-effective manner. 

Mr. Sowards received his B.S., magna cum laude, from San Jose State University where he was a President’s Scholar. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law where he was a member of the U.C. Davis Law Review and the Senior Articles Editor of the U.C. Davis Business Law Journal. He is also a recipient of the Witkins Award for Securities Regulation. While in law school, Mr. Sowards was a law clerk with the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and also worked for the California Resources Agency in Sacramento. Prior to law school, Mr. Sowards worked in the notebook computer industry.

Mr. Sowards presently resides in South San Jose with his wife and three children. 


 



Memberships:


 


The California Bar Association


 


American Bar Association


 


UC Davis Alumni Association


 


San Jose State Alumni Association


 


WealthCounsel - the premier organization for estate planning attorneys


 


The Milpitas Chamber of Commerce


 


The J. Reuben Clark Law Society


 


The BYU Management Society


 


The Surfrider Foundation


 


Boy Scouts of America


 


Action & Sport Innovators


 



   


Mr. Sowards' Complete Estate Plans Include:


 



  • Living Trust


 



  • Pour Over Will


 



  • Health Care Directives


 



  • Durable Power of Attorney


 



  • Memorial Instructions


 



Mr. Sowards’ recent corporate matters include:




  • Represented ALJ Regional Holdings in its $42 million corporate restructuring.


 



  • Represented Live Nation, the world’s leading concert promoter and venue operator, in its $354 million acquisition of the House of Blues.


 



  • Represented Acon Laboratories in a $175 million cross-border acquisition by Inverness Medical Innovations.


 



  • Represented John Deere in its cross-border acquisition of T-Systems International.


 



  • Represented Greenbook Financial Services in its $25 million acquisition by Advanced Equities Financial.


 



  • Represented Orange 21, Inc. (SPY OPTIC) in proposed acquisition of No Fear, Inc.


 



  • Represented Smith Micro in its $16 million cross-border acquisition of the assets of Insignia Solutions.


 



  • Represented Smith Micro in its $8 million cash acquisition of Ecutel Systems.


 



  • Represented San Diego Magazine in its acquisition by CurtCo Media Publishing.


 



  • Represented Multi-Fineline Electronix in its $500 million acquisition offer of Singapore based MFS Technology.


 



  • Represented Market Creek Partners, a non-profit sponsored community asset-building entity, in its IPO.


 



  • Represented Crdentia Corp. in its $5 million PIPE financing transaction.


 



  • Represented Cell Biosciences in its $27 million Series B financing.


 



  • Represented NovaRx Corporation in its $33 million Series D financing.


 



  • Represented Fuji Food Products in its corporate restructuring and Series A preferred stock offering.


 



  • Represented On The Record Sports in its Series A preferred stock offering.


 



  • Represented Supreme Wall Building Systems in its Series A preferred stock offering.


 


Recent Publications:



  • Contributing Author, Fiduciary Duties and Other Responsibilities of Corporate Directors and Officers, R.R. Donnelley Capital Markets, 2008 edition.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. Business: 25%
  2. Trusts: 25%
  3. Corporate & Incorporation: 25%
  4. Probate: 15%
  5. Mergers & Acquisitions: 10%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (20 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Pierre Zado

    I worked with Mr. Sowards on a matter that he brought me on to assist with surrounding an acquisition. He is a consummate professional in every regard and you can depend on him to carry out his duties. He is easy to work with and very knowledgeable. I have no reservations recommending a potential client to Bens office.

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    Pierre Zado Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Eric Burton Strongin

    I endorse Ben. He is knowledgeable, reliable and consistently produces outstanding results for his clients. Ben provides a level of personal service that is rare. He has a large law firm background, but now, through his law firm, he is able to deliver the same high quality work with much a much more individualized approach and attention.

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    Eric Strongin Business Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact Info

Sowards Law Firm

www.sowardslawfirm.com
2542 S. Bascom Ave., Suite 200
Campbell, CA, 95008

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200408/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rated Superb (Rated 10.0)Avvo2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Superb Rating (Rated 10.0)Avvo2011
Super Lawyer - Rising StarSuper Lawyers - Northern California2011
Wiley W. Manuel AwardState Bar of California2009
Wiley W. Manuel AwardState Bar of California2008
Articles EditorU.C. Davis Business Law Journal2004
Witkins Award - Securities RegulationU.C. Davis2004
MemberU.C. Davis Law Review2002
College ScholarshipSan Jose State University2001
Scholastic HonorBlack Masque Honor Society2000
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1993

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyThe Sowards Law Firm2008 - Present
AttorneyMorrison Foerster LLP2006 - 2008
AttorneyLuce Forward Hamilton & Scripps2004 - 2006
Law ClerkYolo County District Attorney's Office2004 - 2004
Law ClerkCalifornia Resources Agency2002 - 2002
ClerkSanta Clara County Public Defender's Office2000 - 2001

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Campbell Chamber of CommerceMember2012 - Present
BYU Management Society - Silicon ValleyPresident2010 - 2012
AARPAARP Network Attorney2009 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysAttorney Member2009 - Present
Milpitas Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors2009 - 2010
WealthCounselAttorney Member2008 - Present
US District Court, Southern District of CaliforniaAdmitted Attorney2005 - Present
UC Davis Alumni AssociationAlumni Member2004 - Present
J Reuben Clark Law SocietyMember2003 - Present
San Jose State Alumni AssociationAlumni Member2001 - Present
Boy Scouts of AmericaEagle Scout1993 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Estate PlansSuccessfully drafted hundreds of estate plans
LLCs / IncorporationCompany Formation
Defeated Medi-Cal RecoveryRetained California Medi-Cal Benefits for Client

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Contributing Author, Fiduciary Duties and Other Responsibilities of Corporate Directors and Officers, R.R. Donnelley Capital MarketsFiduciary Duties of Directors and Officers2008
U.C. Davis Business Law JournalSenior Articles Editor2004
U.C. Davis Business Law JournalArticles Editor & Member2003
U.C. Davis Law ReviewMember2002

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
UC Davis SOL King HallN/AlawN/A
San Jose State UnivN/AundergraduateN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Annual Public Service Awards 2010BYU Management Society Public Service Awards2010
Estate & Financial Planning Traps for 2010Estate Planning Traps for 20102009
Chamber of Commerce Speaker SeriesPlanning Tips for Home Based Businesses2009
BYU Management Society - Silicon Valley ChapterEstate Planning for Parents of Minor Children2009