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Michael Jonathan Leonard

Corporate and incorporation Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   8 reviews

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Corporate and incorporation
    50%
    We regularly form limited liability companies (LLC), corporations, subchapter "S" corporations (S-Corp), non-profit corporations, professional corporations. We are also available to assist in the formation of general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, benefit corporations, and flexible purpose corporations.

    14 years, 400 cases

  2. Contracts and agreements
    35%
    Contracts are legally enforceable agreements between two or more parties who agree to a mutual exchange of obligations. Written contracts, signed by the party against whom enforcement is sought, are not only infinitely easier to enforce in court, but when well written are also valuable tools in avoiding mistakes, ambiguities, and other common sources of contractual dispute. We draft strong, written agreements to enforce our clients rights and protect our clients from excess liability.

    14 years, 1,500 cases

  3. Securities offerings
    10%
    The offer or sale of any ownership interest or evidence of indebtedness should be carefully reviewed by an attorney to ascertain whether or not a security is present in the transaction. If a security is present, we assemble the required disclosure documents and find an exemption from the registration/qualification requirement. We handle securities offerings from Section 4(2) offerings to founders to Rule 504, 505, 506 private placements t

    14 years, 150 cases

  4. Intellectual property
    5%
    Our clients turn to us for the protection of valuable intellectual property rights. The primary forms of intellectual property rights we work with are trademark, copyright, and trade secrets. These protections allow for the security of words, names, symbols, and devices used to identify a business, original works of authorship such as software code, graphics, images, and writings, and proprietary information such as client lists, vendor lists, and manufacturing processes.

    14 years, 60 cases

Transactional Corporate Attorney for Small and Medium Business

My Philosophy

Every corporate attorney has taken the time to learn the law. Not every corporate attorney will take the time to learn your business. That is what I want to do: learn your business. Before becoming a corporate attorney and founding San Diego Corporate Law, I spent several years in leadership roles of privately held corporations. In that time, I learned that the issues facing each business in each industry are unique. Broad application of the same operational or management principles between industries, or even between two businesses in the same industry, is not superlative management. Similarly, providing counsel to a business without understanding the industry or the needs of the specific business is not a superlative practice of corporate law. I strive to provide first-class legal service, and that means knowing how you do your work before I do mine.

My Services

I am a corporate attorney providing corporate law, securities law, contract drafting and review, and intellectual property law services for small and medium businesses.

More specifically, I assist small and medium businesses with the formation of business entities such as corporations, s-corps, and LLCs; assistance with financing through the sale of debt and equity securities; the provision of contract drafting and contract review services; prosecution and exploitation of trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets; mergers and acquisitions; and a host of other legal services.

In 2009 I founded San Diego Corporate Law, and in the years since I am pleased to count among my clients businesses in the healthcare, biotechnology, multimedia production, insurance, publishing, financial services, construction, textiles, engineering, logistics, manufacturing, non-profit, and professional services industries, including medical, dental, mental health professionals and other law firms.

I adhere to billing practices that are upfront and honest. When possible, I provide my services on a flat-fee basis. When hourly billing is required, I work efficiently and diligently and am willing to work within client specified "not to exceed" limits.

For more information about a specific legal service, please visit my website or contact me via email or telephone. I also invite you to connect with me on social media.

Licensed for 14 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 12/02/2022

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

Contact Michael

San Diego Corporte Law, A Professional Law Corporation
4655 Cass Street, STE 407
San Diego, CA, 92169-2834

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Darya | December 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Service!
It has been a pleasure working with San Diego Corporate Law! They handled everything very quickly. When I started to work with them, I had no idea what I was doing and had many questions. They were patient with me and answered all of my questions. They made the whole process very nice and smooth. I have also learned a lot from them!
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Posted by Jessica O'Neill | April 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Honest and Awesome!
Michael and his staff have been our go-to corporate law group since we started our moving company about 4 years ago. They are very knowledgeable and honest with their expert advice. Reasonably priced, and gets the job done in a very timely manner. They put my mind at ease knowing I can go to them with any questions. I will continue to recommend Jonathan and his team to anyone seeking a corporate lawyer.
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Posted by Hannah | August 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible Lawyer
Michael is an incredible lawyer who understands how to fix businesses that have been filed inaccurately from places that don't understand the differences between LLCs and Corporations. Michael and his client relationship manager, Malia fully supported me throughout the process of forming my corporation. I highly recommend Michael at San Diego Corporate Law to form your business using the highest expertise, timely service, and customer support. The San Diego Corporate Law is not only a Corporation that will meet your legal needs, it's a family.
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Posted by Mary | July 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience!
I loved my experience with San Diego Corporate Law. Michael took his time from the initial consultation to understand my needs and what I expected from his services. He was gracious throughout the whole process but made sure to guide me in a direction to best protect myself financially. Meeting my company's guidelines to purchase my business felt like a whirlwind but Michael gave me the confidence I needed to know I was making the right financial investment. He and his staff were very friendly, respectful, and always addressed my concerns in a timely manner. I'm so grateful that I was referred to him!
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Posted by Michael | January 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly knowledgeable and responsive at an extremely reasonable cost
I was looking for an attorney to help me decide between an LLC or Corporation with immediate election of S Corp status. I must’ve emailed 20 attorneys and spoken with 5 or so over the phone. None were as knowledgeable on my particular business area - real estate and mortgage lending - nor as concise and willing to go over the details. Michael won me over after that call and I’ve been just as happy with his service ever since. His assistant, Christina, is absolutely fantastic, as well. I’m very thorough (Thats and understatement) and want to be in-the-know at all times. They’ve put up with me throughout the whole incorporation process with likely around 50 emails on my end. The fee he charged for this all was lower than an other attorney that quoted me, and nothing additional was charged for all the communication throughout the process (excessive on my end). They put up with me every step of the way and for it I wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Leonard and his team for anyone looking around for a great attorney.
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Posted by Dr. Q | July 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Dr. Q
Michael and his assistant Christina make up the BEST corporate law office in southern California. I was referred to him by fellow docs who share my office, who are some of the more power physicians in north SD county. I figured if Michael was good enough for them, then he was good enough for me. Boy, were they right. Michael is incredibly knowledgeable and savvy. His assistant Christina is equally sharp and very, very reliable. Every time I needed something, they responded right away with answers. The best group hands down. Look no further, Michael is the lawyer for you if you want to get incorporated!
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Posted by Nasteran | October 17, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Peer Review
Michael Leonard is an exceptional attorney with a great commitment to excellence. His level of expertise and attention to detail is an invaluable asset to each client. He truly enjoys helping his fellow colleagues and assist on different legal matters. He has ability to give detailed concise explanations as to why he recommends a certain course of action. I would not hesitate to refer Michael to anyone that is in need of assistance in the areas of corporate law, contracts, or intellectual property. Any work from Michael is nothing short of high quality.
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Posted by Noah Santoro | July 27, 2015
Excellent service at a fair price
I've worked with Michael for a few years now on a variety of legal matters for multiple corporations I've founded. Over the 10+ years I've been a business owner I've hired several attorneys in the San Diego area, and none have stood out and met my expectations like Mike. He is extremely knowledgeable on corporate law - anything from forming your entity through taking on outside investors, through acquisition or closing of the business. If you're looking to start a new business, make changes to your existing business structure, or you've made a mistake you've made a mistake you need help with - Mike is an invaluable resource to have on your side. He's not just going to whip out a template and fill in some fields - he will give you custom advice and solutions that directly suit your situation and needs, and at a fair price. I can't recommend him enough if you've got any legal matter pertaining to your California corporation or L.L.C.
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Response from Michael Leonard September 1, 2015
Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate your continued business!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law; Founder
  • San Diego Corporate Law, A Professional Law Corporation
  • 2009 - Present

Education

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of San Diego
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Associations

  • San Diego County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • SCORE San Diego
  • Counselor
  • 2010 - 2017
  • La Jolla Golden Triangle Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Best of the Bar
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Best of the Bar
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Best of the Bar
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2016
  • San Diego's Outstanding Young Lawyers
  • Top Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Best of the Bar
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Semi-Finalist Top Corporate Transactional Attorney
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2015
  • Top Young Attorneys
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2013
  • Semi-Finalist Top Corporate Transactional Attorney
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2013
  • 5th Anniversary
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching Event in San Diego
  • All About Legal
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (61)
Endorse Michael
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a wonderful corporate attorney, who is very personable and knowledgeable in his field. I trust Micheal and will continue to refer all of my family, friends and clients to his office knowing they will receive quality advise and service."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a trusted corporate and transactional attorney who is well-prepared to handle a wide variety of transactions and entity formations for both small businesses and large corporations. I highly recommend Michael."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael is a terrific lawyer, who understands the ins and outs of start-ups and established companies alike. He's also a friend and great guy."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Leonard is a great resource for my clients needing assistance with business and corporate matters. I know that these clients will receive excellent advice and guidance from Mr. Leonard."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael assisted a client of mine forming an LLC. His work was very professional and efficient. Highly recommend his services for these matters."
Business Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Michael is an incredibly knowledgeable and detailed attorney. I have sent many clients to him for business law matters, and have never been disappointed -- to the contrary, I have receive glowing reviews from referred clients. Highly recommended!"
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Michael for years and he is the first person I refer business clients to for questions about business formation and incorporation."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael stays current on the law which is important. He's also a hard worker and certainly fights for his clients. If you're looking for help with starting your business or help moving forward with it, Michael is a great choice."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a trusted colleague. I have consulted and referred Michael on various business formation matters. Michael is engaging and responsive."
Securities offerings Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Michael without hesitation. He is an excellent attorney, and I take great comfort in referring clients who need help with transactional matters, as I know he and his firm will take great care of them."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an excellent corporate attorney who understands business very well, and uses his practical knowledge to bring efficient, top-notch legal services to his corporate clients. I recommend him highly and, as we work in similar areas, view him as a trusted resource on conflict of interest matters, or when his skill set would be the best particular fit."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Leonard is highly experienced in all manners of transactional corporate and business law matters. I not only refer friends and clients to Mr. Leonard but also consult with him on my own cases when complex business or corporate issues arise."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael J. Leonard is a true business lawyer. Not only does he know the ins and outs of business law, he is actually a skilled strategist in the field of growing and refining your business. As a business owner himself, Michael knows what to do to take your business to the next level and make sure that you are well informed along the way."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have recommended friends and clients to Mike because I know he will provide superior service for what they need and he is knowledgeable. I know he will not oversell any products/services that they do not need and they will be taken care of."
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