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Tamara B. Pow

Real estate Attorney at San Jose, CA

5.0   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Tamara

Learn Tamara’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    45%
    I represent clients in shopping centers, office buildings, and residential properties. I have extensive experience with negotiations, purchase and sale agreements, financings and leases.

    28 years

  2. Limited liability company (LLC)
    40%
    I have formed, represented and dissolved thousands of LLCs for businesses, families and real estate investors.

    28 years, 500 cases

  3. Business
    5%

    28 years

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    5%

    28 years

  5. Partnership
    5%

    28 years

Tamara B. Pow JD MBA, is a founding partner of Strategy Law, LLP. She advises business owners and real estate investors on all aspects of business transactions, including liability protection, employment issues and tax planning. Ms. Pow has extensive experience with the formation and representation of corporations, LLCs, LLPs, general partnerships and limited partnerships. She also handles 1031 exchange tax planning and other real estate matters, including purchase and sale agreements, due diligence reviews and leases.

Prior to founding Strategy Law, LLP, Ms. Pow was a founding partner at Structure Law Group, LLP, and an attorney in Hopkins & Carley's Corporate Advice & Transactions Department and the leader of the firm's Tax Practice Group. Prior to practicing law, Mrs. Pow was a tax consultant at San Jose-based Price Waterhouse LLP, where she dealt with tax controversies, IRS and FTB audits, business planning issues and corporate and individual tax returns.

Ms. Pow is a licensed California real estate broker (Broker's License #01860035), a member of the Mensa Society, the Santa Clara Bar Association, Solo and Small Firms, Real Property and Business Law Sections, and she is the former chairperson of the Young Tax Lawyers Section. Ms. Pow also served as the former chair of the City of Cupertino Public Safety Commission. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Real Estate Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association.

Tamara Pow was voted one of Silicon Valley's Top 40 Under 40 in the Silicon Valley Business Journal's Annual Top 40 Under 40 edition. She was featured in the May 16, 2008 edition of the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal as one of "40 rising stars in the valley...all of them younger than 40." In 2017 she was voted one of Silicon Valley's Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.  She has also recently been honored with the 2018 YWCA Tribute to Women Leaders Award.

She lives in Cupertino with her husband and three sons. 

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Location

Strategy Law, LLP
1 Almaden Blvd., Suite 700
San Jose, CA, 95113

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Posted by Dave | December 29, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Hired Tamara Pow in 2010 for Business and Personal matters for Twin Creeks Sports Complex, Twin Creeks Sunnyvale Inc & Myself
Tamara Pow is one of the most professional, responsible and honest lawyers I have ever met (I have met or dealt with over 50+ Lawyers). Tamara Pow has been consistently outstanding for that past 5 years of my business & personal dealings with - Twin Creeks Sports Complex, Twin Creeks Sunnyvale Inc., Global Sports Twin Creeks LLC. and myself. Tamara Pow was able to accomplish a long term lease agreement between Twin Creeks Sunnyvale Inc., and the County of Santa Clara. This was a Lease agreement that would never have been agreed to in 2014, if Tamara Pow was not representing Twin Creeks. Tamara Pow and her team (she has orchestrated and developed her own firm) has also handled several personal & other business dealings with my family, business acquisitions & negotiations, legal advise and other related business and personal matters, issues and concerns over the last 5 years with positive results, resolutions and/or agreeable findings. One of the biggest compliments I will give to Tamara Pow is that she is quick and responsive with answering emails, phone calls, letters, or other needs that is hard to find with a lot of lawyers. On a personal note, Tamara Pow is one of the most trustful, honest, fair & nicest people I have ever known.
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Posted by Michael | December 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
I would highly recommend!
I have been working with Tamara on real estate transactions for about a dozen years. She is not only able to see the big picture; but also detail oriented. She is knowledgeable, gives practical advice, and presents it in a manner that a layman can easily understand. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Scott | December 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Tamara Pow
Tamara simply takes the worry out of the legal process for our company. Tamara is extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with. As business owners we try to avoid needing legal help, but when we do we're glad to have Tamara on our side. She has helped our company in many areas, mostly with real-estate and business contracts. I wold strongly recommend her.
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Posted by Adam | December 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and knowledgeable attorney
Tamara has provided numerous legal services for me and my businesses over the years ranging from real estate to general business. Tamara has helped me set up many operating agreements, various corporate entities, and provided council on many business issues. I will continue using Tamara for my legal needs and highly recommend her and her team to any business needing legal support.
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Posted by Diane | December 17, 2015
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Employee Termination Support
Tamara was amazing in helping me through the termination of a problem employee. This person happened to be an executive at my company, with a feeling of entitlement. Of course the terminated employee threatened to sue. Tamara worked through the discussions and negotiations with the terminated employee -- and kept me sane and focused on running the business through out the ordeal. Tamara made the issue go away and kept my "eye of the prize" -- keeping me from going off the rails in anger/frustration. Quite a balance act, flawlessly executed.
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Posted by Javad | December 16, 2015
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You'll Never Be Happier Paying Your Legal Bills!
A good lawyer can make your life better, and save you money - that's what Tamara has done for me. Considering she's my business lawyer and I've used her on a number of matters, rest assured that means a lot. Not only does Tamara know law, she's brilliant. Even if Tamara didn't have a law degree, you'd want her to advise you just out of her intelligence, forethought and superior logic skills. Combined with the fact that she is a decorated law student with many years of legal practice, she will virtually crash though any legal matter you have with elegance and grace. Often success in a situation isn't dealing with what you know about, but what you didn't know you didn't know. This is where Tamara shines, enlightening the path and revealing the pitfalls and traps that you didn't know were there. Top it all off with the fact that she is genuinely a kind person and a real human. Tamara actually cares about her clients, their needs and their well being. Tamara Pow of Strategy Law is my lawyer of choice, and she will be yours too if you have the good fortune of needing her help in a legal matter.
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Posted by Sheri | December 16, 2015
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Corporation Setup
Tamara helped me set up two corporations, two business that I owned were very different in nature. Her professionalism and knowledge are impeccable. I have been referring many people to her.
Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
A Total Professional
If you want a business attorney with skill, experience, tact, pragmatism, leadership and someone who welcomes and solves challenges, I recommend Tamara. Her firm is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and is well rounded in areas of tech and media business, traditional business and related matters.
Posted by Bill | April 19, 2010
Alliance Manufactured Homes Inc.
Tamara set up our company structure when we first went into the planning stage. She handled all the aspects, from the partnership agreements, buy and sell agreements and tax stucture. Tamara worked closely with our CPA. And our eight partners all wanting their needs addressed she took control and pulled it all together.
Posted by June | April 17, 2010
Owner, LeMans Karting - Indoor Kart Racing
Tamara's firm has been engaged as our corporate lawyer for 5 years. . She, along w/ her partner Mark Figueiredo, have helped guide us through 4 law suits, waiver forms and other documents set up to help protect our company. Tamara's responsiveness and regular newsletters keep us in synch... she's a real pleasure to work with...
Posted by June | April 13, 2010
Owner & President, Club Sportiva
Tamara has been our corporate lawyer for 1 1/2 years. In that time she, along w/ her partner Mark Figueiredo, have ensured that our leasing and asset purchase contracts were set up to protect my best interests, and that our company has a solid legal foundation in our client agreements. In addition, Tamara is just a joy to work with... very responsive, resourceful and tough... someone all small business owners want on their side!
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Posted by Tina | April 13, 2010
Heavy lifter for the little guy!
Ayuda is a small company that needed a nimble, effective and powerfull attorney as we grew. We needed help in transitioning from an LLC to a Corporation, assistance in writing partnership and Officer paperwork, review of hiring policy and key employee contract negotiation, general client contract review and a corporate name change just to name a few. Most importantly, she spoke to us about how to legally structure the company now to avoid problems in the future. She listened, reflected and executed on our behalf in areas that we had little to no expertise. Just the help a little guy needs.
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Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2008
CEO, Commercial Real Estate Developer
She is fantastic in honing on any potential problem in a transaction. Very knowledgable in Tax conquences in a deal. A real "Deal Maker".
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Strategy Law, LLP
  • 2014 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • Structure Law Group
  • 2005 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Hopkins & Carley, A Law Corporation
  • 1997 - 2005
  • Tax Consultant
  • Price Waterhouse
  • 1995 - 1997
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Education

  • University of California at Davis School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Davis Graduate School of Management
  • M.B.A
  • 1996
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Counsel for Ground Lessee
  • Won voting approval by County Board of Supervisors

Associations

  • California Department of Real Estate
  • Broker
  • 2009 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Mensa Society
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Cupertino Public Safety Commission
  • Chair
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Commercial Real Estate Women
  • Officer
  • 2005 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Northern California
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Top 100 Northern California Attorneys
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • 2023 Northern California Super Lawyers List
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • 2022 Northern California Super Lawyers List
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers List
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers List
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 50: 2020 Women Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • 2019 Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award
  • YWCA Silcon Valley
  • 2018
  • Woman of Influence
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal
  • 2008
  • MBA Honor Society
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • 1996
  • Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1992
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Publications

  • SLG Quarterly Newsletter
  • Is Your Business Prepared for an Emergency?
  • 2010
  • SLG Quarterly Newsletter
  • Noncompetition Agreements - Important Update
  • 2009
  • Silicon Valley Business Ink
  • Silicon Valley Business Ink
  • 2009
  • SLG Quarterly Newsletter
  • Preliminary Title Reports - No Excuses
  • 2008
  • SLG Quarterly Newsletter
  • Shareholder Liability for Post Dissolution Corporate Taxes
  • 2007
  • SLG Quarterly Newsletter
  • Formations of Entities in States other than California
  • 2007
  • SLG Quarterly Newsletter
  • Court Finds California LLC Fee Unconstitutional
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Santa Clara County Dental Society
  • Best Practices for your Dental Business
  • 2023
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Corporate Transparency Act
  • 2023
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • When Women Own Firms: How to Lead, Originate, and Develop Business as a Woman
  • 2023
  • Keller Williams Realty
  • LLC vs. S-Corp for Realtors & Investors
  • 2023
  • Limited Liability Companies Top 10 Mistakes
  • Limited Liability Companies Top 10 Mistakes
  • 2021
  • California Proposition 19 Webinar
  • California Proposition 19 Webinar
  • 2021
  • CalCPA Santa Cruz Discussion Group
  • 1031 Exchanges & Partnerships (Drop & Swap and Swap & Drop)
  • 2017
  • Bay Area Apartment Brokers Forum
  • Letters of Intent & Partnership 1031s - The Real Estate Attorney's Point of View
  • 2017
  • Women's Council of Realtors
  • California Choice of Entity & BRE Licensed Corporations
  • 2015
  • Cal CPA Santa Cruz Section
  • Choice of Entity in California: Non Tax Considerations
  • 2015
  • Real Estate Practice Group Seminar
  • After the Term Sheet: Top Ten Items in Loan Documents That You Don't Want to Ignore
  • 2013
  • Keypoint Speaker Forum
  • Understanding California Business Entities
  • 2011
  • Commercial Real Estate Women
  • Smart Women Finish Rich
  • 2011
  • WITI
  • Smart Women Finish Rich
  • 2010
  • Understanding California Business Entities
  • California Corporations, LLCs and Partnerships
  • 2010
  • Keypoint Credit Union Seminar
  • Understanding Business Entities in California
  • 2009
  • Accounting Continuing Education Seminar
  • Tenants in Common and other Methods of Holding Title in California
  • 2008
  • Estate Planning Networking Group
  • California LLCs
  • 2007
  • CalCPA Continuing Education Seminar
  • California LLCs
  • 2007
  • Peninsula Investment Forum
  • Understanding Business Entities in California
  • 2006
  • CEO Group
  • Understanding Business Entities and 1031 Exchanges
  • 2006
  • Wells Fargo Seminar
  • Understanding Business Entities in California
  • 2005
  • Accounting Firm CLE
  • Business Exit Strategies
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (25)
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Business Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known this lawyer for several years, professionally and personally, and I highly endorse her in the areas of business, real estate, technology and related law. She has an excellent reputation in the community for concierge-level education, advocacy and acting in her clients' best interests."
Real estate Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tamara is incredibly knowledgeable of real estate entities (such as LLCs) and real estate transactions, including tax issues. And a nice person to work with too!"
Limited liability company (LLC) Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Tamara is great at helping clients structure new entities, including LLC's, partnerships, and corporations. She sits down with clients and takes time to fully understand their issues before choosing an appropriate entity structure."
Business Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Tamara Pow for partnership, LLCs, corporations, real estate and estate planning. She is incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and responsive. I frequently refer cases to her because of my respect for her and her abilities and the knowledge that she will do an outstanding job for all of her clients."
Business Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you do business in California, I recommend contacting this lawyer. Tamara provides exceptional and efficient service to her clients with business, employment and real estate matters."
Business Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tamara is an exceptional attorney who effectively represents her clients' interests in business, employment and real estate matters."
Business Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Business Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Business Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Tamara is a top tier attorney with extensive experience in corporate and business law who holds both a JD and MBA and also has extensive experience in tax and real estate law. As a founding member of a boutique law firm in Silicon Valley she is uniquely positioned to provide her clients with the hands on personal attention that so often the big firms can't deliver on. I highly recommend her."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Tamara is an experienced and very capable transactional attorney."
Business Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Tamera is an experienced and capable lawyer and is an asset as to businesses."
Business Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Business Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tamara is an outstanding professional. She is very knowledgeable and extremely responsible in all that she does. Her clients can be fully confident with Tamara representing them as a legal and business advisor."
Business Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Limited liability company (LLC) Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tamara is extremely knowledgeable. She explains the pros and cons of various legal entities to business owners in an accessible and thorough manner. I receive wonderful feedback from clients who work with her."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have served with Tamara on the Solo and Small Firm Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Tamara has a reputation as a thoughtful, intelligent, highly competent attorney who gets excellent results for her clients. I highly recommend her and her firm."
Tax Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tamara is experienced in her areas of practice, and I've received positive feed-back from clients I've referred to her."
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San Jose Real estate Lawyer Tamara B. Pow
Tamara B. Pow
Real estate Attorney
San Jose, CA
Licensed for 27 years