Business Entities

Business Entities

Whether you want to form a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or other business entity, Johnston & Associates has the expertise to guide you through determining the entity type that is best for your business. Dedicated to being your go-to business law firm in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County, providing you with an analysis of the pros and cons of each legal entity structure, we take all the legal steps necessary to get your business up and running. Most importantly, protection from personal liability is critical, and we can help you adhere to the corporate formalities necessary to ensure your protection.



Corporations come in all shapes and sizes and can take the form of closely held corporations to those being groomed to be bought out by large investors. In some cases, the type of corporation you form is restricted based upon the industry of your business. And in other cases, you might choose a corporate structure to benefit the community in addition to maximizing profits to shareholders. Either way, our attorneys have the experience and expertise to ensure that all of the steps to formation are completed.


Limited Liability Companies

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are somewhat of a hybrid between more formal corporate structures and the less formal relationship of partnerships. Whether you are forming a single-member LLC or one with several members (owners), one of the most critical parts of forming an LLC is the preparation of the Operating Agreement. Our business attorneys in Sonoma County and Santa Rosa will advise you concerning the most critical elements of the agreement and will draft it to provide you with the assurance you need to address the relationships of everyone involved.


Partnerships and Other Entity Types

Less common business structures include general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, sole proprietors, and unincorporated associations. Each entity type has its particular benefits and detriments, and we work with clients to ensure their business entity structure is the right fit for them.


Business Litigation and Other Transactional Business Matters

If it is a business matter and a legal matter, we typically handle it. Our business law firm in Santa Rosa has attorneys with experience drafting and reviewing:



Employment matters

Real estate issues

Corporate compliance

Other transactional business matters


As a dedicated business law firm in Santa Rosa and the Sonoma County region, our litigation attorneys represent a wide spectrum of clients involved in business disputes. Contact us now.