Carol A. Brittain

Attorney at Law

Specializing in Business, Corporate and Transactional Law for over 20 years

"Big firm lawyering at small firm prices." 


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Carol A. Brittain

Attorney at Law

P. O. Box 47-5785

Marina Green Station

San Francisco, CA 94147-5785


Tel  415-674-1906


Licensed to practice law in the State of California


    Professional activities:

  • Member and former Officer of the Executive Committee, International Law Section, State Bar of California
  • Member and former Co-Chair, Women in Licensing/ Bay Area, an affiliate of the worldwide Licensing Executives Society
  • Member and corporate legal advisor, Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals
  • Member and former Northern California chapter chair, Women in Toys national trade group
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of the Law,  San Francisco (1998 and 1999)
  •  Alumni mentor to students, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and University of San Francisco Law School LLM program
  • B.A., Miami University, Ohio
  • M.B.A., Thunderbird School, Arizona
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law

    Previous Positions Include:

  • General Counsel of Dakin, Inc., worldwide designer, manufacturer and distributor of consumer products
  • Corporate and Securities Attorney, Pillsbury Madison & Sutro


    Areas of practice:

  • Corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), partnerships:  formation and transformation
  • Technology and trademark licensing agreements in consumer products, publishing and other fields
  •  Contract review, negotiation and drafting
  • Ownership expansion programs for privately held companies
  • Mergers and acquisitions; corporate restructurings

    Sample transactions:

  • Formation of C corporations, S corporations, LLCs and partnerships
  • Successful negotiation and drafting of high-stakes technology and trademark license agreements for small companies against large multinational corporations
  •  Acquisition of long-established manufacturing company by entrepreneur/investor
  • Reincorporation of out-of-state corporation into California
  • Expansion of ownership in closely held corporations in architecture and engineering fields
  • Ongoing legal advice to both start-up and long-established companies in consumer products, technology, web-based ventures, and professional services, including general business advice and corporate restructuring
  • Preparation of website terms and conditions for online sales
  •  Mergers and acquisitions of businesses in manufacturing, services, and technology fields
  • Coordination with specialists in other areas of law, including patent, trademark, employment, tax, and litigation to achieve optimal outcome for clients


  • Tax Planning for Business (co-author), Entrepreneur Press (2007)
  • Selecting and Forming Business Entities,   Chapter 2:  Evaluating Entity Choices (co-author), CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar) (2007 edition and annual updates)
  • Basics of International Licensing (co-author), published in The California International Law Journal, Vol. 14, No. 3 (2006), paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California
  •  Architect's Essentials of Ownership Transition (contributor), John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2002)