Carol A. Brittain

Attorney at Law

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

"Big firm lawyering at small firm prices." 


Email to:  Carol@LawBrit.com  


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 California



  • B.A., Miami University (Ohio)
  • M.B.A., Thunderbird School of Global  Management, 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 Winthrop Shaw Pittman
  • Counsel, Corporate and Securities, Whittaker Corporation (NYSE: WKR)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of the Law,  San Francisco (1998 and 1999), teaching contract drafting and analysis

Professional activities include:

  • Member emeritus and former Officer of the Executive Committee, International Law Section, State Bar of California
  • Former Co-Chair, Women in Licensing/Bay Area, an affiliate of the worldwide Licensing Executives Society
  • Former legal advisor, Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals
  • 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), teaching contract drafting and analysis
  •  Alumni mentor to students of University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and University of San Francisco Law School LLM program

Areas of practice:

  • Corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), partnerships:  formation and transformation
  • Trademark and technology 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 and transformation of  'C' corporations, 'S' corporations, LLCs and partnerships
  • Successful negotiation and drafting of high-stakes technology and trademark license agreements opposing large international corporations
  •  Acquisition of long-established manufacturing company by entrepreneur/investor
  • Reincorporation of out-of-state corporations into California
  • Expansion and transition of ownership in closely held corporations in architecture, engineering  and other 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 and transactions
  •  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

Selected publications:

  • Selecting and Forming Business Entities,   Chapter 2:  Evaluating Entity Choices (co-author), CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar) (2007 edition and annual updates)
  • Tax Planning for Business (co-author), Entrepreneur Press (2007)
  • 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)