Small Business And Entrepreneurs

As a full scale generalist, Jim Perkins at the People's Law Firm of West Los Angeles offers sophisticated transaction management, aggressive litigation representation and insightful business counseling.  We emphasize proper and protective structuring to prevent legal issues from arising in the first place.  And when you are confronted with threats or other advesarial actions, we work to resolve your legal issues quickly and favorably so that you can get back to what matters to you - your business.   


We confidently state that Attorney Jim Perkins houses one of the most (perhaps the very most) sophisticated sole practitioner finance practices anywhere in the world.  He has spent over 25 years negotiating for and against some of the largest financial institutions on the planet including JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Credit Suisse, Paribas, Barclays, Santander, UBS, Bank of Japan, Credit Lyonnais, MBIA, AMBAC, Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, Household Finance, GMAC and many, many others. He has worked on transaction on four continents.  He holds his own negotiating with lawyers who charge up to twice his hourly rate or even more from mega-firms like Skadden Arps, Cadwalader, Orrick, Latham, White & Case, Wachtell and many, many others.  

Jim's experience includes securitizations of consumer loans such as home equity or sub-prime mortgage or auto loans, other structured finance, project finance, start-ups including angel funding, venture funding and IPOs, commercial real estate loans, securitizations and CDOs, securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, wind downs, asset transfers, compliance, corporate governance, proxies and other aspects of corporate finance.  You will be hard pressed to find a more experienced and responsive finance transactional attorney anywhere at any price.


Attorney Jim Perkins also counsels clients regarding structuring, forming and maintaining various business entities.

He advises clients on a wide variety of issues affecting commercial, financial, and industrial enterprises.  Experience representing clients across a diverse range of industries permits him to offer practical counseling that integrates the legal rights and obligations of the parties into the business environment in which those parties operate.  When business conflicts arise you can easily win the battle but lose the war or have a successful operation during which the patient dies.  Attorney Jim Perkins offers advice from the perspective of more than a quarter century of getting the deal done. 

We advise clients starting out or expanding their businesses in forming liability limiting entities. We draft and, where appropriate negotiatiate, shareholders' or limited liability company agreements to define the rights and relationships of owners.  We assist clients in developing and implementing late stage business strategies such as expansion capital raising, positioning for exit strategies for the original owners and managing business succession matters. 

 We have experience with all types of business organization from S or C corporations to general or limited partnerships to limited liability companies to limited liability limited partnerships.  Our reputation for detail-oriented representation has led to our selection as local counsel and legal opinion counsel for various business entities, hedge funds, lending institutions and borrowers conducting business in California.