Law Offices of Gretchen Cowen, APC represents clients throughout California, with a local practice in San Diego County with offices located in Carlsbad, and La Jolla. The firm represents businesses, primarily, with legal matters involving Business Contracts, Business Formation, Complex Business Transactions, Joint Ventures, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Corporate Finance and Venture Capital. Are you looking to start a business and don’t know what legal actions you need to take? Do you already own a business, but just need advice from a business law attorney? At the Law Offices of Gretchen Cowen they will guide you every step of the way, providing the resources you need to make important business decisions.
Founder of the firm, Gretchen Cowen has over 29 years of practicing law. She is admitted to the State Bar of California and the US District Court, Southern District of California. Her areas of practice include, Business Formation, Business Transactions, Joint Ventures, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Corporate Finance and Venture Capital.
Gretchen has always had a passion for the field of business. It was in 1986, that she initially decided to go to law school, and was determined to help businesses. She comes from an entrepreneurial family and wanted to help small businesses grow and get the funding they needed. In law school, Gretchen concentrated on business organization, reorganization and securities law because she wanted to help businesses through all phases, including startup, funding, reporting and acquisition.
After concentrating on business throughout her career, Gretchen decided to start her own law firm in 2005 as an opportunity for small businesses to get quality, hands-on advice and support while they implement their business plan and work on the day-to-day operation. From her perspective, your legal counsel, whether in-house or external, should work with you as a member of your team, familiar with your business and its particular needs. This knowledge helps not just with the routine matters, such as negotiating license agreements, employment agreements and leases, but with broader issues of disclosure and due diligence when and if the time comes for the business to seek outside investment or sell.
Gretchen Cowen has worked with a diverse range of businesses, from a catfish farming operation to a space company. She enjoys getting to know all of them and being able to work with their unique challenges.
Gretchen has represented small local businesses throughout San Diego County, as well other companies throughout the state of California, with clients as far North as San Francisco. Her practice covers a broad range of issues impacting businesses from the type of organization, to negotiating contracts, preparing private placement offerings, representing them with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and buying and selling businesses (mergers and acquisitions).
Gretchen has also represent officers and directors of businesses who need outside counsel to help them negotiate employment and other agreements with the companies they serve. She also provides back-end consulting services to legal counsel on areas outside of their main practice areas as well as conflict work on issues where independent counsel is required for shareholders or members of management.
Gretchen’s approach is to develop long-term relationships with clients by being an accessible, responsive and reliable resource when they need one so that they can quickly get back to running their business and making it successful.
Gretchen received her J.D. from California Western School of Law and earned her B.S. in political science and business administration from Southern Utah University. She is a member of the California Bar Association.
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