Our business law practice includes early-stage business planning, protection strategies, compliance monitoring and outside general counsel services.

A business advisory practice that means business.

Startup companies and existing businesses alike face unique challenges in the business world. Both are often focused on capital raising, product development, and marketing, while the legal issues that come with starting and running a business and becoming an employer are afterthoughts. However, a failure to address these important issues unnecessarily exposes businesses and its founders to significant liability, possibly preventing valuable goods and services from reaching the marketplace or slowing an otherwise thriving business.


We help clients navigate a wide range of business issues:

  • Entity formation

  • Operations support

  • Entry and exit

  • Contract review and negotiations

  • Maintenance and compliance

  • Advisor coordination

Schlau|Rogers is equipped to address these important legal issues with its various resources. With these resources, we're able to advise startups and existing business owners in navigating the legal complexities of the business world.

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.
— Warren Buffett

If you're a new business just getting started, are worried about whether you've adequately protected your personal and business interests, need help negotiating a contract, or proper guidance with corporate formalities, we're here to help. Our goal is to provide personal attention, advice and proactive guidance that builds real value so you can focus on your business without neglecting important legal issues.

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Our singular focus is to provide individually-tailored legal advice that allows for a truly personal experience. We want to be your partner in life and business.

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Build your business.

Just as estate planning can protect your hard-earned personal assets, proper business planning can make or break your personal business. At Schlau|Rogers, our streamlined approach brings the same individually-tailored guidance you will see in our estate planning practice to business planning.

This means we will guide you from the outset, helping you form your company, whether it’s an LLC, partnership or corporation, and work with the proper state entities to ensure your company is registered and ready for action. Included in this process is specific guidance as to which particular formation will work best for your personal business. Perhaps most importantly, we will counsel you on proper separation of personal and business liabilities to ensure a failed business does not lead to personal failure. With this separation comes federal and state tax implications, which we will also cover.

Our robust business planning practice will allow you to smoothly move through formation and into operations where we can also offer guidance. Our client maintenance program includes ongoing guidance, service and support to ensure your company meets minimum annual compliance standards, as well as an annual business law audit, and regular coordination with personal advisors.




Our business planning practice offers:

  • LLC Formation

  • LLC Operating Agreements and Executive Summaries

  • Partnership Formation (Certificate of Partnership)

  • General Partnership Agreements

  • Limited Partnership Formation (Certificate of Limited Partnership)

  • Limited Partnership Agreements

  • For Profit Corporate Formation (Articles of Incorporation)

  • Agreements to Form a Corporation

  • Corporation Bylaws

  • Non-Profit Corporate Formation Documents

  • Meetings, Minutes, and Resolutions

  • Independent Contractor Agreements

  • Employment Agreements

  • Employee Handbooks

  • Employee Counseling Statements

  • Performance Reviews and Planning Forms

  • Deferred Compensation Agreements

  • Non-Disclosure, Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation Agreements

  • Equipment Lease Agreements

  • Simplified Commercial Leases

  • Consulting Agreements

  • Indemnification Agreements

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Maintain the success of your business.

Once your plan is finalized, you'll have the option of enrolling in our Client Maintenance Program so you can focus on what's most important to you.

As a member, you'll retain us as either estate or business planning counsel for ongoing individually-tailored guidance, service and support, as well as regular legal reviews and compliance with corporate formalities. We'll also coordinate with other advisors you may have and make sure your documents are secure and accessible.

Businesses often fail to properly maintain the success of their operations. There are a number of reasons for this failure that fall outside the scope of legal services, but we find it is prudent to proactively control legal variables by employing counsel. Reasons for failure of your business due to legal reasons includes misunderstanding of good legal practices, procrastination due to perceived complexity, and the distraction of the day-to-day challenges of running a business.




Our business maintenance and compliance practice addresses these challenges. It includes, but is not limited to:

  • Employment-Related Policies and Agreements

  • Employee Benefits Plans, Policies, and Agreements

  • Third-Party-Related Policies and Agreements

  • Employee Complaints and Compliance

  • Records Management

  • Privacy and Data Security

  • Intellectual Property and Brand Protection

  • Developing and Monitoring Legal Compliance Programs

  • Developing and Monitoring Privacy Compliance Programs

  • HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification

  • Workers' Compensation Compliance Support

  • Labor and Employment Issue Support

  • Social Media Usage Plans

  • Advertising and Marketing Plan Legal Support

Grow your business by putting our team to work.

Businesses that neglect to employ professionals to address legal matters that come with growing a successful business open themselves up to risks that, in some circumstances, defeat the purpose of forming and maintaining the business in the first place. We offer a variety of legal representation plans to mitigate these risks. Each plan is built on our core principles: a simplified approach that builds value. We've eliminated traditional barriers so we can deliver cost-effective, yet robust solutions that are typically reserved only for the wealthiest clientele.


Our entry level plan for those looking for basic business start up services, limited intellectual property and operations support, as well as annual corporate maintenance.

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Our mid-level plan, which includes everything in the Foundation plan, as well as additional intellectual property and more involved operations support, annual corporate maintenance, and ongoing contract review.

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General Counsel

Our advanced plan, which includes everything in the Growth plan, as well as ongoing trademark/ copyright protection, contract review and negotiation, corporate maintenance and compliance, HR/Management support, and advisor coordination.

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Our business representation plans include, but are not limited to:

  • Formation and Starting Up

  • Capital Raising and Financing

  • Corporate Governance, Compliance and Housekeeping

  • Developing and Maintaining Company Policies

  • Addressing Employees, Consultants and Other Service Providers

  • Compensation and Benefits

  • Intellectual Property

  • Commercial Transactions

  • Real Estate

  • Liquidity and Exit Events

  • Dissolution and Winding Up

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Disclaimer: The above services are limited to transactional representation only, and do not include representation related to expected or on-going litigation.

Not enough? We can design a custom maintenance plan for you.

Meet your Orange County, California business lawyers.

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Tom YackoOf Counsel

Orange County business attorney.

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Joshua Rogers, Principal

Orange County business attorney.

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Matthew Schlau, Principal

Orange County business attorney.



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