Gretchen Cowen

Business Attorney in Carlsbad, CA

I enjoy guiding my clients, helping them with legal and business decisions, fostering relationships in our local business community, and so much more. I love what I do.

Experience with Businesses of All Sizes and a Wide Variety of Industries.

I approach challenges with fairness, relationships and the correct path for business in mind.

Business Formation and Early Start-Ups

Choosing the proper form is the critical first step in a successful enterprise. I assist with the formation of all types of businesses and startups, including C and S corporations, sole proprietorships, limited liability companies, partnerships and more.  

Managing the Risks of a Growing Business

As a business develops and expands, the need for trusted legal advice becomes even more apparent.  I will work collaboratively with you to ensure that your company is protected and that you are complying with your legal obligations pursuant to contracts, regulations and the law.

Financing and Venture Capital 

To start, grow or expand, businesses often require capital investments. As a skilled business law attorney, I can help your business obtain and negotiate the terms of the necessary financing.

Buying and Selling of Businesses 

The purchase or sale of a business can be a highly complex matter, requiring diligence and coordination between owners, investors and attorneys.  I will work with you to ensure your transaction is completed in an efficient and timely manner.

Your Attorney Ought to Be Part of Your Team.

Many businesses require regular advice and consultation with a skilled business law attorney, yet they may lack the funds to hire a full-time in-house attorney. The solution is to engage an experienced attorney who can offer legal representation as necessary to help your business grow.  

As a sole practitioner, I am able to provide personalized, one-on-one service to help shepherd your business through any legal issues that may arise. I will work collaboratively with your company and its executives to help steer the business toward success, keeping your best interests at the forefront of my mind.

Practice Areas

Here to Help at Every Stage of Your Business

Business Formation

The first step in starting a company is choosing the proper corporate form, which will have a significant impact on taxation, liability and the day to day operations of the business.

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Business Transactions

In the business world, transactions are governed by contracts, which must be carefully drafted and closely reviewed prior to signing to protect your legal interests.

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Joint Ventures

A joint venture is a type of alliance or partnership between two companies for a set length of time. Contracts governing joint ventures must be tightly drafted and negotiated.

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Buying, selling or reorganizing a business requires compliance with a complex set of federal and state laws, and often involves complex financing arrangements.

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Securities & Corporate Finance

Both the federal and state government closely control the purchase and sale of securities, which require the filing of reports with regulatory agencies and adherence to strict laws.

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Venture Capital

Businesses seeking capital to start or expand their operations often turn to venture or angel financing to meet their needs. These arrangements must be carefully vetted and negotiated.

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Fostering Relationships
with Trust.

"I have worked with Gretchen for 15 years and would highly recommend her."

Gretchen is an outstanding business law attorney. She has seen our company through rigors of being publicly owned and several acquisitions. We were purchased by a multi-national company with a troop of lawyers on their side. She single-handedly went toe-to-toe with their attorneys and helped us negotiate a good deal for our shareholders. We have since acquired a few other businesses and her help with that process was invaluable. I have worked with Gretchen for 15 years and would highly recommend her.

Laura Johnson

"Gretchen has been an indispensable asset to our company."

Gretchen has been an indispensable asset to our company. Her extensive experience and insightful approach enable her to provide thoughtful, thorough, and, most importantly, practical legal advice regarding a wide variety of corporate law issues. She always responds quickly and clearly to any request with thorough and detailed analysis aimed directly at the issue. I have worked with Gretchen for over 2 years and have never been disappointed in any aspect of her work.

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Are the Key in Business

I take great care when working with your clients. Know they are in good hands.

If your client is facing a challenge or needs answers, let my experience be their advantage.

For more than 20 years, I have provided astute legal advice on transactional matters to businesses throughout the San Diego metro area.  I offer a personalized approach with the strongest level of ethics to ensure that my clients are obtaining the highest quality legal representation possible.

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Advice and Counsel Both in Legal and Business Matters.

I’m here to give you a different perspective.

As an attorney with more than twenty years of experience handling transactional business matters for clients throughout the San Diego metro area, I have handled countless challenging and unique situations on behalf of my clients.  This experience gives me insight into the ways that transactions should be structured to ensure success - and how to avoid potential pitfalls.  In most cases, this is the first time that my clients will have dealt with business formation, financing, mergers or other issues.  You can rely on me to utilize my extensive background as a transactional attorney to help guide you through the process.

I work with you to help your business grow.

As a business law attorney and a sole practitioner, it is my goal to ensure that my clients’ needs are met throughout the life of their business, from the initial formation through a business sale or a succession plan.  As challenges arise over the course of your life in the business world, I will be by your side, working to help you overcome these hurdles to continue to grow and profit. With offices in Carlsbad and La Jolla, I can meet with you in a location convenient to your company.