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Business Law

Preventing Potential Business Problems – Solving Existing Ones.

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Tax Law

Passionate about creating effective and tax-efficient strategies that position you and your business as favorably as possible.

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Estate Planning

Expert handling of estate plans involving living trusts, wills, powers of attorney and advance health care directives.

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Certified Tax Law Specialist What Difference Can A Certified Tax Law Specialist Make?Jonathan C. Watts - Business Law, Tax Law & Estate Planning

Jonathan C. Watts - East Bay Business LawyerBusiness Lawyer | Tax Attorney

Business Lawyer and Tax Attorney, Jonathan C. Watts , is the founder of a unique tax and business boutique law firm.

East Bay business lawyer Watts has located his office in San Ramon central to the 680 corridor. As a Business lawyer, a State Bar Certified Specialist in Taxation, and a skilled estate planning attorney, Jonathan C. Watts is a valuable legal resource for individuals, professionals, and business owners throughout Contra Costa County from Concord, Walnut Creek, Alamo, & Danville; and in Alameda County including Hayward, Castro Valley, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore and beyond.

Business Lawyer

Jonathan deftly handles tax sensitive business transactions, expertly assists clients in choosing the correct business formation and regularly advises clients on tax implications and pitfalls of potential mergers and acquisitions, international transactions, intellectual property matters and partnership tax issues. His tax law knowledge and expertise permeate all areas of his practice from closely held S corporations and limited liability companies (“LLC”) to advising businesses regarding their international corporations.

Certified Specialist in Tax LawTax Law Attorney

Jonathan received an LLM in Taxation from the University of Alabama in August 2011, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Prior to receiving his LLM in Taxation, Jonathan has had years of experience representing corporations, partnerships, individuals and trusts in connection with business and tax-sensitive transactions. Unlike many tax and business law firms, Jonathan’s LLM education has strategically positioned him to bring his tax expertise and vast transactional experience to bear on his client’s personal and business-related matters and to address his client’s legal challenges with practical, effective and tax efficient results.

Jonathan earned the State Bar of California’s coveted “Certified Specialist in Taxation Law.” Jonathan has demonstrated exceptional experience, education and knowledge of tax law and tax planning in order to achieve this. Contra Costa and Alameda County individuals, professionals and business owners alike know they are in good hands with Jonathan.

Estate Planning Services

Jonathan C. Watts estate planning practice expertly handles estate plans involving living trusts, wills, powers of attorney and advance health care directives. His specialized tax education and expertise informs the drafting of sophisticated and nuanced estate plans that benefit you and your loved one’s both now and in the future.

We Can Work RemotelyWe Can Work Remotely

It is not necessary to travel to our offices. In today’s age of having services and items brought to our door, many business, tax and estate planning tasks can be done remotely by phone, Zoom conference calls, email, mail. Transactional legal services can be done in person and Jonathan welcomes meeting clients at our office.

For those client’s that Jonathan does meet with personally, it is typical that after an initial consultation meeting, the business, tax law, and estate planning matters can be managed and resolved remotely thereafter via phone, fax, email and mail. Because of these efficiencies, legal work has never been more affordable, mobile and convenient.

Business Law Services

Contract Drafting & Review

Jonathan’s clients have come to rely on his legal advice on a wide array of day to day matters.  His signature tax expertise is integrated into his savvy legal solutions that emphasize tax efficiencies. His unique tax perspective and insight is one of the signature identifiers that sets Jonathan’s business agreements, contracts and legal matters apart.

One such business owner and client, N.C., said it well: We have been in business over 10 years and have worked with several lawyers over the years. Jonathan Watts so far is the best business lawyer I have ever worked with. Mr. Watts is very professional and knowledgeable about contract law. He helped our firm develop several contracts. Mr. Watts is very easy to work with. Highly recommended!!”

Preventing Potential Business Problems – Solving Existing Ones.

Business lawyer Jonathan C. Watts works directly with professionals, entrepreneurs and small business owners in the East Bay 580/680 corridor and surrounding cities of Oakland, Walnut Creek, Concord, Hayward, Pleasanton, Livermore and beyond. Jonathan is well-known and respected for providing quality, cost effective and business and tax supportive services that include:

  • Business Consulting: Practical advice and concise Information about business and tax issues;
  • Business Formation: Corporations, LLC’s, and nonprofit organizations; partnership; LLC agreements with tax analysis and allocation;
  • Business Dissolution: Closing a business properly, proper entity shut down and tax implications and safeguards;
  • Business Contracts: Contract review, contract drafting, contract negotiation and an in-depth understanding of the tax implications involved;
  • Business; Corporate Transactions: Start-up advice, formation, entity maintenance, contracts, secured transactions and a up to date understanding of the tax implications involved;
  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Mergers, acquisitions, asset & stock purchases while factoring the tax implications involved;
  • Drafting and reviewing stock purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements;
  • Drafting and reviewing LLC and operating agreements and shareholder agreements;
  • Commercial Tenancy Matters. Commercial leases do not have the same protections as residential leases;
  • Commercial Leases: Drafting, reviewing commercial loans, and lease agreements with an eye as to how to best protect you and your business;
  • Providing counsel and tax advice in connection with transactions including: commercial construction contracts: real estate purchase agreements: tenant improvement agreements and commercial leases.
  • Serving as general counsel for “for-profit” and “non-profit” companies;
  • Advising board of directors and shareholders.


Jonathan C. Watts is an experienced business and tax attorney who utilizes his specialized degree in taxation to focus on tax laws and tax procedure rules and other regulatory matters. Jonathan’s education underlined and highlighted that a successful tax defense requires the thoughtful application of this niche tax knowledge about highly technical tax practice and procedural rules.

Jonathan quickly enveloped his LLM in Taxation into his ongoing and thriving business and estate planning practice. Possessing a specialized knowledge of all the tax advantages and options available, Jonathan has realized triumphs for his clients, structuring contracts that employ all the tools at his disposal, buy/sell agreements that encompass a thorough and astute knowledge of tax law that best positions his clients agreements to enjoy tax favored status, and structuring tax-advantaged business formations that will continue to perform and realize positive tax treatment in the years to come.

Jonathan believes that the strenuous acquisition and due-diligence process begins long before the term sheet stage. He addresses legal and tax matters before they become exacerbating issues that would result in distractions or revaluations. Given his broad experience with corporate clients from “cradle to grave,” he anticipates and addresses potential problems prior to their becoming a thorny legal lawsuit.

As one of Jonathan’s clients, M.M., an E-Commerce Owner, aptly states: “Jonathan’s professionalism and eloquence are reflected in his work. With proficiency and skillfulness, he tailored all documents to our specific needs. He secured our peace of mind so that we could confidently pursue our business endeavors and he made the whole process feel easy and uncomplicated. Without any hesitancy, we will certainly acquire his services for any future work.”


Why a Certified Specialist in Taxation Distinguishes Jonathan from other Tax Attorneys

Attaining the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, distinction of a Certified Specialist inCertified Specialist in Tax Law Taxation law, means several critical things for you as a client. It means that your tax attorney has demonstrated that he is knowledgeable about taxation law, has passed a rigorous 6-hour examination, has successfully completed a set curriculum that covers key aspects of taxation law, has demonstrated to an objective third party that he meets the high standards of knowledge, experience, and competence and continues to satisfy a set of continuing education curriculum that directly matches taxation law. The result is that your taxation lawyer, Jonathan C. Watts, has stayed on the cutting edge of his taxation profession and has improved and strengthened his competence—thus setting a higher standard of competence for all other taxation attorneys and providing higher quality taxation legal services to you, his client.

Certified Specialist in Taxation…

Jonathan Watts
of only 13 Attorneys in Contra Costa County who is a State Bar Certified Specialist in Tax Law.

Jonathan Watts
of less than 350 Attorneys in
the entire state
of California who is State Bar Certified in Tax Law.

Jonathan Watts
IS ONE of less than
350 Attorneys out of 200,000 practicing Attorneys in California, or less than 1% of practicing Attorneys in California, have earned the distinction of Certified Specialist in Tax Law.

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Create Effective Tax-Efficient Strategies | Avoid Lawsuits

Jonathan C. Watts’ is passionate about creating effective and tax-efficient strategies that position you and your business as favorably as possible. Jonathan thrives on structuring businesses to best reap the benefits of positive tax treatment and has helped his clients structure their businesses to be positioned in the most tax advantaged manner. He understands the need for integrated legal solutions that emphasize tax efficiencies. His tax expertise is a common thread that runs throughout his practice that distinguishes him as a bespoke tax practice that addresses tax strategy, tax planning and the application of highly technical and nuanced tax regulations and procedural rules before your business or your personal situation devolves into the need for a costly and time-consuming lawsuit.

Jonathan Watts’ clients have come to rely on his creative, solid and well-reasoned solutions to their businesses issues that span the full spectrum of tax and business law. Jonathan’s tax controversy experience combines his up-to-date tax education and experience to enable him to take on and succeed at some of challenging cases and achieve outstanding results for his clients, irregardless to whether your tax issue has been ongoing for years or is a new development.

Jonathan’s client, C.K., states: “He has worked with us in a variety of ways and has helped guide us in the process of bringing a new product to market.  He is, above all, trustworthy and easy to work with.  He does what he says and says what he does.  His work product gives us the confidence and security that we are heading in the right direction. I have since recommended Jonathan to others who are equally happy with him.  I will continue to enthusiastically recommend Jonathan to anyone who has a need for an attorney.”

Tax & Business lawyer is a Valuable Asset

Jonathan Watts’ clients have come to rely on his creative, solid and well-reasoned solutions to their personal, tax, business or estate planning issues. Jonathan’s goal is to apply his business and tax law expertise he has gained into savvy legal solutions that will benefit you, your growing business and your estate planning needs.

Give East Bay Business Lawyer Jonathan C. Watts a call at 925-217-3255 to arrange a consultation with him. Or you can EMAIL Jonathan at

From offices in Concord CA and San Ramon CA, Jonathan C. Watts provides top-drawer legal services to individuals, entrepreneurs, designers, artists, contractors, and business owners in Alameda County, and Contra Costa County including the cities of: Alameda, Alamo, Albany, Amador Valley, Amador, Antioch, Berkeley, Brentwood, Castro Valley, Concord, Crockett, Danville, Diablo, Dublin, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Hercules, Lafayette, Lamorinda, Livermore Valley, Livermore, Martinez, Moraga, Newark, Oakland, Oakley, Orinda, Piedmont, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, Richmond, Rodeo, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, San Pablo, San Ramon Valley, San Ramon, Union City and Walnut Creek.

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Concord Office
1320 Willow Pass Rd., Suite 600
Concord, CA 94520
San Ramon Office
2010 Crow Canyon Place STE 100
San Ramon, CA 94583