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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

Business and Tax lawyer serving San Francisco’s East Bay

Concord, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Livermore & Beyond

Jonathan C. Watts - East Bay Business LawyerJonathan C. Watts, Attorney at Law, is a unique tax and business boutique law firm conveniently located in the East Bay Area. 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 departments, 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 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 permeates all areas of his practice from closely held S corporations and limited liability companies (“LLC”) to advising businesses regarding their international corporations.

Jonathan’s clients span the scenic 680 corridor in the East Bay area including the cities of Concord, Walnut Creek, Danville, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Livermore and beyond. While some clients he has never met — just by phone — for those he does meet personally, it is typical that after an initial consultation meeting, that most business and tax law matters are managed and resolved using phone, fax, email and USPS. Because of these efficiencies, legal work has never been more mobile and convenient.

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.

Business Law ❖ Tax Law ❖ Estate Planning


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-legal-specialist Taxation law, means a number of 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…

1 of 12 1 out of 12 Attorneys in Contra Costa County are certified..
1 of 333 1 of just 333 Attorneys in the entire state of California…
333 of 192,000 Less than 2% of ALL 192K Attorneys in California carry this distinction.

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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 C. Watts’ estate planning practice expertly handles estate plans involving living trusts, wills, powers of attorney and advance health care directives. His in-depth tax expertise allows him to plan and implement more sophisticated and nuanced plans involving specialized techniques and highly honed tax knowledge that help you and your loved ones enjoy the tax protections and tax advantages that a well planned estate plan can bring.

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

Serving East Bay individuals, entrepreneurs, designers, artists, contractors, and business owners in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties CA 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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