Jonathan C. Watts - East Bay Business LawyerContra Costa County Business Attorney

Contra Costa County business attorney Jonathan C. Watts serves business, tax and estate planning clients from offices in Concord and San Ramon. As a Business lawyer, a State Bar Certified Specialist in Taxation, and a skilled estate planning attorney, Jonathan addresses important issues faced by individuals, professionals, corporate officers, and business owners. Attorney Watts’ clients are well distributed throughout the 580/680 corridor including Concord, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Pleasanton, Livermore, Hayward, Castro Valley, Dublin, and beyond.

Business Attorney | Tax Law Expert | Estate Planning

Jonathan C. Watts is a skilled and experienced business lawyer and a State Bar Certified Specialist in Taxation. Virtually every business decision has significant tax consequences. For example, forming an entity C-Corp, S-Corp, LLC certainly does. There are tax ramifications in buying or leasing office, storefront, commercial or industrial property too. Jonathan advises his clients, so they can see the ‘whole picture’ and be fully informed regarding how significant decisions might affect them, their family and their business.

Business Attorney

Entity Selections – Contra Costa County business attorney Jonathan C. Watts expertly assists clients in choosing the correct business formation determining if a C-Corp, S-Corp, LLC or variant is the best choice for the client given the business transactions and activities conducted by the entity. His tax law knowledge is particularly valuable when setting up closely held S-Corporations, limited liability companies (“LLC”), Advising clients as to member and partnership tax issues, and advising businesses regarding their international corporations.

  • 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;
  • 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.

Tax Attorney | Certified Specialist in Taxation Law

Certified Specialist in Tax LawIn August 2011 Jonathan received an LLM in Taxation from the University of Alabama. As one who relishes the complexities of the tax system he graduated 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 earned the State Bar of California’s coveted “Certified Specialist in Taxation Law.” Given there are 168,746 licensed attorneys in California, and only 308 are Certified Specialists in tax law, Jonathan has demonstrated exceptional experience, education and knowledge of tax law and tax planning. Contra Costa County individuals, professionals and business owners know they are in good hands with Jonathan C. Watts in their corner.

Estate Planning Services

Jonathan C. Watts’ offers estate planning services to his clients. Jonathan’s tax experience coupled with his years of structuring business entities makes him the best resource for the most challenging estate plans, living trusts, wills, powers of attorney and advance health care directives. His deep tax expertise allows him to plan and implement more sophisticated and nuanced Trusts. His highly honed tax knowledge helps you and your loved ones enjoy the tax protections and tax advantages that a well-planned estate plan can offer. Individuals with simpler estates can benefit from having an expert tax attorney structure their estate plan knowing they have a competent expert at the helm.

We Can Work RemotelyWe Can Work Remotely

No need to drive to our San Ramon or Concord offices. Most of us appreciate the convenience of having everything brought to our door by Amazon, Costco, Whole Foods, and Uber Eats. Most business, tax and estate planning tasks can be done remotely. Some clients we may never meet. However, we are able to work hand in hand with them via phone, email, fax and mail. Whether we sit down in person, or get started with a phone call, either way, Jonathan is committed to delivering sophisticated, top-drawer legal services.

Whether addressing your issue remotely or in person – Jonathan Watts’ clients have come to rely on his creative, solid and well-reasoned solutions to their personal, tax, business or estate planning issues. As a long-established Contra Costa County business attorney, 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.

Preventing Potential Business Problems | Solving Existing Ones.

As an experienced business lawyer who has an LLM in Taxation Law, Jonathan utilizes his specialized degree in Taxation to save his clients’ taxes in the short term while anticipating potentially costly future consequences. Jonathan incorporates his tax expertise into everything he does for his business clients. He structures contracts to avoid tax pitfalls and take full advantage of tax law where applicable. He has used his tax knowledge to his clients’ advantage in structuring buy/sell agreements whereby he positions those agreements to enjoy tax favored status. Jonathan routinely assists clients with their business formations and assists them in structuring the entity for the best possible tax positioning out of the gate while looking ahead so the entity will continue to perform and realize positive tax treatment in the years to come.

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.”

Create Effective Tax-Efficient Strategies

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. As your Contra Costa County business attorney, Jonathan 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, regardless 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.”

Give Contra Costa County business attorney Jonathan C. Watts a call at (925) 217-3255 to arrange a consultation with him. Or EMAIL Jonathan at

One such Business owner and client, K.P. (8.8.2018), said it well: “Taxation, Estate Planning and an overall great business attorney. He is my attorney for Life.”

Contra Costa County business attorney, Jonathan C. Watts serves individuals, entrepreneurs, designers, artists, contractors, and business owners in Contra Costa County including: Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.