Donald E. Kelley, Jr.


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J.D. — Stanford University Law School, 1973
B.A. — Yale University, 1970

Don Kelley is a partner in our Corporate & Real Estate Practice Group. With more than 30 years experience as a business attorney, Don has handled a broad range of complex transactional and business counseling matters. He assists clients in such diverse areas as commercial real estate acquisition, development, leasing and land use; formation of business entities and joint ventures; corporate counseling and governance; business acquisitions, dispositions, reorganizations and restructurings; financing and securities transactions, including venture capital investments; commercial transactions; and estate planning and wealth transfer issues, in conjunction with the firm’s Estate Planning Group.

Don received his law degree from Stanford University Law School (Order of the Coif) in 1973. He received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Yale University in 1970.

Following law school, Don served as a law clerk for Justice William O. Douglas of the United States Supreme Court and for Judge Robert F. Peckham of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He also taught a Business Planning class for many years as a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and for a number of years chaired the Human Subjects Review Committee for the Northern California Cancer Program. Don is a member of the California Bar.

  • Corporate & Real Estate
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    Corporate & Real Estate

    [/av_textblock] [/av_three_fourth][av_two_fifth] [av_textblock] Our corporate and real estate attorneys have many years of experience working together in analyzing and structuring complex commercial transactions and advising our clients on a variety of legal issues. Rather than addressing client needs through narrowly defined practice groups, we work collaboratively to offer high quality strategic advice that is both sophisticated and practical. We recognize that our role is not merely to identify relevant legal issues, but to understand our clients’ business and objectives so that we can provide effective guidance on a wide range of business decisions and transactions. We seek to develop lasting relationships with clients so that our judgment and advice is grounded in a deep understanding of our clients’ needs and long-term objectives. [/av_textblock] [/av_two_fifth][av_two_fifth] [av_textblock] Our practice spans the entire range of activities found in commercial ventures, for individuals as well as entities, both private and public. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing established businesses in large complex transactions as well as serving the needs of newly formed entities. Our services include business formation, planning, financing and restructuring, commercial real estate (including leasing), complex commercial transactions, intellectual property, corporate governance, private equity, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and nonprofit counseling. Given the variety of services we offer, our attorneys have, in effect, served as outside general counsel for some of our clients. As appropriate, we work closely with our litigation, labor and estate planning colleagues to ensure that we deliver effective and efficient service to our clients. [/av_textblock] [/av_two_fifth][av_one_fifth] [av_textblock ] Areas Of Focus [/av_textblock] [av_textblock]
    • Business Formation
    • Financing
    • Real Estate
    • Commercial Transactions
    • Intellectual Property
    • Corporate Governance
    • Private Equity & Venture
    • Capital Investment
    • Securities
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
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