Erik Lawrence, Managing Partner
Areas of Practice
Financing and Acquisitions
Business Governance and Operations
Erik’s practice is primarily focused on serving clients in the wine industry. He represents wineries, vineyard owners, vineyard management companies and sales and marketing companies.
Erik advises business clients throughout the business cycle on a range of subjects including forming new entities, drafting and negotiating shareholder agreements, raising capital from equity investors or commercial and other lenders, serving as outside general counsel for ongoing corporate matters, drafting and negotiating trademark licenses, custom crush, AP and grape purchase agreements and other contracts, advising on acquisitions, mergers, owner buyouts, troubled debt restructuring, sales and dissolutions of businesses. Erik advises real estate clients on real estate purchases and sales, leasing and financing.
Erik also works closely with the firm’s Estate Planning attorneys on business succession issues, including the transfer of family businesses to children, employees and third parties.
University of California, Davis, J.D., 2007
University of California, Davis, B.A., 1997
Honors & Awards
UC Davis School of Law, Order of the Coif (graduated top 5 percent of class)
UC Davis Law Review, Managing Editor
UC Davis School of Law, Witkin Awards for top grade in Federal Taxation and Antitrust
Local Agency Formation Commission of Napa Valley
Napa Valley College Foundation – Board Member
Napa Valley Grape Growers Association
California Bar Association, Member
Napa County Bar Association, Member
Joined the firm