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Erik Lawrence, Managing Partner

Email: elawrence@gvmlaw.com

T: 707.252.9000

F: 707.252.0792

Areas of Practice

  • Wine Law

  • Mergers

  • Sales

  • Financing and Acquisitions

  • Business Governance and Operations

  • Real Estate

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.

Education

  • 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

 Professional Affiliations

  • Local Agency Formation Commission of  Napa Valley

  • Napa Valley College Foundation – Board Member

  • Napa Valley Grape Growers Association

 Bar Membership

  • California Bar Association, Member

  • Napa County Bar Association, Member

 Joined the firm

2014