Jeffrey B. Detwiler

Jeff Detwiler is a business lawyer with a strong background in tax matters. He has particular expertise in business structuring, including planning, negotiation and implementation of partnerships, joint ventures, corporations, and limited liability companies.
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Jeff’s extensive experience with business transactions, combined with a strong tax background, provides clients with a valuable and creative resource in structuring business start-ups, venture capital investments, business acquisitions, sales, mergers and joint venture relationships. Jeff has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating business transactions involving federal, state, international and local tax considerations. Jeff supports the firm’s other lawyers in business, real estate and estate planning matters, with a goal of developing integrated solutions to clients’ business problems.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business formation and structuring, including choice of business entities
  • Venture capital investments
  • Compensation matters, including creative planning of contingent compensation approaches, deferred compensation programs and equity based compensation plans, including stock options, restricted stock, stock purchase plans, stock appreciation rights and phantom stock, Section 409A compliance and avoidance
  • Complex partnership and limited liability company matters
  • Buying and selling businesses
  • Structuring business relationships and general business and contract negotiation and counseling
  • Tax structuring of taxable and non-taxable business mergers, acquisitions, sales, redemptions and reorganizations
  • Real estate tax matters including investment structuring, tax consequences of workouts, and like kind exchanges
  • “Pass through entities” including partnerships, S Corporations and limited liability companies
  • “Art Law” including purchase, sale, lending and syndication of art objects, including dealer and private transactions
  • General counsel to family groups, including joint ownership and investment activities, as well as planning and execution of separations and economic disentanglement of problem relationships

Affiliations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of California
  • Bar Association on San Francisco
  • American Bar Association

Education and Certifications:

  • J.D. – College of William & Mary, 1978.
  • B.A. – Cornell University, 1975