Donahue Fitzgerald Ranked in Top Tier of 2021 “Best Law Firms”

OAKLAND (November 5, 2020) Donahue Fitzgerald LLP is pleased to announce the firm’s inclusion in the 2021 “Best Law Firms” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. The firm earned Metro designated Tier 1 marks for Corporate Law and Tier 2 marks for Franchise Law and Tax Law.

Firms included in the 2021 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, which recognizes the top 5 percent of private practicing attorneys in the U.S. Receiving a Tier 1 ranking signifies a quality law practice and breadth of legal experience and knowledge.

Donahue Fitzgerald’s Corporate Practice Group advises public and private companies, from high-tech start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, regarding corporate transactions, private equity and venture financings, and commercial matters.  Our attorneys represent clients in the formation, financing, operation, and dissolution of corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies, and regularly advise these entities on corporate governance matters.  We represent clients with respect to financing transactions and mergers and acquisitions, including tax structuring and securities compliance issues.  Our clients are engaged in diverse industries including technology, life sciences, venture capital, investment management, community banking, real estate, industrial manufacturing, consumer goods, international trade, professional and consulting services, and nonprofit foundations.

Donahue Fitzgerald’s Franchise practice is one of the leaders in California. Our attorneys represent franchisors, including traditional and quick service restaurant concepts, children’s programs, retail businesses, and real estate brokerage companies. We provide annual regulatory compliance services like Franchise Disclosure Document maintenance and exemption guidance, and ongoing business advice regarding structuring or restructuring franchise systems, loyalty programs, and major promotions. We also counsel franchisees in connection with the acquisition of a franchise or sale of their franchised businesses. Some of our franchisee clients include restaurant area developers and multi-unit owners, specialty retailers, after-market businesses, and business-to-business service providers.

Donahue Fitzgerald’s Tax practice group has a comprehensive, diverse practice in federal, state, and local tax matters which complements the firm’s business and estate planning practices. Our attorneys represent clients in all aspects of estate and gift taxation, corporate, partnership, trust, fiduciary and individual federal and state income taxation, as well as sales and use taxation, ERISA and executive compensation, and the taxation of nonprofit entities.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”