The SBCBA In-House Counsel & Corporate Law Section and The Intellectual Property/Technology Business Section Presents: To Dissolve or Not to Dissolve: Navigating the Waters of the Shareholder Dispute

October 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Santa Barbara College of Law, Room 1
20 East Victoria Street
Santa Barbara
Chris Kopitzke



MCLE Credit: One hour credit applied for

Speakers: Robert M. Heller and Todd M. Lander
Freeman Freeman & Smiley, Century City

Robert M. Heller, Of Counsel at Freeman Freeman & Smiley, is the leader of the firm’s Shareholder and Corporate Litigation Group. He is an expert in shareholder dispute law, including governance issues, the disputed direction of a company, suppression of minority owners’ rights, compensation of principals, buyouts,
and breach of fiduciary duty.

Todd M. Lander is a Partner at Freeman, Freeman & Smiley, where he litigates in the areas of corporate and shareholder disputes, intellectual property, and real estate.
He handles cases in both the state and federal courts and at the trial and appellate levels, including the Ninth Circuit, and before administrative and industry tribunals, including the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

About the event: When business partners go their separate ways, the process may be contentious and fraught with serious legal complications. Our speakers will examine some key considerations
in this situation, including:
* Understanding voluntary and involuntary dissolution
* Deciding whether to pursue dissolution in light of the associated risks
* Identifying intellectual property issues in dissolution
* Understanding advantages and disadvantages of being a buyer or seller in a dissolution and buyout
* Knowing your client’s rights under Section 2000 of the California Corporations Code, including whether an appraisal and buyout of the departing shareholder is in the client’s best interests
* Selecting appraisers, determining “fair value,” and dealing with claims in litigation


RSVP: Reserve via email by Thursday, October 19th to Chris Kopitzke, Chair of Intellectual Property/Technology Business Section at

Cost and Payment: $25.00 – includes lunch.
Checks payable to Santa Barbara County Bar Association and mail by Thursday, October 19th to:

15 W. Carrillo St., Suite 106
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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