General Business and Corporate Practice

The general business practice of Gustafson Nicolai pc assists entrepreneurs across all industries with matters such as choice of entity, business formation, corporate governance, capitalization, risk management, joint ventures, equity and debt financing, record keeping, and tax matters. The Firm also represents clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, compliance and regulatory issues, and administrative matters at the municipal, county, state, and federal levels.

Real Estate

Our real estate practice provides guidance on acquisition and disposition of assets, leasing, CEQA (as well as federal and environmental matters), development, entitlements, zoning, land use, representation before governmental agencies, regulatory matters, title issues, workouts, and all aspects of real estate due diligence. We also represent Homeowners Associations and assist those Associations and their Boards of Directors and Management Companies with Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs), Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, owner and tenant violations and collection of assessments, liens and foreclosures, and other issues governed by the Davis-Stirling Act.

We have significant experience representing broker-dealers, financial advisors, and other investment professionals in litigation, FINRA arbitration, and regulatory inquiries and investigations before FINRA, the SEC, and the CFP Board. The Firm also represents financial advisors who are transitioning from one broker-dealer to another. Issues that arise in connection with a change of broker-dealer include adherence to the Protocol for Broker Recruiting and related problems concerning non-competition, trade secrets, and solicitation of clients, as well as repayment of promissory notes.

The Firm also provides investors with representation in connection with customer complaints before FINRA, as well as state and federal court claims brought by investors for investment losses.


The Firm provides clients with defense of all matters in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution forums. Plaintiff’s cases for non-securities matters are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Intellectual Property

The Firm handles trademark and service mark matters for select clients. We also assist clients with non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, and related IP issues.

Employment Law

We represent employers and employees in wage-and-hour, wrongful termination, classification, discrimination, and sexual harassment matters in state and federal court, arbitration, and before the California Labor Commissioner.

PErsonal injury

We have experience in many types of accident and injury cases. We are dedicated to helping victims of serious personal injuries, accidents, and negligence caused by third parties. Whether you have been involved in a vehicle accident, a slip and fall, an accident at work, or have a unique case, our experienced lawyers will be able to assist you. Our lawyers have the skills and resources to help you receive the appropriate care and compensation for your injuries.

Local Counsel Services

The lawyers at Gustafson Nicolai pc have superior knowledge of all procedural issues in the state and federal courts of California.  We provide local counsel services for out-of-state attorneys with matters pending in California at competitive rates.

To discuss your particular matter, please contact Adam Nicolai at or at 310.361.0787.