A Trusted Advisor & Aggressive Advocate for Business and Intellectual Property Clients

Firm Overview

Bay Oak Law has been called upon to handle vital litigation and counseling matters for both individual and business clients here in the Bay Area, and beyond. Bay Oak Law works with a diverse clientele engaged in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, transportation, technology, real estate, finance, e-commerce, lifestyle, engineering, and start-ups of all kinds. We also serve many Bay Area entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and companies nationwide, and in some cases, international clients needing representation and/or doing business in the U.S.

On the litigation side, Bay Oak Law has earned a reputation as solid, tough trial representation by defending businesses with lawsuits in such diverse legal areas as trademark, trade secrets, unfair competition and contracts, as well as most common commercial disputes. This trial-ready reputation has also led to favorable, time-efficient results for our clients.

Bay Oak Law bases its commitment to client service on developing an intimate knowledge of each client's needs and objectives. Bay Oak Law seeks long-term, partnering relationships with clients to provide the best total solution to the client's specific legal service needs at any given time. The Firm's goal is to be an instrumental part of each client's success from beginning to end, from business formation to mature, thriving business entity.
Main Office

Bay Oak Law
1939 Harrison Street
Suite 929
Oakland  CA  94612

  • (510) 208-5500
  • (510) 208-5511


Free Initial Consultation?

First half hour is free.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Set up corporation or LLC (articles, by-laws/membership agreement, initial meeting minutes, consultation on options). Note: Expedited fees and franchise fees not included.

Hourly Rates

Jacobson (partner): $350 to $450

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday 9:30 am to 5: 30 pm

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

English, Japanese, Mandarin

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Much to my astonishment (I originally wanted to be a prosecutor), I found that I had a knack for business law and intellectual property. Intellectual property is especially interesting because the law is trying to keep up with the speed of technology. There are always fascinating new issues.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

An educated client is a great client. Bay Oak Law prefers clients who learn about the legal issues -- they ask smarter questions, and are more responsive about factual issues. When necessary, Bay Oak Law can help guide clients to a greater understanding of the legal issues involved.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We are concerned with getting the document right. Clients often call upon us to review letters and agreements that the client has prepared; if our suggestions are negligible, we often do not charge at all for the review. Bay Oak Law's emphasis is not on who prepared it, but making sure it is the best possible product, within a price range the client can afford.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

The procedural requirements are complex and demanding. Whoever stands in court must be prepared for the nuances and have an excellent understanding of the smallest details. Since we usually work with corporations and LLCs, and these clients cannot by law appear in court, we do not have much experience in coaching clients who represent themselves.

Andrew K. Jacobson

Past experience includes Robbins Palmer & Allen, Oakland California; Berliner Cohen, San Jose, California; Minutillo & Gorman, San Jose, California; Brown & Bain, Palo Alto, California; Office of the California Attorney General; interned at San Francisco District Attorney's Office.

Teaching the legal side of the Business of Media to students (Ex'pression College, Oakland, CA 2004-2014) has helped me realize the need to educate clients and the public at large about legal issues important to their businesses, most importantly:

1. Anticipating problems and resolving them before they become expensive, and 2. Resolving issues with the client's best interests in mind first and foremost.

First, I listen, hard, and ask a lot of questions. Only then do I try to tell a client what the client needs to hear. I do this even if it is more to my benefit to tell the client what she or he wants to hear. A client satisfied over the long term to whom I've given the best possible advice and advocacy, even if some disappointment is involved, is better than a client who doesn't learn the bad news until a lot of expense is incurred.

Personal interests: Sports (tennis and swimming); reading; working around the house.
  • Bar Number: 148583
    California , 1990
  • Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
    J.D. , 1990
    Berkeley, CA
    Assistant Editor, International Tax and Business Lawyer
  • Stanford University
    Bachelor of Arts , 1985
    Stanford, CA
    Political Science

Andrew Jacobson

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