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Elsa Berry


San Francisco, California

Elsa B. Berry graduated as valedictorian in contract law from the University of Rene Descartes School of Law (Paris V). She holds an Advanced Master’s Degree (“DESS”) in International Litigation and a Master’s Degree in Business and Tax Law. She was awarded an academic merit scholarship by Golden Gate University School of Law where she completed her LL.M in U.S. Law.

In Paris, France, Elsa practiced as a tax attorney, analyzing tax structures for domestic and E.U./U.S. cross-border transactions/financing, and representing corporate clients undergoing tax audits. In California, Mrs. Berry has practiced in the areas of IP litigation, business/corporate law, business immigration, real estate litigation and transactions, family law, and estate planning. She has also assisted start-ups as outsourced General Counsel and provides legal advice to international families of the Bay Area regarding legal aspects inherent to their status.


  • Business/Corporate
    • Advising on business entity formation options and capital structure
    • Drafting and negotiating shareholder agreements, operating agreements, partnership agreements and joint venture agreements
    • Structuring, drafting and negotiating basic to complex commercial agreement for a wide variety of business transactions
    • Identification and protection of trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property rights
    • Providing advice on employment matters
    • Advising on compliance with various  matters of corporate governance
  • Intellectual Property
    • Advising early stage companies on rights and obligations on jointly created IP
    • Drafting agreements with employees and consultants covering non-disclosure, invention assignment and work-for-hire
    • Advising on internal policies and procedures to ensure that confidential information and trade secrets will be accorded maximum possible protection
    • Developing strategies and non-disclosure agreements designed to provide sufficient information while minimizing the risks that IP portfolio may be compromised if a transaction is not completed
    • Drafting IP-related agreements aimed to increase valuation of a business in future financing or acquisition transactions
  • Labour & Employment
    • Negotiating and drafting employment-related contracts, including employment contracts, confidentiality agreements, severance agreements
    • Advising clients on California non-compete law and valid alternatives to protect confidential information and trade secrets
    • Coaching companies to transition to legal job classifications without triggering independent contractor vs.
  • Estate Planning
    • Premarital & Marital Agreement
    • Transmutation agreements
    • Wills & Trust
    • International  estate planning France/US


  • University of Rene Descartes School of Law in Paris, France, 1996
  • Masters in International Litigation and Business and Tax Law
  • Golden Gate University of Law, San Francisco, CA, 2002, LL.M


  • California, 2009
  • Paris (France)

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