Our Global Presence

CKR Law Announces Significant San Francisco Expansion

CKR LAW LLP is pleased to announce the addition of 9 attorneys in San Francisco.

“We are proud to welcome this outstanding group of attorneys from Niesar & Vestal LLP to the CKR platform. Our new colleagues have a rich professional history in the San Francisco area and will substantially increase our local profile. In addition to a diverse array of corporate, securities, litigation, intellectual property and trusts and estates experience, they further expand our German, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Chinese and Taiwanese language capabilities,” said Jeffrey A. Rinde, CKR’s Managing Partner. “CKR recognizes the need to bolster our California presence to better serve the needs of our West Coast and international clients. We plan further strategic growth on the West Coast and in other key markets in the near future.”

“Our attorneys look forward to working closely with our new colleagues,” said Peter Vestal, Partner.  “We are confident CKR’s global footprint and broad practice areas will significantly enhance the range of services and opportunities we offer our existing and future clients – particularly the rapidly growing number of Asian businesses and entrepreneurs operating in the U.S. Like us, CKR is committed to providing excellent client service, supporting local communities and promoting a firm-wide collaborative culture.”

Joining from Niesar & Vestal LLP:

Gerald V. Niesar, Partner

Mr. Niesar has more than 45 years of experience representing emerging clients, both public and private, in a broad spectrum of industries, including high technology, service, manufacturing, distribution and retail. In practice in San Francisco since 1969, Mr. Niesar’s expertise is in entity structuring, securities law and reorganizations, both statutory and non-bankruptcy. He has handled virtually every type of legal issue a public company may encounter including: Equity and Debt Public Offerings, On-going Reporting, Mergers & Acquisitions, Sales of Assets and Division, Complex Strategic Partner Relationships, Financing transactions, IP Licensing, Acquisitions and Sales, Executive Compensation and Employment Disputes.

Mr. Niesar served as the Co-Chair of the ABA Small Business Committee’s Task Force on Private Placement Broker-Dealer Registration. Mr. Niesar previously served as Chair of a special ABA committee to advise the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws on the Revised Uniform Partnership Act, Chair of the Committee on Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations and Chairman of the Partnership Committee of the California State Bar Association.

Mr. Niesar has frequently lectured in the areas of corporate, securities and partnership law, including for the California Continuing Education of the Bar, the University of California Extension, Santa Cruz, the National Business Institute and Lorman Education Services. He has also written and contributed to numerous publications on corporate, partnership and securities law matters, including the California Limited Liability Company Forms and Practice Manual (co-author) first published by Data Trace Publishers, Inc. in 1994 and updated annually; Business Lawyer’s Bankruptcy Guide, a two volume work published by Clark, Boardman, Callaghan in 1992 (lead editor, and principal author of chapters on partnership, corporate, and securities law issues).

Mr. Niesar has been recognized as a California Superlawyer (an outstanding lawyer who has attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement).

Mr. Niesar is conversational in German.

Peter Vestal, Partner

Mr. Vestal has almost 25 years of civil litigation experience, including Business and Commercial Disputes, Consumer Fraud, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury and Employment Claims. Mr. Vestal also provides general counsel services to businesses, including entity formation, business transactions, mergers & acquisitions, intellectual property and employment matters.

Mr. Vestal has served as a Judicial arbitrator, Pre-Arbitration Settlement Conference panelist and Early Settlement Program panelist in the Superior Court for the City and County of San Francisco. He has also acted as a Mediator for the Arts and Arbitration Mediation Services program of California Lawyers for the Arts.

Mr. Vestal previously lectured for the California State Bar, California Lawyers for the Arts, Lorman Education Services, the San Francisco Legal Professionals Association and the United States Small Business Administration. Mr. Vestal’s substantial community service has included service on the Boards of Episcopal Charities, Streetside Stories, Inc., SLS Preschool and Lyra Corporation dba Arion Press.

Mr. Vestal recently co-edited the inaugural edition of California Business Litigation published by ALM, in which he also co-authored the chapter on Limited Liability Companies with his partner John Kelley.

Oscar E. Escobar, Partner

Mr. Escobar represents privately held and publicly traded emerging growth and established companies in a wide variety of industries. His principal experience has been in corporate formation and governance, private placement financings, mergers and strategic business relationships. He also has substantial experience in general business matters such as employment and consulting contracts, employee and consultant equity incentives, manufacturing and service agreements and intellectual property matters.

Mr. Escobar is fluent in Spanish.

Attorneys joining Messrs. Niesar, Vestal and Escobar:

Jay Begler, June Lin, John A. Kelley, Stephen K. Rush, Paul Jakab, Jeanne Darrah

As a result of the addition of these attorneys, CKR will immediately relocate its San Francisco office to an expanded location at:

90 New Montgomery Street
9th Floor
San Francisco, California 94105
Phone: (415) 429-5617