Jerry Burleson, Attorney At Law
Jerry Burleson is an ethical California lawyer who devotes a large part of his practice to legal representation of minority shareholders of privately held corporations who have been treated inequitably, ripped off, denied their shareholder rights, or otherwise in some way denied the benefit of their investment in a corporation because of the improper actions of corporate insiders or other persons in control of the corporation including majority shareholders, executive employees, corporate officers and directors.
Jerry also counsels and represents corporate directors, officers and executive employees who are faced with challenging ethical and legal issues in the performance of their responsibilities and in carrying out their fiduciary duties to the corporation and its shareholders.
Jerry maintains law offices in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. With his presence in major metropolitan areas in California he is well positioned to handle shareholder cases throughout the state.
Jerry also provides legal representation to highly compensated employees in their employment law cases. Jerry’s employment law clients will typically be CEOs, COOs, CFOs, senior VPs, senior level managers and executives, top performing sales professionals, R&D scientists and other top level IP creators and developers, senior level staff professionals such as staff attorneys, CPAs and physicians, as well as other highly compensated employees who are paid annually at least $100,000 in their positions although frequently they will have been compensated at significantly higher levels.
Jerry’s employment law clients often must deal with issues unique to their highly compensated positions. Frequently such employees have employment agreements with compensation and benefits that are highly complex and the agreement often contains a clause requiring that any claims against the employer must be resolved through arbitration. The unique issues such highly compensated employees may face include negotiation of their severance and protection of their vested rights in stock options, among many other issues unique to such highly compensated employees. But they also can be faced with many of the same issues that other employees face, such as age and physical disability discrimination and wrongful termination.
Jerry’s education and experience are well suited to the demands and challenges of his professional work. He earned his BBA (bachelor in business administration) and JD (law degree) at the University of Houston, in Texas. Jerry also earned an LLM (master of laws degree) in taxation at Golden Gate University, in San Francisco. He is licensed as an attorney in California and in Texas. He now actively practices law in California.
Jerry is actively involved in important attorney professional organizations, including those relevant to his practice area of shareholder rights. He is a member of the San Diego County Bar Ass’n., the Los Angeles County Bar Ass’n., and the San Francisco County Bar Ass’n. He belongs to the American Bar Ass’n. and is active in the ABA’s Section of Litigation, in which he participates by attending conferences regularly and is involved with committees relevant to his practice, including the Securities Law subcommittee, and within that subcommittee, he is involved in the Corporate Counsel subcommittee, the Class Actions and Derivative Suits subcommittee, and the Commercial and Business subcommittee. Jerry is authorized to practice in all state courts in California and in the federal courts he is authorized to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, in the federal courts in the Southern District of California and in the federal courts in the Central District of California.
Jerry has over 40 years of law practice experience. While his law practice is now devoted primarily to representing clients in court cases, arbitrations and mediations, Jerry has significant past experience as outside corporate counsel to the boards of several mid-size corporations with business throughout the U.S. and worldwide, and he has firsthand experience in consulting with corporate boards on corporate governance issues of many different kinds.
Jerry has served as legal counsel to companies in connection with their sales and acquisitions of subsidiaries and for several years he worked as an intermediary in mergers and acquisitions of middle market companies. In his present legal practice Jerry devotes his professional time and skill to court cases and arbitrations, and consulting with clients on issues that may develop into court cases and arbitrations.