Our Law Practice Services

Business and Commercial Transactions

Hudson Martin Ferrante Street Witten & DeMaria PC assists clients in a variety of business and commercial transactional matters of interest to clients located in the Monterey County area. We achieve our client’s objectives by developing the most effective solutions. From taking the lead role in negotiating a contract with another business party to offering strategic business planning advise, our attorneys help with the formation of new corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and not-for-profit businesses.

Our attorneys are committed to the strategic growth of your business.


Business Sales and ABC Escrows

Hudson Martin has a well-established record of successful representation of clients in the field of business sales and ABC escrows. Our attorneys negotiate mergers and consolidations, stock or asset acquisitions and dispositions, divestitures, leveraged and management buyouts, strategic alliances, joint ventures, proxy contests, tender offers, transactions involving corporate governance changes, and other cutting-edge transactions.

We specialize in acting as a neutral third party independent fiduciary handling ABC escrows. We offer in-depth services to buyers, sellers, investors, strategic partners, venture capital investment funds, shareholder groups, boards of directors, special board committees, and financial advisors in structuring, negotiating, and consummating complex business combinations and other commercial transactions.

Our attorneys help clients make sound, well-informed business decisions.


Estate Planning and Estate Administration

Our families are important to us. No one can predict the future. Failing to adequately plan your estate, could be a tremendous disservice to you and your family.

At Hudson Martin, we understand each client is different, and each estate must be planned differently. We handle many estate planning legal issues including:

Trust Development and Administration
Wills and Probate
Advance Health Care Directives
Medical Powers of Attorneys
Living Wills
Financial Power of Attorney
Estate Litigations

From complex and difficult trusts that require an attorney with thorough knowledge of the law to successful guidance through the probate and administration process, we focus on the client’s individual needs, sort out all the options and help make the most appropriate decision for you and your family.

Our attorneys are in tune with your unique needs.


Corporate and LLC Formations and Governance

From young start ups to more mature companies, Hudson Martin advises on a wide range of financing strategies, including venture capital financing. Our attorneys guide corporations and management on issues related to corporate governance.

Following are some of the areas our attorneys can help you find practical solutions for the ever-changing business environment.

Business Startups
Corporate and LLC Formation
Corporate and LLC Governance
Corporate Securities
Joint Ventures
Limited Partnerships
Venture Capital Financing

Our attorneys apply their broad experience with business, business formation and operation to all phases and aspects of corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, joint ventures, and nonprofit organizations.

Our attorneys offer solutions for the real world.


Business Litigation: Delivering success for our clients

Regardless of the outcome, each day in commercial litigation costs your business valuable time and money, not to mention stress. You don’t just want to endure litigation and hope for the best. You want an advantageous solution and return to business as usual in the shortest time possible. At the law offices of Hudson Martin Ferrante Street Witten & DeMaria PC, our business litigation philosophy is simple: strike smart, fast and always maintain the offensive advantage.

When you maintain the offensive advantage, you are forcing the opposition to expose its strengths and weaknesses earlier rather than later – information critical to your ever evolving strategic analysis and curtailing the duration of litigation. Because we are not a litigation “mill”, we don’t have the inclination, time or manpower to “churn” cases simply to increase fees. After all, our success hinges on keeping you as a satisfied business client long after litigation has ended. To that end, we provide bi-monthly statements on litigation matters so you can monitor expenses closely and regularly confer with you to re-evaluate liabilities, advantages and options towards litigation resolution.

True, most commercial litigation is settled before trial, but an advantageous settlement is best achieved through deep initial case analysis and aggressive pursuit early on of an opponent’s positions and evidence. We have represented commercial plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of commercial litigation, such as:

Breach of contract
Negligence and fraud
Unfair competition
Trademark and domain-name litigation
Landlord tenant disputes
Partnership and corporate shareholder disputes
Debt enforcement actions
E-Commerce disputes
Creditor actions in business dissolution
Wage & Hour Actions

Our experience is that parties that seek to avoid litigation by exploring settlement opportunities early, including voluntary submission to alternative dispute resolution processes, informs the Court early on which party is the more reasonable and creates a lasting perception that often works to that party’s favor when dealing with an uncoordinated or obnoxious adversary.

Again, our litigation philosophy is singular: get you out of the courtroom with an advantageous result and back to running your business in as short a time as possible. Schedule a consultation and see how our firm can help you efficiently and effectively resolve your business disputes. Contact us today for more information

Our attorneys offer unsurpassed expertise.


Other practice areas include:

Family Law

We help clients navigate the complex and nerve-wracking family court system, and advise on all aspects of family law, including marital dissolution, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support (including the tax implications thereof), parenting agreements, and marital property division. Our family law practices focuses on Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. Whether you are considering initiating a divorce, have already been served with papers, need help with an ongoing support or custody dispute, or you are seeking the assistance of a neutral mediator, we are here to help you.

Securities Law

Hudson Martin works to protect investors in public and private ventures. The firm has extensive experience defending clients against complex and potentially damaging accusations involving insider trading, sales practice violation, broker-dealer regulations, mutual fund regulations, securities and investment-adviser fraud, and public disclosure. Our attorneys ensure compliance with all state and federal laws. We offer legal services in the area of arbitration and litigation, private equity investments, quarterly and annual SEC reports, public offerings, insider reporting, listing applications and compliance matter and SEC enforcement matters.

Intellectual Property

Hudson Martin has an extensive practice in intellectual property rights. We specialize in patent, trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing and litigation including:

Copyright Infringement Claims
Patent Infringement
Trademark Infringement Litigation
Licensing Rights

Mediation & Arbitration

We provide our clients with creative solutions to their legal challenges through a framework of negotiation and legal action. At Hudson Martin Ferrante Street Witten & DeMaria PC, we provide both conventional legal services and more modern alternative dispute resolution services through mediation and/or arbitration.

Our attorneys are intellectual leaders.


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Jeannette Witten

Partner / Criminal Lawyer

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Kristin DeMaria

Equity Partner

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Matthew Yuen

Associate Attorney

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Jeannette Witten

Partner / Criminal Lawyer

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Kristin DeMaria

Equity Partner

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Matthew Yuen

Associate Attorney

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