About Us

Peter Stanwyck    Small Business Attorney & Business Litigation Lawyer 



pmsphotoI graduated from Cal Berkeley in 1968, and from Berkeley‚Äôs Boalt Hall School of Law in June 1971 and was admitted to the practice of law in California in January 1972. ¬†I debated for Cal as an undergraduate and coached the team as a law student. ¬†Swedish was my¬†foreign¬†language at U.C. which I have no good explanation for, but did serve as an amusement some 40 years later when I went to Gotteberg to pick up my Volvo (and have lunch with the workers who made it) ¬†Since 1975 The Law Offices of Peter M. Stanwyck has primarily focused on representing small and medium sized bay area businesses, professionals and entrepreneurs providing strategic counseling; acquiring and selling businesses, forming entities like partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies; negotiating and preparing contracts, agreements and leases, dealing with employee and independent contractor issues, and resolving disputes with negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. The basic focus and philosophy of the firm is to form ongoing and long term relationships with clients and to provide information and resources to clients to assist them in making good choices. Over the years I have served the community as Chairman of the Oakland Library Commission, Vice-President of the Oakland Zoo, Treasurer of the Oakland Museum Association and on the boards of the Oakland Ballet and the Easter Seal Society and as a coach/manager of little league baseball. When not lawyering, I may be found umpiring a high school or youth baseball game or appreciating the choices of my two sons, Sam, who is a Stanford PhD candidate researching condensed matter physics (I don’t really know what that means); and Harry, who recently graduated from U.C. Davis where he was a starting pitcher¬†on their baseball team and is now at Duke Law School. I jog, very slowly, enjoy Pilates, and somehow in my¬†dotage, have found my way to contact improvisation dance (I don’t believe it either)¬†