Nave & Cortell

Nave & Cortell advises clients across a spectrum of industries, including airport/aviation, clothing/apparel, uav, entertainment (film, music, and electronic games), healthcare, manufacturing, technology, and water. Our services span the life of our clients’ businesses, from formation to day-to-day operations to exit strategies.

Business Formation

We know how difficult it is to create a new, viable business. Nave & Cortell can help you build a solid foundation from which to grow, including selecting the right type of entity for your business, whether a corporation, limited liability company, or partnership; establishing your entity’s structure and governance; drafting operating, partnership, or shareholder agreements; and structuring financing.

Corporate/Business Law

Once your business is established let Nave & Cortell help you navigate the day-to-day legal issues, from vendor and service agreements, to compliance, risk management, product safety and liability, insurance, benefits administration, and employment matters. We also advise clients on mergers, acquisitions, earn outs, financing (debt and equity), joint ventures, and other strategic relationships.

General Counsel

Nave & Cortell serves as outside general counsel to a number of clients because full-time in-house general counsel can be very costly and inefficient. We regularly provide advice to governing boards and senior management, as well as human resources, risk management, and compliance departments. We help our clients strategically place themselves in a position to achieve their goals and succeed in their ventures.

Public Entities

Nave & Cortell represents a variety of public entities, including hospitals, airports and water agencies. In addition to business transactions, we provide advice concerning the Brown Act, Public Records Act, conflicts of interest and AB 1234 ethics training, the California Environmental Quality Act, and public works projects.

Nave & Cortell is founded on certain principles we believe are core to a meaningful attorney-client relationship.


We seek to exceed your expectations by providing value beyond mere legal advice. We are passionate about helping our clients succeed over the long term. We strive to provide the best possible outcomes in terms of quality, time, cost, opportunity, and direction. In short, we provide big firm service at boutique firm prices.


It is critical that an attorney and client trust one another. We want our clients to know that our word is true, and we are clear and transparent in our relationships. We are committed to providing the highest-quality service in the most efficient and proper manner. We will help you do the right thing in whatever situation you may find yourself.


The basis for any successful relationship is good communication. We will provide you with open, honest communication in a timely manner. We will listen to your concerns and ask the right questions in order to accurately understand your needs. Whether we are face-to-face, on the phone, or corresponding via email, you have our full focus and attention.