Gregory L. McCoy



Gregory L. McCoy is the senior member of the Firm’s business practice section, with over 35 years of experience counseling clients on a variety of business law issues.

In his practice, Mr. McCoy regularly advises clients on matters ranging from contractual negotiations and contract drafting to entity formation and dissolution. Mr. McCoy is frequently called on to assist in the preparation of employment agreements for executives, and also when issues arise in the termination of such agreements and an overall end to the employment or other business relationship.

Mr. McCoy has worked for several decades with individuals and business who were in the process of selling or acquiring a business, and has been involved in multiple transactions in which he negotiated and structured stock sale and asset purchase documentation.

A necessary element of doing business is making a selection as to the form in which to do business. Mr. McCoy assists clients in navigating through the choices available, and then preparing the organizational documentation to fulfill that choice, whether it is a corporation, limited liability company, general partnership, limited partnership or sole proprietorship.

Sometimes conflicts develop within the business structure which leads to buy-outs, reorganizations or liquidations, and Mr. McCoy has provided assistance to business entities and individuals in each of these circumstances throughout his career.

Part of any successful business plan includes consideration of agreements between the owners as to what will happen in the event of an owner’s death, inability to continue in business, or any of a number of other triggering events. These are complicated areas of decision-making and draftsmanship, and Mr. McCoy has been involved in the negotiation and preparation of numerous agreements of this nature. Clients learn what alternatives are available to them, and as a result make better decisions on one of the most fundamental elements of any business.

As a result of both his community experience and business skills, Mr. McCoy has also developed a unique expertise in representing school administrators and school districts throughout the State of California on matters which require an acute understanding of Education Law. After being elected to the school board of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District in 1977 and serving two terms, including two terms as Board President, Mr. McCoy developed a unique perspective on not only the legal aspects but also the practical consequences of education law issues.

Mr. McCoy is rated as "Preeminent," with a Peer Review Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0 in Martindale-Hubbell.

Background and Community Involvement

Mr. McCoy obtained his juris doctorate degree from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1974 and was admitted to the California State Bar that same year. From 1974 to 1980 he served as a Naval Reserve Officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps at Newport, Rhode Island and Treasure Island, California.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section, the California Bar Association and the Contra Costa Bar Association. In 1978 he was selected by the Contra Costa Bar Association to serve as its representative on the East Bay Community Foundation, a California nonprofit corporation. He served as President of the East Bay Community Foundation’s Board from 1983 to 1986.

In 1977 Mr. McCoy was elected to the Board of Education for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, and was re-elected in 1981. He served as President of the Board of Education in 1980 and 1983.

Mr. McCoy currently serves as the President of Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, a California nonprofit corporation with activities throughout the United States, an organization with which he has been affiliated for over 20 years.

He is currently on the Governing Board of the San Ramon Regional Medical Center, and served as the Chair of the Governing Board of the Medical Center from 2004-2008, Vice-Chair of the Governing Board from 2012-2014, continuing service as a member of the Governing Board’s Planning Committee,  and now again serves as the Chair of the Governing Board from January 2015 to present.

Mr. McCoy is currently the Board Chair of Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay and has served on its Board of Directors since October 2016.

He has served as the Chair of the Governing Board of the San Ramon Regional Hospital Foundation, a California nonprofit corporation.  Mr. McCoy also served on the Board of Directors of San Ramon Valley Community Services Group, a California nonprofit corporation, and as its President from 1991-1994.

Mr. McCoy previously served on the Board of Directors of the Kennedy-King Memorial College Scholarship Foundation, including three years as its President from 1991-1994. He is also a past President of the Danville Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow.

In addition to serving as a Board member and/or volunteer for a number of other charitable and community organizations, Mr. McCoy regularly counsels nonprofit corporations as well as community associations on matters relating to issues that arise in the nonprofit community.

Mr. McCoy has lectured to school administrators at State conferences and has published articles on the contractual issues which are unique to school administrators. He is part of an exclusive list of attorneys to which the California Association of School Administrators regularly refers its members.



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