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Business Law

When you are in business, thousands of laws can affect your daily operations, your plans, and your future. If you make something, serve someone, collect money, have vendors, have customers, have employees, advertise or market, operate in a physical location, have a website, have partners, have lenders, have shareholders, or have a business entity of any type (even unincorporated) … well, there’s a law for that. Do you have plans to grow? There are laws for that. Do you plan to sell or retire some day? There are laws for that, too.

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Learn about the dozens of legal issues that we can help you with below. Or call in the professionals now by applying for our Business Risk Review or General Counsel Packages.


Election Law
  • Advertising
  • Ballot Access
  • Campaign Finance
  • Candidate Committees
  • Corporate Structure
  • Debates
  • Free Speech
  • Fundraising
  • Mailing Lists
  • Media
  • Non-Profits
  • Political Action Committees (PACs)
  • Political Parties
  • Polling and Poll Proximity
  • Super PACs
  • Telemarketing
  • Volunteers
  • Yard Signs
Employment Law

The intricacies of state and federal employment laws can be difficult to navigate. Even a seemingly minor mistake or omission can trigger a contentious dispute, harmful allegations of employer misconduct, audits and investigations, fines and penalties, or a costly lawsuit against you and your business.

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Regardless of the industry you work in, our knowledgeable legal team can help protect your legal rights, advocate on your behalf, and keep you compliant with employment law. We  provide services ranging from done-for-you employment law compliance, to general counsel, to litigation defense.

Learn more about the various areas of employment law we handle by clicking on the links below. Or sign up for a Business Risk Review or the Employer Protection Package.


Lawsuits and Appeals

angry woman yellingLawsuits are unavoidable for most businesses and for many individuals.

No matter how hard you try to stay in front of problems and have ironclad contracts, most businesses will have times when they have to sue to vindicate their rights with customers, vendors, business partners, employees, competitors and third parties who violate their contract and property rights or commit frauds or torts against them. Business is not always neat and relationships with others sometimes end badly.

Sometimes individuals have to sue because they have had a problem with a contract, property, business or employer.

And, even for the most litigation-shy businesses, lawsuits are unavoidable. No matter how careful you are, your business will eventually get sued or seriously threatened with a lawsuit. Businesses must budget for legal expenses. Legal services are a necessary part of protecting and growing your business.

Consider the following:

  • On an average year, approximately 16 million civil lawsuits are filed in the United States. That is one lawsuit every two seconds; or one lawsuit for every 16 adults in the country per year.
  • About one thirteenth of all civil lawsuits in the United States, or about 1.2 million civil lawsuits, are filed in California every year. That’s 4,615 lawsuits filed every single business day, if averaged. That’s one lawsuit for every 32 people (man, woman and child) in the state.
  • About 215,000 civil lawsuits are filed in Missouri each year. That’s one lawsuit for every 28 people (man, woman and child) in the state.
  • 39% of California companies had a class action brought against them in 2009.
  • 32% of California businesses have had more than 20 lawsuits commenced against them in any given year.
  • 60% of companies of all sizes are involved in at least one lawsuit in a year and 53% of businesses have annual litigation budgets of $1 million or higher.

Many times, you have no choice but to engage in the litigation process in at least some manner or another. The goal of Bellatrix PC as legal counselors to our clients is to avoid most lawsuits, and to be well-positioned when they become necessary.

Thus, there are times that individuals, businesses, campaigns, associations and corporations require an aggressive legal team to uncover the truth, deliver the facts and manage the courtroom process in favor of the client both emotionally and economically. Bellatrix PC lawyers are known for aggressive and cunning courtroom strategy and their motion, trial or arbitration, settlement negotiation and appeal skills. From managing risk in trial to settlement negotiations, we are committed to leveraging all client considerations in the process to win or come to favorable settlements.

Attorneys at Bellatrix PC are also experienced in appeals, writs and amicus briefs. They are admitted to practice in all state and Federal courts in California and Missouri, in several Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and even the United States Supreme Court.

Bellatrix PC offers individually quoted fee packages for business litigation matters at all stages, including flat-fees, milestone fees and traditional hourly fees with retainers. The expense of a lawsuit depends on the stage and complexity of the matter. Frequently, litigation matters take a year or more to resolve.

Real Estate Law




  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance
  • Boundaries
  • Commercial Leases
  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • Contractor Disputes
  • Covenants
  • Deeds
  • Easements
  • Eminent Domain
  • Environmental, Indian Ancestral Lands and CEQA Challenges
  • Escrow
  • Fiduciary Duties of Agents and Brokers
  • Financing and Mortgages
  • Foreclosures and Liens
  • Fraudulent Transfers
  • Homeowners Associations
  • Lawsuits
  • Land Trusts and Future Interests
  • Landlord-Tenant Disputes
  • Nuisance
  • Premises Liability
  • Purchases
  • Quiet Enjoyment
  • Quiet Title
  • Quitclaim Deeds
  • Subdividing
  • Tax Auctions
  • Trespass
  • Waste
  • Zoning, Ordinances and Land Use



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Alicia Dearn

Alicia I. Dearn is the founder of Bellatrix PC, a woman-owned law firm with offices in Missouri and California. Bellatrix PC handles lawsuits and business transactions. We advise in business, employment, real estate, intellectual property, civil litigation, and election law.

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