Practice Areas

Acting as an outside general counsel for small, medium and maturing companies in the Santa Barbara and Carpinteria areas and throughout the Central Coast, the Matthew I. Berger Law Group provides a range of services with a focus on intellectual property (trademarks and copyrights), entertainment, and business law. We pride ourselves on our ability to work with other professionals - accountants, tax specialists, insurance brokers, bankers, etc. - to give our clients the best services tailored to their needs. Practice areas include:


  • Choice of Entity
  • Formation
  • Governance
  • Shareholder and Member Relations
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Finance (Private Financing and Securities [common stock, preferred stock, warrants, debt])
  • Stock Sales
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Employment Agreements
  • Invention Assignment Agreements
  • Licensing
  • Distribution
  • eCommerce
  • Equipment Financing and Leasing
  • Operating Issues
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employer/Employee Relations

Intellectual Property

Our firm works with an emphasis in trademarks, copyrights, licensing, digital rights and games, and trade secret protection.


One of our favorite areas in which to work is in the entertainment and multi-media world, including film, traditional and digital publishing, music, songwriting, literary, interactive, mobile and digital devices, merchandising, Internet and art.

Real Property

Real estate matters, including commercial and residential transactions, leases, equity sharing agreements, and financing.


We have over 38 years of experience in litigation matters in both federal and state courts, including business litigation, intellectual property matters, probate and trust litigation, and employment matters.

Trusts, Estate Planning, Wills, and Probate

Trust and will drafting, estate planning, trust administration, advance health care directives, powers of attorney, asset protection and probate for estates of all sizes and complexities in addition to elder issues.