Coast Law Group LLP is an award-winning law firm established in 2004. We were founded on the principle that business and environmental communities deserve attorneys who are aggressive and professional, while committed to values of integrity and justice. While we have received dozens of awards over the years, we gauge our success both by the service we provide our clients and the positive impact we have on our community.
In early 2003, sole practitioners including Marco Gonzalez and Gary Sirota decided it was time to merge their collective knowledge and create a firm that could build on each of their reputations for providing sophisticated and reliable legal service to a broad range of clients. With Ross Campbell and Chris Polychron as associate attorneys, Coast Law Group was launched in Encinitas, California in March, 2004.
A string of early successes both inside and out of the courtroom catapulted Coast Law Group to the forefront of Southern California firms emphasizing environmental preservation and public interest matters. Profiled in newspapers and other national media shortly after establishment of the firm, CLG received further national recognition in November, 2004 as the attorneys involved in a high-profile legal battle surrounding a contested write-in bid for Mayor of San Diego.
In 2006, the firm added Partners David Peck and Seyamack Kouretchian (merging with Kouretchian Law Group), thereby significantly expanding its business and litigation departments and adding new competencies in intellectual property and personal injury. Subsequently, CLG’s reputation as one of Southern California’s fastest growing and most dynamic and respected law firms has not gone unnoticed. Coast Law Group now regularly represents the interests of clients from around the world on issues of great importance to the environmental, business, and technology communities.
In July of 2009, Coast Law Group opened the doors on its new facility strategically located on South Coast Highway 101 indowntown Encinitas. The short walk to the surf at Swami’s, along with the vibrant downtown surroundings and access to mass transit perfectly complement the spirit and vision of the firm. With a cadre of incredibly talented attorneys and support staff, CLG’s reputation for first-rate and personable legal representation continues to grow.
Besides having being recognized as the top attorneys in San Diego by the L.A. Times and the New York Times, CLG has also been recognized by Outside Magazine as one of the best places in the U.S.A. to work, rising up every year to the top ten spot in 2015. Several CLG attorneys have also been regularly identified as Superlawyers by their peers in the categories of corporate law, intellectual property, and litigation.
Phone: 760-942-8505 Ext 101
Gary Sirota has been a full time practicing attorney in California since 1988. Over the course of his career he has transitioned from a practice that focused on complex business litigation and real estate, to a thriving corporate and business transactional practice. “Having the business litigation experience has helped me to understand and navigate the types of business issues that can, and often do lead to conflict.”
With his longevity in practice, Mr. Sirota has practiced through two full market cycles. He represented clients in the down economies of the early 90’s and the crash after 2008, and through the boom of the late 80’s and the mid-90’s through the first decade of this century.
Among the significant matters on which Mr. Sirota has worked is the development, from concept to implementation contracting, of a $230M international infrastructure project, representing the developer through Congressional and White House Office of Management and Budget review. Additionally, he has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate law, with emphasis on business start up, financing, private equity, and merger & acquisition. Mr. Sirota leads and coordinates due diligence reviews, sets up joint ventures, structures partnership, and advises on leveraged buyouts and related financing.
Mr. Sirota has deep roots in the Action Sports Industry. Currently he advises some of the best known global surf brands, including O’Neill, Rusty, Surf Hardware International/FCS, and others. As Co-Chair of Coast Law Group’s Action Sports practice area, he oversees international manufacturing relationships, import/export, international trademark, patent, and copyright, factoring, and letters of credit. Mr. Sirota advises on a variety of business operation sectors. These include distribution, licensing, and intellectual property protection and enforcement.
Mr. Sirota continues to represent clients in complex real estate and leasing matters, and has expertise in transfer and leasing issues related to Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities; having represented Skilled Healthcare, Inc., Center Street Management, LLC, and others in a multiple of SNF leasing transactions. In addition, Mr. Sirota has and continues to form and advise dozens of tax exempt nonprofit organizations. He has or continues to serve as General Counsel to Quiksilver Foundation, Keep a Breast Foundation, Water for Life, Children’s Lifeline, Protect Our Winters, SurfAid International, the Rob Dyredek/DC Shoe Skate Plaza Foundation, and many other international nonprofit organizations. Prior to practicing law and becoming a founding Partner at Coast Law Group, Mr. Sirota attended University of San Diego Law School, where he focused his studies on Business Formation, Corporations and S.E.C. regulation. Mr. Sirota holds a B.S. in Business Finance from San Diego State University.
- Real Estate
- Action Sports
Phone: 760-942-8505 Ext 102
Marco Gonzalez is a cofounder and Managing Partner of Coast Law Group LLP, where he oversees the firm’s Environment & Land Use, Government Relations, and Election Law practice area groups. Marco also regularly assists with matters under the Real Estate, Action Sports, Business, and Litigation practice groups.
In addition to recognition as a “San Diego Super Lawyer” in 2008 and 2009, Marco was one of ten attorneys awarded the San Diego Daily Transcript’s “Top Attorney” designation in its multi-disciplinary Transcript 10 category for 2011.
Widely regarded for his leadership in the environmental arena, Marco has successfully negotiated and litigated complex disputes on behalf of numerous non-profit environmental organizations and community groups throughout California.
As the founder and executive director of the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation(CERF), Marco is at the core of activist attorneys taking on high-profile and publicly controversial matters related to climate change adaptation, water supply and desalination, fireworks over water, public transit and biking infrastructure, and the provision of affordable housing in coastal communities. In political matters, Marco advises progressive candidates and elected officials on environmental and campaign issues at the local, regional, and state levels.
While best known for his environmental protection practice, Marco also has extensive experience representing responsible developers and small businesses in land use entitlement/permitting matters. With more than 20 years spent fighting development projects, clients are sometimes surprised to find out that during that time, Marco has successfully entitled major hotel developments, marina expansions, residential subdivisions, and industrial/commercial facilities. With this experience, Marco is one of very few San Diego attorneys respected by community, business, labor, and governmental stakeholders to drive collaborative land use and development processes to regulatory approval. Examples of successful efforts on large scale multi-party projects include the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan and City of San Diego Pure Water project.
Throughout the County, Marco also represents restaurants, bars, and nightclubs seeking permits and permit modifications from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and local jurisdictions.
In addition to his efforts in these areas, Marco provides business consulting, transactional, and litigation support to established corporations, start-up companies, film makers, and professional athletes involved in the surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and cycling industries.
Prior to founding CLG, Marco was the Senior Attorney with San Diego Baykeeper (now “Coastkeeper”), an environmental organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of coastal resources throughout San Diego County. He was also the founder and director of the San Diego Baykeeper Environmental Law & Policy Clinic and Chairman/Legal Counsel for the Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Chapter.
Marco has lectured extensively at universities and conferences on a diverse array of environmental issues such as Clean Water Act citizen suit enforcement, desalination policy, land use and planning/smart growth, transit and transportation, coastal armoring and seawall policy, and Mexico-U.S. border water quality. Marco also regularly makes time to speak with law students and new lawyers interested in pursuing careers in environmental law.
Marco’s focus on environmental issues began with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in biology and environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1992). After pursuing graduate studies in conservation biology at San Francisco State University (1993), Marco achieved his Juris Doctor from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon (1997). He was shortly thereafter admitted to the California Bar.
When not working on cases and managing CLG, Marco can often be found surfing alternative board designs at Cardiff Reef, chasing Tuna offshore of San Diego, or mountain biking local trails around North SD County. Marco currently resides in Encinitas with his wife and two young children.
- Environment/Land Use
- Intellectual Property
- Action Sports
- Real Estate
Phone: 760-942-8505 Ext 109
Seyamack Kouretchian is Managing Partner of Coast Law Group, LLP.
Bar / Court Admissions
- State Bar of New York
- State Bar of California
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Court of International Trade
- United States District Court, Southern District of New York
- United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana
- United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
- United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
- United States District of Minnesota
- United States District Court, Northern District of California
- United States District Court, Central District of California
- United States District Court, Southern District of California
- Action Sports
- Intellectual Property
- Online Marketing
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