Janet L. King
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Partner
Law Firm Name:
King & Sommer, LLP
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Detailed Biography:

Janet L. King has over 33 years of legal experience, focusing her practice on corporate and business transactions, including representing business owners, non-profit organizations, health care providers and women-owned and minority-owned businesses. She also serves as a mediator.


A native Texan, Jan graduated from the University of Texas inAustin in 1975 with honors, and remained in Austin to obtain her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in May 1978.  She worked as a briefing attorney for Honorable Mary Lou Robinson, Chief Justice of the Texas Court of Civil Appeals sitting in Amarillo, Texas, and then served as a Law Clerk for United States District Judge Mary Lou Robinson when she was appointed to the federal bench.  After her clerkship, Jan joined the law firm of Underwood Wilson Berry Stein & Johnson in Amarillo in 1980 as an associate and later a partner.


 


In 1990, Jan and her family relocated to San Antonio and she joined the law firm of Small, Craig & Werkenthin, P.C. as a partner in theirSan Antonio office, and later became the Partner-in-Charge of that office.  In 1999, when Small Craig & Werkenthin, P.C. joined the law firm of Jackson Walker LLP, she became a partner in that firm and remained there until 2007, when she left to form King & Sommer, LLP.


 


Jan attended and completed mediation training at The Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at The University of Texas School of Law.


 


 


Areas of Practice and Expertise
  
Jan has over 33 years of experience representing business entities, business owners and boards of directors in a wide variety of matters including acquisitions, mergers, conversions, formation, entity governance, shareholder agreements, contracts, asset preservation planning, management succession planning, estate planning and employment.  Jan also represents non-profit and tax-exempt organizations, and minority and women-owned businesses. She particularly enjoys representing clients over the long term, being involved in their businesses and counseling on day-to-day as well as major issues.

 

Jan has been rated by her peers with the Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating, the highest rating for both skill and integrity.
 


Representative Matters
 

Some examples of her experience in specific matters includes:

  
·    Representation of clients in connection with distributorship and re-seller agreements, consulting and independent contractor agreements, service and management agreements, software and internet services agreements
  
 ·     Representation of seller is sale of large oil well servicing business

 

·     Representation of sellers in sale of franchise and non-franchise businesses

 

·     Representation of seller of multiple franchise restaurants

 

·     Representation of multiple non-profit organizations (charitable, educational and religious) in connection with formation and obtaining federal tax-exempt recognition and in governance and operations

 

·     Representation of national alcoholic beverage manufacturer in negotiation of long term manufacturing agreement

 

·     Representation of national alcoholic beverage manufacturer in negotiation of international distributorship agreement

 

·      Representation of national alcoholic beverage manufacturer in negotiation international license agreement for trademarks, and for international sale of trademarks

 

·      Representation of multiple clients to obtain minority-owned or women-owned certifications (federal, state, regional and <st1:policysmarttags.cwspolicytagaction_9 w:st="on" tagtype="8">private certifications)

 

·      Representation of employer clients in connection with employment and severance agreements

 

·       Representation of financial institutions and officers and directors of financial institutions in connection with federal regulatory enforcement actions

 

·       Representation of hospital and other health care providers in connection with various business transactions, including analysis of regulatory issues
 

Memberships, Community Involvement and Service

Jan currently serves on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas and is the Chair Elect of that Board. She previously served on the Board of Directors of LEAD SA, a 501(c)(3) educational, charitable organization associated with the North Chamber,  which she formed and for which she obtained tax exempt status. She previously served as Vice President and then President of the Oakes Club, a local professional women’s organization. She is a member of the San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce and has been active in the San Antonio Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).   Jan served as Chair of the Women’s Advisory Board for Sapient Financial Group.

 

Jan served on the Board of Directors of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce for six years, serving as Chair of the Business Development Council and also as Chair of the Leadership and Professional Development Council for a total of three years. 

 

 Jan is a graduate of the Leadership Texas program (Class XXIV) sponsored by the Foundation for Women’s Resources, and is a member of the San Antonio Leadership Texas Alumnae chapter.    She is also a graduate of the Leadership San Antonio program (class of 1999), co-sponsored by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

 

  Jan is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation, the San Antonio Bar Association, the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Texas Association of Bank Counsel, the San Antonio Estate Planners Council and the Alamo Area Mediators Association.  Jan has provided pro bono legal services through the local Wills Clinic for low-income citizens of our community, the Nonprofit Clinic sponsored by Association of Corporate Council and pro bono mediations through the Bexar County DisputeResolution Center.
  
In 2005, Jan was a recipient of a Women’s Leadership Award from the San Antonio Business Journal. Jan was named as one of the Best Lawyers in Business/Corporate in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, and Best Lawyers in Closely Held Business in 2009, 2010, and 2012, and  Best Lawyers in Mergers and Acquisitions in 2011 by “Scene in SA,” as selected by her peers.  In July 2010, Jan and Eileen each received the 2010 Community Service Award from the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
 
Personal
 
            Jan and her husband have been married over 32 years and have three children, 28, 24 and 18 years old.    They are active in First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio.
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Job position:
Partner
Law Firm Name:
King & Sommer, LLP
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University of Texas
Academic degree:
J.D. - Juris Doctor
Dates attended:
... - 1978

School name:
University of Texas
Academic degree:
B.A. - Bachelor of Art
Dates attended:
... - 1974
Honors:
with honors
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