At The Law Offices of Billy Chan, we provide a wide range of business counsel. Our principal attorney Billy Chan is dedicated to providing efficient legal services catered to the particular needs of each of our clients.

We value trust, responsiveness, and sound legal advice. Our values have helped us to develop long and strong relationships with our clients as we work with them to determine how we can best address the legal needs of their businesses. 

We counsel new companies, established businesses, individual entrepreneurs, family shops, large enterprises, multi-entity groups, private firms, small corporations, and big partnerships. We understand that each client is different. We strive to identify those differences, understand what each client needs, and provide exactly that. No more, no less. We hope that you agree with our service goals, and we invite you into our website to learn more about Billy and the services that we offer.



Billy Chan completed his undergraduate education at UCLA, where he graduated with honors. He attended law school at Berkeley, then-known as the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).

Billy is an active member of the legal community. He is a Past President of both the Asian American Bar Association and the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California. He has served as the Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and previously held the Secretary position of that organization. He is a founding and active member of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association.

His pro bono efforts include service as General Counsel of the San Francisco Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce, Secretary and General Counsel of the Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, and General Counsel of the Young Filipino Professionals Association. 

Billy has received awards from the Minority Bar Coalition and the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California for his service to the San Francisco community. He has been recognized in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 by Northern California Super Lawyers as a Northern California Rising Star, which is granted to less than 2% of all eligible lawyers.

"The Basics of Trademark Law," Small Business Administration Oakland 
"Band Agreements," California Lawyers for the Arts 
"Corporate and IP Law for Small Businesses," Small Business Association Richmond 
"Entertainment Law 101," Asian American Music Conference

Asian American Bar Association – Past President 
Filipino Bar Association of Northern California – Past President 
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association – Solo and Small Firm Committee Chair 
San Francisco Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce – General Counsel 
Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce of Northern California – General Counsel and Secretary 
Young Filipino Professionals Association – General Counsel

2009-2015 Northern California Rising Stars List, Northern California Super Lawyers 
2012 Individual of the Decade Award, YFPA 
2007 Service Award, Filipino Bar Association of Northern California 
2006 Unity Award, Minority Bar Coalition



We can serve a wide range of clients, from individual entrepreneurs to multi-entity groups of companies, and everything in between, though most of our clients tend to be newer, growing businesses. Our clients operate in a broad spectrum of industries: restaurant, service, retail, travel, manufacturing, creative, advertising, technology, professional, real estate, consulting, and sales. We counsel our clients through business contracts and other transactional issues that arise in the formation or operation of their companies. For some of our clients we serve as outside general counsel, handling most general business matters in our office, and bringing in specialized counsel as needed, such as for securities issues or litigation. 

In a typical outside general counsel arrangement, we will have weekly scheduled meetings with the client. Those meetings are billed at a lower rate, and in those meetings we review completed work and identify new matters and next steps. Outside of those meetings, we handle all or most of the general business work, such as a letter of intent, or manufacturing agreement, and we work with outside counsel to address the rest, such as funding documents or patent prosecution. 

Whether we are serving as outside general counsel or on a traditional engagement, our clients frequently call on us for advice, counsel, negotiation, or drafting on or of the documents listed below. 

Formation documents: articles of incorporation and bylaws, articles of organization and operating agreements, initial meeting minutes or consents. 

Documents to address the following transactions or subject matter: letters of intent to lease property or purchase assets, confidentiality and nondisclosure obligations, commercial leases, asset purchases, manufacturing, business services, licensing, technology, creative services, client services.

There are many other documents and matters that we can handle, but that are not listed. If you own or operate or manage a business, and you have a legal question about that business, please contact us about it.  



Our office is located in Suite 401 of the 22 Battery Building, just above Market Street in the heart of the San Francisco Financial District. The EMBARCADERO Bart/Muni station is only one block away from our office.

22 Battery Street, Suite 401, San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 986-1812