Randy Kenworthy, is a native of Sonoma County, born in Santa Rosa. Following his undergraduate education at SSU in Business Management, he received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1974 and was admitted to the California Bar that year. During more than 35 years with the firm, his practice has focused on strategic estate and business planning with emphasis on real estate, closely held businesses, and business transactional legal services.
He has extensive experience in the wine industry, representing wineries, vineyard owners and farming enterprises, including numerous family-owned businesses. Randy’s wine industry practice includes the sale and acquisition of wineries and vineyards, as well as vineyard leasing, farming agreements, and grape purchase agreements.
Mr. Kenworthy advises clients on business planning and business entity selection, and assists in the formation of corporations, partnerships, joint ventures and limited liability companies. He has represented numerous closely held businesses in connection with their initial organization, management, internal governance, record keeping and legal compliance, as well as the dissolution, liquidation, merger and conversion of business entities.
Randy represents real estate investors, owners, developers and other entities in planning, negotiating and documenting complex real estate transactions, including sales, acquisitions, exchanges, options, easements, property management, construction financing, permanent financing, ground leases, and the leasing of office, shopping center, and commercial space. His services include ongoing lease administration, and assistance with the operation and management of shopping centers, office buildings and other commercial real estate investments.
Mr. Kenworthy also provides estate planning services which emphasizes family business and real estate succession, and the formation of family limited partnership and limited liability company entities to preserve family wealth, ownership, and control, and to facilitate tax efficient intergenerational transfers. He provides analysis, guidance and planning for effective use of exemptions from California’s complex Prop 13 “change of ownership” reassessment rules for California real property. His planning services also include premarital planning and the preparation of premarital agreements.
Mr. Kenworthy, a life-long resident of Sonoma County, is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law.