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I was born in San Jose, California and have lived my entire life in Silicon Valley. Before attending law school, I spent 10 years working with local startups in the technology industry. Not only did that experience give me a solid foundation within the industries of business and technology, but it also opened my eyes to a realm of new possibilities. I saw up close how devastating the litigation process can be for small companies, and my interest in law began to grow.

The more I witnessed the impact of legal problems in small businesses, the greater my interest became. At that time, I knew of very few female attorneys but was entirely confident that my knack for solving puzzles could only be an asset to the businesses I would be working with in the future. So I went out to California State University, got my business administration degree, then proceeded to law school at Golden Gate University. Three years later, I passed the California Bar Exam on my first try and knew with complete certainty that I had found the right way to help local businesses.

The challenge of solving legal puzzles is what got me into law. The way it helps my clients thrive is what keeps me coming to work each day.

A Practice Catered to Business Owners & Employers

When I first established The Law Office of Lynnette Ariathurai, A Professional Corporation, in 1994, I catered the practice specifically to business and corporate law. As you can see by exploring this site, my focus has since grown to incorporate employment law for employers, as well.

Essentially, any business law service you require, my firm can provide — all while catering our approach to your company’s needs as well as your professional and budgetary goals:

  • Business Formation. I can counsel you on choosing an entity type, drafting contracts and employee handbooks, and generally making smart choices for your business.
  • Business Changes. Speak with me before buying or selling a business, changing entity types, updating contracts, or making other changes that could have legal implications.
  • Business Maintenance. Consult with me on the day-to-day decisions that keep your business on the right path (working with independent contractors, deciding when to take disciplinary actions against employees, brainstorming ways to make your company run more smoothly, etc.).
  • Business Dispute Resolution. When disputes arise over matters such as contracts, discrimination, and wrongful termination, I lead my team in determining whether to mediate, arbitrate, or litigate your case.
  • General Legal Consulting. I am here to be your advocate, guide, and sounding board. Let my decades of knowledge work to your benefit through regular consultations.

Bar Admissions

  • California State Bar, 1994


  • J.D. – Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, 1993
    • Honors: Top 15% of class
  • B.S. in Business Administration – California State University, East Bay (formerly Hayward), 1989
    • Honors: Top 11% of class

Classes & Seminars

  • CoAmerica Bank, “Myths of Incorporating,” 2009
  • National Business Institute, “Limited Liability Companies,” 2005 – 2007

Published Works

  • National Business Institute, “Limited Liability Companies,” August 2007
  • National Business Institute, “Sub-S Corporation: Exploring the Advantages,” November 2006

Pro Bono Activities

  • Advising Board of Directors of Non-Profit Corporations, 2005 – Present