Mia R. Shirley


Mia Rose Shirley is an associate attorney with Friedemann Goldberg LLP, practicing in the Banking, Business, Real Estate, and Litigation groups. She has been an attorney with the firm since 2013.

Ms. Shirley graduated with her bachelors degree from the University of California, San Diego, majoring in economics and mathematics. She is a graduate of The College of William & Mary School of Law, cum laude, where she was Executive Editor of the Environmental Law and Policy Review, a member of the Moot Court team, and a graduate research fellow.

While in law school, Ms. Shirley interned with the US Department of Commerce and a business law firm in Richmond, Virginia.

Since joining Friedemann Goldberg, she has represented clients in matters of business disputes, commercial litigation, trust & estate litigation, and the formation and sale of small businesses.

Specific experience includes:

Business Transactional
  • Formation (LLC, Corp., Partnerships)
  • Sale
  • Owner buy-outs
  • Women-owned businesses
  • Real Property
  • Contested Trust and Probate Matters
  • Business Litigation
  • Trust and Estate Administration


  • Juris Doctorate, cum laude
  •     College of William & Mary - Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts
  •     University of California, San Diego

Bar Admissions


  • State Bar of California - Business Law Section
  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • Sonoma County Women in Law
  • Sonoma County Economic Development Board, Year of the Entrepreneur Task Force (2015)
  • Board Member, Santa Rosa Young Professional Network (2016)


Speaking Engagements

Selected Representative Matters

Transactional - Business

Represent companies in matters of sales, formation, entity governance, and contractual matters:

• Represented mobile application start-up company from formation through first round of debt-equity financing
• Drafted bylaws, articles of incorporation, shareholder agreement, subscription agreements, convertible notes
• Drafted terms and conditions
• Represented restaurant owners in sale of business and real estate
• Negotiated purchase agreement
• Oversaw due diligence
• Advised clients on entity governance issues, employment issues, and transition
• Counseled California LLC on conversion to Delaware Corporation
• Drafted plan of conversion and restated bylaws
• Advised individual LLC member on entity governance issues and individual member rights
• Delivered strategic advice to LLC managing member regarding entity governance
• Analyzed operating agreement

Trust & Estate Litigation

Represent fiduciaries and beneficiaries in contested trust and estate litigation matters:

• Settled contested estate litigation matter involving the ownership of a real estate partnership
• Achieved final distribution of estate in favor of client
• Drafted and successfully argued motion to transfer venue and consolidate with related case
• Drafted and successfully argued opposition to motion to vacate judgment
• Settled claim against trustee and beneficiary of undue influence and lack of capacity
• Resolution included dismissal of suit and finalization of trust administration in favor of client
• Successfully argued for modification of irrevocable trust
• Drafted petition for approval of proposed modification
• Regularly draft petitions and objections to petitions in contested matters
• Attend hearings

Lender Representation

Represent financial institutions in transactional and regulatory matters:

• Advised lender (secured creditor) on sale of note and deed of trust to unsecured creditor
• Drafted and negotiated loan purchase agreement
• Drafted Regulation E and E-Sign disclosures in consumer banking agreements
• Represented lender in foreclosure of commercial property
• Negotiated with borrower to come into compliance with terms of promissory note and deed of trust
• Oversaw sale of commercial property to third-party purchaser achieving full satisfaction of payments on note
• Delivered advice to lender regarding necessary documentation from LLC borrower prior to lending
• Worked with counsel for numerous LLCs to correct LLC operative documents

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