Jeremiah Baba Pagano

Jeremiah Baba Pagano, Esq. LLM


Jeremiah Baba Pagano, Esq., LL.M., CEPA serves as an Attorney at Jacko Law Group, PC (“JLG”) where he supports the critical needs of our clients every day. His knowledge and experience, not only, enhances our ability to provide counsel that aligns with our clients’ transactional needs, but also their overall corporate objectives and strategy for long-term success. Mr. Pagano’s practice was founded on his tax experience, and his ability and foresight to align clients to position their businesses for growth.

As a solutions-led attorney, Mr. Pagano counsels JLG clients on their regulatory, corporate, and tax matters, including analyzing, evaluating, and ensuring compliance processes in the review of all tax and financial documents, analyzing tax consequences for mergers and acquisitions, drafting contracts and agreements, and more. His experience has built the foundation for his passion to strategically advocate for clients and their businesses, to position them to thrive.

Mr. Pagano brings a wealth of experience in investment adviser, broker-dealer, and fund regulatory compliance matters, internal control development, transition services, and operational risk management. His knowledge within the financial services industry allows him to address the needs of his clients, allowing them to mitigate risk and grow to their full potential. Mr. Pagano advises both firms and individuals on their legal and regulatory risks. Counseling his clients on how to mitigate risk while aligning their strategic business practices is a staple in his practice area. Mr. Pagano additionally interfaces with the various state and federal regulatory agencies on behalf of his clients, fiercely advocating for their professional interests. He is also a frequent commentator on securities regulation and investment-related matters.

When developing a Corporate Counsel practice, Mr. Pagano assesses the needs of the business as a genuine trusted partner. Throughout the years, he has provided counsel at various phases of a business, including formation, growth, and final transition and/or sale. Clients leverage his insight when finding methods to enhance their organizations and drafting of corporate documents, including complex shareholder agreements. While serving our clients, the JLG team collaborates with Mr. Pagano when devising plans and strategy – as he has a holistic approach to assessment, including risk mitigation, corporate restructuring, and management transitions.

Mr. Pagano’s clients have also relied on his counsel when navigating the intricacies of Mergers and/or Acquisitions (“M&A”). His continued experience in corporate law allows for strategic planning when it comes to the M&A process. From reviewing sensitive material like NDAs, term sheets, and purchase agreements, Mr. Pagano advocates for JLG’s clients and their best interests. Leveraging his business acumen, Mr. Pagano also assesses the impacts when it comes to his practices, providing ample counsel for transition considerations, such as employment and vendor arrangements. Over time, his ability to steer clients and create their custom timeframe and business strategy is one of many benefits and values he brings to the JLG team.

To complement Mr. Pagano’s M&A experience he also is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA), which has proven to be invaluable to JLG clients as they grow their businesses and plan for the future. Understanding the strategy and path necessary for clients’ goals and long-term objectives, from inception, is one of his many talents within his legal practice. With this designation, he continuously advocates for clients' interests in a multitude of phases of their business, including formation, merger, acquisition, transition, and succession. As an exit planning adviser, he strives to effectively engage business owners and help them build more valuable companies, stronger personal financial plans, and align their personal goals. From formation to succession, he has been able to construct specific strategies for achieving 3, 5, and 10 years - and beyond, navigating significant changes when consolidating businesses with confidence and success.

Throughout his career, Mr. Pagano has focused his practice on tax law, managing matters with the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Tax Court, and the California tax authorities. Mr. Pagano uses his tax acumen to strategically plan and advise clients on the tax effects of a variety of corporate transactions, including taxable and tax-free reorganizations, mergers, sales, and acquisitions. He counsels clients on a variety of subjects, including tax-free reorganizations, tax-efficient return of capital to owners, Qualified Small Business Stock, and various state pass-through entity taxes. Mr. Pagano also drafts tax portions of Operating and Shareholder Agreements for businesses in different industries.

Mr. Pagano is also an industry thought leader, as he has been featured in a handful of publications, including Barron’s Advisor and the National Society of Compliance Professional’s (NSCP) Newsletter. By leveraging his knowledge and experience in tax and other service areas, he has been able to leave an impression on numerous industries, including finance and corporate securities.

Prior to joining JLG, Mr. Pagano served as an Attorney Advisor for the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he coordinated numerous efforts and community works, such as the $16 Billion Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) emergency relief program. Similarly, Mr. Pagano has served as in-house counsel to a 501(c)(3) public charity. Before that, Mr. Pagano gained valuable experience with a number of firms and organizations, such as the University of San Diego Federal Tax Clinic, Eaker Pérez Law, and Higgs, Fletcher, & Mack LLP. Prior to law school, Mr. Pagano followed his entrepreneurial spirit, founding and running his own business in the telecommunications industry. This specific background allows Mr. Pagano to connect with his clients on a deeper level than many other legal professionals. Ultimately, his professional background helped develop his legal acumen, nimble approach to service, and determination, further attesting to his talent and how strong of an asset he is to the JLG team.

In his free time, Mr. Pagano prefers to use his talents to give back to the community. Currently, he volunteers as a Helpline Volunteer with Savvy Ladies, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings financial planning education to women. The goal of Savvy Ladies is to ensure that women have a trusted and reliable resource to get educated about their financial lives and encourage women to build and preserve economic security. The intended outcome is to decrease the number of women who fall prey to financial abuse and exploitation and increase the number of women who understand the importance of educating themselves.

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Operating successfully requires effort from various areas of business such as
accounting, information technology, investing and human resources. Companies also
benefit from the insight of a professional familiar within their industry, including the laws,
restrictions, and other regulations to keep things on the right path.

General corporate counsel (GCC) refers to attorneys who advise businesses and
corporations on all firm needs, especially legal. They provide legal counsel to a
company and its employees – often working travelling to participate in meetings, trials,
depositions, and other legal proceedings.

The Importance of Regular Communication

The responsibilities of a GCC and how often they should meet with management are
determined by the immediate and specific needs of the business. As a rule, it’s
advisable to connect with a GCC at least twice a month in an ongoing legal situation.

Time-sensitive matters are inherent in the business of investment management.

During times without a current matter, firms, at the very least, should have management
meet with its GCC monthly or quarterly to help a business avoid snowballing legal
situations, as well as to stay abreast of recent legal news and updates that may impact
their business. The goal of a GCC is to meet a client’s needs in a timely manner.

Areas to Leverage a GCC

Preparing and reviewing company documents. A GCC is trained in reviewing
documents to determine their specific legalities and meanings. These documents
can include employee contracts, proposals, and other legal documents such as
bylaws and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).

Employee Contracts. This is a specialty area of legal expertise every company
can leverage. A GCC can ensure employee contracts define the terms and
termination of the agreement, set employee role expectations, clarify
responsibilities, set forth guidelines for dispute resolution, and provide clear
expectations for compensation and employee benefits. Every employee contract
should include confidentiality provisions and restrictive covenants that define

specifics regarding NDAs and provisions for non-compete clauses. A GCC can
also help streamline the onboarding process by performing such tasks as a
completing a background check to ensure the safety and security of clients and
other employees. Click here for more information on employee contracts.

Consulting. A GCC adds value by being available to consult with management,
tax experts, accountants, and other employees or advisors. The weight of
importance placed by companies on a GCC is reflected by every decision a
business makes, from hiring to marketing to sales. A GCC can resolve grey
areas and answer the many questions a business has to confront to stay in
compliance and operate consistent with federal, state, and local laws.

Drafting contracts. GCCs can successfully draft and negotiate contractual
agreements dealing with real estate, property, insurance, and third-party
vendors. They can help arrange the best possible deal and mitigate business risk
by analyzing critical areas from a legal perspective.
Planning company policies. Corporate compliance has many moving parts.
GCCs can suggest solutions to the challenge of trying to balance corporate
profitability with potential legal implications. They’re also best suited to help
develop a company’s policies on industry-specific issues, corporate governance,
and regulations.

The team at Jacko Law Group offers businesses the peace of mind in knowing they
have a trusted legal partner that is invested in their success. We help firms maintain
their operations, ranging from corporate governance, contract review, intellectual
property, and more. For more information on how you can leverage a GCC, contact us
at (619) 298-2880 to schedule a consultation.

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