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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Key Steps When Drafting a Contract, Agreement, and/or Corporate Document
May 26, 2022

No business can operate without the use of contracts. Partnership agreements, Employment contracts, and agreements with third-party vendors are among the most commonly used contracts needed to define business responsibilities and specify legal remedies if agreed-upon conditions are not met.


Writing or reviewing a contract can be an intimidating process. While boilerplate language is essential for any contract, there are several key questions and components that must be considered before entering into any agreement.


What’s the intent of both parties? What’s our goal? What do we need to do? What do we hope to accomplish? This is a step often overlooked, yet essential for the parties involved. Defining the duties of each party is the second most important thing. Your attorney can work with you to define the goals and intent of the document. 


When you receive a document or a contract from another party, you should contact your corporate counsel to review it and make sure the client is protected. A simple contract needing boilerplate language, terms, considerations and duties of the parties can be assessed quickly. Longer, more complicated documents can take days.


The Value Corporate Attorneys Can Provide


Reading the fine print is often offered as cautionary advice when it comes any contract or agreement. While important, it’s the failure to adhere to conditions that often results in breach of contract issues and other legal disputes. When you receive a document or a contract from another party, you should contact your corporate counsel for review to ensure the appropriate protections are considered.


Legal counsel provides guidance to your firm when it comes to complicated matters regarding contracts, especially when establishing a clear understanding of the duties and obligations of both parties and defining the terms and conditions.


Whether you’re new to the process or have been involved preparing contracts before, it’s advantageous to seek legal advice on some or all of the following:


  • Reviewing the Basics. A contract must include an offer made by one party and an acceptance of the offer by the other party. The exchange of something of value, sometimes referred to as considerations, is the reason contracts are written. There may be further requirements for the contract depending on state laws.


  • Offer and Acceptance. It’s common in business for the accepting party to request more time “to think about it.” When a deadline isn’t set, offers don’t expire, but attorneys can help define a reasonable amount of time to keep your offer on the table based on a variety of factors including previous contracts between the parties.


  • Accepting an Offer. This is usually a simple and straightforward act when dealing with business contracts. Someone makes an offer and you either agree or don’t agree to the terms set forth. Some contracts include provisions that must be met prior to acceptance.

  • Rejections and Counteroffers. It’s common in business for one party to make an offer, only to have the other party reject or amend the offer in an attempt to negotiate a better deal. Contract attorneys can help you determine whether it’s legally advisable to make a counteroffer or accept one.


It’s wise to have a qualified attorney review a business contract before an offer is either made or accepted to protect your best interests and help you avoid sleepless nights. Contact us at (619) 298-2880 to schedule a consultation.

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