Donald Simon, Esq. of Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP
On October 10, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation to make a new form of corporate structure available to California companies. AB 361 allows companies to adopt the “Benefit Corporation” form of entity starting January 1, 2012. Donald Simon sat on the legal working group that drafted and promoted the passage of this legislation. He will briefly describe what it means and how this legislation will help to create a platform for innovative entrepreneurs to build great companies that generate high-quality jobs and economic development for communities. Donald Simon, a partner at the Oakland law firm of Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, primarily focuses on matters related to construction law, green building and environmental policy. He has broad experience representing public and private clients on a multitude of contract, litigation, regulatory and general business issues. He is a co-founder of Wendel Rosen’s Green Business Practice Group and led the firm’s internal sustainability efforts, including becoming the first law firm to attain green business certification. He is a national leader and speaker for the green economy and has devoted himself to creating the framework necessary for incenting business to become the engine of environmental sustainability. In addition, Donald sat on the legal working group to draft and promote the passage of AB 361, California’s recently passed Benefit Corporation legislation.