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Tamara B. Pow

Founding Partner

Business and Real Estate Attorney

One Almaden Boulevard, Suite 700
San Jose, CA 95113

Tamara Pow is a founding partner of Strategy Law, LLP. Her practice focuses on partnerships and the needs of business owners and real estate investors. She provides legal advice for various business transactions, including negotiating contracts, limiting liability, company-side employment matters and tax planning. Tamara has extensive experience with the formation and representation of corporations, LLCs, LLPs, general partnerships and limited partnerships. She also handles 1031 exchange tax planning and other real estate matters, including purchase and sale agreements, due diligence reviews and leases.

If you have to hire a lawyer, Tamara recommends that you select one that protects you, helps you grow your business, and reduces your legal risks of exposure to lawsuits through proactive advice. Her goal is to support the growth of your business so that you can focus on running your business by delegating the legal tasks. You can feel secure knowing that you have someone to call when legal issues or questions arise in the future. If she cannot handle it, Tamara has the resources to help you find a solution by referring you to the right person, either at Strategy Law, LLP or elsewhere if appropriate.

Benefits of Working with Tamara

  • Tamara is one of an elite class of California business attorneys that holds both an MBA and a California Real Estate Broker license (License # 01860035).
  • Tamara has experience assisting thousands of businesses with their legal needs, and she is an experienced business owner through the start-up and operational phases.
  • As well as having a California Real Estate Broker license, Tamara has experience making personal investments in commercial, office, multi-family and residential real estate.
  • Tamara has also invested in several LLCs, LLPs and privately held corporations, so she can give you the hands-on advice you need, rather than the text-book theory.
  • Tamara’s past experience as a Tax Consultant at Price Waterhouse enables her to spot tax issues for your business and work efficiently with your accountant for optimal tax benefits.
  • She consistently helps her clients avoid liabilities in their business structures and agreements so that they can operate with confidence and sleep better at night.
  • Tamara will help you find solutions that work for your business, instead of telling you what you cannot do.
  • You tell Tamara what your goals are, and she will focus on finding a way to help get you there.
  • You will have paralegals and other attorneys available to assist you as needed.
  • If a lawsuit is threatened or filed against you or your company, Tamara will connect you with an experienced litigator.
  • As a client, you are encouraged to come to Tamara with any question or concern you may have while you are a client. If your question or concern is outside of our firm’s area of expertise, Tamara will help you find the appropriate attorney or other professional.

Prior Experience

  • Tamara founded Strategy Law, LLP in San Jose in 2014. Previously, she founded Structure Law Group, LLP in San Jose in 2005 and grew it from a two person law firm to a seven attorney firm. Prior to that, Tamara was an attorney in the Hopkins & Carley Corporate Advice & Transactions Department and the leader of the firm’s Tax Practice Group in San Jose. Before practicing law, she was a tax consultant at Price Waterhouse LLP, focusing on tax controversies, IRS and FTB audits, business planning issues and both individual and corporate tax returns.

Education

  • J.D., University of California at Davis School of Law
  • M.B.A., UC Davis Graduate School of Management
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Bachelor’s Degree, University of California Los Angeles
  • Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Real Property and Business Law Sections Executive Committee
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Solo and Small Firms, Taxation
  • Former Chairperson of the Young Tax Lawyers Section
  • California Real Estate Broker – License No. 01860035 since 2009
  • Mensa Society – Member Since: 1992

Admitted to Practice:

  • State of California 1996
  • United States Tax Court 1998

Practice Areas:

  • Partnerships
  • Real Estate
  • Business Transactions
  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Contracts

Honors

  • Top 50: 2020 & 2023 Women Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Top 100: Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2023 Northern California Super Lawyers List
  • 2022 Northern California Super Lawyers List
  • 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers List
  • 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers List
  • 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers List
  • 2018 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award
  • Voted one of the 2017 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
  • Tamara was voted one of Silicon Valley’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2008, in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Annual Top 40 Under 40 edition. Tamara was featured in the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal as one of the “40 rising stars in the valley.”

Publications & Presentations:

  • 2023: Santa Clara County Bar Association – Corporate Transparency Act
  • 2023: Santa Clara County Dental Society – Best Practices for your Dental Business
  • 2023: Santa Clara County Bar Association – When Women Own Firms: How to Lead, Originate, and Develop Business as a Woman
  • 2023: Keller Williams Realty – LLC vs. S-Corp for Realtors & Investors
  • 2021: Silicon Valley Attorneys Affinity Group ProVisors presentation “Limited Liability Companies Top 10 Mistakes”
  • 2021: California Proposition 19 Webinar
  • 2017: 1031 Exchanges and Partnerships (Drop & Swap and Swap & Drop)
  • 2017: Speaker at San Jose State University Guardian Scholars Meeting
  • 2015: California Choice of Entity & BRE Licensed Corporations
  • 2015: Choice of Entity in California: Non Tax Considerations
  • 2014: IRS-SJSU Small Business Tax Institute – Choice of Entity in California
  • 2013: After the Term Sheet: Top Ten Items in Loan Documents That You Don’t Want to Ignore
  • 2011: Understanding California Business Entities
  • 2011: Smart Women Finish Rich
  • 2010: Smart Women Finish Rich
  • 2010: Understanding California Corporate Entities – California Corporations, LLCs and Partnerships
  • 2009: Understanding Business Entities in California
  • 2008: Tenants in Common and other Methods of Holding Title in California
  • 2007: California LLCs
  • 1999: Stock Redemptions
  • 1998: Stock Options, Corporate Considerations and income Taxation

Podcasts/Radio Appearances

Organizations/Associations:

  • Young Mens Service League, Rancho Chapter 2021-2025
  • Vistage 2012-2018

Causes & Charities Supported:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Jewish World Service
  • Anti Defamation League
  • California State Parks
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Silicon Valley Education Foundation
  • Stroke Awareness Foundation
  • Via Services, Inc./Ability Path

Community Activities:

  • City of Cupertino Public Safety Commission, 2008-2012
  • Former Member, Commissioner, 2 years as Vice-Chair, 2 years as Chair

Tamara and her husband live in Cupertino with their three sons, a dog, a cat and a flock chickens. She enjoys trail running, gardening and visiting local wineries in her spare time.