Payne & Fears has extensive experience representing a diverse range of businesses, industries, and nonprofit organizations in employment, corporate, business, and insurance matters. Our depth of understanding, borne out of decades of industry experience, enables us to provide insightful, practical and responsive legal services to our clients. For more information on Payne & Fears’ services, please explore the industries below.

Financial Institutions

Payne & Fears’ attorneys are experienced in defending financial institutions in a variety of disputes brought against them by individual and commercial borrowers. The complex rules that financial institutions must comply with when issuing loans or seeking foreclosure upon default provide opportunities for borrowers to make allegations of malfeasance. Our attorneys are skilled in litigating and defeating these claims in both state and federal courts.

Healthcare Industry

We represent healthcare providers in a broad spectrum of disputes. We’ve won cases involving improper payment practices, complex state and federal regulatory issues, professional licensing investigations, managed care contracts, partnership and joint venture agreements, Medi-Cal payments, non-competition agreements, liability insurance coverage, stop-loss insurance, non-contracted emergency care, and complex class actions. Our clients come from all areas of the healthcare industry, including hospitals, medical groups, medical device and life science companies, rehabilitation centers, and extended and elder care facilities.

Real Estate & Construction

Payne & Fears’ real estate attorneys have significant experience in guiding clients through various real estate transactions, including property acquisitions and sales, development, construction, leasing, operations, and insurance coverage. Our clients include brokers, real estate investors, commercial and residential developers, title companies, financial institutions, design professionals, contractors, and property owners. Payne & Fears’ attorneys also represent clients in real property and construction disputes in both state and federal courts and in arbitration. When our clients’ real estate and construction interests intersect with other areas of law, we leverage our experience in other practice areas to help them achieve their objectives.

Restaurants & Hospitality

Payne & Fears’ attorneys serve a diverse group of clients from local taco eateries to international resorts. We understand our clients’ unique needs and we provide them with timely and practical advice about current legal developments, outstanding service, and cost-effective legal services. We provide a broad range of employment, traditional labor, and business services to restaurant owners and managers, management companies, franchisees, and hoteliers.


Payne & Fears is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal solutions to support retail businesses at every level, including home goods and specialty stores, grocery stores, department stores, pharmacies, clothing stores, and Fortune 500 corporations.

By leveraging our wealth of experience and knowledge in retail industry employment issues, we are able to handle complex workplace issues, multi-state litigation, and successfully defend the full range of employment-related cases, from single-plaintiff claims to complex class actions filed on behalf of thousands of employees.

Technology, Software, & Startups

The attorneys at Payne & Fears are dedicated to providing technology and startup companies with counsel in the areas of employment law, trade secrets, employee mobility, commercial litigation, and insurance coverage. We are recognized as a go-to law firm with unique experience in partnering with emerging growth companies seeking strategic legal and business advisors who operate at the same fast pace as their business. Our decades of relevant experience, coupled with our entrepreneurial spirit and personalized service, sustain our long-term relationships with technology and startup companies.