Cory Birkhauser, J.D., LL.M.

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Cory Birkhauser is an associate business attorney with the Orange County, California law firm of Brown and Streza, LLP.  His practice centers on representing investors and issuers in corporate transactions, including seed stage, venture capital, venture debt and private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate representative matters.  Cory regularly advises entrepreneurs, companies, and their management on a broad range of corporate governance responsibilities, equity incentive plans and arrangements, employment matters, intellectual property issues, regulatory compliance, and commercial transactions.  He also has experience in the acquisition and disposition of real estate, fund formation and structuring and drafting complex commercial agreements, such as joint venture, strategic alliance and technology license agreements across various industries.

Prior to joining Brown and Streza, Cory was a Senior Staff Accountant with a boutique accounting firm, where he advised clients on the tax implications of partnership and corporate mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, restructurings, dispositions, and distressed assets/debt within consumer products, financial services, real estate, and retail industries.  He also has personal start-up experience building his own company and sharing in the joys and struggles of the entrepreneurs he now represents.

Cory earned his LL.M. in taxation from Loyola University and his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall University in Chicago.  He also has a Bachelors degree in mathematics/economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. 

When he's not at work, Cory can usually be found spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and three kids, Braden, Connor and Hudson. He also enjoys competing in marathons and half-Ironman competitions.

Business Planning, Tax Planning, Risk Management, and Asset Protection

  • Business structuring of entities, corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships
  • Succession planning for business owners, internal business succession plans, buy/sell agreements, management incentive planning and documentation
  • General Counsel to closely held businesses
  • 2016 and 2017 "Southern California SuperLawyers-Rising Star"
    • Published by Los Angeles Magazine and The Journal for Law & Politics. Only 2.5% of Southern California lawyers in Los Angeles and Orange Counties receive this presitigous honor.
  • Brown & Streza LLP, Irvine, California – Associate Attorney – 2014-Present
  • Haskell & White, LLP, Irvine, California – Senior Accountant – 2012-2014
  • Bettinger, LLP, Newport Beach, CA – Associate Attorney – 2011-2012
  • Master of Law (LL.M.) in Taxation, Loyola Law School, 2010
  • Acme World Sports, LLC, Chicago, IL – Director of Client Services - 2006-2009
  • Admitted to practice law in California – 2009
  • Admitted to practice law in Illinois – 2007
  • Juris Doctor, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL – 2007
  • Bachelor of Science, Mathematics and Economics, University of California at Los Angeles – 2003
  • Socks-On Incorporated – Board Member – 2010-2014