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Marialorena Relos has been working with local businesses since she was sixteen years old. A natural with accounting and organization, she opened her own business at the young age of nineteen, consulting start-ups throughout the Silicon Valley. She assisted entrepreneurs in launching their start-ups by setting up their accounting, establishing their business structure, organizing their operations, working with attorneys to form the specific legal entities, assisting in obtaining financing, creating their business and human resource protocols, and finding local talent. She operated her own business all while attending Santa Clara University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science.

After years of working with start-ups, Marialorena Relos returned to law school and obtained a Juris Doctorate in International Law and later an L.L.M. in intellectual property from Santa Clara University School of Law. She did a summer tutorial at Oxford University, Magdalen College.

For over a decade, Marialorena has focused on multiple practice areas, including real property, estates and trusts, civil litigation, intellectual property, conservatorships, construction litigation related to license and bond defense and construction defects, business formation and transactions, and acting as general counsel for various business clients including tech startups, small business owners, residential and commercial buyers and sellers, developers, homeowners associations, restaurant owners and vendors, contractors, brokers, agents, administrators of estates during pro-bate, and other individuals and entities with their needs.

Marialorena provides full-service estate plan preparation, including estate tax avoidance for high income and high-net-worth clients, probate and trust administration, conservatorship services, uncontested guardianship matters, elder law advice, assisting families with children with special needs, and children trusts. She routinely guides clients through the complexities of the probate court system and enjoys assisting clients in preparing a personalized estate plan that fits their needs.

In addition, Marialorena’s experience is highlighted by a solid work history in the real estate industry as a real estate attorney, broker, and property manager. She has experience in all aspects of real estate transactions and litigation in relation to real estate disputes, commercial and residential lease agreements and tenant improvement negotiation and drafting, broker/agent representation and defense, agent/broker license compliance and defense, contracts, and franchise agreements. Her experience is accentuated with reviewing, negotiating, drafting, implementing, and enforcing commercial and residential leases, construction agreements, modifications, and change orders, and experience dealing with state and local governmental agencies with permitting and use issues.

Along with her real estate experience, Marialorena has experience in all aspects of contract review and drafting in relation to intellectual property agreements and technology transfer agreements, including but not limited to, non-disclosure agreements, invention assignment agreements, employee contracts, professional services agreements, software as a service (SaaS) end user license agreements (EULA), terms of service, and other general corporate contracts.

Since obtaining her license, a substantial majority of Marialorena’s practice has involved litigation in all her relevant areas of practice. She has participated in every aspect of a civil litigation case from start to finish, and has acted as second chair at trial assisting lead counsel by reviewing witness testimony, cross-examination, and exhibits and providing follow-up questions, conducting in trial witness preparation, performing research, as well as organizing all pleadings, discovery, and exhibits. She is a certified legal researcher, detailed and thorough in her motion drafting, an excellent negotiator who works consistently to settle her cases, if possible, before trial, and an educator for her clients in the litigation process and as well as what to expect as the case progresses through the courts.

Areas of Practice:

  • Asset Acquisition, Leases, and Transfers
  • ADA Access Defense
  • Business Formation and Transactions
  • Business Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial & Residential Leases and Tenant Improvements
  • Commercial Contracts & Disputes
  • Commercial, Residential, Business, Equipment, and Asset Acquisitions, Leases, and Sales
  • Conservatorships & Uncontested Guardianships
  • Construction Law, Litigation, and License Defense
  • Corporate and Securities
  • Estates & Trusts, High Income and High Net Worth Clients, Estate Tax Avoidance
  • General Counsel
  • Intellectual Property and Start-Ups
  • Neighbor Disputes
  • Probate and Trust Administration and Litigation
  • Real Property
  • Research and Development Agreements
  • Technology and Software Licenses
  • Tree Law
  • Water Law and Water Rights

Bar Admissions: 

California, 2006 Admitted to Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
  • J.D. with a certificate in International Law
  • Summer tutorial at Oxford University, Magdalen College
  • LLM in Intellectual Property
  • Certified Legal Researcher in Westlaw and Lexis

Professional Associations and Achievements:

  • The Expert Network - Distinguished Lawyer Designation for Top 3% of Lawyers in the U.S.
  • Lawyers of Distinction Member 2017
  • California Apartment Association- Compliance Committee Member, 2017
  • State Bar of California
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association- Real Property Section
  • National Association of Realtors
  • California Association of Realtors
  • Santa Clara County Association of Realtors
  • American Bar Association-Member
  • Languages: English and Spanish