Helping Businesses And Franchises Realize Their Potential

For more than 30 years, our firm has delivered the type of legal advice you might expect from a big corporate firm – but more personal.

Legal Advice For The Life Of Your Business

Whether you are starting a business or buying a franchise, you need legal advice to be successful. To avoid pitfalls and mistakes, it only makes sense to consult a business-oriented attorney.

At Stephen A. Colley, APC, we represent business and franchise owners throughout the North County coastal and inland cities, including San Diego, Encinitas, Carlsbad and San Marcos. We do not see ourselves as just lawyers; we run our own business and have had to grapple with the same issues you face. Before becoming a lawyer, Stephen A. Colley was a licensed real estate broker and was also involved personally in franchising. He knows the pressures business owners are under and the responsibilities they have.

Our Practice Areas


We will work with you closely, ensuring that you enter commercial deals with your eyes open and that every aspect of your business is protected.


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Real Estate

We help business owners with the purchase and sale of real property, commercial leases and interrelated areas such as brokering, escrows, title insurance and other matters.


A well-drafted estate plan ensures your wealth is transferred to the beneficiaries you choose and protects your family from the time, expense and publicity of probate.

The Business Experience To Solve Your Legal Problems Quickly And Cost-Effectively

When you come to Stephen A. Colley, APC, you will get a level of experience that is usually found at large law firms. But unlike a large law firm, you can count on partner-level experience from the beginning of your case to the end. Our attorneys have more than 30 years of business and franchise law experience. Your important legal matter will never be passed off to a junior associate.

Because our legal team has both legal and business experience, we can quickly understand the key issues you face. This means less time and legal expense for legal research and investigation.


  • We keep our fees at a reasonable level.
  • We turn work around quickly.
  • When you retain our services, we will handle your legal matter personally.

Because Your Business Matters

Communication is key to the relationships we build with clients. As your law firm, we will handle the legal issues you face, freeing you to run your business. We will keep you updated on the progress of your legal matter. If you have a question or concern, you will find our legal team available to answer your questions.

For more information about the legal services we offer, contact us online or call Stephen A. Colley, APC.