Ilene Goldstein Block

Ilene Goldstein Block

Sacramento, California

Ilene Block provides business owners and executives with experienced legal counsel in the areas of corporate, commercial, real estate and intellectual property law. Ms. Block often operates as an outside general counsel, handling the numerous ongoing legal needs of local, regional and national companies.

Legal Experience

In her more than 33 years of practice, Ms. Block has assisted clients in all stages of the life cycle of a business, including the formation, the ongoing operation and growth as well as the transition of the business to new owners through a planned process to maximize the sales price for the selling owners. Ms. Block advises her clients on issues that commonly occur in the ongoing operation of a business, including:

  • Properly maintaining the business’ legal entity.
  • Corporate governance, including rights, duties and obligations of shareholders, officers, directors and members, as applicable.
  • Handling employee matters.
  • Negotiating, drafting and reviewing a wide variety of business contracts, including, but not limited to, confidentiality agreements, independent contractor agreements, licensing and distribution agreements, as well as lease agreements for both real and personal property, and handling financing issues and options for expansion or sale of the business.
  • Registering state and federal trademarks and service marks.
  • Drafting intellectual property licensing agreements and related documents.
  • Dealing with disputes that arise between business owners.
  • Succession planning, focusing on maximizing the return to the retiring owners from the transition of the business, either through a sale or a gifting program to family members.
  • Stock and asset sales transactions (either on the purchase side to expand the business or the sale side to transition out of the business).

Over the course of her career, Ms. Block has developed an expertise in assisting business owners to maximize the value of the owner’s business as part of the process of transitioning from business ownership into the client’s next phase of life. This expertise includes working with a team of key advisors in the areas of finance, management consulting, business brokerage and money management. As an integral part of this team, Ms. Block begins working with clients several years before the client intends to transition out of the business. This extended planning period allows each area of the business to be examined and changed to be implemented, as needed, to maximize the client’s business value.

Ms. Block prides herself on educating her clients to enable them to best use her services to minimize ongoing legal fees. This education is based on the cornerstone concept of ongoing attention to legal issues and details as part of any business management’s regular responsibilities. Ms. Block has many long time clients who call her regularly to discuss both routine business issues as well as major, strategic and long term business decisions.

Ms. Block began her career with Price Waterhouse Tax Department primarily handling tax research matters. Ms. Block then spent several years as in-house counsel to the Restaurant Enterprises Group, Inc. (formerly a division of W.R. Grace, Inc.) handling a wide variety of corporate matters, including contract drafting and review, oversight of all restaurant leases as well as all corporate trademarks and service marks.

She moved to Sacramento in 1989 to accept a position as in-house counsel to Sacramento Savings Bank where she continued the same type of work, while also handling the bulk of the bank’s mergers and acquisitions and its corporate maintenance. Prior to joining Duggan Law Corporation, Ms. Block was Senior Counsel at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard for 3 years, which followed 10 years as an owner/partner in Berry & Block, LLP, which she co-founded in October, 2004.  Prior to Berry & Block, Ms. Block spent two and a half years as a partner with Livingston & Mattesich Law Corporation (now Greenberg Trauig, LLP).

Ms. Block lives in Sacramento with her husband, a devoted ironman triathlete, and her two great danes, Jack and Roxy. She has two adults sons, both pursuing their post-college educations. In her free time, Ms. Block enjoys running, weight training, yoga, rowing and her newest venture, WomenUp – a sponsorship, mentorship and networking organization that connect accomplished and aspiring women who want to work together to move all women forward in their careers.

Practice Examples

Following are examples of legal matters Ms. Block has handled for clients:

  • Developed and implemented a strategy for a shareholder to purchase the shares of a departing shareholder of a $30,000,000 company construction, followed by a tax free spin-off of the company’s service business and the formation of a new company for the selling shareholder.  Assisted in the development and drafted documents for employee bonus programs and a buy-out of both shareholders by their key employees over time as part of an overall business transition plan.
  • Formed a new Nevada corporation to purchase the intellectual property of an existing $50,000,000 California IP company to allow key employees to purchase a company interest. The key IP of the California corporation was appraised and licensed to the new Nevada corporation over a period of time, which allowed the shareholders of the California corporation to recoup their financing of the development of the software, while the license to the Nevada corporation allowed key employees to own a part of the ongoing company, which will buy out the license at the end of its term and continue to develop and update the software going forward.
  • Worked with a specific team of professionals to plan an exit strategy to be implemented over a period of three years to assist a business in increasing its EBITDA by $1,000,000, thereby increasing its sales price by $5,000,000.

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Estate Planning
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • University of California, Davis School of Law, Davis, California
    • J.D. - 1984
  • California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, California
    • B.A. - 1981


  • The Business of Lawyering, Adjunct Professor, King Hall School of Law, UC Davis, 2015 - 2016

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated Attorney
  • Top Lawyer, Sacramento Magazine, 2016 - 2017
  • Best of the Bar, Sacramento Business Journal, 2015, 2017
  • Women Who Mean Business Honoree, Sacramento Business Journal

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California State Bar Association, Member
  • Team Donate Life, Inc., Past President; Board Member 2008 - 2014
  • The Chester Foundation, Board Member, 2011 - Present
  • She Shares, Mentor
  • AgStart Committee, Chair, 2015 - 2016
  • Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA), Board Member, 2015 - 2016
  • SACTO, Board Member, 2014 - 2015
  • Fourth Wave (Women Led Technology), Advisor
  • WomenUp – Connecting Accomplished and Aspiring Women , Founder and CEO, 2016 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard, Senior Counsel
  • Berry & Block, LLP, Owner & Partner
  • Livingston & Mattesich Law Corporation (now Greenberg Trauig, LLP), Partner