Business Formation Resources
To search for, or set up, a business in California, start with the California Secretary of State:
For a Fictitious Business Name (a “dba”), go to your County Recorder. In San Diego:
Obtain your Business Tax Certificate to transact business in your city or region. In San Diego:
Obtain all required business licenses and permits specific to your business and industry. This varies by industry and may require various licenses and permits from federal, state, county, or city agencies.
Employment Law Resources
California employers are required to comply with federal employment law and California employment law. Employment law is complex, and California requirements differ in important ways from federal law. Consult a specialist to develop proper employment law policies and practices. Here are a few resources to provide initial orientation to agencies and materials you may need for your business.
For an overview of California employment law:
Additional federal litigation resources:
Model Ninth Circuit Civil Jury Instructions:
For an overview of 42 U.S.C. 1983 civil rights litigation:
State Courts (selected):
Additional state litigation resources:
CACI Civil Jury Instructions:
For an overview of state law causes of action and defenses: