Professional Summary
Education, Admissions, Affiliations & Distinctions

Carl Larson


Carl Larson is a partner in Burkhardt & Larson. He is chiefly responsible for the firm’s business and estate planning practice. Mr. Larson is experienced in all types of entity formations and consults with business owners regarding a wide variety of matters that arise out of manufacturing, distribution, licensing, and other business operations. His estate planning experience includes over 300 fully integrated estate plans.



Represents manufacturers, distributors, and licensors of products sold throughout California and the United States in a wide range of industries including electrical wiring devices, aircraft hangar doors, medical devices, home health care, trade show displays, automotive lubricants and additives, board games, and candy food products. Advises business owners regarding:

  • Formation and Operation of Business Entities
  • Product Development and Commercialization
  • Business Transactions
  • Employment
  • Acquisitions and Sales

Formation of Business Entities

  • Corporations
  • Flexible Purpose Corporations
  • Benefit Corporations
  • Nonprofit Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Joint Ventures
  • Partnerships


  • Supply and Purchase Agreements
  • Vendor Agreements
  • Manufacturing Agreements
  • Sales Agreements
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Invoices
  • Standard Terms and Conditions
  • Sales Representative Agreements
  • Employment Agreements
  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Aircraft Purchase Agreements
  • Aircraft Lease Agreements

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Asset Purchase Agreements
  • Stock Purchase Agreements
  • Termination of Business Entities

Estate Planning

  • Wills & Trusts
  • IRA Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Advance Health Care Directives
  • Probate
  • Estate Litigation

Trust Administration and Probate

Civil Litigation


  • Represented the personal representative of a $22 million probate estate.
  • Represented seller in the $13 million sale of its manufacturing plumbing line of business.
  • Represented seller in the $8 million sale of its irrigation manufacturing line of business.
  • Represented purchaser in the purchase of a nationwide leader in manufacturing aircraft hangar doors.
  • Represented licensor of digital reader technology used in the First Response pregnancy test.


  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States Tax Court


  • President, Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club (2005-2006)
  • President, North Central Democratic Club (300 members) (2003-2005)
  • University of California, San Diego Planned Giving Committee (1992-1996)
  • Martindale-Hubbell, “AV” Rated and Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers


  • University of San Diego School of Law, Masters of Law Taxation, 1992
  • University of California at Davis, Juris Doctor 1987
  • Institute of Japanese Studies, Two Year Certificate, Japanese Language (1986)
  • University of California at Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts (English) 1981


  • Heacock v. Ivorette-Texas, Inc. (1993) 20 Cal. App. 4th 1665
  • Rancho Santa Fe Pharmacy, Inc. v. Seyfert (1990) 219 Cal. App. 3d 875
  • Taggares v. Superior Court (1998) 62 Cal. App. 4th 94