G arrett Sutton is no stranger to starting new Corporate Direct, which helps business owners, including real estate investors, start and maintain their business entities. In his career spanning more than 40 years, Sutton has started, failed, pivoted, and succeeded—all of which have helped him gain the knowledge he shares with clients and readers of his many business books. ventures. He’s a real estate investor, author, and film producer on top of running his law firm, intersection of business and law. His father, a superior court judge, would often talk shop—discussing the unfortunate outcomes many companies met in his courtroom for flouting the law, whether willfully or out of ignorance. Sutton studied business at the University of California - Berkeley and went on to UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. During his years at large law firms in California and Washington, D.C., he said he was often intrigued by his clients’ ventures. “You have a lot of clients that are doing a lot of interesting things, and you’re thinking to yourself, ‘Gee, that seems like that would be enjoyable,’” he said. “So, it occurred to me at some point I probably would want my own business.” In 1992, he took the leap and started his law firm in Reno, Nevada, where he had moved a few years earlier to get away from big city life. He said making the move was “a little harrowing at the start,” but he had confidence knowing it was “a well-worn path” for those in his field. Sutton’s firm practiced corporate law for clients but over time morphed into its current highly specialized focus on formation and maintenance of corporate entities, such as LLCs and corporations. The firm helps owners and entities nationwide. THE PATH TO LAW From an early age, Sutton was drawn to the “I’ll get on the phone with people all over the country— in some cases, from around the world if they’re going to invest in the U.S.—and I’ll talk to them about what they’re doing,” Sutton said. “They’re investing in real estate, flipping houses, they’re starting a business, and it’s enjoyable to talk to people from so many different walks of life and see what people are doing across the country.” He said his clients appreciate the firm’s narrow, specific purpose—and that’s a lesson he thinks other business owners can appreciate, he said. “Do you want to provide a broad array of services and be OK at all of them, or do you want to be focused?” he said.

Attorney Garrett Sutton is the author of many books for business owners and real estate investors. He writes his books in a traditional way: longhand on a yellow legal pad. His newest title, “Veil Not Fail: Protecting Your Personal Assets from Business Attacks,” is set to be released this year. The book aims to help readers avoid adding to an eye-opening statistic: In about 50% of cases where a business is sued, the corporate veil meant to shield personal assets is pierced, usually because the business owner didn’t follow specific regulatory protocols within the business. “You don’t know what you don’t know. If someone has done their entity online, they really should read this book,” Sutton said.


Start Your Own Corporation: Why the Rich Own Their Own Companies and Everyone Else Works for Them Run Your Own Corporation: How to Legally Operate and Properly Maintain Your Company into the Future Loopholes of Real Estate: Secrets of Successful Real Estate Investing The ABCs of Getting Out of Debt: Turn Bad Debt into Good Debt and Bad Credit into Good Credit Buying & Selling a Business: How You Can Win in the Business Quadrant Writing Winning Business Plans: How to Prepare a Business Plan That Investors Will Want to Read—And Invest In Scam-Proof Your Assets: Guarding Against Widespread Deception

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How to Use Limited Liability Companies & Limited Partnerships: Getting the Most Out of Your Legal Structure Toxic Client: Knowing and Avoiding Problem Customers Wyoming Corporate Handbook To learn more about Sutton’s titles, visit the Resources section of his website,

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