Louis J. Giraudo


Louis Giraudo brings extensive legal and business experience to his general business law practice. He has spearheaded numerous mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and refinancings for corporate clients on both sides of major transactions.

Lou works with a wide range of clients seeking general business and transactional counsel, and his work on behalf of corporations—many in the food and financial services industries—is focused on mergers and acquisitions of companies with revenues of $50 million to $2.5 billion.

Lou also has broad expertise in negotiating executive employment agreements, federal and state regulatory compliance contracts, venture capital transactions, investment banking transactions, and financial settlements, including senior and subordinated debt associated with mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructurings. In addition, he has negotiated labor agreements for companies with as many as 11,000 employees, as well as acquisitions and sales of hotels and other real property.

A member of the California State Bar, Lou has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of San Francisco and as a member of the Board of Regents of St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School. He has served as a mayoral appointee to several commissions of the City and County of San Francisco. He was president of the San Francisco Police Commission (1985-1991), president of the Public Utilities Commission (1984-1986), and president of the San Francisco Board of Permit Appeals (1982-1984).

He currently serves as a board member of Andre Boudin Bakeries, Inc., Milton’s Baking Company, Gold Coast Baking Company, S&P Company (a real estate holding company) and The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company. Lou also currently serves as trustee of the Kalmanovitz Public Charitable Trust.

In addition to his legal practice, Lou has served as Chairman of The Pacific Coast Baking Company, Mother’s Cake & Cookies, Preferred Trade, Inc. (an NYSE Broker Dealer), Pabst Brewing Company, The Ascentia Wine Group, and as a director of Overhill Farms.

Lou holds an undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco (USF). He earned his law degree at USF in 1974 and also holds an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the same institution.