Rafael Rios | Saint Helena Small Business Lawyer


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Rafael Rios

Business, Real Estate, Immigration, Estate, Alcoholic Beverages, Wine and Vineyard Industry Law

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Rafael Rios is a life-long resident of the Napa Valley. He was raised in St. Helena, grew-up working in the vineyards and wineries, and graduated from St. Helena High School in 1985. He then went on to U.C Davis where he earned his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture. After working in landscape architecture and in land planning for several years Rafael decided to study law at Santa Clara University Law School. He has been practicing law in Napa since 1994. After law school, Rafael returned to the Napa Valley, became a member of the Napa County Bar Association, and joined Coombs & Dunlap, LLP in 1994 where he became a partner and practiced through 2008. He opened his own office January 1, 2009. Opening his own office has allowed Rafael to better meet he needs of his clients. He is directly involved in the wine industry as an original, managing member of Rios Wine Company, LLC and now the founder and managing member of Justicia Wines, LLC. Rafael has significant years of experience in areas of law that overlap or intersect with estate planning – such as formation of family LLC’s and partnerships, family law, immigration, and real estate (including ownership of vacation properties in Mexico). Rafael is an active member of the community and has served on various boards and organizations including the St. Helena Kiwanis Club, the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce, the Napa County Hispanic Network, the Calistoga Family Center, and Clinica Verde. Currently, Rafael is a member of the Board of Trustees of Napa Valley College, and a member of the Napa Sonoma Mexican American Vintners Association. He is also a member of the Napa County Bar Association and the Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
I assisted a woman whose husband passed away transfer the family home into her and her minor son’s name through probate. The home was the only asset of the estate and title was in the deceased husband’s name alone. There was a mortgage on the property and she had no idea what to do. Some time had passed before she found me. We were able to deal with the husbands creditors and she and her son were able to keep the home.

How did you build a successful practice?
To build a successful practice you have to build and maintain an excellent reputation for being honest, truthful, practical, and realistic about what you can and cannot do for the client. You have to listen and identify the client’s real problems and goals. You must work with the client and not in isolation from the client to formulate a plan or strategy achieve the best outcome you can and always keep the client involved.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
See above.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
Very important in some cases, in business and real estate transactions and disputes it is very helpful to be familiar with the local economy and market, knowing and having worked with or against other local attorneys often broadens the possibilities for structuring deals and/or reaching settlement. In matter that go before out local courts, its always helpful to have an attorney with whom the judges and court personel are familiar.

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An orientation, feedback to that allows the potential client to better assess his or her case. People often base their expectation on what other non-lawyers have told them or something they read – which is almost always inaccurate. That initial orientation can often help reset expectations, a better understanding of the potential clients matter, and often helps relieve some stress.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
The names and contact information for everyone involved in the matter for conflicts checks.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I grew up in my community, I have an excellent reputation in my community. My goal is to educate the client so that we can work together on their matter which often leads to better outcomes and higher satisfaction to the client.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Helping my clients be successful.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
Business. I also have an MBA and enjoy consulting with clients in planning and operating their businesses.

Are you involved in your community?
I serve on our local community college board of trustees

Position Organization Location Duration
PrincipalLaw Office of Rafael Rios IIISaint Helena, CAPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
Santa Clara UniversityJ.D. Law School1989  
Sonoma State UniversityMastersBusiness Administration Concentration In Wine2018
University of California DavisBachelorsLandscape Architecture1989
State / Court Date
California1994
  • Napa County Bar Association | Member | 1994 - Present
    Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    Mexican-American Vintners Association | Present
  • Over 25 years of experience practicing law.
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    "Rafael Rios has been my attorney for 9 years now. He has represented me in both business and personal matters. I will always go to him first when I need legal advice. There is rarely an issue he is not capable of resolving. If you need an attorney, you should contact the Law Offices of Rafael Rios III. He is the all too rare attorney who truly looks out for his client’s interests.” —Scott Houck, Clearwater Landscape Services"

    "Rafael Rios III represented me for a number of years during my process of immigrating to the U.S. He knew exactly what needed to be done to assist me with obtaining the correct Visa and when I was able to apply for residency, his expertise allowed me to navigate that application with maximum efficiency and minimum stress. Rafael’s proficiency in this field of practice have allowed me and my son to live in our new country. I highly recommend retaining Rafael’s counsel should you have any legal issues in any of his areas of practice.” Kim Bresden"

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(1994) Licensed as Attorney in California. Verified with California Bar Association.May 17, 2019

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