Our knowledgeable, experienced attorneys will help you to realize your entrepreneurial vision with innovative approaches to established practices.


From tactical intellectual property insight to strategic business planning, our firm is here to support you in all of your legal needs.


We are a client-centric firm focused on helping you achieve optimal results with novel solutions and flexible financing. Through focus, depth, and innovation, we consistently obtain creative, cost-effective and timely results for our clients.


From emerging companies to established corporations, we are here to provide you and your company with the legal expertise to thrive at every stage of development.

Optima Law Group


Matt Stamper, MPIA, MS, CISA

Vice President of Services, redIT

Tom and his team are outstanding to work with and have really helped our firm. The domain expertise in intellectual property has been really key. Beyond great legal and IP advice, Tom and his team know business and are fantastic to work with.

Larry Murrill

Managing Partner at Murrill/Gerbino, LLP

I've worked with Tom on mutual clients and have found him to be conscientous, creative, timely and personable. Tom is a very honest and hard working individual. These traits permeate throughout his company. I have no reservations in recommending Tom or his firm to anyone.

Joshua McLaughlin

Vice President and Assistant General Counselat Bristol-Myers Squibb

I hired Tom Jurgensen and Catalyst Law Group for the preparation and prosecution of several biotechnology patent applications and was very impressed with the quality of work and the reasonableness of the charges.

Carl Fredericks

Non-Profit Activist and Investment Banker

Tom and his team provided excellent work for a new LLC which I formed as an investment vehicle. He was great to work with, always returned calls and provided very good quality for a reasonable price. I would definitely use him again.

Peg Ross

VP, Global HR and ODat Project Concern International

I've worked with Tom on a number of organizational effectiveness projects, and he is a smart, thoughtful, ethical leader who is committed to providing the best legal services to his clients and the best environment for his employees.

Raymond Kim

Software Architect, Mobile Platforms, iOSat GoPro

Hands down...one of the most passionate and compassionate attorneys I've worked with. Thank you, Tom.

Keith Bostian

Dean, NJCSTM and Tech Transfer, Kean University

Tom has done a great job contributing strategically to Amalyte Pharma, and providing IP counsel and support and contract review in an flexible manner extremely effective for a seed-stage start-up. It has been a pleasure working with him and engaging him in our team.

Michael Fry

Business Development Executiveat Grupo Logistics

Tom has been a tremendous help to us as our outside corporate counsel. His strategic and tactical insights regarding intellectual property protection and investment have been crucial to our success. I sleep better at night knowing that Tom's watching our back.

Jerry Hutter

Director & Audit Committee Chairmanat DJSP Enterprises, Inc.

Tom and his firm have done a superb job of designing our corporate structure, protecting our Intellectual Property, drafting contracts and agreements, reviewing documents and, most importantly, serving as trusted advisors. It's my honor to recommend Tom and his Team.

Scott Brown

Manager at MBA Equipment Leasing

Tom has consistently been a trusted and reliable adviser.

Renee Schor

Partner, Schor & Freeland, LLP

It was difficult to narrow my attribute selections to three for Tom. He is a practical, thorough and creative thinker. He also is a wonderful and generous person.

Neha Patadia

Healthcare Consultant and Entrepreneur

Starting a venture is always a difficult process, but working with Tom made it infinitely easier. He was always able to provide great insight, resources and strategy for how we should grow the 50K. Moreover, his dedication and commitment to helping the entrepreneurial community and especially the young entrepreneurs is impressive. I highly recommend Tom and the Catalyst Law Group

Kay Lathrop

Clinic Director, San Diego Pain Treatment Center

No matter what the issue or focus Tom Jurgensen and his team at Optima have been right there with a quick response and solid advice. He has gone above and beyond many times to make sure that our business needs are met both in the area of patents as well as corporate structure and strategy. I recommend him highly!

Russ Hall

Founder - GROWconnections

Tom and his team at Catalyst have the utmost integrity and professionalism when dealing with clients. I'd strongly recommend Tom for patent law issues and respect the way that he interacts with his clientele. I can't say enough about Tom and his team!

Peter Lathrop, Ph.D

San Diego Pain Treatment and Injury Repair

Tom has been my patent and corporate attorney for a number of years. He was taken exceptional care of me and our company. He and his staff have gone above and beyond on many occasions. They do great patent work. He has given me valuable advice on many levels. I would highly recommend Tom and his firm to anyone.

Anna Cuevas

Contributor/Blogger at HuffingtonPost.com

Thomas is an extraordinary attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable in many areas of law and business itself. He truly gives of his time and knowledge and I highly recommend his work.

Brian Sewell

Executive at Ad2action.com

Tom is the consummate professional. He is a skilled and seasoned lawyer and entrepreneur at the same time. His judgment is thoughtful and sound. He genuinely cares about individuals and always seeks to do the right thing. I would recommend Tom Jurgensen to anyone and look forward to working with him for many years to come

Angela Hill

CEO, Incitrio | a global branding agency

Tom is a highly knowledgeable resource to business owners looking for corporate legal counsel or intellectual property protection. He is an expert in his field. Every client I have recommended to him has been thrilled with the results he has produced for them. I would not hesitate to recommend him again and again.

Marilyn Starr Harris

CEO, My Beauty Code

A lawyer and professional of highest integrity, Tom provides critical insights and skills needed to prepare your business when you need to raise investment capital. I trust Tom and appreciate the fact that I have access to someone of his caliber.

Dusty Smitha

CEO at Nature Baked

Tom is a model business attorney. His experience and knowledge have been undoubtedly profitable to my company. He holds himself in the highest of integrity and conducts an incredible team. Thank you Tom, for all that you do.

Dave Phillipson

Club President, CEO Space

Tom is a successful Entrepreneur with many exits, as well as a high-level attorney. What stands out the most, however, is his giving nature and the fact that he's a collaborative Spirit.

Jonathan Phillips

Youth Development Professional

Tom has consistently provided our company with sound advice and fast turn around for legal documents. His expertise in the field of biotechnology business development is unparalleled in my experience.

Philip Low

Founder, Chairman & CEO, NEUROVIGIL

Tom Jurgensen has been a leading, trusted and attentive counsel to NeuroVigil since 2008. Besides being an authority on IP matters, Tom has solid expertise in entrepreneurship and takes a deep interest both in the companies he advises and in the people who build them. Tom was instrumental in the closing of a number of important contracts and in the successful drafting and successful worldwide prosecution of key patents for our company.Tom's knowledge, honesty, direct style, work ethic, competitive rates paired with flexible billing options have made him an invaluable contributor to our success. I am deeply grateful for Tom and his excellent team's unwavering support over the years and look forward to achieving many more great things together.

Derrick Knight

Juniper Networks

I have had the privilege to work with Tom and his team at Catalyst both as a client and as a partner on specific engagements. Tom provided great depth of expertise on a wide range of legal and strategic business planning issues. Specific efforts included intellectual property concerns as well as overall company organization. Tom exceeded our expectations with his integrity, creative solutions and timely response. I would highly recommend Tom and his team for your strategic as well as legal needs.

Martin Latterich

CSO at BioScale, Inc.

If there were one word to describe Tom’s professionalism, superior knowledge, dedication and keen focus on positive outcomes for a client, it would be “phenomenal”. I have had the pleasure of knowing Tom in a professional capacity for over seven years and would not hesitate to recommend his professional services to anybody in need for a top-class biotechnology law firm. He not only is one of San Diego’s leading biotech lawyers, but he and his firm also can draw from a unique experience of having practiced law in academe, and both small and large biopharma corporations. His firm’s extensive experience in contract and patent law make them a unique resource to start-ups and seasoned corporations alike. Most important, Tom and his crew are easy to work with, and as client you can rest assured that all your legal needs are covered to the fullest.

John Yamauchi

Postdoctoral Fellowat California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr)

As a student, my interactions with Thomas has been very educational and motivational. Thomas' generous participation with the university and students has been a wonderful mechanism for strengthening and encouraging relationships between students from UCSD and professionals in the San Diego business community.

Thomas is very knowledgeable and has great experience in acting as a legal form of counsel for young startup businesses. I highly recommend him as an outstanding business associate.