Sustainable Economies Law Center

We provide legal services, educational resources, and policy advocacy to support conversion of conventional businesses to worker cooperatives. We are located in the Bay Area and licensed to practice law in California, so our primary focus for our services are local; however, our legal guides and template documents are being used around the country. We co-produced and published a Legal Guide for Cooperative Conversions, maintain an online cooperative law resource (, provide regular workshops on the benefits and mechanics of conversion, and have supported a few clients with the legal aspects of their conversions. We also helped pass the first Worker Cooperative Corporation law in the state, and are advancing city policies supporting cooperatives and coop conversions in the Bay Area.

Company Stories


Worker-Owned Cooperatives Can Succeed

From the Santa Barbara Independent: The phenomenon of worker-owned cooperatives is a simple concept. Workers weigh in on the conditions that affect them most: They vote to elect their board of directors and/or managers and/or to set wages and rules around profit redistribution. They can design the business so they have no managers or serve […]


Berkeley Pledges Support and Funding for Worker Co-ops

From the East Bay Express: Last week, the Cheeseboard’s longtime home committed to a new strategy for fighting economic inequality and building the local economy: city support for worker cooperatives. The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously on Fe.26 to include co-ops in the city’s small-business revolving loan fund; give co-ops, along with women- and minority-owned […]


Berkeley Sets the Bar for Municipal Support of Worker Cooperatives

From the Sustainable Economies Law Center: Last night, Berkeley City Council unanimously adopted a set of recommendations provided by the Sustainable Economies Law Center (Law Center) and a coalition of worker coop members and advocates. In doing so, Berkeley became a national leader in supporting worker cooperative businesses. “Berkeley is among the first US cities […]