Updated April 26, 2011.
Prepared by Kelly Aldrich.
This guide covers major print and online sources for corporations and other types of business organizations, including limited liability companies. See also the Gallagher guide on Drafting Contracts: Formbooks & Drafting Resources.
Most of these sources are updated regularly. Current editions are located in the Reference Area, unless otherwise noted.
Cox & Hazen on Corporations: Including Unincorporated Forms of Doing Business, 2d ed. 3 vols. KF1414.C693 2002
Blumberg on Corporate Groups, 2d ed. 5 vols. KF1465.B592 2005
O'Neal and Thompson's Oppression of Minority Shareholders and LLC Members: Protecting Minority Rights in Squeeze-Outs and Other Intracorporate Conflicts,
2d ed. 2 vols. KF1448.O5 2004
O’Neal and Thompson’s Close Corporations and LLCs: Law and Practice,
rev. 3d ed. 2 vols. KF1466.O52 2004
Ribstein and Keatinge on Limited Liability Companies, 2d ed. 3 vols.
Limited Liability Companies: A Planning and Drafting Guide. KF1380.A94 2003 at Classified Stacks
For other books, search the Law Library catalog by these subject headings:
Most of these titles are updated regularly. Current editions are located in the Reference Area.
Washington Practice: Methods of Practice, 4th ed.
Vols. 1-1C. KFW80.W3 1997
Washington Lawyers’ Practice Manual: Manual and Forms.
For business law practice, see Chapter XIII.
Washington Business Entities: Laws and Forms, 2d ed. 3
vols. KFW213.L36 2005
LexisNexis: Washington Business Entities: Law and Forms, 2d ed.
Washington Business Corporation Act (RCW 23B) Sourcebook: Original Act, Legislative History, Amendments, CARC Commentary, Significant Washington Decisions. KF213.A29 W37 2005
Incorporation and Business Guide for Washington: How to Form Your Own Corporation, 7th ed. KFW213.Z9C64 1996
Current editions are located in the Reference Area. Previous editions are located in the Classified Stacks.
Agency, Partnership, and the LLC in a Nutshell, 3d ed. KF1375.Z9H95 2005
Business Associations in a Nutshell, 2d ed. KF1384.Z9S52 2006
Corporations (Emanuel Law Outline) 5th ed. KF1384.Z9E42 2005
The Law of Corporations in a Nutshell, 5th ed. KF1414.3.H35 2000
Mergers & Acquisitions in a Nutshell, 2d ed. KF1477.Z9O37 2006
Understanding Corporate Law, 2d ed. KF1414.P56 2004
The latest editions of these titles are located in the Reference Area. Previous editions are located in the Classified Stacks.
Form a Partnership Book: The Complete Legal Guide, 7th ed. KF1375.Z9C55 2006
Form Your Own Limited Liability Company, 4th ed. KF1380.Z9M36 2005
How to Form a Corporation, LLC or Partnership in Washington. KFW213.5.Z9 B76 2000
The Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business, 9th ed. KF1659.Z9S76 2006
To find similar titles, search the Law Library catalog by subject "and popular works".
Unless otherwise noted, the current issues of these titles are located in the Reference Area and the older issues are located in the Compact Stacks; they are shelved alphabetically by title in both locations.
Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, 2001-date. KF1397.A56 at Classified Stacks
Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law, 2006-date.
Columbia Business Law Review, 1986-date.
Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, 1976-date.
DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal, 2002-date.
Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law, 2001-date.
Journal of Corporation Law, 1975-date
Journal of Law and Commerce, 1981-date.
Stanford Journal of Law, Business, and Finance, 1994-date.
Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, 1999-date.
To search for articles in LegalTrac, try one of the following subject headings:
Forms, newsletters, and treatises are found on several commercial services to which the Law Library subscribers. LexisNexis and Westlaw sources are available only to users with individual IDs and passwords.
Bureau of National Affairs
Access to these databases and newsletters is restricted to University of Washington faculty, students, and staff and to visitors of the Gallagher Law Library. These same sources are also available on LexisNexis and Westlaw.
Washington Secretary of State – Corporations
Provides background information about how to form a Washington state corporation or other entity and allows searches for registered Washington state corporations and other entities.
National Association of Secretaries of State, Corporate Registration
Most Secretaries of State are responsible for corporate registrations. Select a state from the pull-down menu.
Cornell’s Legal Information Institute -
Provides an overview of the law.