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Business Litigation

The firm handles a range of commercial litigation, from simple collection and breach of contract actions to complex lender liability and partnership disputes. Members of the firm have experience with trademark and patent litigation (including “domain name” litigation), fraud litigation, contract disputes including warranty claims, and wrongful business practices disputes. The firm also has significant experience with construction defect disputes.

Environmental Litigation

Members of the firm have a wide variety of experience in environmental matters. Although the current focus is on litigation to determine financial liability for the cleanup of hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Cleanup and Liability Act (CERCLA), the firm also has experience with litigation involving the management of hazardous waste (RCRA), environmental review requirements for government actions (CEQA), and leaking underground storage tanks. Members also have experience in water rights litigation, water quality litigation, Endangered Species Act litigation, and the public trust doctrine.

The firm also represents parties in connection with regulatory agency oversight with respect to the cleanup and remediation of hazardous substances.

Personal Injury Litigation

The firm’s personal injury litigation practice ranges from the defense of complex medical malpractice defense litigation to auto accident and slip and fall cases. Other significant areas include product liability defense on behalf of major manufacturers, toxic tort litigation, including contaminated groundwater exposure and mold exposure litigation, and premises liability litigation.

Our lawyers have also successfully represented plaintiffs in personal injury litigation, obtaining significant settlements and recoveries for injured persons and victims of elder abuse and neglect.

Employment Litigation

Our lawyers have tried a wide variety of employment cases, in both state and federal courts, involving allegations of harassment and discrimination based on race, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and other characteristics, as well as allegations of failure to accommodate disabilities, wage and hour violations, and administrative claims filed with government entities like the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. We have resolved a substantial number of cases via binding arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, and have obtained summary judgments and gotten cases dismissed without the need for jury trials in a large number of discrimination, harassment, and failure-to-accommodate cases.

Consumer Warranty Litigation

Our firm defends manufacturers, dealers, repair centers, and retailers against consumer warranty complaints under California’s Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, and the California Commercial Code and Uniform Commercial Code. We also provide representation to manufacturers and dealers in administrative proceedings before the New Motor Vehicle Board.

Real Estate and Property Litigation

We represent real estate professionals and residential and commercial property owners in a variety of real property disputes. Our firm defends real estate brokers and agents for alleged professional negligence and bring actions to recover unpaid commissions. We also represent residential and commercial property owners in nuisance, trespass, easement and boundary, foreclosure, and property damage disputes.

Trial Experience

The members of the firm have extensive jury trial experience. Although the firm does not believe that every case is appropriate for resolution by trial, the firm does not hesitate to take appropriate cases to trial, and does try cases on a regular basis.

Business Formation and Counseling

We represent entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the Sacramento region. We assist clients with structuring corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships in a variety of industries. We provide advice on day-to-day business issues as well as helping to analyze and structure particular transactions, including financing arrangements.

We advise our clients with respect to a variety of business agreements, from employment and compensation arrangements to technology contracts. We also counsel business owners on succession planning, buy-sell agreements, and growth and exit strategies. Our lawyers have extensive experience in the acquisition and sale of businesses.

Real Estate Transactions

We have extensive experience in the real estate field, including purchase and sale transactions, exchanges, foreclosures, and real estate taxation. We provide advice in the area of commercial leasing, representing both landlords and tenants. A significant part of the practice involves real estate finance where we represent both financial institutions and borrowers in loan and loan work out and restructuring transactions.

Employment Counseling

We advise businesses and institutions on the full range of employment law issues, including complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, accommodation of disabilities, human resources policies, policy manuals, employee handbooks, workplace violence and assault issues, family and medical leave issues, and wage and hour problems. We conduct sexual harassment prevention training as mandated by Cal. Government Code sec. 12950.1 (Assembly Bill 1825), are available for comprehensive review of employer pay systems, eligibility documentation and other personnel file documents, and have extensive experience in carrying out workplace investigations.

Non-Profit Formation, Governance and Counseling

We represent nonprofit corporations at the local, state and national levels. We assist clients with forming nonprofit corporations and in ensuring compliance with state, federal and local laws. We provide advice with governance and board matters, including bylaws formation and interpretation and in disputes by and among board members. We manage member elections, and provide advice in all aspects of governance, board, member and sponsorship issues. We also provide advice on day-to-day business, operational, and litigation matters.

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