Our firm is principally a civil trial firm with our emphasis defending individuals and businesses in a variety of complex cases, while also representing aggrieved plaintiffs in appropriate situations.
Our firm has a reputation throughout the legal community as one of the premiere civil trial firms in Northern California, providing aggressive, cutting edge legal representation for our clients. We have successfully represented businesses, individuals, public entities and non-profits, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in a variety of civil cases. Dedicated to client satisfaction, our attorneys employ superior trial skills and powerful negotiation techniques to consistently achieve positive results for our clients. We pride ourselves in providing clients with the personal attention typical of a small firm while utilizing the latest technology and extensive resources found in the largest of firms. We handle cases in state and federal courts throughout California and beyond.
Business Transactions and Corporate Matters
Gurnee Mason Rushford Bonotto & Forestiere LLP provides its clients with insightful and proactive advice concerning their business transactions, corporate matters and personnel issues. We routinely counsel clients concerning management, operations, employment, regulatory, insurance and financing issues. Our attorneys’ business litigation experience uniquely qualifies them to provide prudent advice to clients on how to avoid litigation when conducting business affairs.
Employment Counseling and Litigation
Our firm regularly provides proactive advice and counsel to employers large and small regarding employee relations and human resource matters such as hiring practices, disciplinary actions, terminations and layoffs, employment contracts and severance, non-solicitation, non-compete, and confidentiality agreements. We often provide recurrent, on-site training on employment practice issues and litigation avoidance to our clients and trade groups. And, we are frequently asked to review and update client employment forms and manuals to assure compliance with the latest statutory and regulatory requirements. To that end, we help our clients avoid the many traps for the unwary created by California’s ever-changing, employer-adverse labor laws and regulations.
Funeral and Cemetery Law
Throughout the United States, we are regarded as one of the most experienced and respected firms in protecting the interests of businesses engaged in the death care industry. For more than three decades we have advised the owners of hundreds of cemeteries, crematoria and funeral establishments regarding myriad issues affecting the industry, including regulatory compliance, professional negligence claims and employment-related disputes. Clients rely on our professional judgment and counsel in such matters as an initial organization and licensure of funerary businesses including acquisitions and divestitures. We have acted as lead defense counsel in a number of class action cases including claims arising from the sale of goods and performance of services by funeral establishments, cemeteries and crematoria, FTC Funeral Rule compliance, industry standards and practices, as well as employment cases involving claims of discrimination, non-compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements and wage and hour disputes. As experienced trial lawyers, we have successfully tried to juries more cases in this field than perhaps anyone in the country.
Our attorneys have over a century of combined experience representing owners, developers, lenders, surety companies, contractors, subcontractors, designers, architects, engineers, product manufacturers and suppliers involved in residential, commercial and public construction projects throughout California.When necessary, our attorneys have the unique ability to continue to represent our clients in mechanics lien, bankruptcy or other proceedings that relate to construction projects. We are actively involved in local contractor associations, routinely providing education and counseling services to members and to suppliers, trade associations and developers. Our expertise extends to nearly all aspects of the construction business.