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.
We have considerable expertise in defending and prosecuting litigation arising from all types of business transactions and disputes. Our experience includes handling complex, multi-party and class action litigation concerning a wide variety of claims such as unfair trade or business practices (Business & Professions Code §§17200 et seq.); violation of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act (Civil Code §1750 et seq.); alleged interference with contracts and prospective advantage; disputes over non-disclosure, non-competition, and non-solicitation agreements; trade secret violations; franchise, partnership, and corporate disputes and dissolutions; lawsuits seeking injunctive relief and prejudgment provisional remedies; real property ownership and lease disputes; enforcement of business and asset purchase agreements; and limited trademark and patent infringement matters. We have defended clients in both representative and class actions involving over 50,000 claimants in the both state and federal courts.
Personal Injury, Professional Negligence and Property Damage Claims
We have tried many cases, including mass tort cases with thousands of plaintiffs, involving claims of catastrophic physical injury, emotional distress, defamation and property damage arising from automobile accidents, fires, floods, crop losses, pollution, professional negligence, funeral and cemetery services, construction, and product design and manufacture. To that end, we have successfully represented product manufacturers, developers, contractors, farmers, heavy equipment and trucking operators, lawyers, real estate brokers and agents, public agencies, funeral homes, cemeteries and crematoria, as well as individual homeowners and motor vehicle drivers.
We have a wealth of experience in defending and prosecuting cases brought against product designers, manufacturers and sellers. Past cases have included claimed defects in automobiles, construction materials, electronic components and appliances, chemical and agricultural products, medical devices, water heaters, piping systems and consumer goods.
Administrative and Regulatory Matters
We have represented clients in administrative hearings involving a variety of matters before licensing boards and regulatory agencies such as the Department of Consumer Affairs, the State Bar of California, the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Contractors State License Board, the Department of Real Estate, Cal OSHA, the California State Personnel Board, the California Labor Commissioner, and the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
Mediation and Arbitration
Trial is often the remedy of last resort when all else fails. We recognize that the cost of litigation makes it imperative in many cases to pursue other less expensive alternative means to resolve disputes. These may include use of a neutral third-party who, through mediation or arbitration, can provide objective, impartial assistance in reaching a satisfactory settlement, and we frequently represent clients in such proceedings. Our attorneys are also often retained by others as neutral mediators and arbitrators and frequently serve as volunteer settlement conference judges in the courts of Placer, Sacramento and El Dorado Counties helping to resolve cases.
In the event of an adverse result at the trial court level, we do have the expertise to pursue all remedies available to clients including writ petitions and direct appeals in both state and federal appellate courts. We have successfully argued matters in all levels of California’s appellate courts, including the Supreme Court.