Marvin Gelfand

Shareholder


Experience

A shareholder in the firm’s Litigation department, Marvin Gelfand represents numerous institutional and other business clients in a broad variety of endeavors. His representative clients include businesses in the entertainment, manufacturing, electronics, wine importation/distribution, healthcare, trucking, furniture, jewelry, toys and clothing industries. He also represents several labor and employment leasing companies.

Business, commercial and employment matters, and the creation and protection of intellectual property rights are major focus areas in Marvin’s litigation practice. He has successfully represented numerous clients before the Trademark Trials and Appeals Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office in a variety of proceedings, as well as in the United States District and Circuit Courts. Marvin’s representation of many entrepreneurs has led to a specialty in estate planning for high net worth individuals and their families.

In the late 1980s Marvin became involved in the alternative energy field, and was widely recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and successful attorneys in wind energy litigation, including service as an expert witness and international arbitrator, He also served as general counsel to one of the most prominent athletic events in the City of Los Angeles for more than 20 years, and sits on the board of directors of numerous for profit and not for profit corporations and organizations.

Marvin received his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University in 1969, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California School of Law in 1972, He has served as a Judge Pro Tempore of the Los Angeles Municipal Courts, and as a mediator for the Los Angeles County Court’s alternative dispute resolution program. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and has served on various committees and sections including Litigation, Intellectual Property Law and Estate Planning. As an adjunct to the practice of law, Marvin devotes considerable time to key leadership roles in local and national charitable organizations.

Los Angeles County Bar Association
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American Bar Associations
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State Bar of California
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J.D., University of Southern California School of Law, 1972

B.A., California State University, Northridge, 1969

Sands Through the Hour Glass: Wage and Hour Update

Summary of Program Unfortunately, both single-plaintiff and class-action wage and hour lawsuits continue to plague California employers. Often employers are sued because of technical violations that occur simply because the employer is unaware of its legal obligations.

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Even Keanu Can’t Figure It Out: The Leave Law Matrix

Summary of Program Administering leaves of absence and disability accommodations in California can be very challenging.  California has a paid sick leave law and numerous other leave laws and wage replacement benefits that interact with one another.

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Guardians at the Gate: Properly Trained Managers are Your First Line of Defense

Summary of Program Most employers know that it is crucial to have well trained supervisors to help ensure that rank and file employees perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. However, many employers don’t realize how important it is that supervisors be trained to understand the many employment laws that govern the workplace.

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Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations

Join the attorneys from Weintraub Tobin’s Workplace Investigations Unit (Vida Thomas and Lizbeth West) for this one-day, in-depth training on conducting effective workplace investigations: The legal duty to investigate Selecting the right investigator Recognizing your own biases Conducting effective witness interviews Writing the investigation report Seminar Program 8:30 am –

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Now Available! Weintraub Tobin’s 2016 Labor and Employment Seminar and Training Schedule

Weintraub Tobin’s 2016 Labor and Employment Seminar and Training schedule is now available. Click here for a copy of the schedule. If you have any questions on any of our seminars or would like to inquire on private,

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Mandatory AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Summary of Program The regulations regarding California’s Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for supervisors require that certain employers provide training to their supervisors every two years. The Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin is offering a two hour in-person training session that will comply with all the requirements outlined in the regulations including things like: An overview of sexual harassment laws Examples of conduct that constitute sexual harassment Lawful supervisory responses to complaints of harassment in the workplace Strategies to prevent harassment in the workplace Training on prevention of “abusive conduct”

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Ramps, Dogs and Horses: Discrimination and Accommodation of Employees, Customers and Third-Parties

Summary of Program Most business owners know that customers and employees may need to be accommodated from time to time for various reasons. Often this is because of an employee’s disability,

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Documentation in the Workplace

Summary of Program The Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin is pleased to offer this very informative training session that will help business owners, human resource professionals, and managers to both comply with legal record keeping requirements and also prepare and maintain effective defensive documentation.

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Tips and Traps When Hiring and Firing Employees

Summary of Program The Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin is pleased to offer this informative seminar that will discuss recent cases to help business owners, human resource professionals, and managers avoid liability and effectively hire employees as well as carry out disciplines and terminations.

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Your Greatest Asset or Worst Liability: Your Employee Handbook (San Francisco Seminar)

Summary of Program Employee handbooks are essential for employers in today’s litigious environment. A carefully prepared, up-to-date, and customized handbook can be an employer’s biggest weapon against labor and employment litigation if properly used.

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To Tweet or Not to Tweet? The Constantly Developing Landscape of Social Media in the Workplace

Summary of Program Companies and their employees widely use social media in their daily business activities.  These networking sites are used by employees to communicate with one another as well as current and potential customers.  

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A Healthy Workplace is a Safe Workplace: Addressing Bullying, Threats and Violence

Federal and state OSHA laws protect California workers from unsafe working conditions.  However, the federal and state statutes and regulations are complex and can be difficult to understand.  This seminar is designed to remove some of the mystery from federal and state OSHA requirements and assist you in maintaining compliance. 

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Mandatory AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

  Summary of Program: The regulations regarding California’s Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for supervisors require that certain employers provide training to their supervisors every two years. The Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin is offering a two hour in-person training session that will comply with all the requirements outlined in the regulations,

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Upcoming Webinar: Say It’s So, Doesn’t Make it So: Independent Contractor v. Employee Status

Summary of Program The risks involved in misclassifying a worker as an independent contractor rather than an employee have always been serious. A number of federal and state agencies regulate the proper classification of workers and have the authority to impose significant monetary and non-monetary sanctions against employers who get the classification wrong.

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From A to Z, The Alphabet Soup of Leave Laws (Sacramento)

Summary of Program Administering leaves of absence and disability accommodations in California can be very challenging. California has a new paid sick leave law and numerous other leave laws and wage replacement benefits that interact with one another.

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Well Trained Supervisors: Your First Line of Defense (Sacramento)

Summary of Program Most employers know that it is crucial to have well trained supervisors to help ensure that rank and file employees perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. However, many employers don’t realize how important it is that supervisors be trained to understand the many employment laws that govern the workplace.

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Well Trained Supervisors: Your First Line of Defense (San Francisco)

Summary of Program Most employers know that it is crucial to have well trained supervisors to help ensure that rank and file employees perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. However, many employers don’t realize how important it is that supervisors be trained to understand the many employment laws that govern the workplace.

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New Release: 2015 Labor & Employment Seminars & Training Schedule

  Click here for 2015 Labor & Employment Seminars & Training Schedule. For more information on our Labor & Employment Seminars and Training, please contact Ramona Carrillo at [email protected]  

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Employment Law Update – 2014 A Year in Review | 2015 An Interesting Year Ahead (Newport Beach)

Summary of Program Join the attorneys from Weintraub Tobin’s Labor and Employment Group as they discuss important legal developments from 2014 and review the complexities of a number of new laws facing employers in 2015.

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Employment Law Update – 2014 A Year in Review | 2015 An Interesting Year Ahead (San Francisco)

Summary of Program Join the attorneys from Weintraub Tobin’s Labor and Employment Group as they discuss important legal developments from 2014 and review the complexities of a number of new laws facing employers in 2015.

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Employment Law Update – 2014 A Year in Review | 2015 An Interesting Year Ahead (Sacramento)

Summary of Program Join the attorneys from Weintraub Tobin’s Labor and Employment Group as they discuss important legal developments from 2014 and review the complexities of a number of new laws facing employers in 2015.

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Mandatory AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Summary of Program The regulations regarding California’s Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for supervisors require that certain employers provide training to their supervisors every two years. Program Highlights The Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin is offering a two hour in-person training session that will comply with all the requirements outlined in the regulation,

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The Intricacies of Wage and Hour Laws for Non-Exempt Employees

Download: Flyer. Intricacies of Wage and Hour Laws for Non-Exempt Employees.PDF Summary of Program Unfortunately, both single-plaintiff and class-action wage and hour lawsuits continue to plague California employers. Often employers are sued because of technical violations that occur simply because the employer is unaware of its legal obligations.

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Independent Contractor v. Employee – ”Saying It’s So, Doesn’t Make it So”

Download: Flyer – Independent Contractor v. Employee (1780262).PDF Summary of Webinar The risks involved in misclassifying a worker as an independent contractor rather than an employee have always been serious. A number of federal and state agencies regulate the proper classification of workers and have the authority to impose significant monetary and non-monetary sanctions against employers who get the classification wrong.

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Know What to Do When The Government Comes Knocking

Download: Flyer – Know What to Do When The Government Comes Knocking(webinar only).pdf Know What to Do When The Government Comes Knocking: Responding to the EEOC, DFEH, EDD and Other Governmental Agencies Summary of Webinar There is no universal way to prepare for a governmental audit,

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To Tweet or Not to Tweet? The Risks of Social Media in the Workplace

Download: Flyer. To Tweet or Not to Tweet The Risks of Social Media in The Workplace (1752935).PDF Summary of Program Companies and their employees are now widely using social media in their daily business activities.

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Mandatory AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Download: Flyer – Mandatory AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (1747805).PDF Summary of Program The regulations regarding California’s Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for supervisors require that certain employers provide training to their supervisors every two years.

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Think You’re Up On The Current Laws? April Fools

Download: Flyer – Employment Law Update (Orange County) (1740809).PDF Summary of ProgramJoin the attorneys from Weintraub Tobin’s Labor and Employment Group as they discuss important legal developments from 2013 and review the complexities of a number of new laws facing employers in 2014.

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Upcoming Seminar: The Complex Web of Federal, State and Local Leaves of Absence Laws

Download: Flyer – Complex Web of Federal, State and Local Leaves of Absence Laws (1739109).PDF Summary of Program Employers continue to grapple with this very difficult area of employment law. It is not enough to focus on just one law when an employee is unable to work or is absent from the workplace due to some medical condition or injury suffered by the employee or his or her family member.

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Upcoming Seminar: The Ins and Outs of Preparing the Right Employee Handbook for Your Business

Download: Flyer. The Ins and Outs of Preparing the Right Employee Handbook for Your Business (1731032).PDF Summary of Program Employee policy handbooks are essential for employers in today’s litigious environment. While preparing the handbook and consistently enforcing the policies contained therein may take time and money,

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L&E Webinar: OSHA Compliance: A Healthy and Safe Work Environment

Download: Flyer – OSHA Compliance. A Healthy and Safe Work Environment (1643744).PDF Summary of Program Federal and state OSHA laws protect California workers from unsafe working conditions. However, the federal and state statutes and regulations are complex and can be difficult to understand.

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Upcoming Seminar: The Complex Web of Federal, State and Local Leaves of Absence Laws

Download: Flyer – Complex Web of Federal State and Local Leave Laws (1600508).pdf Summary of Program Employers continue to grapple with this very difficult area of employment law. It is not enough to focus on just one law when an employee is unable to work or is absent from the workplace due to some medical condition or injury suffered by the employee or his or her family member.

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2013 Schedule of Labor and Employment Law Seminars

Download: 2013 List of L E Seminars-Training (1577243).PDF The employment group at Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin is pleased to announce its updated schedule of informative seminars for 2013. Click on the link above to download the schedule.

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Madoff Ponzi Scheme Case receives $20M approval from California Judge

Shareholder Marvin Gelfand is proud to announce that a California judge gave approval to a $20M settlement related to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme. The motion was approved after 8 years of legal action dating back to 2009. 

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Weintraub Tobin & Milberg LLP announce a proposed settlement.

Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation, Inc. and Milberg LLP have announced a proposed settlement with the Stanley Chais Defendants and the Chais Related Defendants. For more information about the class action,

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Now Available! Weintraub Tobin’s 2016 Labor and Employment Seminar and Training Schedule

Weintraub Tobin’s 2016 Labor and Employment Seminar and Training schedule is now available. Click here for a copy of the schedule. If you have any questions on any of our seminars or would like to inquire on private,

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Weintraub Tobin Raises Money for American Heart Association

Heart Walk Logo For a third year in a row, Weintraub Tobin is working to raise funds for cardiovascular diseases and stroke by partaking in the American Heart Association Heart Walk on Saturday,

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Law360: Luggage Co. Says Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ Box Set Rips Off Suitcase

Attorneys Anjani Mandavia, Audrey Millemann and Marvin Gelfand filed a trademark action against Marvel Entertainment. The case has been reported in the following publications: Law360: Luggage Co. Says Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ Box Set Rips Off Suitcase (Published August 3,

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Sacramento Firm’s Latest Conquest: Beverly Hills (San Francisco Daily Journal)

The San Francisco Daily Journal addresses the merger between Weintraub Genshlea Chediak and Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin, LLP in this article, dated July 9, 2012.

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3 Cities. Over 70 Lawyers. Now 1 Great Law Firm: Weintraub Merges with LA Entertainment Law Firm

SACRAMENTO / SAN FRANCISCO / LOS ANGELES, July 6, 2012 – Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Tobin & Tobin Law Corporation and Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin LLP have jointly announced the merger of their respective business and entertainment law firms.

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