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We are pleased to announce the publication of the seventh edition of California Leave Law: A Practical Guide for Employers, co-authored by Weintraub Tobin Shareholder, Lizbeth (“Beth”) West, and published by Matthew Bender/LexisNexis.
Shareholder Todd Stern’s client Peter Ramsey will make his live-action directorial debut with Krystin Ver Linden’s screenplay of Love in Vain, which Paramount Studios recently purchased. Ramsey directed the major studio animated feature Rise of the Guardians and the Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse. Love in Vain is a biopic of Robert Johnson, the 1930’s singer, songwriter, and guitar player whose pioneering blues style influenced generations of musicians.
SACRAMENTO, CA (November 1, 2019) – Weintraub Tobin, a leading California full-service law firm, was honored to be recognized with eight first-tier rankings in the 2020 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” The complete list of rankings is published on the U.S. News website.
Best Lawyers was first published in 1983 and is recognized as the longest standing and one of the most esteemed peer review guides worldwide in the legal profession.
Weintraub is pleased to welcome Christine A. Escoto to our Entertainment group. She has experience in digital business affairs, negotiating and drafting agreements across all verticals in the digital space, with a focus on brand partnerships, along with various talent and production agreements across digital media, including short-form digital projects, podcasts, e-sports, and gaming.
Weintraub is pleased to welcome Daniela Cassorla to our Entertainment group. She has a diverse background in the development, financing, production, and distribution of film and television productions.
SACRAMENTO, CA (October 8, 2019) – Weintraub Tobin, a leading California full-service law firm, is pleased to announce that Lukas Clary has been named a 2019 40 Under 40 honoree by the Sacramento Business Journal. Each year the publication recognizes young Sacramento professionals with a high level of career achievement and contributions to the community.
Lukas is a Shareholder in the Firm’s Labor &
Weintraub Tobin’s 2020 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, custom-tailored training, please contact:
Matt Sugarman is quoted in a Los Angeles Times article about the on-going tensions and labor dispute between the Writers Guild of America West and the Association of Talent Agents. Entertainment attorneys haven’t been able to go far from their phones this summer as clients reach out to them with questions, concerns, and requests.
Read the full article here: Hollywood’s Lawyers Play On-call Doctors in Drama Between WGA and Agencies.
Weintraub is pleased to welcome Cameron Peyton to our Litigation group. Cameron has significant business litigation experience in a diverse array of industries and has assisted his clients in a wide range of business disputes, including breach of contract, employment, and real property disputes.
Jay is a USPTO Registered Patent Attorney and prepares patent and trademark applications for clients in the U.S. and globally. He represents clients in various complex IP litigation matters in federal and state courts relating to trademark,
SACRAMENTO, California – Weintraub Tobin congratulates its 14 attorneys who have been included in Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2019.
SACRAMENTO, CA (August 15, 2019) – Weintraub Tobin, a leading California full-service law firm, is pleased to announce that 19 of our attorneys have been recognized on the 2020 The Best Lawyers in America list. In addition, Weintraub Tobin attorney Christopher Chediak was named the Best Lawyers® 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) in the Sacramento region.
Ryan Abernethy is featured in the 2019 issue of Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine. In a section called “Prior Practice” Ryan discusses his early career in animation and how he uses his creativity in his practice of law.
“Being a trial attorney is a bit of a performance that requires psychology,” he says. “My skill set revolves around conceptualizing. What stops people from doing things is thinking it’s been done before.
Weintraub is pleased to welcome Donald R. Williams Jr. to our Labor and Employment and Litigation groups. Donald is experienced in many aspects of employment litigation, including workplace discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour class actions. Additionally, he is a Visiting Law Professor at University of California-Davis School of Law. Donald has been named a recipient of The National Black lawyers’ “Top 40 Under 40”
Weintraub is pleased to welcome Carolyn Barden Smith to our Litigation group. Carolyn is experienced with a wide range of commercial litigation matters involving contract, construction, real estate, public-private partnerships, class actions, and business disputes.
Weintraub is pleased to announce that Lizbeth “Beth” V. West has joined the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization Hope Cooperative.
Hope Cooperative (formerly TLCS), provides mental health and supportive housing services for Sacramento County residents with mental health challenges, many of them homeless. The organization owns or operates seven residential facilities and serves more than 6000 people every year with housing, life skills education,
Weintraub is pleased to announce that Tara Sattler and Mark E. Ellinghouse have been named as Shareholders in the law corporation.
Mark Ellinghouse provides counsel to his clients in commercial real estate transactions, including leasing, acquisitions and dispositions, development, joint ventures, financing, and other matters in every real estate sector. He also provides outside general counsel services to his clients, including formation, governance and management, strategic partnering,
Weintraub Tobin is pleased to announce that more than 30 Weintraub Tobin attorneys have been included on the 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists for outstanding attorneys Northern California. In addition, 6 Weintraub Tobin attorneys received special recognition on Northern California and Sacramento “Top” lists.
Aman’s sophisticated tax practice covers a wide spectrum of business transactions, including corporate reorganizations, Opportunity Zone projects, real estate development, executive compensation, and cross-border transactions. His clients range from early-stage startups to global conglomerates,
Weintraub is pleased to announce that Jessica Rankin Corpuz has been recognized as a 2019 Southern California Rising Star. To be eligible for inclusion in this list, candidates must be 40 or younger or have been in practice for less than 10 years. Super Lawyers selects only 2.5 percent of lawyers in California each year for this honor.
Jessica is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Group. Experienced in handling complex business and commercial disputes,
When an enormous tree crushed the home of 79-year-old Navy veteran Steven Grossack and his wife Lela, their homeowner’s association denied them assistance. That’s when the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) stepped in. Weintraub attorney Sherry Bragg is on the board of VLI in Orange County and volunteered to take the case.
The Veterans Legal Institute lawyers “are fantastic,” Steven said. “It’s the first time being a veteran ever paid off.”
Matt Sugarman client Mary Robinette Kowal received the 2019 Nebula Award for her novel The Calculating Stars. The novel is the second installment in the Hugo-award-winning author’s Lady Astronaut series, which re-envisions the history of the space race. The prestigious award is presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The first installment in the series the “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Novella.
Weintraub is pleased to welcome Jamie Lincenberg to our Entertainment group. Jamie’s practice focuses on entertainment and Digital Media transactions with a focus on development and production deals for scripted and unscripted television, film, music, branding and endorsement deals, and representation of content creators.
Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Matt Sugarman congratulates his clients F.J. DeSanto, Damian Wassel, and Vault Comics on the SyFy series order for a live-action adaptation of Vagrant Queen. DeSanto and Wassel will serve as Executive Producers on the 10-episode, one-hour science fiction adventure series, which will air in 2020.
For more details, read the full article in Deadline.
Weintraub is pleased to announce that 24 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized as 2019 Top Lawyers by Sacramento Magazine. The full list of 2019 Top Lawyers will be featured in the August, 2019 issue of Sacramento Magazine.
Weintraub Tobin attorneys honored as 2019 Top Lawyers are:
David Adams | Business &Corporate; Securities & Corporate Finance
Brendan Begley | Appellate
Weintraub is pleased to welcome Allison M. Pedrazzi to our Trusts & Estates Group. Allie works with families and individuals in all aspects of estate planning, trust and probate administration, and related real estate, tax and business succession issues.
Weintraub is pleased to announce that Jo Dale Carothers has been recognized as a 2019 San Diego Super Lawyer and Eric Caligiuri as a 2019 Rising Star.
Jo Dale Carothers is a shareholder and chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property group. An intellectual property litigator and registered patent attorney, Jo Dale advises clients on a wide range of intellectual property issues including patents and proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office,
Weintraub is pleased to announce that Josh H. Escovedo has been named a Top Author, for the topic of trademarks, in the JD Supra 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Josh Escovedo practices in Weintraub’s Litigation and Intellectual Property sections. He counsels and advises clients in a variety of litigation matters with an emphasis on intellectual property, commercial, and real estate litigation. Josh also provides his intellectual property clients with advice and counsel regarding trademark and copyright usage,
Gig Economy Workers Gain Security, But at What Cost?
by Scott Rodd, Stateline
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It started with installing some red and green LED lights. Then came the disco balls, neon eyeglasses and a gold Bluetooth karaoke microphone.
Daniel Flannery had transformed the car he drives for Uber and Lyft into a party on wheels.
“You put everything together, and it encourages people to loosen up,” he said.
Weintraub is pleased to announce that Sherry S. Bragg, Andrew M. Gilford and Gary Waldron have been recognized as 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers.
Sherry Bragg is a shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Group. She has represented plaintiffs and defendants in complex business disputes in both state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings since 1987. Sherry has tried, co-tried, and arbitrated a significant number of high-value cases to conclusion,
Weintraub litigators were in the news this week as their client, local restaurant owner Jared Katzenbarger, filed suit against Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. The lawsuit is in response to Dickey’s demand that Mr. Katzenbarger enter into arbitration regarding Dickey’s franchise restaurants that Mr. Katzenbarger has since closed and replaced with original concept restaurants Jyro’s Twisted Gyros and Side Burn BBQ and Beer.
Leslie Kolafa joins the Trusts and Estates group as an associate. Leslie practices in trusts and estates litigation, and also assists clients with estate administration, conservatorships, and fiduciary representation.
Shaun Gordon joins the firm as an associate in the Entertainment Group. Prior to joining Weintraub, Shaun was a senior director in business affairs at Awesomeness, where he negotiated and managed deals across all verticals with a focus on feature films, series, short-form digital projects, and brand partnerships.
Shaun spent his summers during law school working for a talent agency in business affairs,
We are pleased to announce the publication of the sixth edition of California Leave Law: A Practical Guide for Employers, co-authored by Weintraub Tobin Shareholder, Lizbeth (“Beth”) West, and published by Matthew Bender/LexisNexis.
Weintraub Tobin’s 2019 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 about private, custom-tailored training, please contact:
Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation has been ranked in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 21 practice areas.
Firms included in the 2019 “Best Law Firms”
Beth West quoted in the Sacramento Business Journal article entitled “Beyond Gig Economy, Dynamex Decision Leaves Industries in FLUX.” Early this year, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Dynamex Operations W. v. Superior L.A. County and adopted the strict ABC Test when determining whether someone qualifies as an independent contractor for purposes of wage and hour requirements in California’s Wage Orders.
If you are a business with independent contractors and are uncertain if you meet the criteria for determining whether your workers are properly classified as employees versus independent contractors,
Chris Chediak to be the moderator, Jim Clarke on the advisory panel
For more information click here
Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Matt Sugarman is excited to announce that Will Smith and Marc Forster’s Telepool backs Defiant Studios Horror Film slate. ‘Phobias,’ a horror anthology, will be the first project produced under the agreement with Eric B. Fleischan’s Defiant Studios, with Kodiak Pictures and Telepool as co-producers and co-financiers.
To read the full article, visit The Hollywood Reporter here.
Lizbeth will discuss the still hot “Me Too” topic and how it impacts family business.
For more info, please visit the Capital Region Family Business Center Family Business Forum | Fall 2018 here: https://capfamilybus.org/events/fall-2018-family-business-forum/
SACRAMENTO, California – August 24, 2018 – Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation congratulates its seventeen attorneys who have been included in Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2018.
SACRAMENTO, California – August 15, 2018 – Weintraub Tobin congratulates its nineteen attorneys who have been included in The Best Lawyers of America© 2019 list.
David Adams, Sacramento, Corporate Governance Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Gary L. Bradus, Sacramento, Commercial Transactions/UCC Law
Sherry Bragg, Newport Beach, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Litigation – Real Estate
SACRAMENTO, California – July 19, 2018 – Weintraub Tobin Law Corporation congratulates its 24 attorneys who have been included in Sacramento Magazine’s 2018 Top Lawyer List.
David Adams | Business/Corporate, Securities & Corporate Finance
Brendan Begley | Appellate
Gary L. Bradus | Banking & Financial Service, Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Corporate Finance
Kay U. Brooks | Estate Planning &
Super Lawyers has released its Northern California, Southern California and San Diego lists of outstanding attorneys for 2018, on which 37 Weintraub Tobin attorneys have been included. Five Weintraub Tobin attorneys received special recognition as a Top 25 Sacramento Super Lawyer.
To read the full article, please visit the Sacramento Business Journal here: https://www.bizjournals.com/sacramentonews/2018/07/04/three-sacramento-lawyers-selected-to-national-list.html?ana=e_ae_set1&s=article_du&ed=2018-07-04&u=WfXhz23DZ75U2F074ewTqw0213fec0&t=1530825992&j=82520271
Webinar ” Let’s Talk About Wage & Pay in the Restaurant Industry”.
Topics include: Wage & Pay Dependency, Tip Pooling, Service Charges, Surcharge and Minimum Wage
Tuesday, June 26th – Sacramento
Wednesday, June 27th – Roseville
For more information, please see below or visit the California Restaurant Association event page here: http://californiarestaurantcaassoc.weblinkconnect.com/events
Sacramento Chapter: Educational Seminar
Let’s Talk About
• Wage &
Sherry Bragg co-authored an article on “The Case for More Vacations” and Darrell White is featured on the cover as part of the highlight on leader’s in Orange County affiliate bars. Specifically, the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County where Darrell is serving as President.
To read the articles click on the links below:
Topics include: Tip Pooling, Service Charge, Surcharge, Sick Leave, Meal + Rest Best Practices, New Regulations for Applicants & More
Tuesday, June 12th – Oakland
Tuesday, June 12th – San Jose
Tuesday, June 13th – Santa Cruz
For more info, please visit the California Restaurant Association event page here: http://californiarestaurantcaassoc.weblinkconnect.com/events
Topic will be – A Creator’s Guide to Fair Use and Rights Management
In the ever-changing landscape of digital content, knowing how to navigate the legalities of using video or music you don’t own is tough. Experts Scott Hervey (Weintraub|Tobin) and Rian Bosak (SuperBam!) will walk you through fair use, parody, and what it looks like for rights managers in the field so you’re prepared to make great content within the bounds of the law.
Most employers know that employees may need to be accommodated from time to time for various reasons. Often this is because of an employee’s disability or medical condition. It is important for employers to understand and comply with how the courts and various federal and state regulatory agencies define accommodations, as well as learn what their rights and obligations are regarding: (1) engaging in the interactive process; and (2) providing reasonable accommodations. This seminar will provide an overview of the many accommodations employers and HR professionals may be forced to consider,
Make-A-Wish grants thousands of unique wishes each year. A lot, yes. But that’s only 50% of eligible kids. Weintraub Tobin is fundraising so more deserving kids and their families can know the happiness, hope, and relief a wish can bring. Weintraub Tobin will be matching donations received during this fundraising campaign. Follow this link to our fundraising page.
Litigation Attorney Josh Escovedo was featured in an article in the Sacramento Business Journal in which he weighed in on The Mimosa House’s suit against Eliud Moreno and EO United LLC, the owner and operator of Friends with Benedicts. Josh represents Moreno saying, “We believe this is anti-competitive litigation being pursued by The Mimosa House to minimize their competition in the area,”.
To read the full article, please visit the Sacramento Business Journal here: https://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2018/03/06/the-mimosa-house-files-trademark-suit-against.html
Josh is an associate at Weintraub Tobin,
Weintraub Tobin Shareholder, Beth West, shared her expertise and testified before the California Legislature’s Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response on February 15, 2018. The hearing focused on the legal issues surrounding sexual harassment and Ms. West’s testimony identified challenges employers face in having effective anti-harassment programs in place, as well as some legal challenges employers face when complaints are filed.
Ms. West has over 18 years of experience representing employers in all aspects of their employment relationship with their employees.
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. To properly administer leaves and accommodate employees, employers need to understand the various types of leave/accommodations available, who is eligible under what circumstances, how to interact with an employee on a leave,
The Neutral Solutions Team at Weintraub Tobin can help you avoid expensive and protracted litigation. We specialize in:
For more information please contact:
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 30, 2018) – Weintraub Tobin, one of California’s leading, full-service law firms, is pleased to announce that Sherry Bragg, David R. Gabor, Andrew Gilford and Gary Waldron have been named to the 2018 Southern California “SuperLawyers” list. The annual publication recognizes no more than 5.0 percent of lawyers throughout Southern California.
Sherry Bragg – Sherry S. Bragg is a shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Practice.
The Neutral Solutions Team at Weintraub Tobin specializes in conducting independent investigations into complaints of misconduct in the workplace. At Weintraub Tobin, we take pride in the top-notch investigations conducted by our experienced group of attorney-investigators. Our attorneys have conducted hundreds of investigations for private companies, for-profit companies, non-profit companies, cities, counties, and state agencies, school districts, community college districts, and other special districts. For more information, please visit our Workplace Investigations page here.
The Neutral Solutions Team at Weintraub Tobin specializes in training supervisors on various workplace issues, including preventing harassment, discrimination, and retaliation; workplace health and safety; and managing leave laws. For more information, please visit our Trainings page here.
Congratulations to our client in its closing today of the sale of 621 Capitol Mall in Sacramento, California. We are pleased to have represented them in the sale of this trophy property, to a major institutional investor.
SACRAMENTO – Weintraub Tobin is pleased to announce that Lukas Clary has been elevated to Shareholder. Lukas is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group. Lukas has experience representing clients in all aspects of employment litigation. He regularly handles claims involving allegations of workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, unpaid overtime and wages, missed meal and rest periods, and class actions. He also regularly counsels clients on compliance and litigation avoidance strategies.