April 5 2019

Allison M. Pedrazzi Joins Weintraub

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.

March 28 2019

Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in San Diego Super Lawyers/Rising Stars® 2019 List

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,

March 27 2019

Josh Escovedo Recognized as a Top Trademarks Author in JD Supra 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards


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,

March 18 2019

Lukas Clary in Stateline: Dynamex Decision Impact Continues to Unfold


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.

February 11 2019

Carlena L. Tapella Joins Weintraub

Weintraub is pleased to welcome Carlena Tapella to our Trusts and Estates Group, where her practice includes a wide spectrum of trust, estate, and conservatorship litigation and administration.

February 1 2019

Zheng "Andy" Liu Joins Weintraub

Weintraub welcomes Andy Liu to the firm’s Intellectual Property and Patent practices.  A registered patent agent, Andy has managed patent portfolios for large technology companies and assisted software and electronics startup companies with their IP strategies.

January 30 2019

Three Weintraub Tobin Attorneys selected for inclusion in Southern California's Super Lawyers® 2019 List

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,

January 29 2019

Brigitte L. Alanis Joins Weintraub


Weintraub is pleased to welcome Brigitte Alanis to the Entertainment and Digital Media groups, where her practice includes music, digital media, endorsements, branding, licensing, television and film.

January 18 2019

Weintraub Represents Sacramento Restaurateur in Dispute with National Restaurant Chain

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.

In Sacramento Business Journal‘s article on the dispute,

December 20 2018

Leslie Kolafa Joins Weintraub

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.

December 11 2018

Shaun Gordon Joins Weintraub

Shaun Gordon Joins Weintraub

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,

December 7 2018

California Leave Law: A Practical Guide for Employers, now available in an updated sixth edition

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.

California Leave Law: A Practical Guide for Employers 6th Edition 2018


Book Highlights:

  • A summary of the law and tips on how to navigate the complex issues surrounding family leave, military leave, pregnancy disability leave, and other statutory leaves,
November 14 2018

Now Available! Weintraub Tobin’s 2019 Labor and Employment Seminar and Training Schedule

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:

Ramona Carrillo

(916) 558-6046

[email protected]

November 1 2018

Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation ranked in 2019 "Best Law Firms"


Sacramento, CA, United States, November 1, 2018 — U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the ninth consecutive year, announce the “Best Law Firms” rankings.

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”

October 31 2018

Attorney Beth West quoted in Sacramento Business Journal


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,

October 17 2018

Business Transitions Seminar


Chris Chediak to be the moderator, Jim Clarke on the advisory panel
For more information click here



October 11 2018

Entertainment attorney Matt Sugarman announces latest deal

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.

October 2 2018

Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Lizbeth West to speak at Family Business Forum - Rise to Leadership in the Family Business

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/

August 24 2018

Seventeen Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named to Sacramento Business Journal's Best of the Bar 2018

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.


Brendan J. Begley
Gary L. Bradus
Kay U. Brooks
Dale C. Campbell
Christopher Chediak
Janet Z. Chediak
Jim Clarke
Edward J.

August 15 2018

19 Attorneys from Weintraub Tobin were recognized in The Best Lawyers In America ©2019

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

Kay U.

July 19 2018

24 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys included in Sacramento Magazine's Top Lawyers List 2018

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 &

July 10 2018

37 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named Among 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

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.

Weintraub Tobin attorneys named to the 2018 Southern California and San Diego Super Lawyers include David R. Gabor and Andrew Gilford;  in the firm’s Los Angeles office; 

July 5 2018

Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Gary Bradus named a Top 100 Law Influencer

June 22 2018

Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Lukas Clary to speak at California Restaurant Association's Sacramento Chapter June Educational Seminar

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 &

June 8 2018

Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Sherry Bragg and Darrell White Featured in June 2018 Orange County Lawyer Magazine

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:


June 6 2018

Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Shauna Correia to speak at California Restaurant Association Legal Center Roadshow

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

May 17 2018

Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Scott Hervey to speak at VidCon US 2018

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.

May 16 2018

Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Lukas Clary to speak at SAHRA May 2018 Legal Series on Demystifying the Accommodation Process for Disabled Employees

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,

May 1 2018

Weintraub Tobin Helping To Raise Funds To Grant Wish For Make-A-Wish Child

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.

April 5 2018

Lizbeth "Beth" West Appointed to the Yolo County CASB

March 7 2018

Josh Escovedo featured in Sacramento Business Journal

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,

February 21 2018

Attorney Beth West Testifies Before the California Legislature

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.

March 14 2018

Untangling the Complex Web of Leaves and Absences: FMLA/CFRA, PDL, ADA, FEHA, PFL, and Workers’ Compensation

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,

February 1 2018

Neutral Solutions: We Help You Connect the Pieces


The Neutral Solutions Team at Weintraub Tobin can help you avoid expensive and protracted litigation. We specialize in:

  • Training supervisors on various workplace issues, including preventing harassment, discrimination, and retaliation; workplace health and safety; and managing leave laws.
  • Conducting independent investigations into complaints of misconduct in the workplace.
  • Mediating employment disputes both pre and post litigation

For more information please contact:

Lizbeth “Beth” West 916.558.6082 or [email protected]

Vida L.

January 30 2018

Four Weintraub Tobin Attorneys selected for inclusion in Southern California's Super Lawyers® 2018 list

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.

January 24 2018

Neutral Solutions: Workplace Investigations

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.

January 17 2018

Neutral Solutions: Training

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.


January 9 2018

621 Capitol Mall sale finalized, one of the largest and most notable sales in Sacramento


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.

January 1 2018

Weintraub Tobin elevates Lukas Clary to Shareholder

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.