It’s Official – Weintraub Merges with San Francisco Firm Tobin & Tobin

Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Law Corporation and Tobin & Tobin, a professional corporation, jointly announce the merger of their business law and litigation firms. The combined firm will be named Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Tobin & Tobin and will have offices in Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles. With over

60 attorneys, the new firm will continue to focus on corporate, real estate, banking, labor and employment, litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property, tax, trusts and estate planning and bankruptcy, among other areas.

“Our client relationships are expanding more and more throughout the state, and many of those relationships are in the Bay Area. To better meet our clients’ needs and as part of our strategic expansion plan, we looked for a firm like Tobin & Tobin – one that complements our specialty practice areas,” said Michael Kvarme, Weintraub’s managing shareholder. “Given Tobin’s rich history in San Francisco, which dates back to 1852, and our firm’s strong legal presence in the Sacramento region, this merger greatly enriches both firms. Together, we provide more depth and breadth in our shared practice areas and statewide capabilities.”

“We have long admired the work and culture of Weintraub. We share a vision of value-added, trust-based relationships and are confident that with our combined capabilities and expanded services we will be in an even better position to meet our clients’ needs” said Darrell Sooy, managing partner for Tobin & Tobin.

With headquarters in the California state capitol and offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the new firm of Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Tobin & Tobin combines its shared vision and pledges to be an innovative provider of sophisticated legal services to dynamic businesses and business owners, as well as non-profits and individuals with litigation and business needs. The firm will continue its strong support of the communities in which its attorneys live and work.

Weintraub Lawyers Helped Close 26 Deals Worth $1.6B

That’s a big switch for lawyers who specialize in commercial lending deals at Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Law Corp. Until last year, most of their time was spent negotiating loan workouts.

Now lawyers across the market are refinancing agreements to take advantage of low interest rates and helping clients get new money for acquisitions and other purposes.

“Money is available. Interest rates being charged are significantly less than they’ve been, and terms are more reasonable,” said Mike Kvarme, managing partner at Weintraub. “We’ve done a ton of loans this year. News is always focused on the 5 percent to 10 percent that’s not doing too well – but 90 percent of the economy is still functioning.”

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Weintraub Genshlea Chediak is an innovative provider of sophisticated legal services to dynamic businesses and business owners, as well as non-profits and individuals with litigation and business needs. With offices in Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles, the firm focuses on corporate, real estate, labor and employment, litigation, intellectual property, tax, and trusts and estate planning, among other areas.

Weintraub’s L&E Law Blog is in the Top 25

Over the last year, Weintraub Genshlea Chediak has tripled the size of its employment law department. In addition to enhancing the services we can provide to our clients, this growth has allowed us to continue presenting our quality seminars and maintaining our Labor and Employment Law Blog. Our results have paid off. We are pleased to announce that LexisNexis has ranked our blog as one of the Top 25 employment and labor law blogs in the nation for 2011. We are honored and proud to receive this recognition given the number of other high quality labor and employment law blogs out in the blogosphere.

Voting is now under way to determine the nation’s top (#1) employment and labor law blog for 2011. If you have enjoyed reading the commentary and information we regularly provide on our blog, please take the time to vote for “The Labor and Employment Law Blog” as the Top Blog of 2011 by clicking here.

We look forward to continuing to provide you with commentary and information about developing employment and labor issues in the years to come. Thank you.

Upcoming Seminar: OSHA Compliance – Safety and Prevention of Workplace Violence

Download: Seminar Brochure – April 21, 2011.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. Employers often fall short of complying with provisions of Cal/OSHA simply because they are unaware that the law applies to them, or they fail to understand some nuance or technicality contained in the regulations. This short seminar is designed to remove some of the mystery from federal and state OSHA requirements and assist you in managing your business’ compliance with these laws.

Some of the topics to be discussed include:

  • Implement a compliant and effective Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP)
  • Gain an understanding of Cal/OSHA’s latest general industry changes and know how to comply.
  • Avoid enormous Cal/OSHA fines and hassles by regularly assessing your organization’s IIPP, training your employees, and shoring up weaknesses in your safety practices.
  • Better understand what OSHA regulations apply to your industry so you won’t be caught off guard when accidents do occur.
  • Use effective preventive measures to keep your employees and customers safe from threats of workplace violence.
  • Recognize the warning signs that indicate an employee is capable of violence and know how to respond.


Ramona Carrillo
Weintraub Genshlea Chediak
400 Capitol Mall, 11th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.558.6046
Fax: 916.446.1611
[email protected]

Parking validation provided. Please park in the Wells Fargo parking garage.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

8:30 a.m. — Registration and Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Program

There is no charge for this seminar.

Approved for 3 hours MCLE Credit

Initial Enrollments And Changes Of Ownership Impacted By Home Health Medicare Enrollment Rule Changes

In the March 2011 edition of The Rap Sheet, Weintraub attorney Jeanne Vance writes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) modified home health agency (HHA) Medicare provider enrollment provisions in two important ways. First, it extended the amount of time that a Medicare-certified HHA must meet initial capitalization requirements. Second, it narrowed the scope of business transactions that are subject to the so-called 36-Month Rule, which causes the deactivation of an HHA’s Medicare billing entitlements upon the occurrence of certain HHA ownership transfers that occur within three years of the last ownership change. Initial Enrollments and Changes of Ownership Impacted by Home Health Medicare Enrollment Rule Changes.

Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Shareholder Ed Corey Quoted in New York Post

…Martin and Janet Sheen are weighing a conservatorship bid, similar to what Spears’ dad, Jamie Spears, did in 2008 when he won a court order to put her financial empire under his control.

However, the Sheen’s believe they’d have little chance of convincing a Los Angeles court that the 45-year-old “Two and a Half Men” star needs parental intervention, according to Us magazine and Radar Online.

“Martin and Janet know that it’s highly unlikely their petition would be granted,” a source close to the family told Radar.

But top family-law and trust attorney said the elder Sheens have a shot at succeeding.

“I suspect if [Charlie] is in rehab and needs assistance, there may be merit to such a petition,” said Edward Corey, vice chairman of the California State Bar’s section on trust and estates.

“Age really does not matter…the standard is essentially [if] a person is unable to provide properly for his or her needs.”

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Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Client SOLAR POWER, INC. Acquired by LDK SOLAR CO., LTD.

Download: LDK-SPI Joint Press Release.pdf

XINYU CITY, China, SUNNYVALE, CA and Roseville, CA., January 6, 2011 – LDK Solar Co., Ltd. (“LDK Solar”) (NYSE: LDK), a leading manufacturer of multicrystalline solar wafers, high purity polysilicon and PV products, and Solar Power, Inc. (“SPI”) (OTCBB:SOPW), announced today that LDK Solar agreed to acquire a 70% interest in SPI for approximately $33 million. LDK Solar’s investment provides strategic benefits to both parties. The transaction signifcantly strengthens SPI’s balance sheet, which will enable the acceleration of the development of its project pipeline, which primarily consists of utility-scale power plants and commercial/industrial distributed generation systems. SPI’s growing development portfolio and pipeline, in turn, should provide LDK Solar with enhanced downstream benefit to its vertical integration model through module supply for large scale projects.

To view the entire press release, please click on the PDF link above.