Litigation Attorneys

From Weintraub’s inception and through its growth, litigation has been a foundational strength of the Firm and an important part of how we help our clients. Litigation is the Firm’s largest group with more than 40 litigation attorneys practicing across our five California locations, which allows us to provide both local knowledge and statewide resources. The Weintraub Litigation team is made up of tested and successful trial lawyers who vigorously defend their clients in local, state, and federal proceedings.

Our attorneys handle complex litigation for companies, privately-held and family businesses, and individuals across California and nationwide. Complex business litigation can involve highly specialized areas of dispute, and our litigators include attorneys experienced in employment, corporate, intellectual property, real estate, construction, public bid disputes, breach of contract, fraud, interference with contracts, anti-trust and unfair completion, false advertising, and trade secret litigation, among others.

The Weintraub Litigation practice group includes litigation attorneys with decades of trial experience representing clients doing business in a wide range of industries. Our representation extends beyond trial to all aspects of civil writs and appeals in both state and federal court. Our attorneys, including an Appellate Law Specialist certified by the California Board of Legal Specializations, have experience in writs, post-trial motions, interlocutory, and direct appeals.

We work with our clients to craft a legal strategy for the best possible outcome, and at times that strategy may be to pursue an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanism. We represent clients in arbitrations and mediations as well as judicial review.

Our goal is to determine how each particular matter fits into our clients’ overall business plans. Our services are tailored to be efficient, practical, and creative. The ultimate objective is to reach an early resolution of the matter with the most cost-effective result.

SCBA Probate & Estate Planning Section Boot Camp

Weintraub attorneys Carlena Tapella, Kelly Dankbar, and Leslie Kolafa will be speaking on the topic of “Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees” at the 2019 Probate Litigation Boot Camp sponsored by the Sacramento County Bar Association. Event: 2019 Probate Litigation Boot CampWhen: Tuesday, September 17, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PMWhere: Sacramento County…

  • When: Sep 17, 2019

Advanced Business Contracts: Secrets Only the Top Attorneys Know

On Friday, August 23, Weintraub attorneys Josh Escovedo and Justin Borrowdale will speak at a National Business Institute (NBI) seminar titled Identify Concealed Risk and Strategically Negotiate Liability. NBI Program DescriptionGo beyond the “nuts and bolts” and explore business contracts at an advanced level. Our skilled attorney faculty will demonstrate…

  • When: Aug 23, 2019

Brendan Begley Presents at Employment Litigation 2019

Brendan Begley will be speaking at The Rutter Group and the California Judges Association’s Employment Litigation 2019: Facing Workplace Realities in Divisive Times on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City. Highlights include Sexual Harassment and Retaliation, Wage and Hour, PAGA, New California Rules of Professional Conduct (eff.…

  • When: Feb 23, 2019

Benjamin J. Lewis Joins Weintraub Tobin

Weintraub Tobin is pleased to welcome Benjamin J. Lewis as an Associate in the Firm’s Litigation group, where he focuses his practice on education, employment, and non-profit/religious entity litigation.

Ryan Abernethy Named Vice President of Stanford Settlement Board of Directors

Weintraub Tobin is pleased to announce that attorney Ryan Abernethy has been elected Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center. Stanford Settlement is a Sacramento not-for-profit social service organization serving neighborhoods where opportunities are limited. The mission of the agency is to help build…

California Supreme Court Rules That There Is No Right to a Jury Trial for Claims Brought Under California’s Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law

As the State of California looks to plug a massive hole in its budget, the regulated community can expect agencies with the authority to generate revenue by imposing civil penalties to become even more active. Those sued for the first time by agencies seeking to recover civil penalties sometimes assume…

Boxing Fans Knocked Out Twice: Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Class Action Alleging Fraud in Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight

In 2015, world-renowned boxers Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. faced off in what was promoted as the “Fight of the Century.” After twelve largely uneventful rounds, the fighters and fans walked away without much fanfare—no knockout, no technical knockout, just a scorecard victory for Mayweather. Leading up to the…

An Inadequate Privilege Log, Or Even The Failure To Serve A Privilege Log, Will Not Result In The Waiver Of Privilege And Protection Based Objections Timely Asserted In Discovery Responses

In Catalina Island Yacht Club v. Superior Court (2015) 242 Cal.App.4th 1116, the California Court of Appeal (Fourth District, Division Three), squarely addressed the question: “May a trial court find a waiver of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine when the objecting party submits an inadequate privilege log that…

California Supreme Court Holds that Payroll Services Provider ADP Cannot Be Sued for Breach of Contract, Negligence, and Negligent Misrepresentation by a Former Employee Seeking Unpaid Wages

Can an employee sue the employer’s payroll service for failure to correctly process and report payroll?  According to the California Supreme Court recent decision in Goonewardene v. ADP, LLC (2019) 6 Cal.5th 817, the answer is no. In examining the claim, the Court held that when an employer hires a…

TRUE STONE v. KEYSTONE: Stone Brewing’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction is Denied, but the Court’s Ruling Indicates a Finding of Infringement Against MillerCoors is Likely.

On February 12, 2018, Stone Brewing, arguably the most well-known craft brewer, filed a complaint against MillerCoors LLC, the multinational beer conglomerate, for trademark infringement. Specifically, Stone Brewing alleges that, in April 2017, when MillerCoors rebranded its line of sub-premium beers known as KEYSTONE, separating KEY and STONE onto separate…