Mendocino County Bar Association Commends James Ghidella for Settlement Expertise

Brian Momsen,Esq., President of the Mendocino County Bar Association, has commended Senior Counsel James Ghidella on behalf of the Association for his many years of service as pro tem Settlement Officer of the Court and equating the level of his services in court-mandated settlement conferences to those commonly provided in private mediations. Congratulations to Jim.


San Francisco Office Successfully Moves to Strike Employment Lawsuit Against Fortune 100 Employer

San Francisco attorneys Greg Spallas and Anna Gehriger prevailed on behalf of a large employer client on a special motion to strike (pursuant to the Anti-SLAPP statute, California Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16) resulting in an early dismissal of plaintiff’s employment lawsuit alleging ten causes of action, including defamation, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination…


San Francisco Office Successfully Obtains Dismissal of Action in Federal Court

San Francisco attorneys Robert K. Phillips and Priya Navaratnasingham successfully obtained a dismissal with prejudice of plaintiff’s entire action before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. Plaintiff alleged breach of contract against an interstate motor carrier and sought damages for loss of property, personal injury and pain and suffering. Mr….


Nevada Office Obtains Summary Judgment in Premises Liability Case

Las Vegas associate Ryan Kerbow obtained summary judgment in favor of retailer Sam’s Club in a premises liability case. Plaintiff claimed special damages in excess of $1.4 million as a result of a slip and fall on a spill in a checkout lane. Summary judgment was granted as plaintiff was unable to rebut Sam’s Club’s…


San Francisco Office Successfully Compels Arbitration in a Case that Received National Media Attention

Partner Elisa R. Marcaletti successfully moved to compel arbitration in a nationally-recognized case on behalf of the firm’s client, a wedding photography/videography company based in Chicago, Illinois, that does business in over twenty states. Plaintiff, a San Francisco bride whose wedding video was leaked online by a third party unbeknownst to the firm’s client, appealed…


San Francisco Office Successfully Defends Multi-Million Dollar Auto Claim

San Francisco attorneys Robert K. Phillips and Kaa Bao Yang successfully defended an auto dealer in a two-week motor vehicle jury trial in Monterey County Superior Court involving catastrophic injuries and claims of permanent disability. Plaintiff called five doctors to testify and three liability experts. Plaintiff asked the jury to award 3.5 million dollars.


Las Vegas Office Obtains Dismissal Sanctions in Premises Liability Action 

Brenda Entzminger and Betsy Jefferis obtained a dismissal with prejudice in a personal injury case against the retailer, Wal-Mart.  Plaintiff sought general and special damages in the seven-figure range for a slip and fall matter. The dismissal was for Plaintiff’s prior violations of court orders which led the magistrate judge to recommend dismissal sanctions for Plaintiff’s…