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Amy Sines, Nicole Zendejas

Looking for a Lawyer? What to Expect - The Introductory Call

Finding the right lawyer may be an overwhelming task; Silicon Valley is saturated with attorneys and law firms, varying in both expertise and size.  Your initial form of contact with prospective firms will likely be over the telephone and, depending on the size of the firm, you may be directed to speak with a member of the intake team who will... More +

Johanna Oh

Is California’s McGill Rule Still Good Law?

“California’s McGill Rule Not Preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act, says Ninth Circuit.”   On June 28, 2019, the Ninth Circuit held in three separate cases that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) does not preempt the California Supreme Court’s holding in McGill v. Citibank, N.A., 2 Cal.5th 945 (2017)... More +

Nicole Zendejas

E-Discovery: The Lifecycle of Data

E-discovery is an important aspect of litigation. Well-established data gathering protocols and workflow procedures pertaining to electronic data are important.  Meticulous record-keeping, workflow procedures, and processes help ensure that data is gathered lawfully, loaded and stored in an organized manner, and archived or deleted... More +

Maya Younes

Can Family Court Order You Not To Post On Facebook?

Are you among the 68% of U.S. adults who, according to the Pew Research Center, use Facebook?  Social media can do more harm than good, especially if you are involved in a legal dispute, family-related or otherwise.  Posts on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and text messages, may affect child custody claims, property division, and other... More +

Hilary Weddell

The Blunt Truth About Testing Employees For Marijuana in California

Despite the legalization of recreational and medicinal marijuana in California, employers maintain the right to enforce a drug-free work environment.  In many respects, cannabis is now treated like alcohol; although consumption of alcohol is legal for those over the age of 21, employers may prohibit drinking during work hours and discipline... More +

Vanessa Hill

Lessons Learned From My Dad

Father’s Day is this weekend. I got to thinking about my Dad’s life lessons for me growing up, and how they have affected the way I behave in the business world today. I am a grown-up now, with a daughter of my own, and I try to teach her lessons that Dad and Mom taught me – basic lessons such as, say please and thank you, be... More +

Hilary Weddell

Department of Labor Proposes Joint Employer Rule

Employers have been seeking clarity on joint employer laws for years.  On April 1, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) entered the fray, announcing a proposed rule that would update and amend the joint employment regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which has not been revised in more than 60 years.  The rules impact... More +

Michael Reedy

Why Ratcheting Up Emotions Serves No One In A Divorce

Most divorces are difficult and emotionally draining.  The legal term for divorce is “dissolution;” your marital relationship is dissolved. Divorce marks the end of a relationship, the death of something that began with love and commitment.  Most people expect, or hope, their marriage will last a lifetime.  If the... More +

Marwa Elzankaly

The Appellate Oral Argument

The Appellate Court:  An exciting forum of oral advocacy; a check on the process and the decisions of our trial courts; a second chance for parties to make their case; and a place where novel and important legal principles are decided to ensure a balance of fairness and equality in the law.  If you are a trial lawyer and have both tried... More +

Michael Warren

2019 California Employment Law Update: The Year Of #MeToo

As predicted at our 2018 employment law seminar, “Don’t Let #MeToo Become #YouToo: Effectively Handling Workplace Sexual Harassment Complaints,” the movement had a significant impact on California’s new employment laws passed for 2019.  A number of the new laws address the issue of workplace sexual harassment and more... More +

Amanda Peth

Countdown to New Year’s: A LinkedIn Checklist

It has been quite a year!  Before you start planning for 2019, give yourself some time to look back on all that you have done this year and make sure it is reflected on your LinkedIn profile.  After all, when someone googles your name, your LinkedIn profile often appears in the top 3 search results.  Here are some things to keep in... More +

Christine Peek

We Have the Best Empire that Coaxium Can Buy: Corruption on Corellia

Consider the purrgil.  Naturally self-sufficient space travelers, these majestic creatures metabolize their own hyperfuel by gulping down huge quantities of Clouzon-36 gas.  Unfortunately for the humanoids of Solo: A Star Wars Story, obtaining useable hyperfuel requires considerably more effort.  In the Imperial Era, coaxium has the... More +

McManis Faulkner

Hackers are Vampires - Keep Them from Feeding on Your Private Information

According to myth, vampires can only enter your home if you let them in.  Hackers, the vampires of cyber-world, are out there, waiting for you to ‘invite’ them in so they may feed on your private information. There is no better time than cybersecurity month to strengthen your online login security protocols for the office and... More +

Hilary Weddell

Governor Brown Signs Workplace-Related #MeToo Bills into Law

Following a long legislative year, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law several pieces of legislation aimed at curbing sexual harassment in the workplace.  This topic dominated conversation in the California legislature in 2018, as both the Assembly and the Senate sought to update and amend the state’s sexual harassment laws in... More +