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Partner Christine H. Long Celebrates 20 Years with Berliner Cohen, LLP

April 8, 2021 |

Berliner Cohen, LLP would like to congratulate Christine H. Long, Partner, as she celebrates 20 years with the firm this April.  Christine long expertly maintains a diverse litigation practice in employment, hospitality, business litigation and real estate. She is the is the Chair of the… Read More

Understanding Probate and Trusts - Learn What Happens Upon Death When Owning Property

April 7, 2021 |

On Febury 24, 2021, Berliner Cohen attorney Andrew Dignan hosted a complimentary webinar, in partnership with Cypress Title Corporation, exploring what happens to property upon death.  Webinar Details: February 24, 2021, 10:00AM - 11:00AM View the webinar here.  About Andrew… Read More

Partner Joshua Borger Publishes Two Articles with Daily Journal

February 22, 2021 |

Berliner Cohen Partner Joshua Borger published two articles with the Daily Journal regarding California employers, private organizations and their optiosn regarding employee and memeber speech. Read more here:  Can employers fire employees for social or political speech? Daily Journal.… Read More

Welcome to New Attorney Makayla Whitney

February 12, 2021 |

Our Berliner Cohen team would like to welcome Makayla Whitney to the Firm's Modesto Office in Business Litigation and Labor & Employment Law.  Ms. Whitney represents individuals and business in civil litigation and employment matters. Prior to joining Berliner Cohen, Ms. Whitney worked… Read More

Berliner Cohen Welcomes New Attorney Christian Wick

February 1, 2021 |

Berliner Cohen, LLP is happy to welcome back Christian D. Wick as a new attorney in our Business Litigation Department. Christian served as a Law Clerk with the Firm while studying law at Santa Clara University. Welcome, Christian. Read More

Berliner Cohen Announces Michael Cheng Elected Partner, January 2021

January 5, 2021 |

Berliner Cohen, LLP is pleased to announce that Michael “Mike” J. Cheng has been elected Partner in Business Litigation. Mike is a trial attorney who represents businesses and individuals in a variety of commercial disputes as well as real estate related litigation, including… Read More

COVID- 19 Preparation Plans – What Businesses Need to Know

December 16, 2020 |

California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) new emergency regulation applies to most workers in California and requires employers to develop and implement a comprehensive written COVID-19 Prevention Program that addresses: A system for communicating COVID-19 information;… Read More

UPDATED Proposition 15 (Split-Roll Initiative): How It Could Affect Commercial Property Taxes

November 23, 2020 |

Update as of November 23, 2020:  By a narrow margin (52% to 48%), it appears that California voters have rejected Proposition 15, the “split roll” initiative that would have eliminated the limitation on real property tax increases under Proposition 13 for many commercial and… Read More

Berliner Cohen, LLP ranked as Best Law Firm regionally by The U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2021

November 12, 2020 |

Berliner Cohen, LLP has been regionally ranked  as a The U.S. News -  Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings for 2021.  This rigorous ranking process has acknowledged the firm in six outstanding areas:  Tier 1 in Litigation: Land Use & Zoning Tier 1 in… Read More

Proposition 19: Big Changes After Valentine’s Day 2021

November 12, 2020 | ,

  This coming Valentine’s Day, your local California county assessor will be giddy in anticipation of what is to come because two days later -- Proposition 19(1) will go into effect.  As a result, property tax envelopes will soon need to be returned with much larger checks from their… Read More

IRS Announces Estate and Gift Tax Exclusions for 2021

November 12, 2020 | ,

On October 26, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service announced the exclusion amounts for 2021.  Notably, the basic estate tax exclusion for 2021 increased to $11,700,000, while the annual exclusion for gifts in 2021 remains at $15,000. A copy of Rev. Proc. 2020-45 can be found here. This is for… Read More

A Tribute To Retired Partner Hugh Isola

November 11, 2020 |

We are sorry to announce that our retired partner, Hugh Isola, passed away peacefully at home on November 3rd, 2020.  Our partner, Ralph Swanson, wrote a fitting tribute to Hugh that we would like to share with you... A TRIBUTE TO HUGH ISOLA  "When I first met Hugh Isola, I was a brand new… Read More

Local Paid Sick Leave Related to COVID-19

October 19, 2020 |

Review this chart detailing California's Paid Sick Leave categories for local businesses to ensure you are up-to-date and compliant.  Download the PDF here. For questions, please contact Christine H. Long, Partner and Department Chair, Berliner Cohen LLP (408) 286-5800… Read More

COVID-19 and Estate, Gift and Generation Skipping Transfer Opportunities

October 16, 2020 | ,

Our world has experienced some dramatic events in the past year.  Of course, we’re all aware of many of the terrible personal and economic consequences of COVID-19.  But the news is not all bad.  Together with certain recent law changes, the pandemic has created an environment… Read More

All Employers of 5 or More Must Update Their CFRA Leave Policies

October 14, 2020 |

Currently, the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), which largely mirrors the Federal Family Medical Leave Act, requires employers with 50 or more employees within a 75-mile radius to grant a leave of absence to eligible employees of up to 12 workweeks in a 12-month period for… Read More