Berliner Cohen, LLP is pleased to announce that Joshua Borger, Benjamin Johnson, Eileen Kennedy, and Stephen Scordelis were elected as new partners effective January 1, 2022. Mr. Borger, Ms. Kennedy, and Mr. Scordelis are based in San Jose, while Mr. Johnson is based in Modesto.
“We’re excited and proud to announce the election of four new partners. This year the firm has experienced unprecedented growth and the election of these four new partners sets a great tone and trajectory for the future. Our new partners are not only excellent lawyers who embrace the firm’s long-standing tradition of providing exceptional client service, but also remain committed to our firm’s unique culture and commitment to our community,” said Berliner Cohen Managing Partner, James Cashman.
Mr. Borger practices commercial and civil litigation in a variety of areas, including real estate, unfair business practices, breach of contract, trademarks, trade secrets, employment, and insurance coverage and litigation. Previously, Mr. Borger clerked for the Honorable Margaret B. Seymour in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.
Mr. Johnson’s practice focuses on all aspects of business litigation, as well as trust and estate litigation. Having represented a broad spectrum of clients which range from Fortune 500 companies to private individuals, he consistently achieves excellent results in matters of varying size, exposure, and complexity. During each of the past four years (2018-2021), Mr. Johnson has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by California Super Lawyers® in the area of business litigation, a distinction that recognizes top California lawyers in their practice area.
Ms. Kennedy defends businesses in employment class action and Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”) cases concerning disputes over the classification of workers, overtime pay, and meal and rest breaks, as well as unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation litigation. She regularly advises companies on federal and state employment laws and practices, including recruitment, hiring, exemptions from overtime pay, compensation issues, leaves of absence, workplace accommodations, workplace privacy, discipline, and termination of employment. She also provides counsel to executives on employment transitions and to companies on employment issues in mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Scordelis represents clients in commercial real estate transactions. His practice focuses on the acquisition, disposition, leasing and development of commercial real property. He also represents clients in connection with various land use matters such as lot line adjustments and the resolution of complex title issues. Mr. Scordelis has been recognized by Thomson Reuters in its Super Lawyers publication as a “Rising Star” – a recognition given to no more than 2.5 percent of California attorneys.