Benjamin M. Johnson

Mr. Johnson represents individuals and businesses in civil litigation and probate matters. He has both bench and jury trial experience and was selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers: Northern California Rising Stars list (2018) for his primary area of practice in Business Litigation.

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Angela Hoffman

Ms. Hoffman represents businesses and individuals in commercial litigation and arbitration, including real estate, financial services, and other contract disputes. Prior to joining Berliner Cohen, Ms. Hoffman practiced as a civil litigator in New York for 5 years. Ms. Hoffman is presently admitted to practice in California and New York.    

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Lindsay Hover

Ms. Hover is an associate in Berliner Cohen’s Business Litigation and Employment Law Groups. Ms. Hover represents various individuals and businesses in general civil litigation matters and counsels numerous clients.

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Susan E. Bishop

Ms. Bishop’s litigation practice includes working with management of public and private corporations and nonprofit organizations on issues, including employee relations, personnel policies, wage and hour matters, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.  She represents clients before State and Federal Courts, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California Labor Commissioner,…

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Michael J. Cheng

Mr. Cheng’s practice at Berliner Cohen currently centers on representing individuals and businesses in civil litigation in state and federal courts. Prior to joining Berliner Cohen in December 2014, Mr. Cheng was an associate at law firms in San Jose and Taiwan, where he focused his practice on commercial litigation, corporate matters, contract negotiation, and…

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Anthony DeJager

Mr. DeJager began working at Berliner Cohen LLP in 2015.  Mr. DeJager’s primary focus is in estate planning matters, including wills, living trusts, insurance trusts, complex trusts, charitable trusts, family partnerships, and other estate administration areas.  Mr. DeJager is closely tied to the local agribusiness community through family, clientele and personal passion; he cares deeply…

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Joseph E. Dworak

Mr. Dworak has over thirty years of legal experience in representing clients from individuals and small businesses to large, publicly-traded companies in various business disputes, including contract claims, real estate matters, and closely held and family-owned business disputes. His clients range from Santa Clara Valley’s oldest businesses and families to Silicon Valley’s newest technology companies.…

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Kimberly G. Flores

Ms. Flores represents various individuals and businesses in general civil litigation matters.  She has a broad range of litigation experience, including real estate disputes, business and contractual disputes, large scale construction defect matters, personal injury and property damage claims, landlord-tenant disputes, trust and estate litigation, public entity and municipal law matters, elder abuse claims, conservatorships…

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Michael B. Ijams

Mr. Ijams has advised clients for over 37 years in business and civil litigation matters.  His practice includes business, real estate, and civil litigation, contract and real property law, advising businesses, corporations, and partnerships, and creditor representation in bankruptcy matters.

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Nancy J. Johnson

Ms. Johnson has over thirty years of experience representing a variety of clients in business and real estate disputes, including escrow and title issues, commercial landlord-tenant matters, contract matters, and representation of landlords and creditors in bankruptcy court. In addition to her work on business and real estate matters, Ms. Johnson represents the San Andreas…

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Jeffrey S. Kaufman

Mr. Kaufman represents a wide variety of businesses and individuals, including many agri-businesses, including growers, packers, processors, and dairymen. Mr. Kaufman also handles real estate and construction disputes for contractors, sub-contractors, individual parties, realtors and public entities. He has tried over 100 cases to their conclusion with excellent results. Mr. Kaufman has a substantial range…

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Christine H. Long

Ms. Long maintains a diverse litigation practice in employment, hospitality, business litigation and real estate. Ms. Long is the Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group and Hospitality Practice Group. Ms. Long’s employment and hospitality litigation practice includes handling wage and hour claims, claims of employment discrimination, ADA compliance, wrongful termination, and breach of employment…

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Thomas P. Murphy

Mr. Murphy has over thirty years of experience in representing a variety of clients from individuals to large, publicly-traded corporations in appellate and extraordinary writ proceedings in state and federal courts and in litigation involving commercial, intellectual property and real estate matters. Mr. Murphy is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, State Bar of California Board…

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Christian E. Picone

Mr. Picone represents individuals and businesses in both civil and criminal litigation at the state and federal levels, with a focus on intellectual property disputes, complex commercial and tax litigation, criminal defense, and environmental defense. In addition, Mr. Picone has successfully represented custom automotive companies in the increasingly criminalized area of environmental law. Prior to…

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Ralph J. Swanson

Mr. Swanson has been practicing law since 1975. During his many years of experience in commercial and environmental litigation, he has represented a variety of clients, from individuals to large, publicly-traded corporations, in business disputes, environmental and toxic contamination litigation, real estate matters, trusts and estates, trade secrets, and closely held and family-owned business disputes.…

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Dawn C. Sweatt

Ms. Sweatt is in the business litigation group at Berliner Cohen. As a litigation attorney, she has had several jury and bench trial successes involving complex business transactions, trade secrets, real estate, and related matters. Prior to joining Berliner Cohen, she worked as a litigation associate for law firms in the Silicon Valley and Sacramento.…

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Ellen M. Taylor

Ellen’s practice at Berliner Cohen focuses on representation of individuals and businesses in civil litigation in state and federal courts. Prior to Berliner, Ellen worked as a Graduate Law Clerk at the Office of the County Counsel, County of Alameda and as an extern to the Office of the City Attorney, Redwood City.

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Frank R. Ubhaus

Mr. Ubhaus has over forty years of experience as a trial attorney representing clients in a variety of litigation contexts from complex civil litigation to white collar criminal defense. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara County Conflicts Administration Program, and as a member of the Board of…

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Jonathan D. Wolf

Mr. Wolf, chair of the Firm’s Business Litigation group, represents a variety of clients from individuals to large, publicly traded corporations in business disputes, probate and trust litigation and insurance coverage matters. He has extensive experience in litigating business, probate and trust and real estate disputes. Mr. Wolf also handles various insurance related matters and…

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Business Litigation Law

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Business Litigation Law Berliner Cohen will evaluate the whole case, not just specific issues, and address the impacts of negative and successful verdicts. We apply a realistic approach to the representation to help businesses make informed decisions about how to proceed. While the ultimate goal is a quick and efficient resolution, Berliner Cohen has seasoned…

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Berliner Cohen Sponsors Activity Hole at ASVB Annual Golf Tournament

Berliner Cohen is pleased to be an activity hole sponsor at the annual Association of Silicon Valley Brokers (ASVB) Golf Tournament on September 8, 2016. Be sure to stop in at the Berliner Cohen tent at the beautiful Cinnabar Hills Golf Club. As you wait to tee up at the Lake #8 hole, grab some swag and cool down with a cold margarita. We hope to see…

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Berliner Cohen Sponsors ASVB Awards Dinner

Berliner Cohen continues its support of the Association of Silicon Valley Brokers by sponsoring this year’s 39th Annual Awards Ceremony & Banquet, February 26, 2015, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Through ASVB’s annual event, the organization is able to support local organizations, including this year’s recipients: Next Door-Solutions to Domestic Violence, Family Supportive Housing, and Project Hired.…

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Cal Lawyer Letter to Editor Response to “Anger: A Frontal Approach”

A Letter to the Editor by John Domingue, Partner, Berliner Cohen, has been published in the September 2014 issue of California Lawyer.  His letter is in response to the article, “Anger: A Frontal Approach,” which appeared in the magazine’s June 2014 issue.  The article discusses points for lawyers to consider in remaining calm in the face…

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That Dreaded Knock on the Door – Responding to a White-Collar Crime Investigation

“Embezzlement, money laundering, tax evasion and commercial bribery are common white-collar crimes that authorities regularly investigate.  Oftentimes these alleged crimes happen without executives even knowing someone in their organization is committing them.  However, ignorance does not count.  If and when authorities come knocking on your company’s door, how would you respond?  Facing a subpoena, search…

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Berliner Cohen Attorneys Speak at 2011 HR West

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce that four of its employment law attorneys have been selected to speak at the Northern California Human Resources Association’s HR West, April 11-13, 2011, at the Oakland Convention Center. Monday, April 11: Christine Long, Berliner Cohen attorney, and Chris Taylor, ADA Compliance Consultants, Inc., will present a session on “ADA…

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Berliner Cohen Attorneys Author “Volumes”

Berliner Cohen attorneys frequently author chapters, sections or articles, which appear in legal and other industry publications: Linda A. Callon, Partner League of California Cities, Contributing Editor, “The California Municipal Law Handbook” Robert L. Chortek, Partner 15 Pacific Legal Journal, 301, Comment: “Impeaching the Accused with Prior Convictions: Does Proposition 8 Put Beagle in the…

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Stays Pending Appeal

Few areas of appellate procedure are as complex, or potentially significant, as the rules concerning stays pending appeal. The consequences of the failure to stay enforcement of a judgment or order pending appeal may be obvious. Absent a stay, for example, a successful appellant may be left with a mere right of action against an…

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Commercial Broker Not Liable For Metroscan Information

Commercial brokers can pass on widely used real estate database information with a disclaimer to a potential buyer without fear of liability, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Mary Jo Levinger ruled in a judgment entered on January 26, 2005 in favor of Cornish & Carey. In ruling in favor of Cornish & Carey on…

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