Berliner Cohen Appoints James P. Cashman as New Managing Partner

March 15, 2018

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce that James P. Cashman, a partner in the firm’s Estate Planning Group, has been elected Managing Partner of the firm effective January 1, 2018. Mr. Cashman succeeds Mark Makiewicz, a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Transactions Group. Mr. Makiewicz held the managing partner position from January 1, 2014…

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Berliner Cohen Mourns the Passing of Partner Linda Callon

January 12, 2018

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our partner, Linda Callon, on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Linda graduated, cum laude, from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 1980 and joined Berliner Cohen in 1982. Linda represented private clients in the entitlement or regulatory process before governmental organizations for environmental and…

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Berliner Cohen Elects Three New Partners

January 2, 2018

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce that Kimberly Flores, Tyler Shewy, and Dawn Sweatt were elected as new equity partners effective January 1, 2018. Ms. Sweatt and Mr. Shewey are based in San Jose, while Ms. Flores is based in Merced. “We’re excited and pleased to have three new partners join us, who represent renewed energy…

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Berliner Cohen Secures Victory for Palisade Builders, Inc. and Doug Ross Construction

December 1, 2017

Berliner Cohen successfully defended Palisade Builders, Inc. and Doug Ross Construction on a claim made by the Palisade project manager claiming a right to compensation based on the construction project in Pleasanton. In April 2012, Palisade won a contract to build apartments (Independent Living Units) at a retirement community in Pleasanton. Later in August 2012,…

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Berliner Cohen Defends City of Los Altos Against Challenge Under the Housing Accountability Act

November 20, 2017

Berliner Cohen’s land use department has extensive experience representing both municipalities and public entities, and that experience was on display as Berliner Cohen successfully defended the City of Los Altos against a challenge to the City’s decision to deny a housing development based on findings that the project was inconsistent with the City’s existing specific…

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Berliner Cohen Recognized in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Rankings

November 1, 2017

Berliner Cohen, LLP is pleased to announce its 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers®“Best Law Firms” rankings. The firm received regional tier 1 and 2 rankings in the following practice areas: Real Estate Law (Tier 1) Criminal Defense: General Practice (Tier 2) Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Tier 2) The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms rankings are…

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Owner Lawsuit Alleging Cracked Cement, Unlevel floors, and a Staircase Too High—Contractor Pays Zero

October 18, 2017

Berliner Cohen is armed with veteran construction and development lawyers. Their skills proved beneficial once again when the Contractor prevailed and was able to recover attorney fees. The project at issue involved interior improvements to a multimillion dollar penthouse condominium in downtown San Francisco.  Owner hired Contractor to install decorative cement flooring, floating stairs and…

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Berliner Cohen Represented Sellers in Sale of North San Jose Campus

October 6, 2017

Berliner Cohen represented the Sellers in the sale of The Campus on North First (“The Campus”), a two-building campus located at 3060/3080 North First Street in San Jose. The Campus is centrally located in the renowned “Golden Triangle” of Silicon Valley, buildings situated along Highways 101, 237 and 880, and incorporating part of Santa Clara,…

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Court of Appeal Upholds Berliner Cohen’s Victory in Brown v. Jimenez

September 19, 2017

Berliner Cohen’s previous trial court victory in Brown v. Jimenez, an action for breach of fiduciary duty and failure to account against a Trustee in Mariposa County Superior Court, has been upheld by the Fifth District Court of Appeal. Leslie Kalim McHugh, who practices in our Modesto office, was lead counsel on the case. The matter…

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Seven Outstanding Berliner Cohen Attorneys Recognized by Northern California Super Lawyers

August 25, 2017

Berliner Cohen LLP is pleased to announced that Super Lawyers has recognized seven of our attorneys in their respective practice areas. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The section process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The selected lawyers…

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Six Berliner Cohen Attorneys Listed as 2018 Best Lawyers in America®

August 16, 2017

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce that six of the firm’s attorneys were recognized in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Berliner Cohen’s six attorneys include: Andrew L. Faber, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning Frank R. Ubhaus, Criminal Defense: General Practice and Criminal Defense: White-Collar Jonathan D. Wolf, Litigation – Trusts and…

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Berliner Cohen Welcomes New Real Estate Associate John Whisman

August 14, 2017

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce the arrival of John M. Whisman Jr. as an associate to its Real Estate Group. John’s practice primarily focuses on a variety of commercial real estate transactions, including leasing, development and finance. Previously, John was a real estate attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Prior to that time, he was…

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San Jose: Berliner Cohen Founder Honored With Own Day

April 2, 2017

Northern California Record | John Severance | April 2, 2017 Stan Berliner, one of the founders of Berliner Cohen LLP in San Jose, was honored March 9 with Stan Berliner Day with his retirement after 50 years at the firm. Berliner’s retirement was announced Jan. 1 by his firm. The day was proclaimed in Berliner’s honor by San…

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SV Business Journal Honors Attorney Laura Palazzolo as 2017 Woman of Influence

March 13, 2017

Berliner Cohen LLP is pleased to announce that Laura Palazzolo, distinguished litigation attorney, has been selected by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal as one of the 2017 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley. The Journal’s Women of Influence special supplement on April 3 features her along with 99 other outstanding Silicon Valley women.  Honorees have been selected…

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Pizarro: San Jose lawyer Stan Berliner retires after 50-year career

March 11, 2017

The Mercury News | Sal Pizarro | March 11, 2017 Prominent San Jose attorney Stan Berliner had his retirement party Thursday night, but Berliner might not have had a 50-year career in San Jose were it not for Phil Hammer. Hammer, who went to law school at UC-Berkeley with Berliner, said the two of them…

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Michael B. Ijams Named Partner at Berliner Cohen LLP

January 1, 2017

Berliner Cohen, LLP is pleased to announce that Michael B. Ijams became a partner in the firm on January 1, 2017. Mike works in the firm’s Modesto office, and his primary focus is business advising and business litigation. “On behalf of the firm, I am pleased to welcome Michael Ijams to the partnership. Since joining…

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Founding Partner, Stan Berliner Retires: The Legacy He Leaves Behind

January 1, 2017

Berliner Cohen, LLP, historic San Jose based law firm, announces the retirement of its founder and Northern California legal stalwart, Stan Berliner. Culminating a 50-year career marked by dedication to the community and devotion to the law, Berliner’s retirement marks a new era for one of San Jose’s first and most established law firms. Stan…

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Berliner Cohen, LLP Awarded APABA of Silicon Valley’s Beacon Award

September 23, 2016

Berliner Cohen, LLP is honored to be the recipient of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley’s (“APABA-SV”) Beacon Award for Diversity in recognition of the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, the legal profession, and the greater community. Diversity has been one of Berliner Cohen’s core values from inception. …

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2016 Super Lawyers Recognizes 9 Outstanding Berliner Cohen Attorneys

August 22, 2016

Berliner Cohen, LLP is pleased to announce Super Lawyers Magazine has recognized 9 of its attorneys as 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers and Northern California Rising Stars. Five partners, one of counsel and one senior attorney have been recognized as Super Lawyers, and one partner and one associate have been named as Northern California Rising Stars.  “Rising Stars” are attorneys recognized by the legal…

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Berliner Cohen Partner Jolie Houston Named Acting City Attorney For Merced

August 16, 2016

“Merced City Council unanimously approved a contract with a law firm that will temporarily oversee the city attorney’s office as the city looks for a permanent employee. Jolie Houston of Berliner Cohen, which has offices in Merced and San Jose, was named acting city attorney on Monday. An attorney with Berliner Cohen since 1998, according to…

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Best Lawyers in America Names Berliner Cohen Partners to 2017 List

August 15, 2016

Berliner Cohen congratulates its following partners named as top attorneys in the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®: Stan Berliner, Sam Farb and Peggy Springgay in Real Estate Law and Frank Ubhaus in Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar and Criminal Defense: White Collar. Best Lawyers in America® compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate…

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Mike Ijams Names to the Board of Directors for Community Hospice, Inc.

July 15, 2016

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce that Mike Ijams, OF Counsel, Modesto office was recently named to the Board of Directors for Community Hospice, Inc, after faithfully serving for years alongside other fellow Modesto attorneys, Eric Tetrault and Leslie Kalim McHugh, for the Community Hospice Foundation as a fundraising partner. Mike is particularly dedicated to this worthy organization because of his firsthand experience seeing their excellent…

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Berliner Cohen Associate Jennifer Leung Honored by Santa Clara County Bar Association

April 6, 2016

Berliner Cohen LLP is pleased to announce that the Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA) has named Jennifer Y. Leung, distinguished employment law attorney, its recipient of the 2016 Unsung Hero Award. Each year the Diversity Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association presents the Unsung Heroes Awards, recognizing individuals and organizations in our community, regardless…

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Berliner Cohen Attorney Tyler Shewey Recognized as BCAC Citizen of the Year

March 23, 2016

Berliner Cohen LLP is pleased to announce that Tyler Shewey, distinguished tax and business attorney, has been recognized as the 2015 Citizen of the Year by the Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council (BCAC) in San Jose.  Mr. Shewey, who is a San Jose native, graduated from Piedmont Hills High School. He went on to study at…

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Sandra G. Sepúlveda Named Partner at Berliner Cohen LLP

March 1, 2016

Berliner Cohen, LLP is pleased to announce that Sandra G. Sepúlveda has been elevated to partner in its Estate Planning Group. “On behalf of the firm, I am pleased to welcome Sandra Sepúlveda to the partnership.  Since joining Berliner Cohen, LLP in 2006, Sandra has become an integral part of our Estate Planning Department, bringing…

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Senior Berliner Cohen Associate, Laura Palazzolo Formally Selected as Dean of Lincoln Law School

February 22, 2016

“Dean Palazzolo was formally selected by unanimous vote of the Trustees effective September 30, 2015, with the appointment announced at the dedication of the new classroom facilities. Since her appointment she has continued to transition into the new facility, motivated the Trustees and others to donate time and treasure to that process, and has recruited the largest first-year class…

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Beat the Heat with Berliner Cohen at ASVB Annual Golf Event

September 10, 2015

Berliner Cohen, LLP is excited to be an activity hole sponsor at the annual Association of Silicon Valley Brokers Golf Event on September 10, 2015. Want to test your aim at the Golf Dart Game and win some great prizes? Be sure to stop in at the Berliner Cohen tent. As you wait to tee up at the Lake…

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Berliner Cohen Attorney H. Shinny Liu Receives LL.M. (Taxation) From Golden Gate University

August 28, 2015

Berliner Cohen, LLP associate attorney H. Shinny Liu, Esq., has received her LL.M. in Taxation from Golden Gate University School of Law, with honors. Ms. Liu counsels individuals and families on estate planning, estate administration, and probate administration. She has been an associate in Berliner Cohen’s Estate Planning Group since February of 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Liu served as…

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2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 11 Berliner Cohen Attorneys

July 23, 2015

Berliner Cohen, LLP is pleased to announce Super Lawyers Magazine has recognized 11 of its attorneys as 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers and Northern California Rising Stars.  Six partners, one of counsel and one senior attorney have been recognized as Super Lawyers, and one partner and two associates have been named as Northern California Rising Stars.  “Rising Stars” are attorneys recognized by…

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Sandra Sepulveda Discusses Estate Planning En Español

April 24, 2015

En su “Dinero con Alex” programa de radio, servicios financieros profesional, Alex Batlle habla con Sandra Sepúlveda, abogado de Berliner Cohen, acerca de la importancia de la planificación del patrimonio para los individuos y las familias. Haga clic aquí para escuchar la entrevista de la señora Sepúlveda en español.

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Business Journal Honors Attorney Dawn Sweatt as 2015 Woman of Influence

April 3, 2015

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce that Dawn Sweatt, distinguished litigation attorney, has been selected by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal as one of the 2015 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley.  The Journal’s Women of Influence special supplement on April 3 features her along with 99 other outstanding Silicon Valley women.  They will be honored at the Journal’s Awards Dinner…

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Susan Bishop Named Partner at Berliner Cohen

March 6, 2015

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce that Susan Bishop has been elevated to partner in its Litigation Department and Employment Law Practice Group. “Susan Bishop has a long and successful track record representing our clients in all manner of employment law, including wage and hour class actions, wrongful termination claims, racial discrimination, sexual harassment and employee classification claims,” said…

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Longtime Berliner Cohen Partner Roberta Hayashi Named to Superior Court Bench

March 6, 2015

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce the appointment of Roberta S. Hayashi to the Santa Clara County Superior Court bench. Before her appointment to the bench, Hayashi, 56, had been head of the employment law practice and a litigation partner at Berliner Cohen since 2006, and prior to that, from 1990 to 2000, and an associate from 1982 to…

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Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program – Effective September 30

September 8, 2014

Reminder to Bay Area employers with 50 or more full-time employees who work 20+ hours per week: the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program, established by California SB 1339, becomes effective September 30, 2014 (earlier announcement on Berliner Cohen website April 2, 2014). Senate Bill 1339, signed into law in fall 2012, authorized the Bay Area Air Quality Management…

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Andrew Faber Speaks on Inclusionary Housing at League of California Cities Meeting

September 5, 2014

Andrew Faber, Berliner Cohen Partner, spoke at the City Attorneys Department of the League of California Cities Meeting on September 5, 2014, in Los Angeles. His presentation, “Inclusionary Housing Requirements: Still Possible?,” focused on the changes in the legal landscape affecting affordable housing, particularly due to recent and pending California Supreme Court cases (in one…

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Roberta Hayashi Authors Article on Reasonable Accommodations & ADA

September 1, 2014

Roberta Hayashi recently published an article, which appeared in SBN Online, “Reasonable Accommodations: Interaction with and Providing Leaves of Absence to a Disabled Employee.” “When an employee requests a leave of absence because of a disability, employers have two separate duties: 1) interact with the employee; and 2) provide a defined period of leave so…

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Andrew Faber Panelist at ABA Annual Convention

August 8, 2014

Andrew Faber, Partner at Berliner Cohen, participated in the panel on “Permitting and Balanced Growth after Koontz,” at the American Bar Association’s Annual Convention, which was held in Boston, August 8-10, 2014. The panel discussion dealt with problems cities face in managing development and growth in light of a recent United States Supreme Court case…

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Berliner Cohen Provides Estate Planning Guide and Forms for Your Use

August 4, 2014

Berliner Cohen is pleased to provide the following estate planning guide and forms: BERLINER COHEN LLP – ESTATE PLANNING 101: THE IMPORTANCE OF DEVELOPING AN ESTATE PLAN – CLICK HERE. “Estate Planning 101” summarizes several estate planning concepts and provides background information to help prepare you in your discussion with your attorney regarding trust or estate administration. BERLINER…

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Christian Picone, Berliner Cohen Partner, Authors Article on White-Collar Crime

August 1, 2014

Christian Picone, Partner, Berliner Cohen, has authored an article in SBN Online, “The Dreaded Knock on the Door: Know How to Respond If Your Company Is Being Investigated for White-Collar Crime.” “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…

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Harry Lopez, Berliner Cohen Attorney, Becomes Reading Partners Board Member

July 7, 2014

Harry Lopez, Berliner Cohen real estate partner, has become a member of the Board of Directors of Reading Partners Silicon Valley. Mr. Lopez’s real estate practice is purely transactional and primarily focuses on commercial leasing and acquisitions and dispositions. For more information on Reading Partners Silicon Valley, click here. ### Reading Partners was founded in the Silicon…

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2014 Super Lawyers Recognizes 14 Berliner Cohen Attorneys

July 3, 2014

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce that Law & Politics has recognized 14 of its attorneys as 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers and Northern California Rising Stars, including two new additions.  Seven partners, two of counsel and one senior attorney have been recognized as Super Lawyers, and one partner and three associates have been named as Northern…

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Ban on Bare Hand Contact by Food-Service Workers Repealed

June 30, 2014

On June 30, 2014, Governor Brown signed AB 2130 effectively repealing California Retail Food Code Section 113961, which would have prohibited bare hand contact by food-service workers with ready-to-eat foods, has been repealed. The new section went into effect January 1, 2014, with a six-month soft roll-out preventing hard enforcement before July 1, 2014. AB…

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Leavitt Group Presents Free ADA Webinar

June 23, 2014

A free webinar on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be presented for HR professionals by Linda Railton, PHR, Leavitt Group HR Consultant, on Thursday, July 10, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (PT). To register for the free webinar, click here.

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“Friends & Family” Team Raises over $12,000 for Gilroy Relay for Life

June 21, 2014

Berliner Cohen was pleased to again participate as a silver sponsor in the American Cancer Society’s 2014 Relay for Life of Gilroy, which was held on June 21 at Christmas Tree Ranch in Gilroy. Berliner Cohen partner Peggy Springgay’s “Friends and Family” team, including Roberta Hayashi, Berliner Cohen Partner, successfully raised over $12,000 for the…

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Andrew Faber Authors Article on CEQA Abuse and What Businesses Should Know

June 2, 2014

Andrew L. Faber, Berliner Cohen Partner, recently published an article, “CEQA abuse on the rise: What businesses should know if a project needs discretionary permits,” for Smart Business Online, discussing how CEQA can affect a business, CEQA misuse, and the approach to take when facing CEQA compliance. For complete article, click here.

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Laura Palazzolo Authors Article on “ADA Compliance and Avoiding Lawsuits”

May 1, 2014

Laura Palazzolo, Berliner Cohen attorney, recently authored an article in Smart Business Online, focusing on “ADA Compliance: How to Meet Accessibility Requirements and Avoid Lawsuits.” Smart Business spoke with Palazzolo about what businesses can do to protect themselves from lawsuits and related penalties. For complete article, click here.

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Berliner Cohen’s Innovative Strategy Defeats Wage Claims

April 7, 2014

Berliner Cohen recently obtained dismissals of a trio of Labor Commissioner actions using an innovative strategy on behalf of its employer clients.  Merging the firm’s expertise in employment, business and bankruptcy law, Berliner Cohen attorneys Laura Palazzolo and Jennifer Leung successfully argued that the failure of a former employee to disclose the existence of a…

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Bay Area Commuter Benefits Required by September 30

April 2, 2014

The Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program, as a result of California SB 1339 (effective March 26, 2014), requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees to offer a commuter benefit by September 30, 2014, to their employees who work 20+ hours per week. Click here for the Employer Guide, which contains very helpful information.

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Berliner Cohen & Leavitt Group Present Webinar on “Managing Leaves of Absence”

March 24, 2014

Please join Berliner Cohen and Leavitt Group for a complimentary webinar on “Managing Leaves of Absence,” Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (PST).  HRCI credit is available. When an employee requests a leave of absence, the burden of sorting through the overlapping and occasionally conflicting requirements of Federal and State laws falls…

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Tyler Shewey Authors Article on “Taxing Issues for 2014”

March 3, 2014

Tyler Shewey, Berliner Cohen attorney, recently authored an article in Smart Business Online, focusing on “Taxing Issues: How to Handle Three Hot Issues for 2014.”  Smart Business spoke with Shewey about three tax issues that are receiving more attention in 2014 from the IRS: sales and use taxes, IRS Offer in Compromise, and foreign bank…

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Jim Cashman Authors Article on “Estate Planning and Protecting Assets”

February 3, 2014

James P. Cashman recently authored an article in Smart Business Online, focusing on estate planning: protection of assets and other trends for 2014: “While tax laws continue to affect estate plans, protection of assets has become an increasing priority as baby boomers age.  “There’s been a lot more conversation in the last five years about…

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Class Certification Denied in Favor of Berliner Cohen Tech Client

January 9, 2014

In a recent U.S. District Court ruling, Judge William Alsup, Northern District, found in favor of Berliner Cohen’s client Ma Labs by denying conditional and class certification to a broad class of Ma Labs workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Rule 23.  Ma Labs is one of the leading computer component distributors…

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Berliner Cohen Successful for Auto Body Employer in Rejection of Wage and Hour Class Certification

January 8, 2014

The Superior Court County of Santa Clara recently ordered in favor of Berliner Cohen’s client, an employer with multiple Bay Area body shop facilities, in rejecting the plaintiff’s motion for class certification. Martin Juarez and Adrian Ramirez, on behalf of a class of similarly situated individuals v. Syed Ali (dba “Autowest Collision Repairs, Inc. and Autowest…

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Berliner Cohen Prevails on Behalf of Employer, Wins Major Defense Verdict

January 6, 2014

Berliner Cohen recently won a major defense verdict in favor of its client, the owner of multiple Northern California automobile dealerships, in a case brought by a former management-level employee.  The former employee sought several million dollars in damages for his claims of wrongful termination and breach of contract relative to an ownership interest in…

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Berliner Cohen Employment Group’s 2013 Proves Active and Successful

January 6, 2014

Berliner Cohen’s Employment Law and Litigation Group had an active 2013, including the successful resolution of the following: In early 2013, Roberta Hayashi and Kara Arguello were lead counsel in an employee sales commission dispute that was resolved on the eve of jury trial in Orange County. In August 2013, Christine Long and Kara Arguello successfully tried a wage and hour case — in…

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Berliner Cohen Appoints Mark Makiewicz As New Managing Partner

January 1, 2014

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce that Mark Makiewicz, a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Transactions Group, has been elected Managing Partner of the firm for a three-year term effective as of January 1, 2014. Mr. Makiewicz succeeds Jerry Reiton, a partner specializing in corporate and tax matters.  Mr. Reiton held the managing partner position from…

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Soft Roll-Out Code Enforcement for Hand Contact & Ready-to-Eat Foods

January 1, 2014

A new section of the California Retail Food Code scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2014, requiring foodservice workers to use disposable gloves or utensils when handling ready-to-eat foods will not be strictly enforced for the first six months of 2014. The change was included in AB 1252, which made several changes to the…

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Berliner Cohen Joins International Alliance of Law Firms

December 2, 2013

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce that the firm has been admitted as a member of the International Alliance of Law Firms. Founded in 1990, the Alliance is a network of prominent law firms that provides clients a rapid and effective response to their international business challenges.  The Alliance provides member firms and their clients…

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Best Lawyers in America Names Berliner Cohen Partners to 2014 List

August 19, 2013

Berliner Cohen congratulates its following partners named as top attorneys in the 2014 Best Lawyers in America®: Stan Berliner, Sam Farb and Peggy Springgay in Real Estate Law; Frank Ubhaus in Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar and Criminal Defense: White Collar; and Alan Pinner in Tax Law and Trusts and Estates. Berliner Cohen has also received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2014 edition.  This Tier…

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2013 Super Lawyers Recognizes Thirteen Berliner Cohen Attorneys

July 8, 2013

Thirteen Berliner Cohen attorneys have been recognized by Law & Politics as 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers and Northern California Rising Stars.  Included in this group, seven partners and one of counsel again have been recognized as Super Lawyers, and one partner and four associates have been named as Northern California Rising Stars.  The Rising Stars are…

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Christian Picone Elected to Berliner Cohen Partnership

January 1, 2013

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce that Christian E. Picone has been elected to the partnership effective January 1, 2013. He represents individuals and businesses in both civil and criminal litigation at the state and federal levels.  His civil practice focuses on securities, business litigation, and real estate litigation.  His criminal practice emphasizes white collar…

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Susan Bishop, Litigation Attorney, Joins Berliner Cohen

August 8, 2012

Berliner Cohen welcomes Susan Bishop as Of Counsel to the firm’s litigation practice.  Ms. Bishop joined the firm in August, 2012, and her practice includes working with management of public and private   corporations and nonprofit organizations on issues, including incorporation, employee relations, personnel policies, wage and hour matters, discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination.   She…

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Berliner Cohen Team Raises Over $12,000 for 2012 Gilroy Relay For Life

June 23, 2012

Berliner Cohen was pleased to once again participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Gilroy.  The event was held at the Christmas Hill Ranch, Saturday, June 23, 2012 through Sunday morning, June 24, 2012. Relay for Life is a 24-hour walking event, signifying that “cancer never sleeps.”  Its goals are to create…

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Berliner Cohen Attorneys Included in 2012 Top Women Super Lawyers Edition

June 15, 2012

Three Berliner Cohen women attorneys previously named as 2012 Northern California Super Lawyers or Rising Stars have been selected to appear in a special section called The Top Women Attorneys in Northern California in the December 2012 issue of San Francisco magazine: Roberta S. Hayashi, Employment Litigation, Defense Dawn C. Sweatt, Business Litigation Kate Wilson, Employment & Labor #####…

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Five 2012 Super Lawyers Included in 2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition

June 8, 2012

Five Berliner Cohen 2012 Super Lawyers have been selected to appear in the September 2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition:     Andrew L. Faber, Land Use/Zoning Samuel L. Farb, Real Estate Roberta S. Hayashi, Employment Litigation, Defense Ralph J. Swanson, Business Litigation Frank R. Ubhaus, Criminal Defense: White Collar ##### Berliner Cohen is one of the largest…

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Hugh Isola, Real Estate Attorney, Retires from Berliner Cohen

May 31, 2012

Hugh L. Isola, Berliner Cohen of Counsel, has retired from the practice of law.  Hugh has served the real estate community for almost 50 years representing clients from institutional investors, large national corporations and partnerships to individuals in commercial real estate transactions. Hugh was a Berliner Cohen partner from 1979 through 1993 and managing partner…

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Steve Hallgrimson, Berliner Cohen Attorney, Joins Loaves & Fishes Board

May 30, 2012

Steve Hallgrimson, Berliner Cohen real estate and corporate attorney, has joined the Board of Directors of Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen, San Jose. Mr. Hallgrimson has over forty years experience representing a variety of clients in commercial real estate transactions, and partnership and joint venture planning. For more information on Loaves & Fishes, click here. ###…

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Berliner Cohen Attorney Weighs in on Lamar Case

May 25, 2012

NBC Bay Area’s Brent Cannon talks to Christian Picone, Berliner Cohen attorney, about the next steps for the murder suspect in the Sierra Lamar Case. For video, click here: NBC Bay Area Sierra Lamar Case Interview

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Berliner Cohen Adds Corporate Attorney Thomas Armstrong

April 16, 2012

Berliner Cohen, a full-service San Jose law firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Thomas C. Armstrong as Of Counsel to its Corporate Department.  He brings over 28 years of legal experience to the firm and represents companies and investors in venture capital financings, private placements, angel financings, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters.  His…

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Berliner Cohen Sponsors 2012 ASVB Awards Banquet

March 8, 2012

Berliner Cohen is pleased to renew its continued support of the Association of Silicon Valley Brokers and its sponsorship of ASVB’s 36th Annual Awards Banquet, March 8.  The Awards Banquet is expected to raise some $140,000, of which 100% will be donated in equal parts to three local charities: Family supportive Housing, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence,…

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Terry Allen, Berliner Cohen Attorney, Dies

March 6, 2012

We are saddened to announce that Terry L. Allen, 74, well-respected Central Valley attorney and Berliner Cohen of Counsel, died March 5, 2012, following a long illness. He began his law practice in Merced in 1963 where he first served as a deputy district attorney.  In 1968, he founded the law firm of Allen, Fagalde,…

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Berliner Cohen Adds New Estate Planning Attorney

February 6, 2012

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce that H. Shinny Liu has joined the frm as an associate in the Estate Planning Department. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Liu served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas Cain of the Santa Clara County Superior Court in the Probate Department.  She also externed at the…

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Eminent Domain and High Speed Rail – How It Can Affect Your Property

October 24, 2011

Do you know your legal rights if an eminent domain action takes place as a consequence of the proposed California high speed rail system?  Berliner Cohen has launched a site to help familiarize you with the plans of the California High-Speed Rail Authority – the agency tasked with building the 800-mile system over the next decade. …

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Harry Lopez Quoted in Business Journal’s “Moffett Tower ‘Gamble’ a Boost for Sunnyvale”

September 23, 2011

Harry Lopez, Berliner Cohen partner, was quoted in the September 23 issue of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Structures Awards publication. The article, “Moffett Tower ‘Gamble’ a Boost for Sunnyvale,” focused on the increased leasing activity of Moffett Towers when companies such as Microsoft Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., and Motorola Mobility leased large blocks of space.…

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Harry Lopez Presents Brokerage Award at Business Journal Structures Awards

September 20, 2011

Harry Lopez, Berliner Cohen partner, will present the Brokerage of the Year award at the 2011 Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Structures Awards event.  Berliner Cohen is pleased to again sponsor this event, which will be on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose.  The Business Journal’s annual event honors those…

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Roberta Hayashi Quoted in Biz Journal’s “Chances Dim for Solyndra Employees’ Lawsuit”

September 9, 2011

Roberta Hayashi, Berliner Cohen partner, was quoted in the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s September 9, 2011 article “Chances Dim for Lawsuit Filed by Former Solyndra Employees.” The article reported that some former employees have filed suit against the company because of Solyndra’s abrupt closure.  The suit alleges that the plaintiffs and hundreds of co-workers…

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Tom Murphy Elected to California Academy of Appellate Lawyers

August 1, 2011

Thomas P. Murphy, a senior attorney at Berliner Cohen, has been elected to the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (CAAL).  He joins a select group of 100 leading appellate practitioners and judges/justices in California. “We are pleased that Tom has been accepted into this prestigious group, which further illustrates his commitment to his profession and…

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Nine Berliner Cohen Attorneys Named 2011 Super Lawyers

July 13, 2011

Eight Berliner Cohen partners and one of counsel have been recognized by Law & Politics as 2011 Northern California Super Lawyers.  Also, one partner and one associate have been named as 2011 Northern California Rising Stars (lawyers in the region’s legal community voted for up-and-coming attorneys under the age of 40). Berliner Cohen’s 2011 Northern California Super…

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Berliner Cohen Announces Arrival of Litigation Attorney Dawn Sweatt

June 6, 2011

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce that Dawn C. Sweatt has joined the Business Litigation group as an associate attorney. “Dawn is a talented litigator with substantial knowledge in a variety of legal areas, and we are fortunate to have her at Berliner Cohen,” states Jonathan Wolf, Berliner Cohen partner and chair of the Business…

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Roberta Hayashi Quoted in Biz Journal’s Cisco Potential Retirement Buyout

May 6, 2011

Roberta Hayashi, Berliner Cohen partner, was quoted in the May 6, 2011 issue of the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s article “…Potential Legal Ramifications of Cisco Systems’ Early Retirement Buyout.”  The article discussed Cisco’s decision to offer early retirement buyouts to older employees, which has raised some “interesting” legal questions. “Buyout offers in general are…

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Berliner Cohen Attorneys Featured in Super Lawyers Business Edition

February 28, 2011

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce that four of its attorneys will appear in the Business Editon of the Super Lawyers magazine: Andrew L. Faber in the Construction & Real Estate section; Samuel L. Farb in the Construction and Real Estate section; Roberta S. Hayashi in the Employment Law Section; and Frank R. Ubhaus in the Litigation section.

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Berliner Cohen Offers Compliance Training for “Recognizing & Preventing Sexual Harassment”

February 17, 2011

2011 is a compliance year for employers with 50 or more employees to provide sexual harassment prevention training for managers and/or supervisors.  Even if your company has less than 50 employees, experience has shown that this program can be very beneficial for you and your employees. Registration Open Berliner Cohen is currently taking sign-ups for its in-house “Recognizing…

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Berliner Cohen Attorneys Will Appear in Super Lawyers Business Edition

February 15, 2011

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce that four of its attorneys will appear in the 2011 Super Lawyers Business Edition magazine: Andrew L. Faber in the Construction & Real Estate section; Samuel L. Farb in the Construction and Real Estate section; Roberta S. Hayashi in the Employment Law Section; and Frank R. Ubhaus in the Litigation section.

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Sam Farb, Berliner Cohen Attorney, Serves on NAIOP Silicon Valley Board

February 1, 2011

Samuel L. Farb, Berliner Cohen real estate attorney, has been selected to serve on the Board of NAIOP-Silicon Valley, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.  NAIOP is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial and mixed-use real estate. Mr. Farb has over thirty years experience in representing real estate developers,…

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Berliner Cohen Passes Managing Partner Reins to Jerry Reiton

January 1, 2011

Berliner Cohen is pleased to announce that Jerold A. Reiton (Jerry) has become the Firm’s new Managing Partner, effective January 1, 2011. He succeeds James Cashman, who served as Managing Partner from 2008 through 2010.  Reiton is joined on the 2011 Executive Committee by Berliner Partners Cashman, Joe Dworak, Nancy Johnson, Jeff Kaufman, Mark Makiewicz,…

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Launch Your Employment Law Audit Today

November 16, 2010

For additional information, click here. Berliner Cohen is offering a cost-efficient, comprehensive audit of your employment policies and practices to assist you in ensuring that your business complies with California law. The issues addressed in the audit include: Employee classification Wage and hour practices Employee handbooks Employment contracts and offer letters Leaves of absence Restrictive covenants…

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Brian Shetler Participates in Goodwill Ribbon Cutting

October 22, 2010

Brian Shetler (far right), Berliner Cohen attorney, currently serves as vice chair of the Goodwill Industries of Santa Clara County Board of Directors.  He participated in the Silicon Valley/San Jose Chamber of Commerce’s ribbon cutting ceremony for Goodwill’s new facility on Alum Rock Road in San Jose, California.   This new facility replaces the original building which burned down in…

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California Employers Required to Post New Workers’ Comp Notice

October 8, 2010

In California, all employers are subject to mandatory workplace posting requirements. Effective October 8, 2010, all persons or entities that employ at least one person in the state are required by the California Department of Workers’ Compensation to revise and post the new “Notice to Employees – Injuries Caused by Work.”  The notice must be…

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Berliner Cohen Presents Employment Seminar on Managing Performance

August 16, 2010

Berliner Cohen’s upcoming seminar on “Managing Performance: Policy Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them” will examine several problem areas that employers face in managing employee performance and will feature a mock trial cross-examination of a human resources manager.  The complimentary breakfast programs will take place in two locations: San Jose on September 15 and Merced…

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