Results

REPRESENTATIVE CASES/RESULTS

Please keep in mind that the success of any legal matter depends on the unique circumstances of each case: we cannot guarantee particular results for future clients based on successes we have achieved in past legal matters.

Sample Recent Notable Wins:

The Court of Appeal affirmed judgment entered in favor of our client, after a bench trial on a breach of oral contract claim.
Paquette v. Paquette (2021) Second Appellate District, Div. 2, B304370
Ruling in favor of our client, the Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s order granting a motion to quash service of summons on defendant SATRA, finding the trial court abused its discretion in refusing to consider plaintiff’s untimely opposition to the motion and denying plaintiff’s request under Code of Civil Procedure section 473(b).
Smith v. SATRA (2020) Fourth District, Div. 3, Case No. G058282
In this successful appeal overturning summary judgment, the Court of Appeal found our client demonstrated genuine issues of material fact on his whistleblower claim under the California Labor Code, and on his disability discrimination claims under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). This published opinion represents the first instance where an appellate court has recognized that an employee may bring a whistleblowing claim under Labor Code section 1102.5(b) even if the employee did not expressly state that the reported conduct violates the law.
Ross v. County of Riverside (2019) 36 Cal.App.5th 580
This appellate victory for our client is notable because, in addition to upholding a trial court order imposing discovery sanctions, the Court of Appeal also determined that this was “one of the rare circumstances in which sanctions are warranted.” The Court found that the public entity’s appeal was frivolous, and required it to pay our client’s appellate attorneys fees.
Schmittle v. Baldwin Park Unified School District (2018) Second Appellate District, Div. 8, ​​B282431
The Court of Appeal affirmed the monetary sanctions the trial court awarded her against the City and one of its attorneys based on, among other things, the City's attempts to disqualify Hanna's attorney on the eve of trial.
Hanna v. City of Long Beach (2018) Second Appellate District, Div. 3, Case B281878
After the trial court granted nonsuit in favor of defendant MTA, the Court of Appeal reversed in favor of our client, finding the lower court improperly reversed the burden of proof for an affirmative defense.
Johnson v. Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (2018) Second Appellate District, Div. 7, B276131
The Ninth Circuit reversed judgment entered in favor of the defendant employer after our client raised sufficient grounds for a jury to determine that he was illegally terminated (among various other employment law violations under California law).
Wilfong v. Tharco Packaging, Inc. (9th Cir. 2016) 671 Fed.Appx. 549
○In this successful Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals action, we successfully obtained a full reversal of summary judgment for our client, a union member (SEIU-UHW), who had been laid off from her position. Our client brought an action against her union under the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA), alleging her union breached its duty of fair representation by failing to pursue her grievance. Not only did the Court of Appeals reverse the judgment, it explicitly found that her layoff violated her collective bargaining agreement and seniority agreement.
Rollins v. Community Hospital of San Bernardino (9th Cir. 2016) 839 F.3d 1181
The Court of Appeal agreed that our client was denied his Fourth Amendment rights when police conducted a warrantless search of his backpack, and reversed our client’s conviction.
People v. Rodriguez (2016) Second Appellate District, Div. 6, Case No. B264940

Recent Published Decisions :

Clarified the law concerning a landowner’s duty of care to invitees and interplay between local zoning ordinances and tort duty.
Issakhani v. Shadow Glen Homeowners Assn. (2021) 63 Cal.App.5th 917
Clarified the law regarding a statutory provision creating mechanism allowing persons convicted of murder to seek resentencing based on legislation change; further clarified California’s natural and probable consequences doctrine.
People v. Bell (2020) 48 Cal.App.5th 1
This published opinion represents the first instance where an appellate court has recognized that an employee may bring a whistleblowing claim under Labor Code section 1102.5(b) even if the employee did not expressly state that the reported conduct violates the law.
Ross v. County of Riverside (2019) 36 Cal.App.5th 580
The California Supreme Court clarified a provision in California’s Government Tort Claims Act statute, resolving a split of decisions in the Courts of Appeal.
J.M. v. Huntington Beach Unified High School District (2017) 2 Cal.5th 648
Although the court gives substantial deference to union decisions, in this unusual case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court found sufficient facts warranted a jury’s determination concerning whether a union breached its duty of fair representation to its member, our client.
Rollins v. Community Hospital of San Bernardino (9th Cir. 2016) 839 F.3d 1181