1 Steve M. Berliner Partner Los Angeles Tel: Fax: Steve joined the Los Angeles office in 1997 and has developed an extensive negotiation and litigation practice. Steve has expertise in advising and defending public agencies regarding the laws and regulations of public employee retirement plans, such as PERS, as well as on retiree health insurance issues. This includes advising and representing clients in administrative hearings and court as well as negotiating changes to retiree benefits. Steve has expertise in the area of STRS, PERS, the County 1937 Retirement Act, and related retirement issues. He assists clients who have been audited by PERS in responding to the audit. He reviews the audit report and advises the client on the best course of action. This could include an appeal of PERS' findings. Steve has developed an expertise in employee industrial disability retirement procedures. He represents clients in the administrative hearing and in court when employees challenge a denial of their industrial disability retirement application. Steve also advises clients with regard to their obligations and rights when dealing with injured and disabled employees. Steve acts as chief negotiator for our clients in their labor negotiations with their employee associations. He advises clients on contract interpretation issues and represents clients in grievance matters. Steve defends our clients in a wide range of lawsuits, including writs, breach of contract, the Fair Labor Standards Act, discrimination and harassment. In addition, Steve represents our clients in employee disciplinary hearings. Education JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law BA, State University of New York at Binghamton Legal Expertise Employment Law Labor Relations and Negotiation Services Retirement Wage and Hour 2012 Liebert Cassidy Whitmore. All rights reserved. 1
2 Steve M. Berliner Representative Matters Litigation: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a Division of the Rail Conference, International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Glenn William Steele v. Southern California Regional Rail Authority, d/b/a Metrolink (2011) - In a case handled by Steve Berliner and James Oldendorph of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's Los Angeles office, the Los Angeles County Superior Court ruled that Metrolink's installation and operation of an audio and video monitoring system in the cabs of Metrolink locomotives did not violate the locomotive engineers' privacy rights, due process rights, and that the actions were not preempted by state law. The union for the engineers that operate the locomotives, and one individual engineer, had sued Metrolink seeking declaratory and injunctive relief, arguing that the engineers had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the cabs of the locomotives, and that Metrolink's monitoring system violated their procedural and substantive due process rights. They also claimed that the installation of the cameras and the policy adopted to govern their use were preempted by state law. The Court granted Metrolink's motion for summary judgment on all of Plaintiffs' causes of action, finding that there were no issues of material fact warranting trial. This ruling resulted in a victory for Metrolink on all claims. Publications Post-Retirement Work Restrictions For CalPERS Retirees, California Special Districts Alliance (CSDA) Magazine Volume 7, Issue 3, June 2012 Strategic Early Retirement Incentive, ACHRO/EEO Newsletter, October 2010, with Frances Rogers Strategic Early Retirement Incentives, Law360.com, March 2010, with Frances Rogers H1N1 in the Workplace: Go Home', CPER Journal, February 2010 Furloughs: The Devil's In The Details, CPER Journal, August 2009, with Alison Neufeld Working for a PERS Agency Post-Retirement Poses Traps for the Unwary, November 2004 School Daze: Imposition of Discipline Over Parents' Objections, May 1998 Presentations Mandated Fact Finding under the Meyers Milias Brown Act (AB646) - East Inland Empire - Fontana - November 8, 2012 Mr. Incredible Talks Retirement - Public Employer Labor Relations Association of California (PELRA) - Marina del Rey - October 11, 2012 Academy I: The Foundation of Labor Relations - National Public Employer Labor Relations Association and PELRAC - Tustin - May 23, 2012 Advanced Retirement Issues for California's Public Employers - East Inland Empire ERC - Fontana Liebert Cassidy Whitmore. All rights reserved. 2
3 Steve M. Berliner April 5, 2012 AB 1028 and Post Retirement Work Restrictions: What Do You Do Now? - Liebert Cassidy Whitmore - Webinar - March 15, 2012 AB 1028 and Post Retirement Work Restrictions: What Do You Do Now? - Liebert Cassidy Whitmore - Webinar - March 8, 2012 AB Required Fact-finding - Orange County Human Resources Consortium - March 7, 2012 PERS Retirees and Independent Contractors Employment Issues - Southern California Pulbic Labor Relations Council Meeting - Cerritos - January 19, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore. All rights reserved. 3
4 T F E Patrick "Kit" Bobko is a Shareholder in the Litigation Department and the Appellate Law Practice Group at Richards, Watson & Gershon. He specializes in the representation of municipalities and public entities in both state and federal courts, at the trial and appellate court levels. He has been involved in handling election contests, property tax litigation, land use disputes, cases arising under the California Environmental Quality Act, and federal constitutional and civil rights cases. Mr. Bobko has served as a City Prosecutor for a number of cities, and also has experience representing private clients and small businesses. Mr. Bobko obtained his law degree from The George Washington University Law School where he was a Notes Editor of the American Intellectual Property Law Quarterly Journal and a member of the Moot Court Board. Mr. Bobko serves his community as a member of the Hermosa Beach City Council, and recently completed serving his first term as Mayor. Mr. Bobko was elected to the Council in June 2006 and was re-elected to another four-year term in November Prior to his legal career, Mr. Bobko was a Captain in the United States Air Force. Education B.S., United States Air Force Academy, 1991 M.A., Philosophy, University of South Carolina, 1997 J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2000 Practice Areas Appellate Law Litigation Public Agency and Municipal Law Litigation Writs
5 Thomas B. Brown Partner Oakland 1901 Harrison Street, Suite 900 Oakland, CA d t f Mr. Brown is a partner of the firm and served for 12 years as the City Attorney for the City of Napa. Prior to his tenure at the City of Napa, he served as Senior Deputy City Attorney for the City of Berkeley. Mr. Brown represents both public agency and private clients. His practice focuses on all aspects of municipal law. He has extensive experience advising clients and litigating in land use, zoning and planning, the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"), real property entitlements, police power, charter cities, municipal taxation, Brown Act, Public Records Act, code enforcement, intergovernmental relations, grand juries, elections, initiatives, and referenda. Mr. Brown was a visiting professor at Sonoma State University where he taught, "California Land Use Law," (Spring Semester 2002). Representative Matters Black Property Owners Ass'n v. City of Berkeley Building Industry Association v. County of Stanislaus City of Berkeley v. Cukierman County of Sonoma v. Superior Court Disney v. City of Concord Fisher v. County of Alameda Haro v. City of Solano Beach Hernandez v. City of Hanford Home Builders Association v. City of Napa Saad v. City of Berkeley Smith v. City of Napa Trinity Park, L.P. v. City of Sunnyvale Urban Habitat v. City of Pleasanton
6 Presentations Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition LLC v. Town of Mammoth Lakes. The $40 Million Hit Could Have Been Avoided!!, Contra Costa County City Attorneys Association, July 2011 Housing Element Law Update and Use by Right Zoning: HCD Is At It Again, County Counsels Association, July 2011 Challenges to Housing Element from Urban Habitat Program v. City of Pleasanton to Haro v. City of Solana Beach, City Attorneys Association of San Diego County, May 2011 How to Litigate a Writ of Madate Case, League of California Cities 2011 City Attorneys Spring Conference, May 2011 How to Litigate a Writ of Mandate Case, League of California Cities, City Attorneys' Department Spring Conference, May 2011 Civil Grand Juries, County Counsels Association, July 2010 Recent Developments in Housing Element Law and Inclusionary Zoning, County Counsels Association, May 2010 Recent Developments in Medical Marijuana Regulation, County Counsels Association, April 2010 Recent Developments in Medical Marijuana Regulation, Contra Costa County City Attorneys Association, February Significant Developments in California Real Property Law, Marin County Bar Association, February 2010 How to Litigate a CEQA Case; Recent Developments in Agricultural Mitigation Litigation, County Counsels Association, December 2009 Recent Devlopments in Medical Marijuana Regulation, Bay City Attorneys, November 2009 Home Sweet Home? Legal Challenges to Inclusionary Ordinances and Housing Elements, League of California Cities Annual Conference, September 2009 Morongo Band of Indians: Due process in Administrative Hearings, County Counsels Association, September 2009 Supreme Court Update: Morongo Band of Mission Indians v. SWRCB; Vargas v. City of Salinas, League of California Cities 2009 City Attorneys Spring Conference, May 2009 Land Use Law Update, League of California Cities Planners Institute, March 2009 Land Use and CEQA Update, League of California Cities City Attorneys Department Conferences, 2003, 2007, 2008 Current Issues in Elections, Public Records, and the Brown Act, City Clerks Association of California Annual Conference, April 2007, 2008 Current Issues Under the Public Records Act, League of California Cities Annual Conference, September 2005 Inclusionary Housing: The Napa Experience, California Planning Association Annual Conference, Fall 2002 Publications
7 Medical Marijuana: Local Land Use Authority Versus State and Federal Law, April 11, 2012 Daily Journal Court Rules that City Properly Denied Card Room Permit, October 2010 Public Law Update Feduniak v. California Coastal Commission: The Coastal Commission Gets a Mulligan on its Longstanding Failure to Enforce Violations of Permit Conditions, July 2007 The Marin Lawyer Note, The Reliance/Privity Requirement in Lawsuits Against Developers for Fraud and Concealment, Summer 1985 California Real Property Journal, Vol. 3, No. 3 PRACTICE GROUPS Litigation Public Law Real Estate and Business Law EDUCATION University of California, Hastings College of the Law J.D., 1982 University of California, Santa Barbara B.A., 1978 ADMISSIONS State Bar of California Supreme Court of the United States United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit United States District Court for the Eastern District of California United States District Court for the Northern District of California MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS League of California Cities
8 CHRISTINA L. CHECEL Practice Areas Labor and Employment Law; Public Pension Fund Law Background and Experience Ms. Checel primarily practices in the area of labor and employment law and advises the various City departments on issues relating to employee discipline, discrimination, harassment, wage and hour law, family and medical leave law, disability law, labor law, and safety laws under OSHA. Ms. Checel also regularly advises the Long Beach Civil Service Commission during its hearings on employee discipline, and later handles any writs and appeals that are filed. Finally, she provides legal advice regarding the City's public pension fund with CalPERS, and represents the City in cases where employee deferred compensation funds are at issue in dissolution proceedings. Prior to joining the City Attorney's office, Ms. Checel was an associate at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster. There, she defended private companies in lawsuits ranging from wage and hour class actions to contract disputes to wrongful termination. Professional Affiliations Ms. Checel is a member of the State Bar of California and the Long Beach Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in California and before the Central United States District Court. Education Ms. Checel graduated from U.S.C. School of Law. She received her B.A. in Spanish and Linguistics, magna cum laude from U.C.L.A. g:\train\annual conference\2012\city attorneys track\papers\social media_labor and employment legal issues\checel bio.doc
9 Susan E. Coleman Partner Los Angeles 444 South Flower Street, Suite 2400 Los Angeles, CA t f Susan E. Coleman is a partner at Burke, Williams & Sorensen LLP with over 17 years litigation experience. Ms. Coleman worked for the Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, for over 13 years. For the last three years, Ms. Coleman has represented various public entities such as the cities of Alhambra, Inglewood, Los Angeles, Colton, Beaumont; the counties of San Bernardino and Los Angeles; agencies of the State of California; and the Regents of the University of California, and those entities individual employees. Because of this history defending governmental entities and their employees, she has a strong background in tort litigation, constitutional law/civil rights litigation, and premises liability. Ms. Coleman has defended officials and individuals in over 20 civil jury trials in federal and state courts throughout California, with very successful results. These trials include claims of wrongful death, negligence, excessive force, retaliation, failure to summon medical care, and various other tort and constitutional issues. Ms. Coleman is an associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Ms. Coleman also has extensive experience with class action litigation, including several class actions on behalf of the California Department of Corrections. Ms. Coleman has defeated class certification motions in three separate matters in the last two years. She also represented the Board of Parole Hearings in a lengthy bench trial involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (Armstrong v. Davis). During law school, Ms. Coleman served as Articles Editor for the Santa Clara Law Review. In addition, she held a clerkship for the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District in San Francisco for Justice Jerome Smith. After obtaining her Juris Doctorate and while working as an attorney, Ms. Coleman attended San Francisco State University s Master s in Tax program from 1994 through Presentations State Court Practitioners' Playbook for Mastering Federal Court, The State Bar of California 85th Annual Meeting, October 13, 2012 Guide to Understanding Use of Force Lawsuits, League of California Cities Annual Conference, September 5, Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP. All rights reserved.
10 5, 2012 Publications July 2012 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update, July 2012 June 2012 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update, June 2012 May 2012 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update, May 2012 April 2012 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update, April 2012 March 2012 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update, Negotiating Prison Hunger Strike? Just Say No, Winter 2012 Public Law Journal February 2012 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update, January 2012 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update, THE PREMISES LINE RULE: Expanding the Workers Compensation Exclusive Remedy Bar Beyond the Time An Employee Is On The Clock", April 2011 Public Law Update Protecting Landlord Control of Transfers: The Status of Sole Discretion Clauses in California Commercial Leases, Spring 1995 Santa Clara University Law Review, Vol. 35, No. 3 Stormy Seas?: New Oil Pollution Laws of the West Coast States, Spring 1994 Santa Clara University Law Review, Vol. 34, No. 3 Recognition Outstanding Achievement in Client Representation Award, Attorney General Jerry Brown PRACTICE GROUPS Labor and Employment Law Litigation Public Law EDUCATION Santa Clara University J.D., 1994 Whitman College B.A., 1991 ADMISSIONS State Bar of California Supreme Court of the United States United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 2012 Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP. All rights reserved.
11 United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit United States District Court for the Central District of California United States District Court for the Eastern District of California United States District Court for the Northern District of California United States District Court for the Southern District of California MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS American Board of Trial Advocates California State Bar, Litigation Section 2012 Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP. All rights reserved.
12 Undersheriff Robert (Bob) Fonzi Biography A native of California and a resident of San Bernardino County since 1961, Undersheriff Fonzi attended Pacific High School in San Bernardino and community college in San Bernardino and Yucaipa. His formal education includes an Associate in Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a soon to be completed Bachelors Degree program in Vocational Education, Training, and Curriculum Design. He is a graduate of the National FBI Academy and California POST Command College. Undersheriff Fonzi began his career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff s Department over three decades ago in As the Undersheriff, he directs the preparation of the annual budget, recommends and reviews proposed changes with the Sheriff and determines staffing needs and priorities. He reviews the objectives and effectiveness of all organizational divisions within the Department and maintains a liaison between other law enforcement agencies, judges, District Attorney and defense attorneys to assure optimal success in crime prevention and enforcement. Previously as Assistant Sheriff, he was responsible for all support operations within the organization. His administrative duties included; directing, planning, coordinating, and managing all functions within a major area of assigned responsibility for the Sheriffs Department. Prior to his appointment to Assistant Sheriff, Fonzi held the position of Deputy Chief with responsibilities over the Sheriff s Department s largest bureau, the Detentions and Corrections Bureau, providing oversight to four large jail facilities. As a Deputy Chief, Fonzi also had the assignment responsible for the Bureau of Administrative Services. This bureau provided oversight to three divisions, which included the Training Center, Emergency Operations, and Employee Resources. Fonzi held the position of Captain and commanded three separate divisions; Sheriff s Employee Resources Division, West Valley Detention Center, and served as the Chief of Police for the City of Yucaipa. He served in a variety of positions in the ranks of Deputy Sheriff, Sergeant and Lieutenant. Undersheriff Fonzi is most recognized in the area of training with over twenty five years of experience and having trained approximately 10,000 law enforcement officers from all over the country with his extensive expertise in use of force, police procedures, jail operations and management. Undersheriff Fonzi has qualified as an expert witness and has testified in more than a hundred civil, criminal, and civil service trials in both State and Federal court. As an active citizen in the county that he lives and serves, Undersheriff Fonzi is a member of Kiwanis, San Bernardino County Arrowhead United Way, International Footprinters Association, California Peace Officers Association to name a few. Undersheriff Fonzi, his wife Jill, daughter Krystyna, and son Nickalus reside in Yucaipa, California.
13 DEBORAH J. FOX Deborah Fox is one of California s foremost experts on First Amendment issues affecting the public sector. Her practice includes trial and appellate work in both state and federal courts on First Amendment cases as well as cases that frequently involve civil rights claims for violation of substantive and procedural due process, equal protection, environmental claims and inverse condemnation. Deborah J. Fox Principal 633 West Fifth Street, Suite 1700 Los Angeles, CA T: F: Practice Groups Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation Environmental Law Land Use Litigation Municipal and Special District Law California Bar Number Education University of San Diego, JD, 1983 University of Michigan, BA Political Science and Cultural Anthropology, 1980 Practicing Since: 1983 Deborah was successful in obtaining an award of attorneys fees for both Culver City and Palmdale. She defended Culver City in a challenge to its sign ordinance, obtaining a motion to dismiss with prejudice. In an unusual ruling, the Ninth Circuit affirmed an attorneys fees award to Culver City totaling $140,000 for a frivolous case. And, in a state court civil rights/takings challenge based on a failed apartment project, Deborah obtained a judgment in the City s favor by way of demurrer and motion for summary judgment. This culminated in the City obtaining an award in excess of $100,000 against the developer. She is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the League of California Cities Adult Use Task Force, where she participated in the preparation of the League's Model Ordinance. She serves as a settlement officer for the North Central District Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court and is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of California, United States Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and several U.S. District Courts. Deborah has lectured and written extensively on the First Amendment including publications in the Urban Lawyer. She is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for reaching the height of professional excellence and recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. She is listed in Martindale-Hubbell s 2004, 2005 and 2006 Register of Preeminent Lawyers and in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2011 Inaugural Edition. She was named one of California s Top Women Litigators by the Daily Journal in
14 2007 and 2009 for her career achievements and overall contributions to the profession. She was also named one of L.A. s Top 100 Lawyers by the Los Angeles Business Journal in Published Decisions Building a Better Redondo v. City of Redondo Beach (February 22, 2012) 2012 DJDAR 2327 [initiative] Hillside Memorial Park v. Golden State Water; Water Replenishment District (2011) 199 Cal.App.4th 658 [water law/ceqa] Rickley v. County of Los Angeles, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS (Oct ). [Section 1983 attorneys fees] Zubarau v. City of Palmdale (2011) 192 Cal.App.4th 289. [regulation of ham radio antennae and federal preemption] PR/JSM Rivara v. Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (2009) 180 Cal.App.4th [redevelopment; density bonus; and CEQA] International Church of Foursquare Gospel v. City of San Leandro, 632 F.Supp.2d 925 (N.D. Cal. 2008), rev d. 634 F.3d 1037 (9th Cir. 2011); amended and rehearing denied, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 8505 (9th Cir. April 22, 2010); cert. denied 2011 U.S. LEXIS 5458 (Oct ). [RLUIPA] Gammoh v. City of La Habra (9th Cir. 2005) 395 F.3d 1114, amended 402 F.3d 875, cert. denied 126 S.Ct [adult use] Lim v. City of Long Beach (9th Cir. 2000) 217 F.3d 1050, cert. denied (2001) 121 S.Ct [adult uses] Tily B. v. City of Newport Beach (1999) 69 Cal.App.4th 1. [adult uses] City of South El Monte v. Southern California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (1995) 38 Cal.App.4th 1629, modified 38 Cal.App.4th 1810b. [joint powers authority (jpa)] Santa Fe Realty Corp. v. City of Westminster (C.D. Cal. 1995) 906 F.Supp [adult uses] 3570 East Foothill Boulevard v. City of Pasadena (C.D. Cal. 1995) 912 F.Supp. 1257, aff'd. (9th Cir. 1996) 99 F.3d [adult uses] Eldorado Drive v. City of Mesquite (D. Nev. 1994) 863 F.Supp [immunity to city council] Rogers v. Superior Court (City of Burbank) (1993) 19 Cal.App.4th 469. [Public Records Act] City of Glendale v. Superior Court (Giovanetto Enterprises) (1993) 18 Cal.App.4th [condemnation] Building Industry Association v. Superior Court (City of Oceanside) (1989) 211 Cal.App.3d 277. [managed growth initiative]
15 Wynne Furth is a lawyer whose practice included municipal., college and university, and estate planning law, as well as an interlude as an ERISA lawyer in the mid 1970s. As a trailing academic spouse she first practiced at Allard, Shelton & O'Connor in Pomona, then Best Best & Krieger, then the City of Palo Alto, then McDonough Holland & Allen, and then Burke Williams & Sorenson. It was her very good fortune to work as the City Attorney of her own town, Claremont, for two decades. She and her husband live in Palo Alto.
16 Gary Geuss Gary Geuss has worked for the Los Angeles City Attorney's office since 1989, and is currently the Chief Assistant City Attorney, in charge of the Civil Branch, supervising approximately 100 lawyers in handling the City's civil litigation and serving as General Counsel for the Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments. Gary helps to developed litigation strategies for LAPD and also provides them with non-litigation advice, and he serves on the standing committee monitoring outside defense counsel. Gary is an associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and has had over 50 jury trials.
17 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Eugene P. Gordon Eugene P. Gordon is a Deputy City Attorney in the San Diego City Attorney s Office. Since February 2008 when he retired from the City, he has been working on a part-time basis in the City Attorney s Office. From 1971 to 1978, Mr. Gordon was Legal Advisor to the San Diego Police Department, and from 1978 to the present, he has specialized in the defense of personal injury and federal civil rights actions brought against the City and City employees. These cases include actions brought against police officers under the Federal Civil Rights Act ( 1983) for alleged violations of constitutional rights, such as false arrest, excessive force (including deadly force), misuse of police K-9s, and injuries resulting from police vehicular pursuits. Mr. Gordon also handles the defense of personal injury actions brought against the City under state law, such as trip-and-fall and highway design cases alleging a dangerous condition of public property. He has taught extensively at the San Diego Regional Public Safety Training Institute at Miramar College in San Diego on the subjects of civil and criminal liability of law enforcement officers, constitutional law, and use of force to police recruits, advanced officers and Field Training Officers.
18 Gregory F. Hurley Shareholder Download vcard Full Biography Back to People Search Direct: Direct Fax: Orange County 3161 Michelson Drive Suite 1000 Irvine, CA T F Experience Profile Publications & Presentations News & Events Co-Chair, ADA, Accessibility, Building and Life Safety Codes Litigation Environmental Hospitality Real Estate Real Estate Operations Sports Facilities and Entertainment Venues Education J.D., University of Colorado Law School, 1986 A.B., University of California at Berkeley, 1981 Admitted to Practice California Colorado District of Columbia Gregory Hurley manages the firm s Orange County Litigation Group. He is a member of the Attorney Settlement Officer Panel for the United States District Court for the Central District of California, having first been appointed to the Panel in He holds a masters certificate from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and has tried numerous cases in California federal and state courts over the course of his career, including several national class actions alleging discrimination and violations of the Fair Housing Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act. He has advised the California Supreme Court (through the Administrative Office of the Courts), Covenant Care, Home Depot, Intrawest, Pacific Life, Starbucks, the Four Seasons Hotel, Tarsadia Hotels, the Denver Broncos, the San Diego Padres, the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of California, the City of San Diego, the Superior Court for the Counties of Riverside, Los Angeles, and Alameda on these claims. He has represented the Los Angeles Superior Court System, YUM Brands: Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut and A&W, Home Depot, The Irvine Company, Irvine Apartment Communities, Sears Holding Company, Ralphs Grocery Company, AMC Theaters, the National Association of Theater Owners, Marriott International, and the City of Riverside with respect to access discrimination claims. Greg s trial experience includes trying a statewide class action, one of the largest ever filed in the Ninth Circuit, against 2000 miles of Caltrans pedestrian routes; a class action brought by the ACLU against the Los Angeles Superior Court System; a national action brought by the United States Department of Justice against AMC Theaters; a national class action against 80 golf courses owned and operated by Marriott; statewide class actions against Starbucks, In-N-Out Burger, Ralphs Grocery Stores; and a class action against more than 200 Taco Bell stores. Greg s experience also includes substantial appellate work. He argued the Ninth Circuit case of Lonberg v. Sanborn Theaters and was asked to author United States Supreme Court briefs and Ninth Circuit Appellate briefs for the National Association of Theater Owners, The California and National Restaurant Associations, the California and National League of Cities, and more than 200 California cities. Greg is a nationally recognized attorney on disability law, and the author of the Wiley Law Publications text, Defending Disabled Access Claims, a comprehensive survey of state and federal laws relating to the rights of individuals with disabilities. He is a frequent speaker on disability rights and employment issues and is the moderator for
19 Federal Publication s and Lorman Publications national seminars on Litigating ADA Claims. Greg sits on a committee advising the California State Legislature on revisions to California s discrimination laws and is publishing a book on ADA claims for the California Chamber of Commerce. In July of 2008, he was the featured speaker for an all-member California Chamber of Commerce conference call regarding the Department of Justice's new ADA regulations. Areas of Concentration Consumer class action defense Civil rights law Environmental law Public and construction law Real estate law Employment law Administrative and regulatory law Commercial litigation Awards & Recognition Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants, Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2009, Team Member, Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011 Member, Winning Team, Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Real Estate, 2010 Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation, California State Legislature (for overseeing environmental clean up), 2001 Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation, United States Marine Corps (for work on the environmental cleanup of MCAS El Toro) Home About Us Experience People Locations News & Events Recruiting Site Map Terms and Conditions Contact Us 2012 Greenberg Traurig, LLP. All rights reserved. Attorney Advertising. *Greenberg Traurig s London office is operated by Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP, an affiliate of Greenberg Traurig, P.A. and Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Greenberg Traurig Maher is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales under number OC and is a multinational practice of Solicitors and Registered Foreign Lawyers authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Click here for the SRA Code of
20 LOUNSBERY FERGUSON ALTONA & PEAK LLP ATTORNEYS AT LAW 960 Canterbury Place, Suite 300 OF COUNSEL: Escondido, California JAMES P. LOUGH Telephone (760) Facsimile (760) SPECIAL COUNSEL: JOHN W. WITT JAMES P. LOUGH Mr. Lough has specialized in municipal law since Beginning in 1985, he served as City Attorney for the City of Hermosa Beach. Mr. Lough later served as the City Attorney for the City of Fresno. As Fresno City Attorney, he assisted in the development of the Strong Mayor Charter Reform package. He continues to represent charter cities on issues of governance. From 1989 to 1992, he served as the County Counsel for the County of Humboldt. Throughout his career, he has represented special districts, counties, joint powers authorities, campaign committees and cities as special counsel on election matters and intergovernmental issues. He joined Lounsbery, Ferguson, Altona & Peak in February, 2010 as Of Counsel. Currently, Mr. Lough represents the City of Lemon Grove as City Attorney, He has recently served as Special Counsel for a variety of entities including Chula Vista, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside and the County of Imperial.. Mr. Lough attended California State University, Fullerton where he earned a degree in Political Science. In 1979, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles where he was a Member of the Law Review and the Phillip Jessup International Law Moot Court team. In 1980, he received his LL.M in Urban Studies from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. He lives in rural San Diego County with his wife of thirty-six years, Martha. They have two grown children. His daughter Holly is a fourth year medical student. His son Alex is in private business in Dallas, Texas.