Practice Areas

Established & Committed Litigation Practice

Stephen Joseph heads the litigation practice. He represents large and small business entities as well as individuals, plaintiffs and defendants, seeking creative solutions and outstanding results. The litigation practice covers all types of litigation, including the following:

  • Real estate litigation
  • Contract disputes
  • Collections
  • Family asset disputes
  • Probate litigation
  • Personal injury
  • Business litigation, plaintiffs & defendants
  • Medical malpractice
  • Product liability
  • Criminal defense

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Defending Shakedown Lawsuits

Businesses in California are routinely being sued by shakedown attorneys seeking to extort money from business upon the following types of claims:

  • Labor Code and Private Attorneys General Act ("PAGA")
  • Unfair Competition Law
  • Consumer Legal Remedies Act
  • Americans With Disabilities Act ("ADA")
  • Construction defect claims
  • Proposition 65

These claims are often on frivolous allegations that are intended to enrich predatory attorneys rather than obtain compensation for genuine grievances. We are ready to fight for businesses being sued on these grounds.

Proactive Shakedown Lawsuit Prevention

Companies need to be proactive about avoiding exposure to shakedown lawsuits. We will work with our clients and auditors to ensure, to the maximum degree possible, that they adopt best practices to limit liability. For example, many companies have loose practices regarding meal and rest breaks, which can result in massive claims by shakedown attorneys. There is no good reason for allowing shakedown attorneys to walk through an open door. We will help to close the door.

Real Estate Law

  • General real estate counsel
  • Purchase and Sale Agreements
  • 1031 exchanges
  • Contractor and sub-contractor disputes
  • Real estate and construction litigation
  • Drafting of leases
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Landlord Representation

We advise landlords to ensure that their commercial and residential properties comply with California's strict landlord-tenant laws. We have experience in rent control as well as non-rent control assets in California's evolving legal landscape. We service many large real estate companies to ensure that their buildings are vacated in a timely manner and that tenants do not unfairly take advantage of California's lenient tenant protections.

We assist landlords with the following issues:

  • Three-day, thirty-day, and sixty-day notices
  • Unlawful Detainers ("UD")
  • Drafting of leases
  • Assignments of leases
  • Buyout agreements
  • Premises personal injury liability
  • Americans With Disabilities Act ("ADA")