• How to Prove an Attorney’s Reasonable Hourly Fee
    California Lawyer - 11/17/2015
    By Gerald G. Knapton

    Partner Gerald G. Knapton authored the California Lawyer article titled, “How to Prove an Attorney’s Reasonable Hourly Fee.” The piece delves into three resources attorneys can use when evaluating rate requests: 1) the “Laffey Matrix,” offering tiered rates for lawyers, differentiated according to years of experience; 2) the “Real Rate Report,” a commercially prepared report of actual rates that have been paid by real clients; and 3) the “Legal Billing Report,” a compilation of hourly rates from bankruptcy court filings organized by case and timekeeper.

  • Can You Prove Your Hourly Rate To The Court?
    Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal - October 19, 2015
    By Gerald G. Knapton

    Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley P.C. Partner Gerald G. Knapton authored the Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal article “Can you prove your hourly rate to the court?” The piece explores resources available for structuring attorney fee applications, arming readers with tools for evaluating the strength of requests and for presenting to the court or negotiating with opposing counsel. 

  • Making The California Assumption Of Risk Doctrine Work For You
    Law360 - 5/12/15
    By Julian Pardo de Zela

    The doctrine of assumption of risk is a legal defense that may operate to relieve a California owner or occupier of and from liability to third parties who are injured on their premises. One species of the doctrine, primary assumption of risk, has seen a recent expansion. This is welcome news. At the same time, courts have become more cautious in their application of the express assumption of risk doctrine. Land owners and occupiers should understand the importance of both of these developments.

  • 2 Routes To Hourly Rates For Lawyers
    Law 360 - 4/14/15
    By Gerald G. Knapton

    Partner Gerald Knapton published the article “2 Routes To Hourly Rates For Lawyers.” In the article, Knapton details two sources that can be used to determine hourly fee rates for attorneys. Knapton provides an overview of the sources, the Laffey Matrix and the Real Rate Report, and uses a variety of examples to illustrate how attorneys can use them to determine reasonable hourly rates for a diverse range of practice areas and geographic regions. The Road Most Traveled: The Case For Incorporating in Delaware
    French Tech Hub — Prime - 4/1/2015

    Some tech clients can be wary of taking the beaten path, and understandably so – in Silicon Valley, companies are encouraged to disrupt, not follow; to innovate, not replicate.  This leads clients, whether they are starting a new company, creating a subsidiary, or “flipping” from a European parent, to ask “Where should I incorporate?”, and then, “Why Delaware?” While it’s true that Delaware might not be for every new company, it is a great place to incorporate a tech startup.

  • Unlicensed contractors are a hidden risk for California homeowners
    Inman News - 3/11/15
    By Julian Pardo de Zela

    Attorney Julian Pardo de Zela authored the article “Unlicensed contractors are a hidden risk for California homeowners.” In the article, Pardo de Zela examines the risk homeowners and real estate professionals face when hiring unlicensed contractors. Pardo de Zela describes how, in some cases, the California Contractors’ State License Law treats unlicensed contractors as “employees” of the homeowner who hired them. While homeowners may save money by hiring unlicensed contractors, they may also unknowingly expose themselves to liability if accidents or injuries occur on a project.

  • Wrangling With Whether And When Actual Trial Begins
    Daily Journal - 2/4/15
    By Gerald G. Knapton

    Partner Gerald Knapton published the article “Wrangling with whether and when actual trial begins.” In the article, Knapton examines the court’s ruling in Mesa Shopping Center-East v. Hill, a 4th District Court of Appeal case touching on whether a contractual arbitration can be considered a “trial,” which can impact whether a prevailing party’s motion for fees is granted or denied in the event of a voluntary dismissal. Ordinarily, Knapton notes, “a party can dismiss a case before trial starts, defeating a prevailing party’s motion for fees based on an attorney fees clause in an agreement.

  • How Disability Agents Can Avoid Litigation
    California Broker Magazine - January, 2015
    By Stacy Monahan Tucker

    As an agent or broker, what are your duties to your clients and the insurance companies in a disability claim? How can you navigate those duties while advising your clients in the claim process and protecting yourself from litigation? Let’s start with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

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