Brian Affrunti's practice focuses on business and intellectual property litigation in both federal and state courts, including disputes arising from contract, defamation, copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
Mr. Aguayo represents peace officers and department officials from agencies such as the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the County of Orange, and the City of Alhambra. As a member of the correctional litigation practice group, Mr. Aguayo samples from a broad spectrum of cases involving constitutional and state law claims.
Gregory Aker specializes in the litigation and trial of complex business disputes.
Manuela Albuquerque is the firm's Director of Complex Public Litigation. She combines wide-ranging expertise across the full spectrum of public law issues with significant litigation experience before state and federal trial and appellate courts.
A skilled litigator, Ms. Anneet has achieved excellent results for clients in state and federal court, as well as in administrative proceedings. She represents public and private employers in a wide range of matters including class actions, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment litigation, pension litigation, unfair labor practice disputes, arbitrations, disciplinary appeals, and appellate matters.
Ms. Barnhill regularly counsels clients on land use, zoning, permitting, municipal law, and environmental compliance matters.
Lindsey G. Beallo provides litigation and advisory services to cities, counties, special districts, and other public entities. Her practice focuses on municipal law, CEQA, local land use and zoning, and contract disputes.
Michael Bell counsels and represents life, accident, health, and disability insurers in coverage, bad faith, and ERISA benefits litigation.
Michael Bernacchi has engaged in civil litigation and trials in state and federal courts for over fifteen years.
Ms. Billups' experience includes extensive law and motion practice, all aspects of discovery, advising on various employment matters, and conducting workplace investigations.
Ms. Bloch represents public agencies and private and non-profit developers in transactions involving the acquisition, development, financing, leasing and sale of residential, commercial and industrial properties; and the development and implementation of affordable housing policies and programs.
Ms. Bodiford represents and counsels employers on complex labor and employment issues.
A member of the firm since 1954, Mr. Bradshaw has over fifty years' experience advising the firm's corporate and business clients in a full spectrum of business-related legal matters.
Mr. Brown has extensive experience advising clients and litigating in land use, zoning and planning, the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"), real property entitlements, police power, municipal taxation, Brown Act, Public Records Act, code enforcement, intergovernmental relations, grand juries, elections, initiatives, and referenda.
Mr. Buchman has extensive background in public, corporate, business, and real estate matters, acquired from years of experience representing and advising clients in bankruptcy matters, eminent domain, real estate and title litigation, purchase and sale transactions, financing transactions, probate and estate planning, tort litigation, collection actions, contract disputes, and election litigation.
Mr. Burke engages in a general corporate and business practice, providing representation to large and small businesses and financial institutions.
Megan Burke provides litigation and advisory services to cities, counties, redevelopment agencies, special districts, and other public entities.
Mr. Cabezas has represented clients throughout California in the areas of real estate, business, insurance, intellectual property, and employment litigation for over twenty-five years.
Mr. Cali’s practice area is primarily in commercial litigation and claims with a focus on construction, construction defect, and related matters.
Mark Casillas has 35 years of experience advising publicly traded and private companies on financings, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, strategic partnerships, joint ventures, lease financings, regulatory proceedings, arbitration, litigation, and corporate governance throughout the USA, China, Southeast Asia, Japan, Russia, India, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, and Latin America. He has led teams in the consummation of transactions and other engagements in the High Technology, Life Sciences, Energy, Banking, Insurance, Aviation, Transportation and other industries in these geographic regions.
Ms. Castella specializes in public law litigation at both the trial court and appellate court levels, and has extensive experience litigating cases on behalf of public and private entities.
Al Ceran has devoted his 31 years in the practice of law to complex civil litigation. Mr. Ceran has tried in excess of 30 cases, many of them to juries, and handled numerous appeals.
Ms. Coleman has defended officials and individuals in over 30 civil jury trials in federal and state courts throughout California, with very successful results. These trials include claims of wrongful death, negligence, failure to summon medical care, and various other tort and constitutional issues.
Timothy A. Colvig is a recognized as an expert in the fields of insurance, environmental, and construction law.
Ms. Cowan's diverse practice encompasses complex commercial litigation on behalf of life, health and disability insurers, as well as defense of agents/brokers and religious organizations.
Deirdre Joan Cox has practiced in the construction field for more than 14 years. Ms. Cox’s practice involves representing public and private property owners, design professionals, and contractors in complex construction matters.
Douglas W. Dal Cielo specializes in business litigation and family law.
David Darroch practices in the areas of construction and business litigation and dispute resolution.
Mr. Davis serves as a Deputy City Attorney for the cities of Camarillo and Industry, and assists numerous other Southland cities with land use and public law matters, particularly regulations implicating federal and state rights of freedom of speech and expression.
Timothy Davis is a partner in Burke, Williams & Sorensen's Silicon Valley office and is Chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Law practice group.
Ms. Delshad has served as lead labor negotiator for multiple collective bargaining agreements and continually advises employers on an array of labor relations matters such as the meet and confer process, grievances, discipline, layoffs, reorganizations and contracting out.
Ruben Duran has been a trusted counselor and advisor to public entities for over 15 years, working on a range of municipal law and education law issues. Mr. Duran has served as city attorney, assistant city attorney, general counsel, and special council to numerous cities and school districts.
Rich Elder is a partner with Burke, Williams & Sorensen practicing commercial litigation and construction law. Mr. Elder regularly handles commercial litigation matters including contract disputes, toxic torts, litigation involving federal and state securities laws, trade secrets and similar matters.
Mr. Frank is a partner in Burke, Williams & Sorensen's Los Angeles office and is Chair of the firm's Litigation Practice Group.
Mr. Gale successfully represents private companies and public entities in numerous general litigation matters.
Mr. Ginter has represented public and private employers in a wide variety of employment cases; including claims regarding discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and whistleblower actions.
Kristina Doan Gruenberg works on a wide-range of correctional litigation cases involving constitutional and state tort law claims in both federal and state courts.
Mr. Hamblet has a strong background in defending governmental entities and their employees in tort litigation, particularly premises liability, wrongful death, constitutional law, and civil rights litigation.
Ralph Hanson's professional experience includes over twenty-nine years devoted to the representation of municipalities, redevelopment agencies, and special districts in Southern California.
Ms. Herget has extensive experience in insurance coverage, insurance fraud, insurance bad faith litigation, and employment litigation.
Chad Herrington is a member of the Public Law and Litigation groups, and provides litigation and advisory services to cities, counties, special districts and other public entities.
Michael J. Higgins has practiced commercial litigation, in California state courts and in federal courts throughout the country, since 1991. His experience ranges across many areas of the law and includes both prosecution and defense of complex claims for breach of contract, unfair competition, securities fraud, antitrust, intellectual property infringement, and breach of fiduciary duty and other business torts. Mr. Higgins handles trials and appeals; he also successfully resolves disputes through arbitration and mediation.
Ms. Hoyt has extensive experience in public and environmental law, representing clients in a wide variety of matters ranging from complex litigation to advisory work.
David J. Hyndman practices primarily in the area of commercial litigation, with a focus on construction disputes and related matters.
Thomas Jex is a partner with the firm and serves as the City Attorney for the City of Wildomar. He also provides special counsel services for the Jurupa Unified School District.
Ms. Johnson-Hartwell defends private and public employers in a wide array of employment disputes involving claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour, unfair competition, breach of contract, and other employment-related issues.
Deborah L. Kartiganer is a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. A member of the firm’s Real Estate & Business Law Practice Group, Ms. Kartiganer focuses her practice on development and entitlements work and land use law.
A highly respected statewide authority on public sector labor and employment law, Mr. Kay is a creative, intelligent, and accomplished negotiator. Using a combination of legal knowledge, interest/criteria based skills, and more than 35 years of practical problem-solving experience, he has successfully resolved complex disputes and negotiated hundreds of collective bargaining agreements for public agencies.
Michelle provides legal representation for cities and other public agencies as city attorney and special counsel.
Keiko J. Kojima's practice includes a broad range of litigation matters, including insurance coverage disputes, bad faith liability actions, and contractual disputes.
Mr. Kosla primarily practices in the areas of business, real estate and public law. He also has experience in handling trademark and environmental law matters.
Ms. Kurihara works on a wide range of issues related to general municipal law. Her practice focuses on providing advisory services to cities, special districts, and other public entities.
Ms. Kyle de Bautista's practice focuses on insurance bad faith litigation, ERISA litigation, and other first-party insurance defense matters.
Dr. Lipton is a Chair of the firm's Education Law Practice Group. His practice is focused on representing all types of public and private schools and colleges, but also encompasses a wide range of civil litigation areas including mental health, employment, insurance, real estate, and general business litigation.
Mr. Maguire counsels and represents life, health, and disability insurers in trial and appellate matters.
Rafael Mandelman practices in the areas of land use, real estate, affordable housing, and redevelopment law.
Mr. McEwen is responsible for supervising code enforcement efforts for Burke’s municipal clients. Mr. McEwen also advises municipal clients throughout the state on issues related to medical marijuana.
John E. McOsker has been a litigator and legal advisor, primarily in the healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and aviation industries since 1993.
Monica Sanchez McQueen has represented and advised employers on matters involving numerous federal and state law claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, defamation, whistleblower violations, freedom of speech, and association.
Joseph Montes serves as the City Attorney for the City of Alhambra, General Counsel to the Alhambra Redevelopment Agency, City Attorney for the City of Santa Clarita, General Counsel to the Santa Clarita Redevelopment Agency, Assistant General Counsel to the Rosemead Community Development Commission, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Rosemead, and is the former City Attorney for the City of Moorpark, and former General Counsel to the Moorpark Redevelopment Agency.
Mr. Mulkerin's practice includes litigation and commercial matters for public and private entities in a wide variety of subject matters.
Mr. Murphy focuses his practice on the areas of land use and development, redevelopment and economic issues, and public contract and prevailing wage law.
Karen Murphy represents a broad range of local government agencies with an emphasis on redevelopment, affordable housing, land use and planning and real estate.
Micholas J. Muscolino is a member of the Litigation and Public Law Practice Groups. He provides litigation and advisory services to cities, counties, redevelopment agencies, successor agencies, special districts, and other public entities.
Carl Newton received his B.S. degree in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1955, served a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy, and then returned to obtain his J.D. degree from Loyola Law School in 1962.
Ms. Novotny has almost 30 years of experience as an attorney representing cities, special districts, school districts, and community college districts in public agency labor relations, employment law, public agency access law, public employee rights law, and education law.
Nathan Oyster has focused on defending peace officers and public entities in litigation relating to officer-involved shootings, the use of force, false arrest, malicious prosecution, jail conditions, First Amendment issues, class actions, and public employment. He has substantial experience defending litigation brought under Section 1983, the Unruh Act, the Ralph Act, and the Bane Act at both the trial and appellate levels.
Ms. Park has a wide-ranging litigation practice which includes representing clients in FEHA, Title VII, ADA, wrongful termination, wage and hour, due process, and civil rights cases.
Paloma Peracchio has represented clients through all phases of the litigation process, including discovery, depositions, mediation, arbitration, motion practice, and trial.
Mr. Pierik is the City Attorney for the City of Camarillo, the City Attorney for the City of Atascadero, and the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Santa Clarita.
Jerry Ramiza's practice emphasizes real estate transactional, land use, and public/private partnership development matters.
Charles W. Reese’s over thirty-five years of legal practice include significant litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels on behalf of both local public entities and private businesses.
Richard Reynolds practices mainly in the areas of bankruptcy law, transactional real estate and lending law, business litigation, and real estate litigation on behalf of clients throughout California.
Ms. Richman is a partner with Burke who has focused her legal practice on the representation of cities and redevelopment agencies. Ms. Richman is the City Attorney for the City of Rosemead and Assistant City Attorney for the Cities of Alhambra and Santa Clarita.
David A. Rosenthal practices in the areas of general business and commercial, securities, technology, corporate, partnership, limited liability company, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and construction law.
Ms. Shea is an experienced civil litigator and her practice includes the areas of bad faith insurance law, Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA") litigation, employment law, construction defect, and business litigation.
Anna Shimko focuses her practice on all areas of land use, real estate development, and environmental law, representing both public agencies and private landowners and developers in administrative and court proceedings.
Kevin represents cities and other local agencies regarding a wide range of public law matters, including taxes and assessments, land use and planning, CEQA and environmental law, eminent domain, contracting, public records, elections, tort claims, and due process, takings and other issues of constitutional law.
Mr. Silvey participates in and helps conduct public meetings, reviews and negotiates contracts, including funding contracts with organizations such as the MTA and Caltrans, monitors DBE Programs, and oversees environmental work and permitting activities.
Mr. Slyngstad's practice involves the relationships between employers and employees, businesses and contracting parties, and lawyers and clients.
Ms. Sommer focuses on labor relations, employment, education, and other public law matters.
Mr. Sozio's practice focuses primarily on eminent domain and related land-use litigation.
M. Carol Stevens is one of the leading legal practitioners in the field of public employment law. She is frequently invited to deliver keynote addresses at conferences and statewide training programs.
Benjamin L. Stock is an accomplished litigator in both state and federal courts. His litigation and transactional practice emphasizes municipal law, eminent domain, land use, and construction law.
Katy Suttorp has represented and counseled a wide range of employers, including private entities, municipalities, school districts, community college districts, and special districts in numerous matters.
Since admission to the State Bar of California in 1960, he has continuously been engaged in the practice of law, specializing in the representation of public agencies.
Albert Tong has represented private and publicly-traded companies in a broad range of complex civil litigation matters, including insurance and reinsurance, securities, employment, intellectual property, antitrust, Proposition 65, and franchise disputes.
Ms. Trainer has represented and advised employers on matters involving numerous federal and state law claims, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, labor negotiations, wage and hour, freedom of speech and association, HIPAA, and privacy.
Ms. Vadon advises City Councils, Commissions, and Governing Boards of public agencies on legal requirements including matters relating to the Brown Act, Conflict of Interest Laws (Fair Political Practices Act), Public Records Act, land use, planning, and zoning matters, as well as environmental matters.
Eric S. Vail, a Partner of Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP, is Chair of the firm’s forty-one member Public Law Practice Group and serves on the firm’s Management Committee.
Erica L. Vega serves as the Assistant and Deputy City Attorney for a number of municipalities, as well as Deputy General Counsel to several Housing Authorities.
Donald (Dino) A. Velez has over 20 years of litigation experience representing public entities, and over 12 years experience representing and advising public school districts and public entities on labor, employment, and personnel matters; board issues; charter schools; student issues; and litigation.
Mr. Velyvis provides wide-ranging expertise and unique problem solving skills and advice to a diverse body of municipal and public agency clients in administrative proceedings and before state and federal trial and appellate courts.
Mr. Visick provides advisory, transactional, and litigation services related to general municipal issues to cities, counties, and other public agencies in the Bay Area.
Sigrid Waggener, a partner with the firm’s Real Estate and Business Law Group, focuses her practice on land use law, natural resources law and environmental law.
Mr. Welsh is Burke, Williams & Sorensen's Managing Partner and Chairperson of the Management Committee. He has served in these positions since 1996 and is a regular presenter and commentator at continuing education law forums and law practice management conferences.
Mitchell Wrosch is a senior associate attorney with a practice in civil litigation. He covers civil rights, employment, and insurance coverage claims.
H. James Wulfsberg is a nationally recognized expert in construction law. He has over 30 years’ experience in all phases of the construction process, including design, bid design, design-build, engineering procurement construction contracting, construction management, and public works projects.
Mr. Wulfsberg's practice focuses on construction and general civil litigation, as well as drafting design and construction contracts for cities, counties, and other public entities throughout Northern California.
Neil Yeager specializes in complex real estate, business, and finance transactions for both private and public clients, including business acquisitions, commercial, office and retail leasing, and municipal finance.
John R. Yeh has been practicing law in California since 1991. He specializes in representing and advising school districts in charter school, labor and employment, and litigation matters.
Mr. Young's practice is concentrated on storm water, drinking water and solid waste legal issues, environmental analysis and compliance, and Homeland Security legal issues.
Samantha W. Zutler provides labor and employment advice and litigation services to a broad range of public and private sector clients.