News & Events

News & Events


March 12, 2014

Burke Delivers! BWS Obtains Favorable Ruling on Behalf of San Jose Unified School District in Charter School Zoning Case

Brian M. Affrunti, John R. Yeh

The San Jose Unified School District has prevailed in a lawsuit against the Santa Clara County Board of Education challenging the County Board's January 23, 2013 resolution attempting to exempt a Rocketship Education charter school from local zoning requirements.

March 6, 2014

Appellate Court Rejects Pharmacy Reimbursement Rate Claims

J. Leah Castella

In a 3-0 published decision in Keffler, et. al., v. Partnership Healthplan of California, the First District Court of Appeals ruled that Partnership Healthplan, a managed care organization that contracts with the State of California to ensure that Medi-Cal recipients in Solano, Yolo, Napa, Marin, and Mendocino Counties have access to quality medical care, is not required to consider pharmacies' costs of obtaining prescription drugs when setting its reimbursement rates.  Partnership Healthplan was represented by Burke attorney J. Leah Castella and by Douglas S. Cumming. 

February 19, 2014

State, Cities Still Wrangling Over Billions in Redevelopment Money


J. Leah Castella, Cyrus Musiker

Cyrus Musiker of KQED News recently wrote an article highlighting the redevelopment wind-down litigation that Leah Castella, one of our partners, is handling for the City of Brentwood.


May 16, 2014

The Dissolution of Redevelopment - Impact on Pending and Planned Acquisitions

Alan A. Sozio

Alan Sozio will be a presenter at the Eminent Domain Institute Conference at the InterContinental Century City this May.  This live Conference is your chance to get up-to-speed on the latest developments in the eminent domain field.  Experts from the bench, private practice, condemning authorities and the apprasial field will provide you with detailed and balanced information and answers to important questions.

April 3, 2014

Cal-ALHFA Conference: Reinvention 2014-New Approaches to Housing, Redevelopment, and Economic Development

Susan E. Bloch

Burke, Williams & Sorensen is pleased to sponsor the California Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (Cal-ALHFA) Conference:  Reinvention 2014 – New Approaches to Housing, Redevelopment, and Economic Development – April 3rd in Sacramento.   See attached for agenda and registration information.

March 19, 2014

Minimizing CEQA Liability Webinar

Stephen E. Velyvis

This webinar explores minimizing CEQA liability for your city.  Learn more about CEQA compliance and take advantage of this opportunity to have your questions answered.

March 7, 2014

Brown Act: Burlingame - What You Need to Know

John R. Yeh

Presented by the California School Boards Association

February 6, 2014

Impact Bargaining

Daphne M. Anneet

Daphne M. Anneet will present on Impact Bargaining at the Southern California Public Labor Relations Council's 31st Annual Labor Conference on February 6, 2014.

January 16, 2014

Eminent Domain From Start to Finish

Alan A. Sozio

Be prepared to effectively represent your client during condemnation proceedings!  Examine the statutory requirements of the process with experienced practitioners, as well as the nuances learned from years in the field.  Plus, walk through the land valuation and damages calculations from the appraiser's perspective to gain insight on how these figures are determined.  You'll hear the latest on contrasting interpretations and disputes surrounding eminent domain and build essential negotiation and trial skills.

November 20 - 21, 2013

Burke Attorneys to Present at CALPELRA's 2013 Annual Training Conference

Daphne M. Anneet, Timothy L. Davis, Danielle V. DuCaine, William F. Kay, Janae H. Novotny, Traci I. Park, Janet Cory Sommer, M. Carol Stevens, Kelly A. Trainer

Burke attorneys are presenting again at this year's CALPELRA conference.  Be sure to stop by and visit us in Booth 34!

October 11, 2013

Development in the Post-Redevelopment Era: The Legal Aspect

Susan E. Bloch

The demise of redevelopment agencies has greatly and negatively affected new housing construction, economic development, infrastructure financing, and use and disposition of former RDA assets. This panel looks at some of the opportunities that now exist.


September 19, 2013

PEPRA Implementation Impact on Employers and Contract Negotiators

William F. Kay

Hear updates on any subsequent legislative language related to PEPRA (AB 340), pending or approved.

September 13, 2013

Promoting School Safety Through Sound Personnel Practices

Donald A. Velez, John R. Yeh

Experienced and newer practitioners will learn about: legal parameters related to employee hiring and discipline, balancing employee due process rights with maintaining workplace and classroom safety, and child abuse reporting requirements

August 22, 2013

Understanding the Brown Act: Core Components & Updates

Donald M. Davis, Alexandra M. Barnhill

Burke attorneys present at California Special Districts Association Webinar "Understanding the Brown Act:  Core Components & Updates"

July 24, 2013

Where Are We Going: Legislation & Litigation

Susan E. Bloch, J. Leah Castella

This webinar will provide an update on the latest developments onredevelopment dissolution legislation and litigation. 

July 18, 2013

Striking Out the Plaintiff Using The Anti-SLAPP Statute, (Code of Civil Procedure Section 425. 16); What, Who, Where, When, Why and How

Manuela Albuquerque

This City Attorneys’ Department webinar will provide important and practical information and training on how to file successful Anti-SLAPP motions.

July 18, 2013

Attorney's Fees Awards, CCP § 1021.5

J. Leah Castella

This City Attorneys’ Department webinar will provide important and practical information and training on how to best defend against Section 1021.5 motions for attorney’s fees.

July 17 - 19

Williams Compliance in the Age of Tablets, Tweets and Technology Yet-to-be Tamed

Ruben Duran, John R. Yeh

This workshop will offer practical tools and tips for compliance along with a working understanding of the various legal requirements imposed by the settlement on every district in California.

May 15, 2013

Complex Life & Annuity Beneficiary Issues: Who are you going to Pay?

Michael F. Bell

Complex Life & Annuity Beneficiary Issues: Who are you going to Pay?

May 14, 2013

Best Personnel Practices: Promoting Safety Through Proper Hiring and Discipline

John R. Yeh

In this interactive and entertaining presentation, attendees will work through case scenarios and legal updates that will enable them to help keep employees and students safe through sound personnel practices.