News & Events

News & Events


August 15, 2014


John J. Welsh, H. James Wulfsberg

Burke Williams & Sorensen and Wulfsberg Reese & Colvig are pleased to announce their merger.  Effective September 1, the combination adds to Burke the Wulfsberg firm’s nationally-recognized major construction litigation and counseling practice, together with its broad experience in complex commercial litigation, arbitrations, and trials.  Expanding its Oakland office to more than thirty lawyers, Burke will now have over 100 attorneys, with offices in nine locations throughout California, including Los Angeles, Oakland, Orange County, the Inland Empire, Marin County, Palm Desert, San Francisco, the Silicon Valley, and Ventura County.

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. 


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 appraisal 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

Practical Advice for Minimizing CEQA Liability in Your City

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.