Practices

Practices

Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP's Practice Groups, listed here along with related areas of law, work together to provide our clients with broad knowledge and expertise in a wide range of areas.  Our Practice Groups enable us to coordinate our efforts, share information on legal developments and techniques, and to "task organize" to bring the most effective combination to bear to help clients achieve their goals. 

  • Construction Law
    • Advice regarding project-specific regulatory compliance
    • Advising, preparing, negotiating, and resolving construction claims
    • Bidding requirements, protests, and disputes
    • Complex construction litigation, arbitrations
    • Construction contracts and documentation
    • Construction project alternative dispute resolution, mediation
    • Construction project insurance
    • General construction advice and counseling
    • International construction litigation, arbitrations, dispute resolutions
    • Performance and payment bond enforcement and disputes
    • Public works construction advice, claims, litigation
    • Public/private partnership projects, lease-leasebacks
  • Education Law
    • Academic freedom
    • Accreditation
    • Arbitrations
    • Athletic programs
    • Board issues
    • Brown Act
    • Charter school oversight on behalf of school districts
    • Classified employees
    • Collective bargaining
    • Construction
    • Contracts
    • Education Law Litigation
    • Educational funding
    • Elections
    • Eminent domain
    • Employment law
    • Environmental law
    • Faculty tenure
    • FERPA
    • Financial aid
    • First Amendment law
    • Gifts, pledges, and donors
    • Government funding and grants
    • Grievances
    • Immigration and Homeland Security
    • Judicial foreclosure for CFD delinquencies
    • Labor negotiations
    • Licensing
    • Management and CEO contracts
    • Military leaves
    • No Child Left Behind
    • Non-immigrant Visa processing
    • Personnel commissions
    • Privacy rights
    • Public records
    • Real estate
    • Risk management and insurance
    • Sexual harassment
    • Special Education
    • Student discipline
    • Tort Claims Act
    • Union grievances
  • Insurance Coverage and Litigation
    • Bad faith and punitive damages litigation
    • Complex litigation and class actions
    • Environmental coverage
    • ERISA pension and welfare benefit plans
    • FINRA and financial services
    • Life, accidental death, disability, and health
    • Professional E&O
    • Property and casualty
    • Travel, accident, and medical
  • Labor and Employment Law
    • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
    • Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Collective bargaining and labor negotiation
    • Compensation and benefits
    • Contract creation and enforcement
    • Equal Pay Act
    • Fair Employment & Housing Act
    • Fair Labor Standards Act
    • Family and Medical Leave Act
    • Meyers-Milias-Brown Act
    • National Labor Relations Act
    • Occupational Safety and Health Act
    • Privacy issues
    • Public employment rights and issues
    • Retaliation
    • Substance abuse and testing
    • Title VII
    • Whistleblowing
    • Workplace violence
  • Litigation
    • Bankruptcy claims and litigation
    • Bodily injury and wrongful death defense
    • Business and commercial litigation
    • Disputes involving commercial tenancies
    • Employment Litigation
    • ERISA litigation
    • Financial institutions, commercial loans, secured transactions
    • Insurance defense
    • Intellectual Property
    • Land use, real estate, environmental litigation
    • Law enforcement
    • Major collections, creditors' rights
    • Patent, trademark, copyright litigation
    • Professional liability
    • Public litigation
    • Real Property Litigation
    • State and federal appeals
    • State and federal securities law litigation
    • Toxic tort, products liability defense
    • Unfair business practices, trade secrets, business torts
  • Public Law
    • Affordable housing
    • Cable television franchising
    • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
    • Climate change
    • Coastal Act
    • Code enforcement and prosecutions
    • Commercial leasing
    • Conflicts of interest
    • Disposition and development agreements
    • Drafting ordinances, resolutions and opinion letters
    • Economic development
    • Election procedures and challenges
    • Eminent domain proceedings
    • Endangered species
    • Environmental law
    • Federal, state and local government relations
    • Financing techniques
    • Funding issues
    • General counsel services
    • Growth management
    • Historic preservation
    • Housing conservation and development
    • Infrastructure development
    • Labor and employment issues
    • LAFCO proceedings
    • Land use planning, planning, and inverse condemnation
    • Law enforcement defense
    • Litigation services
    • Mobile home rent control
    • Nuisance abatement
    • Open meeting (Brown Act)
    • Owner participation agreements
    • Plan adoption, extension and amendment
    • Prevailing wage disputes
    • Property negotiation, acquisition and disposition
    • Public records requirements
    • Public safety issues
    • Public taxation (Propositions 218 and 26)
    • Public works bidding and contract disputes
    • Regulatory compliance
    • Risk management and insurance recovery
    • Solid waste franchising
    • Special district act interpretation
    • Subdivision Map Act
    • Taxes, assessments and fees
    • The Telecommunications Act of 1996
    • Tort claims
    • Transactional advice
    • Water rights and public trust
  • Real Estate and Business Law
    • Antitrust counseling
    • Banking and private financing techniques
    • Business dissolution
    • Business start-up and structural organization
    • Commercial leasing and commercial development
    • Contract disputes
    • Contracts: preparation, negotiation, and administration
    • Copyright and trademark infringement
    • Franchising
    • General corporate counseling
    • Insurance
    • Medical devices
    • Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
    • Products liability
    • Public contracts: procurement, award monitoring, negotiation, administration, cost accounting, and claims
    • Public financing
    • Real property development
    • SEC matters, including accounting and disclosure issues
    • Secured transactions and foreclosure
    • Structuring joint ventures and other commercial arrangements
    • Theft of trade secrets