Disputes

  • Business ownership disputes:   partnership disputes; breach of fiduciary duty; minority shareholders’ rights; accounting; corporate control; departing partners/owners and trade secrets
  • Business contests:  antitrust, state and federal securities laws
  • Intellectual property:  television network agreements; internet publication rights; trade secrets on blogs; motion picture and television employment agreements; copyright infringement; Lanham Act; patent licenses and infringement
  • Eminent domain:  runway expansions; freeway expansions and offramps; environmental mitigation areas; airport air rights; roadway rights of way.
  • Public agencies: Bob has represented municipalities, a water company and an airport in planning and land use matters.
  • Trusts and estates:   Will contests, trust management, accounting
  • Environmental:  California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Act, historic structures, DOGGR, RWQCB and more
  • Real property: Development rights; environmental challenges; government permits; appraisal and valuation; boundaries; title issues (quiet title; cancel instruments)
  • Agricultural: Waste, groundwater, water rights; mineral rights; pipelines and eminent domain
  • Government relations disputes:   Permit Streamlining Act, zoning, development agreements, specific plans, community plans, general plans, property tax; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits
  • Personal injury:  Fires, explosion; mass tort; sexual assault, vehicle rollover; tire failure, chemical leaks; chemical tank collapse.  With small exception, we’ve done defense work only for self-insureds.

Tax Controversy

  • Local and state excise
  • Sales, use, and property tax
  • Unusual assessment litigation

Past experience: Challenge to a $300 million defense plant assessment; import/export clause challenge to sales tax on aircraft parts (resulting in published law); Hawaii general excise tax impost on hotel properties; property tax assessment of various airport properties (resulting in published law); IRS litigation involving minimum annual royalties tax shelter; represented the International Air Transport Association on airport tax; two law review articles on tax issues and more.

Procedure

  • jury and bench trials
  • administrative law judges
  • administrative proceedings (obtaining permits and licenses, land use applications)
  • arbitrations (AAA, JAMS, international, private)
  • appearances in the courts of other states (with local support)
  • courts of appeal (state and federal) and state supreme courts (California and Nevada, the latter with local support)
  • criminal: environmental
  • land use permitting

Our Fees

Our fees vary with the type of case we handle, but typically our associates will be charged out at $480 an hour; Bob’s time will be charged out at $600 per hour.

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