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Douglas W. Dal Cielo
1503 Grant Road
Mountain View CA 94040-3270
USA
phone: 650-327-2672
fax: 650-688-8333
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Doug Dal Cielo Legal Malpractice Expert PhotoDouglas W. Dal Cielo, partner at the prestigious firm of Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP, specializes in general Business Litigation, Real Estate, and Family Law.

Mr. Dal Cielo was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1991. He is a Member of California State Bar Association, the Sacramento County Bar Association, and the Santa Clara County Bar Association. He is qualified to appear in the United States District Courts for Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern California.

Mr. Dal Cielo possesses significant trial experience, including eight jury trials and over 12 court trials. His last two jury trials resulted in verdicts for his clients in excess of $12M and $2M on behalf of plaintiffs. He has taken over 300 depositions, and served as a court appointed arbitrator and mediator.

Mr. Dal Cielo's recent accomplishments include a $12 million jury verdict for his client in Santa Clara County, a $2 million jury verdict for his client in Sacramento County, and representation of several families in a CC&R claim in Santa Cruz County (see case studies as part of the attached CV for more detail). He has also testified as an expert in numerous jury and court trials, as well as binding arbitrations on the issue of the standard of care in legal malpractice cases.

Areas of Practice:
  • Antitrust Counseling
  • Banking, Private Financing Techniques
  • Business Dissolution
  • Business Start-up and Structural Organization
  • Commercial Leasing and Development
  • Contract Disputes
  • Contract Preparation, Negotiation, Administration
  • Copyright and Trademark Infringement
  • Franchising
  • General Corporate Counseling
  • Employment Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Medical Devices
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures
  • Products Liability
  • Public Contracts
  • Public Financing
  • Real Property Development
  • SEC Matters
  • Secured Transactions and Foreclosure
  • Structuring Joint Ventures
  • Trade Secret Theft
  • Marital Dissolution
  • Elder Abuse
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    Darryl Horowitt, Esq.
    Partner & Chair Litigation Department
    499 West Shaw Avenue,Suite 116
    Fresno CA 93704
    USA
    phone: 559-248-4820
    fax: 559-248-4830
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    Coleman & Horowitt, LLP is a Civil Litigation and Transactions Firm. It provides a wide variety of services to businesses and individuals through its two departments. By concentrating in these areas, members of the firm have become exceptionally proficient in dealing with all phases of preventive law, litigation, alternative dispute resolution and the negotiation and preparation of documentation to meet the needs of today's businesses. The firm has a varied client base ranging from small family operations to large, publicly traded corporations.

    Darryl Horowitt, Esq.Darryl Horowitt, Esq. has conducted all phases of litigation in the areas of Banking, Business Disputes, Securities Fraud (class action and individual), Construction, Real Estate, Environmental, Casualty Insurance Defense, Personal Injury and Commercial Collections, from initial client contact to settlement, mediation, arbitration and trial - court and jury (State and Federal Court) and administrative proceedings (before the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, National Labor Relations Board, California Department of Fair Housing and Employment, Worker's Compensation Appeals Board and Agricultural Labor Relations Board).

    Mr. Horowitt has also assisted in transactions, including incorporation, purchase and sale agreements, secured and unsecured transactions, and employment contracts. In the field of alternative dispute resolution, he has served as an arbitrator (for the American Arbitration Association, NASD Regulation, Inc., Better Business Bureau Dispute Resolution Center, and the Fresno and Madera County Superior Courts), mediator (privately and for the Better Business Bureau Dispute Resolution Center), special master (for Judge James Ware, United States District Court, Northern District of California) and judge pro tem (Fresno County Courts).

    Firm's Areas of Practice Include
  • Banking
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Business
  • Casualty Insurance Defense
  • Construction Litigation and Transactions
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Environmental Law
  • Commercial Collections
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation, arbitration and mini-trials)
  • Estate / Tax Planning
  • As the owner of a business that may be a party to a lawsuit, you need to know about the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI), also known as e-discovery. Why? Because the requirements to preserve and produce ESI are quickly evolving and have often taken over lawsuits as if e-discovery has a life of its own. This article will address the basics of e-discovery so that your business can start taking steps to minimize its impact.

    2/10/2016 · Insurance
    In a previous issue of Legal Brief, I discussed protecting yourself with adequate auto insurance. This is, perhaps, the insurance that is most commonly bought, because every driver is required to be covered by automobile liability insurance. But what about business owners? Should they buy insurance as well?

    11/20/2015 · Legal Issues
    Every day, in almost every city, and in almost every state, a business is served with a subpena. Your business may have received one in the past or may receive one soon. For those who are not regular participants in lawsuits, subpoenas are a mysterious document which you should know about.

    10/1/2015 · Finance
    It is an unfortunate fact of business that from time to time one of your customers will not pay for goods or services you provide. It is a frustrating and sometimes helpless feeling that you have knowing that even though you provided a valuable product or service, for reasons beyond your control you are simply not paid. How do you collect your money? What follows are some techniques that will help you effectively collect your receivables.

    Litigation in our court system has become an expensive, time-consuming, and frus trating process which often yields undesired results. Nevertheless, a trial may be necessary to vindicate certain fundamental rights. For many disputes, however, there are alternatives to trial. This article addresses some of the alternatives, known collectively as "Alternative Dispute Resolution ('ADR')," and their potential benefit.

    Because of the increase in cost of litigation, and the more frequent use of arbitration clauses in all forms of contracts, arbitration is used with increasing frequency. Although arbitration is an excellent choice in many instances, it may not be right in every case. This article will discuss the pros and cons of arbitration so that you may know whether it is right for you.

    10/14/2014 · Forgery & Fraud
    Identity theft should be a concern to all because of its pervasiveness. One form of theft is the opening of a credit card account using a pre-approved credit card solicitation. You may have received one or more of these solicitations every day, if not every week. Sometimes, the same company will send more than one such solicitation. The credit card companies do this because they receive information from credit reporting agencies and those with acceptable credit scores are sent more attractive offers.

    7/25/2014 · Legal Issues
    Many consumer lawyers have argued that the failure to disclose a deferred down payment constitutes a Rees-Levering violation even if the amount of the down payment is accurately stated. An issue did, however, exist as to whether or not the inadvertent exclusion of a deferred down payment on the line for a down payment constitutes a Rees-Levering violation. This question has been answered by the court in Rojas v. Platinum Auto Group, Inc. (January 15, 2013) 212 Cal.App.4th 997.

    4/19/2012 · Banking
    Virtually everyone and every business has a relationship with a financial institution, whether it be a bank, savings bank, or credit union. When the account is opened, there is the hope that nothing will go wrong in the account and that your funds will be preserved.

    For many, the idea of owning your own business and being your own boss is alluring: you set your hours and you alone reap the rewards of your endeavors. Unfortunately, the road to success is often paved with many perils: employee costs continue to spiral as do the cost of goods; increased competition from other companies both here and abroad; more regulation from local, state and federal agencies; etc.

    11/17/2011 · Laws & Procedures
    On virtually any day of the week, you can pick up a newspaper and read about a lawsuit. You read the article and say to yourself: "There but for the grace of God go I." Then, the seemingly inevitable happens: You receive a letter from an attorney (or their client) that you are to be sued, or worse, you are served with a lawsuit.

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    Maxwell Freeman
    Senior Partner
    1818 Grand Canal Boulevard, Suite 4
    Stockton CA 95207
    USA
    phone: 209-474-1818
    fax: 209-474-1245
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    Profile: Mr. Freeman founded this firm in 1962, three years after graduating from Stanford Law School, and has been serving local and national clients ever since. His expertise inlcude matters relating to Real Estate business and development, Eminent Domain / Condemnation, Commercial Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation. He has authored several articles including "An Overview of Defenses Available to Guarantors of Real Property Secured Transactions Under California Law," 2 Santa Clara Law Review (1998).

    Firm Profile: Serves as special litigation counsel to numerous government entities in eminent domain, inverse condemnation, tort and contract matters. The firm represents banks, real estate developers, contractors, food processors, growers and manufacturers. We serve as local counsel for many national companies in litigation, business and governmental matters.

    The firm's litigation practice focuses on: complex business litigation, including class actions, coordinated and multi-district proceedings; land use, real estate, eminent domain and environmental litigation; insurance coverage/bad faith disputes; professional liability; and appellate proceedings. Our transactional practice encompasses complex commercial and real estate transactions, including buy/sell agreements, development agreements, mergers and acquisitions.

    For more information, please contact us or visit our website.
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    Guy O. Kornblum
    1388 Sutter Street
    Suite 505
    San Francisco CA 94109
    USA
    phone: 415-440-7800 x2226
    fax: 415-440-7898
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    Guy O. Kornblum has specialized as a trial and appellate lawyer for 40 years. He is certified in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the prestigious National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is a Fellow of the American College of Certified Attorney Specialists.

    Mr. Kornblum has handled over 4,000 litigated matters to conclusion and has several million dollar plus cases to his credit. He has represented hundreds of clients, small businesses, individuals, and large Fortune 500 corporations during his 40 plus years of practice in his practice. He is highly regarded for his courtroom and appellate skills, and his representation of his clients in mediations, where he has a strong track record of successful settlements.

    Areas of Practice:
    • Personal Injury
    • Wrongful Death
    • Insurance Law
    • Insurance Coverage / Bad Faith Claims
    • Medical and Legal Malpractice
  • Punitive Damage Actions
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Class Actions
  • Nursing Home Negligence & Abuse
  • Elder Abuse
  • Guy Kornblum is a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar and Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum, for those attorneys who have achieved multi- million dollar awards or settlements for their clients. He is also a Charter Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary, a Platinum Member of The Verdict Club, recognized for his “professional excellence in litigation,” and is a Legends Society “Top Lawyer” in the personal injury field and a Silver Member of the Elite Lawyers of America.

    Mr. Kornblum is the author of: Negotiating and Settling Tort Cases: Reaching the Settlement, published by the Thomson West Publishing Company and American Association for Justice, Second Edition, 2013; and co-author of Litigating Insurance Claims: Coverage, Bad Faith and Business Disputes (Wiley & Sons, 1991); and the California Practice Guide: Bad Faith (The Rutter Group, 1986). He also is a contributing author to the California Continuing Education of the Bar’s “Alternative Dispute Resolution in California,” which was published in 2005. He has authored over 200 published articles on trial practice, discovery, civil procedure, and insurance law and related topics.

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    Guy O. Kornblum
    A Guide For Those Who Are Victims of Wrongdoing Resulting in Injury or Death
    Guy O. Kornblum
    This book serves as a comprehensive guide to effective settlement techniques in the context of personal injury litigation. It helps you determine a settlement amount, choose the most appropriate form of settlement, and work with clients, mediators, and others to get the best settlement.
    Guy O. Kornblum, William A. Cerillo
    Written by renowned experts, this practical book details analysis and litigation of causalty policies. Explains specific insurance coverage for intellectual property claims, advertising injury, environmental losses, personal injury in business claims and duty to defend. Contains step-by-step strategies for insurance litigation and discusses how to use experts and investigators. Includes a copious amount of useful checklists and practice tips from expert litigator
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    Charles Trudrung Taylor
    Attorney
    5200 N. Palm Avenue, 4th Floor
    Fresno CA 93704
    USA
    phone: 559-228-6700
    fax: 559-228-6727
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    Charles Taylor is a partner at Lang, Richert & Patch specializing in federal civil litigation. He has represented clients in areas such as Civil Rights, Government Contracts and Leases, Insurance Coverage, and Business Litigation in various federal district courts around the United States, in adversary proceedings in the bankruptcy court, and before governmental administrative boards.

    Mr. Taylor specializes in all aspects of Employment Law, including sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination. He has represented local and national clients on various employment issues before the Labor Commission, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Employment Development Department. In addition, he advises employers on preventing employment relations problems and on developing personnel policies and procedures.

    Illustrative Case:
  • Engaged by bakery to defend against civil complaint filed by Department of Justice for alleged violations of Clean Air Act with over $3 million in potential penalties. Successfully negotiated dismissal of the case without penalty
  • Engaged by local concessionaire on government owned property after improper termination of lease. Actions litigated in both federal district court and before Contract Board of Appeals. Prevailed on entitlement issues after an 8 day hearing
  • Successful settlement on quantum before trial for in excess of $1.3 million
  • Successfully defended on summary judgment large grocery store chain by four female employees claiming sexual harassment and gender discrimination
  • Successfully defended regional employer for alleged wrongful termination in violation of public policy, fraud, tortious bad faith, and intentional infliction of emotional distress
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    David Markowitz, Attorney's Fees Expert
    Shareholder
    3000 Pacwest Center 1211 SW Fifth Ave
    Portland OR 97204-3730
    USA
    phone: 503-295-3085
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    David Markowitz is a founding member of the firm, Markowitz Herbold PC. Considered by his peers to be among the best trial lawyers in the Northwest, his commanding presence and strategic thinking have made him a courtroom icon. Over the last three decades, Dave has guided Markowitz Herbold from its beginning as an ambitious two-attorney litigation shop to its present status as the premier business litigation boutique in the region.

    Attorney’s Fees Expert - Mr. Markowitz is an attorney fee expert and is frequently retained to testify at trial and attorney fee hearings. He has been retained to testify as an expert witness in more than 100 cases involving Legal Fee Award Disputes.

    Impartial Third Party - For more than 20 years, Mr. Markowitz has served as a mediator and arbitrator resolving complex commercial disputes. He also acted as a pro tem judge in Multnomah County, Oregon Circuit Court for nine years.

    Honors - David Markowitz has achieved the highest levels of recognition a trial lawyer can receive, and has been acknowledged by the world’s premier legal publications for his career achievements. In a statewide survey identifying the top five percent of attorneys, he is the number one ranked litigator in Oregon according to Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. In 2011, he received the "Leadership in Law" honor from the Daily Journal of Commerce. Oregon Business magazine, in their 2007 Power Book, recognized Dave for "Delivering Results," naming him one of 50 Great Leaders in Oregon.

    Lectures / Speaking Engagements - In addition to his active trial schedule, Mr. Markowitz shares his craft with lawyers of all levels. Mr. Markowitz is a frequent lecturer on litigation-related topics for the Oregon State Bar, the Federal Bar Association and the Multnomah Bar Association. He regularly presents a nationally-recognized training seminar on depositions. Trial Guides™ has produced a DVD of this popular deposition course, and it has become one of the company's best-selling products. As a follow-up, Trial Guides™ recently produced his "Mastering the Art of Persuading the Trial Judge" course on DVD and CD.
    11/11/2014 · Legal Issues
    Federal courts increasingly are cracking down on deposition misconduct through the imposition of sanctions under Rule 30(d)(2), which authorizes a wide array of sanctions against any person who impedes, delays, or frustrates the fair examination of a deponent. Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(d)(2). Sanctions are being imposed with greater frequency upon clients and their lawyers. As discussed below, sanctions may be imposed whether the disruption to the deposition was deliberate, or merely the product of a misunderstanding of the rules governing deposition conduct. For instance, courts have increasingly sanctioned lawyers under Rule 30(d)(2) for making speaking objections or improperly instructing witnesses not to answer questions. In addition, two courts have recently held that sanctions may be imposed for a lawyer's failure to intervene when a deponent client engages in deposition misconduct, on the theory that the defending lawyer's silence ratified and encouraged the bad conduct.

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    Israel Reyes, Esq.
    Managing Partner
    One Columbus Center
    1 Alhambra Plaza Ste. 1130
    Coral Gables FL 33134
    USA
    phone: 305-403-2272
    fax: 305-403-2273
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    The Reyes Law Firm, P.A., was founded by Israel Reyes, former Miami-Dade County Court Judge, Associate Administrative Judge of the Circuit Civil Division, and police detective. Mr. Reyes envisioned creating a firm where he would utilize his judicial, litigation, administrative, and investigative experience in providing high-quality legal services in a boutique firm setting. The Firm is comprised of a Litigation Department and an Alternative Dispute Resolution Department.

    Litigation Services:
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Receiverships
    • Personal Injury
    • Criminal Defense
    • Legal Malpractice Defense
    • Employment Discrimination
    • Police Legal Advisors
    • Civil Forfeiture
    • Corporate and Internal Investigations
    • Trial and Litigation Support
  • Foreclosures
  • Business Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Juvenile Dependency
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Appeal
  • Money Laundering Investigations
  • Racketeering (RICO)
  • Corporate General Counsel
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution Services:
    • Mediation
    • Arbitration
    • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Special Magistrates
  • Private Judges
  • Insurance Umpires
  • Mr. Reyes is a former Circuit Court Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida appointed by former Governor Jeb Bush in 2003. He retired in 2011, after approximately 30 years of public service as a judge, assistant state attorney, and police detective. He handles all types of civil and criminal litigation representing attorneys, receivers, commercial entities, and individuals. He is also an attorney’s fees expert, arbitrator, mediator, insurance umpire, police legal advisor, and Special Magistrate. As a Special Magistrate, he presides over evidentiary and non-evidentiary hearings and depositions and conducts in camera inspections of privileged documents.

    Mr. Reyes has lectured on Professionalism, Public Records Law, Anti-money Laundering, Racketeering, and Criminal Investigations to various legal groups and law enforcement agencies around the state. He has also lectured on those topics to the Guatemalan and Panamanian judiciary as well as training them in preparation for their transition to an oral or accusatory system of criminal justice. Mr. Reyes has also served as a featured speaker and presenter at many graduations, public and social events including Leadership Miami, a program of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, for future community leaders.

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