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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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    Patricia Jeanne Howze, J.D.
    20 Sunnyside Avenue
    Suite A-120
    Mill Valley CA 94941-341
    USA
    phone: 415-290-5290
    Patricia Jeanne Howze, BS, MA, JD, is certified as an Expert and Consultant in Employment / Labor Law. Founder & Principal of Century Corporate Counsel (CCC), she serves as an Independent Investigator for companies where allegation of Sexual Harassment or Discrimination have been made. Prior to CCC, Ms. Howze established and supervised the employment / labor practice group for the legal department of a company of more than 102,000 employees.

    Ms. Howze works with major law firms, Fortune 100 and 500 companies, small businesses, start-ups, non-profits, and government agencies throughout the United States. Over the last 35 years, she has directed and/or conducted more than 300 investigations, conducted over a hundred training programs for human resources managers and senior business line managers, and has spoken often on employment and labor topics and lectures at educational institutions.

    Consulting Services include:
    • Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Investigations
    • Corporate Human Resources Training
    • EEOC Case Management
    • Interim Human Resources Support
    • Human Resources Audits
    • Employment Policies
    • Review and Investigation of Agency Charges
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    Joseph Garofolo, JD
    Principal
    3443 Golden Gate Way
    Suite H
    Lafayette CA 94549
    USA
    phone: 415-517-5307
    fax: 415-981-8870
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    ERISA Expert Services, LLC ("EES") provides consulting and independent fiduciary services relating to retirement and health and welfare plans. EES' consulting services focus on litigation, fiduciary compliance, service provider arrangements, and various other issues relating to the design, management, and administration of benefit plans.

    EES' consulting services include litigation support. From the meaning of plan assets to the fiduciary exception to the attorney-client privilege, litigation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA") can present numerous challenges. Early recognition and evaluation of issues can make the difference in a case. EES provides consulting support for plaintiffs and defendants.

    Joseph Garofolo ERISA Expert PhotoEES principal Joseph A. Garofolo brings his experience as a fiduciary and his knowledge of the law from practicing as an ERISA attorney to the company's consulting and independent fiduciary services. He has extensive knowledge and experience regarding the fiduciary duty provisions of ERISA § 404 and the prohibited transaction and self-dealing provisions of ERISA § 406. Mr. Garofolo is well versed on the standard for ERISA liability of fiduciary and nonfiduciary service providers as well as other parties often involved in employee benefits litigation.

    Some of the independent fiduciary engagements in which Mr. Garofolo has been involved include the following: i) transaction for the sale of closely held shares by an employee stock ownership plan; ii) acquisition of real property by a collectively bargained plan; and iii) evaluation of the reasonableness of plan expenses and expense allocation among related parties and service providers.

    Honors and Awards

    On February 15, 2012, Mr. Garofolo was one of two attorneys named as a recipient of the California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award in the field of employee benefits by California Lawyer magazine. CLAY Awards recognize attorneys who “have changed the law, substantially influenced public policy or the profession, or achieved a remarkable victory for a client or for the public.” The honor relates to a case where he argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Joseph Garofolo ERISA Expert Video Ninth Circuit
    Excerpt of Oral Argument Before En Banc Panel of the Ninth Circuit


    Mr. Garofolo was selected to the 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.

    EES is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice.

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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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    Mario Gandolfi
    via Fatebenefratelli, 34
    Milano 20121
    ITA
    phone: 39-2-783551-2
    fax: 39-2-783546
    Mario Fusani is an expert in Italian law with a special emphasis on corporations and real property law. We have been operating in Milan since 1986. Our Team consists of two partners and 4 paralegals. In June 1997 our new studio in Rome will open. We specialize in legal services for companies that have necessity for Italian relations.
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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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