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17 CDF Labor Law LLP Attorneys Named to 2023 Best Lawyers® Lists

IRVINE, Calif. -- CDF Labor Law LLP (CDF) is pleased to announce nine lawyers have been included in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® and eight lawyers were recognized in the 2023 Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch" for various employment-related practice areas from metropolitan areas throughout California.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Attorneys are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in good standing.

CDF's 2023 Best Lawyers in America (in alphabetical order by first name).

* Brent M. Giddens (Litigation, Labor & Employment). Brent's practice focuses on defending employers in individual, representative and class actions before California state and federal courts. His clients cover a wide variety of industries, including large national employers as well as small businesses. He is also regularly called upon to advise on complex corporate reorganizations and policy considerations. Further, he has also served as lead defense counsel in numerous NLRB trial proceedings, organization drives, strikes, picketing, and has extensive experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements.

* Dawn M. Irizarry (Employment Law - Management). As the chair of CDF's Healthcare Practice Group, Dawn has substantial experience representing employers throughout the healthcare industry, including hospitals, medical technology companies, physician groups, and urgent care centers. In addition, Dawn has spent years defending clients in a myriad of other industries, including financial services, hybrid automotive, legal and other professional service providers, sports and entertainment, air transportation, publishing, energy, oil and gas, and retail, among others. Dawn's experience includes providing daily advice to her clients on California's complex employment laws and aggressively defending them in the gamut of employment-related claims in federal and state court, as well as in arbitration and before administrative agencies.

* Joel M. Van Parys (Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment). Joel represents management in all aspects of the employer/employee relationship. This includes litigation defense of claims for wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, employee misclassification, with an emphasis on independent contractor claims and Unfair Competition.

* John R. Giovannone (Employment Law - Management). John represents employers in the full range of employment law matters, from single plaintiff to class-based wage/hour, contract, discrimination, harassment, and licensing litigation, and including traditional labor proceedings as well. While his bedrock skill set lies in employment litigation and trial advocacy, a major component of his practice involves advice and counsel so as to position his clients to avoid disputes where possible, and to prevail via litigation when necessary.

* Leigh A. White (Class Actions - Defense). Leigh focuses her practice on complex litigation and dispute resolution, ranging from workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, PAGA claims, and wage and hour class actions. With over 25 years defending California employers, she has a proven record of defeating class certification, obtaining favorable settlements, and representing employers at high-stakes trials. She partners with clients in developing business goals and strategies and works closely with employer human resources departments to navigate multifaceted employment law issues in California.

* Marie D. DiSante (Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment). Marie co-founded CDF in 1994 and has helped grow the firm to five offices throughout California - supported by close to 50 attorneys. Marie continually positions her clients at the forefront of emerging and unprecedented class action litigation in the state, and her dual role as a California business owner and entrepreneur allows her to understand client workplace challenges firsthand.

* Mark S. Spring (Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment). Mark leads CDF's traditional labor law practice where he focuses on management representation in union-management relations and employment-related litigation. He has successfully battled and negotiated against a variety of unions, including Teamsters, UFCW, IBEW, Laborers, SEIU and Stationary Engineers. Additionally, he has a successful record representing elected officials, public figures, athletes and executives in sexual harassment lawsuits and other high-profile matters.

* Nicole A. Legrottaglie (Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment). Nicole's practice focuses on defending a broad range of employment claims, including class actions and single plaintiff claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage and hour litigation. Additionally, Nicole has significant experience in traditional labor law.

* Tim M. Freudenberger (Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, and Class Actions - Defense). Tim leads CDF's class action defense practice with a focus on wage and hour issues and PAGA actions. Tim helped shape class certification and trial principles in exemption cases with a successful California Supreme Court decision in the case of Duran v. U.S. Bank Nat. Assn., 59th Cal. 4th 1 (2014). He cemented this victory when he again defeated class certification after the case was remanded to the trial court, which was affirmed on appeal in a decision that discussed the weaknesses and unreliability of survey methodology in these types of exemption cases, Duran v. U.S. Bank, 19 Cal.App.5th 630 (2018).

According to Best Lawyers, recognition by "Ones to Watch" is also based entirely on peer review for attorneys who are in the earlier stages of their careers and have achieved outstanding professional excellence in private practice.

CDF's 2023 Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch" (in alphabetical order by first name).

* Alessandra C. Whipple (Labor and Employment Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor and Employment). Alessandra is experienced in advising and defending various employment disputes involving wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination and retaliation, defamation, breach of contract, unfair competition, trade secrets, and whistleblower claims. Her practice includes providing pragmatic day-to-day advice and counseling to companies on how to navigate California's ever-changing labor and employment law landscape.

* Allison O. Chua (Litigation - Labor and Employment). Allison represents and advises employers in all areas of labor and employment law. In particular, she has extensive experience defending employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and hour disputes in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Allison also has experience litigating cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition.

* Brian E. Cole II (Labor and Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment). Brian has extensive experience with employment litigation involving claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, unfair competition, and wage and hour violations. He also has experience in defending companies of all sizes against class and PAGA actions.

* Candace R. DesBaillets (Labor and Employment Law - Management). Candace defends employers in individual and multi-plaintiff litigation matters including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, contracts, employment-related torts, and wage and hour claims. She has represented employers in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as before agencies including the EEOC, DFEH, and DLSE.

* Corey J. Cabral (Labor and Employment Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor and Employment). As Chair of CDF's PAGA Litigation Practice Group, Corey's practice has a special emphasis on defending employers in wage and hour class action and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) lawsuits. He also has extensive experience with litigation involving claims of gender, disability and age discrimination, retaliation, harassment, defamation and wrongful termination.

* Denisha P. McKenzie (Litigation - Labor and Employment). Denisha's practice has a special emphasis on vigorously defending alleged claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. A significant portion of her practice is also dedicated to defending wage and hour single plaintiff, class action, and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) lawsuits.

* Sander van der Heide (Litigation - Labor and Employment). Sander has extensive experience representing employers in a wide array of employment litigation matters from inception through trials and appeals. His practice focuses on high-stakes litigation representing employers in class and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) actions by using data-driven insights and defenses. In addition to his litigation practice, he advises clients on proactively avoiding litigation and complying with California's complex employment laws.

* Tashayla "Shay" Billington (Labor and Employment Law - Management). Shay has significant experience in traditional labor law and unfair labor practice litigation. She also actively represents clients in Federal and California wage and hour litigation, discrimination and harassment litigation, union avoidance issues, writ litigation, and appellate work.

About CDF Labor Law LLP:

For close to 30 years, CDF Labor Law LLP has distinguished itself as one of the top labor, employment, and business immigration law firms in California, representing employers in single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits and advising employers on related legal compliance and risk avoidance. The firm has five offices throughout California - in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. For more information, visit: and find CDF on LinkedIn or Twitter to learn more about how the firm protects California employers.

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CDF LABOR LAW LLP Named to Bloomberg Law’s Second Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Framework

IRVINE, Calif. -- CDF Labor Law LLP, a California employment, labor and immigration employer-side law firm, was named one of only 43 U.S.-based law firms to earn a place on Bloomberg Law's second Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Framework list.

For the second year in a row, CDF was recognized for its level of disclosure of diversity-related metrics and distinguished performance against six core pillars: demographics, leadership and talent pipeline, recruitment and retention, business innovation and strategy, marketing, and diversity & inclusion in the community.

"CDF is no stranger to DEI. From its inception in 1994, CDF has provided a platform allowing everyone a structural opportunity to advance regardless of their race, gender or sexual orientation," says Marie DiSante, Co-Founder and Firm Managing Partner. "We believe that a firm culture that prioritizes inclusivity leads to better outcomes, for both our firm and our clients," she adds.

"We're proud to once again be recognized by Bloomberg Law by their inclusion of CDF in their DEI Framework report," said Alison Tsao, Partner and Chair of CDF's DEI Committee. "From our recruiting efforts, provision of leadership opportunities, to our strong involvement in DEI efforts in the broader legal community, we work tirelessly to enhance equality and inclusion in our workplace and the legal profession."

Bloomberg Law's DEI Framework was developed in 2021 in collaboration with Bloomberg's Gender-Equality Index team, as well as diversity leads at corporations and U.S.-based law firms. Performance was assessed across more than 85 metrics, each associated with one of the framework's six core pillars.

"The desire to incorporate DEI into the selection process for outside legal services presents a new challenge for the industry, but CDF has distinguished itself as a law firm worthy of consideration," said Joe Breda, President, Bloomberg Law. "Through a demonstrated commitment to DEI, CDF is helping to move the legal industry forward and we recognize their performance by naming them as a member of our 2022 DEI Framework."

CDF continues to make DEI a priority at the firm by participating in the 18-month long certification process for the 2021-2023 cohort of the Midsize Mansfield Rule. Created by the Diversity Lab, the Mansfield Rule is a growing movement to increase diversity in law firm recruitment and promotion practices. It is named after Arabella Mansfield, the first female lawyer in the U.S. It requires law firms to demonstrate year-long progress in increasing diversity in senior recruitment and leadership decisions and consider a minimum of 30 percent diverse candidates for these roles.

About CDF Labor Law LLP:

For close to 30 years, CDF Labor Law LLP has distinguished itself as one of the top labor, employment, and business immigration law firms in California, representing employers in single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits and advising employers on related legal compliance and risk avoidance. The firm has five offices throughout California - in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.

For more information, visit: and find CDF on LinkedIn or Twitter to learn more about how the firm protects California employers.

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Bloomberg Law combines the latest in legal technology with workflow tools, comprehensive primary and secondary sources, trusted news, expert analysis, and business intelligence. Our deep expertise and commitment to innovation provide a competitive edge to help improve attorney productivity and efficiency. Bloomberg Law is the only legal research provider to include continuous enhancements to its platform at no cost to existing subscribers. For more information, visit

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LegalStream, LLC Launches The Largest Online Directory Of Personal Injury Attorneys and Healthcare Providers In America

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- First established in 2019, LegalStream, a U.S. based SaaS company, today announced their brand new APP to help streamline your personal injury case, and they did it right here in San Antonio, Texas. LegalStream has stepped up, filled the communication gap plaguing the personal injury business, and has developed an online directory of the largest networks of personal injury attorneys and healthcare providers across the nation. With LegalStream's online directory, you can easily search for an attorney by specialty and location to help find the best attorney, and present your case immediately.

LegalStream offers a forward-thinking solution that breaks the barriers of traditional communication between parties in a personal injury case. It is user-friendly, and helps track all patient information on one single platform in the palm of your hands.

With LegalStream's national network of attorneys, you will find high-quality and highly-rated attorneys to assist you with your case. In a few simple steps using their online directory, you can easily search from and select the right attorney to review your case. Once connected, you will have access to your case anywhere at any time, right at your fingertips, with the ability to track case progress, medical information, and speak directly to both your attorney's office and healthcare providers office all from the LegalStream app, ensuring you never lose track of your personal injury case.

"We're focused on the message "Personal Injury, Streamlined." Our system is capable of serving all aspects of the management side of any personal injury case, and when we built it, we found out we were able to help attorneys & providers as well, given that the portal is 100% HIPAA Compliant," said company COO, Johnny Soto. "Using our network of peers, we were able to establish a foundation for the quality and class of the attorneys and healthcare providers and facilities in our initial database of potential representation for incoming plaintiffs who were presenting their case for the first time. This helped to build trust and authority in the San Antonio area, and we've looking to syndicate that nationally so Plaintiff's will always feel safe trusting LegalStream for their personal injury cases."

LegalStream has developed a 100% secure, HIPAA-compliant portal, that allows seamless communication between patient, provider, & attorney during the ongoing personal injury process, taking away all the pain of dealing with heavy support tasks associated with those phone calls & emails, letting you get back to your day-to-day life, without ever becoming worried that you're just not paying close enough attention to your personal injury matters, and ultimately, your settlement.

To find out more about how LegalStream is changing Personal Injury Law, how cases are handled and settlements decided, visit today and present your case, or include your firm, or medical facility on their rapidly expanding platform, absolutely FREE.

About LegalStream:

Based in San Antonio, Texas, LegalStream is a privately held SaaS-company, specializing in Personal Injury Law, founded in 2019. The company provides white-glove plaintiff, attorney, & healthcare communication services for a variety of personal injury scenarios. LegalStream's executive team carries more than 40 years of direct experience handling communications between claimants, attorneys, & healthcare providers related to personal injury cases. Learn more:

LegalStream® is a registered trademark in the U.S. and Europe.

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Attorney Bernie Walsh Speaker at The FJA’s ‘Winning Truck Crash Cases’ Seminar

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. -- Bernard F. Walsh, Esq. of the injury law firm Goldman Babboni Fernandez Murphy & Walsh, was a Program Chair and panel speaker at the Florida Justice Association's trucking accident litigation seminar. Titled "FJA Winning Truck Crash Cases," the seminar was an accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event and held by the Florida Justice Association (FJA) at The Shores Resort & Spa, in Daytona Beach Shores Florida.

In addition to Attorney Bernie Walsh, the panel of expert speakers included ten other industry-leading trucking injury case litigators from law firms throughout the United States.

The FJA's aim of the seminar was to better equip member attorneys with the practical knowledge needed to take on difficult cases like Trucking Crash injury lawsuits, how to prepare for, and how to represent clients for these types of complex and highly contested landmark cases.

Mr. Walsh spoke to attendees in the live audience, and virtually on a variety of important points, covering the A-Z of How An Attorney Works A Trucking Case. Characterized as a "Must Attend" event, attendees of the seminar could earn up to 9 CLE credits at the seminar - a large amount of CLE credits for a single event. In Florida, lawyers must earn 33 CLE Credits every 3-year period ensuring attorneys in the Sunshine State can better represent clients by staying up to date as the legal landscape evolves.

Attorney Bernie Walsh offered this comment about the event, "Trucking cases are not for the inexperienced or faint of heart, and it's essential that any attorney fully understands the scope of work, and demands on their firm such cases will require. Semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds - when commercial truck crashes occur there is great potential for catastrophic harm to anyone nearby. Damages can amount to multiple millions of dollars, in injury, deaths, destroyed property, and more.

"The scale of these cases demands the defendant will come well-prepared with a skilled legal team attempting to limit their liability and as such any attorney looking to represent the victim needs to be fully prepared. Events like this one that the FJA holds are essential to informing attorneys of what they will need to prepare for before making the decision to represent a client for a trucking case."

About Trucking Accident Attorney Bernard F. Walsh

A leading expert in trucking accident cases in Florida, Attorney Bernie Walsh has spoken at several legal education seminars and remains an active member of many legal organizations including, the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (ATAA), the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and has been a member of the Florida Justice Association Board of Governors. Bernie Walsh represents clients across Florida, including Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

For More On Attorney Bernie Walsh and Truck Accident Injury Cases Visit:

Goldman Babboni Fernandez Murphy & Walsh

2822 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34243

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Sarasota Lawyer David L Goldman Opening New Law Office on University Parkway

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Attorney David L Goldman of the injury law firm Goldman Babboni Fernandez Murphy & Walsh, is now serving Sarasota area clients from the law firm's newest office opened on University Parkway on April 25, 2022.

Well-known in the Sarasota Florida area community, Attorney David L Goldman has served as a board member on several civic and community-focused organizations, including the Second Chance Last Opportunity, Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce, the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Community Center as well as a supporting member of several other local organizations.

Attorney David L Goldman has earned a 100% client recommended rating on and has a 4.5 out of 5 client satisfaction rating on

Opened on April 25, Attorney David Goldman will be serving clients from Goldman Babboni Fernandez Murphy & Walsh's new office at University Parkway. Mr. Goldman will continue to meet existing and new clients from any of the law firm's other locations, at the client's home, or even at a hospital room when needed.

Attorney David L Goldman had this comment about serving clients from the new location, "As our community has grown, our law firm has also been fortunate enough to grow too. More and more people are moving to southern Sarasota County to places like Venice, North Port, and Punta Gorda, so we decided to open an office more convenient to I-75 for clients who wish to come to our office. Our new location has state-of-the-art features and will allow our whole team to work more efficiently. We are excited about seeing clients from our new office."

Goldman Babboni Fernandez Murphy & Walsh's new office location is 2822 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34243, and open to clients as of April 25.

About Attorney David L. Goldman:

Attorney David L. Goldman has been representing clients in injury law cases for more than 30 years. Mr. Goldman is a member of the American Association of Justice, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Goldman is an Eagle Member of the Florida Justice Association and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers where he received the prestigious Legislative Leadership Award.

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Attorney Daniel Murphy Now a Full Partner at Goldman Babboni Fernandez Murphy & Walsh

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Attorney Daniel Murphy, of Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh, has been elevated to full partner. Citing his exemplary record of working tirelessly for clients in Bradenton Florida and across all of Manatee County.

With the elevation of Attorney Daniel Murphy as a full partner, the SW Florida injury law firm of Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh is Now Goldman Babboni Fernandez Murphy & Walsh.

The injury law firm's managing partner Bernard Walsh, Esq. had this to say: "Danny Murphy has been proving himself time and time again, compassionately helping our clients obtain financial compensation for their injuries and delivering peace of mind to people in a time of need. The legal profession in southwest Florida can be a competitive, fast-paced, and high-stress field to work in, and that also has a real impact on the lives of many in our community.

"Attorney Danny Murphy has thrived in this environment, becoming an indispensable member of our law firm, and we are proud to call Danny Murphy a partner. As a result, our law firm is now Goldman Babboni Fernandez Murphy & Walsh."

About Injury Law Attorney Daniel Murphy:

Attorney Daniel Murphy has earned a 4.9 out of 5 rating at, with a 5 out of 5 rating from client client reviews. SuperLawyers(r) has named attorney Daniel Murphy a "Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Bradenton, FL," and Attorney Daniel Murphy has been recognized as a Rising Star by the American Institute of Legal Advocates. Attorney Daniel Murphy is also a member of the Executive Committee Of The Manasota Trial Lawyers Board.

Learn more about Danny Murphy Goldman Babboni Fernandez Murph & Walsh's law firm website:

Goldman Babboni Fernandez Murphy & Walsh

2822 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34243

Main phone: 833 954 1234

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All That Glitters is Not Gold: Attorney Debuts Shocking Legal Thriller ‘The Golden Prison’ – Blows the Lid off Secret World of High-Stakes Business Crime

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Attorney Paul Alexander Sangillo announces the debut of his first novel, "Golden Prison" (ISBN: 978-1941015469). This novel is the first of its kind, offering a never-before-seen look into the hi-stakes, impossibly stressful world of law students and young lawyers.

Once you pick up this startling book, get comfortable, because you will not put it down. This novel is a gripping, astonishing, and addictive, and features strong characters that you will root for along the way.

Paul Sangillo wrote "The Golden Prison" to de-stress as a high-powered attorney, and reached into some of his own past experiences with true-life cases and colorful characters. The heart of his novel grew from the very real struggle of all law students and new lawyers, who face hundreds of hours of work weekly and relentless, impossible deadlines.

For the first time, an attorney has shared the often grim reality and deep pain law students and young attorneys face as they must work all night, every night, with many turning to drugs.

But Sangillo also brilliantly reinvents one of the most classic themes in literature along the way, in the character of an ethical, poor student who finds himself emerging from the bleak realties of a poor student to the gold-encrusted, jaded world of a giant corporation.

"The Golden Prison" is a fast-paced, unpredictable journey that takes a rags-to-riches story through its nightmare journey. Drugs, murder, and exquisite love scenes in a romance that may change everything, blend with the young attorney Jeff Rhode's code of honor, as he faces extremely dangerous situations at his new firm.

"The Golden Prison" serves as a warning to ambitious students entering the work force to be wary of the slippery slope of doing "just one more" unethical thing to get ahead or survive in the cut throat world of business.

Jeff Rhode will keep you at the edge of your seat, as he faces the riches that imprison him while trying to remain compassionate and follow the law.

"The Golden Prison" is a riveting story of one young lawyer who battles to remain honorable - and alive - in the midst of a corrupt, multi-billion-dollar company that may be guilty of murder.

The next time you sit across from your attorney, you will never look at him or her the same.

"Law school is like running on a treadmill set at an incline of 15 at the highest speed you can imagine," said author Paul Sangillo. "Most of us were exhausted and stressed out, but turned to coffee or just suffered through the long hours. But many law students turned to drugs, and sadly, that habit continued when they join these heavy-hitter business, who literally have you work overnight. Simultaneously, once a new attorney joins a firm, there is seismic shift that happens, between the balance of the rule of law and reality of how big business really operates."

"The Golden Prison" is available in print or eBook on Amazon, Good Reads and Kindle. To purchase the book visit:

If you would like to interview author Paul Sangillo, or receive a free copy to review "The Golden Prison," contact Diane Lilli at

About Paul Sangillo

Attorney and author Paul Sangillo has been practicing law since 1997, specializing in corporate, real-estate and transactions. Paul Sangillo wrote this book because of the fascinating characters and stories he encountered as a young attorney.

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California Ferret Owners Submit Ballot Initiative to Attorney General for Legal Opinion, But Attorney General Ignores Civil Code on Domestic Animals

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Non-profit Legalize Ferrets ( announced today that we are disappointed that California Attorney General ignores Civil Code in Domestic Ferret Ballot Initiative., a ferret legalization grassroots organization, has repeatedly asked the California Attorney General for a legal opinion.

Since the civil code says domestic animals are legal:


DIVISION 2. PROPERTY [654 - 1422]

There may be ownership of all inanimate things which are capable of appropriation or of manual delivery; of all domestic animals; of all obligations; of such products of labor or skill as the composition of an author, the good will of a business, trade marks and signs, and of rights created or granted by statute.

Every credible source, and even the name states - domestic ferrets are domestic animals Therefore we wanted to know if the state of California officially recognized the domestic ferret as domestic would that mean they're legal? But we never received a reply from the AG.

According to the California Attorney General's website:

* As the chief law officer of the state, the California Attorney General provides legal opinions upon request to designated state and local public officials and government agencies on issues arising in the course of their duties. The formal legal opinions of the Attorney General have been accorded "great respect" and "great weight" by the courts.

Supporters of have asked their representatives to make this request without success. So, we filed a ballot initiative in hopes that the title and summary would answer this question.

It was a treacherous journey. The AG's office ignored all our questions. We dealt with the Legislative Analyst's office and the Secretary of State's office - all successful; those people were friendly and helpful. But we could not get an answer on how to submit the ballot initiative from the AG until a Democratic Party activist with the state of Alaska gave us a contact phone number at the Secretary of State's office. Anabel Renteria finally emailed us with the suggestion:

You can submit your initiative anytime, in person, at the following address:

Department of Justice
1300 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

Five weeks later the title and summary were posted on their website:

California law identifies ferrets as wild animals that are restricted because "such animals are undesirable and a menace to native wildlife, the agricultural interests of the state, or to the public health or safety." Current law and regulations make it illegal to own ferrets as pets without a state permit.

No mention of the conflict between California's civil code which allows ownership of all domestic animals and other, namely Fish and Game Code which says:

* FISH AND GAME CODE 2116: Put ferrets in a group of wild animals. Says they are "not normally domesticated in this state as determined by the commission."

* FISH AND GAME CODE 2118: It is unlawful to import, transport, possess, or release alive into this state, except under a revocable, nontransferable permit as provided in this chapter and the regulations pertaining thereto, any wild animal of the following species: (ferrets are included in this list).

* (CCR), title 14, section 671: (a) It shall be unlawful to import, transport, or possess live animals restricted in subsection (c) below except under permit issued by the department. (You know ferrets are included in this list)

* (CCR), title 14, section 671: (b) The commission has determined the below listed animals are not normally domesticated in this state.

Why are these codes relevant but the civil code allowing ownership of all domestic animals isn't even mentioned?

Why won't the AG's office even communicate with us? We have a very valid and sincere question.

Facts are stubborn things. No one states that the domestic ferret is a wild animal. No one believes they are "wild," "undesirable," or a "menace." They are legal in 48 states without any negative consequences.

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Reefer Rabble Rouser Ed ‘NJWeedman’ Forchion to Present Oral Arguments in Federal Lawsuit Against New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

TRENTON, N.J. -- Reefer rabble rouser Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion and his longtime attorney, John Vincent Saykanic, Esq. will get another day in court to fight the green fight on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 when oral arguments are presented per his cannabis related lawsuit directed at Governor Phil Murphy (Case 3:20-cv-16582-PGS-TJB FORCHION v. MURPHY at:

The state is once again seeking dismissal of the case. Governor Murphy, represented by the Attorney General of New Jersey Gurbir S. Grewal, initially requested the dismissal last year to no avail. Honorable Peter G. Sheridan, U.S.D.J., United States District Court for the District of New Jersey will preside.

The case sets an unheralded precedent in the ongoing battlefield for representation with legalization in the booming cannabis industry. In a 40-page document, initially filed November 19, 2020 at the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Forchion declared "unconstitutional and invalid the application and implementation of the 'Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Marijuana,'" asserting that the Regulated Cannabis Act, as the amendment is referred to in the lawsuit, "deprives him of equal protection and due process under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution as it subjects him to selective prosecution."

In addition, Forchion noted that voters were duped into believing that they were voting to legalize marijuana, while unwittingly sanctioning a cannabis industry which only grants legalization to a majority of Caucasian owned corporate entities while criminalizing individuals of color, who in effect will not be granted similar access to grow, sale and distribute.

Fast cut to 2022 and Forchion's assertions have become quite substantial. The state of New Jersey made national headlines just recently for their limited awarding of medicinal licenses to minority contractors. To date, reportedly, only one out of 56 medicinal licenses have been granted to a partially Black owned and operated business.

Ed Forchion, along with his attorney, John Vincent Saykanic, Esq., have a zealous history of fighting and documenting the inequities in the cannabis industry. They challenged the state of New Jersey before the United States Supreme Court regarding pertinent issues pertaining to reefer, racial discrimination, and religion back in March of 2016 when Forchion's legal team filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court (US Supreme Court Docket - 15-8533). They proceeded to present ten questions for review and response from the Court per the subject of race and religion, as it relates to cannabis. The filing marked a landmark stance in the marijuana movement though the case was eventually dismissed.

"Ed has always taken a somewhat radical stance in the fight for legalization and representation in the marijuana community. A visionary of sorts, his observations have tremendous legal merit. Considering the state's longtime racial disparity in marijuana arrests which have taken an unfair toll on its minority communities, this current filing against the governor is sure to set a benchmark as all eyes are currently on New Jersey," states Saykanic.

As Forchion, who recently appeared on MSNBC's "The Cross Connection with Tiffany Cross," explains, "I've been talking about reefer, race and reparations for decades now. Finally, the media, politicians and community leaders are echoing what I have been saying all along. When I created the hashtag '#SellWeedLikeImWhite,' I was taken to task. But here we are in 2022, and the now legalized cannabis industry is run by predominantly Caucasian owned corporations who are benefitting and stepping on the backs of legacy market vendors like myself."

"In short, the community that paved the road for legalization and paid the price with incarceration and felonies, are being locked out of the 'new' industry. My lawsuit boldly addressed these issues, and we are hoping to effect change. This next opportunity for us to present oral arguments in court is a huge victory in this ongoing battle," notes Forchion.

As cited in his lawsuit, Forchion has been vehemently retaliated against in the past by the State of New Jersey. In 2002, he was jailed for advocating the legalization of marijuana. Forchion was held at the Burlington County Jail from August 19, 2002, until late January 2003 when United States District Court Federal Judge Joseph E. Irenas, U.S.D.J., hearing his civil rights suit, agreed that the state had violated Forchion's First Amendment right to advocate marijuana's legalization and ordered him to be released.

In 2016, Forchion and his former partner, Debi Madaio, had their restaurant raided by Mercer County law enforcement authorities on marijuana dealing charges. Forchion was held without bail for over 400 days due to the retaliatory charge of witness tampering. He was acquitted by a jury and all charges were dismissed with no convictions.

Media, legislature, politicians and cannabis activists and supporters worldwide are continuing to take close heed of this case as it maneuvers the smoky realms of legalization.

To light it up with Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion go to .

Makeda Smith
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The Orange County Register Names CDF One of Orange County’s Top Workplaces for Third Year in a Row

IRVINE, Calif. -- Acclaimed California labor, employment and immigration defense law firm CDF Labor Law LLP (CDF) proudly announces it has been named one of the 2021 Top Workplaces by the Orange County Register for the 3rd consecutive year. The award rounds out a year of numerous accolades for CDF.

The firm was also recently named the smallest one of only 28 US-based law firms to earn a place on Bloomberg Law's inaugural "Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Framework" list, was named a "Top-100 Social Impact Leader" by Law360, and CDF's California Labor & Employment Law Blog was ranked #7 on the list of the "Top 40 California Law Blogs & Websites" by Feedspot.

"Our employees are the basis of our continued success," said Marie DiSante, CDF Founding Partner and Firm Managing Partner. "We are honored that their feedback recognizes our decades of commitment to providing our employees with a diverse and inclusive culture where they can thrive. These very characteristics shined as our teams across California, from the staff to our attorneys, worked together during the pandemic to navigate through uncharted waters. They are the true recipients of this award."

The Orange County Register list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution and connection.

Todd Wulffson, the Managing Partner of CDF's Orange County Office, said that "One of our priorities in 2022 is the same one we have had for over 25 years - to foster a workplace that attracts and retains the best talent to provide the best client service possible for California employers. It has always been our attorneys and staff at CDF that make us great."

About CDF Labor Law LLP

For over 25 years, CDF Labor Law LLP has distinguished itself as one of the top labor, employment and immigration law firms in California, defending employers in single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits and advising employers on related legal compliance and risk avoidance. The firm has five offices throughout California - in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. For more information, visit: and find CDF on LinkedIn or Twitter to learn more about how the firm protects California employers. For access to timely alerts on the latest California labor and employment law developments, sign-up for the firm's blog by visiting:

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