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Lawyer Eric J. Hertz, P.C. Files Four Cases Against Sterigenics on Behalf of Cobb County Homeowners

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Eric J. Hertz, P.C. Trial Attorneys in Atlanta, recently filed four additional property damage cases against Sterigenics. The firm is representing homeowners within a close radius of the plant that were adversely affected. The home values in this area were adversely affected due excessive emissions of a dangerous, cancer-causing chemical called Ethylene Oxide (EtO).

This plant has been shrouded in controversy for some time now: hundreds of people have filed lawsuits alleging cancer and other illnesses as a result of exposure to this EtO gas emitted by Sterigenics in Cobb County. In a separate lawsuit in Illinois, this same company, Sterigenics was recently held responsible for causing cancer to a homeowner who lived in close proximity to the Illinois Sterigenics plant in the amount of $363 million.

EtO is both flammable and highly reactive. Acute exposures to EtO gas may result in respiratory irritation and lung injury, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, and cyanosis. Chronic exposure has been associated with the occurrence of cancer, reproductive effects, mutagenic changes, neurotoxicity, and sensitization.

In April 2020, the Cobb County Property Assessor's Office devalued over 5,000 homes in the immediate surrounding area of the plant across the board. "For most people, home ownership is the largest and most important investment they will ever make. The reprehensible emission of excessive EtO has resulted in disease and devaluation of property. The local residents deserve to be compensated for the loss of fair market value and enjoyment that they once had in their homes. Simply put, we seek to hold those responsible accountable for their actions," according to Mr. Hertz.

"These additional four cases are only the beginning in Georgia," stated Mr. Hertz, as his team of mass tort, trial attorneys intend to file hundreds more of these cases in the near future.

ABOUT ERIC J. HERTZ, P.C.

Eric J. Hertz (https://www.etolawfirm.com) is a double Board-Certified Trial Attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the American Board of Trial Advocates. A member of America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators and author of multiple Georgia legal treatises, Mr. Hertz has tried over 100 jury trials as Lead Attorney and handled over 100 wrongful death cases, resulting in multi-millions of dollars collected for his clients, including multiple record high verdicts. Eric J. Hertz leads a team of lawyers pursuing Ethylene Oxide litigation.

Link to stamped court documents:

https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/fykigkp1yfyp3k0xza8bn/h?dl=0&rlkey=40s521e2zog0mwkssa238i82u

Link to video regarding these mass tort cases:

https://vimeo.com/792696330

LEARN MORE: https://www.etolawfirm.com

Related link: https://hertz-law.com/

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CDF Labor Law LLP Expands Firm Leadership, Elevates Three Attorneys to Partner

IRVINE, Calif. -- Labor, employment and business immigration law firm CDF Labor Law LLP (CDF) is proud to announce the elevation of three outstanding attorneys to partner. These individuals are among the close to 50 CDF attorneys who aggressively defend and guide employers through the challenging legal landscape in California.

"Each of our new partners has consistently demonstrated exceptional legal acumen and excellent client service across broad industries for California employers," said Firm Managing Partner Marie DiSante. "CDF continues its commitment to providing the best talent to protect, to defend, and to advocate for our clients."

CDF New Partners (in alphabetical order by first name):

Alessandra C. Whipple (Orange County - Partner) advises and defends clients in the full-range of matters involving California labor and employment law, including disputes involving wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination and retaliation, defamation, breach of contract, unfair competition, trade secrets, and whistleblower claims. Prior to joining private practice, she served as in-house counsel for a California commercial bank where she advised on matters concerning public disclosure, corporate strategy, and labor and employment issues. Combining her business experience and legal acumen, she counsels clients on compliance strategies and implementation to enable them to take a proactive approach to mitigate the risks and costs associated with employment matters. Alessandra was listed on the 2023 list of "Ones to Watch" by Best Lawyers in America(r). She received her J.D. from George Washington University School of Law in 2015.

Brian E. Cole II (Orange County - Partner) represents local, regional and national employers in all aspects of California labor and employment law and related litigation. His counsel and litigation experience spans the full scope of employment law and workplace claims, ranging from wrongful termination, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation, to wage and hour matters. Brian's practice has a special emphasis on defending complex and sophisticated wage and hour class and representative action litigation matters. He frequently evaluates, develops strategies for, and manages complex Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) and class action lawsuits, including highly technical claims relating to suitable seating, regular rate of pay and overtime calculations, arbitration agreements, interstate commerce, and wage statements. Brian's clients operate in various industries, including retail, trucking, health care, and emergency medical services. Brian was listed on the 2023 list of "Ones to Watch" by Best Lawyers in America(r). He graduated Order of the Coif from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2015.

Sander van der Heide (Sacramento - Partner) represents employers of all sizes in a broad range of employment law matters, including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and other labor and employment-related claims. In particular, he focuses on complex, high-stakes wage and hour class action and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) litigation. As an experienced trial counsel, he has successfully represented clients through trial and appeals. In addition to litigation, Sander also provides preventative advice and counsel on employment policies, procedures, and best practices to mitigate litigation risk and ensure compliance with ever-changing California employment laws. Sander was listed on the 2023 list of "Ones to Watch" by Best Lawyers in America(r). He graduated cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2009.

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: https://www.cdflaborlaw.com/ 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: https://www.callaborlaw.com/.

Related link: https://www.cdflaborlaw.com/

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CDF Labor Law LLP Expands Firm Leadership, Elevates Three Attorneys to Partner

IRVINE, Calif. -- Labor, employment and business immigration law firm CDF Labor Law LLP (CDF) is proud to announce the elevation of three outstanding attorneys to partner. These individuals are among the close to 50 CDF attorneys who aggressively defend and guide employers through the challenging legal landscape in California.

"Each of our new partners has consistently demonstrated exceptional legal acumen and excellent client service across broad industries for California employers," said Firm Managing Partner Marie DiSante. "CDF continues its commitment to providing the best talent to protect, to defend, and to advocate for our clients."

CDF New Partners (in alphabetical order by first name):

Alessandra C. Whipple (Orange County - Partner) advises and defends clients in the full-range of matters involving California labor and employment law, including disputes involving wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination and retaliation, defamation, breach of contract, unfair competition, trade secrets, and whistleblower claims. Prior to joining private practice, she served as in-house counsel for a California commercial bank where she advised on matters concerning public disclosure, corporate strategy, and labor and employment issues. Combining her business experience and legal acumen, she counsels clients on compliance strategies and implementation to enable them to take a proactive approach to mitigate the risks and costs associated with employment matters. Alessandra was listed on the 2023 list of "Ones to Watch" by Best Lawyers in America(r). She received her J.D. from George Washington University School of Law in 2015.

Brian E. Cole II (Orange County - Partner) represents local, regional and national employers in all aspects of California labor and employment law and related litigation. His counsel and litigation experience spans the full scope of employment law and workplace claims, ranging from wrongful termination, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation, to wage and hour matters. Brian's practice has a special emphasis on defending complex and sophisticated wage and hour class and representative action litigation matters. He frequently evaluates, develops strategies for, and manages complex Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) and class action lawsuits, including highly technical claims relating to suitable seating, regular rate of pay and overtime calculations, arbitration agreements, interstate commerce, and wage statements. Brian's clients operate in various industries, including retail, trucking, health care, and emergency medical services. Brian was listed on the 2023 list of "Ones to Watch" by Best Lawyers in America(r). He graduated Order of the Coif from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2015.

Sander van der Heide (Sacramento - Partner) represents employers of all sizes in a broad range of employment law matters, including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and other labor and employment-related claims. In particular, he focuses on complex, high-stakes wage and hour class action and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) litigation. As an experienced trial counsel, he has successfully represented clients through trial and appeals. In addition to litigation, Sander also provides preventative advice and counsel on employment policies, procedures, and best practices to mitigate litigation risk and ensure compliance with ever-changing California employment laws. Sander was listed on the 2023 list of "Ones to Watch" by Best Lawyers in America(r). He graduated cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2009.

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: https://www.cdflaborlaw.com/ 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: https://www.callaborlaw.com/.

Related link: https://www.cdflaborlaw.com/

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CDF Labor Law LLP Expands Firm Leadership, Elevates Three Attorneys to Partner

IRVINE, Calif. -- Labor, employment and business immigration law firm CDF Labor Law LLP (CDF) is proud to announce the elevation of three outstanding attorneys to partner. These individuals are among the close to 50 CDF attorneys who aggressively defend and guide employers through the challenging legal landscape in California.

"Each of our new partners has consistently demonstrated exceptional legal acumen and excellent client service across broad industries for California employers," said Firm Managing Partner Marie DiSante. "CDF continues its commitment to providing the best talent to protect, to defend, and to advocate for our clients."

CDF New Partners (in alphabetical order by first name):

Alessandra C. Whipple (Orange County - Partner) advises and defends clients in the full-range of matters involving California labor and employment law, including disputes involving wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination and retaliation, defamation, breach of contract, unfair competition, trade secrets, and whistleblower claims. Prior to joining private practice, she served as in-house counsel for a California commercial bank where she advised on matters concerning public disclosure, corporate strategy, and labor and employment issues. Combining her business experience and legal acumen, she counsels clients on compliance strategies and implementation to enable them to take a proactive approach to mitigate the risks and costs associated with employment matters. Alessandra was listed on the 2023 list of "Ones to Watch" by Best Lawyers in America(r). She received her J.D. from George Washington University School of Law in 2015.

Brian E. Cole II (Orange County - Partner) represents local, regional and national employers in all aspects of California labor and employment law and related litigation. His counsel and litigation experience spans the full scope of employment law and workplace claims, ranging from wrongful termination, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation, to wage and hour matters. Brian's practice has a special emphasis on defending complex and sophisticated wage and hour class and representative action litigation matters. He frequently evaluates, develops strategies for, and manages complex Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) and class action lawsuits, including highly technical claims relating to suitable seating, regular rate of pay and overtime calculations, arbitration agreements, interstate commerce, and wage statements. Brian's clients operate in various industries, including retail, trucking, health care, and emergency medical services. Brian was listed on the 2023 list of "Ones to Watch" by Best Lawyers in America(r). He graduated Order of the Coif from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2015.

Sander van der Heide (Sacramento - Partner) represents employers of all sizes in a broad range of employment law matters, including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and other labor and employment-related claims. In particular, he focuses on complex, high-stakes wage and hour class action and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) litigation. As an experienced trial counsel, he has successfully represented clients through trial and appeals. In addition to litigation, Sander also provides preventative advice and counsel on employment policies, procedures, and best practices to mitigate litigation risk and ensure compliance with ever-changing California employment laws. Sander was listed on the 2023 list of "Ones to Watch" by Best Lawyers in America(r). He graduated cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2009.

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: https://www.cdflaborlaw.com/ 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: https://www.callaborlaw.com/.

Related link: https://www.cdflaborlaw.com/

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Los Angeles Unified School District and Others Learn Elementary Lesson in Contract Law After $2.5 Million Verdict and Seven Year Legal Battle

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- A small business construction subcontractor emerged victorious from a hard fought seven-year legal battle when $3.2 million in services, labor and materials were not paid by the Los Angeles Unified School District, their contractor, and their Insurance Bonds company. Nowland Law, a business litigation firm, secured a ruling in favor of the plaintiff December 9th, 2022 for work that the plaintiff performed in 2015.

In the David vs. Goliath legal battle, the well-funded trio of defendants used an array of strategies to shake off George Toro of WnG Construction, including accusing him of deleting emails relevant to the case, stealing trade secrets, other frivolous claims that caused turnover of 2 prior counsels for the plaintiff.

George Toro of WnG Construction JV Inc., was excited when, in 2015, he signed a deal to do work as a subcontractor for the Los Angeles Unified School District. It was a large project, ultimately composed of 18 separate jobs, where George Toro worked with his team to build out internet and WLAN infrastructure on solar projects for the school district. The project represented $5.5 million worth of work for WnG Construction.

Toro's excitement faded when his company completed the work as agreed but was not paid by Los Angeles Unified School District, nor by the general contractor of the projects, AAA Solar Electric. By late 2015, Toro had requested meetings with the general contractor. Instead of scheduling a sit down, WnG was promised payments soon, but was then subsequently ghosted by AAA Solar Electric.

Contractors engage in large projects confidently because they are typically covered by bonds. In this case, Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company had a set of existing bonds for the project, which should have been accessible to WnG. The bonds were not paid to WnG. Despite multiple requests for payment to LAUSD, the indemnity company and the general contractor, payment in full was withheld for reasons that the court mostly rejected in its ruling. The costs, delays, and financial impact resulted in the smaller subcontractor going out of business as it was forced to lay off its employees and close. George Toro had no idea that what lay ahead of him was a seven-year legal battle in order to finally reach a victorious verdict in his favor.

The case, "WNG Construction JV, Inc V. AAA Solar Electric, Inc" (case number VC065473) filed in the Southeastern district of Los Angeles Superior Court, has been worked on by at least 15 individual attorneys from a variety of law firms, racked up almost 300 calendared events in the court room, and is likely to exceed its current count of 988 filed documents, across its seven years of litigation. The $2.5 million complaint will not include yearly interest fees that can legally be imposed by the judge, as well as attorney's fees and court costs. These costs are expected to be substantial and may double the total liability of the general contractor, the indemnity company, and the school district to an estimated rough total of $5 million.

Before the trial, George Toro tapped Nowland Law to take on the case due to the firm's strong history in business litigation. Nowland Law had been victorious on behalf of the plaintiff in a similarly high profile case, in which the California State University system had attempted to flout millions of dollars in payments to another subcontractor.

Lead Attorney, Thomas F. Nowland said, "This was a 31 day trial which lasted over 4 months due to delays related to the COVID pandemic. The court awarded WnG the majority of its claims plus interest, costs, and prevailing party attorney's fees. The final judgment could be well over $5 million dollars."

Learn more: https://www.nowlandlaw.com

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Corbin Sutter Named A Top 40 under 40 Florida Personal Injury Attorney By The National Trial Lawyers

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- All Injuries Law Firm is pleased to announce that Corbin Sutter has been selected for inclusion into the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 as a Top 40 under 40 Trial Lawyers in Florida. The Top 40 Under 40 designation is an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in this field.

Membership in this exclusive organization is by invitation only and is limited to the top 40 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results as personal injury lawyers.

The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 is a professional, invitation-only organization composed of premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as attorneys. Selection is based on a process that includes those who have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualifications, reputation, influence, stature and public profile. The National Trial Lawyers provides accreditation to distinguished attorneys and also provides essential legal news, information, and continuing education to trial lawyers across the United States.

The team at All Injuries Law Firm congratulates Corbin Sutter for demonstrating superior qualifications, leadership skills, knowledge, and success. By combining resources, power, and influence Corbin Sutter has accomplished recognition as an top attorney in his field. All Injuries Law Firm is dedicated to preserving and defending justice for all with Corbin Sutter leading our team of professional attorneys.

Attorney Corbin Sutter is highly motivated to pursue justice for all who are injured in the Southwest Florida area and is inspired by being able to recover settlements for injured victims in the community. He is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is an elite group of civil trial lawyers, who represent the interests of injured people, helping to win financial compensation for injuries and other damages caused by negligence and the careless actions of others.

Learn more: https://www.allinjurieslawfirm.com/

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Vistage Recognizes Marie DiSante with 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award

IRVINE, Calif. -- CDF Labor Law LLP (CDF) proudly congratulates Marie DiSante, Founding and Firm Managing Partner, for being named the recipient of the Vistage 2022 Orange County "Lifetime Achievement Award." Vistage is the world's largest CEO coaching and peer advisory organization for small and midsize businesses. The "Lifetime Achievement Award" honors members with a track record of bold decisions benefiting their companies, communities and beyond, and who are an inspiration to their Vistage peers.

Marie co-founded CDF back in 1994 when law firm leaders primarily were men, and at that time she vowed to mentor and create leadership positions for women and diverse attorneys. Almost 30 years later, she has done just that. She has been at the helm of the firm since its inception, and she and her partners have grown CDF to five offices spanning the state, and from six to close to 50 attorneys (69% of whom are women or diverse attorneys).

Marie's transformative leadership has been instrumental in establishing CDF's thriving and diverse culture and laying a solid foundation for the next generation of leadership. She has been continually recognized for advancing and empowering women and diverse attorneys in the legal industry.

In addition to Marie's passion and focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, Marie has honed her business acumen through Vistage and leaned into collaboration, fast decision-making, and conservative financial management to lead the firm's growth and success. She has guided CDF through its expansion, the recession in 2009, and the recent global COVID pandemic. Her advice for new leaders is to remain nimble in any type of leadership role. Her adaptability and forwarding thinking led CDF to offer flexible work schedules before remote work became prevalent during the pandemic.

Marie's Management Tips:

* Pencil out what needs to be done and how much it will cost; then double it. Cash is king.

* Don't micromanage - give others power to make decisions and to implement them.

* Recognize your strengths and then surround yourself with others who have different strengths to complement yours.

Marie's leadership in the business community shapes her value-driven counsel to employers of all sizes - from start-ups to Fortune 500 enterprises. A big believer in empowerment, Marie now is focused on transitioning CDF leadership to the next generation. "When you support individuals and teams and give them the tools to succeed, it leads to the overall success of an organization," said Marie DiSante.

Don't just take Vistage's and CDF's word for it. Hear directly from Marie via the following video link as she answers the following questions:

1 - One accomplishment she is particularly proud of.

2 - A leader experience that makes her smile.

3 - What leadership philosophy inspires her.

4 - The lesson that has been most pivotal to her journey in the firm.

5 - One business trend that excites her.

Link to interview with Marie DiSante: https://vimeo.com/747382437/5d85c12ce0.

About CDF:

For close to 30 years, CDF Labor Law LLP has distinguished itself as one of the top labor, employment and 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: www.CDFLaborLaw.com 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: https://www.CalLaborLaw.com.

About Vistage:

Vistage is the world's largest CEO coaching and peer advisory organization for small and midsize businesses. For more than 60 years, they have been helping CEOs, business owners and key executives solve their greatest challenges through confidential peer groups and one-on-one coaching sessions. Today, more than 25,000 members in 25 countries rely on Vistage to help make better decisions for their companies, families, and communities.

Related link: https://www.cdflaborlaw.com/

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Absolute Trust Counsel to Hold Free Virtual Trust Administration Event for California CFPs and CPAs

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Leading Bay Area estate planning firm Absolute Trust Counsel will host a free virtual event, The Absolute Trust Academy Trust Administration 101, on October 28, 2022, to equip CPAs and CFPs with a stronger knowledge of trust administration processes. The webinar is aimed at enhancing advisors' client services and relationships. In addition, this event allows CPAs and CFPs to earn four hours of continuing education credits.

"Trust administration is an important topic for financial professionals for several reasons," said event host and Absolute Trust Counsel founder, Kirsten Howe. "CFPs and CPAs are often the first professionals contacted upon a death. Why? Because clients trust and depend on their advisors regularly and they have the deepest, broadest knowledge of their clients' situations.

"In addition, the trust administration process requires a coordinated effort among the attorney, financial advisor, CPA, and the family. All advisors play an important role in the process. Boosting their knowledge base benefits both their clients and their business. And, having these tools in their arsenal will also help build a more robust plan and head off future problems."

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom and will feature several local experts who will teach the basics of what needs to be done when a client has died. Audience members will learn and implement proven planning strategies and tactics to address clients' unique needs while maximizing business potential.

"Clients really do rely on their CPAs and CFPs to get them through this very challenging time," Howe continued. "So, we are doing this webinar to help all CFPs and CPAs give even greater service to their clients."

Event topics and speakers include:

* Margaret Schopp, CPA, Schopp & Co. - "Tax Compliance: Form 706"
* Karen Fisher, Principal, Bishop Fiduciary Services, Ltd. - "Helping Clients with Best Practices"
* Jim O'Dea, Broker Associate, Redwood Mortgage - "Mortgage Loans to Irrevocable Trusts"
* Madison Gunn, Attorney, Absolute Trust Counsel - "The 7 Basic Steps of Trust Administration"
* Kirsten Howe, Esq., Managing Attorney, Absolute Trust Counsel - "The ABCs of Trust Planning"

For more information, or to register, visit: https://absolutetrustacademy.absolutetrustcounsel.com/trust-admin-101-optin.

About Absolute Trust Counsel:

Absolute Trust Counsel is among the most highly ranked estate planning law firms in Walnut Creek. The firm's areas of expertise include estate planning, trust administration, Medi-Cal planning, probate, retirement assets planning, and special needs planning. Absolute Trust Counsel's mission is to provide easy legal solutions for every client.

The firm's founder, Kirsten Howe, was admitted to the California bar in 1987 and has practiced in Walnut Creek since 1997. She earned her J.D. cum laude at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she was a member of the Thurston Society and managing editor of The Hastings Law Journal. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan.

She is a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of The State Bar of California, the Estate Planning and Probate Section, the Elder Law Section, and the Women's Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association.

Learn more: https://absolutetrustcounsel.com/.

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Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles Case Changes U.S. Immigration Policy

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C., a full-service immigration law practice that handles employment, investment, and family immigration cases, has achieved a landmark victory for a client unfairly refused permanent residency. The case has also fundamentally changed U.S. immigration policy.

The firm's client, was a Japanese woman who overstayed her status by over a year and was subject to a 10-year bar on returning. She subsequently left the United States and reentered approximately 18 years before applying for permanent residency based upon her marriage to a U.S. citizen.

Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, noncitizens who accumulate more than 180 days of unlawful presence before leaving the United States cannot reenter until a certain period of time (three years or 10 years) passes. However, this INA provision did not address how the timeline would be affected if the person returned before the bar was lifted.

In this case, the 10-year bar had expired by the time she sought permanent residency in 2019, but USCIS denied her application, claiming that she had been required to remain outside the country during that time.

Her attorney, Michael Piston of the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C., argued that she should not have been denied permanent residency because over 10 years had passed since her departure and she was now married to a U.S. citizen.

U.S. District Court Judge Consuelo Marshall ruled in favor of the client, agreeing that the bar expires after 10 years, even if the person is in the United States for most of that time.

On June 24, USCIS announced a policy change to comply with this and one other subsequent court decision, based upon this one, in addition to an unpublished Board of Appeals decision from the Department of Justice.

Under the new policy, the following rules and conditions apply:

* Noncitizens who depart or are removed after over 180 days of unlawful presence will not be considered inadmissible unless they apply again within three to ten years.

* Once they leave, the three-year or 10-year period begins and will run uninterrupted, regardless of where the noncitizen is located during that time.

In a statement to The Epoch Times, Attorney Piston said, "This policy change would be great for our client. That means she could have been granted adjustment of status by the USCIS and she wouldn't have had to go through all these problems."

About the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C.:

The Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C. is a full-service immigration law firm managed by award-winning attorneys. The firm, which represents individuals in employment, investment, and family immigration matters, has a legal team of attorneys with 80 years of combined experience and a track record of over 35,000 cases approved.

For more information, call (213) 375-4084 or visit https://immigrationhelpla.com/

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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: www.CDFLaborLaw.com and find CDF on LinkedIn or Twitter to learn more about how the firm protects California employers.

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