Best Best & Krieger News Feedhttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=20&OL=63Best Best and Krieger is a Full Service Law Firmen-us01 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0800firmwisehttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssCEQA Associate - Riverside or Los Angeleshttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=36050&format=xml<p><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Arial">Our Environmental &amp; Natural Resources Group has an immediate opening for an associate with a minimum of 3 years post-law school CEQA experience (both transactional and litigation).&nbsp; Land use experience preferred. The attorney can be based in our Riverside or Los Angeles office but must be willing to work out of our Riverside office regularly and as needed.<br /> <br /> </span></span><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Arial">Qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must attach a resume, transcript and cover letter to be considered for employment. This self-apply feature is compatible with Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 &amp; 9, Mozilla Firefox for Windows, or Safari for Macintosh.</span></span></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://lawcruit.micronapps.com/sup/lc_supp_jobpost.aspx?%40Pl3%3cKWEX%40=2%3e4&amp;%3db8=8_CG"><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Arial">lawcruit.micronapps.com/sup/lc_supp_jobpost.aspx</span></span></a><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Arial"><br /> <br /> Please address your cover letter to:</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Arial"><strong>Jill N. Willis<br /> </strong><em>Chief Talent Officer<br /> </em>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP<br /> 300 South Grand Avenue, 25th Floor<br /> Los Angeles, CA 90071<br /> <br /> <em><strong>No phone calls or emails please</strong></em><br /> <br /> <b><i>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.</i></b></span></span></p>Job Openings at BB&K28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=36050&format=xmlAssistant Billing Manager - Riversidehttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=42541&format=xml<span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Arial">We are searching for an experienced, full-time Assistant Billing Manager&nbsp;who is able to independently support billing operations including, time uploads, proforma generation and processing, month and year end close, system balancing, report generation, understand system inquiries and database contents.&nbsp; Work closely with billing staff and others to support internal and external client needs.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must attach a resume&nbsp;and cover letter to be considered for employment. This self-apply feature is compatible with Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 &amp; 9, Mozilla Firefox <br /> for Windows, or Safari for Macintosh. <br /> <br /> </span></span><span style="font-size: medium"><a target="_blank" href="https://lawcruit.micronapps.com/sup/lc_supp_jobpost.aspx?%40Pl3%3cKWEX%40=2%3e4&amp;%3db8=%3a%40%3bA"><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Arial">lawcruit.micronapps.com/sup/lc_supp_jobpost.aspx</span></span></a></span><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Arial"><br /> </span></span><span style="font-size: medium"> <p><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Arial">Please address your cover letter to:</span></span></p> </span><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Arial"> <p>Debbie Prior<br /> Director of Human Resources<br /> 500 Capitol Mall, Ste. 1700<br /> Sacramento, CA 95814<br /> <em><strong><br /> No phone calls or emails please</strong></em><br /> <br /> <b><i>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.</i></b></p> </span></span><span> <p>&nbsp;</p> </span>Job Openings at BB&K24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=42541&format=xmlPublic Safety Specialist - LA/Irvine/Riverside/Ontario Officehttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=41974&format=xml<p><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Arial">We have an immediate opening for a mid-level to senior attorney with experience in public safety matters and criminal prosecution. The Public Safety Specialist will handle and supervise all code enforcement and gun confiscation cases for our municipal clients in the Inland Empire, Los Angeles, and Orange County areas.&nbsp; This is a non-partnership track position that will require travel to client offices and courts throughout those regions.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must attach a resume, transcript and cover letter to be considered for employment. This self-apply feature is compatible with Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 &amp; 9, Mozilla Firefox for Windows, or Safari for Macintosh. </span></span></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://lawcruit.micronapps.com/sup/lc_supp_jobpost.aspx?%40Pl3%3cKWEX%40=2%3e4&amp;%3db8=8_CG"><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Arial">lawcruit.micronapps.com/sup/lc_supp_jobpost.aspx</span></span></a></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Arial">Please address your cover letter to:<br /> <strong>Jill N. Willis<br /> </strong><em>Chief Talent Officer<br /> </em>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP<br /> 300 South Grand Avenue, 25th Floor<br /> Los Angeles, CA 90071<br /> <br /> <em><strong>No phone calls or emails please</strong></em><br /> <br /> </span></span><span><span><b><i>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.</i></b></span></span></p>Job Openings at BB&K13 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=41974&format=xmlTransactional Tax/Business Associate - Riverside Officehttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=41067&format=xml<p><span style="font-size: medium">We are seeking an associate with 3 to 5 years of experience in tax, corporate &amp; partnership matters, mergers &amp; acquisitions and related document drafting. Strong research and analytical skills are essential. &nbsp;LL.M. in Taxation preferred.&nbsp; </span></p> <span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Arial">Qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must attach a resume, transcript and cover letter to be considered for employment. This self-apply feature is compatible with Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 &amp; 9, Mozilla Firefox for Windows, or Safari for Macintosh.</span></span><span style="font-size: medium"> <p><a href="https://lawcruit.micronapps.com/sup/lc_supp_jobpost.aspx?%40Pl3%3cKWEX%40=2%3e4&amp;%3db8=8_CG" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Arial">lawcruit.micronapps.com/sup/lc_supp_jobpost.aspx</span></span></a></p> </span><span style="font-size: medium"> <p><span style="font-family: Arial">Please address your cover letter to:</span></p> </span><span> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Arial"><strong>Jill N. Willis<br /> </strong><em>Chief Talent Officer<br /> </em>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP<br /> 300 South Grand Avenue, 25th Floor<br /> Los Angeles, CA 90071<br /> <br /> <em><strong>No phone calls or emails please</strong></em><br /> <br /> <b><i>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.</i></b></span></span></p> </span><br /> <span id="1433435945468E" style="display: none">&nbsp;</span>Job Openings at BB&K04 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=41067&format=xmlLitigation Associate - Riverside Officehttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=38838&format=xml<p><span>We have an immediate opening for an associate with 2 to 4 years of complex litigation experience.&nbsp; Candidate must have excellent research, analytical and writing skills as well as experience formulating discovery plans and drafting dispositive motions.</span></p> <p><span>Qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must attach a resume, transcript and cover letter to be considered for employment. This self-apply feature is compatible with Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 &amp; 9, Mozilla Firefox for Windows, or Safari for Macintosh.<br /> <br /> </span><a target="_blank" href="https://lawcruit.micronapps.com/sup/lc_supp_jobpost.aspx?%40Pl3%3cKWEX%40=2%3e4&amp;%3db8=8_CG"><span>lawcruit.micronapps.com/sup/lc_supp_jobpost.aspx</span></a></p> <p><span>Please address your cover letter to:<br /> <br /> <strong>Jill N. Willis<br /> </strong><em>Chief Talent Officer<br /> </em>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP<br /> 300 South Grand Avenue, 25th Floor<br /> Los Angeles, CA 90071<br /> <em><br /> <strong><em><strong>No phone calls or emails&nbsp;please</strong></em><br /> <br /> <b><i>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.</i></b></strong></em></span></p>Job Openings at BB&K13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=38838&format=xmlBB&K Attorneys Win $43 Million in Transportation Fee Dispute on Behalf of WRCOGhttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=30995&format=xml<p>Best Best &amp; Krieger attorneys Jeffrey V. Dunn and Thomas J. Eastmond won a $43 million trial award&nbsp;on behalf of the Western Riverside Council of Governments in a transportation fee dispute with the City of Beaumont.</p> <p>An Orange County Superior Court judge found that Beaumont failed to comply with its municipal ordinance requiring Beaumont to collect and remit transportation impact fees to WRCOG. The impact fees are part of the Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee (TUMF) Program administered by WRCOG. Under the TUMF Program impact fees collected from new development in western Riverside County are remitted to WRCOG and allocated to build new transportation infrastructure to mitigate the impact of development on the regional transportation system.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>During the four-week trial, BB&amp;K provided evidence that Beaumont failed to comply with its TUMF obligations and, instead, created both tax and traffic burdens on Beaumont&rsquo;s own residents. The court found that&ldquo; the evidence shows poor local transportation planning and execution.&rdquo; The court went on to conclude that &ldquo;[t]he evidence and testimony reveals that city management and staff engaged in a pattern and practice of deception that transcends the typical give-and-take of dispute negotiation. Had this been a typical civil trial I would have found fraud by clear and convincing evidence as against the city.&rdquo;</p> In addition to the $43 million, WRCOG will be awarded pre-judgment interest of at least $20 million. BB&amp;K attorney Steven DeBaun, who is general counsel to WRCOG, also assisted with the case.Client Successes10 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=30995&format=xmlAB 1825 Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training (April 28)http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=29354&format=xml<p>California's Fair Employment and Housing Act, pursuant to AB 1825, requires that employers with fifty or more employees in California provide at least two hours of Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training every two years to any employee that has a supervisory role in operations. This presentation is designed to satisfy those requirements.</p> <p>Joseph Ortiz presented the training from the Riverside office. All other BB&amp;K offices participated in the training via state-of-the-art video conferencing. The video conference is interactive, allowing attendees to ask questions and participate in other ways.</p> <p><strong>What&nbsp;was covered:</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>What constitutes sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace</li> <li>How to recognize and avoid it</li> <li>What procedures to follow if you witness harassment or are harassed yourself</li> <li>The potential consequences - including personal liability - of sexual harassment</li> </ul> <strong><br /> Audience:</strong><br /> <br /> <ul type="disc"> <li>Supervisors</li> <li>Human Resources Professionals</li> <li>Public Officials</li> <li>Managers &amp; Private Business Professionals with 50 or More Employees</li> </ul> <p><strong>When: <br /> </strong><br /> Monday, April 28<br /> 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Registration:<br /> </strong><br /> The training&nbsp;was also&nbsp;held via video conference at the following BB&amp;K offices throughout California.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=apf8yceab&amp;oeidk=a07e92ilu4x8e4f1769 ">Indian wells </a></li> <li><a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=apf8yceab&amp;oeidk=a07e92ikck04a9b0260 ">Irvine</a></li> <li><a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=apf8yceab&amp;oeidk=a07e92ik142c14495e7 ">Los Angeles </a></li> <li><a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=apf8yceab&amp;oeidk=a07e92iiuzb32e32c77 ">Ontario</a></li> <li><a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=apf8yceab&amp;oeidk=a07e92im5gq20a742bf ">Riverside</a> &ndash; Joseph Ortiz presented from the Riverside office</li> <li><a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=apf8yceab&amp;oeidk=a07e92ijc124031fe4e ">Sacramento </a></li> <li><a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=apf8yceab&amp;oeidk=a07e92in74a921a8f79 ">San Diego</a></li> <li><a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=apf8yceab&amp;oeidk=a07e92ihe1q893ecf8b ">Walnut Creek</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>BB&amp;K Presenter:<br /> <br /> </strong>Joseph Ortiz, Partner, Labor &amp; Employment Practice Group in Riverside office<br /> <br /> <strong>QUESTIONS:<br /> <br /> </strong>Contact <a href="mailto:katey.lamke@bbklaw.com">Katey Lamke</a> if you have any questions about this event and/or about BB&amp;K upcoming seminars/events.<br /> <br /> If you are not currently receiving our Legal Alerts and would like to be added to our email distribution list, please visit our <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?p=2121">subscription page</a>.</p>Seminars and Webinars28 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=29354&format=xmlThe Daily Journal Honors BB&K Attorney With Top 20 Defense Result in Californiahttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=28374&format=xml<p><strong>For Immediate Release:</strong> Feb. 12, 2014<br /> <strong><span>Media Contact</span></strong><span>:&nbsp;Jennifer Bowles &bull; 951.826.8480 &bull; </span><a href="mailto:jennifer.bowles@BBKlaw.com"><font color="#0000ff">jennifer.bowles@BBKlaw.com</font></a><br /> <br /> <strong>RIVERSIDE,&nbsp;Calif.</strong>&nbsp;_ The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dailyjournal.com">Daily Journal</a> today selected a court victory in a San Bernardino County case that was handled by Best Best &amp; Krieger attorney Kendall MacVey as a top 20 defense result in California for 2013.<br /> <br /> The state&rsquo;s chief legal daily newspaper recognized MacVey for his role in a lawsuit filed by the county that sought to compel his client &ndash; San Bernardino Associated Governments known as SANBAG &ndash; as well as Upland and the California Department of Transportation to reimburse the county for a corrupt $102 million settlement that its supervisors had paid to a developer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m honored and humbled by the Daily Journal&rsquo;s recognition. The ruling and ensuing settlement in this case is helping to promote a path of reconciliation between San Bernardino County and its 25 cities and towns, which make up SANBAG,&rdquo; said MacVey, a Riverside-based attorney.<br /> <br /> MacVey noted that a group of attorneys at BB&amp;K and the lawyers representing the other defendants worked as a team in bringing the case to a successful conclusion.<br /> <br /> The case was recognized by The Daily Journal Corp., publisher of the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, in its annual list of the top 20 defense results, top 10 plaintiff&rsquo;s verdicts by dollar, tops 10 plaintiff&rsquo;s verdicts by impact and top 5 appellate reversals in a special supplement to today&rsquo;s editions.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This recognition is gratifying and a testament to the complex challenges created by the case, which brought together public policy and public corruption issues, land acquisition disputes, millions of pages of discovery and high-stakes litigation. The successful conclusion of the case shows the good work BB&amp;K litigators do on behalf of our clients,&rdquo; said Steve DeBaun, a Riverside-based attorney who serves as special counsel to SANBAG.<br /> <br /> In the case, San Diego Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Prager on Feb. 5 granted a motion for summary adjudication sought by MacVey that tossed out the vast majority of lawsuit, in large part because of corruption involved. The parties later agreed to dismiss the lawsuit with no payment of money.<br /> <br /> The ruling was part of a decade-long saga involving several civil lawsuits, millions of dollars of taxpayer funds and criminal charges against four former San Bernardino County officials and a Rancho Cucamonga developer.<br /> <br /> The $102 million settlement at the heart of the case occurred in November 2006 when county supervisors paid that money to Colonies Partners of Rancho Cucamonga after four years of litigation over a dispute involving flood control easements on the developer's 434-acre Upland housing and commercial project. The county sued the other agencies, claiming they bore responsibility for the damages claimed by Colonies.</p>Press Releases12 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=28374&format=xmlAB 1825 Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training (January 13)http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=27263&format=xml<p>California's Fair Employment and Housing Act, pursuant to AB 1825, requires that employers with fifty or more employees in California provide at least two hours of Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training every two years to any employee that has a supervisory role in operations. This presentation was designed to satisfy those requirements.</p> <p>Joseph Ortiz presented the training from the Riverside office. All other BB&amp;K offices participated in the training via state-of-the-art video conferencing. The video conference was interactive, allowing attendees to ask questions and participate in other ways.</p> <p><strong>What was covered:</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>What constitutes sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace</li> <li>How to recognize and avoid it</li> <li>What procedures to follow if you witness harassment or are harassed yourself</li> <li>The potential consequences - including personal liability - of sexual harassment</li> </ul> <p><br /> <strong>Audience:</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Supervisors</li> <li>Human Resources Professionals</li> <li>Public Officials</li> <li>Managers &amp; Private Business Professionals with 50 or More Employees</li> </ul> <p><br /> The training&nbsp;was also held via video conference at the following BB&amp;K offices throughout California:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=apf8yceab&amp;oeidk=a07e8npr0v85e244cf7">Indian wells</a></li> <li><a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=apf8yceab&amp;oeidk=a07e8nps63a6249655c">Irvine</a></li> <li><a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=apf8yceab&amp;oeidk=a07e8nptx6b7dbc5f11">Los Angeles</a></li> <li><a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=apf8yceab&amp;oeidk=a07e8npxtd32768a3e7">Ontario</a></li> <li><a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=apf8yceab&amp;oeidk=a07e8ke47kt9505c0f8">Riverside</a> &ndash; Joseph Ortiz presented from the Riverside office</li> <li><a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=apf8yceab&amp;oeidk=a07e8npx5rf1183de45">Sacramento</a></li> <li><a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=apf8yceab&amp;oeidk=a07e8jqowqm53d0b300">San Diego</a></li> <li><a href="http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=apf8yceab&amp;oeidk=a07e8npygjc9ccfbc90">Walnut Creek</a></li> </ul> <p><strong><br /> BB&amp;K Presenter:<br /> <br /> </strong>Joseph Ortiz, Partner, Labor &amp; Employment Practice Group in Riverside office<br /> <br /> <strong><br /> QUESTIONS:<br /> <br /> </strong>Contact <a href="mailto:katey.lamke@bbklaw.com">Katey Lamke</a> if you have any questions about this event and/or about BB&amp;K upcoming seminars/events.<br /> <br /> If you are not currently receiving our Legal Alerts and would like to be added to our email distribution list, please visit our <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?p=2121">subscription page</a>.</p>Seminars and Webinars13 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=27263&format=xmlPublic Finance Attorney Returns to Best Best & Kriegerhttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=27442&format=xml<p><strong>For Immediate Release:</strong> Dec. 31, 2013 <br /> <strong>Media Contact:</strong> Jennifer Bowles &bull; 951.826.8480 &bull; <a href="mailto:jennifer.bowles@BBKlaw.com">jennifer.bowles@BBKlaw.com</a></p> <p><strong>RIVERSIDE, Calif</strong>. _ Mrunal Mehta Shah recently returned to Bes<span>t Best &amp; Krieger LLP as an of counsel attorney in the public finance practice group.<br /> <span><br /> Based in the law firm&rsquo;s Riverside office, Shah represents cities, counties, school districts and special districts in bond transactions to finance public infrastructure such as schools, streets and water treatment plants.<br /> <br /> In addition, she is working with other BB&amp;K attorneys on the Western Riverside Council of Governments&rsquo; HERO Program, a public-private partnership between cities, counties and the private sector that helps property owners finance renewable energy and energy-efficient improvments to their homes and businesses. It is the nation&rsquo;s largest Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program, known as PACE.<br /> <br /> The WRCOG program has expanded to 13 counties across California, and recently received the prestigious California <font color="#0000ff"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.wrcog.cog.ca.us/uploads/media_items/ca-governor-awards-hero-program.original.pdf">Governor&rsquo;s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award</a></font>. BB&amp;K attorneys serve as bond counsel to the WRCOG program as well as the San Bernardino Associated Governments HERO program, which was recently launched throughout San Bernardino County.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re happy that Mrunal decided to come back to the firm; she&rsquo;s an excellent lawyer and the firm and our clients will benefit greatly from her experience and expertise,&rdquo; said John Rottschaefer, leader of the firm&rsquo;s public finance practice group.<br /> <br /> Shah first joined BB&amp;K in 1998 as a law clerk and returned in 2002 as an attorney after receiving her law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. She left BB&amp;K in 2010 when her husband received an out-of-state fellowship.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;One of the main reasons I returned to BB&amp;K is the great work environment,&rdquo; Shah said. &ldquo;All of the attorneys and staff work together congenially to make sure our clients&rsquo; needs are met promptly.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Shah </span>is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers. She speaks Spanish and Gujarati, a language native to parts of India.</span></p>Press Releases31 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=27442&format=xml