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California PAGA Cases Can’t Be Dismissed Due to Unmanageability

Brett C. Greving was quoted in a SHRM article discussing a new ruling that prevents trial courts in California from dismissing lawsuits brought under the state’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) due to perceived unmanageability.

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Cozen O'Connor established its Santa Monica office in October 2017 when attorneys from the real estate and commercial litigation boutique, Gilchrist & Rutter, joined the firm. Our Santa Monica attorneys have a strong background in all aspects of real estate, representing developers, investors, lenders, architects, contractors, brokers, and local government agencies. The full-service real estate practice encompasses commercial office, retail, multifamily, industrial, manufactured housing, development, financing, leasing, purchases, sales, joint ventures, and exchanges, along with a regulatory and government relations practice.

The lawyers of the Commercial Litigation group represent clients in trial and arbitration proceedings in state and federal courts in partnership disputes, corporate and LLC dissolution and partition actions, and in claims involving breach of fiduciary duty, unfair business practices unfair competition, defamation, invasion of privacy, insurance bad faith, and intellectual property.

People

John R. Carrigan, Jr.

John R. Carrigan, Jr.

Member

Thomas W. Casparian

Thomas W. Casparian

Member

Ethan Chernin

Ethan Chernin

Member

H. Sarah Fan

H. Sarah Fan

Associate

Susy Forbath

Susy Forbath

Regulatory and Government Relations Professional

Frank Gooch III

Frank Gooch III

Member

Jonathan S. Gross

Jonathan S. Gross

Co-Chair, Real Estate

Nicole Herter Perkin

Nicole Herter Perkin

Member

C. Edward Langhammer, Jr.

C. Edward Langhammer, Jr.

Member

Matthew Evan  Lewitz

Matthew Evan Lewitz

Member

Michele Ballard Miller

Michele Ballard Miller

Chair, West Coast Labor & Employment

Duane M. Montgomery

Duane M. Montgomery

Office Managing Partner

Megan R. Peitzke

Megan R. Peitzke

Member

Mitchell Poole

Mitchell Poole

Member

Jacob Prischak

Jacob Prischak

Associate

Alexander E.  Robinson

Alexander E. Robinson

Associate

Paul S. Rutter

Paul S. Rutter

Member

Emily Shoor

Emily Shoor

Member

Madeline Suchard

Madeline Suchard

Associate

Peter E. Swain

Peter E. Swain

Member

Brett D. Watson

Brett D. Watson

Chair, Retail Banking Practice

Jon S. Ziefert

Jon S. Ziefert

Member

Upcoming Events

Event Location Date
California’s New Workplace Violence Prevention Law: Best Practices for Compliance Webinar 02/21/2024

News

California PAGA Cases Can’t Be Dismissed Due to Unmanageability

January 22, 2024 Brett C. Greving was quoted in a SHRM article discussing a new ruling that prevents trial courts in California from dismissing lawsuits brought under the state’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) due to perceived unmanageability.

Three Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as 2024 Southern California Super Lawyers

January 12, 2024 Los Angeles attorney Susan A. Grueneberg and Santa Monica attorneys Thomas W. Casparian and Paul S. Rutter to its 2024 Southern California Super Lawyers list.

Banks Gear Up for Battle Over Capital Rules, Swipe Fees in 2024

January 05, 2024 Brett Watson was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article discussing the 2024 banking regulatory agenda, which will likely face an uphill climb.

Thomas Casparian and Brett Watson Named ICLS Pro Bono Volunteers of the Year

August 29, 2023 Thomas Casparian and Brett Watson, members of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, have been named Inland Counties Legal Services (ICLS) Pro Bono Volunteers of the Year.

Best Lawyers Honors More Than 200 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys to its Best Lawyers in America 2024 Edition

August 17, 2023 Best Lawyers selected 232 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s U.S. offices for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Five Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as 2023 Southern California Super Lawyers

February 07, 2023 Super Lawyers has named Los Angeles attorneys Susan A. Grueneberg and Donald C. Nanney and Santa Monica attorneys Thomas W. Casparian, Jonathan S. Gross, and Paul S. Rutter to its 2023 Southern California Super Lawyers list.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

August 22, 2022 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Cozen O’Connor Lands Noted California-based Real Estate Attorney Mitchell Poole

July 06, 2020 Poole, who has for 20-plus years represented general and limited partners investing in national/international real estate funds and joint ventures, joins Cozen O’Connor as a shareholder.

Nine Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers

January 15, 2020 Super Lawyers has named nine Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers.

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019 Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Better Call Paul: One of LA’s Top Lawyers Reflects on Decades of Deals

August 07, 2019 Paul Rutter was interviewed for an article in Commercial Observer regarding his 40 years of real estate experience.

West Coast Expansion Continues with the Addition of 13 Labor & Employment Lawyers from Miller Law Group in California

August 01, 2019 Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce 13 attorneys from California’s Miller Law Group — one of the largest woman-owned employment law firms in the country — have joined its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices.

Contacts

Duane M. Montgomery

Office Managing Partner

dmontgomery@cozen.com

(310) 460-4478

Jeanette Rodriguez

Office Manager

JRodriguez@cozen.com

(310) 594-3130

Featured Event:

California’s New Workplace Violence Prevention Law: Best Practices for Compliance

Webinar 02/21/2024

California implemented a workplace violence prevention law requiring most California employers to create a written workplace violence prevention plan by July 1. Join Cozen O'Connor as we discuss the details of this law and guidelines for developing and implementing a compliant plan, including training employees on workplace violence prevention procedures, and maintaining violent incident logs and other required records.