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Gary Watt & Hastings Appellate Project Featured in AP Article on Law School Pro Bono Appeals

​Arguing a case before a panel of federal appeals-court judges can be daunting even for experienced lawyers. Their clients often have much at stake, and the judges can be relentless, interrupting with questions to point out weaknesses and even occasionally to scold.

So Helen Andrews was understandably anxious when, as a third-year Pepperdine University law student, she stepped before three judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year in a case that could change the way inmates are monitored in an Arizona county.

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André Campbell authors Daily Journal article, "ADR process to help ensure contractors get"

The California Legislature has enacted Public Contract Code Section 9204, which mandates a dispute resolution process while the project is ongoing for public works subject to the statute. The purpose of the statute is to ensure the "timely and complete payment of contractors for public works projects." As with many statutes, Section 9204 is not as simple as it appears on the surface.

Section 9204 begins with a declaration of public policy: "The Legislature finds and declares that it is in the best interests of the state and its citizens to ensure that all construction business performed on a public works project in the state that is complete and not in dispute is paid in full and in a timely manner." Cal. Pub. Contr. Code Section 9204(a). These are not mere empty words because of the declaration, with limited exceptions

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Andrew Giacomini Quoted in Of Counsel Article: Leaders Say: Embrace Change, Enhance Diversity, Write (real) Letters & Help Others

Hanson Bridgett LLP Managing Partner Andrew Giacomini offers a resolution that many would consider to be a guiding principle by which all attorneys should practice their craft. He plans to deliver it as part of his address at the firm’s annual meeting. “I say a few words every year,” he says, “and the words I’ll say this year will be something like this: ‘Look for ways to help people every day, at every chance you get. Of course, we help our clients every day. But you can help also the other lawyers. You can help the secretaries.’” He pauses and adds with a dry wit, “I’ll also tell them, ‘Make sure you get enough sleep.’”

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Building Expertise and Networks: Benefits of the Fellows Alumni Conference

The Fourth Annual LCLD Fellows Alumni Conference will take place June 11-14, 2015 at Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana. Attendees will participate in a full agenda including substantive sessions on leadership, diversity in the legal profession, corporate board participation, executive education, and the judiciary.

“The LCLD Fellows Alumni Conference was founded by the Fellows Alumni and it has thrived on their hard work, creativity, passion, and most importantly, support,” said Andrew Giacomini, LCLD Board Member and Managing Partner of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

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Globalaw predicts the next 20 years

The rich are going to be heavily impacted by ongoing regulatory change, says Globalaw in an analysis of trends in the next 20 years.

An international law firm network has canvassed its members to see what trends are predicted for the next 20 years. Globalaw researched 32 jurisdictions and found a number of diverse trends identified by the qualitative survey.

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20-20 Vision: Globalaw Celebrates 20th Anniversary by Forecasting Key Trends for the Next 20 years

Globalaw, an international network of 112 independent law firms operating in over 88 countries worldwide is celebrating its 20th anniversary and today announces the key industry trends it anticipates will dominate the legal industry over the next twenty years. The predictions have been released to coincide with the organisation’s twentieth anniversary year, and were sourced from law firm partners from around the world. Partners were asked to summarise the legal trends they foresee impacting on the legal industry in their region over the next 20 years.

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America's Cup already paying off for Bay Area businesses

America's Cup already paying off for Bay Area businesses. For most Bay Area residents, the America’s Cup races coming to San Francisco will be a nice diversion.

For the lawyers at Hanson Bridgett LLP, the America’s Cup races are a steady source of work.

As many as 18 of the San Francisco firm’s 150 attorneys have been giving counsel to America’s Cup organizers on deals, regulatory compliance and other matters.

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Hanson Bridgett Represents America's Cup 34

In August 2011, Andrew Giacomini, managing partner of Hanson Bridgett, found himself on an AC45 wing-sailed catamaran, racing along the waters of the Estoril coast in Cascais, Portugal. As a guest racer on one of the French sailboats, he had one of the best seats in the house for the first race of the America’s Cup World Series.

That’s just one of the perks of being the official outside counsel to the America’s Cup.

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Q&A with Paul Gordon of Hanson Bridgett

Successful senior care models in the United States are the by-product of hard won victories and several decades’ worth of insights. The range of expertise and core competencies these insights reflect can be both impressive and overwhelming. Combining real estate, healthcare, and hospitality into the current holistic – if still varied – set of models that have been proven to be successful in the United States is no small feat. As the American senior care business has grown more sophisticated, it has made its share of mistakes, many of which were probably necessary in order for the US market to evolve and mature.

Chief among these lessons has been the challenges unique to real estate, both the transaction made by the developers at the front end of the project, as well as that completed by the customer upon purchase. In both of these transactions in mind, I wanted to get the thoughts of one of the leading experts in the senior housing real estate market in the United States, Paul Gordon. 

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Delivering IPD: Howard Ashcraft explains how to get IPD projects off on the right foot

A specialized legal structure is critical to implementing IPD successfully, according to Howard W. Ashcraft Jr., 60, a partner in the San Francisco law firm Hanson Bridgett and head of its construction practice. Ashcraft drafts IPD contracts for projects across the country, whether they cost $1 million or $1 billion, and for a wide range of building types. Ashcraft spoke with architect about how to craft a legal document for an IPD project—and how to manage the relationships that come with it...

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How IPD can help your project succeed

Lisa Dal Gallo, LEED® Accredited Professional and partner of Hanson Bridgett's construction practice group, and Randy Tuminello Senior Vice President at PSF Mechanical, Inc discuss how starting a project with an environment that requires transparency and teamwork will help you achieve more value...

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Every marriage — and project — needs a honeymoon

Lisa Dal Gallo, LEED® Accredited Professional and partner of Hanson Bridgett's construction practice group, and Randy Tuminello Senior Vice President at PSF Mechanical, Inc discuss how design and construction projects begin is critically important...

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Just the Facts, Ma'am: Realistic Expectations for Current and Future Residents

In this CALA Bulletin, Joel Goldman, partner and chair of Hanson Bridgett's health care practice group, and Steve Wright president of Wright Mature Market Services discuss why promoting realistic expectations helps foster consumer satisfaction...

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Not So Golden Years—Top Tier Senior Housing Adapts to Troubled Times

David Longinotti, partner and chair of the real estate practice group, reviews current challenges in top tier senior housing development in this month's edition of The Registry...

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California Supreme Court Clears the Way for Increased Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards

Partner Neil Bardack discusses the California Supreme Court's recent holding to allow parties to contract to permit broader judicial review of contractual arbitration awards than the limited statutory grounds for vacating an award in the California Arbitration Act...

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Sustainability — Law Firm Clients Demand Clean Tech Practices

Partner Teresa Pahl talks about the increasing number of businesses turning to "green" lawyers and the phenomenal growth of our Sustainable Business Leadership Forum...

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California Greenin': CBSA Creates New Building Requirements to Decrease Global Warming Emissions

Jonathan Storper, partner and group chair of the sustainable business practice group, reviews California's efforts to decrease global warming emissions in this month's edition of The Registry...

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Bill Would Alter Legal Landscape for Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements

In this Nursing Home Litigation Reporter article, Senior Counsel Lori Ferguson discusses the Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act of 2008...

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Sustainable Business Leadership Forum Highlighted in GreenBiz

Hanson Bridgett's September Sustainable Business Leadership Forum with California State Treasurer, Bill Lockyer and Executive Editor of GreenBiz, Joel Makower was recently highlighted in GreenBiz...

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Building Information Modeling: A Framework for Collaboration

In this Construction Lawyer article, Partner Howard Ashcraft discusses the attributes of building information modeling that conflict with traditional notions of responsibility and proposes alternative business and legal structures that support using BIM in a collaborative environment...

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California Bill Vets Triple Bottom Lines

In this Sustainable Industries article, Partner Jonathan Storper advocates for AB 2944, California legislation allowing CEOs to consider factors other than shareholder profits when making business decisions...

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San Francisco's Green Building Ordinance: All That Glitters...

David Longinotti, partner and chair of the real estate practice group, reviews the impact of the City's new green initiative in this month's edition of The Registry...

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Green Business Innovators Interview HB Partner

Jonathan Storper, partner and chair of the sustainable business practice, explains both the business and personal benefits of becoming a more sustainable law firm...

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After 17 Years, Hanson Bridgett Attorneys Claim Victory at Pine Creek

Hanson Bridgett Attorneys Ladd Bedford, Michael Van Zandt and Dennis McQuaid are highlighted in Range Magazine article titled "Victory at Pine Creek"...

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Is It Time for Your Business to Go Green?

Whether it's because it's the right thing to do, the market and customers are demanding it or there are cost savings to be realized, the reality is this: everyone is doing it...

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In an Appellate First, Attacks on Will Barred after Estate Owner Dies

For the first time, a California appellate court has said that when a conservator seeks court approval of an estate plan, while the subject is living, any challenge to the will must be raised at that hearing — not when the person dies...

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Estate and Transfer Tax Planning

Trusts and Estates Legal Strategies: Leading Lawyers on Drafting an Estate Plan, Implementing Clients' Objectives, and Understanding Tax Complications...

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Adding the Environment to the Scales of Justice

In this GreenBiz.com article, partner Jonathan Storper and Hanson Bridgett are highlighted for green leadership...

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Prop G: Coming To a Neighborhood Near You

Partner David Longinotti writes that cities may adopt legislation that discriminates among competitors to further a legitimate legislative purpose...

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McQuaid Firms Closes Its Doors

Hanson Bridgett Expands Real Estate, Water, Environmental and Business Practices by Bringing on McQuaid Attorneys...

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Shielding the Green

Partner Jonathan Storper advocates for "socially responsible" California constituency statute in this San Francisco Recorder story...

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Contesting the No Contest Clause

Where there's a will — and a no contest clause — there's way too much litigation. At least that's the view shared by many attorneys who practice within the trust and estate bar in California...

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Taxing Questions on House of Rep's Legislation

In June of last year, far-reaching legislation was proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives that would have significantly changed the manner in which general partners and managers of private equity funds are taxed. H.R. 2834, proposed by Rep. Sander Levin, would have...

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Employment Law Roundtable

Hanson Bridgett Partners Dorothy Liu and Jahmal Davis discuss two cases pending before the California Supreme Court regarding recent shifts in employment law relating to individual responsibility in harassment and retaliation allegations, as well as major developments in disability law...

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TOD Projects Result From Creative Approaches to Land Acquisition

In this article published by the California Transit Association, Hanson Bridgett partners David Miller and Michael Conneran, along with Brian Fitzpatrick of the San Mateo County Transit District, outline land acquisition strategies for transit oriented development (TOD) projects...

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Hanson Bridgett Woos Top Talent

Hanson Bridgett's uncanny knack for recruiting and keeping talent relies on something more than deep pockets. Read The San Francisco Daily Journal's article on the firm's approach...

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Thinking Outside of the Box

In this North Bay Business Journal article, Former Senator Jackie Speier offers a roadmap for policymakers and concerned citizens seeking traffic relief in Marin...

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A Matter of Trusts: Transportation Law

On May 7, 2007, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Surface Transportation Board published decision STB-656; this new policy may sound the death knell for the last vestiges of antitrust immunity regarding collective rate making in the trucking and household- goods-moving industries...

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SEC Proposes Significant New Rules

After being told by the D.C. Court of Appeals that the SEC had overstepped its bounds as regards hedge fund registration requirements, the SEC proposed new accredited investors rules that would impact private equity and hedge funds. See Hanson Bridgett Partner Scott Smith's analysis of this impact, as originally appeared in the February 15 edition of the San Francisco Business Times...

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