Our lawyers have litigated complex and challenging cases for our clients before judges and juries in Federal and state courts throughout California, and before governmental agencies such as the California Labor Commissioner, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, EEOC, NLRB and ALRB.  

While we are experienced litigators and prepared to go to trial if necessary, we also recognize that some matters are better resolved in alternate dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration or by negotiated settlements.  We have several well-qualified and effective mediators and arbitrators.   

Our goal is to get the best result possible for our clients through litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution or negotiation. Sound advice from our seasoned litigators helps to achieve that goal.

Our litigation practice includes:

  • businesses
  • real estate transactions
  • easements and quiet title actions
  • partition actions
  • construction
  • creditors' rights
  • employment matters
  • environmental claims
  • trust and estate disputes
  • landlord/tenant disputes
  • insurance disputes
  • land use and CEQA
  • personal injury and wrongful death


Our attorneys practicing the area of litigation are:
Lindsey Berg-James
Stephen W. Pearson
Anne K. Secker
Christine G. Kemp
Leslie E. Finnegan
Robert D. Simpson
Anne Frassetto Olsen

Sharilyn R. Payne
William H. Shearer