Las Vegas attorneys Jordan Butler and Royi Moas, partners in the firm’s dynamic litigation department, recently settled a False Claims Qui Tam action for $1.9 million on behalf of Nevada whistleblower Plaintiffs. The suit alleged reverse false claims in accordance with Chapter 357 of the Nevada Revised Statutes (Nevada False Claims Act), for making a false record or statement relating to an obligation to pay or transmit money or property to the State or a political subdivision. Whistleblower Plaintiffs were former employees who possessed critical insider knowledge and information concerning the alleged false claims. Pursuant to the False Claims Act, Plaintiffs initially filed the Qui Tam action under seal following an extensive investigation, and aggressively litigated the case to the point of settlement.
On Friday, May 17, 2019, Nevada partner, Don Springmeyer will be an invited speaker at the first annual U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada Federal Trial Academy. This program offers both mid-level and experienced litigators an opportunity to refine their skills in federal court litigation. Don will be presenting on topics including settlement negotiations, valuing claims, and motion practice, in two separate lectures in the morning session of the program.
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About Don Springmeyer
Don Springmeyer is the litigation partner in charge of class action and complex high damages litigation for Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP, and is headquartered out of the firm’s Las Vegas office. He is a fourth generation Nevadan with 36 years of experience in high stakes, “bet the company” litigation including: whistleblower/qui tam cases on both the plaintiff and defense sides, class actions of all types, anti-trust cases, securities cases, multi-district litigation, constitutional law disputes, mass torts involving medical device and pharmaceutical products and related health care issues, and multi-party construction, real estate, and condominium litigation.
STATE AND FEDERAL ELECTION LAW: Some Recent Currents
BY Bradley S. Schrager, Esq.
The stress of increasing polarization magnifies questions of who can and cannot vote: the processes by which voters’ rights are established and vindicated; the ways in which states and the federal government each deal with nominations, sanction major and minor political parties, permit unaffiliated or nonpartisan voters to participate; and how election officials manage errors or problems in the voting process or confront contested elections.
We are proud to announce that five of our attorneys were honored in the 2019 edition of Super Lawyers in the Southern California region. This year’s list of honorees include: Dan Shapiro, Michael Rabkin, Mark Rosenbaum and Les Marks. Every year, only five percent of attorneys in Southern California receive this honor. Super Lawyers also recognized Max Wellman as a Rising Star for the second consecutive year. Rising Stars are identified as the top, up-and-coming attorneys in each market who are either 40 years of age or under or who have been practicing law for ten or fewer years
Joseph Petro, a senior corporate partner based in the Los Angeles office, served as lead counsel in connection with the sale of long-time firm client Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC, a Top 100 U.S. Insurance Broker with $33 million in annual revenue, to AssuredPartners Capital, Inc., a $1.1 billion insurance broker comprised of a national network of independent property and casualty and employee benefits brokerage firms, for an undisclosed purchase price. The acquisition was successfully completed and closed on February 1, 2019.
About Joseph Petro
Joseph Petro is a senior corporate partner with Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP. He represents entrepreneurs, emerging businesses, privately-owned entities and organizations, and entertainment clients in a variety of corporate, business and investment transactions. Having a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Joseph combines his business and legal background, education and expertise in providing legal advice, business strategies, negotiation and documentation with a sound business foundation.
Dominique has nearly ten years of experience in connection to estate planning, tax law, trust administration and probate matters. Over the years, Ms. Tauzin built a multi-faceted and full-service trust and estates practice in which she advises individuals, couples and family-owned and small business owners on legal issues ranging from simple trust-based estate plans to more analytical estate and tax planning. She also has extensive experience with trust administrations, including disputes involving fiduciaries, beneficiaries and charitable organizations, and court probates.
Real estate attorneys Steven H. Zidell and Joshua M. Min represented a seller in the $4,000,000 sale of commercial retail property in Long Beach, CA, with a major retailer as its tenant. The seller consisted of multiple parties as tenants in common.
Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP promotes Los Angeles based attorneys: Kelly Weil, Johnny White, Daniel Wiesel and Matthew Wolf to partner.
Ms. Weil has over 24 years of experience in representing homeowner associations. In addition to her Juris Doctoris, she possesses a Master's Degree in Real Estate Development from University of Southern California. Her clients range from two units to 18,000 units, and include all types of multi-family housing, high rise luxury developments, planned unit developments (attached and stand-alone), condominiums and cooperatives.
Mr. White is an experienced business and commercial litigator with a practice primarily focusing on bankruptcy, insolvency and debtor-creditor cases. He has extensive experience in both state and federal court across a variety of substantive areas, and has represented clients at both trial and appellate level in both California and New York. Mr. White is also a qualified barrister in the Republic of Ireland.
Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP is pleased to announce that Jordan Butler has been promoted to partner in the firm's litigation department.
Mr. Butler is based in the firm's Las Vegas office.
"Jordan has made significant contributions to the firm, from his achievements as a litigator in the areas of employment law, class actions, commercial litigation and community association law, to his unique understanding of sports immigration law from the perspective of being a former Division I college tennis athlete. We are proud to welcome him to the partnership," said Managing Partner, Michael Wolf. "We look forward to his continued success at the firm."
Entertainment, intellectual property and technology attorney, Heidy Vaquerano was elected to be a part of the South by Southwest pitch Advisory Board for 2019.
Members of the Advisory Board are thought leaders that are chosen for their industry expertise in the tech sphere to evaluate applications from different companies looking to pitch their ideas at the annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event.
This event will feature 50 Interactive technology companies from 10 different categories. These companies will pitch, followed by a Q&A with the selected panel of judges. Twenty-five companies will be featured on Saturday, March 9 and the remaining twenty-five companies on Sunday, March 10. On March 10 at 7pm the winner will be announced in each category.
The winning prizes include two Platinum registrations for SXSW 2020, various SXSW Pitch sponsor gifts and the opportunity to receive exposure to the SXSW audience looking out for the latest in cutting-edge technology.
Of the 453 companies who participated in SXSW Pitch between 2009 and 2018, over 71% received funding, with combined funding in excess of almost $5.43 billion (does not include undisclosed grants, angel and seed funding). Of these 453 companies, 16% have been acquired by the likes of Google, British Telecom, Huffington Post, Apple, Live Nation, OpenTable, Constant Contact, and Harmon. Some of the alumni of this event include Klout, Hipmunk, Wildfire, Tubemogul, Siri, Foodspotting, and Tango.
To learn more about the 2019 SXSW Pitch event please click here.
These deals include:
Over $60 million in commercial and mixed use properties
Over $53 million in industrial properties
Over $240 million in multi-family properties
Over $2 million in single-family properties
Additionally, Mr. Wiesel closed in excess of $1 million in loans to home owners associations. These are highly specialized loan products that are secured by HOA fees rather than a traditional mortgage on real property.
This past month, Los Angeles based real estate attorneys Steve Zidell and Josh Min closed a loan for over $30,000,000 secured by 6 separate pieces of real estate. In this transaction, the firm represented the lender. Additionally, in a separate transaction they negotiated an approximately 9 and a half year lease (on behalf of the landlord) to a post-production company of approximately 90% of a commercial building in Culver City, with a parent company guaranty, an option to extend, completion of landlord work and a tenant improvement allowance.
On December 11, 2018, Nevada-based partner John Samberg will be on the faculty of a National Business Institute seminar entitled “Hearsay, Email, Business, Records and Social Media – in the Trenches!” The program provides CLE credit, and offers a practical guide for attorneys in fine-tuning their understanding of evidentiary rules, the proper and creative use of objections and exceptions at trial, and ethical considerations in applying these rules. The seminar will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 9920 Double R Boulevard, Reno NV 89521.
To learn more please call 1-800-930-6182 or click on the link below.
About John M. Samberg
Mr. Samberg is a partner with Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP. He is an experienced trial attorney, a member of the Bars of California and Nevada, and an inactive member of the Law Society of England and Wales. Directly and through pro hac vice admission, Mr. Samberg has handled a broad variety of matters, including commercial, construction, and bankruptcy litigation, real estate disputes, creditor's rights, and major injury/wrongful death cases in state, federal and bankruptcy courts across the country.
Los Angeles partner, Stephen Levine, was just elected President of the Dai Vernon Foundation. He will be serving a two year term through October 2020.
About The Dai Vernon Foundation
The Dai Vernon Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting magicians and aspiring magicians by funding the education of new talent, as well as giving cash grants to help magicians in extreme circumstances. To learn more about the foundation click here.
Las Vegas attorney Jordan Butler recently attended the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York City. Mr. Butler met with numerous current and prospective clients of the firm, including professional tennis players and top coaches from around the world, regarding U.S. employment visas under the P-1 and O-1 categories. These visas are geared towards international athletes and support personnel who meet the international recognition standard (P-1) and/or extraordinary ability standard (O-1). Mr. Butler has successfully petitioned for P-1 and O-1 visas on behalf of several top-ranked international tennis players and coaches.
On September 15, 2018, Entertainment and Intellectual Property attorney Heidy Vaquerano will be moderating the panel discussion, “Women at the Intersections of STEM, Culture and Entertainment,” from 11:35 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST for an event hosted by the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti. This discussion is set to focus on the way that women leaders are using STEM ( science, technology, engineering, and math) to interact with and influence culture, art, and entertainment.
About WiSTEM L.A
The purpose of this initiative is to encourage and facilitate opportunities for women in the tech, science, engineering and math sectors to find jobs and to be fairly and accurately represented in these industries.
Click here to read more about the STEM initiative.
On August 6, Los Angeles partner Chris Heck won an appeal on behalf two of the beneficiaries in a longstanding litigation concerning a $65 million trust. In a 53-page reported opinion, the Second District Court of Appeal upheld Mr. Heck’s 2015 and 2016 trial court victories over another beneficiary who had challenged the trustee’s allocation of the gain on sale and taxes on one of the trust’s major real property assets. Via his appeal, the opposing beneficiary had hoped to recover $4 million from the clients or their sub-trusts. Instead, he will have to pay the clients’ attorney fees and costs for the appeal.
Heidy has over 16 years of experience in both entertainment and intellectual property matters. Her strength lies in providing clients strategic advice to help protect and monetize their intellectual property. Her unique ability to bridge the gap between the entertainment and tech industries has allowed her to represent cutting edge start-ups that use branded content at the core of their product.
Heidy's connection to the tech industry goes beyond legal representation. She is also involved as a board member of various tech non-profits and as an advocate for women in the industry. She explained that she's eager to help female entrepreneurs and founders who are often an underrepresented minority in the tech industry.
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