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.
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
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."
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.
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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.
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.
In the video clip below, Reno partner Chris Mixson discusses the gem of the Sierra: Lake Tahoe. The large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains contains enough water to cover the entire state of California, 14 inches deep. Chris focuses his practice in the area of Environment and Natural Resources litigation, particularly water rights disputes.
Los Angeles partner, Leslie Marks, reached a 4 million dollar settlement for his client, an HOA, in a construction defect case. This case involved various damages, primarily water intrusion, to a building that included 71 condominium units, 4 floors, and 1 subterranean garage. Mr. Marks is a litigation partner at Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP. He has extensive experience representing community associations, homeowners and commercial owners in prosecuting construction defect claims.
Don Springmeyer and Chris Mixson, leaders of the firm’s Environmental Law litigation practice, recently won a “run-the-table” victory at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a complex multi-party water rights transfer case involving the Walker River in Nevada: Walker River Opinion. Don and Chris represent the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in the Foundation’s program to purchase Walker River irrigation water rights and transfer them to in-stream flow.
The Judge in Las Vegas in charge of the consolidated securities derivative cases involving Wynn Resorts, has appointed Don Springmeyer and the firm as Liaison Counsel for all of the plaintiffs in In Re Wynn Resorts, Ltd. Derivative Litigation, Case A-18-769630-B. The Liaison Counsel is responsible for organizing and coordinating the efforts among the plaintiff pension funds and their various attorneys in the case. Don is headquartered in Las Vegas, and leads all of the firm’s class action and complex litigation matters in Nevada.
On the eve of what was expected to be a 10-day trial on claims for breach of contract and quantum meruit allegedly worth over $6 million, Los Angeles partner Chris Heck won a motion for judgment on the pleadings for the defendant. The motion, which was based on res judicata, collateral estoppel and statute of limitations, completely disposed of what was likely the last phase of a hotly-contested corporate dissolution proceeding that has lasted nearly 5 years. Mr. Heck, at the head of a team of WRSSR lawyers and local counsel, had already tried an earlier phase and achieved a favorable settlement pending the final decision.
After a five-day bench trial, Los Angeles partner Chris Heck won a $1.85 million judgment for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, fraud and conversion on behalf of a partner and a limited liability company in an action against another partner and member. The case concerned a lease agreement with options to extend for valuable stable and horse property in Malibu, California. Mr. Heck, along with co-counsel, also secured a $625,000 settlement from the counterparty to the lease on the eve of trial.