Newsroom Category: California – San Francisco

Welcoming new SF Associate, Wesley Wong

We are pleased to welcome Wesley Wong to our San Francisco office. Wesley is the newest addition to our CD Lit department and brings not only his legal skills, but his talent for making Kombucha!

The Confluence of “E-Competence” And Technology-Based Attacks: Protecting Clients and Confidential Information from Invisible Threats

American jurisprudence is by necessity steeped in traditions and stare decisis, and to many observers, any changes to the existing state of affairs is deliberate, halting, and sometimes cumbersome.  The same may be said about an attorney’s professional and ethical obligations, as reflected in the California Rules of Professional Conduct.  Members of the State Bar of California are well-versed in … Continue reading

The Electric Vehicle Revolution: Charging Into New Territory Regarding Property Owner Liability

Fans of electric vehicles (“EV”) are in a buzz surrounding the launch of Tesla’s Model 3, tentatively set for July 2017. Industry analysts estimate that Tesla has 400,000 reservations for its hotly-anticipated entry-level EV, with the lion’s share of those reservations belonging to California residents. The Model 3 represents the first mass-market EV that is powered solely through batteries incorporated … Continue reading

Apartments to Condos: Peeling the Onion of Legal & Insurance Issues for This New Breed of Cases

During the recent fluctuations in the residential housing markets across the country there have been numerous residential development projects which may have been initially operated as apartments and later converted to condominium units.  This trend will be most prevalent for the projects built around 2007 which may have initially been intended for sale but were placed on the rental market … Continue reading

Wakako Uritani speaking on a panel at NCDC!

Join Wakako Uritani, our partner in SF, at the 2nd Annual National Construction Defect Conference at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale on November 16-19, 2016! Her panel will be discussing Alternative Dispute Resolution – What Seems to be Working.    Register here:

The Millennium Towers: What’s causing one of the most expensive residential skyscrapers in San Francisco to sink?

As described in the Complaint filed by residents and unit owners of the Millennium Towers against the developer Millennium Partners I, Inc., and the Transbay Joint Powers Authority in August of 2016, the tower has allegedly sunk 16 inches as a result of defective foundation and the construction of the Transbay Transit Center.  According to the Complaint, the building has … Continue reading

The California Supreme Court Grants Petition for Review of Mcmillin Decision

As predicted, the California Supreme Court has granted the petition for review of the McMillin decision following the clear split in authorities between the Fourth and Fifth District Court of Appeals. In Liberty Mut. Ins. Co. v. Brookfield Crystal Cove LLC (2013) 219 Cal.App.4th 98, the Fourth District Court of Appeal held that compliance with SB800’s pre-litigation procedures prior to … Continue reading

San Francisco office sets up food drive

In keeping with the holiday spirit, Wakako Uritani, a partner in our San Francisco office, has set up a food drive with Second Harvest. For more information and to register your company, click here.

Can’t You See How Dangerous That Is?

Can’t You See How Dangerous That Is?  Patent Versus Latent Defects   One of the issues that should be addressed at the outset of any construction defect claim is whether the claimants’ allegations arise from latent or patent defects.  Under California Code of Civil Procedure section 337.15, litigation arising from latent defects must be filed within ten years of substantial … Continue reading


CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT HOLDS THAT CALIFORNIA’S SURVIVAL STATUTE DOES NOT APPLY TO FOREIGN CORPORATIONS FOR PURPOSES OF THE APPLICABLE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR CLAIMS AGAINST DISSOLVED FOREIGN CORPORATIONS In Greb v. Diamond International Corp. (2013) 56 Cal.4th 243, the plaintiffs filed a complaint in California for personal injuries and loss of consortium arising from exposure to asbestos against defendant Diamond … Continue reading