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Lee P. Bardellini Passes

By Hoge Fenton | 03.17.2017 | Firm Post

With great sadness, we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Lee P. Bardellini. Lee was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1972 and quickly gained the respect and admiration of his peers. He was part owner and served as Vice President and in-house counsel for Del Norte County Title Company, and as in-house counsel for Western Title Insurance Company. Prior to joining Hoge Fenton, Lee was a partner in the former Bardellini, Straw, Cavin & Bupp LLP, a boutique law firm that specialized in real estate and business litigation, real estate transactions, and title insurance/escrow. Lee was a leading authority on the McEnerney Act, which addressed the significant real estate title issues arising from the loss of records in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. He was often called upon to act as an expert witness in title litigation, and was regarded by many in the legal, title, and escrow industries as a legend and a mentor. Lee was a delightfully witty, talented, and gentle soul. We will miss him enormously. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/eastbaytimes/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=184522358

California and San Jose Employment Law Updates

2017 is a Training Year for California Employers California law requires all employers with 50 or more workers to provide at least two hours of interactive training to all supervisory employees on the prevention of sexual harassment, abusive conduct, discrimination, and retaliation (commonly referred to as AB 1825 training). When the law was enacted, it required the first training be completed within 2005 and repeated every two years thereafter. Accordingly, for most California employers, 2017 is a “training year.” The law also requires new supervisory employees receive such training within 6 months of hire (or within 6 months of becoming a supervisor). If you regularly employ 50 or more persons (for this law, “employ” includes using independent contractors), now is a good time to check your records and determine whether you are up to date on your trainings. For smaller employers, harassment prevention trainings are still recommended even though they are not legally required. Hoge Fenton’s employment law team regularly provides harassment prevention trainings that satisfy California’s requirements. Effective March 1, 2017: All Single-User Restrooms in California Must Be Unisex As of the beginning of this month, all single-user toilet facilities in any California business establishment, place of public accommodation, or government agency must be identified as all-gender toilet facilities. No structural changes are necessary—only signage needs to be updated. Existing multi-user toilet facilities do not need to be retrofitted or changed. Effective March 13, 2017: San Jose Opportunity to Work Ordinance Beginning March 13, 2017, employers of 36 or […]

Hoge Fenton Intellectual Property and Privacy & Data Security Practices Grow

By Hoge Fenton | 03.7.2017 | Firm Post

We are pleased to announce that Counsel Lee Lueddemann, formerly of the Law Office of Leopold Lueddemann in San Ramon, CA, and Associate Marianna Khoury, formerly of Twitter, Inc., have joined Hoge Fenton. Both are members of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Privacy & Data Security Groups. Lee Lueddemann is a registered patent attorney with successful experience in prosecuting and protecting patents, trademarks, and copyrights in the United States and internationally, particularly on behalf of software, science and technology based clients. He also serves as outside general counsel for many of his clients, providing trusted advice and counsel in business and tech transactions, complex IP portfolio management, and creative, strategic business advice. Lee will reside primarily in Hoge Fenton’s Tri-Valley office. Marianna Khoury is knowledgeable about issues pertaining to privacy, freedom of speech and intermediary liability. Marianna is working with the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Group to help clients with enterprise-wide privacy and data security policies and practices, with data breach management from investigation and remediation to notification and liability defense, and with overall privacy and data security compliance. Marianna will also assist the firm’s Intellectual Property Group in protecting client trademark, copyright, trade secret and other intellectual property rights by, among other things, obtaining registrations, advising on IP portfolio development and management, licensing, monitoring the market place for infringers, and defending against claims of infringement. Marianna will be based in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. “The addition of Lee and Marianna strengthens our capabilities in the rapidly changing […]

Hoge Fenton Welcomes Associate John E. Belisle

By Hoge Fenton | 02.24.2017 | Firm Post

Join us in welcoming Litigation associate John E. Belisle. John, based in Hoge Fenton’s Silicon Valley office, will assist clients in all phases of litigation.  He is well-versed in handling litigation matters such as misrepresentation, nondisclosure, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and other business and real estate disputes. John received his B.A. in political science from Alfred University and his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. Prior to law school, John served 6 years of active duty as a supply corps officer in the U.S. Navy. John also serves on the board of directors for the National Liberty Ship Museum in San Francisco, which operates and sails the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien, a World War II liberty ship. To find out more about John, click here for his bio.

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