Category: News Releases

Hoge Fenton, Rotary Club of San Jose and San Jose USD Partner with Book Trust to Bring Books to Kids in Need

By Hoge Fenton | 04.13.2017 | Firm Post

Community Partnership Brings National Literacy Organization to Empire Gardens Elementary Denver, CO, April 4, 2017 – National literacy nonprofit Book Trust has joined community partners Rotary Club of San Jose and the law firm, Hoge Fenton, to bring its program to nearly 100 first, second and third graders at Empire Gardens Elementary School in San Jose. Book Trust helps students in need celebrate reading and choose and own 1-3 books every month of the school year, building personal libraries of up to 30 books a year for each child. “Hoge Fenton has a proud commitment to community service, and Book Trust truly is a service to our local children,” says Grace Carr Lee, Executive Director and project champion. “Many of us were privileged to grow up with unlimited access to books. Unfortunately, many of these kids just don’t have access to books outside of school. Book Trust not only provides books, they let the kids choose their own books – which they get to keep forever – and teachers celebrate those choices and the importance of reading with them.” “Rotary Club of San Jose is equally proud to play a role in bringing Book Trust to Empire Gardens,” adds Cindy Faulkner, Rotary’s current president. “We know how important reading at grade level is to graduation rates, and if we can help kids learn to love reading, we’re giving a gift that lasts a lifetime.” Each organization and Empire Gardens Elementary contributed funds to bring Book Trust to the school, at […]

Mackrell International in Chambers Guide as Leading Global Network for Fifth Year Running

By Hoge Fenton | 04.4.2017 | Firm Post

Mackrell International (MI) has secured its third consecutive ranking in the Chambers Directory as a world-leading global network.  Hoge Fenton, which has been a member of MI since 2015, is one of more than 90 members representing 4500 lawyers working in 60 countries.  The network has boosted its coverage in Africa with new members in Ghana and Tanzania, added Costa Rica to the South American offer and can now offer pan-Australian coverage through Hive Legal in Melbourne. Sblend Sblendorio, Hoge Fenton, said: “So much of our business is increasingly global and belonging to a quality network like MI means we can provide all our clients with the best possible international advice. MI is an extension of our partnership, and that’s a very powerful offer to clients.” Clive Mieville, managing director of MI, said; “This kind of acknowledgement in a leading directory is testament to the growing power of international networks as alternative to global law firms.  Clients can be reassured about the work and commitment to quality of all our member firms.” 25% of MI member firms are ranked in the Chambers directories including 232 leading individuals. For further information please contact Sblend Sblendorio, Hoge Fenton or Meryl Edwards at Mackrell International on Please also visit

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.

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 […]

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