Category: News Releases

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.

Changes to CASp Inspection Requirements

By Sean A. Cottle | 02.14.2017 | News Releases

Commercial leases executed on or after January 1, 2017 are subject to new Certified Access Specialist (CASp) inspection disclosure requirements (Civil Code section 1938). Since September 2012 every commercial property owner or lessor has had to disclose in a lease whether the premises had undergone a CASp inspection. Now, commercial property owners must also do the things outlined below – or risk the lessee rescinding the lease. Provide a copy of the CASp inspection report. If there has been a CASp inspection and there have been no modifications or alterations that impact the premises’ compliance with construction-related accessibility standards since the inspection, the owner must provide a copy of the CASp inspection report to the prospective lessee at least 48 hours prior to the execution of the lease. The lessee has to agree that the information in the report shall remain confidential except as necessary for the lessee to make the agreed-upon necessary repairs. If the lessee does not receive the existing report in a timely manner, it has the right – for 72 hours after execution of the lease — to rescind based on information contained in the report. Provide a copy of the disability access inspection certificate. If a CASp report has been issued indicating that the premises meet applicable standards, the property owner shall provide a copy of the disability access inspection certificate and the inspection report to the lessee within seven days of the execution of the lease. Include required CASp inspection language in the lease. […]

Hoge Fenton Elevates Crystal N. Riggins to Shareholder

By Hoge Fenton | 01.9.2017 | Firm Post

We are pleased to announce that attorney Crystal N. Riggins has been elevated to shareholder, effective January 1, 2017. Crystal Riggins, based in Hoge Fenton’s Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Ethics & Professional Liability practice groups. Crystal joined the firm in September 2009 as a first-year associate.  Since that time, she has assisted clients in all aspects of civil litigation, including case evaluation, pre-trial dispute resolution, discovery, trial, post-trial, and appellate matters.  Crystal spends much of her time focused on matters on appeal and recently taught appellate advocacy at Santa Clara University, School of Law. Crystal also has unique and significant experience with Title IX.  She has represented student-parties, particularly complainants, in Title IX proceedings at colleges and universities. Her recent cases involving Title IX have been instrumental in shaping the interactions of students and faculty and the way in which these matters are being handled.  Crystal currently serves as counsel for Stanford University’s Student Title IX Investigation and Hearing Process representing student-parties through the Title IX proceedings. An active member of the community, Crystal serves on the Board of Directors of the Happy Hollow Foundation supporting Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose.  She is involved in the Ladies’ Guild Board at St. Christopher Church in San Jose and has been a member since 2006.  Crystal is also involved with the Future Vision program at Lincoln High School in San Jose and the Mountain View High School Mock Trial Team. “Hoge Fenton’s […]

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