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Hoge Fenton Welcomes Back Honorable Catharine B. Baker

By Hoge Fenton | 09.19.2019 | Firm Post

Assemblywoman, Honorable Catharine B. Baker represented the 16th Assembly District from 2014 through 2018. She is returning to Hoge Fenton as Special Counsel, where she advises businesses and non-profits. During her legislative tenure, Catharine developed a reputation as an independent, bipartisan voice in the Legislature, fostering collaboration that led to breakthroughs in significant legislation, particularly on transportation, the environment, and government accountability. According to the Sacramento Bee, Baker had the most bipartisan record of any assemblymember in the 2015-2016 session. Her collaborative leadership made her one of the most effective members of the Assembly. In just four years, sixteen of her bills – all supporting education, transportation, public safety, and government efficiency – passed the Legislature with bipartisan support, and all sixteen were signed into law. Significant legislation included the creation of Valley Link, to construct a commuter rail connection between the Central Valley and Bay Area, and a new parking garage at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. “We are pleased that Catharine has re-joined the firm as Special Counsel,” said Managing Shareholder, Dan Ballesteros. “Her track record of serving the community while helping businesses prosper resonates with our core value of being a benefit to the Community.” “Catharine’s positive impact upon the East Bay and its residents and businesses during her time in the Legislature reflects her passion to the community. I am delighted to be working with Catharine once again,” said Shareholder, Sblend Sblendorio. To find out more about Catharine, click here.

Hoge Fenton Welcomes our Newest Attorneys

By Hoge Fenton | 09.19.2019 | Firm Post

Hoge Fenton is pleased to welcome attorneys Christen E. Bourne, Embert P. Madison, Jr., and Scott F. Stuart to the firm. “Hoge Fenton continues to grow based on our commitment to delivering excellent work to our clients. The additions of Christen, Embert, and Scott expand our reach into exciting new areas such as cannabis and insurance coverage, while increasing our capabilities in business litigation, real estate, and estates and trust litigation,” said Daniel W, Ballesteros, the firm’s Managing Shareholder.   Christen E. Bourne is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Group. She has experience with actions arising out of business, real property, trust administration, and probate disputes. Prior to joining Hoge Fenton, Christen was an associate at Rusconi, Foster & Thomas, APC, a boutique firm concentrating on trust and estate administration and litigation. For more about Christen, click here. Embert P. Madison, Jr. is a real estate associate and his practice focuses on real estate, business transactions, and cannabis regulation. He has represented clients in commercial real estate transactions throughout California, Texas, and Florida. Embert has extensive cannabis regulatory experience representing both local governments and private businesses. He has drafted cannabis business and zoning regulations for nine cities in Northern and Central California, and represented these entities during public hearings, private negotiations, and in cannabis related litigation. As a trusted cannabis advisor, Embert has vetted dozens of cannabis businesses on behalf of municipal clients during the request for qualifications (RFQ) process. He also represents numerous cannabis businesses as outside […]

Hoge Fenton’s Employment Law Group Invites you to Attend, “Bullying in the Workplace”

By Hoge Fenton | 09.17.2019 | Speaking Engagements & Firm Events

Every employee deserves to be treated with dignity and respect at work. However, California law recognizes that there can often be a thin line between appropriate performance management, abusive conduct, and harassment. When is a manager simply being critical and taking reasonable steps to address performance issues and mistakes on the job, and when is that manager crossing the line and being a jerk? That is not always a simple question to answer, which is why the law does not generally prohibit “bullying” in the workplace. At the same time, California recognizes that abusive conduct can have all sorts of negative consequences on employees and the workplace. It can be demoralizing. It can cause depression, anxiety, insomnia, and stress. It can create legal exposure when perceived to be based on an employee’s protected classifications (e.g., age, race, sex, disability). It can impact productivity. And often, the bullying can come from people in higher positions of the company, which makes it harder to stop the behavior. For these reasons, and in the interest of promoting a healthy work environment for everyone, it is important to understand, recognize, and gain the tools to prevent bullying in the workplace. Through this interactive and engaging presentation, together we will discuss and learn: How to identify problematic behaviors before they become “bullying” How to address workplace bullying when you see it or hear about it When and how to effectively address “the bully” Where the fine line is between friendly teasing and hurtful conduct Strategies […]

Don’t Leave Money on the Table! IP Strategies to Grow Profits and Maximize Value

By Hoge Fenton | 09.3.2019 | Speaking Engagements & Firm Events

  Join us for a lively business-focused discussion about IP as a business strategy. The discussion will focus on growing revenue, profits, and value, as well as mitigating risk. Corporate attorney Darlene D. Chiang will be your “Counsel for the Day”, leading you through a discussion with Hoge Fenton’s senior IP attorneys on: Building company value and attracting investors or buyers with a robust IP portfolio Generating revenue through licensing, enforcement, and asset sales Identifying and avoiding IP risks Date: October 23, 2019 Time: 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Program Location: Hoge Fenton 60 South Market St, 2nd Floor San Jose, CA 95113 Hoge Fenton Clients: Please check your email for our invite with registration instructions. Non-Clients: Please RSVP to Wen Chu at wen.chu@hogefenton.com by October 21, 2019. Our Presenters: Amy J. Embert will address patent strategy and the importance of patents in creating value or funding and acquisition. Dana Brody-Brown will address trademark and branding strategy and legal tools for building your brands, keeping your markets open, and mitigating risks. Stephanie 0. Sparks will address the importance of trade secrets, strategies for identifying and protecting trade secrets, and IP litigation. Darlene D. Chiang will take the role of a corporate General Counsel. She will moderate and will focus on the important IP business questions. This seminar is provided as an educational service by Hoge Fenton for clients and friends of the firm. This communique is an overview only, and should not be construed […]

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