Category: Firm Post

Hoge Fenton Welcomes Patent Attorney Amy J. Embert

By Hoge Fenton | 03.8.2019 | Firm Post

Hoge Fenton is pleased to announce the addition of patent attorney Amy J. Embert to our Intellectual Property Practice Group. Amy is an experienced patent attorney focused on helping clients maximize and protect their company’s intellectual property. With over 14 years of patent prosecution experience, she counsels clients on the development, prosecution, and management of their domestic and international patent portfolios. She works with companies at all stages of growth in multiple industries including medical device, IT, software, semiconductor, material science, computer hardware, consumer electronics, optics, photonics, apparel, fashion, and sporting goods. Amy also has experience with patent validity proceedings, including Inter Partes reviews, before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO, and appeals to the Federal Circuit. Amy is intimately involved with the Silicon Valley start-up community. She works with the Fogarty Institute for Innovation in Palo Alto and UC Hastings Startup Legal Garage program to provide individual inventors and new start-ups strategic patent portfolio development advice. “I look forward to expanding Hoge Fenton’s world-class offerings to technology-driven enterprises in Silicon Valley and beyond,” said Amy. “Patents are often a key asset of an early stage enterprise that establishes the company’s valuation and potential for market domination.” “Amy’s style of working collaboratively with clients, her focus on bringing value to clients, and her commitment to excellence, align perfectly with Hoge Fenton’s values,” said Stephanie O. Sparks, firm shareholder who chairs the firm’s Privacy & Data Security and Intellectual Property teams. “She serves an important role in the […]

2019 Employment Law Recap

By Hoge Fenton | 02.8.2019 | Firm Post

For printable version of this article, click here. HIRE Criminal Background Checks (SB 1412; Labor Code§ 432.7): This statute modifies the law to provide that employers can only ask applicants about particular convictions(not all criminal history) if: A) Employer is required by law to obtain the information; B) The applicant would be required to possess or use a fire arm in the course of their employment; C) An individual with that particular conviction is prohibited by law from holding the position sought; or D) Employer is prohibited by law from hiring an applicant who has that particular conviction Salary Inquiries (AB 2282; Labor Code § 432.3): Although an employer may not seek salary history information from an applicant in deciding whether to hire the applicant or determining the salary to offer, the employer can ask about salary expectations. Per the 2018 change, employers were required to provide a pay scale upon reasonable request; the new 2019 changes to the statute defines “pay scale” (a salary or hourly wage range) and “reasonable request” (a request made after an applicant has completed an initial interview with the employer). Finally, the new law clarifies that “applicant” means an individual seeking employment, not current employees. Wage Differentials for Current Employees (AB 2282; Labor Code § 1197.5): Wage rates can be unequal and an employee’s current wage rate may be considered in setting compensation only when the wage differential is based on one or more of the following factors: (1) a seniority system; (2) a […]

Hoge Fenton Welcomes George H. Casey III

By Hoge Fenton | 01.15.2019 | Firm Post

Hoge Fenton welcomes Real Estate Transactions and Litigation associate George H. Casey III. George will work with clients on real estate transactions and disputes. George has a wealth of experience working in the real estate industry.  Prior to coming to Hoge Fenton, he served as the Managing Partner of a private equity real estate fund focused on value-add investments.  George is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker and earned a Master in Urban and Regional Planning. View his professional profile here.

Hoge Fenton Promotes Attorneys Karen Meckstroth and Eugene Ashley to Shareholder

By Hoge Fenton | 01.8.2019 | Firm Post

    SAN JOSE, Calif.  — January 8, 2019 — Hoge Fenton, a leading Northern California law firm, today announced the promotion of Karen A. Meckstroth and Eugene “Geno” Ashley to shareholder status, effective January 1, 2019. Meckstroth chairs the Trusts and Estates Group and has led the growth of the team in sophisticated estate planning, charitable planning, and the representation of tax exempt organizations. She is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law under the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. She works closely with clients, including Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and young generations of legacy families, to create estate plans designed to have a positive impact on family members and the community, in addition to tax planning. Ashley is an instrumental contributor to the firm’s Business Litigation and Real Estate Groups. As a veteran trial lawyer, his experience ranges from “bet the company” lawsuits with multimillion-dollar outcomes to prosecuting and defending actions arising out of contract and business torts, unfair business practices, trade secrets claims, and complex construction and real estate disputes. Both Meckstroth and Ashley came to Hoge Fenton with distinguished legal careers. Meckstroth previously worked for Bingham McCutchen LLP and Hopkins & Carley. Ashley was a shareholder at Hopkins & Carley, where he was a member of the Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Practice Groups. He also served as the firm’s General Counsel. “I joined Hoge Fenton to work with some of the most talented and trusted estate planning attorneys and litigators in […]

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