• TSCA Webinar – Mackrell International Environmental Practice Group Webinar

    Posted March 5, 2018 By in Recent News With | No Comments

  • Bergman Dacey Goldsmith Announces 2018 Super Lawyers

    Posted March 4, 2018 By in Recent News With | No Comments

    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith is proud to announce that Shareholders Gregory M. Bergman, John P. Dacey, and Michele M. Goldsmith have been selected as 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers. Greg Bergman was recognized for Business Litigation. John Dacey was recognized in the Construction Litigation practice area. Michele Goldsmith was recognized in the Employment Litigation practice area. Shareholder Brian J. Bergman has also been recognized as a 2017 Southern California Rising Star.

    Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyer Magazine recognizes only 5% of lawyers in California. They were selected after considerable polling and peer evaluation with a detailed research process that evaluates each candidate based on 12 indicators of professional achievement.

    For 35 years, Bergman Dacey Goldsmith has provided our clients with sophisticated and personalized legal service. We have earned our reputation for litigation excellence and offer our clients seasoned lawyers and knowledgeable advice in the most cost-effective manner. We encourage you to visit our website at www.bdgfirm.com to learn more about our award-winning attorneys and how we can apply our proven strategies for your benefit.

  • The Impact of Policing on Voting and Other Forms of Political Participation

    Posted November 28, 2017 By in Recent News, Upcoming Events With | No Comments

    Save the Date for a Free California MCLE
    Presentation and Reception!

    “The Impact of Policing on Voting and Other Forms of Political Participation”
    With an audience discussion of its implications for the jury pool.

    Sponsored By:

    Traci Burch
    Research Professor, American Bar Foundation
    Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University

    Gregory M. Bergman
    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith

    Professor Burch will discuss her research examining the effects of police stops and police use of force on political participation, after which Mr. Bergman will lead the audience in a discussion to consider what, if any, relevance there may be to the jury pool and trial outcomes.

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    Registration Opens at 4:30 P.M.
    MCLE Presentation* Begins Promptly at 5:00 P.M.
    Reception at 6:00 P.M.

    City Club Los Angeles
    555 S. Flower Street, 51st Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90071
    Validated on-site parking is available courtesy of
    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith.

    More information and registration coming soon!

    *Bergman Dacey Goldsmith will provide 1 hour California General MCLE credit.

    American Bar Foundation
    750 North Lake Shore Drive
    Chicago, Illinois 60611

  • Mercury Casual Co. vs. City of Pasadena

    Posted September 6, 2017 By in Recent News With | No Comments

    Mercury Casualty Co. v. City of Pasadena, 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 732
    The Court of Appeal Determines That a Tree Qualifies as a Work of Public Improvement For Purposes of Inverse Condemnation if the Tree is Deliberately Planted by or at the Direction of the Government Entity as Part of a Planned Project or for a Public Purpose or Use

    City of Pasadena (City) owns more than 60,000 trees as part of its “urban forest” and adopted city-wide policies for protecting, maintaining, and removing trees that are part of the City’s urban forest. In 2011, a storm brought hurricane-force winds to City uprooting more than 2,000 trees. One of those trees fell on a home, insured by Mercury Casualty Company (Mercury), causing severe property damage.

    In 2012, Mercury sued City for inverse condemnation alleging City was liable for the damage caused to the insureds’ home because City owned the tree. After a four day bench trial, the trial court entered judgment in Mercury’s favor, finding the tree that fell on the insureds’ home was a work of public improvement that supported an inverse condemnation claim. The court awarded Mercury $800,000 in damages for insurance benefits paid to the insureds, and an additional $329,170 in costs under Code of Civil Procedure § 1036.

    On appeal, however, the Court found that City was not inversely liable because the tree that fell on the insureds’ home did not constitute a work of public improvement. The Court of Appeal agreed with City that there was no evidence that City planted the tree as part of a construction project serving a public purpose, such as a roadway beautification project to support finding a public improvement. Therefore, the court reversed the judgment and post-judgment order awarding costs.

    This ruling stands as a reminder that courts will continue to entertain assertions that an urban forestry program can constitute a public improvement for purposes of inverse condemnation liability. The cause of action, which carries with it entitlement to expert and attorney fees, remains viable whenever a street tree causes property damage.

    Should you like more information on how to defend against inverse condemnation claims, please contact Brian J. Bergman at (310)-470-6110 or bbergman@bdgfirm.com.

  • Bergman Dacey Goldsmith Announces Best Lawyers 2018

    Posted August 15, 2017 By in Recent News With | No Comments

    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith proudly announces that shareholders Gregory M. Bergman and John P. Dacey have been selected as Best Lawyers for 2018. Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers® is widely seen as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer after a rigorous and transparent peer-review survey process. The selection of Mr. Bergman and Mr. Dacey reflects the high level of respect earned among their colleagues for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

  • Shareholder BRIAN J. BERGMAN Named 2017 Rising Star by SUPER LAWYERS MAGAZINE

    Posted July 3, 2017 By in Recent News With | No Comments

    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith is pleased to announce that shareholder Brian J. Bergman has been selected as a 2017 Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. Rising Stars are considered the best attorneys who are under 40 years old. These attorneys are selected through a nomination and research process where they are ranked on a point scale. No more than 2.5 % of the lawyers in the state are named to the list.

    Brian Bergman’s practice focuses on environmental, land use, eminent domain, construction, and general business litigation. Mr. Bergman represents the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“LA METRO”) in eminent domain actions related to the Regional Connector and Purple Line Extension projects. He has represented clients on matters before the EPA, South Coast Air Quality Management District, the California Air Resources Board, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control. Mr. Bergman also regularly represents public and private entities in multi-million dollar construction disputes. Mr. Bergman has specific expertise in the prosecution and defense of construction claims involving delay, disruption, acceleration, stop notices, performance bond actions, and claims under the California Public Contracting Code.

    Mr. Bergman is a co-founder of the Litigation Counsel of America’s International Institute of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law (“IINREEL”). Mr. Bergman is also on the executive committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Litigation Section.

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