• Daily Journal: “Dismissing a Teacher is Not Easy – the Process School Districts Must Follow”

    Posted March 16, 2012 By in Recent News With | No Comments

    In recent weeks, the media has flooded us with news of teachers being removed from classrooms and fired by school boards. The public, however, may have little knowledge of the cumbersome or complex process that is involved in a teacher dismissal action. On March 12, 2012, the attached article was published in the Daily Journal, written by our shareholder Michele M. Goldsmith, describing the process and pitfalls to the current procedures under the California Education Code.

    Also, Larry Mantle’s AirTalk, on KPCC 89.3, featured Michele in the segment “Can a teacher be fired for being a former porn actor?” Michele and Larry discussed the standards of teacher dismissal actions and “immoral” conduct as a cause for dismissal, specifically in the context of an Oxnard teacher who appeared in an adult film that was obtained by and watched by district students, parents and teachers. To listen to this KPCC program, please go to Larry Mantle’s AirTalk.

    Michele has a varied and extensive practice for both private and public clients, focusing on labor and employment matters. She litigates employment matters in both State and Federal Court. She also represents public agencies, including school districts, in certificated and classified personnel appeal hearings, before hearing officers and at the Office of Administrative Hearings. Many clients look to her to represent their interests in labor negotiations.

    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith is a full service law firm founded in 1983 on the premise that serving our clients’ needs is paramount. We provide personalized and cost-effective service to multiple California public entities and school districts, Fortune 500 corporations, and individual clients. Our unique attention to our clients distinguishes Bergman Dacey Goldsmith from other law firms. We have earned our reputation as a “no surprises” law firm.

    For further information regarding Michele, our firm, and what we can do to help you through the teacher dismissal process, please visit our website at www.bdgfirm.com or contact us at any time.

      Dismissing a Teacher is Not Easy – the Process School Districts Must Follow

  • Bergman Dacey Goldsmith, A Professional Law Corporation

    Posted March 2, 2012 By in Recent News With | No Comments

    It is with great pleasure that Bergman & Dacey, Inc. announces that as of March 1, 2012, Michele M. Goldsmith has become a named shareholder, and the firm has changed our name to Bergman Dacey Goldsmith, A Professional Law Corporation.

    Michele has a varied and extensive practice for both private and public sector clients, focusing on labor and employment matters, exclusively representing management. She litigates employment matters before Superior Court Judges and the California Labor Commissioner. She also represents school districts in dismissal appeal hearings, involving both certificated and classified positions. Many clients also look to her to represent their interests in labor negotiations.

    Michele has been recognized for her professional achievement, has published appellate decisions, and is a regular speaker for human resource trade-related organizations. Michele is selected to participate as a mediator in the CRASH employment mediation program for the Los Angeles Superior Courts. Michele is regularly published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal on relevant labor and employment issues and was recently named a 2012 California Super Lawyer in Employment Litigation.

    We welcome Michele as a named partner, and wish her continued success.

    Please add our new domain, bdgfirm.com to your address book’s safe sender list so that our announcements and invitations are not filtered out as spam.

  • California Covered: Litigation Capabilities

    Posted February 21, 2012 By in Recent News With | No Comments

    Successful litigation strategies require having the capabilities to set up a case from “Day 1” through trial for the benefit of the client’s interests. Experience gained through handling hundreds of pre-litigation, litigation, and appellate matters prepares the handling attorneys to assist the client in achieving the best outcome, even in these times. Law firms expert in managing the litigation process (including budgeting, expert drafting, and settlement strategy) can cause a case to resolve favorably for the client early in the proceedings. Bergman Dacey Goldsmith and MBV Law LLP each has the capabilities, experience, focus, and legal expertise and will provide exceptional value for the client’s legal dollars.

    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith is a full service law firm with offices in Los Angeles and Orange Counties and can serve all the courts and alternate resolution forums in Southern California. We have earned a reputation for offering cutting-edge preventative risk counseling and a full spectrum of litigation and appellate services. Through a diverse caseload, we offer specialty counseling in Public and Private Construction, Labor and Employment, Environmental and Land Use Law, Complex Litigation (including smaller class actions), Attorneys’ Fees Disputes, Business, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Disputes, Insurance Law, Products Liability, Commercial Litigation, Real Property (including disputes concerning land owned by American Indians), Partnership and Corporate Disputes, Legal and Accounting Malpractice, Unfair Competition and other Business Torts, Administrative and Licensing Disputes, and Intellectual Property Disputes. We serve private and public entities, multi-national Fortune 500 corporations and their officers, entrepreneurs, and individual clients. Each of our Shareholders and Of Counsel attorneys have at least 15 years of experience. Our veteran attorneys routinely participate as part of teams on matters and contribute to achieving our client’s goals by performing “hands-on” litigation with a long-term perspective, advising on settlement strategies, effective case management, and careful drafting of all legal documents. We provide personalized service and exceptional communication and responsiveness by being available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have earned our reputation as a “no surprises” litigation law firm.

    MBV Law LLP provides its clients with efficient, cost-effective and results-oriented litigation services in federal and state courts in California. Our attorneys advocate creative approaches to dispute resolution and have a business-oriented approach to problem solving. We routinely advise clients on litigation avoidance and take into account the client’s legal, financial, and business objectives. MBV offers the full spectrum of litigation expertise to businesses and individuals including: commercial litigation; real estate litigation; landlord-tenant litigation; construction defect and design litigation; debt enforcement; employment litigation; franchise litigation; intellectual property litigation; and mediation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Our litigators are aggressive advocates, possess substantial trial experience, and are dedicated to protecting the interests of our clients.

    MBV Law LLP and Bergman Dacey Goldsmith are dedicated to understanding clients’ litigation and strategic objectives to assess issues and provide targeted, cost-effective strategic legal plans. Our firms’ depth and breadth of experience, combined with our knowledge of the judges and courts throughout California, create exceptional legal value.

    When strength and experience matter, you can have confidence that Bergman Dacey Goldsmith and MBV Law LLP have your litigation needs in California fully covered.

  • Bergman Dacey Goldsmith Announces California Super Lawyers 2012

    Posted January 24, 2012 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, along with Of Counsel, Mark W. Waterman, have been selected as 2012 California Super Lawyers. Mr. Bergman was recognized in the category of Business Litigation, Mr. Dacey was recognized in the Construction Litigation field, and Ms. Goldsmith and Mr.Waterman have been recognized in the Employment Litigation practice area.

    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 over 29 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 California Super lawyer 2012 listing is attached.

  • Bergman Dacey Goldsmith Chosen as 2011 California Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year

    Posted October 17, 2011 By in Recent News With | No Comments

    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith has been listed in the Corporate INTL 2011 Dealmakers’ Handbook as the “California Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year.” The handbook is designed to serve as a valuable resource to allow business owners and other corporate professionals around the world to compile a superior team as needed, regardless of geography.

    For over 28 years, Bergman Dacey Goldsmith has been litigation counsel to numerous California public entities, California small business owners, multi-national Fortune 500 companies, and individual clients. We have earned our reputation as a “no surprises” law firm.

    Attached is our firm’s profile from Corporate INTL.

  • CALIFORNIA COVERED – LABOR & EMPLOYMENT

    Posted October 3, 2011 By in Recent News With | No Comments

    Employment litigation involves some of the most emotionally charged confrontations between people, and requires specialized insight in order to reach an effective resolution. With claims dramatically on the rise in California, having experienced and well-qualified counsel on your side has never been more important. Mackrell International members, Bergman Dacey Goldsmith and MBV Law have served as legal counsel to numerous Fortune 500 companies, California corporations, public entities, small businesses, entrepreneurs and private clients and understand the unique rules and requirements of California law.

    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith is a full service law firm based in Los Angeles and can serve all the courts of Southern California. In today’s economic environment, having exemplary labor and employment counsel has never been more important to the success of your business. While we work diligently at minimizing our clients’ exposure to litigation, when a lawsuit does arise, we work quickly to develop a focused and concise strategy with our clients’ budgetary concerns in mind. Our firm defends an array of labor and employment claims including: discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour, layoffs and reductions in force, drug testing and privacy rights, disability rights, wrongful termination, leave rights, workplace violence, and worker classification. Our veteran attorneys can assist you with internal investigations, workplace audits, educational seminars, risk prevention services, administrative hearings, and alternative dispute resolution services.

    MBV Law is a results-oriented law firm celebrating 26 years as trusted business and litigation counsel to companies and individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide a full range of legal services on employment and labor issues confronting employers and managers. Our employment expertise includes advice and counsel on all aspects of the employment relationship, preventative training on legal pitfalls confronting employers in California, advice and drafting expertise on employee compensation plans, advice on wage and hour and employee classification issues, counsel on reductions-in-force, assistance on employment issues related to mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate transactions, representation in union-management negotiations and relationships, and representation in all aspects of employment-related litigation. With deep expertise in litigation matters, MBV Law delivers sophisticated legal services. MBV Law delivers sophisticated legal services.

    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith and MBV Law are dedicated to understanding clients’ businesses and strategic objectives to assess issues and provide targeted, cost-effective strategic legal plans. Our firms’ depth and breadth of experience, combined with our knowledge of the judges and courts in California, create value for your clients.

    When strength and experience matter, you can have confidence that Bergman Dacey Goldsmith and MBV Law have your clients’ legal needs in California fully covered.

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