• Bergman Dacey Goldsmith named as California Employment Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year

    Posted July 21, 2016 By in Recent News With | No Comments

    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith is proud to announce its selection as the 2016 Corporate INTL California Employment Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year. The award commemorates a law firm that has been successful over the past 12 months and that has shown excellence not only in expertise, but in service.

    For all awards, Corporate INTL has undertaken detailed research via independent research and editorial teams. Corporate INTL focuses on service type, service range, business type, geographical location, how the business operates, and the attorneys’ expertise. Corporate INTL awards promote leading law firms in their chosen fields throughout the world. As Corporate INTL magazine is read by business leaders, investors and advisers globally, it’s an accolade for those firms who are awarded as winners in their specific categories.

    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith works to successfully resolve disputes involving our clients’ employment-related legal needs, and effectively represent our clients in administrative hearings and trial, throughout southern California. Attached is the Bergman Dacey Goldsmith profile listing from the current edition of Corporate INTL’s magazine. For further information about our firms Labor and Employment Practice, contact Michele Goldsmith or Gregory Bergman.

    Employment Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year in California

  • SHAREHOLDER BRIAN J. BERGMAN NAMED 2016 RISING STAR BY SUPER LAWYERS MAGAZINE

    Posted June 20, 2016 By in Recent News With | No Comments

    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith is pleased to announce that shareholder Brian J. Bergman has been selected as a 2016 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 primarily on eminent domain, environmental, land use, 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 an Associate Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of American (“LCA”) and one of the co-founders of LCA’s International Institute of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law (“IINREEL”).

    To learn more about how Brian Bergman and Bergman Dacey Goldsmith can apply our proven strategies for litigation excellence on your behalf, visit our website at www.bdgfirm.com.

  • Gregory M. Bergman “One of the Top Ten Environmental Lawyers”

    Posted June 10, 2016 By in Recent News With | No Comments

    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith is proud to announce that managing shareholder, Gregory M. Bergman, has been named “One of the Top Ten Environmental Lawyers” by United States Lawyer Rankings for the ninth year in a row. Lawyers are nominated for inclusion in the United States Lawyers Rankings by members of the bar and judiciary and by senior management of large corporate and institutional clients. Rankings are based on confidential questionnaires, which include general inquiries on the lawyers’ legal abilities; negotiating, drafting, and oral advocacy skills; and ability to develop creative solutions when faced with new issues. The 2016 rankings are attached.

    United States Lawyer Rankings – 2016

  • Shareholder Brian J. Bergman Honored by Los Angeles County Bar Association

    Posted April 29, 2016 By in Recent News With | No Comments

    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith Shareholder Brian J. Bergman will receive a Los Angeles County Bar Association (“LACBA”) Real Property Section’s “Outstanding Young Lawyer” Award for 2016. The awards dinner will take place on June 8, 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Los Angeles.

    Brian J. Bergman’s practice focuses primarily on environmental, eminent domain, land use, 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. He is an Associate Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of American (“LCA”) and one of the co-founders of LCA’s International Institute of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law (“IINREEL”) and has been named a “Rising Star” by the Super Lawyers publication for the past six years in a row. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law School in 2005.

    LACBA is one of the largest metropolitan bar associations in the country with over 25,000 active members. The Real Property Section focuses on all aspects of real property law, with commercial development and leasing, construction law, general real property, land use planning, environmental law, real estate finance, and title insurance subsections.

    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith is a full-service litigation and business transactional law firm with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County, California. BDG is a member of Mackrell International, an association of independent law firms throughout the world that allows its members to offer premium national and international representation.

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  • An About-face on Teacher Tenure

    Posted April 26, 2016 By in Recent News With | No Comments

    An About-face on Teacher Tenure

    Los Angeles Daily Journal, Tuesday April 19, 2016: An About-face on Teacher Tenure

    Written by: Michele M. Goldsmith

    An About-face on Teacher Tenure

  • Pacific Shores Property Owners Association v. Dep’t of Fish and Wildlife, 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 40

    Posted January 31, 2016 By in Recent News With | No Comments

    NEW CASE UPDATE
    Pacific Shores Property Owners Association v. Dep’t of Fish and Wildlife, 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 40

    California Court of Appeal Finds That the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Is Liable in Inverse Condemnation for Intentional Flooding and Reducing the Level of Flood Protection Historically Provided to Property Owners.

    A California Court of Appeal unanimously ruled in Pacific Shores Property Owners Association v. Dep’t of Fish and Wildlife, 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 40 that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (“DFW”) was liable, under both a strict liability standard and a reasonableness standard, for a physical taking of plaintiffs’ properties that were historically protected through flood control of a coastal lagoon.

    In Pacific Shores, a residential subdivision was adjacent to a coastal lagoon in Del Notre County (“County”). The residents relied upon a flood control process historically provided by the County to keep water levels low. DFW eventually assumed control over the flood control process. When DFW assumed control, it provided less flood control than what was historically provided by the County in order to protect the environmental resources of the lagoon. DFW’s decision to offer less flood control caused occasional flooding in the nearby residential subdivision. The property owners brought an action for inverse condemnation, alleging a physical taking.

    DFW argued that it was not liable in inverse condemnation because it had no duty to provide flood protection where the plaintiffs were historically subject to flooding anyway. The appellate court disagreed. In affirming the trial court, the appellate court ruled that DFW was liable in inverse condemnation for a physical taking of the plaintiffs’ properties. The court ruled that DFW was liable, under a strict liability standard, for the damages it caused because it intentionally reduced the flood protection plaintiffs had historically enjoyed, and its primary purpose for doing so was not to provide flood protection, but to protect environmental resources. The court went one step further, holding that even if the reasonableness standard applied, DFW was still liable because plaintiffs contributed more than their fair share to DFW’s efforts to protect environmental resources.

    The Pacific Shores court splits the thinnest of hairs. In one breath, the court emphasizes that the government has no duty to provide flood control. However, in the next breath, the court holds DFW responsible for intentionally breaching the historical status quo of a flood control program. While Pacific Shores pertains to the issue of flood control, creative property owners may jump at the opportunity to analogize to their own set of facts. Accordingly, public entities must tread carefully when effectuating environmental policy, especially when disturbing the status quo, even when, as in Pacific Shores, an entirely different public entity had set the status quo.

    Should you like more information on how your entity can most effectively respond to the implications of Pacific Shores in your environmental planning or litigation, please contact Brian J. Bergman at (310)-470-6110 or bbergman@bdgfirm.com.

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