• 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

    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.

  • Bergman Dacey Goldsmith ~ Mackrell International

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

    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith is the proud Southern California representative of Mackrell International. Outstanding legal advice, always with a commercial edge and delivered when and wherever you need it in the world, is why Mackrell works. Choosing an established and leading global network of independent law firms for your business and litigation needs gives you the flexibility to create a legal team to suit your needs and receive the best value for your money.

    With over 170 offices of more than 90 firms in 60+ countries, the Mackrell network is a natural extension of Bergman Dacey Goldsmith. This relationship enhances our ability to collaborate globally and allows our clients access to international legal advice in a way previously unavailable to them. Mackrell International has more resources than any one large international law firm, but with cross-border personal relationships and teamwork to best serve your legal needs.

    Below is a link to a brief video introduction to the advantages of Mackrell International. For further information about how Bergman Dacey Goldsmith and Mackrell International can assist you, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.


  • Bergman Dacey Goldsmith Announces 2016 Super Lawyers

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    Bergman Dacey Goldsmith is proud to announce that shareholders Gregory M. Bergman, John P. Dacey, and Michele M. Goldsmith have been selected as 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers. Shareholder Brian J. Bergman has also been recognized as a 2015 Southern California Rising Star. Greg Bergman was recognized in the category of Business Litigation. John Dacey was recognized in the Construction Litigation field. Michele Goldsmith was 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 32 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.

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