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Understanding How to Parlay Technological Advances Into Efficient Dispute Resolution

It's no secret that commercial construction traditionally has been subject to the landmine of potential litigation. Payment disputes, delays, defaults, defects, safety issues, injury claims and other issues have kept owners and contractors awake at night for many years.

WSHB Names Three New Partners

WSHB is pleased to announce that the following three attorneys have been elected to the Firm's partnership, effective January 1, 2016: Matthew Dickson, T. Blake Gross, and Tracy Lewis. “Elevation to partnership at WSHB is a reflection that each of the attorneys above has demonstrated exceptional legal, supervisory and management skills over their case loads,” said Dan Berman, WSHB's Firm Chairman. “Each of these attorneys has also consistently exhibited a strong desire to provide the firm's clients with first class legal representation, while always working hard to be a team player dedicated to maintaining the unique culture of WSHB that makes this firm special.”

  • Full service national law firm, founded in 1997
  • 18 offices, practicing in 10 states across the U.S., with over 200 attorneys
  • Tried over 900 cases to verdict; internationally recognized for exceptionally high rate of success
  • Ranked Top 10 on The American Lawyer’s 2015 Diversity Scorecard
  • First Place Winner, DRI's 2014 Law Firm Diversity Award
  • Named "Go-To Law Firm" in ALM's annual edition of In-House Law Departments at the Top 500 Companies
  • Top 250 ranking on Law360's 400 2014 list of largest U.S. Law Firms
  • Finalist, 2015 Managing Partners' Forum (MPF) Awards for Management Excellence in the "Best Managed National Firm" category

WSHB Elects Eleven Associates to Senior Counsel

WSHB is pleased to announce that we have elected eleven associates to senior counsel: Summit Dhillon (Fresno), Steven Disharoon (Concord), Robin Holseth (Las Vegas), J. Paul Lewis (San Diego), Haley Maglieri (Denver), Graham Miller (Portland), Andrew Mallon (Rancho Cucamonga), Graham Miller (Portland), Jodi Mullis (Phoenix), Kamran Shahabi (Rancho Cucamonga), D. Sean Smith (Denver), and Erin Varriano (Seattle).

WSHB Case Update: California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Holds an Indemnity Provision Covers Both First and Third Party Claims Based on Broad Language in Provision

Indemnity clauses are a standard provision in nearly all consumer and commercial contracts. How the courts interpret the language of an indemnity clause will either substantially limit or broaden a party's liability and exposure. This case is important to anyone who is drafting indemnification provisions in a contract and demonstrates how important every word in an indemnity provision is when claims eventually arise.

Will New York Hospitality Companies Forego the Tip Credit in 2016?

Is the “tip credit” still worth it for New York restaurants? By the end of 2016, many restaurants may find that it is not. The current minimum hourly wage permitted for qualified tipped employees is set to increase to $7.50 on December 31, 2015, from its current $5.00. Accordingly, the maximum tip credit employers will be able to

The Pain Game

Most physicians believe that their prescribing practices will not be investigated. However, a recent article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine highlights consideration of the evolving landscape of pain management with opioid analgesics by practitioners both treating and following patients complaining of chronic non-cancer pain. Taken in conjunction with the recently revised Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Model Policy, physicians who treat patients with analgesic opioids may be more vulnerable than ever to medical malpractice litigation and licensing board actions.

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