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Politics in the Workplace
The concept of "free speech" is as American as apple pie. However, any employment litigator or human resources professional can tell you that free speech and what is appropriate in the workplace are very different concepts.
2017 WSHB Mold Litigation Update
Each year at this time, we look back at the cases, studies and other developments which have impacted mold personal injury litigation over the last twelve months. After more than a decade and a half of legal battles over which personal injuries can be attributed to mold exposure, the parties liable for those injuries, and the extent to which mold is a health risk, controversies remain.
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- Tried over 900 cases to verdict; internationally recognized for exceptionally high rate of success
- Ranked #4 on The American Lawyer’s 2016 Diversity Scorecard
- Top 10 ranking on Law360’s 2016 list of “The 100 Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys"
- Top 20 ranking on Law360's 2016 list of "The Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys"
- 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 2016 list of largest U.S. Law Firms
WSHB Names Six New Partners
We are pleased to announce seven attorneys have been elected to the Firm's partnership, effective January 1, 2017. “Elevation to partnership at WSHB is a reflection that each of the attorneys identified below has demonstrated exceptional legal, supervisory and management skills over their case loads,” said Dan Berman, Firm Chairman and Co-founder. "Each 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.”
Developers Can Still Manage Risk in a Quickly Changing Landscape
The changing social, technological, environmental and economic landscape has led to increased legal exposure for contractors and real estate developers in California. However, developers can manage the risk and continue to build and develop successful projects with some foresight and careful planning.
WSHB Opens Chicago Office
We're pleased to announce the opening of our newest regional office at 203 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2100, Chicago, Illinois, 60601. Craig Derrig, a nationally regarded civil litigator, will lead the Chicago office as Managing Partner. Derrig focuses his practice on defending product liability, general and premises liability, environmental, and complex commercial matters.
California’s Third Appellate District Holds that Homeowners with Common Law Construction Defect Claims Must First go through SB 800 Pre-litigation Procedures
This decision clearly recognizes that homeowners cannot abrogate a builder's right to repair their home simply by omitting a cause of action for violation of the Act. The court recognized that a builder has the absolute right to repair. This ruling furthers the right of builders throughout the state to repair homes to avoid litigation. There is no question that homeowners must first give notice of any defect related claims to the builder, and must afford the builder a reasonable opportunity to remedy the defects before they can file suit.