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April 9, 2013

Jennifer Suzuki Will Participate In the ACEC California’s 16th Annual Attorneys Roundtable in Monterey, CA

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Jennifer Suzuki will participate again at the ACEC California’s 16th Annual Attorneys Roundtable in Monterey, California.  Jennifer has provided a unique perspective to the roundtable discussions with her expertise in both corporate and litigation matters involving design professionals. 

January 31, 2013

Petition for Review Granted on February 27, 2013 by California Supreme Court for Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, et al. (issued December 13, 2012; First Appellate District No. A134542)

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On February 27, 2013, the California Supreme Court by a vote of 7-0 granted the Petition for Review of the appeals court ruling summarized below.  Please be advised that this appellate case holding is pending the outcome of the California Supreme Court’s review of the decision. A California Court of Appeal has unequivocally held that a design […]

January 31, 2013

Neiman v. Leo A. Daly Company, No. B234537 (Cal. Ct. App., October 30, 2012)

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Architect who designed theater and provided construction observation services held not liable to an injured theater patron who fell down the theater stairs after completion and acceptance of the construction by the owner. Applying the “completed and accepted” doctrine to the architect, the court held that since the owner accepted the finished work as constructed, […]

August 29, 2012

Limited Liability Partnerships as an Entity Choice for Engineers and Land Surveyors

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Together with accountants, lawyers, and architects, engineers, and land surveyors in California have the ability to choose limited liability partnerships (LLPs) as a business form.  A hybrid of a corporation and a general partnership, an LLP offers its owners limited liability and pass-through income tax treatment, yet can be run without the formalities generally required […]

July 26, 2012

California Lien Laws Updated As Of July 1, 2012

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California’s Design Professional’s and Mechanic’s Lien laws have been revised and dramatically reorganized effective July 1, 2012. The new lien statutes can now be found at Civil Code Sections 8000, et seq. Click on the “Download Publication” link to view a sample of the new Preliminary Notice form and forms for Conditional and Unconditional Waiver […]

March 10, 2012

Civil Code Public Works of Improvement Prompt Payment Statutes For Design Professionals

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Payments Due To The Prime Design Professional California Civil Code Section 3320, as amended, will become effective July 1, 2012. The amendments do not substantively change the time period for payment or the amount of the penalty for payments wrongfully withheld.  Both the current and amended versions of Section 3320 require public agencies to make […]

March 10, 2012

California Enacts Legislation Allowing Formation Of New “Benefit” Corporations

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Effective January 1, 2012, California added Corporations Code Sections 14600 to 14631 to its statutes allowing the formation of “benefit” corporations or “b” corporations.  Benefit corporations are a new type of corporation formed for purposes which include a “general public benefit.”  This purpose is in addition to, and may be a limitation on, the corporation’s […]

April 11, 2011

Design Professionals Defense & Counseling

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Our focus on architects, engineers, landscape architects, and the construction industry began when we merged with Natkin Weisbach Higginbotham – a law firm devoted exclusively to design professionals. Today, we represent some of the world’s largest international architecture and design firms as well as solo practitioners. Some of our lawyers trained as architects and engineers. […]

April 18, 2010

Long & Levit exceeds objectives of the “No Glass Ceiling Initiative” of the Bar Association of San Francisco.

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By The Bar Association of San Francisco (“BASF”) has long been known for its groundbreaking work to ensure equal opportunities for women and people of color at alllevels of the legal profession. A key part of that effort is BASF’s “No Glass Ceiling Initiative: Breaking the Barriers,” which calls upon firms to meet the following […]