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Wind Energy

We have one of the largest and most experienced Wind Energy practices of any law firm in the world. As such, we represent the world’s largest and most well-established wind energy sponsors, developers and investors. We also act for new-entrant and medium-size clients, in each case consistently providing value–driven advice.  Our team has been named Project Finance Group of the Year by Law360 four times, most recently in 2016, and our Renewables and Alternative Energy practice is ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA  and Chambers Global, and Tier 1 by Legal500 in 2018. Our group is described ...
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Welfare Plans

We have witnessed the enactment of the preexisting condition, nondiscrimination, and the privacy rules under HIPAA, to name just a few. Additionally, employers and their plans have become subject to the Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act, the Mental Health Parity Act, and the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act. Other laws that have applied to employer welfare plans for some time, such as the continuation coverage rules of COBRA and the rules applying to cafeteria and flex plans, have undergone dramatic changes in just the last year or two. As if this were not enough, employers ...

Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations

We’ve worked on precedent-setting cases, including Livingston v. Wyeth, one of the leading cases to date that address what constitutes "protected activity" under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. And we helped Broadcom secure a complete dismissal of a Dodd-Frank whistleblower claim brought by an in-house attorney in Davies v. Broadcom. Along the way, we’ve played an integral role in the development of whistleblower law. We authored the leading treatise on Whistleblower defense, Corporate Whistleblowing in the Sarbanes-Oxley/Dodd-Frank Era. Our clients include multinational employers across a wide range ...

Water and Wastewater

Since 1985, members of our Water and Wastewater Financing Group have participated in over 800 tax-exempt financings aggregating nearly $80 billion dollars. We participate in financings for a broad range of purposes such as:   Storage facilities Treatment and pre-treatment facilities Collection and distribution facilities Desalination facilities System expansion and maintenance Rate relief and debt service savings    We particularly enjoy working with clients on long term capital programs and cutting edge financing structures and the development of new credits. ...

Wage-and-Hour

Our representation includes all phases of class litigation, from initial filing to class certification and subsequent litigation through settlement and claims proceedings. Our employment litigators have a proven track record of obtaining dismissal of purported class claims on the pleadings and defeating class certification. In addition to our successful representation of class actions, we have a strong reputation of representing clients with DLSE, EDD and DOL proceedings Audits and enforcement actions Single plaintiff cases Meal and rest break issues Off-the-clock ...

California Appellate Court Rejects ABC Test for Non-Wage-Order Claims

by Kevin Whittaker, Emily F. Taylor and Lara Graham | November.01.2018

Some positive news for those employers that retain independent contractors. On October 22, 2018, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District, held that the Dynamex “ABC” test (which we previously discussed here) to determine whether an independent contractor is an employee, only applies to wage order claims. But the case is

White Collar Criminal Defense

The counseling engagements and representations of our White Collar Defense practice run the gamut, from compliance matters to client-initiated investigations, to state and federal investigations, to trial and appeal.  And, because cases now often involve parallel criminal and civil proceedings, complex e-discovery and data privacy issues, as well as international coordination among countries and their law enforcement agencies, our White Collar Defense practice includes lawyers who possess both criminal and civil experience to provide counseling and advice in all matters touching on government ...