Attorney Maria Weitz has joined our growing Los Angeles team. As a consumer attorney, Maria has dedicated her career to protecting people from unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices, and to seeking accountability from those who do wrong. Maria’s diverse litigation practice traverses a wide array of legal issues, including complex class actions, product liability and other personal injury cases, employment litigation, and appellate practice.
During law school, Maria earned a Public Service Law Certificate for her legal work in public interest organizations and government agencies. Her public service work included serving as co-counsel in a federal jury trial on behalf of an inmate alleging civil rights violations, and working within the California Attorney General’s Office to prosecute civil cases for violations of California’s Air Pollution Control Laws.
Maria graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctor degree . For more information about Maria Weitz, visit her profile here.
As part of the continuing growth of KB, we welcome a new attorney to our team. Cathy Kim joins Khorrami Boucher, LLP as an attorney in the Los Angeles office. Cathy’s practice primarily involves representing individuals in mass tort litigation as well as product liability against major pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers in State and Federal proceedings.
Prior to joining KBSS, Cathy served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Samuel L. Bufford in the United States Bankruptcy Court and received First Honors Award in Advanced Legal Research. She was also the Internal and External Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. While in law school, Cathy served as a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society and was on the Provost’s Honors List. She served the community with her bilingual skills as a volunteer with APALC’s Citizen Workshops and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.
Ms. Kim graduated from Loyola Law School where she earned her Juris Doctor degree. For more information about Cathy, visit her profile here.
KB attorney, Anoush Lancaster, has been selected as a “Trial Lawyer of the Year” finalist by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA). Anoush is recognized for her record-breaking verdict obtained in a Fresno County case involving a young man who passed away from a work-related injury.
Anoush Lancaster and Craig M. Peters, an attorney with The Veen Law Firm, obtained a $13,337,586.00 verdict on behalf of the surviving family of Francisco Martinez Moreno. Moreno sustained fatal injuries after he was electrocuted while working as a laborer on a home renovation project in Malibu, CA. Moreno’s usual responsibility was to clean up the job site but on September 17, 2009, he was instructed to feed a doorbell wire up the inside of a wall of the house using a metal fishtape. When he attempted to run the wire while lying underneath the house, the fishtape pierced a live wire and Francisco was electrocuted. The decedent’s wife, mother and daughter sued the owner/developer of the property, Herndon Partners, and electrical subcontractor, Amador Electric. The family alleged that the defendants created a dangerous condition, resulting in the wrongful death of the decedent. They also alleged that Herndon Partners was an uninsured employer and that its negligent exercise of its retained control over the safety conditions on the property was a substantial factor in causing the decedent’s death.
Ms. Lancaster and Mr. Peters argued that even though the decedent was hired to perform basic clean-up of the job site, the decedent and his co-workers were required to perform dangerous tasks outside the scope of their employment, including welding, roofing and electrical work, without safety training, safety equipment or competent supervision. Counsel’s position was that as the property’s owner/developer, Herndon Partners acted as the general contractor on the project and employed the decedent, making it responsible for being properly insured, for being properly licensed, and for worker safety.
The jury determined that Herndon Partners was the decedent’s employer on the project and that it was liable for the decedent’s safety. The jury also determined that Herndon Partners was 100 percent liable for the fatal accident and that Amador Electric was not at fault. Herndon Partners was solely responsible for the $13,337,586 in total damages to compensate the decedent’s family.
To be selected as a finalist for the SFTLA “Trial Lawyer of the Year” award, attorneys must exercise high standards of ethics, civility, courage and advocacy for consumers and injured victims. A noteworthy verdict or trial result, either by the presiding judge or jury trial, is also a considerable factor for the award. The verdict Anoush obtained in Moreno’s case was the largest wrongful death verdict in Fresno County in the last decade. The 15th Annual Trial Lawyer of the Year Gala will take place on Thursday, April 17th in San Francisco, CA where this year’s winner will be announced.
The annual Southern California Super Lawyers list has been published and KBSS is proud to announce the inclusion of four of our attorneys who have been selected. Each year, the list recognizes the top attorneys in Southern California who have been practicing for more than 10 years and have demonstrated a high level of professional expertise, both inside and outside the courtroom.
Firm partners, Shawn Khorrami and Raymond Boucher, and senior attorneys, Launa Adolph and Robert Drexler, were all selected as 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers. For Launa, this is her first year receiving the honor. Shawn, Ray and Robert have previously been awarded the honor.
The Super Lawyers rank is highly recognized and respected throughout the nation and requires a multi-phased nomination process. First, attorneys are invited to nominate other attorneys who they have personally observed in action, whether as opposing counsel or co-counsel. Super Lawyers then review all the peer nominations and conduct independent research on each attorney. Ultimately, peer recognition and personal achievement determine who receives the annual honor.
Congrats to our KB Attorneys!
As a plaintiffs only firm that represents clients who have been harassed and discriminated by employers, it was only natural for KB to participate in the Red Card to Child Labor campaign. Similar to what we do for our clients, the Red Card to Child Labor campaign helps eliminate mistreatment and abuse some employees face in the workplace. In this case, the mistreatment and abuse is inflicted upon young child laborers between the ages of 5 and 17 across the world.
Since launching in 2002 by the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Red Card to Child Labor campaign has gained recognition worldwide. With more than 168 million child workers around the world and more than half of them trapped in the worst forms of child labor, the campaign began a rigorous fight to end the neglect and harassment these children endure as young workers trying to make a living. Many of these children work in fields, mines and factories where conditions are rough and many are sexually abused, exploited in drug trade or forced to join armies. The ILO has received support from 152 countries that participate in annual conferences where advocates continue to fight and together, renew their commitment to end child labor.
To show support for the campaign, participants take a picture while holding up a Red Card. The Red Card is easily recognizable across the world and serves as a powerful warning that something is wrong and it must be stopped. Celebrities like Cher, Susan Sarandon and athletes from the US to the Philippines have joined the campaign and had their picture taken with the Red Card. To show our support, we invited our staff to participate by having their picture taken. We’re honored that the ILO allowed us to take part in such a powerful campaign and displayed our photo on their website among their other famous advocates.
Continuing to expand and strengthen the firm and its practice, KB welcomes three new attorneys. Anoush Lancaster, Brian Bush and Nazareth Haysbert join the firm’s current roster of 20 attorneys throughout the firm’s three locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area and Boston.
Anoush Lancaster joins the firm’s Oakland office as a managing attorney. Anoush litigates personal injury cases involving negligence, wrongful death, complex catastrophic injuries, products liability, industrial accidents and exceptions to the workers’ compensation exclusive remedy doctrine. With almost four years of experience, Ms. Lancaster has co-tried cases all throughout Northern California and recently obtained a settlement in a wrongful death suit that was the largest verdict in Fresno County. Ms. Lancaster is actively involved in numerous legal organizations including the American Association of Justice, Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Queens Bench, Consumer Attorneys of California and the California Women Lawyers Association. She holds various positions within these organizations such as the Secretary of Consumer Attorneys of California’s Women’s Caucus. Within the Queen’s Bench Association, she sits on the Board of Directors and also co-chairs the Queens Bench’s Work-Life Committee. In 2013, she was selected as a Northern California Rising Star and was SFTLA’s 2013 Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist and CAOC’s Women’s Caucus Consumer Advocate Finalist. She attended UC Hastings College of the Law where she obtained her Juris Doctor. For more information on Anoush, visit her profile here.
Brian Bush joins the KB team in Los Angeles as an associate attorney. Brian, who originally joined the firm as a law clerk, will focus mainly on civil rights, personal injury, and mass tort litigation. Prior to joining KB in 2012, Brian served as a law clerk with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office where he worked on numerous projects involving hands-on case development and trial preparation. While in law school, Brian competed on Loyola’s nationally ranked Byrne Trial Advocacy Team. Additionally, he served as speaker, co-chair and vice president of Loyola’s student-chapter of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA). Mr. Bush attended Loyola Law School where he received his Juris Doctor degree. For more information about Brian, visit his profile here.
Nazareth Haysbert also joins the firm as an associate attorney at the firm’s Los Angeles office. Nazareth will focus his practice in the areas of class action litigation, mass tort litigation, and civil rights. Nazareth first joined KB in 2012 as a law clerk. Prior to joining KB, Nazareth clerked for the Honorable Vicki Miles-LaGrange, Chief United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma. Mr. Haysbert also spent a considerable amount of time in South Africa where he clerked for the South African Law Firm, Webber Wentzel Attorneys, in Johannesburg and founded the non-profit organization, Law Students For Africa. Nazareth attended University of Oklahoma College of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree. For more information about Nazareth, visit his profile here.
With our Thanksgiving Food Drive being such a success, we wanted to share details from our 6th Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Each year during the holiday season, KB hosts a toy drive where we collect toys to benefit the students of the Buckner Academy in Los Angeles, CA.
This year, almost 40 gifts were collected from KB employees in our LA office. We delivered the gifts on Friday, December 20th to the Buckner Academy for students who are between the ages of 2-4 years old. KB enjoys hosting annual holiday toy drives and other charitable events since it’s a great way to give back to the community and get into the holiday spirit. Click through the album below to see some pictures from last Friday’s toy drive.
Happy New Year!
On October 3, 2013, Adobe Systems, Inc. (“Adobe”) first announced that approximately 3 million Adobe user accounts, including user login data, names, company names, email addresses, payment information, and other personal information, had been accessed by unauthorized parties. More recently, reports claim that as many as 150 million Adobe user accounts may have been impacted by this data breach.
We understand that the security of your personal information is important. We provide reasonable administrative, technical, and physical security controls to protect your personal information.
After a business becomes aware that its customers’ personal information has been accessed by unauthorized parties or otherwise compromised, the California Data Breach Act requires Adobe to disclose the security breach to inform affected consumers “without unreasonable delay.” However, despite admitting that it was aware of the data breach as early as September 17, 2013, many Adobe customers were not notified that their information had been compromised until mid-October 2013, while some customers have not been notified at all.
On December 3, 2013, Khorrami Boucher Sumner Sanguinetti, LLP filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of American consumers in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. 13-cv-05596). To date, two other class action lawsuits (Halpain v. Adobe Systems, Inc., Case No. 13-cv-05226; and Heimlich v. Adobe Systems, Inc., Case No. 13-cv-05611) have also been filed against Adobe on behalf of American consumers related to the 2013 data breach. Each of the complaints alleges that Adobe implemented substandard security measures, made material misrepresentations regarding its security measures, failed to protect consumers’ personal information, and failed to timely inform consumers that their personal information had been compromised.
Search tools are available online, such as http://rpi.ricklubbers.nl/random/adobe/, to help consumers determine if whether their Adobe customer account information may have been accessed by unauthorized persons as a result of the recent data breach. If you believe your personal information has been compromised, we would like to hear from you and learn more about your experience as part of our ongoing investigation into Adobe’s violations of consumer rights. Please call Khorrami Boucher Sumner Sanguinetti, LLP for a confidential consultation.
Each year, Khorrami Boucher Sumner Sanguinetti, LLP hosts a Thanksgiving Food Drive where the firm collects donations for less fortunate families. For this year’s drive, KBSS teamed up with Kiesel Law and the Inner City Law Center and collected donations to benefit twelve impoverished families in the local area.
The Inner City Law Center is a local organization that provides legal services to those individuals who are living on Skid Row or are in other dire situations. Many of the individuals who turn to the Inner City Law Center are low income families who have had tough lives and are living in deplorable conditions. With a staff of 40, including 20 attorneys, Inner City Law Center combats slum housing while developing strategies to end homelessness.
When we heard that most of the families who rely on the Inner City Law Center weren’t thinking of having a Thanksgiving Dinner due to lack of resources, we had to step in. Both, KBSS and Kiesel Law helped collect groceries and monetary donations to provide each family with the essentials for a Thanksgiving dinner. For the families who don’t have kitchen facilities, we donated pre-cooked meals for them to enjoy.
Last year, KBSS was able to provide donations to benefit only four families. By teaming up with Kiesel Law, we were able to more than double our efforts and make a bigger impact! In additional to grocery and food donations, KBSS raised $340 while Kiesel Law raised $270, bringing the grand total to over $600.00.Thanks to all the generous employees who helped make this year’s Thanksgiving Food Drive a success. Now onto our Holiday Toy Drive! Photos to fo
For the fifth consecutive year, Khorrami Boucher, LLP participated in the annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles. The walk, which took place on Sunday, October 14, benefits AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and more than 20 other LA County AIDS service organizations. It’s with the outstanding efforts of corporate companies and individual volunteers that the annual walkathon is able to help raise funds and provide advocacy programs, access to dental care, counseling, linkages to safe housing, and other crucial direct services to thousands of people who are living with HIV/AIDS.
The walk took place in West Hollywood, California totaling 6.2 miles. Over 25,000 walkers met in West Hollywood Park, where the walk commenced, and made their way through the streets of West Hollywood.
With the help of volunteers and more than 1,500 registered teams, more than $2.5 million dollars was raised at this year’s walk. Team KBSS has raised more than $1,800 and ranks as team #107 among the 1,500 registered teams. For more information about AIDS Walk LA, visit their website at: http://www.aidswalk.net/losangeles
See you next year, AIDS WALK LA!