- Stephen “Rusty” Kozak joins FSG as an Associate
- Article – Tenants – Think Twice Before Signing That AIR Lease Form*
- Article “Agreements with Sales Representatives”
- Misclassification of an employee or a contractor can have severe tax and other consequences for the employer.
- Article “Classifying Workers: Contractors or Employees?”
- Friedman Stroffe & Gerard, P.C. again selected as one of “Top Orange County Law Firms”
- FSG’s Jim Stroffe featured in Orange County Business Journal’s “Law Firms Special Report”
- Robert Gerard and Bryan Friedman attend Surf Industry Waterman’s Ball event
We are approaching a new year in which new employment laws will go into effect. In California, there continues to be a literal tsunami of cases in which specific legal requirements relating to meal and rest periods, work hours, leaves of absence, equal employment opportunity, and other employment requirements are at issue. This can make it difficult even for those employers whose employee policies are well-updated to operate with minimal legal issues, and a potential litigation nightmare for the employer that neglects to stay on top of changes in laws and documenting key company employment issues and policies. Read the full article.
The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) 2013 “Waterman’s Ball” was held recently at the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point. FSG partners Bryan Friedman and Robert Gerard attended on behalf of the firm.
“Waterman’s Weekend” raises funds for environmental groups that work on water quality issues, protect beaches and surf breaks, and offer ocean and conservation education. Honorees included Fernando Aguerre (Waterman of the Year), Peter “PT” Townend (Lifetime Achievement Award), Jon Rose (Special Achievement Award) and Brandon Boyd of Incubus (Environmentalist of the Year).
The action sports industry’s “Agenda” trade show was held recently in Los Angeles with over 600 brands that appealed to a wide swath of youth culture showing lines under one roof. FSG partner Bryan Friedman attended on behalf of the firm.
According to Shop-eat-surf.com, Agenda’s Mike Carter, VP of Sales & Marketing, said it was Agenda’s biggest show ever. Retailer and distributor attendance increased 40% vs. the January 2013 show.
Shop-eat-surf.com, a leading on-line source of business news and information for action sports executives, has published an article by FSG shareholder Bryan Friedman. In the article “Infringement of Intellectual Property” Bryan explains:
“It is important for the creative people in the industry to understand the boundaries of fair interpretation, and not infringe on other people’s intellectual property. In recent years the following infringements have given rise to numerous claims and large financial liability.” He then discusses key facts to know about trademarks, copyright and personal likeness. Read the full article.
Contact Bryan with any questions at email@example.com.
Robert Gerard will be discussing the contractual provisions, terminology, and legalities of athlete sponsorship deals within the action sports industry, and the enforceability of non-competition agreements, notwithstanding California’s strong public policy against such agreements, when said agreements are imposed on individuals providing special, unique, and/or extraordinary services.
FSG is pleased to announce that Jennifer Stroffe, real estate attorney, has been re-elected to the Executive Board of Directors of the Commercial Real Estate Women-Orange County (CREW-OC). CREW-OC is a commercial real estate organization that provides its members various benefits such as educational programs, philanthropy opportunities, award nomination and recognition and networking opportunities among its commercial real estate members. Jennifer was elected to fill the chair of Past President, following her service as the 2012 President of CREW-OC. She was recently selected to be the “Member Spotlight” for CREW-OC.
Most recently, CREW-OC held its second annual CREW-OC SPIRE Awards, honoring superior performance in Orange County’s commercial real estate on February 28, 2013 at the Center Club with over 250 people in attendance, prestigious award nominees and winners and reputable sponsors. Click here to view the Orange County Business Journal write up on CREW-OC including the SPIRE Award nominees
FSG attorneys Jim Stroffe and Jennifer Stroffe successfully secured an order for injunction and appointment of a Receiver in a case involving multiple out-of-state defendants, with properties located in several different state jurisdictions pursuant to an ex parte application filed in the US Federal District Court for the Central District of California. By immediately mobilizing its attorneys to simultaneously file a multiple count complaint consisting of over 100 pages and an ex parte application consisting of over 600 pages, FSG was able to obtain this extraordinary relief on an expedited basis despite the general reluctance of courts to issue appointment orders and numerous obstacles raised by defendants’ counsel. At issue in this case is defendants’ intentional diversion of client funds and dissipation of client assets in excess of $15 Million. In the order appointing the Receiver, Judge Guilford, among other things, vested the Receiver with the full and exclusive power, duty, and authority to administer and manage the defendants’ business affairs, funds, assets, choses in action and any of their other real and personal property – a huge victory by FSG’s legal team for its client.
As any retail professional knows, this year’s International Council of Shopping Centers (“ICSC”) Western Division Conference is being held in San Diego from September 19th-21st. This year’s ICSC conference theme is “Faster, Higher, Stronger” in honor of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and will include relationship building opportunities and educational seminars for attendees. As a former NCAA Division I volleyball player, Jennifer Stroffe, one of FSG’s “Real Estate & Construction” Practice Group members, was selected to participate on the educational panel entitled “Vaulting to Success – How Women have used Sports as a Foundation of their Career.”
Jennifer began her athletic career locally at Corona Del Mar High School where she was recognized as a 2-time first team All-American on its women’s volleyball team, winning unprecedented back-to-back National Championships. After leaving Orange County in 1994, she graduated from UC Santa Barbara summa cum laude; was named All-Big-West and Academic-All-American for UCSB’s nationally ranked NCAA Division I volleyball team in addition to earning her AAA beach volleyball rating; obtained her Masters’ degree from Michigan State in one year while starting for its nationally ranked NCAA Division I volleyball team; and graduated top of her class from Boalt Hall (UC-Berkeley) law school.
After beginning her real estate practice with the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins, a highly prestigious global law firm, Jennifer returned to Orange County to work in commercial real estate transactions in the Real Estate & Construction Practice Group at FSG.
Jennifer credits her ingenuity, work ethic and team approach in her legal practice, in large part, to her athletic training.
To view information on how to register for the conference or the panelists, go to: http://www.icsc.org/srch/mt/descs/2012WS/2012WS.pdf
On June 27, 2012, Jennifer Stroffe, a member of FSG’s Real Estate & Construction Group, was interviewed by CRE Radio as part of a panel comprised of some of the nation’s top women leaders in commercial real estate on the topic “Can Women Break the Glass Ceiling on Commercial Real Estate?” Jennifer was selected for her experience in the negotiation and closing of commercial real estate transactions and her role as the 2012 President of the commercial real estate industry group, CREW-Orange County, a local chapter of the national organization Commercial Real Estate Women Network that includes over 70 chapters and 8000 members throughout the US and Canada.
To listen to Jennifer’s interview on CRE Radio, go to: http://creradio.com/2012/can-women-break-the-glass-ceiling-on-commercial-real-estate/
The FSG Real Estate Department successfully negotiated the early termination of a commercial lease for a San Diego based restaurant client, saving the client well in excess of $175,000 and avoiding costly litigation in the process. Although the restaurant operations were underwater, the lease guaranty was amply supported by a healthy personal financial statement and there was an enormous emotional attachment to the business venture. Through early intervention, intense negotiations with the landlord and a lot of empathy and emotional support, FSG Real Estate attorney Jim Stroffe was able to quickly complete the termination agreement reducing the client’s exposure to additional operational losses and minimizing the emotional turmoil experienced in the process. Grateful for FSG’s efforts, our client remarked, “I have never said this to any attorney, but you are worth every penny you charge me. Frame this!!!!!”