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Five Miller Law Group Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers List!

Miller Law Group attorneys Michele Ballard Miller, Lisa C. Hamasaki, Joseph P. Mascovich, Walter M. Stella and Oswald B. Cousins have been selected to the 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers list. All five Miller attorneys selected to the list have received the award in previous years, including 10+ straight Super Lawyers selections for Michele and Joe. Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers in the state are selected as Super Lawyers. Congratulations to Miller Law Group Super Lawyers!

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a multiphase process that includes peer nominations and evaluations combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

 

Miller Law Group Named to U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2017 "Best Law Firms" List

Miller Law Group is pleased to announce that it has received a Ranking in the 2017 edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers' “Best Law Firms!” This ranking is specific to the metropolitan area of San Francisco and the field of Employment Law - Management. Miller Law Group is one of only 20 San Francisco firms to receive this recognition. Miller Law Group partner Walter Stella also received recognition for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017.

Firms and attorneys included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” and “Best Lawyers” lists are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale, and to be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, which recognizes the top four percent of practicing attorneys in the US. The 2017 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting BestLawFirms.USNews.com.

Miller Law Group, with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, exclusively represents business in all aspects of California employment law and related litigation. The firm's clients include start-ups to Fortune 50/500 companies in the finance, retail, restaurant, telecommunications, manufacturing, health care and high-tech sectors. Miller Law Group is certified as a women-owned business by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

 

Miller Law Group is Pleased to Announce the Expansion of Our San Francisco Team!

Please welcome John H. Feldmann III and Oswald B. Cousins, who have joined us as partners in our San Francisco office. John and Oswald bring considerable knowledge and experience to our firm, and we are excited to have them on board!

John H. Feldmann III represents management in all areas of labor and employment law. John's impressive 40-year career has focused on traditional labor matters, litigating wage and hour, EEO, and wrongful termination claims, and providing advice and counsel to employers on their statutory and contractual obligations regarding recruiting, hiring, training, evaluating, disciplining, and terminating employees. John has headed his own practice (Law Offices of John H. Feldmann III) and was a partner with Proskauer Rose. John can be reached at jfeldmann@millerlawgroup.com.

Oswald B. Cousins comes to us from Nixon Peabody, where he was a partner in the Labor and Employment practice group. Oswald is a seasoned trial lawyer with over 20 years' experience in all aspects of labor and employment litigation. His practice concentrates on wrongful termination, whistleblower and retaliation, and discrimination and harassment matters, wage and hour class actions and PAGA claims, and trade secrets and contract disputes. He also provides advice and counsel on a wide range of employment issues. Oswald can be reached at ocousins@millerlawgroup.com.

Please join us in welcoming John and Oswald to Miller Law Group!

 

Six Miller Law Group Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers List!

Miller Law Group attorneys Michele Ballard Miller, Lisa C. Hamasaki, Joseph P. Mascovich, Janine S. Simerly, Walter M. Stella and Kerry McInerney Freeman have been selected to the 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers list! All six Miller attorneys selected to the list have received the award in previous years, including 10+ straight Super Lawyers selections for Michele, Janine and Joe. Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers in the state are selected as Super Lawyers. Congratulations to Miller Law Group Super Lawyers!

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a multiphase process that includes peer nominations and evaluations combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

 

Miller Law Group Selected as a Winner of the 2015 AT&T Legal Department Diversity and Inclusion Award.

Miller Law Group is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a winner of the 2015 AT&T Legal Department Diversity and Inclusion Award! Presented to two firms each year who work with AT&T's legal department, this award spotlights the firms making the greatest strides and progress toward the goal of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

The award was accepted by Michele Ballard Miller and Lisa C. Hamasaki, Shareholders of Miller Law Group, at AT&T's Legal Conference in Dallas, TX, on February 26, 2015.

"We are proud to receive this recognition from AT&T," said Michele Ballard Miller. "We believe that a culture of inclusion, which respects and values the diversity of everyone within our firm, as well as our clients and suppliers, significantly enhances our ability to provide legal services to our clients."

Miller Law Group was founded 16 years ago on the principle that women attorneys should have opportunities to own, manage and engage in an exciting and fast-paced law practice. Today, as one of the largest women-owned management-side employment law firms in the country, Miller Law Group is a diverse workplace and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse group of attorneys and staff.

We remain committed and proactive in our efforts to achieve and build on our foundation of diversity, and we believe that our commitment is reflected not only in our recent diversity and inclusion efforts but also in the results we have achieved over the past years.

 

Miller Law Group Named to U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2015 “Best Law Firms” List and selected as a 2015 Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies in the U.S.

Miller Law Group is pleased to announce that it has received a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2015 edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers' “Best Law Firms!” This ranking is specific to the metropolitan area of San Francisco and the field of Employment Law - Management. Miller Law Group is one of only 14 San Francisco firms to receive this recognition. Miller Law Group shareholder Walter Stella also received recognition for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015.

“We are proud to receive this recognition for the second consecutive year,” said Managing Shareholder Michele Ballard Miller. “Our Tier 1 Ranking helps to validate the time and effort we spend every day helping our clients realize their goals and protect their businesses.”

Firms and attorneys included in the 2015 “Best Law Firms” and “Best Lawyers” lists are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Ranked firms, presented in tiers (Tier 1 being the highest), are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale, and to be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, which recognizes the top four percent of practicing attorneys in the US. The 2015 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting BestLawFirms.USNews.com.

Miller Law Group is also pleased to announce that it was selected as a “2015 Go-To Law Firm” in American Lawyer Media's (ALM) annual survey of in-house counsel at the top 500 companies in the U.S., putting the firm in an exclusive group that performs exceptional work for the FORTUNE 500. This is Miller Law Group's fifth consecutive year receiving this recognition.

Miller Law Group, with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, exclusively represents business in all aspects of California employment law and related litigation. The firm's clients include start-ups to Fortune 50/500 companies in the finance, retail, restaurant, telecommunications, manufacturing, health care and high-tech sectors. Miller Law Group is certified as a women-owned business by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

 

Miller Law Group Shareholder Lisa C. Hamasaki Named Co-Chair of NAMWOLF's Labor & Employment Law Practice Area Committee.

On September 17, 2014 NAMWOLF announced the selection of Lisa C. Hamasaki of Miller Law Group and Danielle Linert of Giffen & Kaminski as the new co-chairs of NAMWOLF's Labor & Employment Law Practice Area Committee ("L&E PAC").

The L&E PAC is a national network of highly skilled and pre-screened minority and women-owned law firms with significant expertise representing employers in labor and employment matters. Member firms have reputations for excellence in this challenging practice area. Through this Committee, NAMWOLF brings together law firms and major employers to create mutually beneficial partnerships, develop cost effective workplace solutions, provide effective legal defense and achieve dispute resolution.

Lisa has practiced exclusively in management-side labor and employment law for over 16 years. She is active in NAMWOLF as a speaker on employment law topics, annual meeting planning, and in the Expo committee, and has attended every NAMWOLF annual and multiple business meetings since 2007. She has also been very involved in leading the L&E PAC's efforts in the CLE arena, pulling together pitch materials, and organizing the PAC's upcoming webinar series.

Congratulations Lisa!

 

Miller Law Group Shareholder Walter M. Stella Participates in KQED Radio Discussion on Part-Time Workers.

On July 23, 2014 Walter M. Stella participated in a KQED Radio discussion on "The Debate Over Part-Time Work." You can listen to the discussion on KQED's website here: http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201407230900

 

Nine Miller Law Group Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists.

Miller Law Group attorneys Michele Ballard Miller, Lisa C. Hamasaki, Joseph P. Mascovich, Donna M. Rutter, Janine S. Simerly, Walter M. Stella and Kerry McInerney Freeman have been selected to the 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers list! Attorneys Adam J. Tullman and Emily H. Fulmer have been selected to the 2014 Northern California Rising Stars list! Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers in the state are selected as Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5 percent are selected as Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes Peer nominations and evaluations combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

 

Miller Law Group is pleased to announce that Jocelyn M. Chan has joined our firm's San Francisco office!

Jocelyn represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation in both class action and single-plaintiff cases arising under local, California, and federal laws. She has experience with the full range of employment-related disputes, including matters involving wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Jocelyn joins our firm from Winston & Strawn LLP. She can be reached at jchan@millerlawgroup.com.

Please join us in welcoming Jocelyn to our firm!

 

Miller Law Group is pleased to announce that Kathryn Conard has joined our firm's Los Angeles office!

Kathryn represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation. She also has experience representing privately and publicly held corporations and financial institutions in regulatory investigations and compliance, shareholder derivative claims and related corporate governance matters. She balances her practice with pro bono matters including juvenile immigration matters, unlawful detainer actions and domestic violence restraining orders, as well as numerous successful adoption petitions. Kathryn joins our firm from Bingham McCutchen in Los Angeles. She can be reached at kconard@millerlawgroup.com.

Please join us in welcoming Kathryn to our firm!

 

Michele Ballard Miller Selected as a Top Labor & Employment Lawyer in California.

Shareholder Michele Ballard Miller has been named by the Daily Journal as a "Top Labor & Employment Lawyer in California" for 2013. This list, published annually, honors 75 top Labor & Employment attorneys throughout the state. Michele has practiced exclusively in the area of labor and employment law for over 30 years and is the active chair of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel's (FDCC) Employment Practices and Workplace Liability Committee.

 

Seven Miller Law Group Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists.

Miller Law Group attorneys Michele Ballard Miller, Lisa C. Hamasaki, Joseph P. Mascovich, Donna M. Rutter, and Janine S. Simerly have been selected to the 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers list. Attorneys Greg F. Fortescue and Adam J. Tullman have been selected to the 2013 Northern California Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers in the state are selected as Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5 percent are selected as Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

 

Miller Law Group is pleased to announce that Holly R. Lake has joined our firm's Los Angeles office as a Shareholder.

Holly R. Lake, previously Of Counsel with Paul Hastings LLP in Los Angeles, represents private and public employers in all aspects of employment law and related litigation, including wage and hour matters, wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, and class and collective actions. Holly has successfully defended employers at trial, in administrative proceedings, and before the California Court of Appeal. She also advises clients on matters with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, including preparing, implementing, and maintaining affirmative action plans and responding to government audits.

Holly serves on the faculty at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) training program. She is a frequent speaker on employment law topics and has authored numerous articles on wage and hour, trade secrets, and OFCCP compliance issues.

You can learn more about Holly by visiting her bio.

 

Miller Law Group shareholder Walter M. Stella scheduled to speak at NCHRA's 2013 HR West Conference in Oakland.

Miller Law Group shareholder Walter M. Stella will be presenting at HR West 2013 in April on "Hot Topics and Emerging Trends." HR West is the largest gathering of HR professionals in Northern California — bringing together more than 600 HR professionals for unparalleled networking and excellent education. This years convention will be held in the Oakland Convention Center. Visit www.hrwest.org for complete details.

 

Miller Law Group attorneys scheduled for various speaking engagements in early 2013.

2013 is off to a quick start with many Miller Law Group attorneys scheduled to speak at various conferences and for organizations throughout California. These speaking engagements include:

January 16: Women for WineSense HR Roundtable
January 22, 24, 29, 31: PIHRA Legal Updates
January 24: NCHRA Legal & Legislative Conference
January 31: Bar Association of San Francisco
February 8: Sierra HR Association Legal Update
February 13: CalSHRM Chapter Meeting
March 5: FDCC 2013 Winter Meeting
March 19: PIHRA - Pomona Valley Mining Company

  

Miller Law Group is pleased to announce that it is the fastest-growing employment law firm in the U.S., and the third fastest-growing law firm overall, based on its rank on the Inc. 500/5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

“We are excited about this accomplishment,” said Managing Shareholder and Founder Michele Ballard Miller. “Our Inc. 500/5000 ranking is a distinction that underscores our firm's growth, as well as our dedication to client service, the depth of our employment law practice, and our cost-effective approach to our client's legal matters.”

Added Shareholder Lisa Hamasaki: “In 2012, we opened a Los Angeles office and brought on several high-profile shareholders. We are looking forward to building on our growth and continued success in the years ahead.”

The Inc. 500/5000 List is an annual survey conducted by Inc. magazine to determine the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The research team compiles company data from thousands of businesses, ranking them by net growth over three years. Just 13.5% of businesses on the 2012 Inc. 5000 list are women-led. Complete results can be found at www.inc.com/5000.

 

Miller Law Group Shareholder Michele Ballard Miller was Recently Recognized by The Recorder as One of 2012's Women Leaders in Law

Miller Law Group shareholder Michele Ballard Miller was one of forty "champion networkers" to be recognized by The Recorder as one of 2012's Women Leaders in Law. The award was given to women who have shown creativity and effort in building relationships that create opportunities for their firms or organizations and for others. To view the full list of winners, click here.

 

Miller Law Group Shareholder Michele Ballard Miller to Moderate an Employment Law Panel at the 2012 FDCC Corporate Counsel Symposium

Miller Law Group shareholder Michele Ballard Miller is scheduled to moderate a panel at the upcoming FDCC Corporate Counsel Symposium on the topic of "What Can They Sue You For Now? Employment Law Update." The event will be held September 12-14 in Philadelphia, PA. Visit the FDCC website to learn more.

 

Miller Law Group Shareholders Michele Ballard Miller and Lisa Hamasaki to Speak at the 2012 NAMWOLF Annual Meeting

Miller Law Group shareholders Michele Ballard Miller and Lisa Hamasaki are scheduled to speak at the upcoming NAMWOLF Annual Meeting on the topic of "Accommodating Mental Disabilities: Managing the Real-Life Challenges Within the Law." The event will be held October 14-17 in Atlanta, GA. Visit NAMWOLF's website to learn more.

 

Miller Law Group attorneys selected to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Miller Law Group attorneys Michele Ballard Miller, Janine Simerly, Tracy Thompson, Lisa Hamasaki, and Joseph Mascovich have been selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers list for 2012. Attorney Adam Tullman was also selected to the Northern California Rising Stars list for 2012.

The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of the Thomson Reuters, Legal division based in Eagan, MN. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

 

Miller Law Group is Pleased to Announce That Emi Gusukuma Has Joined Our Firm's San Francisco Office as Special Counsel!

Emi -- who serves as president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) -- has 14 years' experience practicing all aspects of employment law and related litigation. Her focus is on counseling clients on a variety of employment law issues that arise in the workplace, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, leaves of absence and wage and hour claims. Emi was a 2010 recipient of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's Best Lawyers Under 40 Award, and she was previously associated with the boutique firm Haas & Najarian.

Emi will continue her work with AABA (President, 2012-2013) and other civic and non-profit organizations. She is on the board of the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, and has served as a commissioner on San Francisco's Immigrant Rights Commission and as chair of the City's Ethics Commission, the youngest member ever to serve in that position. She is also an adjunct professor at U.C. Hastings College of the Law.

Emi can be reached at eg@millerlawgroup.com and you can view her bio.

Please join us in welcoming Emi to our firm!

 

Miller Law Group Has Expanded into Southern California with the Opening of a New Los Angeles Office!

Miller Law Group opened an office in Los Angeles on May 15, 2012.

The firm, headquartered in San Francisco, now has 23 attorneys and represents employers throughout California, including Fortune 50/500 companies in the finance, retail, restaurant, telecommunications, manufacturing, health care, and high tech sectors. Our new office will allow us to provide comprehensive employment law services to our existing clients with operations in Southern California. And, our reputation and experience combined with competitive rates will be attractive to other large employers seeking cost-effective legal solutions in Southern California.

Our new office is located at 12121 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1300, Los Angeles, CA 90025 and can be reached at 310-943-8500.

 

Miller Law Group Attorneys to Speak at a Miller Law Group Sponsored ACC Event.

Keeping up to date on the latest changes in the law and staying in compliance can be a headache for any organization. And when you're in-house counsel at a startup or emerging tech company, the challenges are only bigger. You're wearing multiple legal hats and juggling dozens of legal issues.

The Essentials for Startups seminar will provide you with the tools you need to keep your company in compliance and out of court - whether you're general counsel at a startup, new to in house, or experienced corporate counsel who just needs a legal refresher.

During this half-day seminar, our experienced panelists will guide you through the legal essentials of employment law, immigration law, corporate law and intellectual property. Attendees will receive a binder packed with practical sample policies, forms and checklists, and have opportunities to network during our luncheon.

Our panel will include attorneys from Miller Law Group, Sideman & Bancroft, and Weaver Schlenger Mazel. For more information or to register, click here.

 

Miller Law Group shareholders Michele Ballard Miller, Lisa Hamasaki, and Walter Stella to speak at the NCHRA's HR West 2012 Conference.

Michele Ballard Miller, Lisa Hamasaki, and Walter Stella will be presenting at the NCHRA's HR West 2012 Conference from April 23-25, 2012 at the South San Francisco Conference Center. Michele and Lisa will be presenting on the 24th, on the topic of "Disability Discrimination: Avoiding Bias and Managing Accommodations." Walter is scheduled to present on the 25th, on the topic of "Hot Topics and Emerging Trends in California Employment Law." For more information or to register, click here.

 

Miller Law Group shareholder Michele Ballard Miller to speak at MCCA's 11th Annual CLE Expo.

Miller Law Group shareholder Michele Ballard Miller is scheduled to speak at the MCCA's 11th Annual CLE Expo from March 20-22, 2012 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown. For more information and to register, click here.

 

Miller Law Group attorneys Michele Ballard Miller and Carolyn Rashby to speak at NCHRA's 2012 Legal & Legislative Conferences.

Miller Law Group attorneys Michele Ballard Miller and Carolyn Rashby are scheduled to speak at the NCHRA's 2012 Legal and Legislative Conferences on January 26 in San Francisco, and February 2 in Santa Clara. Their presentation will address "Family Rights in the Workplace: A Look at Federal and California Laws." For more information and to register, click here.

 

Miller Law Group named one of the Bay Area's 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies of 2011.

Miller Law Group has been named to the San Francisco Business Times "Top 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies" list for 2011. The San Francisco Business Times announced the list on October 27th at a reception at the Hilton San Francisco. Miller Law Group was ranked 45th out of the top 100 companies in the bay area, jumping up 10 spots from 2010 when they were ranked 55th.

 

Miller Law Group named a 2011 go-to law firm.

Miller Law Group was selected as a 2011 "Go-To Law Firm" in the area of litigation law and was listed in the July issue of the leading law publication The American Lawyer. The "Go-To" status is achieved through survey responses submitted to The American Lawyer by General Counsel from top companies, as well as research conducted in various resources including public records, leading publications and well-respected commercial databases.

 

Miller Law Group named one of the bay area's 100 largest women-owned businesses.

Miller Law Group has been named to the San Francisco Business Times "Largest Women-Owned Businesses in the Bay Area" list for 2011. Miller Law Group is ranked 40th out of 100 companies in the bay area. You can view the full list here.

 

Miller Law Group shareholder Kerry McInerney Freeman to participate in California Lawyer Labor and Employment Roundtable.

Miller Law Group shareholder Kerry McInerney Freeman is scheduled to participate in a labor and employment roundtable hosted by California Lawyer magazine on Monday, October 3rd. The roundtable will be featured in the November 2011 issue of California Lawyer magazine.

 

Miller Law Group attorneys to attend ACC Annual Meeting in Denver.

Miller Law Group will be attending ACC's 2011 Annual Meeting as a blue level sponsor from October 23rd through October 26th at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. Miller attorneys in attendance will include Michele Ballard Miller, Lisa Hamasaki, Carolyn Rashby, Maureen Bogue, and Greg Fortescue. You can learn more about this event at the following link: http://www.acc.com/education/am11/

 

Miller Law Group attorneys to attend NAMWOLF Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

Miller Law Group will be attending NAMWOLF's 2011 Annual Meeting from September 18th through September 21st at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miller attorneys in attendance will include Michele Ballard Miller, Lisa Hamasaki, Carolyn Rashby, and Claudia Castillo. You can learn more about this event at the following link: http://www.namwolf.org/emerging-issues/2011-annual-meeting-law-firm-expo

 

Miller Law Group attorneys selected to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Miller Law Group attorneys Michele Ballard Miller, Janine Simerly, Tracy Thompson, and Joseph Mascovich have been selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers list for 2011. Attorneys Katherine Kettler and Adam Tullman were selected to the Northern California Rising Stars list for 2011.

The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of the Thomson Reuters, Legal division based in Eagan, MN. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

 

Miller Law Group attorneys to speak at July 15th program on litigating discrimination and harassment claims.

Miller Law Group attorneys Michele Ballard Miller and Maureen Bogue will present at the Bridgeport Continuing Education program, "Litigating Discrimination and Harassment Claims in the era of Dukes v. Wal-Mart," on July 15, 2011 at the Le Meridien hotel in San Francisco. The presentation will address "Recent Case Law Trends in Harassment and Discrimination Litigation." For more information, visit the Bridgeport Continuing Education website.

 

Miller Law Group attorneys quoted in a recent Business Insurance article.

Miller Law Group attorneys Michele Ballard Miller and Carolyn Rashby were quoted in a recent Business Insurance article, "Demands at home create bias suits at work." You can read the article online here.

 

Miller Law Group attorneys participate on social media and ethics panel at the NAMWOLF Regional Meeting in San Francisco.

Miller Law Group shareholder Lisa Hamasaki spoke on a panel on "Social Networking: Ethics, Pitfalls, and Best Practices" at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms' (NAMWOLF) regional meeting, held on June 27 at the PG&E Conference Center in San Francisco, California. The panel discussion was moderated by Miller Law Group attorney Carolyn Rashby.

 

Miller Law Group wins third prize in the San Francisco Food From The Bar Program!

Miller Law Group is proud to announce that it won Third Prize and reached Gold Partner status in the San Francisco Food From The Bar program! Miller Law Group competed against 73 San Francisco law firms and corporate legal departments over the course of one month by raising monetary donations and food, and volunteering at the San Francisco Food Bank. We raised a total of $9,975.00, which will purchase an astounding $59,850.00 worth of food to help feed families in San Francisco and Marin Counties. 26 Miller Law Group volunteers spent time sorting, cleaning and packing food at the SF Food Bank and we collected a total of 140 pounds of food. Click on the link below to see photos of all the fun had in the course of this truly worthwhile event! Food From The Bar Photos.

 

Miller Law Group shareholder Lisa Hamasaki participates in California Lawyer Diversity Roundtable.

Miller Law Group shareholder Lisa Hamasaki recently participated in a diversity roundtable hosted by California Lawyer magazine and moderated by the California Minority Counsel Program. The panelists -- in-house and outside counsel -- discussed the business case for diversity in the legal profession, as well as how corporate legal departments and law firms are measuring diversity and fostering development and retention of diverse attorneys at law firms. The roundtable is featured in the June 2011 issue of California Lawyer magazine. Click here to read the article.

 

Miller Law Group attorney featured in latest issue of CA Labor & Employment Bulletin.

Miller Law Group attorney Maureen K. Bogue has been featured in the February 2011 issue of CA Labor & Employment Bulletin

 

Miller Law Group attends 2010 ACC Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

Miller Law Group will be attending ACC's 2010 Annual Meeting as a blue level sponsor from October 24th through October 27th at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Miller attorneys in attendance will include Michele Ballard Miller, Janine Simerly, Lisa Hamasaki, Carolyn Rashby, and Mary Guilfoyle. You can learn more about this event at the following link: http://www.acc.com/education/am10/

 

Miller Law Group named one of the bay area's 100 fastest growing private companies of 2010.

Miller Law Group has been named to the San Francisco Business Times "Top 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies" list for 2010. The San Francisco Business Times announced the list on October 20th at a reception at the Hilton San Francisco. Miller Law Group was ranked 55th out of 100 companies in the bay area.

 

Miller Law Group attorneys selected to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Miller Law Group attorneys Michele Ballard Miller, Janine Simerly, Tracy Thompson, and Joseph Mascovich have been selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers list for 2010. Attorneys Katherine Kettler, Bethany Vasquez and Adam Tullman were selected to the Northern California Rising Stars list for 2010.

The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of the Thomson Reuters, Legal division based in Eagan, MN. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

 

Miller Law Group secures big win for employers in California.

In a published decision and a win for employers that use arbitration agreements, the District Court for the Northern District of California has upheld an arbitration agreement over an employee's claims that the agreement did not meet California standards for the arbitration of discrimination claims and was an unlawful contract of adhesion. The case is Cornejo v. Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto (N.D. Cal. May 17, 2010) 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48354.

Miller Law Group attorneys Janine Simerly, Claudia Castillo, and Noah Levin represented Spenger's and its parent company McCormick and Schmick Restaurant Corp. on its motion to compel arbitration.

Miller Law Group is pleased to announce that Kerry McInerney Freeman has become a shareholder in our firm.

Miller Law Group is pleased to announce that Kerry McInerney Freeman has become a shareholder in our firm. Ms. Freeman, a 1996 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law (University of California, Berkeley), represents management in wide-ranging employment litigation matters in state and federal court, including claims of wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Additionally, Ms. Freeman advises clients regarding a variety of workplace issues including misconduct investigations, employee discipline, workplace violence, personnel policies and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

 

Miller Law Group attorney Carolyn Rashby was quoted in a recent Business Insurance magazine article.

Miller Law Group attorney Carolyn Rashby was quoted in a recent Business Insurance magazine article, "Use of Temp Workers Invites Exposure." You can read the article online here.

 

Janine S. Simerly moderates a panel on mediation at the Association of Defense Counsel's annual meeting in San Francisco.

Janine S. Simerly moderated a panel on "Successful Mediation: The Paradigm Shift in Legal Advocacy" at the Association of Defense Counsel's annual meeting, held on December 10-11 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California.

 

Miller Law Group Hosts San Francisco Chapter of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms.

On October 14, Miller Law Group hosted a meeting of the San Francisco Chapter of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF). Miller Law Group is a member of the INBLF, which is an organization of highly credentialed single-discipline (boutique) law firms, each of which has been identified and hand-selected as prominent in their respective field of practice. Currently, the INBLF has nearly 300 member firms in more than 40 major cities throughout the United States and Canada. The INBLF operates to provide an extensive referral network among member firms and to ensure that clients of member firms receive the highest quality legal representation, regardless of the nature of the legal issue or the jurisdiction where it arises, should that client elect to retain an INBLF member for legal counsel or assistance.

 

Miller Law Group Attorneys Attend the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Annual Meeting in Chicago.

On October 5th-7th 2009, Miller attorneys attended the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) annual meeting in Chicago. Miller shareholder Lisa Hamasaki participated on a panel presentation, “Litigation Ethics in the Electronic Age - From Facebook to Forensics.” Ms. Hamasaki spoke about the ethical risks of conducting internet investigations during litigation, including using Facebook and other social networking sites. NAMWOLF was established in 2001 with the purpose of encouraging major corporations and public entities to utilize the services of minority and women-owned law firms.

 

Michele Ballard Miller Moderates a Panel on Managing Company Obligations in a Changing Employment Law Landscape.

Michele Ballard Miller moderated a panel on "Managing Company Obligations in a Changing Employment Law Landscape" at the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel's (FDCC) 6th Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium, held on September 23-25 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Las Colinas, Texas.

 

Miller Law Group Wins Defense Verdict in Race and Retaliation Case.

On July 30, 2009, Miller Law Group shareholder Janine Simerly won a complete defense verdict on behalf of McCormick & Schmick Restaurant Corp. and two individual defendants in a hotly contested racial discrimination and retaliation lawsuit. The jury trial in Alameda County Superior Court lasted six weeks, culminating in the jury's verdict in our clients' favor. The plaintiff in the suit, represented by Angela Alioto, sought over $1 million in economic and emotional distress damages, as well as unspecified punitive damages. Please join us in congratulating Janine, a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, on another trial victory!

 

Miller Law Group Shareholders Selected to Super Lawyers List.

Miller Law Group shareholders Michele Ballard Miller, Janine Simerly and Tracy Thompson have once again been selected to the Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers - Northern California magazine. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers.