We have expertise in diverse areas of law
ranging from equal justice law, equal rights law, constitutional law, labor and employment law, criminal law, family law, business and corporate law, civil litigation, appellate and writ relief law, public agency law, real estate, mental health and special needs law.
Given our extensive experience handling employment lawsuits, we are now advising employers how to manage their employees during this trying time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team is up to date on the various employment-related laws that have been passed, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Therefore, we are educating clients on the recently imposed federal legislation to further assist with class actions, wage and hour claims, discrimination and retaliation claims, and claims involving causation issues.
Labor and Employment Law
• Collective Bargaining Negotiations, Agreements, Grievances
• Unfair Practice Charges
• Employment Discrimination
• Workplace Safety
• Worker’s Compensation
• Wrongful Termination
• Wage and Hour Rights
• Class Action/PAGA
• Unemployment Compensation
• Negligence and Ethics Complaints
• Employment Contracts
• Health and Retirement Benefits
• COVID-19 Workplace-Related Issues
JAG Law represents public and private management sector clients in the following capacities: outside Litigation Counsel, in-house General Counsel, and as in-house Corporate Counsel. In these roles, the firm handles all aspects of trial litigation, appeals and writ reviews, administrative proceedings, mediation, and/or arbitration before state and federal courts, departments, agencies, and/or tribunals. The types of cases range from proposed wage and hour Class Actions or representative actions under PAGA to individual wrongful terminations, discrimination, and/or sexual harassment cases.
We have extensive experience in representing clients involved in legal disputes or actions arising from and/or related to claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, violations of an individual’s statutory and public policy rights based on race, sex, gender, age, disability, national origin, religion, sexual identity, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, for violations of FEHA, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, NLRA, FMLA,CFRA, and FLSA, resulting in claims of wrongful terminations, constructive discharge, retaliatory discharge, and terminations in violation of public policy, as well as for claims related to client’s imposition of employee discipline, client’s decisions to lay-off, discharge, and/or otherwise terminate employee for unlawful or inappropriate reasons based on pretext, mixed motive, bias, animus, against public policy, retaliation, and/or for arbitrary and capricious reasons. We provide clients with Labor & Employment Law transactional legal services, including but not limited to, reviewing, drafting, amending, revising, updating, and/or otherwise auditing for legal compliance on behalf of the clients’ current policies, practices, procedures, employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, severance agreements, non-disclosure agreements, non-solicitation agreements, commercial agreements, collective bargaining agreements, operating agreements, and employee handbooks, guidelines, and procedures. We also conduct annual legal compliance training, seminars, and courses for clients, as well as perform outside audits, reviews, and/or investigations concerning labor & employment related client matters.
In addition to providing traditional labor law advice, counsel, and representation, the firm offers counsel on matters of union contract administration, collective bargaining negotiations, labor grievances and arbitration handling, layoffs/WARN issues, NLRA violations, representation petitions, modification and de-certification petitions, union elections, unfair labor practice charges, unlawful strike authorization votes, picketing, rights of free speech and assembly on job-sites, privacy issues, unfair competition, collective bargaining for single and multi-employer associations, labor management mediation, as well as public sector employment actions before the Los Angeles County Employees Relation Commission (“ERCOM”) and the California Public Employee Relations Board (“PERB”).
• DUI / Alcohol Offenses
• Drug Charges
• Domestic Violence
• Serious Traffic Offenses
• Misdemeanor Offenses
• Felony Charges
• Bail & Plea Bargaining
• Preliminary Hearings
• Felony Settlement Conferences
• Pre-Sentencing Reports
• Probation Department Recommendations
• Brady Exchanges of Discovery
• Mitigation Packages for Court
• Judicial Chambers Arguments on Plea Bargain Disputes
JAG Law offers services in defending clients accused of committing a crime. Specifically, we provide advice and counsel with regards to arraignments, bail hearings, preliminary hearings, Brady exchanges of discovery, felony settlement conferences, plea bargain negotiations, pre-sentencing reports from various probation offices located in different counties around the state, hearings to impose sentencing, etc.
• Prenuptial, post-nuptial, and separation agreements
• Divorce/Dissolution of Marriage
• Child Custody and Visitation Rights
• Child Support and Alimony
• Valuation and Distribution of Property
• Paternity Matters
• Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders
• Termination of Parental Rights
• Family Law Dispute Resolution
• Mediation and Collaborative Divorce Proceedings
• Post Judgment Enforcement Issues
We assist compassionately in all legal aspects of marriage, including negotiating and drafting prenuptial, post-nuptial, and separation agreements, negotiating and, if need be, litigating the issues of spousal and child support, equitable distribution, custody access agreements and divorce proceedings. We are experienced in Temporary Restraining Orders, Civil Harassment Orders, Preliminary Injunctions, and Permanent Injunctions such as Non-Contact, Non-Harassment, Non-Violence, and Stay Away Orders for victims and their families. Our goal is to achieve the best, most expeditious result for clients through negotiations and, when necessary, in court. We are equally able to guide clients through the mediation process.
Business and Corporate Law
• UCC Commercial Contract Dispute Resolution and Litigation
• Shareholder and Partner Dispute Resolution
• Resolving Disputes between the Business, Customers, or Vendors
• Commercial Real Estate Lease Disputes and Litigation
• Business Setups and Incorporation Services
• Partnership Structures
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Contracts and Agreements
• Small Claims Appeals
• Bankruptcy Filings and Proceedings
• All other Transactional Matters
JAG Law assists small and large corporate clients with the many diverse legal issues they face. We provide advice on all aspects of forming, registering, and maintaining corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies in California. We prepare and file formation documents, and draft and negotiate partnership agreements, operating agreements, and corporate and shareholder agreements. We regularly advise management and boards of directors on matters of corporate governance and legal compliance.
Some of the issues we provide help and assistance to our clients in the area of Business and Corporate Law, as well as transactional legal services, which include but are not limited to, reviewing, drafting, amending, revising, updating, and/or otherwise auditing for current policies, practices, procedures, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Employee Separation and Release Agreements, Non-Solicitation Agreements, Work for Hire Agreements, Employment and Independent Contractor Agreements, Operating Agreements, Commercial Agreements, Buy-Sell Agreements, Notice of: Emergency, Special, Regular, and/or Annual Meetings by Officers, Board of Directors, and/or Shareholders, Agendas for: Emergency, Special, Regular, and/or Annual Meetings by Officers, Board of Directors, and/or Shareholders, Election Ballots and Voting Materials for: Emergency, Special, Regular, and/or Annual Election Meetings, by Officers, Board of Directors, and/or Shareholders, Election Results for: Corporate Officer Positions and Members of the Board of Directors; Minutes of: Emergency, Special, Regular, and/or Annual Meetings by Officers, Board of Director, and/or Shareholders.
We also work closely with management and accountants to provide corporate succession plans, develop compensation arrangements, and provide the legal infrastructure for growth of the company. We assist in the preparation of minutes and other documents necessary to keep the books and records of an entity in legal compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements including but not limited to, the California Secretary of State’s Office, California Department of Corporations, California Franchise Tax Board, and the IRS. On behalf of our clients, we conduct annual legal and regulatory compliance training, courses, seminars, and webinars, as well as upon request perform outside audits, reviews, and/or investigations concerning business and corporate law related client matters. These may include audits, reviews, and/or investigations of a client’s business operations, financial records, and employee relations in accordance with annual certification requirements from both internal and external sources.
Law & Motion/Trial Practice
• Challenges to Pleadings by Motion
• Ex Parte Relief
• Discovery Related Motions
• Settlement Conferences
• Pre-Trial Dispositive Motions
• Post-Trial Relief by Motion
Appellate and Writ Relief Law
• Civil Appeals
• Criminal Appeals
• Administrative Appeals
• Petitions for Writ of Mandamus
• Petitions to Seal or Expunge Record
• Post-Conviction Relief Proceedings
• Rule Compliance
• Fines & Citations
• Stop Work Orders
• Superior Court and Court of Appeals Administrative Writ Petitions
• Alternative Dispute Resolution
• Settlement Conferences
JAG Law has successfully represented clients in civil appeals and petitions including a wide range of subject areas, in federal and state appellate courts. At the appellate level, where cases are almost always decided on the strength of briefs, clear writing and thorough research are crucial. We master the facts and the law, develop creative and effective arguments, draft persuasive appellate papers, and deliver effective oral arguments. Our experience includes direct appeals of trial court judgments and trial court interim or preliminary orders and decisions (in situations where direct appeal of interim preliminary court orders and decisions is authorized by applicable California statutory authority); petitions for writs of mandamus, prohibition, peremptory, and/or certiorari; emergency requests for immediate stay relief; and Palma notices. The firm also handles administrative law matters, including but not limited to, the representation of clients in administrative hearings, appeals, rules compliance issues, fines, citations challenges, stop work orders, and/or challenges of administrative decisions or orders in Court. Finally, the firm represents clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including but not limited to, mediation, arbitration, and settlement conferences.
Public Agency and Municipal Law
• Open Government, Conflicts of Interests and Ethics
• Personnel and Employment
• Land Use and Zoning
• Negligence and Ethics Complaints
• Medical Marijuana Licensing and Compliance
We provide counsel to government agencies by advising public officials on the complex and frequently changing laws pertaining to local government and representing public agency clients in transactions and litigation. These services include assisting clients regarding statutory compliance; Brown Act compliance; Political Reform Act compliance; Government Code 1090 compliance; Public Records Act compliance; public bidding and contracting; personnel and employment; collective bargaining; intergovernmental relations; real estate; joint powers authorities; land use and development; planning and zoning laws; elections; Proposition 218; Proposition 26; utility rate setting, and SWRCB regulatory compliance. We also provide public agency officials and staff with “in-service” seminars and sexual harassment prevention training. Additionally, we closely monitor the current marijuana legislation and case law affecting the large influx of cannabis related ventures developed in the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area and the Coachella Valley.
Real Estate, Land Use, & Tribal Sovereignty Law
• Acquisitions and Sales
• Title and Zoning Disputes
• Lease Negotiations
• Unlawful Detainer Proceedings
• Tribal Sovereignty Disputes
Whether a client is a developer or investor, lender or borrower, contractor or landowner, landlord or tenant, JAG Law has experience helping clients navigate the legal, business, political and regulatory obstacles presented by the diverse market in the Coachella Valley and throughout Southern California. The Coachella Valley presents several diverse real estate and land use issues. From the City of Beaumont at the West end of the valley to the City of Indio in the East end, there are ten different local governments, and several unincorporated areas subject to regulation by Riverside County. Interspersed within those communities is Indian reservation land under the sovereignty of several independent Indian Tribes and subject to the federal trust responsibility of the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs. With current market conditions due to COVID-19, our firm has been extensively involved in representing restaurants in litigation related to lease agreements. While every project and every case is different, our experience permits us to focus quickly and efficiently on the issues that arise in most real estate related disputes.
Mental Health & Special Needs Law
• Special Needs Trusts (SNT)
• Petitions for Guardianship & Letters of Conservatorship
• Access to Federal and State Disability-Based Programs
• Special Education Failure to Accommodate
JAG Law also provides representation and advocacy for individuals and families with special needs due to disability, age, and/or mental illness, providing a broad range of services, including; but, not limited to Petitions for Guardianship and Letters of Conservatorship, as well as renewals thereof. In addition, the firm appears on behalf of clients in mental health court hearings to determine “Gravely Disabled Status,” as required to support an order for Letters of Conservatorship. In addition, we represent the interests of concerned families in the decision-making process along with police officers, mental health providers, primary care physicians, and family members. We also assist by representing the interests of concerned families in the decision on whether to place a psychiatric hold on family members who are a danger to themselves or others pursuant to Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code Sec. 5150 Et. Seq.
JAG Law Offices
Founded with the vision of establishing a law firm in Southern California that is based on the highest standards of legal competence and first-class service at affordable and fair rates.
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