For the third year in a row, Firm Senior Associate Zena Kalioundji has been designated as a “Rising Star” by the Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star Edition. This honor is reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice and is only given to 2.5% of all attorneys in Southern California. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Kalioundji for this well-deserved standing! Ms. Kalioundji is a Senior Associate in the Firm’s Sherman Oaks office. Her practice focuses on general litigation, including complex civil litigation, subrogation, employment and labor law, business litigation, premises liability, insurance, and contracts. Ms. Kalioundji is More
July 15th, 2017/By Admin/In Blog, SBSBLOG
Topics for this Month include: – ERISA exemption for church-affiliated hospitals – Exemption salary requirement cannot include nonmonetary benefits – FLSA Anti-Retaliation Extended to Attorneys – Federal agencies flipping positions on wage regulations – Update on California employment bills that still survive U.S. Supreme Court Extends ERISA Religious Exemption to Church-Affiliated Hospitals On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that the “church-plan” exemption in ERISA includes not only churches themselves, but also church-affiliated organizations, such as hospitals. Non-Monetary Benefits Cannot be Used to Meet Exemption Salary Threshold In Kao v. Joy Holiday, a foreign national who came to California to work More
Tharpe & Howell’s Coverage and Bad Faith Defense Team and Appellate Team achieved another excellent result for an insurance carrier client when the California Court of Appeal upheld the prior granting of a motion for summary judgment in an action alleging bad faith! The Firm’s client, Mid-Century Insurance Company, had issued a policy of comprehensive general liability insurance covering a gasoline station. After one of the station’s underground fuel storage tanks failed a test, the insured discovered the underside of the tank had suffered some minor damage to its hull. The damage was caused by the failure of the installer More
Tharpe & Howell, LLP will be an exhibitor at the California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation (CCWC) 15th Annual Conference to be held at the Disney Grand California Hotel & Spa in Anaheim, California from July 12, 2017 through July 14, 2017. The CCWC is dedicated to providing leadership, education, and advocacy in support of an equitable and efficient workers’ compensation system. If you will be at the conference, please stop by our table to say hello to members of our Firm’s Workers’ Compensation Defense team.
June 13th, 2017/By Admin/In Firm Events
Firm Attorney J. Christopher Bennington will be a featured guest speaker at the PLRB West Regional Adjusters Conference to be held in Riverside, California, on June 14 and 15, 2017. The topic of discussion will be “Controlling The Costs of Construction Defect Litigation” and will focus on the intricacies of balancing aggressive client representation with controlled mounting litigation costs and expenses. Mr. Bennington is a successful trial attorney with more than three decades of legal experience. Currently, he is a Senior Associate of Tharpe & Howell, LLP, serving clients in the Firm’s Bad Faith and Coverage Practice Group.