Robin L. Thornton

Nov 09, 2020

Robin, who chairs the Eminent Domain Practice Group, has nearly 20 years’ law firm experience, including thirteen years practicing in eminent domain and public agency law.  She has represented public and private entities and individuals in a variety of contexts, including appellate matters, trials, administrative hearings, alternative dispute resolution proceedings, private negotiations, and in advisory capacities. In addition to condemnation law, Robin also practices general civil litigation, property tax, real property, insurance coverage, and employment law.

She is best known for her representation in the Richmond Refinery case, which was among the most complex assessment appeals matters in California’s history. Additionally, she has worked on mediations, arbitrations, court and jury trials in Alameda, Solano, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, and Orange Counties.

Notable public projects include the Interstate 80 / Interstate 680 / State Route 12 Interchange and the North Connector in Solano County, Caltrans Truck Scale project in Cordelia, and the State Route 4 Bypass in Brentwood and Oakley.

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Tammy A. Brown

Sep 16, 2019

Chair of the Wendel Rosen employment practice, Tammy has two decades of experience as a civil litigator and counselor to businesses, as well as experience investigating human resource matters for an international defense contractor. Her  practice emphasizes advising employers and defending employment-related claims in federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

Employment Advice and Counseling

Tammy’s deep knowledge of employment law coupled with prior in-house HR experience gives her a distinct perspective to provide practical and strategic advice to employers of all sizes. Her emotional intelligence, adept people skills, and keen insights into workplace processes set her apart. Tammy provides advice and training in a range of employment law issues and conducts internal investigations.

Employment Litigation

Tammy has extensive experience representing employers in a range of employment litigation, including defending class action claims for failure to provide breaks or pay proper overtime rates; defending race, gender, and disability discrimination cases; and arguing employment-related cases before the California Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Tammy’s employment litigation experience includes: harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour claims, and other employment-related issues.

Employment Investigations

Tammy has conducted hundreds of investigations pertaining to a wide variety of HR subjects, including discrimination, harassment, bullying, retaliation, work-place violence, time-stealing, and improper use of proprietary information. Tammy prides herself on her performing even-handed and thorough investigations in a timely and cost-effective manner.  Her investigations have been for small and large organizations in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, and the subjects have ranged from entry-level to C-Suite employees. Additionally, she trains investigators as a part of her practice.

General Business Litigation

In addition to her active labor and employment litigation practice, Tammy has litigated a range of disputes involving general business contracts, construction contract disputes, claims brought by government agencies, and fraud disputes. She has represented both private and public employers in an array of local and national industries.

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Christine K. Noma

Jul 29, 2019

Chris is a partner with the firm’s Environmental and Employment practice groups. With extensive experience in environmental litigation and compliance and employment law, Chris is an empathetic and pragmatic counselor who represents clients with zealous advocacy.

Environmental Law

Chris provides environmental compliance counseling and represents clients in cost recovery litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in  CERCLA, RCRA, nuisance and trespass litigation and defense of Clean Water Act lawsuits (a.k.a. citizen’s suit stormwater complaints), as well as disputes involving, real estate purchases/sales, industrial and drycleaner contamination claims, and claims related to service stations and underground storage tanks. She advises and represents clients before various government regulatory agencies, including the U.S. EPA, California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB). Chris prosecutes and defends cost recovery claims for owners and operators of contaminated property. For clients selling, acquiring or developing contaminated real property, Chris provides counsel and legal services on a range of matters, including due diligence audits, site investigations, remedial action plans, remediation standards, and indemnity provisions. She also represents parties in obtaining defense and insurance coverage for environmental claims.

Employment Law

Chris represents employers defending wrongful termination, wage and hour disputes, and employment discrimination cases in all areas, including claims of sex, age, race, disability discrimination, sexual harassment. She has represented employers in administration hearings before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Department of Industrial Relations, and Cal OSHA. Chris has presented employment law seminars for employer groups including the City of Oakland, Northern California Human Resources Council, Oakland Board of Realtors, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and private employers. She has also advised businesses regarding personnel practices and the preparation of employment manuals.

Mediation Experience

Chris is experienced in alternative dispute resolutions and serves as a mediator for the United States District Court, Northern District of California. She has completed the United States District Court, Northern District of California Alternative Dispute Resolution and Early Neutral Evaluation training programs. Additionally, she received the Bar Association of San Francisco Certificates of Completion for training in mediation and arbitration.

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Eugene M. Pak

Jul 29, 2019

An experienced counselor and litigator, Eugene provides strategic advice to his clients in both transactional and litigation matters. He acts as outside general counsel to many of his clients, and specialized intellectual property and litigation counsel to others. Eugene is a trusted advisor and vigorous advocate for his clients, helping them build and protect their businesses and brands, and to structure favorable deals and agreements.

Eugene’s clients include apparel companies, craft breweries, computer gaming companies, food and beverage companies, technology companies, and many others. He brings a diverse background to his work, having worked at large and small firms, as in-house counsel at a technology company, and at a nonprofit public interest firm.

Intellectual Property Development, Protection and Litigation

For more than fifteen years, Eugene has advised companies in the selection, registration and maintenance of their trademarks and copyrights both domestically and abroad. He has filed or managed thousands of trademark and copyright applications and registrations worldwide. He advises companies with large, well-established international trademark portfolios, as well as newer companies that are just developing their brands.

Eugene also represents clients in related areas such as advertising and marketing issues, social media issues, software licensing, website terms of use, privacy policies, DMCA policies and compliance, and trademark licenses and co-existence agreements. Eugene is also an experienced IP litigator, having litigated numerous IP cases and disputes in federal and state courts. His experience includes disputes involving trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, domain names, anti-counterfeiting, patent, trade secrets, and false advertising issues.

Craft Beer Law and Alcohol Beverage Law

Eugene leads the Craft Breweries & Brew Pubs practice at Wendel Rosen, advising craft breweries and others in the alcohol beverage industry. He serves as outside general counsel to many of his clients, advising them on a wide range of issues from entity formation, trademarks and copyrights, distribution and other contracts, employment issues, alcohol beverage (ABC) and labeling regulations, as well as marketing and advertising issues.

Eugene frequently speaks at beer conferences and has been quoted in Brewbound, All About Beer, The Daily Journal, and other media outlets. He ‘tweets’ on legal and business issues facing craft breweries as @beerattorney.

Business and Employment Advice and Litigation

Eugene is also an experienced business and employment law attorney. He has represented companies in a wide range of business and commercial matters, including antitrust issues, broker-dealer disputes, class action cases, investment fraud, bid disputes, real estate disputes, unfair competition matters, California Business & Professions Code §17200 claims, and Commerce Clause issues involving state and federal beverage laws and regulations. In the employment law field, he has advised and represented clients in matters involving non-compete agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, employment discrimination, independent contractor versus employee status, and wage and hour laws. In addition to representing clients in court, he has represented clients in employment disputes before administrative agencies such as the California Labor Commissioner and New York Stock Exchange (arbitration).

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Stephen McKae

Jul 29, 2019

A veteran litigator, Stephen has more than 40 years of experience in environmental and employment law at both state and federal levels. He has represented employers and individuals in class action and other complex litigation, guided business executives on policy and operational questions, and argued cases at all levels of the federal judicial system, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Stephen is experienced at successfully employing alternative and creative approaches to conflict resolution.

Environmental Litigation

Stephen’s current practice focuses primarily on environmental matters, including contaminated site remediation, brownfield development, cost recovery litigation, and related toxic tort and stigma damage claims. He has guided clients in public agency review of environmental permitting, claims related to chemical handling, response to abandoned tank sites, quarry restoration, landfills, and solid waste management issues.

Creative Conflict Resolution

Stephen pursues creative solutions to address business needs and community concerns, including mediation. He has planned for integration of institutional controls with permitting to reduce requirements for engineered remedies. He is experienced in fashioning agreements for funding of neighborhood relocation to obtain community support for an in-place remedy, the use of historical resources including federal archives to increase contribution from other parties, and marshaling scientific evidence for cost apportionment and allocation.

Employment and Employee Benefits Experience

Stephen’s employment, civil rights and employee benefits law experience includes work with employers, public entities and labor unions in a variety of administrative and litigation matters. He has handled matters under ERISA, Title VII, ADEA, Americans With Disabilities Act, Executive Order 11246, OSHA, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and corresponding state legislation, as well as proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the California Labor Commissioner, and in contract arbitrations and negotiations. He has extensive collective bargaining experience. He has represented numerous construction industry pension, health and apprenticeship trust funds with assets exceeding  $500 million in matters arising under ERISA, including plan structure, benefit improvements, withdrawal liability, COBRA and HIPAA implementation, and fiduciary liability.

Leadership

Active in civic and professional organizations, Stephen served as president of the Danville-Sycamore Valley Rotary Club, and serves as an early neutral evaluator and mediator for the United States District Court. Stephen served in the United States Naval Reserve as an active duty engineering officer from 1969 through 1972.

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David Goldman

Jul 29, 2019

With more than 40 years of civil trial experience, David handles a wide array of business litigation, employment law and competitive business practices counseling and litigation. Before joining Wendel Rosen in 1981, he served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco for four years.

Business Litigation

David represents businesses and their owners and shareholders in commercial and business disputes, including derivative shareholder actions, involuntary corporate dissolutions, breach of loyalty and fiduciary duty claims, and trade and contract disputes in both arbitration forums and civil courts.

Employment

David counsels clients in complying with federal, state and local employment laws and defends employers in wage and hour regulation disputes as well as employment lawsuits and discrimination claims, including age discrimination, sexual harassment and battery, pregnancy discrimination, racial discrimination, disability discrimination, family leave disputes and wrongful termination cases. He provides sexual harassment prevention training and other training for managers and supervisors. David prepares and updates employee handbooks for employers. He also assists clients with matters related to unfair competition, trade secrets and non-competition agreements involving businesses and employees.

Disabled Access Litigation (ADA Compliance)

David regularly represents property owners and tenants in disputes involving equal access to business premises and services by individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the related California Unruh Civil Rights Act and Disabled Persons Act. He guides clients to find solutions to access barriers and resolve related lawsuits.

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Matthew F. Graham

Jul 29, 2019

A member of the construction practice group, Matt has represented owners, contractors, design professionals and sureties in a wide array of construction transactions and litigation throughout California and the western states.

From 1986 until 2002, Matt served as Chief Litigation Counsel in California for one of the five largest general contractors in the United States. He supervised complex construction litigation cases involving issues of payment, licensing, construction defects, design failures, mechanic’s liens and stop notices, and has advocated and defended claims for delays and extras involving damages in the hundreds of millions of dollars. He has also attacked and defended numerous bid awards under Public Contract Code’s Subletting and Subcontracting Fair Practice Act.

He has tried or arbitrated more than 30 construction disputes and successfully mediated or resolved countless more.
On the transactional side, Matt has drafted and negotiated the contracts for the design and construction of a wide array of public and private projects including individual and multi-family housing, hotels, hospitals, retail and office buildings, and manufacturing facilities.

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