Big Win for NBA All-Star James Harden

Wed 10th Jul 2019, Blogs

B|K Partners Tony Bisconti and John Littrell, with a crucial assist from paralegal Garrison Giali, scored a complete defense verdict last week in a personal injury trial against NBA All-Star James Harden. The plaintiff, a self-proclaimed paparazzo, claimed that Harden “angrily smacked” him as he attempted to videotape Harden outside a nightclub in Hollywood. Plaintiff alleged that he suffered “serious physical damage” and “permanent disability,” and claimed hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, in …

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David M. Guess elected as an Officer of LA Bankruptcy Forum

Mon 20th May 2019, Blogs

Following a contested election, David M. Guess, a bankruptcy partner with Bienert | Katzman PC (BK), has been elected as the Secretary of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum (LABF) for the 2019-2020 program year, putting him on track to be Program Chair, Vice President, and then President of the LABF in future years.  The mission of the LABF is to be the leading educational and networking resource for bankruptcy and insolvency professionals in the Los Angeles …

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Judge Blasts Prosecutors and IRS Agents in Alaska Tax Evasion Case

Thu 16th May 2019, Blogs

In a scathing 69-page order, a Magistrate Judge found that federal prosecutors engaged in flagrant misconduct in connection with a tax evasion case against Bienert | Katzman’s client, a dedicated Alaskan oncologist. The Court called out all three members of the prosecution team for withholding evidence and making evasive, misleading, and untruthful statements to the B|K defense team and to the Court. The Court referred all three prosecutors (who had already been removed from the …

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B|K Opens New Office in DTLA

Sun 12th May 2019, Blogs

On June 1, 2019 Bienert | Katzman will open a new office in the historic CalEdison Building in Downtown Los Angeles.  B|K has long been the go-to firm for high-stakes civil, criminal, and insolvency litigation.  The firm has recently accomplished game-changing results for its clients in matters pending throughout the country, including a $280 million settlement against Celgene Corporation, one of the largest non-intervened False Claims Act settlements in history, a cost-of-defense settlement against the …

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B|K Wins Summary Disallowance of over $6 Million in Senior Claims

Thu 18th Apr 2019, Blogs

Bienert | Katzman has successfully litigated the rejection of over 95% of the senior claims asserted against bankrupt Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center, Inc. (“Gardens”) on behalf of its client, Michael R. Lane, the Liquidating Trustee of Gardens.  The disallowed senior claims totaled over $6 million. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court disallowed the claims on a summary basis, without requiring a trial. On February 4, 2019, the Liquidating Trustee filed his multiple objections to over …

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Seven Bienert | Katzman Attorneys Selected to the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers® List

Fri 15th Feb 2019, Blogs

BK is pleased to announce that Thomas H. Bienert, Jr., Steven J. Katzman, Michael R. Williams, James D. Riddet, and David Guess have been selected to the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers® list.  In addition, Tony Bisconti and Ali Matin have been selected to the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers® “Rising Star” list. This is the fourth time Mr. Williams has been recognized by Super Lawyers®, including multiple selections to the Southern California Super Lawyers® …

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Bienert | Katzman Questions Constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Before The Ninth Circuit

Mon 14th Jan 2019, Blogs

Representing a law firm in a civil investigation by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), Bienert | Katzman has challenged the constitutionality of the CFPB’s structure.  As part of the underlying investigation, the CFPB issued a civil investigative demand (“CID”), a form of administrative subpoena, seeking information and documents related to law firm’s practice.  Tom Bienert and Tony Bisconti  of Bienert | Katzman argued before the District Court that the CID is unenforceable because the …

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Thomas H. Bienert, Jr. and James D. Riddet Named “America’s Top 100®” Civil and Criminal Defense Attorneys for Southern California

Tue 27th Nov 2018, Blogs

Bienert | Katzman is proud to announce that two of its attorneys – Thomas H. Bienert, Jr. and James D. Riddet – have been named as “America’s Top 100®” Civil Defense Litigators and Criminal Defense Attorneys, respectively, for Southern California in 2018.  Only 100 attorneys in Southern California receive this honor in each practice area, and are selected after a rigorous, multi-phase evaluation process.  This is the first year that Messrs. Bienert and Riddet have been …

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Ninth Circuit Rules that District Court Wrongfully Concluded that Dinosaurs Can’t Be Minerals

Tue 6th Nov 2018, Blogs

By Ariana Seldman Hawbecker In 2005, the Murrays bought a Montana ranch from the Seversons.  But the Murrays didn’t transfer everything over.  Instead, the Seversons reserved ownership over two-thirds of the minerals found in, on, or under the land.  A year later, an amateur paleontologist uncovered the fossils of two dinosaurs locked in battle (the “Dueling Dinosaurs”) on the property.  The discovery of other valuable dinosaurs, said to be worth in the millions of dollars, …

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Bienert | Katzman Named as a Tier 1 Firm in Orange County by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2019

Fri 2nd Nov 2018, Blogs

Bienert | Katzman is proud to announce that it has once again been recognized as a Tier 1 firm in Orange County for “Criminal Defense: White Collar” and “Litigation – Bankruptcy” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2019.  Bienert | Katzman has achieved this recognition every year since 2010.  The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firm” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.  Selection by U.S. News – …

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