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Wilke Fleury Promotes Three Associates To Senior Counsel

Wilke Fleury is pleased to announce that it has promoted three associates to the position of Senior Counsel – Bianca Samuel, Adriana Cervantes and Aaron Johnson – who have demonstrated professional excellence and complement the firm’s multi-generational leadership.

“Bianca, Adriana, and Aaron’s ascension to Senior Counsel status reflects their significant accomplishments and contributions to the firm, both professionally and culturally,” said Dan Baxter, Managing Partner. “We are lucky to have all three of them within our ranks here at Wilke Fleury, and look forward to their successes for our clients.”

Senior Counsel have at least six years of experience delivering high-quality legal work, collaborate with partners on the development and management of key practice areas, and actively mentor junior lawyers.

Bianca Samuel litigates a wide variety of employment matters, including claims for discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and single-plaintiff wage and hour claims on behalf of employers and supervisors before all state and federal courts and administrative proceedings. She conducts independent workplace investigations for public and private entities. She also advises and counsels employers on best practices relating to hiring, discipline, termination, wage and hour issues and training on employment related topics.

Adriana Cervantes defends healthcare professionals and hospitals against claims of medical malpractice, intentional torts, licensing actions for unprofessional conduct, and similar charges. She has successfully litigated cases involving obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, cardiology, infectious disease, radiology, psychiatry, emergency medicine, and many other medical specialties. Her practice extends to matters initiated in both state and federal court, and before administrative boards. Adriana also serves as the Fundraising Director for Operation Protect and Defend (OPD) an organization dedicated to engaging public high school students in a dialogue about the U.S. Constitution and promoting civic engagement.

Aaron Johnson has deep experience in Estate Planning, Business Formation and Transactions, Tax Planning and Controversy Resolution. His work in estate planning focuses on succession planning for individuals, family limited partnerships and closely-held businesses. Aaron specializes in drafting wills, trusts, advance health care directives, durable powers of attorney and related documents. In addition, he assists clients and companies with matters covering the full life cycle of business from formation to succession planning. He has experience forming LLCs and S Corporations, drafting Buy-Sell agreements, Purchase and Sale agreements, corporate minutes, and shareholder agreements, among other business documents. Aaron represents individuals and companies in all aspects of tax planning and controversy resolution before federal and state taxing authorities. His experience includes representing clients in front of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA).

Wilke Fleury is a thriving midsized general practice law firm located in California’s capital. Our attorneys offer broad expertise, creativity, and strong ties to local businesses, families, and individuals, making Wilke Fleury one of the region’s most respected and longstanding law firms. Our support of local charitable organizations, universities, law schools, political interests and the community reveals the character of the firm and our sincere commitment to the Sacramento region.

Michael G. Polis Joins Board for The Center for Land-Based Learning

Wilke Fleury Welcomes New Associates and Legislative Advocate!

Wilke Fleury is growing with the addition of three new associates – Heather M. Claus, Kevin R. Bonsignore, & Spencer S. Turpen along with a new Legislative Advocate – Magaly L. Zagal. The firm is committed to strategic hiring practices and is excited to expand the firm’s capacity to serve the needs of clients.

Heather M. Claus is a health care attorney with significant experience navigating the dynamic legal and regulatory health care landscape on behalf of a variety of public and private health entities.  She is well-versed in pertinent federal and state laws, including HIPAA, False Claims, ERISA, Knox-Keene, Stark, Anti-Kickback, Public Records, and the Brown Act.

Click here to read more about Heather M. Claus.

Spencer S. Turpen’s practice primarily focuses on general civil litigation, including personal injury, medical malpractice, professional liability, and business litigation. Spencer is dedicated to providing excellent legal representation to his clients and prides himself on creative problem-solving in litigation.

Click here to read more about Spencer S. Turpen.

Kevin R. Bonsignore’s practice is focused on general business litigation, bankruptcy, and real estate.  Kevin regularly represents clients in all phases of litigation, including discovery, law and motion, and alternative dispute resolution.  In addition to his litigation practice, Kevin represents clients in bankruptcy matters utilizing expertise he developed as a judicial extern in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California.

Click here to read more about Kevin R. Bonsignore.

Magaly L. Zagal joins Wilke Fleury with a background in politics and agribusiness. Magaly began her path into politics and policy at former Assemblymember Alejo’s district and capitol offices. Those experiences helped shape her decision to apply legislative and regulatory strategies to achieve solutions with the potential to impact millions of Californians.

Click here to read more about Magaly L. Zagal.

Wilke Fleury is a thriving mid‐sized general practice law firm located in California’s capital. Our attorneys offer broad expertise, creativity, and strong ties to local businesses, families, and individuals, making Wilke Fleury one of the region’s most respected and long‐standing law firms. Our support of local charitable organizations, universities, law schools, political interests and the community reveals the character of the firm and our sincere commitment to the Sacramento region.

 

 

Wilke Fleury Celebrates the Addition of Two New Partners

Wilke Fleury celebrates the addition of two new partners – Shannon Smith-Crowley and Daniel J. Foster – who complement the firm’s shifting generations of leadership. Shannon and Danny bring unique perspective and excellent capability to Wilke Fleury’s partnership effective January 1, 2019.

Shannon has been a registered lobbyist in California for 20 years. After a career in managed care, she started lobbying  with the California Medical Association before founding her own firm, Partners In Advocacy to specialize in medical and reproductive health advocacy.  At Wilke Fleury, her areas of practice include health care, women’s equity, life sciences, the biomedical industry, new family formation and emerging technologies in green energy.  After a four year tenure with the firm, she has been elevated to the partnership.

Click here to read more about Shannon Smith-Crowley.

Daniel Foster’s litigation practice is composed of matters involving complex construction defect litigation, mechanics liens claims, stop notice actions and Miller Act claims. He represents clients before the Contractors State License Board and handles matters involving breach of warranty, the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, indemnity agreements and liability insurance coverage.

Click here to read more about Daniel J. Foster.

“The addition of Shannon and Danny to our partnership ranks not only enhances our ability to serve the broadly-drawn needs of our clients, but is internally exciting, as well,” said Dan Baxter, Managing Partner. “All of us here at the firm have worked with Shannon and Danny for several years, and they are both excellent lawyers, hard workers, and good people.  Their ascension to partnership is part of an exciting time for the firm as we move into the new year.”

Wilke Fleury is a thriving mid‐sized general practice law firm located in California’s capital. Our attorneys offer broad expertise, creativity, and strong ties to local businesses, families, and individuals, making Wilke Fleury one of the region’s most respected and long‐standing law firms. Our support of local charitable organizations, universities, law schools, political interests and the community reveals the character of the firm and our sincere commitment to the Sacramento region.

 

Kathryne E. Baldwin published in Paradigm

Kathryne E. Baldwin published “Negative Online Reviews: Recommendations for Navigating an ‘Ethical Minefield'” in the Primerus Magazine Paradigm. 

Read the full article here:

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Michael G. Polis featured in Comstocks Magazine!

Michael G. Polis was featured in “The Family Niche” published in the October issue of Comstocks magazine! The article illustrates Mike’s passion for niche farming and ethically raised lambs along with his protective llamas!

Read the full article here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/longreads/family-niche 

And an additional Q&A here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/qa/back-and-forward-mike-polis

Wilke Fleury Recognized in U.S. News 2019 Edition ‘Best Law Firms’ in America

Wilke Fleury is pleased to announce its inclusion in the 2019 edition of ‘Best Law Firms’ in America. This award reflects excellence in legal service – firms included in the 2019 ‘Best Law Firms’ list are recognized for professional excellence by clients and peers.

“Firms included in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.”

Five Wilke Fleury Attorneys awarded Sacramento’s Best of the Bar!

Wilke Fleury congratulates attorneys Dan BaxterSteve Marmaduke, Dan Egan, George Guthrie, and David Frenznick on their inclusion in the Sacramento Business Journal 2018 Best of the Bar! The Sacramento Business Journal annually honors the region’s top attorneys after a rigorous process of selection. To be awarded the Best of the Bar, attorneys are nominated by fellow attorneys and then vetted by a panel of peers.

Wilke Fleury is thrilled to celebrate the five attorneys awarded this distinction and looks forward to the attorney’s profiles in the Sacramento Business Journal’s special ‘Best of the Bar’ publication.

 

Wilke Fleury Attorney David Frenznick Recognized in 2019 Best Lawyers in America

Wilke Fleury congratulates attorney David A. Frenznick on his inclusion in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. For the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 6.7 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

David A. Frenznick – Litigation, Real Estate

David has extensive and broad experience in the areas of complex civil litigation, with particular emphasis on the representation of residential and commercial property owners in construction-related disputes. David represents homeowners, homeowner associations, developers and contractors in real estate cases, as well as complex construction defect claims involving multiple single-family residences and multi-unit developments.

Wilke Fleury Attorney Dan Baxter Named as Sacramento’s Top-Rated Business Litigator, and One of the Top 100 Lawyers in Northern California!

Congratulations to Dan Baxter!  Dan was named by SuperLawyers as one of Northern California’s Top 100 lawyers, and one of Sacramento’s Top 25 lawyers.  The latter designation also identified Dan as Sacramento’s top-rated business litigation attorney!

Eight other attorneys from Wilke Fleury were also selected as SuperLawyers for 2018!

Super Lawyers® is a service of the Thomson Reuters, Legal Division. 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. The Super Lawyers list represents only five percent of lawyers in California and Rising Stars reflects 2.5% of the state’s up-and-coming lawyers.

 

“I’ve Had Enough!!!” (Or, When and How to Fire a Client), Part One

In any service profession. terminating a relationship with an existing client Is one of the most uncomfortable tasks a practitioner has to undertake, “Firing a client” is not only personally unpleasant. but it
is often at cross-purposes with the economic interests of the practitioner. Whether the profession at issue is veterinary medicine. the practice of law. or mowing lawns. it is hard to “fire” someone who is paying you money And, even when the client’s dereliction involves a persistent failure to pay the interpersonal dynamics attendant to firing a client can be nettlesome. Adding to the difficulty is the fact that. for California veterinarians, there 1s no clear legal roadmap governing how a client relationship should be terminated.

Read the full article here: “I’ve Had Enough!!!” (Or, When and How to Fire a Client), Part One

2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars!

Wilke Fleury is thrilled to announce our 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars! Twelve of our talented attorneys have been honored with the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars distinctions.

Super Lawyers® is a service of the Thomson Reuters, Legal Division. 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. The Super Lawyers list represents only five percent of lawyers in California and Rising Stars reflects 2.5% of the state’s up-and-coming lawyers.

Congratulations to Wilke Fleury’s 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars!

2018 Super Lawyers

Dan Baxter, Business Litigation; Daniel Egan, Bankruptcy: Business; David Frenznick, Construction Litigation; George Guthrie, Construction Litigation; Jim Krtil, Estate and Probate; Ronald Lamb, Medical Malpractice: Defense; Stephen Marmaduke, Business/Corporate; Michael Polis, Healthcare; Steve Williamson, Business Litigation

2018 Rising Stars

Adriana Cervantes, Medical Malpractice: Defense; Samson Elsbernd, Civil Litigation: Defense; Bianca Samuel, Employment Litigation: Defense

Wilke Fleury Ushers Health Plan Client’s Expansion into Texas

Sacramento, Calif., April 30, 2018 – Wilke Fleury’s health care law team has again assisted client Paveljit S. Bindra, MD, MBA, MSc, FACC to form a new health care entity. In 2016, the firm helped Dr. Bindra obtain a Knox‐Keene license to create Imperial Health Plan of California, Inc., one of California’s only full‐service health plans formed and entirely owned by a single physician.

With the firm’s help, on April 13, 2018, Dr. Bindra was issued a certificate of authority as an Accident and Health insurance company by the Texas Department of Insurance, allowing him to establish Imperial Insurance Company of Texas, Inc.

“Helping Dr. Bindra with the complex regulatory, financial and legal aspects of expanding access to quality care in both California and Texas has been immensely gratifying,” said Michael G. Polis, partner, Wilke Fleury, who worked with Associates Anna Eck and Aaron Claxton on the recent licensing in Texas.

Dr. Paveljit Bindra has extensive healthcare experience in population health, health maintenance, and healthcare administration. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology. He has served as a Chief Medical Officer and Chief Information Officer of an acute care health system, was a partner in a large cardiology practice in Southern California, and served as the CEO and founder of an investment firm. Dr. Bindra earned his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MD from Harvard Medical School and an AB from Harvard College. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, and received an MSc in Comparative Social Research.

Wilke Fleury is a thriving mid‐sized general practice law firm located in California’s business and political epicenter, Sacramento. Our attorneys offer broad expertise, creativity, and strong ties to local businesses, families and individuals, making Wilke Fleury one of the region’s most respected and long‐standing law firms. Our support of local charitable organizations, universities, law schools, political interests and the community reveals the character of the firm and our sincere commitment to the Sacramento region.

David Frenznick and George Guthrie Named Fellows of the Construction Lawyers Society of America

Wilke Fleury attorneys David Frenznick and George Guthrie have been selected as Fellows of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.

David Frenznick is a partner with the firm and handles complex cases involving construction and construction defect. George Guthrie’s practice focuses on litigation involving construction, including complex civil matters encompassing private and public construction disputes.

The CLSA is an invitation-only international honorary association composed of preeminent lawyers specializing in construction law and related fields. Fellowship is limited and selective, with lawyers being invited into Fellowship upon a proven record of excellence and accomplishment in construction law at both the trial and appellate levels. Lawyers nominated or selected may be in any discipline in the construction law arena, including contract specialization, negotiations, litigation, arbitration, appellate and/or surety law, but who have in addition superior ethical reputations. The CLSA seeks a high level of diversity in its selection process. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level or are independent practitioners with recognized advanced status among their peers. The CLSA is dedicated to promoting superior advocacy and ethical standards in construction law and fostering a scholarly and advanced exchange of ideas in all practices related to the specialty.

Wilke Fleury Names Two New Partners: Samson R. Elsbernd and Neal C. Lutterman

 

As it concludes its 95th year, Wilke Fleury looks to the future with strategic partnership moves. A multi-generational firm, Wilke Fleury elected two new partners this year – Samson R. Elsbernd and Neal C. Lutterman – who complement the firm’s shifting generations of leadership. Walking in the footsteps of their predecessors and colleagues, Samson and Neal bring diverse experience and unique capabilities to Wilke Fleury’s partnership effective January 1, 2018.

Samson R. Elsbernd concentrates in employment law representing employers, management, and higher education in complex employment issues, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wage and hour claims. He is a member of the Executive Committee for the State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section, a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and a member of the Sacramento County Labor and Employment Law Section. Samson received his Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University.

Neal C. Lutterman joined Wilke Fleury in 2015 focusing on the defense of physicians, hospitals, medical groups and allied healthcare providers in professional liability matters. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Stockton, supervising the Litigation Division and primary advisory attorney to key City departments. Earlier, he was a shareholder in a litigation firm representing physicians, surgeons, hospital and medical groups. Neal received his Juris Doctor from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Irvine.

“We are excited to continue building the firm’s capacity to best serve the needs of our clients. Both Neal and Samson are highly respected by their peers and clients for consistently thoughtful and thorough preparation and for delivering excellent representation,” said Steve Marmaduke, managing partner. “We look forward to working alongside this talented new generation of partners and continuing to build upon the values and work ethic service to our clients that are the hallmarks of our firm.”

Wilke Fleury is a thriving mid‐sized general practice law firm located in California’s capital. Our attorneys offer broad expertise, creativity, and strong ties to local businesses, families, and individuals, making Wilke Fleury one of the region’s most respected and long‐standing law firms. Our support of local charitable organizations, universities, law schools, political interests and the community reveals the character of the firm and our sincere commitment to the Sacramento region.