California Optometric Association Launches Legal Resources Program July 1

A new and exciting COA membership benefit will be available to all COA member doctors of optometry starting July 1, 2016. We are pleased to add a FREE legal resource service as an added value to the many benefits you already receive as a COA member. The benefit entitles COA member optometrists up to one-half hour (30 minutes) of telephone and research work per month with an attorney at no cost.

The COA Legal Services Resource Program will offer services that will assist members in areas of the law related the practice of optometry. Services offered are:

  • Business tax issues
  • Business owner succession planning
  • Cal/OSHA/Prop 65 issues
  • Contract issues
  • Employment law
  • Licensure issues
  • Practice ownership and organizational structure
  • Regulatory and administrative law
  • California State Board of Optometry rules and enforcement issues

How will the program work?

Contact one of the designated attorneys from Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney, LLP (see below), provide them with your COA member number, and receive a free consultation for up to one-half hour per month. This benefit will not accumulate from month-to-month.

All services are confidential. Any agreement for contracted services, beyond the COA free benefit, is between the individual optometrist and the attorney.

Meet the attorneys

  • For issues pertaining to employment and practice succession, contact:

Stephen Marmaduke. Mr. Marmaduke has practiced law in California for over 35 years. One of his primary focuses is the representation of health care providers in the area of professional employment.

  • For all other legal matters, contact:

William A. (Bill) Gould, Jr. Mr. Gould has been with the Wilke Fleury since 1964 and has served as COA’s general counsel for more than 50 years. His practice emphasizes health care law (including the laws affecting doctors of optometry), litigation and administrative law. During his time representing COA, he has handled all COA litigation, including the Eyeglasses I and Eyeglasses II lawsuits, and lawsuits against the Medical Board of California and others.

Daniel Baxter: A partner with Wilke Fleury since 2007, Mr. Baxter’s practice focus includes business litigation and as general counsel to clients ranging from non-profit organizations to small businesses.

Beginning July 1, access your COA legal resource services member benefit by:

  1. Call Wilke Fleury at 916-441-2430
  2. Provide your COA member number.
  3. Ask for the attorney who best meets your issue from the above list.

About the Law Firm of Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney, LLP

For more than 90 years, Wilke Fleury has served businesses, governmental entities and individuals by providing comprehensive legal services with the highest standards of integrity and efficiency. The firm as gained a national reputation in the health care arena, and has served as legal counsel to COA for more than 50 years.

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