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September general meeting agenda

Gates Eisenhart Dawson law firms senior partner, James Dawson, donated his time to speak to the young lawyers of the Santa Clara County Bar Association about employing an effective appeal. GENERAL MEETING September 14, 2023 Time: September 14, 2023, Noon Link: https://fademlaw.zoom.us/j/86264577703? pwd=SElnOHJoalZSU1VOdDNvcVQyQmV5QT09 Meeting ID: 862 6457 7703 Passcode: 243086 AGENDA OLD BUSINESS Speaker: [...]

Prevailing Party Attorneys’ Fees Through Indemnity Provisions.

Usually, before filing a lawsuit in a business dispute, a client wants to know whether she can receive her attorneys' fees as a prevailing party in litigation. For the most part, it is an easy question--check the contract for a prevailing party attorney fee provision. However, sometimes contracts lack such provisions, but that does not [...]

GED wins reversal of attorneys’ fee award on appeal

On January 4, 2023, GED successfully appealed an attorneys' fee award of close to $700,000 against its client. A limited partner in a real estate development project had sued multiple general partners regarding claims about various partnership agreements. The limited partner voluntarily dismissed its case, but the trial court awarded the general partners attorneys' fees. [...]

GED Attorneys Steven and Claire Named 2022 Super Lawyers Rising Stars

We are excited to announce that Steven McLellan and Claire Melehani were selected to the 2022 Northern California Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in California are selected to receive this honor. Steven and Claire earned the distinction of being named Rising Stars by attaining a high degree [...]

GED Wins Financial Elder Abuse Trial

GED attorneys Marc Eisenhart and Steven McLellan represented their client in a financial elder abuse case. The court ruled in their clients favor after a four day bench trial. GED will assist their client in obtaining attorneys' fees and costs. The case concerned a son taking rent checks that his father was supposed to receive. [...]

The Great Divide: California Appellate Courts Split Over Trust Modification Methods

The First District Court of Appeal recently joined the fray amongst California appellate courts over trust modification procedures. The question causing the split: What is the procedure for modification of a revocable trust under Probate Code section 15402? Probate Code section 15402 is one seemingly simple sentence: “Unless the trust instrument provides otherwise, if a trust is [...]

GED Obtains Jury Verdict On Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

On March 28, 2022, a jury in Monterey County awarded GED's client $475,250 on a claim of breach of fiduciary duty. The case involved a broker and a partner and the appropriate division of profits in a real estate transaction. Attorneys James Dawson, Marc Eisenhart, and Steven McLellan participated in the two week trial. 

GED Attorneys Share Their Knowledge with New Lawyers

GED Partners James Dawson and Marc Eisenhart, along with GED attorney Claire Melehani, donated their time to teach practical skills to new attorneys at the Santa Clara County Bar Association's First Annual Barristers Bootcamp on February 26, 2021, at Lincoln Law School. James Dawson and Marc Eisenhart gave CLE-eligible presentations. Marc kicked off the event [...]

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