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In Recent News:

SETTLEMENT OF COMPLEX CORPORATE CO-OWNERSHIP LITIGATION:  JIM HARTNETT KEY PLAYER

When disaster seemed to strike a highly successful California corporation in 2013, partner Jim Hartnett was called to join a team already representing the corporation in matters involving shareholder ownership disputes and corporate governance.  There were sensitive legal, practical and financial issues involved, including three law suits pending in San Mateo County Superior Court, and ultimately three federal law suits.  The parties had a history of discord with aggressive lawyering on all sides, and failed mediation attempts. 

Mr. Hartnett gained the trust and confidence of the parties, Attorneys and the court, working closely with the senior executives in the company and other team members.  With determined efforts of the San Mateo County Superior Court Settlement Judge, and with Mr. Hartnett emerging as the primary lawyer leading the settlement discussions, a confidential settlement was ultimately reached in 2014 to the satisfaction of all parties.

In Recent News:

On Friday, August 1, 2014, partner Charles J. Smith achieved his 3rd consecutive civil trial victory in 2014 in the matter of Salume vs. Salume, case no. CIV 506970, tried before the Hon. Gerald J. Buchwald in San Mateo County Superior Court. Mr. Smith defeated the single cause of action for breach of contract by a 10-2 vote of the jury. The case was an inter-family dispute where two wealthy brothers from El Salvador were suing the widow of their deceased brother for $250,000.00.

Our firm’s 3rd consecutive trial victory demonstrates our unique position in the legal market on the San Francisco Peninsula. Unlike the vast majority of law firms that do litigation, our firm regularly takes cases to trial in the courts of the Bay Area and achieves victories for our clients. In modern litigation, the trend is certainly towards arbitration or mediation of disputes. Our demonstrated prowess in the courtroom allows us to achieve excellent results in these alternative dispute resolution modalities since our opponents understand that, unless a matter can be resolved to the satisfaction of our clients, we have the ability and the proven track record of convincing both judges and juries of the correctness of our clients’ position.

In Recent News:

Firm Client Prevails in California Court of Appeal regarding enforceability of employment arbitration agreement.  To find our more information, please click on the following link. http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/A136675.PDF

Press Release:

Super Bowl champion, Stanford graduate Doug Baldwin, by a unanimous verdict in 49er country, was found not guilty on April 4, 2014 of assault charges arising from a shoving match in a pick-up basketball game at the Stanford University gymnasium. The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, represented by Redwood City attorney Chuck Smith of Hartnett, Smith & Paetkau, refused to compromise on his principles by pleading to something he did not do, going to trial in Palo Alto, California, in the heart of 49er country. “He is such a quality, upstanding individual, who is a great role model” according to Attorney Smith. “This incident resulted from a spirited pick-up basketball game in which another player was the aggressor and Doug handled himself with great restraint. He should have never been charged,” according to Smith, who regularly represents professional athletes.

Attorney Smith, a well-known criminal and civil trial attorney, says that going to trial, especially for a high profile individual, is always a risk. “But”, he said, “We were able to show that the alleged victim was just not telling the truth.” “I want the 49ers to crush the Seattle Seahawks but I will always be a fan of Doug’s” according to Smith.

Recent Publications:

Partner Tyler Paetkau & Associate Jay Withee contribute to the California State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section Law Review.  Read this article here: CA State Bar Law Review Labor & Employment Concepcion & Armendariz

If you would like to see a full version of this Special Edition of the Review Newsletter, please contact the California State Bar.

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