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William Benz Earns Highly Regarded Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

William Benz earned a BV Distinguished® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. The Peer Review ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.

Martindale describes the rating as a widely respected mark of achievement differentiating a lawyer from his or her competition.

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Law360 Publishes William Benz on the Do’s and Don’ts of Video Surveillance in California Workplaces

In the article, “Do’s and Don’ts of Video Surveillance In California Workplaces” published by Law360, William Benz defines how an employer can avoid lawsuits when using video surveillance in the workplace. An employee’s reasonable expectation of privacy is protected by Article I, Section 1 of the California Constitution and by the common law tort of invasion of privacy. “The two principles are very similar, but generally contain two forces in a balancing act:…

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Amber Morton Authors Article in Progressive Grocer on How to Survive a Lawsuit

The increase of lawsuits in the supermarket industry can be intimidating to store operators. In the Progressive Grocer article, “How Supermarkets Can Get Through a Lawsuit … Alive”, Attorney Amber Morton details the best approach when handling a lawsuit.

Ms. Morton advises store operators to “review your document retention policies and ensure you are retaining all documents.” If you have deleted or lost any significant documents, it can cause additional legal hassles. It is…

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Philip Toomey Advises Employers on Handling Medical Marijuana in the Workplace in Employee Benefit Plan Review

In the article, “Employers in a Quandry: Medical Marijuana in the Workplace,” published in Employee Benefit Plan Review, Partner Philip Toomey explains why employers must have a plan on how to handle potential employees using medical marijuana in and around the workplace. In the state of California, medical marijuana is legal for those with a disability and have a prescription; however, marijuana is still illegal under federal law. With that being said, “legal…

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Philip Toomey Selected to Run Berlin Marathon for Livestrong Foundation

Partner Philip Toomey was invited to run in the 42nd Annual BMW Berlin Marathon in Germany on September 27, 2015, as a member of Team Livestrong. The Berlin Marathon is one of the six “major” international marathons that attract elite experienced marathoners.

Mr. Toomey is currently involved in a marathon challenge. By the end of 2019, he plans to run a marathon on each continent, all 6 “majors”, and a “50/50”- at…

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Carico Johnson Toomey Partners Selected for Inclusion on 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers List

Partners Christopher Carico and Philip Toomey were selected for inclusion on the 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers list. Since 2009, Mr. Carico has been recognized for his work in estate and trust litigation, and since 2005, Mr. Toomey has been recognized for his work in employment and labor law.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from a wide range of practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition…

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Amber Morton Authors Article on What Restaurant Owners Should Anticipate When Facing a Lawsuit

In the article, “How to proceed when your restaurant faces a lawsuit” published by Restaurant Hospitality, Attorney Amber Morton explains what a restaurant owner should anticipate when facing a lawsuit. Employees, vendors and customers can bring forth a lawsuit for various reasons, including wrongful termination, breach of contract and discrimination. Once a lawsuit has been filed and a restaurant owner has been notified, it is best to alert an attorney so that they…

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Philip Toomey Publishes Article in HR Legal and Compliance

Philip Toomey authored the article “Medical Marijuana: Can it be Legal in the Workplace?” published in HR Legal and Compliance discussing the growing popularity of medical marijuana in the workplace and how employers should handle it from a disability standpoint. The article addresses:

  • How to determine the validity of a disability without overstepping the legal boundaries.
  • Can employees be exempt from a drug-free workplace policy?
  • The importance of proactive planning, such as clear…
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Carico Johnson Toomey Supports Livestrong Foundation in Philanthropic Holiday Event “Spirit of Giving”

Carico Johnson Toomey is a proud supporter of the Livestrong Foundation at Southbay magazine’s “Spirit of Giving” event on Thursday, December 11, at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. The proceeds from raffle ticket sales will benefit several organizations, including the Livestrong Foundation. All guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to benefit the Sandpipers Sugarplum program.

Partner Philip Toomey’s philanthropic efforts are deeply tied to the Livestrong Foundation, a non-profit…

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Phil Toomey Recognized in Southbay Magazine’s “Giving Back” Profile for Philanthropic Efforts with Livestrong Foundation

Partner Phil Toomey was featured in Southbay magazine’s “Giving Back” profile for his continued support of the Livestrong Foundation. In the feature, Mr. Toomey explains his plan to run a marathon on each continent and raise $1 million by the end of 2019.

When Mr. Toomey was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, he turned to the Livestrong Foundation for answers and support. After gaining access to the resources he needed to give cancer…

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