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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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Phil Toomey Presents on Maintaining a Healthy Workplace

Partner Phil Toomey recently presented an in-house training seminar to his client on maintaining an open and healthy workplace. Mr. Toomey provided several key takeaways on the importance of being accessible to employers, positive communications, consistently applying workplace policies and procedures as well as attentiveness to complaints raised by employees.

If you are interested in a presentation on this topic, please contact Phil Toomey at (310) 545-0100 or

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Carico Johnson Toomey Ranked on 2015 “Best Law Firms” List by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® ranked Carico Johnson Toomey on the 2015 “Best Law Firms” list in the Metropolitan Tier 2 Ranking in Los Angeles for their work in Trusts and Estates Law, as well as the Metropolitan Tier 3 Ranking for their work in Trusts & Estates Litigation.

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations,…

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Philip Toomey and William Benz Speak at Annual PELRAC Conference

Philip Toomey and William Benz spoke at the Annual Public Employer Labor Relations Association of California (PELRAC) Conference on the basic and advanced issues of fact-finding. The conference was held at the Queen Mary in Long Beach on Wednesday, October 15 and Thursday, October 16. Mr. Toomey and Mr. Benz discussed the applicable time deadlines, advantages of not waiving or extending deadlines, mandatory processing obligations, proper handling of the post-hearing reports…

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Carico Johnson Toomey Establishes New Law Regarding Public Employee Retirement Board Statutory Deadlines

Attorney William G. Benz established new and significant case law in recent Public Employee Retirement Board (PERB) cases. The published decisions set forth new parameters regarding public employee union cases, including premature declaration of impasse. These decisions also established the required deadlines between public employees and union negotiations.

Mr. Benz represented the City of Redondo Beach in both cases and the decisions reached in these cases will now be included in the

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