Rains Lucia Stern, PC is excited to welcome to our ranks e. robert (bob) wallach, an accomplished trial attorney. Mr. wallach is joining the firm as a senior trial attorney and will assist with trial work, mentoring, public speaking, and advocacy training. [Read more…]
On August 17, 2016, the First Appellate District Court of California published an opinion that threatens to destroy the ability of public employees to protect their pensions. For decades, a pillar of this state’s pension law has been that once an employee accepts and begins employment under a promised pension benefit, that promised pension could not subsequently be reduced without an offsetting “comparable new advantage” given to the employee. In other words, the pension promised to you when hired is the pension you are entitled to receive if you satisfy all the required criteria for receiving the pension by, for example, working the required number of years for your employer.
Rains Lucia Stern is extremely pleased to announce that senior associate Justin Buffington has been elevated to the position of partner. Justin has been with the firm since 2008 as a member of the firm’s Legal Defense Group. During his tenure Justin has distinguished himself with a remarkable number of victories in complex and high-profile cases. His tenacity and in-depth understanding of the law as it relates to peace officers have been his hallmarks. He is also a client favorite due to his engaging and down-to-earth personality. [Read more…]
The Richmond Police Department recently completed an independent investigation of the allegations made against Kensington Police Sergeant Keith Barrow by Vanessa Cordova, a Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District Board member. [Read more…]