Firm News

12.11.17

John F. Friedemann is the managing partner of Friedemann Goldberg LLP. He specialises in business, real estate, banking, and entertainment law, both litigation and transactional, and has extensive expertise in matters involving fraud and fraud-loss insurance.

He is highly experienced in matters related to contracts, especially in the context of small and medium-sized businesses, and the purchase and sale of businesses. He has been practicing law since 1984. Read more...

07.10.17

Seven Friedemann Goldberg attorneys were recently honored as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars by SuperLawyers Magazine for 2017. Partners John Friedemann, Steven Goldberg and Ronald Wargo were honored as Super Lawyers by the publication, an honor reserved for less than 5 percent of attorneys in a region.

Associate attorneys John MacLeod, David Meeker, Mia Bowler, and Christopher Haws were named Rising Stars by the magazine, which honors lawyers who are under 40 years of age and exhibit great skill and professionalism in their areas of practice. This award is given to less than 2.5 percent of attorneys in a region.

01.30.17

Friedemann Goldberg LLP is pleased to announce a recent major victory for its clients in federal court whereby the Court granted summary judgment in favor of a local community bank and its president, disposing of all claims against them.

The litigation was commenced by a Native American Tribe involving allegations of theft of Tribal funds by former personnel of the Tribe. The Tribe alleged that the former Tribal personnel stole money from Tribal bank accounts, including bank accounts held at the bank. The Tribe alleged that the bank aided the theft of Tribal funds from Tribal bank accounts and that the bank defendants knew of and actively assisted the theft of Tribal funds.

In granting summary judgment, the Court found, among other things, that Plaintiffs provided “no facts” that the bank defendants “knew of or actively assisted” the theft of Tribal funds.

11.01.16

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Tier 1 Gold Ranking for Trusts & Estates Law in the Santa Rosa Metro Area by US News & World Report and Best Lawyers. This is the fifth consecutive year that the firm has been recognized as a Tier 1 firm in this area.

U.S. News and Best Lawyers, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, jointly issued the report, which rated more than 10,000 firms nationwide. Their findings were based on client and lawyer evaluations, peer review and other factors and rated the firm’s level of expertise, responsiveness, cost-effectiveness, integrity and civility.

08.01.16

August is Childhood Obesity/Finding the Perfect Physician Match Month, and Friedemann Goldberg LLP encourages our employees talk to their doctor about youth fitness and regular checkups. As children prepare to return to school, it is important to make sure our children have the best opportunity for happy and healthy lives.

At Friedemann Goldberg, we believe that one of the most important parts of our job is to nurture a healthy environment for our employees, clients and their families. This, in turn, makes our community a healthier and happier place to live for all.

As part of our firm’s commitment to providing a healthy workplace and promoting healthy living, we have partnered with St. Joseph Health and Live Healthy Wine Country on the Workplace Health Initiative. The plan focuses on improving the health of all Sonoma County residents by reducing and eliminating health risks.

We hope you will join us in participating in Childhood Obesity/Finding the Perfect Physician Match Month and help make Northern California a healthier place to live.

07.28.16

We are happy to announce that we will host David Abramson, Principal of SDA Ventures LLC, in an MCLE Q&A discussion titled "Inside the Mind of the Corporate Client." The event, which includes a catered lunch, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa. Reservations are required. One hour of MCLE credit will be awarded to attorneys who attend. To reserve a space or receive more information, please contact Danell Opel at dopel@frigolaw.com

07.27.16

Attorneys Kyle Fisher and Mia Bowler recently gave a Continuing Legal Education presentation titled "Contract Drafting with an Eye on Litigation." The presentation gave a transactional and litigation perspective on some of the important aspects of commercial agreement.

07.05.16

Five Friedemann Goldberg attorneys were recently honored as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars by SuperLawyers Magazine for 2016. Partners John Friedemann, Steven Goldberg and Ronald Wargo were honored as Super Lawyers by the publication, an honor reserved for less than 5 percent of attorneys in a region.

Associate attorneys John MacLeod and Mia Bowler were named Rising Stars by the magazine, which signifies lawyers who are under 40 years of age and exhibit great skill and professionalism in their areas of practice. This award is given to less than 2.5 percent of attorneys in a region.

07.05.16

Attorney Mia R. Bowler recently wrote an article about “Legal Tips for Women Starting Businesses” for the North Bay Business Journal. The article examined aspects that women face when starting a business, specifically relating to acquiring certification, building a strong business foundation, protecting assets, and identifying opportunities.

06.01.16

Friedemann Goldberg attorneys Kyle Fisher and John MacLeod recently delivered a Continuing Education of the Bar presentation on the differences between civil and probate litigation. The presentation focused on the important procedural and practical similarities and differences in civil and probate cases.

Friedemann Goldberg LLP is a certified legal education provider by the State Bar of California.

05.23.16

Preparing our children for the increasingly technological world in which we live is crucial to forming healthy and happy communities. Partnership between educational institutions and the business community will form strong bonds of cooperation and give our kids the best chance to be ahead of the curve academically when they go out into the world.

That is why Friedemann Goldberg LLP is proud to be a sponsor of ieSonoma 2016 and support its mission of innovation and education in the 21st century. At Friedemann Goldberg, we value the future of our family. That is why we continue to support our youth through educational programs, internships, athletic events, and contributions to the arts.

We hope ieSonoma will continue its contributions to the areas of innovation and education for many years to come.

04.13.16

Friedemann Goldberg LLP attorneys Kyle M. Fisher and David M. Meeker recently delivered a Continuing Education of the Bar presentation on nuisance and trespass laws titled "Don't Fence Me In." The presentation examined the spite fences and legislation, injunctive relief, easement and license matters, and settlement considerations.

Friedemann Goldberg is a California State Bar registered legal education provider. Our attorneys provide numerous lectures, presentations and forums throughout the year.

Paskenta Tribe ordered to pay attorneys’ fees of $1,049,559.16 to Cornerstone Community Bank

07.27.17

The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians sued Cornerstone Community Bank, and its CEO Jeffrey Finck, among others, in connection with the alleged embezzlement of millions of dollars by executives of the Tribe. The Tribe sued the Cornerstone defendants for negligence, breach of contract, and aiding and abetting the alleged embezzlements, even though the alleged embezzlers were authorized signers on the Tribe’s bank accounts at Cornerstone.

After the Court granted summary judgment in January dismissing all claims against Cornerstone, Cornerstone filed a motion to recover its attorneys’ fees. Today, United States District Judge England ruled that Cornerstone was entitled to all of its attorneys’ fees. The Court held: “Plaintiffs signed a contract that included an attorney’s fee provision, and they are subject to that provision when they bring suit based on the liability released in that contract.” The Court rejected the Tribe’s attempts to reduce the fee award, finding Plaintiffs’ arguments challenging reasonableness of the fees “not persuasive.”

In response to the order awarding Cornerstone $1,049,559.16 in attorneys’ fees, CEO Finck said: “Cornerstone has once again been vindicated. We have had to defend against frivolous claims for the last two years and the court’s decision today shows that the release the Tribe signed cannot be tossed aside.” John Friedemann, Managing Partner of Friedemann Goldberg LLP, which represents the Cornerstone defendants, said that he was pleased that the Court found that all of the fees expended on the defense of the lawsuit were reasonable. He also noted that “Plaintiffs have learned the hard way that there are significant financial consequences for their scorched-earth litigation tactics.”