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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 21, 2014
A Los Angeles law firm has agreed to represent the city of Glendale for free in its defense of a statue honoring women taken as sex slaves for the Japanese Army during World War II , the installation of which has been called into question by a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court last month. This is the first time in at least three years that a law firm has represented the city on a pro-bono basis, said City Atty. Mike Garcia. "Obviously, there are folks who think the lawsuit doesn't have merit," Garcia said.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
The city of Glendale will hire outside legal help to represent the city in a lawsuit filed last week seeking to force the city to stop transferring tens of millions of dollars from its utility to the General Fund for police, libraries and other general services. The City Council discussed the lawsuit behind closed doors on Tuesday and after the evening council meeting announced that they plan to hire the Los Angeles law firm Colantuono & Levin. The lawsuit, filed by a group called Glendale Coalition for Better Government, asserts that the long-standing money transfer is a “backdoor tax” since the council continued to move money from the utility at the same time it approved electric rate increases to pay for needed infrastructure improvements.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2010
Glendale-based law firm Bradley & Gmelich recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Founded in January 2000 by Barry Bradley and Tom Gmelich, the law firm offers transactional and general civil litigation services in the areas of employment law, wage and hour disputes, contract law, insurance defense, business formation and comprehensive business consulting. Bradley & Gmelich has five partners, 12 associates and 19 other professionals in its downtown Glendale offices.   Sullivan appointed CTO of Everbridge Everbridge, an incident notification system company, recently announced the appointment of Scott Sullivan to the position of chief technology officer.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 31, 2012
The Pasadena law firm that defended Glendale in lawsuits stemming from a 2005 mudslide that cost the city nearly $15.4 million has agreed to pay $98,500 to settle a malpractice lawsuit, according to a City Council announcement this week. Glendale sued the firm, Sabaitis-O'Callaghan, in 2011, claiming that its legal advice led to the city losing out on an attempt to recoup a nearly $1-million payout to residents who had filed a damage claim, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
NEWS
June 23, 2007
EMINENT DOMAIN ATTORNEYS Trustees will consider hiring a law firm that specializes in eminent domain issues at a cost of $80,000. A.J. Hazarabedian California Eminent Domain Law Group APC is the Glendale-based law firm with an expertise in eminent domain law. The firm will provide legal services in the ongoing Garfield Campus expansion project. WHAT TO EXPECT The superintendent recommends the trustees approve the agreement. COLLEGE TO BUY PROPERTY The trustees will vote on a resolution approving the acquisition of 918 S. Adams St. for $1.15 million.
NEWS
February 1, 2013
Thanks to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) for his efforts to save from closure the Broadway post office . Our law firm has used this facility for many years. It is very close to many businesses and new housing now being developed on Broadway. The building is officially the Carlos J. Moorhead Post Office, named in honor of the man who preceded Schiff in representing this area. Moorhead served with honor for 24 years in the U.S. House and several years before that in the state Assembly.
NEWS
March 17, 2006
Schiff Names New Aide Congressman Adam Schiff announced the appointment of Glendale native Vazken Kassakhan to the staff of his Washington office. Kassakian, a graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, is the brother of Glendale City Clerk Ardashes Kassakhian. Glendale Man Named Judge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Glendale resident Richard S. Kemalyan to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Kemalyan, 55, has served as a partner with the law firm of Dwyer, Daly, Brotzen and Bruno since 2000.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 24, 2013
A Glendale man is suing a local police officer who he alleges used excessive force when he used a Taser on him after stopping him for speeding as he was traveling to see his sick father, according to a lawsuit. Banyamin Keshishian claims he was hospitalized after Glendale Police Officer Steve Kim used a Taser to stun him twice as he was seated in his car during the traffic stop June 3, 2012, according to the lawsuit. Keshishian alleges he had only been talking to Kim for about four minutes before he was stunned with a Taser and then arrested for reportedly resisting arrest.
NEWS
October 27, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum An independent investigator found no wrongdoing by City Manager Jim Starbird or Maximus, an outside recruiting firm, in the city's process of hiring Steve Zurn as director of Public Works, according to a report submitted to the City Council. The council will discuss the report Tuesday, which should close the book on an ugly City Council spat, although one councilman questions its veracity. "I knew, from the standpoint of my own behavior, and from the [hiring]
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 30, 2014
Despite filing court documents this week opposing Glendale's request to dismiss a federal lawsuit calling for the removal of a city statue honoring women used as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, the law firm representing those opposed to the memorial has resigned. The change comes after Mayer Brown, considered a top 20 global law firm, was criticized by several in the legal industry for taking on the case in the first place since the plight of the former sex slaves, known as comfort women, has been recognized by international historians and government officials in Japan and the United States.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 30, 2014
Despite filing court documents this week opposing Glendale's request to dismiss a federal lawsuit calling for the removal of a city statue honoring women used as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, the law firm representing those opposed to the memorial has resigned. The change comes after Mayer Brown, considered a top 20 global law firm, was criticized by several in the legal industry for taking on the case in the first place since the plight of the former sex slaves, known as comfort women, has been recognized by international historians and government officials in Japan and the United States.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 21, 2014
A Los Angeles law firm has agreed to represent the city of Glendale for free in its defense of a statue honoring women taken as sex slaves for the Japanese Army during World War II , the installation of which has been called into question by a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court last month. This is the first time in at least three years that a law firm has represented the city on a pro-bono basis, said City Atty. Mike Garcia. "Obviously, there are folks who think the lawsuit doesn't have merit," Garcia said.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
The city of Glendale will hire outside legal help to represent the city in a lawsuit filed last week seeking to force the city to stop transferring tens of millions of dollars from its utility to the General Fund for police, libraries and other general services. The City Council discussed the lawsuit behind closed doors on Tuesday and after the evening council meeting announced that they plan to hire the Los Angeles law firm Colantuono & Levin. The lawsuit, filed by a group called Glendale Coalition for Better Government, asserts that the long-standing money transfer is a “backdoor tax” since the council continued to move money from the utility at the same time it approved electric rate increases to pay for needed infrastructure improvements.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 28, 2014
A law firm was recently hired by Glendale Community College officials to help the school on an “as-needed” basis with redistricting matters. College officials began a discourse over redistricting a little over two years ago when consultants warned college officials in February 2012 that an at-large election process could leave the college vulnerable to lawsuits connected to the California Voting Rights Act. The 2002 act aims to protect the...
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 24, 2013
A Glendale man is suing a local police officer who he alleges used excessive force when he used a Taser on him after stopping him for speeding as he was traveling to see his sick father, according to a lawsuit. Banyamin Keshishian claims he was hospitalized after Glendale Police Officer Steve Kim used a Taser to stun him twice as he was seated in his car during the traffic stop June 3, 2012, according to the lawsuit. Keshishian alleges he had only been talking to Kim for about four minutes before he was stunned with a Taser and then arrested for reportedly resisting arrest.
NEWS
April 25, 2013
A scheduled arraignment for a Hoover High standout and former UCLA water polo accused of rape ended anticlimactically Thursday with no charges being filed, though prosecutors said that may yet change. Hakop Jack Kaplanyan, a redshirt freshman, was suspended from UCLA after his arrest earlier this month.  "All we can say is the matter is under review for filing consideration," said Shiara Davila-Morales, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. Kaplanyan, who is at home in Glendale and out on $200,000 bail, said the future of the case is uncertain.
NEWS
February 1, 2013
Thanks to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) for his efforts to save from closure the Broadway post office . Our law firm has used this facility for many years. It is very close to many businesses and new housing now being developed on Broadway. The building is officially the Carlos J. Moorhead Post Office, named in honor of the man who preceded Schiff in representing this area. Moorhead served with honor for 24 years in the U.S. House and several years before that in the state Assembly.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 31, 2012
The Pasadena law firm that defended Glendale in lawsuits stemming from a 2005 mudslide that cost the city nearly $15.4 million has agreed to pay $98,500 to settle a malpractice lawsuit, according to a City Council announcement this week. Glendale sued the firm, Sabaitis-O'Callaghan, in 2011, claiming that its legal advice led to the city losing out on an attempt to recoup a nearly $1-million payout to residents who had filed a damage claim, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
NEWS
By Katherine Yamada | September 28, 2012
If it seems as if the row of car dealerships on South Brand Boulevard has been there forever, you're close. Brand has been home to car dealers for nearly as long as Glendale has been a city. Brand Boulevard of Cars had its beginnings in 1915, when Jesse E. Smith opened a Ford dealership. Soon, others followed. At first, the dealers were clustered north of Colorado Street, according to the Glendale News-Press, Jan. 26, 1978. By 1920 the dealers had formed the Glendale Motor Car Dealers Assn.
COMMUNITY
June 22, 2012
H. Jess Senecal, Senior Partner with the Pasdena law firm of Lagerlof, Senecal, Gosney and Kruse died June 6 at the age of 81. His practice encompassed all aspects of business law, real estate and litigation, with a special emphasis on municipal and water law. A member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Redlands for 33 years, Mr. Senecal was a dedicated leader and fundraiser. Jess and his family lived in La Canada for 44 years before recently moving to Pasadena. He was active at La Canada Presbyterian Church where he served as both Deacon and Elder.
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