Real Estate

MMWB&R's real estate practice encompasses a variety of transactions (purchase, sale, and escrow), organization of real estate development ventures, and representation of borrowers and lenders in transactions for residential, office, commercial, and industrial projects (including revenue bond financing for multi-family and commercial redevelopment projects). MMWB&R also represents clients before local and state governmental agencies on regulatory matters (including cable television franchises, real estate development entitlements, and public contract disputes); and in land use disputes with governmental agencies. (See also "Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation," below.)

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Labor and Employment

MMWB&R comprehensively serves the needs of employers in all aspects of employment law, from workplace training, corporate compliance and the development of personnel policies and procedures to representation in employment-related disputes and litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies such as Cal-Osha, the California Labor Commissioner and the Employment Development Department. MMWB&R represents many of the largest employers in Central California in cutting edge disputes such as class action litigation, wrongful termination, sexual harassment and other discrimination claims, unfair competition and trade secret litigation. MMWB&R is also actively involved in the representation of employers in union organizational efforts and elections, negotiations and the prosecution and defense of claims of unfair labor practice matters.

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Health Care

MMWB&R represents health care entities such as hospitals, federal qualified health centers, rural health clinics as well as private practice health care providers with regard to corporate compliance, operational and organizational issues, fraud and abuse, HIPAA compliance, litigation, mediation and arbitration, and provider reimbursement and payment.

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Finance

MMWB&R represents both borrowers and lenders in all types of secured and unsecured financial transactions, including bond financing. Attorneys at MMWB&R have negotiated loan commitments on projects in excess of $100 million and have dealt with unique situations involving personal and real property security. MMWB&R attorneys counsel both borrowers and lenders in loan workout negotiation and documentation.

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High Technology

MMWB&R advises on and litigates high technology matters, including claims involving unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets and interference with business relationships. The firm also advises high technology companies in the areas of confidentiality agreements, software agreements, trademark licensing and related contract issues.

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Business Organization

MMWB&R counsels clients in all aspects of formation, organization and dissolution of business enterprises, including partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies and joint ventures. MMWB&R is particularly experienced in corporate finance, real estate syndications, and mergers and acquisitions.

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Business Litigation

MMWB&R represents clients in complex business litigation (including contract litigation, trade secret, confidentiality and unfair competition disputes, real estate disputes and construction litigation). The firm represents clients before all state and federal trial courts, as well as governmental and administrative entities.

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Estate Planning

MMWB&R advises clients on all areas of estate planning, including estate tax avoidance or minimization, probate avoidance, transfers in trust, and trust administration. The firm assists with designing and developing estate plans that accurately reflect our clients' expectations. MMWB&R provides advice regarding lifetime services such as wills, living trusts, powers of attorney, charitable bequests and other planning tools, and postmortem planning techniques.

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Environmental

MMWB&R's advises clients in numerous areas of environmental regulatory law at federal, state and local levels, including CEQA, NEPA, CERCLA, and other laws dealing with hazardous substances and pollution (water, air and noise). The firm is particularly knowledgeable in representing developers and builders against environmental challenges by project opponents.

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Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation

MMWB&R represents clients in actions involving the seizure of private property by government agencies, by direct eminent domain action and covert inverse condemnation. The firm has successfully handled novel issues in taking cases against both state and local agencies (e.g., loss of business goodwill, complex severance damages, and impairment of access).

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Appellate Practice

MMWB&R successfully represents clients in appellate matters in the California Courts of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, the Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. The firm has dozens of reported published decisions.

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