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Update: Ghost Ship Fire in Oakland

"Even people who knew the building would have a hard time getting out."

  • Friend of Ghost Ship owners/managers


Since the Ghost Ship fire on Dec. 3, the lawyers of Girardi | Keese have been leading an investigation on behalf of a number of survivors and families of victims who lost their lives. Our investigation has revealed new and damaging information against the Ghost Ship owners/managers, as well as against the city of Oakland for its failure to conduct safety inspections.

Girardi | Keese Supports the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in Its Stand for the Rule of Law and a Strong Independent Judiciary

"The International Academy of Trial Lawyers expressly and unequivocally condemns attacks on the independence of our judiciary and the Rule of Law, two cornerstones of our democracy."

- Richard Burbidge, President

At Girardi | Keese, we wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Burbidge's statement. We've reproduced his statement in full below. Take some time out of your day to read it. Consider echoing your support for the rule of law and a strong independent judiciary.

To be frank, these two cornerstones - judicial independence and the rule of law - transcend politics and ideology. They are a big part of what makes America great, along with the other democratic nations and people of the world who value, uphold and defend them.

Tom Girardi Makes the Super Lawyers Top 10 (Again!)

Top 10: Annual Southern California Super Lawyers List


Tom Girardi, along with nine other California lawyers, made the Top 10 Southern California Super Lawyers list for 2016, which made for a total of 14 years that Mr. Girardi has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" on both Top 10 and Top 100 lists.

Tom Girardi in Times Square

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It's not too often that you get your name and likeness put up in lights on the giant screen in Times Square, but that's what happened to Tom Girardi, who was recently honored by the International Association of Top Professionals at the 2016 Annual Award Gala in New York. The image above shows Mr. Girardi on the billboard of the Reuters Building.

California Comes Out Swinging: From Monsanto to Trump

"California is not turning back. Not now, not ever."

- Gov. Jerry Brown in his State of the State address on Jan. 24


There's no shortage of stories in the news about California's take on our current political situation, which, in general, is inextricably tied to a number of legal issues. The Roundup story below has nothing to do with the Trump administration. The second does, of course, and it's about the construction of a border wall in this state.

These stories are loosely related, in that they demonstrate California's stand for individual rights and for the environment.

Employees Face 'Freeze' under Trump Administration


The Trump administration has just instituted a freeze on hiring of federal employees, as the Washington Post reports, with the exception of military service members. This action comes via executive order and is in line with what Trump said he'd do while campaigning, which was "drain the swamp." The Post quotes Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer: "We've got to respect the American taxpayer."

New Year Driving in California: 8 New Laws on the Books for 2017

On Dec. 29, the Los Angeles Times published a run-down of new laws on the books in California. There are dozens. When it comes to driving, drivers, and passengers, the Times lists eight. These run the gamut from child seats to the blood alcohol content of Uber drivers.

Arrest of Compliance Executive Latest Chapter in Volkswagen Emissions Saga


In yet another chapter in the VW emissions saga, the New York Times reports that the FBI has arrested Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, who was the chief emissions compliance officer for VW in the U.S. Schmidt has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. The Times characterizes Schmidt's arrest as an "escalation" of the criminal investigation against VW.

Today, a Pharmaceutical Executive Faces Trial for His Alleged Role in Killing Dozens of People in 2012

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Cadden is accused of having caused the deaths of dozens of people, for which he faces second-degree murder charges. Cadden used to be the co-owner and chief pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center, until around 2012, when he and his colleagues were implicated in a deadly meningitis outbreak that sickened hundreds of people in 20 states.

California Drivers and the New Hands-Free Device Law: What to Know

Mount your phone and limit yourself to tapping and swiping.

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Better yet, get your GPS directions started before you drive off.

It's a new year, and with a new year, comes new laws. "As of Sunday," CBS Sacramento reports, "drivers can no longer hold their cellphone while driving - the phone has to be mounted on their windshield or their center console, and drivers are only allowed to tap or swipe on their phone."

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The Soto Verdict

Girardi | Keese attorneys have won a $2.3M verdict for a Long Beach resident run over by a Parks & Rec truck. Read more here.

The Madero Verdict

Attorney Christopher T. Aumais persuaded a San Bernardino County jury to deliver an  exceptionally high verdict in an area known for low jury awards.

A Champion of Justice

Partner Amy Fisch Solomon was a Champion of Justice in 2015, proving that success in law isn't just about the size of your verdict or settlement.

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