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WSS Director Obtains Two Favorable Administrative Appeal Decisions

March 28, 2022 | General News

Keith Dobyns successfully represented the Orange County Fire Authority in a two-day hearing before a hearing officer who heard the appeal of a denial of the application for disability retirement benefits by the Orange County Employees Retirement System for an employee who was disabled and had not been able to work for eight years.  OCFA…

WSS Obtains Two Favorable Appellate Court Wins for Public Agency Clients

March 28, 2022 | General News

WSS obtained a favorable appellate decision upholding summary adjudication in Roe v. County of Orange.  In this case, Plaintiff, a deputy, sued the County and another deputy who she alleged was her supervisor on various FEHA causes of action, including sexual harassment, alleging the other deputy sexually assaulted her while they were on an out-of-state…

Published CEQA Decision Upholds Use of the Infill Exemption

March 23, 2022 | Environmental Law

In Protect Tustin Ranch v. City of Tustin (2021) 70 Cal.App.5th 951, the California Court of Appeal upheld the use of CEQA’s infill exemption for a Costco Gas Station project.  The City of Tustin was successfully represented by WS&S Director Ricia R. Hager.  The opinion is the first to interpret and clarify the project site…

WSS Director Negotiates FTA New Starts Grant Agreement for OC Streetcar

December 11, 2018 | General News

James M. Donich recently completed negotiations on behalf of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) with the Federal Transit Administration for a Federal New Starts Grant in the amount of $149 million for the OC Streetcar Project.  The Full Funding Grant Agreement was executed by the parties at a ceremony at the Santa Ana Train…

WSS Obtains Five Favorable Appellate Court Wins for Public Agency Clients

April 18, 2017 | General News

In a recent span of two weeks, WSS was successful in defending four different public agency clients against civil rights/tort liability claims before the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and California Court of Appeal.   In two different state cases, the plaintiffs alleged various state and federal civil rights violations against the county and its…

WSS Director Named Southern California Top-Rated Lawyer

September 14, 2016 | General News

Gary Weisberg has been selected as one of Southern California’s Top-Rated Lawyers by an independent nominating committee. Mr. Weisberg’s selection is based on his expertise in the fields of eminent domain and land use litigation. His personal biography will be published in the upcoming Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers magazine and distributed throughout the State.

Appellate Court Upholds Approval of Water Project

September 14, 2016 | Environmental Law

We represented a private landowner (Cadiz, Inc.) that is developing a project in partnership with a local water district to store billions of gallons of groundwater in a large aquafer in San Bernardino county.  Several different groups, including a mining operation and various environmental organizations, filed six separate lawsuits primarily on environmental grounds, challenging the…

Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

September 14, 2016 | Labor Law

We successfully defended a sanitation district against a petition for writ of mandate seeking a former employee’s back wages and reinstatement to his position with the district. The employee alleged that he was terminated without due process while on disability leave. The trial court denied the petition, finding that the petitioner was properly terminated for…