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Welcome to the Official Blog of Simas & Associates, Ltd. Below, please find recent postings from our firm in regards to items of interest concerning our law firm, our cities, state, and nation, and our legal practice areas and service. We try to update frequenty, so check back often.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Simas!

50! We all hope you had a great day!

July 31, 2015

Make Sure to Define ‘Confidential’

As the business world has turned increasingly tech-savvy, more and more employees—even run-of-the-mill support staff—are exposed to what businesses consider “confidential, proprietary, or trade secrets.” To protect the business, many employers have been advised by their attorneys to require employees to sign confidentiality agreements at the time of being hired by the business. And many […]

July 27, 2015

Physical Therapy Practice Structure: Clearing Up Confusion Regarding Corporations and LLCs

(The below is content that will be published in an upcoming PT Interventions, the official newsletter of the California Physical Therapy Association) For years there has been much confusion about physical therapists working for and owning different types of corporations, and whether a physical therapist may form or work for a limited liability company or […]

July 23, 2015

Steven L. Simas is AV Preeminate Rated

Steven L. Simas, owner and founder of Simas & Associates, Ltd., has been designated AV® Preeminate™ peer rated by Martindale-Hubbell. A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating reflects a combination of achieving a very high general ethical standards rating and, similarly, a very high legal ability numerical rating. “I am humbled and honored,” explained Mr. Simas. The […]


Restrictive Covenant Law Lessons in HBO’s Silicon Valley

Have you been laughing and cringing along with Silicon Valley on HBO? This half-hour comedy skewers the achievements and missteps of a technology startup, and the eccentric characters they encounter along the way. Set in the famous, eponymous region of northern California, Silicon Valley is an audacious comedy, and many of the situations that the […]

July 15, 2015

Options After Temporary Restraining Order is Issued

A temporary restraining order (TRO) is a form of extraordinary emergency relief granted by the court to preserve the status quo to the requesting party. The requesting party must show must show that denial will result in irreparable injury to the moving party before the matter can be heard on notice (i.e. 16 court days). Thus, […]

July 10, 2015

Satisfy Request for Former Employee’s File

One question regularly confronted by employers is when a former employee requests copies of “their file.” Ostensibly, the employee is requesting a copy of their personnel file. However, the contents of a personnel file may not include all that which the former employee is seeking. Sometimes the employee is seeking payroll records, in addition to […]

June 30, 2015

Steve Simas Quoted in Sacramento Business Journal

In mid-month June, the Sacramento Business Journal contacted Simas & Associates, Ltd. for assistance on a story it was writing regarding surprising things about California alcohol licensing laws. Simas & Associates, Ltd. is known as one of the leading professional licensing law firms in California and provides statewide alcoholic beverage control licensing representation. The Sacramento […]

June 29, 2015

Appointment to San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Committee

Congratulations to Steven L. Simas on his appointment to the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Committee. The Legislative Action Committee is tasked monitoring and advocating for local, regional and on occasion state and national issues that impact member business success and the Chamber’s economic vision. The Chamber’s committees, councils and task forces are […]

June 27, 2015

The Failure to Mitigate Damages

When a party is harmed, that typically gives rise to a claim for damages. However, an express limitation to the extent of recovery for those damages is those that could be avoided by the injured party engaging in reasonable and ordinary care after the harm. The failure of the injured party to engage in reasonable […]




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