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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.

Step-By-Step Tips for Preparing for a Deposition

As any experienced trial lawyer will tell you, a difficult case can be greatly enhanced by a good deposition performance. Similarly, a slam-dunk case can be jeopardized by a poor one. In short, the time and effort you devote to preparing for your deposition are valuable investments in pursuing or defending a lawsuit. 1.  Notify […]

New Employment Laws, 2013 – Part 2

Last week, we discussed some of the new labor laws in California which came into effect on January 1, 2013. In this follow-up blog, we detail another set of labor laws that employers should be aware of. Disability Claims Abuses (SB 1186) – SB 1186 is intended to curb a form of vexatious litigation, in […]

Misclassification of Employees is Getting Caught Every Day

From the California Labor Commissioner: March 1, 2013 | Long Beach, CA – California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su won a California Superior Court trial yesterday when the court ruled that Port of Long Beach truck drivers working for Seacon Logix, Inc. were employees and not independent contractors. “The Labor Commissioner is committed to attacking […]

New Employment Laws, 2013 – Part 1

Each year, California legislators create thousands of new bills, a percentage of them which eventually become law.  Employers should be aware of the following employment laws, which came into effect on January 1, 2013.  This is the first of a two-part post. Wage Statement Violations (Labor Code § 226) – Employers must now provide itemized […]

Intersection of Criminal and Administrative Law

On March 6, 2013, Steven L. Simas and Justin D. Hein presented, “The Intersection of Criminal and Administrative Law” to the San Mateo County Bar Association Private Defender’s Panel. The presentation consisted of a brief overview of administrative law and the administrative adjudicative process and administrative hearings.  It then explored in-depth the complexities of the […]


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