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Support Justin D. Hein and Help “Bail” Him Out!

Justin D. Hein, Managing Attorney of the Sacramento Office of Simas & Associates, Ltd., is participating in the Sacramento Executive “Lock-Up” of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) on July 17, 2013. As a participant, Justin has been set with a “bail” of $3,200.00 – an amount he is to try to raise from family, friends, […]

Negligence as Basis for License Discipline

The longstanding purpose of license discipline laws is to protect the public from incompetent practitioners. Although the standards differ somewhat from agency to agency, almost every licensing agency has laws that allow it to take disciplinary action against a licensee when their conduct falls below what is expected of the profession. There are three “types” […]

DRE becomes BRE in 10 days – So Update Your Marketing Materials

On July 1, 2013, the Department of Real Estate (DRE) is no more. No, the State of California is not abolishing the agency.  Rather, they are shifting under the Department of Consumer Affairs and becoming the Bureau of Real Estate (BRE). As a result, the BRE is recommending that California real estate licensees take proactive action […]

Medical Board of California Facing Tough Demands

On June 4, 2013, under threat from the state legislature, the Medical Board of California (“MBC”) met to embark on a search for new leadership and began to earnestly consider a host of proposals aimed at combating reckless prescribing of physicians. The state legislature intends to abolish the MBC at the end of the year. […]

Clean Sweep of Bid Protests!

After a multi-million dollar contract for data storage for the State of California was awarded to our client, Kovarus, three bid protests came in from NetAPP, NWN Corporation, and Hewlett-Packard Company. In the end, the Administrative Law Judge agreed with our arguments, and awarded the contract to Kovarus.

Steven L. Simas Presents at San Luis Obispo County Bar Association

On June 12, 2013, Steven L. Simas, founder and owner of Simas & Associates, Ltd., California’s leading administrative and health care law firm, presented “The Intersection of Criminal and Administrative Law” to the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section.  The presentation provided a general overview of administrative and professional licensing law, highlighting […]

Steven L. Simas Interviewed by Law360, a LexisNexis Company

Steven L. Simas, founder and owner of Simas & Associates, Ltd., was interviewed for and quoted within an article recently published by Law360, a LexisNexis Company.  The article, entitled “Doctors’ Hospital Jobs Imperiled by California Hight Court Ruling“, was written by Jeff Overley and published on June 12, 2013. The article is part of’s […]

Buy-Sell Agreements

A buy-sell agreement is an agreement between the owners of a business to purchase and sell interests of the business at a pre-determined price upon the occurrence of anticipated or potential future events. These triggering events generally include death, disability, bankruptcy, divorce, retirement, an offer to purchase, and termination of employment of one of the […]

DRE is Formalizing the Citation and Fine Process

The California Department of Real Estate (“DRE”) is in the process of adopting proposed regulations Section 2907.1, 2907.2, 2907.3, and 2907.4 within Chapter 6, Title 10 of the California Code of Regulations. The proposed sections relate to the issuance of citations and the associated fines to real estate licensees in California. Below, please find a […]

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