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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.

Misconceptions Regarding Contingency Fees

The purpose of this blog article is to dispel a number of misconceptions potential clients have regarding attorneys accepting matters on contingency fees.  Simas & Associates, Ltd.’s client intake team receives dozens of calls per month inquiring about legal representation on a contingency fee. What is a Contingency Fee? A contingency fee involves a lawyer […]

You Snooze, You Lose – Understanding the Government Tort Claims Act

How often do people get injured due to the negligence of the government or some other public entity?  All too often, right?  In an attempt to limit the number of lawsuits filed against public agencies and/or entities, the legislature enacted what is now known as the Government Tort Claims Act (“Act”).  The California Government Code […]

Bad Idea to Represent Self before BAR

Every so often, the team at Simas & Associates, Ltd. encounters a new story about a licensee who  undertook to represent himself or herself in an administrative proceeding. The seeming informal nature of administrative proceedings somehow lures intelligent, successful, licensees and business owners into thinking they can represent themselves. Unfortunately, as in the case discussed […]

Peter Gros “Wild Kingdom”

Last weekend, Simas & Associates, Ltd. and Cal Poly Arts sponsored Peter Gros from the Original Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom.” “Mutual of Omaha’s ‘Wild Kingdom’” on Animal Planet was one of the most well-known and longest-running wildlife series on television, winning 41 Emmys. An animal expert in his own right, Mr. Gros is well known […]

Ignore the Form – File a Special Notice of Defense

Professional licensees and healthcare-related licensees in the state of California can have discipline imposed on their licenses for misconduct. The “misconduct” for which license discipline is under the vague and amorphous “substantially-related to the profession” standard that is not the subject of this blog entry. When these licensees face discipline, it is usually their first […]

Human Resources Manager 101

Being involved with your company’s human resource department can be overwhelming and frustrating at times regardless of your position within the department.  As the law changes, the H.R. Manager is responsible for ensuring that your company complies with all federal and state laws while also minimizing the risk of litigation brought by current and former employees.  […]

Waiting for CA Bar Exam Results

Below, please find a blog entry penned by an aspiring California attorney and employee at Simas & Associates, Ltd. This individual took the July 2016 California Bar Exam and is awaiting results. Results are due to be announced on November 18, 2016. It takes a special kind of person to get through law school.  The […]

Steven L. Simas Presents at 2016 CPTA Conference

On October 8 and 9, 2016, Steven L. Simas, founder and owner of Simas & Associates, Ltd. spoke at the 2016 Annual Conference for the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA). The conference was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center and had over several hundred physical therapists in attendance. This year’s conference featured two days of educational programming […]

California UAV Market Set to Explode

Over the past two years, the number of drone start-ups in California  has increased exponentially. The best example can be demonstrated by comparing last year’s Drone Market Environment Map with that of 2016. There are many more subcategories revealing that many Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) companies identified and started occupying market niches. Many business models changed […]

Multi-Section Event – “From the Ground Up”

The Sacramento County Bar Association’s, Public Law, Environmental Law, and Administrative Law sections, co-hosted an event entitled, “From the Ground Up: Implementing the Medical Cannabis Regulation & Safety Act – Cultivating solutions to administrative, regulatory, environmental, and consumer protection challenges,” at the September 21, 2016 luncheon. The luncheon was held at the Sacramento County Bar […]


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