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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.

Losing Confidentiality and Privacy through Use of Employer’s Computer or Email Account

Actions and activities of employees done at work, while working, or using employer property can be imputed to the employer. This relationship is regularly used to attach liability to the employer. However, it also works in the reverse. If the employer can be held liable, they also get to "own" those actions and activities. And […]

September 5, 2017

Slaying Goliath

Recently, we have found ourselves assisting more and more clients in civil litigation matters. Litigation is fun, exciting and, at times, frustrating, but it is also expensive for clients, which is why clients generally treat it as a last resort. It becomes even more expensive when the opposing side is represented by a large Los […]

August 25, 2017

What You Should (and Shouldn’t) Do After Receiving a Letter from the Medical Board

If you’ve received a letter from the medical board that a patient has filed a complaint against you, you may be furious, confused, scared or just annoyed. To defend against this allegation, you may be in for a long, complicated process. This process is, in many ways, more complicated than being charged with a crime. […]

August 18, 2017

Can a DUI Affect My Medical License?

If you’ve been convicted of a DUI, you are required to report that conviction to the California Medical Board. Section 802.1(a)(1)(B) of the Business & Professions Code requires Physicians & Surgeons to report, "the conviction of a licensee, including any verdict of guilty or plea of guilty or no contest, of any felony or misdemeanor." Failure […]


Four Fatal Mistakes in B.A.R. Hearings

Simas & Associates receives phone calls from potential clients all the time. But recently a theme has developed among Bureau of Automotive Repair ("B.A.R.") shop owners which motivated us to write this blog. This blog addresses the four most frequently occurring flaws received and how regularly we automotive repair shops try-and-fail to properely handle their B.A.R. […]

July 31, 2017

Bureau of Cannabis Control Withdraws Medical Cannabis Regulations

On July 26, 2017, the Bureau of Cannabis Control announced that it would be withdrawing previous efforts to promulgate regulations regarding medical cannabis. Earlier this spring, the Department of Consumer Affairs’ then Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, Department of Public Health (DPH) and Department of Food and Agriculture (DFA) simultaneously released proposed regulations for the […]

July 28, 2017

Medical Board of California Facing Non-Renewal

The Medical Board of California – responsible for investigating and disciplining physicians – is in danger of being dismantled at the end of the year. The Assembly has until the end of the day, Friday, July 14, to renew it or face the likelihood of expiration and replacement. What has spurred this unprecedented step was […]

July 13, 2017

Record Success in Professional Licensing Investigations

One of Simas & Associates, Ltd.'s main areas of practice involves representing clients with health care or professional licenses who are under investigation. In June 2017, Simas & Associates achieved a personal record in closing seven different investigations within a week's period. As described below, the majority of these cases involved Veterinary Medical Board investigations […]

July 7, 2017

Justin D. Hein Recognized as Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Congratulations to Justin D. Hein on his selection to the 2017 Northern California Rising Stars list! Every year, Super Lawyers selects attorneys who exhibit excellence in the practice of law to either a Super Lawyers or Rising Stars list in each state using a patented selection process. Mr. Hein was selected to a Rising Stars list because […]

July 3, 2017

Tips on Writing Effective Public Comments

The key to writing effective public comments is understanding how rulemaking decisions are made. Unlike members of the legislature or a vote for the President or Governor, agency rulemakers are not allowed to decide based on a majority vote. Rather, they are supposed to study the problem, collect information, and use its specialized expertise, experience, […]

June 29, 2017



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