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Oct 5 2022

Politicians Don’t Always Need Musician Approval to Use Songs in Ads, but They Need to Buy the License

Excerpted from the article: “In the United States, music is protected by copyright, which means anyone who wishes to use a song must obtain a license. The type of license varies depending on how the song is being used. To add music to your political ad – or any other video – you must obtain […]

Aug 18 2022

Donahue Fitzgerald Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America® 2023 Edition

Dawn Newton, Franchise Law Kristin A. Pace, Tax Law Merrill J. Schwartz, Corporate Law, Trusts and Estates Philip M. Jelley, Tax Law Wilfrid F. Roberge, Jr., Trusts and Estates Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers in America rankings are […]

Jul 25 2022

Associate Christopher R. Nepacena Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Chris joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Employment practice. He is an experienced litigator and takes pride in providing clients with the most efficient and reliable advocacy at every stage of litigation. He also counsels employers on employment practices and policies, employee relations, and preventative measures to eliminate the potential for litigation. Chris earned his J.D. from Thomas […]

Jul 25 2022

Partner Adam G. Engelskirchen Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Adam joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Real Estate practice. His practice is focused on the full-range representation of businesses, investors, public agencies and individuals in transactions and disputes involving real property. Adam represents clients in the financing, acquisition, entitlement, development, leasing, and disposition of real estate assets; in the formation, structuring, and dissolution of business entities; and […]

Jul 6 2022

Donahue Fitzgerald Attorneys Named 2022 Super Lawyers

Northern California Super Lawyers Mario Choi: Civil Litigation Defense Daniel B. Newbold: Estate Planning & Probate David A. Stein: Construction Litigation Elizabeth M. Engh: Estate Planning & Probate Jonathan McNeil Wong: Immigration Business Kristin A. Pace: Estate Planning & Probate Mary M. Rudser: Estate Planning & Probate Lawrence K. Rockwell: Estate & Trust Litigation Jessica […]

Jul 1 2022

California Supreme Court Increases Potential Penalties for Unpaid or Unreported Missed-Break Premiums

What are waiting time penalties? Upon separation, employees must be paid all unpaid wages by the applicable statutory deadlines. When the final paycheck is not paid on time, or does not include all wages owed, an employer can be liable for waiting time penalties. Waiting time penalties are a sort of statutory “interest” on unpaid […]

Jun 24 2022

Client Success: mxmtoon x The Sims™ 4

mxmtoon is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and streaming sensation. She is known for singing and playing the ukulele, and is from Oakland, California. In this collaboration, The Sims™ 4’s partnered with mxmtoon “to encourage players to discover what happens when day turns to night, and they’re able to transform into new and exciting versions of […]

Jun 17 2022

Supreme Court Rules California Arbitration Agreements Between Employers and Employees Are Enforceable as to Employees’ Individual PAGA Claims

In Viking River Cruises, a sales representative accused her employer of violating the California Labor Code and filed a PAGA action in court. But the employer sought to enforce an arbitration agreement they had signed, which contained a class action waiver (waiving the right to litigate PAGA actions in court) and a severability clause (specifying […]

Jun 17 2022

Associate Anna-Patrice Harris Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Anna joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Litigation practice. Her practice focuses on complex litigation and antitrust class actions. She is a passionate advocate for the rights of workers and consumers and, using her litigation skills, strives to create a more equitable playing field for all. She manages her own caseload and handles complex business disputes in the […]

Jun 2 2022

Dawn Newton Appointed to the NASAA Franchise and Business Opportunity Advisory Committee

Dawn has been selected as one of 12 attorneys from across the country to serve on this newly formed Advisory Committee. The Committee will provide advice, assistance, and recommendations to NASAA’s Franchise and Business Opportunity group, which consists of regulators who oversee franchising on behalf of their states throughout the U.S., including deputy attorneys general […]