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July 16th, 2014


The first few months of 2014 produced a string of wins for our Issues and Appeals group.

After our landlord client received an adverse judgment in a trial handled by our client’s prior counsel, Josh Hopstone reversed the judgment on appeal and subsequently obtained an attorney fee award that reimbursed our client for all trial and appellate-related attorney fees.

John Hribar and Wendy Lascher won a reversal of a defense verdict in David v. Hernandez (2014) 226 Cal.App.4th 578.  Unless the California Supreme Court grants review, which is unlikely, the case will be retired later this year.

In a recent unpublished decision, John Hribar cut more than $4 million off of a fraudulent transfer judgment against our client.  Meanwhile, in an unrelated auto finance appeal in which our client had suffered a half-million dollar judgment, John’s efforts led to a decision (also unpublished) setting aside that a award for retrial.

Lauren Sims was so persuasive in a writ petition that, without waiting for the Court of Appeal’s final decision, the trial court reinstated our client’s mechanic’s lien pending trial.

In a matter of first impression in California, Josh Hopstone and Wendy Lascher reversed a ruling denying a grandmother standing to seek visitation with the grandson she had raised for several years in Finberg v. Manset (2014) 223 Cal. App.4th 529.

You may reach Wendy Lascher, Chair of FCOP’s Issues and Appeals Department, at


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