Lewitt Hackman

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16633 Ventura Boulevard
Eleventh Floor
Encino, California 91436, United States
Phone: (818) 990-2120
Fax: (818) 981-4764
Areas of Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Health
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • California
Number of Attorneys
25-50 Attorneys

Small Claims: When Litigating Without a Lawyer Makes Sense

Many people and businesses have disputes or suffer damages in the thousands of dollars, which they need to resolve or seek compensation for. The dispute or claim might involve the sale of used furniture or other personal…more

De Novo Standard of Review, Filing Fees, Litigation Strategies, Small Claims Court

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Employer Responsibilities re Mental Health Conditions

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a “User-Friendly Document” explaining the rights of job applicants and employees with mental health conditions. In doing so, the EEOC has confirmed that individuals…more

ADA, Disabilities, Disability Discrimination, Document Retention Policies, EEOC

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Rocket's Red Glare: Burns & Other Injuries From Fireworks

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), about 230 people are rushed to an emergency room daily between June 20th and July 20th each year, because of serious fireworks injuries. More than half of these ER…more

Bodily Injury, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fireworks, Negligence, Product Defects

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No Excuses: Preventing Construction Site Accidents and Remembering the Dead

With Spring comes not only warmer weather, a change in time, and the start of baseball, but a return of construction projects as builders begin another season of home and commercial building…more

Bodily Injury, Construction Accidents, Construction Industry, Construction Project, Negligence

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Disparaging, Degrading, Derogatory Trademarks: They're Now Enforceable Says Supreme Court

You may remember that several national sports franchises are under fire for trademarks and branding that is seen to be racially disparaging. The Washington Redskins are the first team to come to mind, and it wasn’t too long ago…more

Disparagement, First Amendment, Football, Free Speech, Lanham Act

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FRANCHISEE 101: Contract Curveballs

In every Franchise Agreement, the franchisor and franchisee promise to fulfill obligations to the other. For some promises, whether or not they were performed can be a clear "yes" or "no." For example: either a franchisee paid…more

Breach of Contract, Contract Terms, Franchise Agreements, Franchisee, Franchisors

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Game Changer? Succession Planning Targeted by IRS

The Department of the Treasury wants to place limitations on valuation discounts that are currently commonly used to reduce asset values in family-owned and closely-held businesses, in an effort to increase tax revenue. The…more

Business Ownership, Business Plans, Business Succession, Business Valuations, Closely Held Businesses

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Old Grounds: A Lack of Prop 65 Warnings Brew Trouble for Coffee Franchisors

California Prop 65 warnings – many residents barely notice these anymore, as we’ve lived with Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act notices for over 30 years now. They appear at gas pumps; in apartment and office…more

Dunkin' Donuts, Franchises, OEHHA, Proposition 65, Restaurant Industry

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Los Angeles Ensures Employees Know Their Rights. Employers, Take Notice.

If Los Angeles was a person rather than a city, you could practically hear her telling employers, “It’s ON.” The warning comes by way of a massive ad campaign to remind members of the working public they have certain rights…more

Ban the Box, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO)

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Working Families Flexibility Act Means Little to California Employers

The House of Representatives just passed U.S. H.R. 1180, a bill that could potentially give certain businesses and their employees more flexibility in federal overtime compensation. The Working Families Flexibility Act (WFFA)…more

Compensatory Time Off, Over-Time, Proposed Legislation, Wage and Hour

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Initiating Unlawful Detainer Actions: Perfection Not Required

In November 2016 the California Supreme Court ordered that a decision from the appellate division of the San Diego Superior Court in U.S. Financial, L.P. v. Michael McLitus (“McLitus”) be published…more

Appeals, CA Supreme Court, Commercial Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Foreclosure Sales

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Old Grounds: A Lack of Prop 65 Warnings Brew Trouble for Coffee Franchisors

California Prop 65 warnings – many residents barely notice these anymore, as we’ve lived with Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act notices for over 30 years now. They appear at gas pumps; in apartment and office…more

Dunkin' Donuts, Franchises, OEHHA, Proposition 65, Restaurant Industry

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Accidental Disinheritance: Update Wills, Estate Plans Annually

So you have an estate plan? Good for you. You funded it? Even better. But have you updated it and your will in the last year? If you haven’t, your loved ones or favorite charities may be in for an unpleasant surprise. Your…more

529 Plans, Beneficiaries, Beneficiary Designations, Death Benefits, Decedent Protection

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Terminated: A Marriage’s End Should Not Lead to Employment’s End

Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in Robert Smith v. Millville Rescue Squad (MRS) that an employer cannot terminate an employee for separating or divorcing – the processes of which apparently falls under the…more

Adultery, Business Partners, Divorce, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Discrimination

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"Look Mom No Hands!" But Lots of Rules for AI Cars in California

You may have heard the news: An Uber Technologies Inc. autonomous vehicle was involved in an accident in Arizona. A human driver in a Honda CRV turning left at a yellow light hit the self-driving Volvo as it was crossing the…more

Artificial Intelligence, Auto Insurance, Automotive Industry, Car Accident, Driverless Cars

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FRANCHISEE 101: Contract Curveballs

In every Franchise Agreement, the franchisor and franchisee promise to fulfill obligations to the other. For some promises, whether or not they were performed can be a clear "yes" or "no." For example: either a franchisee paid…more

Breach of Contract, Contract Terms, Franchise Agreements, Franchisee, Franchisors

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California Employer Compliance 2017

There have been significant changes to state and federal laws in 2016 affecting employers of all sizes and in many industries. We'd like to help our clients stay apprised of some of the more critical changes by reminding all of…more

Affordable Care Act, Agricultural Workers, Arbitration, Background Checks, Ban the Box

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FRANCHISEE 101: Contract Curveballs

In every Franchise Agreement, the franchisor and franchisee promise to fulfill obligations to the other. For some promises, whether or not they were performed can be a clear "yes" or "no." For example: either a franchisee paid…more

Breach of Contract, Contract Terms, Franchise Agreements, Franchisee, Franchisors

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FRANCHISEE 101: Contract Curveballs

In every Franchise Agreement, the franchisor and franchisee promise to fulfill obligations to the other. For some promises, whether or not they were performed can be a clear "yes" or "no." For example: either a franchisee paid…more

Breach of Contract, Contract Terms, Franchise Agreements, Franchisee, Franchisors

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To Bifurcate, or Not to Bifurcate: That is the Divorce Question

Some divorcing couples may want their divorce resolved as quickly as possible. In California, the legal minimum time requirement that a dissolution can be entered is six months from the date of service of the Petition to the…more

Bifurcation, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements

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Hiring and Firing in Los Angeles: Fair Chance Initiative Update

We told you about Los Angeles’ Ban the Box ordinance in early December. Also known as the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO), the new regulation seeks to reduce recidivism by limiting inquiries regarding…more

Background Checks, Ban the Box, Conditional Job Offers, Criminal Background Checks, Employer Liability Issues

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