Shoreside and Commercial Practice Areas:
Regulatory, Administrative and Legislative Practice:
We are regularly called upon to advise industry trade groups and individual companies on the likely impact of existing laws and proposed legislation. We have been repeatedly asked to draft both federal and state legislation and helped author the Cruise Industry Revitalization Act of 1996, in addition to other significant tort reform measures, including limitations on emotional distress damages and medical negligence claims. The firm is regularly engaged to provide advice and interpretation regarding compliance with federal and state civil rights and environmental laws, including the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, the California Postsecondary and Vocational Education Reform Act and the Maxine Waters Student Protection Act, among many others.
The firm also practices before a wide array of administrative and regulatory bodies, representing its clients' varied interests in obtaining or contesting administrative determinations and rulings. We have considerable experience in matters before the United States Equal Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Federal Maritime Commission and the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.