Wrongful termination is a phrase almost every employer and employee knows.  What is a wrongful termination?  What should you do if you experience what you believe is a wrongful termination?

Here, Adishian Law Group, P.C. founder and California Attorney Chris Adishian explains what to do if you believe you are about to be, or have been, wrongfully terminated.

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If you’ve been wrongfully terminated, and if you had the opportunity, the first thing you should do is take notes, and detailed notes, of your meetings during your termination session. That could be usually with HR or with HR and your manager. If you didn’t have a chance to take notes, and you’ve already been terminated, that’s fine. The next thing you should do is make sure you don’t sign any settlement agreement or severance agreement or any paperwork without talking with an attorney first. And then the last thing you should do before calling us, is make a detailed chronology of key events, witnesses, and timeline from the date of your recruitment, through your on boarding, your employment, all the way to the termination. Once you have that together, give us a call and we’ll set up a meeting for you with one of our attorneys. You can reach us at (310) 726 0888 or (415) 955 0888 or (650) 646 4022.

Adishian Law Group, P.C. founder and California Employment Lawyer Chris Adishian explains why Adishian Law Group practices employment law.

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Employment law is a fascinating area, and has a profound effect on individuals, family, and individuals in society at large. And California has a unique system of laws governing the employer employee relationship, which is different than virtually than any other state in the United States. For example, on the one hand, California is very pro employer, because it’s at at will state. But on the other hand, it’s very pro employee because of strong California public policy and causes of action, such as fraud, failure to pay wages, and the antidiscrimination statutes.

Adishian Law Group, P.C. founder and California Attorney Chris Adishian answers to what Adishian Law Group attributes their success in the legal industry.

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We’ve earned a reputation for being friendly, truthful, fair minded, and respectful. This extends to our clients, judges, vendors, court clerks, opposing parties, and opposing party’s counsel. And as a result, we’re often able to close deals on the transaction side, and resolve litigated disputes, even very contentious ones, and still build relationships with the parties across from us. Now, I can’t tell you that it works every time. There are some people that just don’t share the same approach, and don’t share the same values. But we’re able to, quite often, and we always do our best to maintain good, respectful relationships with everybody involved. And in fact, a number of our clients were formally across the table from us in a transaction, and then later came around to ask us to represent them. And our former opposing counsel and litigation are sometimes our best referral sources for future work.

We are often asked “Who do you represent?”  Here, Adishian Law Group, P.C. founder and California Attorney Chris Adishian talks about the breadth of clients Adishian Law Group represents.

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California is a huge economy on the global map, and it attracts businesses and individuals from all over the world for its real estate, business, and employment opportunity. So anyone, any business, or any individual, who has a need for assistance with California law for the areas that we practice, can hire us. And it’s interesting to note that our firm’s reach extends far beyond our headquarters here in El Segundo. In fact, we’ve represented clients located in 22 of California’s 58 counties and about 12 other states in the United States and 10 foreign countries.

Adishian Law Group, P.C. founder and California Attorney Chris Adishian explains how to start a relationship with Adishian Law Group.

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The attorney and client relationship is very important, and we always recommend that the potential client, whether it’s a business or an individual, interview several attorneys before making a decision. To contact our firm, you just simply call us, and we’ll set up an appointment. Usually, we like to do an in person meeting or a video call or even a telephone call, if they’re not in the immediate area or simply can’t come in, and kind of see if we have a shared sense of values and goals about the transaction or litigation. And if we feel that we do, and we feel we can helpful, then we’ll proceed with sending over an engagement letter to the client.

 

Adishian Law Group, P.C. founder and California Attorney Chris Adishian explains why Adishian Law Group is unique.

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Our business and real estate clients benefit by having a legal team that’s equally comfortable with complex financial models and legal briefs. For clients active in real estate, whether that’s buying, selling, leasing, or exchanging, our combination of a real estate law firm with an affiliated property management firm is unique. And from our affiliated property management firm, Adishian Capital, we offer family office, real estate capabilities which allows our clients to have relationship continuity across all of their real estate activities.

Adishian Law Group, P.C. founder and California Attorney Chris Adishian describe what skills are most necessary to be a successful lawyer.

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It’s kind of interesting, a Berkeley study identified several factors, and they talked about situational judgement, dispositional optimism, emotion recognition. And we’d like to add, probably to that, creative problem solving and high tolerance for ambiguity and chaos. Because the inherent nature of litigation is chaotic, and even with the transactional negotiation, the other side’s positions can sometimes be ambiguous. So, in order to be successful at it, you have to be able to work in those environments and still achieve good results for your clients, and hopefully we bring some of those skills to benefit for our clients.

Why being a lawyer appeals to Adishian Law Group, P.C. founder and California Attorney, Chris Adishian.

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The practice of law is ultimately a helping profession, and that’s why we exist, to help our clients. When we can do something to apply our skills and abilities to help our clients achieve goals or results they can’t achieve on their own, that feels good. And when a client expresses their appreciation to us for making a major difference in their business, their careers, or their investments, well, that’s very fulfilling. And we also feel that we’re here to help the larger community and society, and therefore we have a lot of informational content on our website that’s free, and a lot of informational content on our YouTube channel for everybody willing and interested to learn about California law in the areas that we practice.

California Attorney and Real Estate Broker Chris Adishian answers the question, “How do attorney’s fees work in contract?” at the South Bay Association of Realtors Commercial Attorney Panel on June 2, 2015.

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Touching on the attorney’s fees part, I’ll do a little plug for our blog on our website. We have a great article about attorney’s fees in real estate contracts, and attorney’s fees and contracts in general. One of the special provisions of California law is that there are no one-way attorney’s fees. It’s always mutual. The article’s pretty comprehensive, but attorney’s fees aren’t always the blessing you think they might be. Sometimes they’re a curse. So you have to think tactically with each contract as to whether or not you want to agree to attorney’s fees, put a cap on attorney’s fees, or eliminate attorney’s fees.

Property management is a necessity for every property owner.  Property management may be done by the owner or by a professional third party property management company.  California Attorney and Real Estate Broker Chris Adishian answers the question, “Is it a good idea for a property owner to to self-manage their properties?” at the South Bay Association of Realtors Commercial Attorney Panel on June 2, 2015.

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The question of “Can the owner self-manage?” I would say if you buy a new building, and it’s empty, you could go down that road. Put up “for lease” and try to save commissions, but I don’t recommend it. Get a good agent on your team. Someone who knows the neighborhood, knows the product type, knows the type of tenant you’re striving to get, and let him and her or that firm go out and present options to you.

It’s worth the money, especially if you’re not in the real estate business as the owner except for owning the property. You don’t have the databases, the networks, the marketing power, or the skillset to properly tenant your building.

What you should be doing is building your team and then reviewing the potential tenants with your team before saying yes or no.