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Public Entity Practice

AGHW’s public entity team has developed a practice that encompasses the breadth of public entity defense litigation.   From civil rights lawsuits against public entities and their police departments and officers, tort liability claims from the mundane to the complex, to the defense of public entities under design defect and dangerous condition, the team has the experience and successes in resolving cases before trial, prevailing on summary judgment, and prevailing in trial.

Employment Practices

The firm provides a variety of services for clients with employment issues, including counseling and advising on prospective personnel actions; representing employers facing charges, investigations and hearings before the EEOC, DFEH, DIR and Labor Commissioner;  conducting independent workplace investigations; advising on, creating and/or revising employment contracts, personnel policies and employee handbooks; and handling all types of trials concerning employment matters in federal and state courts, both jury and non-jury

General Litigation

The combined experience of over 100 years of trial practice of the AGHW partners has taken each and every one of them through the vast variety of civil litigation, covering all types of negligence, transportation and premises liability claims resulting in serious or catastrophic injuries; sexual misconduct; fraud; business torts; defamation and privacy violations; the defense of professionals in various disputes; as well as representing both policyholders and insurers in coverage matters. Clients appreciate our ability to handle matters or refer them to other counsel if appropriate.

Mediation Practice

The four partners of AGHW are available for mediation.  Each partner has an active practice that keeps us well informed on what is happening in the courtrooms of Northern and Central California, as well as our interaction with a broad array of counsel, better helping us bring to mediation an understanding of what it takes to resolve cases. This is an alternative for those who seek  practicing lawyers as mediators as a cost effective alternative to the mediation services currently available in the marketplace.  Please contact each attorney individually for their availability and fee schedule. The partners charge only an hourly rate, without administrative fees.

Sexual Misconduct

In addition to the firm’s expertise defending sexual harassment claims arising in the workplace, the firm has substantial experience advising clients confronted with  claims alleging sexual misconduct arising in non-workplace situations, such as in public or private schools, pre-schools, parks, recreation districts, and religious organizations.  This includes both claims alleging adult misconduct with a child, or children engaged in sexual misconduct with other children.  Our deep reservoir of experience assists clients in compliance with mandated reporting obligations, and communications with law enforcement investigating the matter, and assisting in responding to the media and public. When lawsuits are filed, our expertise comes in quickly gathering information, interviewing witnesses, and providing an early assessment of liability and potential damage exposure. Though such cases often settle, depending on the facts, the firm has successfully obtained dismissal of such claims through summary judgment and obtained defense verdicts at trial.