LLF Shareholders Renée Welze Livingston and Craig A. Livingston Named as Northern California Super Lawyers
Livingston Law Firm shareholders Renée Welze Livingston and Craig A. Livingston were again selected for inclusion on the prestigious Northern California Super Lawyers list to which no more than five percent of practicing regional attorneys are named. Renée was named to the list for her distinguished civil litigation defense practice and Craig was named for his product liability defense work. Both Renée and Craig have been included on the Northern California Super Lawyers list for many years.
"As a firm, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services and delivering positive results for our clients. It is an honor to have our peers recognize us as being at the top of our practice areas," said Managing Shareholder Renée Welze Livingston.
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters-owned rating service, evaluates highly-regarded attorneys from more than 70 practice areas through a multi-phase process. Each year, attorneys are selected for inclusion on regional lists based upon peer nominations, peer evaluations and the service's own independent research. The annual Northern California Super Lawyers list is published in Super Lawyers Magazine (Northern Calilfornia edition) and is available online at www.superlawyers.com.
June 2018: LLF obtained 1 summary judgment, 1 outright dismissal and 1 good faith settlement determination. Attended 2 mediations in 2 states and 11 depositions on 2 coasts. Settled 3 cases and taught 4 law school classes. Logged 15,500 airline miles. Counseled national clients on new Proposition 65 regulations and CLRA. Negotiated tender acceptance. Gave legal update at SAAMI meeting. Spoke on gender bias at bar association program. Attended 3 board meetings, 1 leadership conference, 1 past president's dinner, 1 senior lawyers roundtable and 1 NBA championship game. Today we play (the ponies)!
As we know from The Silence Breakers and #MeToo Movement, gender bias still permeates our courtrooms and boardrooms. For this reason, gender bias training is essential for attorneys in all areas of the law. On June 27, 2018, LLF managing shareholder Renée Welze Livingston was a featured panelist on a MCLE program sponsored by the Contra Costa County Bar Association Women’s Section titled, “Navigating Gender Bias: Talks & Tips from Seasoned Practitioners.” Together with the Hon. Ellen James (Ret.) and Hon. Anita Santos, attendees learned how to identify and overcome gender bias for a more gender-neutral professional environment.
Warning requirements are changing, effective August 30, 2018, for products sold in California which contain any of the more than 950 listed substances known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive harm. Many manufacturers and distributors are unprepared for these changes, some of which impose new warning requirements for internet and catalog sales. On June 13, 2018, LLF shareholder Craig A. Livingston gave a Prop 65 update to members of the Legal & Legislative Affairs Committee of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute at its semi-annual meeting in Overland Park, Kansas. Craig is providing guidance to a SAAMI working group tasked with developing Prop 65 compliance strategies. SAAMI members include large and small manufacturers and distributors of firearms, ammunition and related products and accessories serving the hunting and shooting sports industry.
Crystal L. Van Der Putten began her third year as an adjunct professor at John F. Kennedy University College of Law on May 30, 2018. Crystal teaches first year law students the ins and outs of electronic legal research, focusing on how to create a research plan, develop search terms, think analytically and efficiently use legal search engines to obtain answers to research questions for use in motions, memoranda and more.
Craig A. Livingston and Crystal L. Van Der Putten File Amicus Curiae Brief in the United States Supreme Court
Today, shareholders Craig A. Livingston and Crystal L. Van Der Putten filed an amicus curiae brief with the United States Supreme Court on behalf of LLF client, The National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. The brief supports the petition for writ of certiorari filed by plaintiffs/petitioners in the Teixeira v. County of Alameda case out of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In its en banc decision, the Ninth Circuit affirmed dismissal of Teixeira’s Second Amendment claims following the County’s denial of a permit to open a full-service firearms dealership in an unincorporated area. The NSSF brief argues that along with the right to acquire and possess firearms under the Supreme Court’s seminal District of Columbia v. Heller Second Amendment decision, there is also a free-standing right to sell firearms, ammunition and related products and services. The brief also argues for the application of a heightened level of constitutional scrutiny to local ordinances, like the Alameda County zoning ordinance at issue, which have the effect of restricting the exercise of fundamental Second Amendment rights.
Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA) Past President Phil Andersen (left) and incoming 2018 President James Wu recognized Steve Derby and Renée Welze Livingston as Shining Stars at the board retreat in December 2017.