The pandemic has brought increased scrutiny to the business interruption and civil authority coverages in the property policies of many businesses, public entities and nonprofits. Click here to read more.

On March 27, 2020, the Governor of California issued an order allowing the state Judicial Council to adopt emergency procedural rules for courts statewide, and on April 6, 2020 and April 17, 2020, the Judicial Council did so. Click here to read more.

We value our partnership with you, along with the safety and health of the Goldfarb & Lipman team and our local community. During this COVID-19 pandemic, our attorneys and staff are working remotely to serve your needs. While our Northern California physical office is closed until local governmental shelter-in-place orders are lifted (currently projected for April 7th), we are open in the virtual sense and equipped technologically to remain productive and responsive. In this moment which requires social distance, we intend to maintain our close relationship and dedication to providing you with high quality legal work despite the challenging times. We believe there is immense power when a community comes together to work through adversity, and we will do all we can to ensure a thriving community emerges from the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you.

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019, which included a tax extension package for several federal tax programs. Click here to read more.

Four bills passed this year affecting the disposition of surplus lands for affordable housing and other purposes that will go into effect on January 1, 2020. Click here to read more.

AB 1763 provides a new density bonus for 100% affordable housing developments, effective as of January 1, 2020. Click here to read more.

AB 143, AB 728, and AB 761 have modified existing law affecting homeless shelters and homelessness prevention services. Click here to read more.

We’re not in Kansas anymore! The California Legislature adopted several bills this year impacting landlord-tenant law that will take effect January 1, 2020. Click here to read more.

Goldfarb & Lipman is excited to announce the newest member to our Team – Jhaila Brown! Jhaila received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, Jhaila was a Deputy County Counsel for the County of Riverside where she represented the Economic Development Agency, Housing Authority and its nonprofit affiliates, the Successor Agency to the Redeployment Agency and the Aviation Division. Jhaila brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to further strengthen the firm’s transactional practice.

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as Proposition 65, prohibits any “person in the course of business” from knowingly exposing any person to chemicals known by the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity without providing a “clear and reasonable warning.”  Click here to read more.