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Bench Trial versus Jury Trial – A New Twist in the Decision

As attorneys who actually go to trial, we frequently face situations where our clients have to decide whether or not to proceed by way of jury trial as opposed to bench trial. Before all of the Los Angeles County Superior court budget cuts, I used to think bench trials were cheaper because you did not have to do as many of the formalities that come with a jury trial. Now, however, with the increased demand on each judge’s time, a bench trial can take such a long time to finish that a the bench trial may actually cost more. With a jury trial judges have the difficult task of trying to make sure that the jurors valuable time is not wasted through unnecessary delays in

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Recovering Attorneys’ Fees in a California Lawsuit

Anytime a person or individual is faced with a lawsuit or contemplating filing a lawsuit they should always be thinking about attorneys’ fees.  Attorneys’ fees are important because they are generally the cost of participating in the lawsuit with the aid of a lawyer.  Lawyers generally charge by the hour or agree to take the case on a contingency.  For lawyers charging by the hour or via flat fees, the cost of the lawsuit is largely the attorneys’ fees. Because attorneys’ fees necessarily play a large role in any lawsuit it is important to understand whether there is an ability to recover attorneys’ fees in a particular dispute.  The law in California generally provides that unless attorneys’ fees are provided for by statute or by

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Posted in Litigation, Real Estate Attorney, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles

Los Angeles Real Estate Attorney: Step 3 for Commercial Leasing Disputes

Our Los Angeles Real Estate attorneys handle all types of commercial real estate leasing disputes.  After reviewing steps 1 and 2, we are now at step 3, which is initiating the actual dispute.  Initiating a commercial leasing dispute is not as simple as just filing a basic claim.  Drafting the complaint or arbitration demand is key because is sets the framework for the entire litigation.  Of course, if you fail to add a cause of action you can always seek leave to amend to add another claim at a later time but it becomes much harder to do once the initial complaint has been filed.  You usually have to show that you did not know of the claim at the time the party filed the

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Posted in Commercial Lease, Leases, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles

Don’t Miss the New Due Date for Jury Fee Deposits in California – CCP 631(b)

In California, trial attorneys and their clients should be aware that there was recently a change in the law regarding the deadlines for filing  jury fees to preserve the right to have a jury trial.  Effective September 17, 2002, California Code of Civil Procedure section 631(B) began to impose a new deadline for a party to file its $150 jury fee deposit. The old rule required, in general civil matters, that the fee be filed at least 25 calendar days before trial.  The new rule, however, now requires that,  for new matters, the parties must file their  initial jury fee deposit ” on or before the date scheduled for the initial case management conference in the action.”  This is important because the case management conference

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Zachary D. Schorr has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers (Rising Stars) list for attorneys in Real Estate for 5 straight years - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. In 2016 he was also included as one of the top 100 lawyers in Southern California in this category. The selection for this respected list is made by the research team at Super Lawyers.

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