Joe Naddour appointed to California Minority Counsel leadership position

KBY Law is proud to announce that the California Minority Counsel Program recently appointed KBY Law attorney Joe Naddour to serve on its Ambassador’s Council.  Joe is one of 15 young attorneys throughout the state to receive this honor.  As a member of the Ambassador’s Council, Joe will assist CMCP to broaden its outreach to lawyers and law firms on issues of diversity and supporting efforts of inclusion.

KBY participates in California Minority Counsel Program conference

On October 22 and 23, 2015, five KBY Law attorneys attended the 26th annual California Minority Counsel Program’s Business Conference in downtown Los Angeles.  CMCP promotes diversity in the legal profession and connects diverse attorneys across the profession.  The conference was a great success.  KBY Law attorneys met with industry leaders who discussed a wide range of issues, including diversity in the legal profession and emerging issues in the law.

Will Klatte served as a Panel Speaker at Professional Liability Underwriting Society

SEPTEMBER 2015 – Will Klatte served as a Panel Speaker at Professional Liability Underwriting Society (“PLUS”) Southern California Chapter Program & Debate on “Substance Abuse & Marijuana in the Workplace.”  He discussed the interaction between state and federal employment laws and laws authorizing medical marijuana use.  He noted that five states (Nevada, Arizona, Minnesota, New York, and Delaware) expressly provide some level of workplace protection for medical marijuana users.  He cautioned that even in states where accommodation is not required, employers may be forced to defend whether their actions constituted a legitimate enforcement of drugfree workplace policies or unlawful discrimination based on the underlying medical condition.

KBY is General Counsel Joni Lee Gaudes’ go-to firm for California labor and employment issues

SEPTEMBER 2015 – The Los Angeles Daily Journal profiled General Counsel, Joni Lee Gaudes of FCTI, Inc. FCTI is a KBY client that provides ATM processing services for over 6,500 ATMs in all 50 states. As General Counsel, Ms. Gaudes oversees all legal aspects of FCTI. While recognizing other law firms in different practice areas, Ms. Gaudes gave a special “shout-out” to KBY Law as her go-to firm for California labor and employment issues.

Upfront dismissal of all claims in a wage and hour class action lawsuit

SEPTEMBER 2015 – Orange County Superior Court. Obtained upfront dismissal of all class claims on behalf of a National Pipeline Manufacturer in a wage and hour class action lawsuit brought by a well-known class action Plaintiff’s firm. The dismissal was prior to discovery or the filing of any class certification motion.

Will Klatte and Summer Young-Agriesti recognized as California Super Lawyers

AUGUST 2015 – KBY attorneys Will Klatte and Summer Young-Agriesti recognized as California “Super Lawyers.” This is Will Klatte’s eighth year as a Super Lawyer. Summer Young-Agriesti has just broken out of the “Rising Star” category; this is her first year being recognized as a Super Lawyer.

Mark Budensiek resumes role as adjunct professor

AUGUST 2015 – KBY Partner Mark Budensiek has been invited to reprise his role as an adjunct professor at Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law during the 2015-16 academic year. Mr. Budensiek will once again be teaching the Law School’s “Employment Law Laboratory” course, focusing on employment law practice in a real-world clinical setting.

KBY Selected as Strategic Partner for Fortune 100 Company

APRIL 2015 – KBY has been selected by a Fortune 100 Company to handle its employment litigation for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area which includes Los Angeles and Orange Counties. KBY was chosen over a number of other law firms, including several national labor and employment firms.