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Aug 2, 2021

Exciting New Additions to the Firm

Exciting New Additions to the Firm

Bush Gottlieb is pleased to announce the recent addition of two new partners and an associate to the Firm, in furtherance of its mission to provide full-service representation of unions and their workers. Michael E. Plank joined the Firm’s partnership in May and brings broad experience representing unions in a wide array of industries in both the private and public sectors, including education, entertainment, healthcare, retail, and transportation. His practice includes litigation, administrative proceedings, arbitration of contract violation and disciplinary matters, mediation, and negotiation. In addition, Mike provides advice and legal assistance to unions regarding their ongoing legal rights and … Continue reading

Jun 21, 2021

Favorable Ninth Circuit Decision on Pro Bono Appeal

On June 7, 2021, second-year associate Vanessa Wright represented Robert Drake Ewbank at oral argument as part of the pro bono program of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Ewbank appealed the dismissal of his pro se ADA complaint after state officials removed him from Oregon mental health committees because of his disability. At the pleading stage, the District Court denied Mr. Ewbank’s motion for pro bono counsel and issued orders that Mr. Ewbank, without legal training or counsel, was unable to understand or follow to the Court’s satisfaction. Through the pro bono program on appeal, … Continue reading

Mar 25, 2021

Countdown to Equity: Mothers, Educators and Unions Put The Department of Education on a 90-day Notice to Address Racial Inequities in Public Education

On March 23, 2021, the Fulfill the Promise Coalition, which is a national group of parents, educators’ unions, and The Advocacy Institute, filed a Petition requesting the U.S. Department of Education issue Guidance to ensure that students with disabilities, particularly students of color, receive the supports and services they need to access a free and appropriate education as students return to schools full time after being unable to access some services and supports due to the pandemic.  For decades systematic underfunding and understaffing of special education has meant that students with disabilities have not had the resources or the services … Continue reading

Feb 10, 2021

Excited to Announce New Promotion

Excited to Announce New Promotion

Bush Gottlieb is pleased to announce that Kirk M. Prestegard has joined the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2021. Kirk joined the firm as an associate in 2013, and represents labor and employee-benefit fund clients in a broad range of matters arising under ERISA, the LMRA, and other state and federal statutes. He also represents a variety of public and private sector multiemployer pension and health plans in compliance and governance matters, audits and collections, bankruptcy, and litigation issues. Mr. Prestegard primarily counsels unions in the entertainment industry, but also advocates for labor clients in transportation, healthcare, and agriculture. He … Continue reading

Sep 9, 2020

2020 BG Summer Clerks Shine, from Bicoastal Homes

2020 BG Summer Clerks Shine, from Bicoastal Homes

No one needs to be reminded that 2020 has posed unusual challenges — and opportunities to shine — for everyone who works for a living, and for those who work on behalf of others working for a living! Our firm worked hard to adapt and reshape its summer associate program to the remote office environment. We were gratified to welcome five summer associates from all over the country, and offer them intensive exposure to our varied practice and to the Los Angeles labor community, to provide dedicated mentoring from our seasoned hands and from associates as well, and to present … Continue reading

Jan 18, 2019

Bush Gottlieb honored with City of Justice Award at LAANE’s 25th Annual Awards Dinner

Bush Gottlieb honored with City of Justice Award at LAANE’s 25th Annual Awards Dinner

On December 6, 2018, the Los Angeles Alliance for the New Economy (“LAANE”) honored Bush Gottlieb with a City of Justice Award at its 25th annual awards dinner at the Beverly Hilton. Recognizing our firm’s near half-century history of achievement fighting for working people, unions and collectively-bargained health and pension funds connected to employees in all walks of life — from the fields to the flight deck, from public schools to the film studio, from port truck drivers to performers, from carwasheros to college professors, public and private, we have been privileged to serve, help and empower them to improve … Continue reading

Sep 7, 2018

Mejia v. Pacific Green Trucking, Inc.

Click link to open PDF: Complaint

Mar 13, 2018

Leo Geffner Obituary, LA Times 3/11/2018

Leo Geffner Obituary, LA Times 3/11/2018

GEFFNER, Leo March 10, 1928 – February 28, 2018 Beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Leo Geffner passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 28th, leaving behind an immeasurable legacy of good deeds. Leo was a lifelong Angeleno, who grew up in Echo Park and graduated from Hamilton High School. He earned a B.A. from UCLA in Political Science in 1949, and, three years later, an L.L.B. from Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1953, later making partner with the firm of Levy, DeRoy, Geffner and Van Bourg. In … Continue reading

Mar 2, 2018

In Remembrance of Leo Geffner

In Remembrance of Leo Geffner

We are saddened to report to friends of Bush Gottlieb, FKA Geffner & Bush, that our former partner, venerable labor lawyer Leo Geffner passed away on the morning of February 28, 2018, just shy of his 90th birthday. Leo worked tirelessly for organized labor and benefit plans representing sanitation workers, teachers, stage performers and musicians, motion picture and television crews and the actors performing in those productions. An old school labor advocate, Leo promoted workers’ interests at the bargaining table, in the courtroom, before administrative agencies, and in the legislative arena for over 50 years. In 1985, Leo successfully argued … Continue reading

Feb 26, 2018

Class Action Lawsuit Filed against XPO Logistics Cartage, LLC, a Multinational Trucking Company

Click link to open PDF: First Amended Complaint