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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

Jan 13, 2018

Bush Gottlieb Protects High School Students’ Right to Protest

Bush Gottlieb has persuaded the United States District Court in San Diego to safeguard a public high school student athlete’s constitutional protest rights against a school’s attempt to prohibit him from kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem. The student, a Native American football and basketball player attending San Pasqual Valley High School in Winterhaven, California, wanted to kneel in protest of racial injustice. After the second football game in which the student kneeled, on the road in Mayer, Arizona, Mayer fans hurled racial insults at San Pasqual players. In reaction to that incident, the San Pasqual School District … Continue reading

May 30, 2017

Partner Josh Adams spoke at the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee Conference in May.

Partner Josh Adams spoke at the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee Conference in May. His panel focused on how labor unions should approach investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor into internal union affairs, including officer elections.

Jan 24, 2017


Joe Kohanski has been designated a 2017 Southern California “Superlawyer, ” in the area of business bankruptcy. “It’s ironic to land on this list for business bankruptcy insofar as all of my bankruptcy work is on behalf of unions and wage and hour claimants, ” notes Kohanski,” but over the last few years we’ve collected tens of millions in residuals for our clients in some difficult film bankruptcy cases here and in New York, including Yari Film Group (Persik Productions), RHI, and Relativity.” “And some of our best work is in workout situations or intercreditor negotiations that are confidential.” Kohanski has managed the … Continue reading

Apr 28, 2016


The National Labor Relations Board last month issued a precedent-setting complaint alleging that misclassification is a violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Based on arguments set forth by Counsel for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the NLRB complaint finds that Intermodal Bridge Transport has interfered with port truck drivers’ right to organize under the NLRA by misclassifying those drivers as independent contractors. The NLRB complaint is groundbreaking because, for the first time, it claims that the very act of misclassification constitutes an unfair labor practice by effectively sending the message to workers that they do not have the … Continue reading