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Partner Thomas Lombardi Tapped for the Real Property Section Executive Committee for The State Bar of California

November 2015, PLD Partner Thomas Lombardi commences a three year term as one of 17 voting members of the Executive Committee for the Real Property Section of the State Bar of California. Organized in 1979, the Section coordinates educational programs and literature for California’s diverse real estate attorneys, serves as a forum for communicating information to its members on current developments and trends in real property law, gives members up-to-date access to this information, provides networking opportunities, and plays a significant role in the development of policies and legislation affecting California real estate.

Partner Thomas Lombardi Presents at 88th State Bar Annual Meeting, in Anaheim California on Commercial Leases

The State Bar of California gathered members of the California Bar in October 2015 in Anaheim, California for 126 law-related educational courses. Partner Thomas Lombardi, whose practice focuses on the representation of commercial real estate owners and operators, joined a panel of real estate transactional lawyers to discuss the use of American Industrial Real Estate Association (“AIREA”) forms in real estate transactions. The presentation featured a lively debate regarding the design of the forms, advantages and disadvantages, from both the litigation and transactional perspective. Mr. Lombardi’s presentation focused on potential litigation pitfalls and advantages related to AIREA forms and reviewed California appellate cases involving AIREA leases.

Brett D. Watson selected as the California litigation editor for CARLAW

Brett D. Watson has been selected as the California litigation editor for CARLAW, a monthly, multi-faceted, legal reporter used by automobile lessors, finance companies and companies that service the automobile industry.

Roland P. Reynolds presenting at ACI’s Consumer Lending and Regulatory Compliance Forum on October 29, 2015 in New York City.

Roland P. Reynolds will be giving a presentation on Residential Mortgage Regulatory Challenges at the upcoming ACI conference. The conference brings together state and federal regulators, senior in-house counsel, state and federal judges and top defense counsel to examine issues related to the increased scrutiny faced by consumer financial services companies, including the increase in government regulation and the growth of litigation and class action lawsuits within the industry. For more on the conference please visit this link.

Palmer, Lombardi & Donohue Selected as One of 2012 Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work in Los Angeles”

For the second consecutive year, Palmer, Lombardi & Donohue received the honor of being named one of the 2012 “Best Places to Work in Los Angeles,” published by the Los Angeles Business Journal. The distinction is granted to the best small, medium and large-sized companies to work for in Los Angeles County. The rankings were based on employee responses to a 72-question Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey, as well as county benchmarking data.

Thomas E. Lombardi and Grant H. Dowd Author Article on Anti-SLAPP Law for Daily Journal

Palmer, Lombardi & Donohue founding partner Thomas E. Lombardi and associate Grant H. Dowd co-authored an article for the July 2, 2012 edition of the Daily Journal. The article, “Anti-SLAPP Protects Landlords from Wrongful Eviction Lawsuits,” discusses how a recent Court of Appeals ruling in the Wallace v. McCubbin case has made it easier for landlords to obtain early dismissals of lawsuits filed by tenants.

In the case of Wallace v. McCubbin, the landlord made an anti-SLAPP motion claiming landlord’s acts were protected by the litigation privilege, leaving the tenant with the burden to “show a probability of succeeding at trial” in order to continue with tenant’s lawsuit. The tenants failed to show this probability of success, leading the court to bar them from proceeding with their claim. Evoking anti-SLAPP could prove to be highly effective to shield landlords from tenants’ frivolous and potentially costly lawsuits.

Partner Roland P. Reynolds to Speak at the American Conference Institute’s 14th National Conference on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation

Partner Roland Reynolds will be a panelist at the Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation conference organized by American Conference Institute in Chicago on July 30th and 31st. The panel, “The CFPB and Consumer Finance Litigation: Evaluating and Preparing For the Bureau’s Enforcement Priorities and Assessing the Scope of Its Authority, Including Over Nonbank ‘Larger Participants,’” will be held on Monday, July 30, 2012. The panel will discuss the CFPB’s enforcement priorities, offering financial services companies an idea of what they can expect and how to prepare themselves, as well as an examination of which entities fall under the bureau’s authority. The conference brings together state and federal regulators, senior in-house counsel, state and federal judges and top defense counsel to examine issues related to the increased scrutiny faced by consumer financial services companies, including the increase in government regulation and the growth of litigation and class action lawsuits within the industry.

Palmer, Lombardi & Donohue to Sponsor the California Mortgage Bankers Association’s 17th Annual Western States Loan Servicing Conference

The California Mortgage Bankers Association’s (CMBA) 17th Annual Western States Loan Servicing Conference will be held in Las Vegas from July 29th through July 31st, with Palmer, Lombardi & Donohue serving as a sponsor. The CMBA represents the residential and commercial real estate finance industry before all governing bodies, and seeks to promote sound business practices and honesty in the mortgage lending industry through educational and networking opportunities.

Roland Reynolds Welcomed as New HouseLaw State Litigation Editor for California

Partner Roland Reynolds has been named as the new HouseLaw State Litigation Editor for California. Used widely by in-house attorneys nationwide, HouseLaw is a monthly, multi-faceted, legal reporter for mortgage lenders, brokers and others involved in housing finance.

Mr. Reynolds’ practice concentrates on areas related to real estate finance, mortgage banking, consumer finance and bank operations. He regularly litigates class and individual actions involving claims arising under the Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA), the Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act (RESPA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and other related areas.

Partner Thomas Lombardi Featured Panelist at State Bar of California’s Real Property Section Annual Retreat

Members of the State Bar of California’s Real Property Section gathered for a three day professional retreat May 4th to May 6th in Lake Tahoe that included networking events and seminars presented by attorneys recognized in the legal community for their expertise in various areas of real estate. Partner Thomas Lombardi, whose practice focuses on the representation of real estate owners and operators, joined a panel of experts to discuss new developments in California law affecting commercial and residential landlords and tenants.

The panel was moderated by Professor Myron Moskovitz. Notably, Professor Moskovitz represented the pro-rent control interveners in the seminal rent control case of Birkenfeld v. the City of Berkeley (l976) l7 Cal.3d. l29.

Mr. Lombardi shared his views and analysis on the latest legal decisions affecting California commercial real estate owners, operators and their tenants in the area of commercial landlord-tenant law. The presentation also featured a lively debate between the landlord and tenant advocates on the panel.

Learn more about Mr. Lombardi’s real estate practice.