Mahyar

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About Mahyar

Mahyar Ghassemian, is an accomplished business litigation and construction defense attorney with over 16 years of experience in complex litigation including Business, Construction, General Liability, and Personal Injury law. From defending national construction companies to small businesses, Mahyar offers clients versatile legal expertise they know they can count on. Her master’s degree in physics together with years of business experience in the corporate world form a unique combination that continues to yield successful results. A distinguished entrepreneurial figure within the community as well, Mahyar bears an array of high-ranking positions within preeminent business and legal organizations. She has received recognition from many of them, along with publications such as the Orange County Metro and Orange Coast Magazine. When she's not busy playing catch with her dog, Sir Franklin, she can be found strolling on the beach or with her loving (yet, loud) Persian family.

Offshore Wind Energy is Blowing into California

By | June 7th, 2021|Business Law, Construction Law|

On March 29, 2021, the Biden Administration announced offshore wind energy projects employing President Biden’s ‘whole of government approach’ to position America to lead a “clean energy revolution” while creating thousands of potential union jobs across the country. The President’s Executive Order specifically committed to expanding the offshore wind industry on the Atlantic Coast (in [...]

Diversity in Boards of Directors is Now Mandated by Law

By | May 26th, 2021|Business Law|

Last fall, Governor Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 979 (AB-979) mandating that all California based public company board of directors have at least one non-white board member by the end of 2021. By the end of 2022, boards with five to eight members will be required to have two directors from underrepresented groups and [...]

“On the Road Again”, but literally at what cost?

By | May 12th, 2021|Business Law, Construction Law, Employment Law|

On April 28, 2021, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California Trucking Association v. Bonta, issued a decision that California’s AB-5 law, now Labor Code Section 2775, is not preempted by federal law. The three-judge panel ruled that the District Court was wrong when it granted a preliminary injunction that prohibited the application of [...]

Employers are Required to Rehire Employees Laid Off due to COVID Including Commercial Construction Companies

By | May 5th, 2021|Business Law, Construction Law, Employment Law, Uncategorized|

On April 16th, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into immediate effect Senate Bill 93 which will remain in force until December 31, 2024. The bill requires certain employers to offer new positions to former employees laid off for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers of all sizes must offer all new available job positions to [...]

Bee Wary of Tuna Prices

By | April 29th, 2021|Business Law|

Business owners and executives must be cautious about business practices that could subject them to criminal liability.  On April 28, 2021, two former executives of Bumble Bee Foods avoided jail time due to their cooperation with prosecutors in connection with their part in a scheme to fix the price of canned tuna. Ken Worsham, former [...]

Power Prices are Heating Up

By | April 21st, 2021|Business Law, Employment Law|

Pacific Gas and Electric Corp. faces new criminal charges for its role in the 2019 Kincade wildfire. The charges come after PG&E plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter relating to 2018’s Camp Fire. PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  The company is challenging the new criminal charges, although it acknowledges the findings [...]

A Shot in the Dark – Can You Ask Employees about Their Vaccination Status?

By | April 14th, 2021|Business Law, Employment Law|

Now that many Americans have received, or soon will receive, the COVID-19 vaccination, can you ask your employees whether or not they’ve been vaccinated without running afoul of employment regulations? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says that you can ask employees about their COVID-19 vaccination status. That’s because this question alone isn’t likely to cross [...]

Lower Accidents in 2020: Insurance Companies Ordered to Refund over-charged premiums!

By | April 7th, 2021|Business Law|

Due to the Golden State’s Covid-19 stay-at-home order last year, California traffic accidents dropped by half according to the Road Ecology Center at the University of California-Davis.  While many people suffered economically during the pandemic, it seems that insurers saw record breaking profits in 2020! As a result, California's insurance commissioner ordered auto insurers to report [...]

Home Improvements? Your Handyman Can Now Get licensed to do it!

By | March 31st, 2021|Construction Law, Contracts|

Thousands of Californians lost their homes, in whole or in part, to the wildfires in 2017 and 2018. Many homeowners then began the challenging task of rebuilding. In the wake of this loss and the resulting shortage of available builders, some homeowners turned to handymen for help. Many homeowners came to find out the hard [...]

Lunch is the most important meal of the day! (at least in the context of employment law)

By | March 17th, 2021|Business Law, Employment Law|

Kennedy Donohue, a nurse recruiter, was the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit filed against AMN Services, LLC.  AMN used a timekeeping system called Team Time which rounded its timekeeping in ten-minute increments. In the lawsuit, Donohue alleged that she was discouraged from taking breaks and had to take short breaks. AMN’s written policies [...]