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.

CAUTION: Do Not Have Your Employees Do Any Company Related Chores After They Clock Out.

By | September 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|

Employer Screenings and the FLSA A reloaded version of Frlekin v. Apple, Inc. (see our prior blog below on that federal case) has recently been filed in San Diego Federal Court—but this new case has a dash of Covid-19 thrown into the mix to spice things up. In Pipich v. O’Reilly Auto Parts, former O’Reilly [...]

PG&E Can’t Bury Its Head in the Sand

By | August 10th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Last month PG&E announced plans to bury over 10,000 miles of power lines in an effort to prevent wildfires. The cost, to be shouldered by customers, is at least $15 to $30 billion.  This announcement means PG&E is out of the frying pan and even further into the fire. The company admits it had not [...]

Clean Water vs. Plastics Production, a Balancing Act

By | August 4th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Just before the 4th of July, The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The lawsuit is based upon the EPA’s approval of a Clean Water Act covering stormwater discharges for thousands of industrial facilities countrywide. The lawsuit faults the Clean Water Act’s failure [...]

Be Aware Of The Exclusions In Your Insurance Policy! Delivery and Takeout During the Pandemic Might Have Saved Insurers’ Bacon!

By | June 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Mark’s Engine Co. No. 28 and Restaurant 10E, two southern California eateries, filed COVID-19 business interruption lawsuits last year in Federal Court in the Central District of California. The restaurants argued that the virus exclusions on their Travelers insurance policies’ were not applicable to the restaurants’ claims, because the restaurants never detected any COVID-19 at [...]

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 [...]