Our Practice Areas

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Administrative Law

 Brett has significant experience in the administrative law arena, not only though his labor and employment practice, but he has also represented clients before other regulatory agencies including the Department of Real Estate, the Contractors Licensing Board, Cal-OSHA and the California Energy Commission. 

The State of California is one of the most highly regulated of any in the U.S.  Those who live and work here often find themselves before  the agencies that enforce those regulations and Brett looks forward to assisting you in these matters. 

Agribusiness

Brett was raised in a ranching family and has never lost his affinity for agriculture and the agricultural community. He knows first hand the difficulties facing those who choose to make a living in this ever challenging industry.  He has represented numerous clients involved in the livestock, dairy and farming industries, among others, and will be expanding his agricultural-law practice now that he is back home Oakdale.  

Labor and Employment Law

Brett has spent the last 25 years focusing on employment law, particularly in the representation of local businesses and in so doing, has become one of the leading employment law attorneys in the area. He has represented clients in both State and Federal Court and before multiple administrative agencies, including the Department of fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement and the Employment Development Department. Brett sees counseling his business clients so as  to minimize their risk of employment-related disputes as some of the most satisfying work he does as it ultimately benefits both the employer and the employee. 

Estates, Wills and Trusts

An estate plan aims to preserve the maximum amount of wealth possible for the intended beneficiaries and flexibility for the individual prior to death.  A major concern for drafters of estate plans is federal and state tax law.  An estate is the total property, real and personal, owned by an individual prior to distribution through a trust or will.  Real property is real estate and personal property includes everything else, for example cars, household items, and bank accounts.  Estate planning distributes the real and personal property to an individual's heirs. 

Wills and trusts are common ways in which individuals dispose of their wealth.  Trusts, unlike wills, have the benefit of avoiding probate, a lengthy and costly legal process that oversees the transfer of assets.  Sometimes, though, it will be useful to make inter vivos gifts (gifts made while the donor is alive) in order to minimize taxes. The Federal Gift Tax exempts certain levels of lifetime gifts.  Kimberly is a trusted expert in these areas. 

General Business Law

Brett and Kimberly have extensive experience working with businesses concerning payment disputes and real property acquisitions that depend upon experience and understanding the practical business objectives of the client. Brett brings a body of expertise developed through  years of practice and dedication to advancing the client's interests in negotiations, contract evaluation and formation, and problem solving to get transactions completed.    

Real Estate Law

In addition to being an attorney, Brett has been a California Real Estate Broker for over 25 years. He previously owned real estate offices in the Sierra foothills and is a past President of the Hetch-Hetchy Board of Realtors. In short, he obtained listings, filled out mandatory disclosures, wrote deposit receipts and worked with title companies to see the transaction through close escrow.  As an attorney, he has represented clients in contract and title matters, boundary disputes, easement creation and quiet title actions. This combination of experience as both a broker and an attorney allows  Brett to bring a unique perspective to his representation of buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants and members of real estate community.