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LHDK&W Announces the Following Distinguished Counsel and Senior Associates Have Joined the Firm

October 10, 2016 – Lee, Hong, Degerman, Kang & Waimey is pleased to announce and introduce the following distinguished counsel and senior associates who have joined our firm’s diverse and expanding practices.

Don M. Drysdale

Don M. Drysdale is a State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization Certified Specialist in Franchise and Distribution Law. In 2016, Don M. Drysdale was awarded an “AV Preeminent” rating (the highest possible in legal ability and ethics) from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.  Mr. Drysdale has more than 35 years franchise experience including, preparing and registering with state franchise regulators franchise disclosure documents for more than 75 national franchisors.

He has also prepared international master franchise agreements and international disclosure documents for more than 20 international franchisors involved in various service related industries.

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Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith’s practice emphasis is in complex litigation and trial work, including the defense of class actions, unfair competition claims, employment, and defense of multiple plaintiff litigation, in both state and federal court.  Previously, for over 12 years, Mr. Smith was the Managing Partner of the Orange County office of Gordon & Rees and managed the group’s practice areas, which included complex Business/Commercial Litigation, Class Action, Tort & Product Liability, Employment, Construction, Tax and Wealth Management, Trust and Fiduciary Litigation, Intellectual Property, Professional Liability, Business Transactions, and Aviation.

Mr. Smith has successfully obtained orders denying class certification of product defect and false advertising claims on behalf of national power tool distributor; denying class certification of an action filed against a global auctioneer under California’s Unfair Competition Law; and denying class certification of a nationwide action for fraud and breach of contract filed against an internet marketing company.

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Monica Penichet-Coates

Monica Penichet-Coates is a senior associate and represents management and employer organizations in all aspects of day-to-day employment law issues, including effective human resources policies and compliance with federal and state laws, including wage and hour issues, employment discrimination, disability and family/medical leave laws, and discipline and termination processes.

Ms. Penichet-Coates’ employment litigation practice includes defense of wage and hour claims, employment discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.  She also represents clients in administrative proceedings before various state agencies, such as the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) - Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement (DLSE)/California Labor Commissioner’s Office and the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) concerning wage and hour claims, misclassification issues, shift differential matters, fringe benefit contributions, and general labor and employment disputes.  Ms. Penichet-Coates is fluent in Spanish.

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Nathaniel J. Tarvin

Nathaniel J. Tarvin is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Orange County office.  Mr. Tarvin focuses his practice on litigation and trial work in the context of commercial disputes, class action defense, shareholder disputes, and employment law. 

Mr. Tarvin’s class action experience includes securing an order denying class certification on behalf of national franchisor on claims of violation of Telephone Consumer Protection Act.  Mr. Tarvin also obtained a complete defense verdict (affirmed on appeal) against a multimillion dollar personal injury and contract claim arising from water damage to commercial property; a defense judgment in favor of a national distributor against contract claims by a retailer; dismissal of multiple foreign entities and individuals on jurisdictional grounds; and dismissal of several claims under California’s anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation laws.

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