Anti-SLAAP Victory for HarringtonJanuary 17, 2020
In a recent victory, Maureen A. Harrington obtained the dismissal of an action against the firm’s client as a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation under California’s anti-SLAPP statute. The client was also awarded all fees and costs incurred on the motion by the Superior Court.
Ninth Circuit Victory for GreenfieldJanuary 15, 2020
Greenfield attorneys Maureen A. Harrington, David Bohrer and Bridget O’Hara received a recent victory at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. In a unanimous Memorandum opinion, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the win the firm achieved for our client on a motion to dismiss in the United States District Court for Northern California, San Jose Division. The unfounded claims against the client included civil RICO, conspiracy and tax fraud. Ms. Harrington argued the case, and Mr. Bohrer and Ms. O’Hara were on the brief.
Greenfield Partner Wins SCCBA AwardNovember 1, 2019
Bernard Greenfield named 2019 Professional Lawyer of the Year
SAN JOSE, CA (November 1st, 2019)
Silicon Valley business and intellectual property litigation firm Greenfield LLP is pleased to announce that partner Bernard Greenfield has been named the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Professional Lawyer of the Year.
Mr. Greenfield is known within the legal community as a “tough and vigorous advocate on behalf of his client who always plays by the rules,” according to SCCBA President Gabriel Gregg. Having supervised the work of the selection committee, Mr. Gregg observed that Mr. Greenfield embodied all of the criteria used to make the selection. “He is a respected practitioner, of unimpeachable character, deeply involved in providing pro bono services, a professional role model and mentor, and a major contributor and participant in the bar association.”
Mr. Greenfield began his career in 1975 as an associate in the San Jose law firm of Berliner Cohen & Flaherty, initially serving as a member of a state task force, headed by Sam Cohen, prosecuting labor claims initiated by farm workers under California’s then newly enacted Agriculture Labor Relations Act. Beginning in 1980 and for the next twenty years, until the retirement of his partners, Mr. Greenfield litigated commercial, real property and bankruptcy related disputes through the San Jose law firm Levy, Greenfield & Davidoff. Thereafter Mr. Greenfield continued his civil litigation practice in the twelve lawyer San Jose firm that bears his name.
Mr. Greenfield has been a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association for more than 40 years and has served on its Judiciary Committee, Diversity Committee and Board of Trustees.
This award will be presented to Mr. Greenfield at the SCCBA Annual Judge’s Night on November 21st. For more information, or to register for the event, please visit this page or paste this link into your browser: https://sccba.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1245274&group=
Stephanie Southwick resigns, joins Bentham IMF Litigation FinancingSeptember 18, 2019
Stephanie Southwick resigned from her role as Managing Partner of Greenfield LLP in September 2019 to become an Investment Manager and Legal Counsel with leading commercial litigation finance firm Bentham IMF. Stephanie played an integral role in building Greenfield LLP into the thriving firm that it is today. Her legacy of applying creative strategies to achieve results remains with the firm and informs the mission we continue to embrace in providing service to our clients. We thank Stephanie for her contributions to our firm and clients and wish her the best in her future endeavors.
Victory for Greenfield client against Fetch Media in Phunware v. Uber TechnologiesFebruary 22, 2019
Partner Stephanie Southwick successfully blocked Fetch Media’s attempts to bring Greenfield client, a programmatic mobile advertising platform, into court in California in the Phunware Inc. v. Uber Technologies matter. Fetch Media, represented by Quinn Emanuel, argued that the California courts had jurisdiction over Greenfield’s client. Judge Wiss sided with Greenfield’s client, finding that the court lacked specific jurisdiction and granted the client’s motion to quash.
Greenfield’s IP Partner Speaks at Tech ConferenceDecember 10, 2018
Partner David Bohrer led a panel on Monetary Relief in Trade Secret Litigation at the Sedona Conference Working Group on Trade Secrets Inaugural Meeting. David’s article Must Damages Be Apportioned on a Trade Secret-by-Trade Secret Basis? was selected by the Conference for inclusion in its recommended reading materials. Nov. 5-6, 2018
Appellate Victory in Winery Easement CaseJuly 5, 2018
On June 29, 2018, the California Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed a trial court victory for our client in the matter of Simpson v. Woolls Ranch, 2018 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 4465. Partner Maureen A. Harrington was trial counsel and argued the case on appeal, with associate Bridget R. O’Hara on the briefs. The case involved a dispute over a driveway easement over property owned by the Greenfield firm’s client, which a neighboring winery claimed it could use for a visitor center and production facility, with commercial traffic crossing the client’s property over a substandard, rural driveway. The trial court ruled that an increase in use for commercial traffic was never contemplated by the owners, and would constitute a surcharge on the easement. A post-trial injunction was granted, precluding the defendant from using the driveway for winery or visitor center purposes; the injunction was also upheld on appeal, without bond.
Victory for Greenfield Client in Federal CourtJune 7, 2018
The United States District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted the motion to dismiss filed by partner Maureen A. Harrington, resulting in a judgment in favor Greenfield’s client on conspiracy, RICO and tax fraud claims.
Stephanie Southwick Achieves Asylum for Young Family Members of Afghani Women’s Rights ActivistsJune 5, 2018
Partner Stephanie Southwick successfully represented two young Afghani boys seeking asylum in the U.S. to avoid persecution by the Taliban because of their family’s human rights activism. The boys’ mother and grandmother are well-known women’s rights activists in Afghanistan who taught women skills and championed women’s equality. The Taliban killed several of the boys’ family members and sent numerous death threats in an effort to silence these women activists. Ms. Southwick is proud to represent these boys, whose asylum applications were granted last week, in her second pro bono asylum case.
Ms. Southwick shared why this case has been a priority for the firm. “This case was especially important to us because two generations of women in the family are well-recognized human rights leaders who had to leave Afghanistan because they dared to speak up. We at GDH are delighted that we could help the next generation of this family find the bright, secure future they deserve.”
Greenfield Participating in Minority Clerkship ProgramApril 16, 2018
Greenfield is proud to participate in the Bay Area Minority Summer Clerkship Program again this year. The BAMSCP, sponsored by Bay Area bar associations, seeks to increase opportunity and visibility for first year law students throughout the hiring process. Given the historic under-representation of minority lawyers in large law firms, the Program seeks to provide a means for exposing minority law students to large law firms and vice versa. The objective is to establish a vehicle through which participation of minority students in large law firm clerkship programs is increased with the long-term goal of increasing minority hiring.
Greenfield Partner Coaches WGHS Mock Trial TeamMarch 10, 2018
Founding partner Bernard Greenfield, always looking for the lawyers of tomorrow, was one of the coaches of Willow Glen High School’s mock trial team. The team even prepared at Greenfield’s office in downtown San Jose practicing and receiving feedback from Greenfield’s trial team.
Partner Stephanie Southwick and associate Bridget O’Hara participated as judges of the high school mock trial tournaments with judges and attorneys held at the Santa Clara County Superior Court.
Greenfield Sponsors the San Jose NutcrackerFebruary 16, 2018
Greenfield continued its support of the arts in San Jose by sponsoring the 2017 production of the New Ballet School’s the San Jose Nutcracker. The San Jose Nutcracker is a completely unique San Jose-themed holiday ballet production that celebrates the history and heritage of our hometown as it reflects the spirit of our forward-thinking city. Partner Stephanie Southwick, a former dancer herself and past co-chair of the Silicon Valley Ballet (Ballet San Jose), hosted a Nutcracker Tea at Greenfield’s downtown office with family and friends of the Greenfield team.