KMFM's primary objective is to provide its clients with the highest quality legal services in the most cost effective manner possible. The firm's partners bring many years of combined legal experience to the practice and are noted for their trial skill, expertise in alternative dispute resolution, effective case management and innovative cost control measures. KMFM has received an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the publisher's highest rank, which indicates a "very high to preeminent" legal ability and "very high" ethical standards. In addition, KMFM has been elected to Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for each of the past five years.
KMFM partners actively guide the direction of the practice with continued emphasis on the teaching and implementation of legal fundamentals and the perpetuation of a litigation philosophy which remains the centerpiece of the firm's plan for development. It has been and remains a central tenet of that philosophy that KMFM attorneys be well-trained in all aspects of litigation with a strong emphasis on the pursuit of the earliest possible evaluation and resolution of cases.
As it moves through the new century, KMFM anticipates and is planning for controlled growth with continued emphasis on litigation fundamentals, and the efficient and aggressive pursuit of its clients' best interests, whether by way of early termination of litigation through motion, dismissal or settlement, or by way of trial. While emphasizing development of trial skills, the firm's leadership has remained constant in its insistence upon thorough and early case workup through investigation and discovery, intensity in the pursuit of the clients' interests throughout the course of litigation, as well as strategy to serve the clients' needs as efficiently and economically as possible.
Koletsky, Mancini, Feldman & Morrow was founded in 1987; its Oakland office was opened in 2002. Throughout its history, KMFM's practice has primarily been business and construction related litigation.
• I represented a general contractor who performed repairs to a large condominium complex after an earlier construction defect case. There was extensive value engineering, and my client's scope of work did not encompass all of the previously alleged defects. The Homeowners Association (HOA) alleged that my client should have repaired everything, and sought to recover the cost to repair the rest of the defects from original construction. After a four week jury trial, we obtained a defense verdict and the Court ordered that my client could recover all of its attorney's fees and costs.
• I had a violation of trade secret case where the Plaintiff alleged that the Defendant had hired Plaintiff's former employee, who took a client list to his new employer. A client list is a form of a trade secret, but we were able to get the case thrown out early in the process. More common is a dispute over payment under a contract; I have been on both sides of payment disputes many times and the important thing is to make use of all available remedies without running up legal bills that exceed the amount in dispute-just like a doctor, you've got to leave your client in better shape than you found him.
1999 Harrison Street
Oakland CA 94612
Yes, up to one hour.
Yes; some services are available on a fixed-price basis, such as setting up a corporation.
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Growing up in California in the 1970's and 80's, the greatest changes in this state have been related to construction and real estate. As I have handled construction and real estate litigation matters, and learned about those businesses, I have expanded into business litigation involving other types of business as well.
I think it's great. There are many stages of a case where the client has to make a decision or give authority for one thing or another. Those decisions should be educated decisions.
Sure. There are many small matters where a client can prepare and file their own documents without having to incur the expense of a lawyer. If a client calls me and I don't think they need a lawyer, I tell them.
I do that all the time for regular clients. My job is to help you navigate the legal system. If you can do it mostly on your own with a little coaching from me, I'm happy to help. I never want to sell you more of my services than you need.
I have worked at various firms over my career, almost always handling cases involving construction, real estate, business and insurance litigation. That gives me the experience in the courtroom to obtain the best result for my clients, and also the background to resolve issues early.
I worked full time during law school, and went to school at night. The experience of having worked and struggled to get my education helps me identify with contractors and business owners who may need to resort to litigation, or explore the possibility of litigation, to enforce their rights and correct any inequities.
I am always interested in learning how my client's business works so that I can help guide them to the best result for them. In litigation, I am very aggressive; that is already an adversarial setting, and in litigation it's time to force the result that best benefits my client and its business interests.Personal interests:
My wife and I (and our dog) are expecting a daughter this spring. I enjoy racing sailboats in and around San Francisco Bay.
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