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Babak Sotoodeh has been an attorney since 1984. His practice ranges from representing secured lenders in real property matters, trustees and beneficiaries in foreclosure matters, easement matters and other real estate disputes, to transactional matters in the areas of business, corporate and real estate, as well as helping start ups with advice, organization and financing.
Besides his transactional experience, Mr. Sotoodeh has a rich litigation background. Previously, and with some of his present cases, he has dealt with the City Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (“CRA”), City of Los Angeles, Far East National Bank, FDIC, Amresco, Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America, City of Huntington Beach, County of Orange, United States Air Force, United States Navy, and the Attorney General of the United States. One of his cases has been reported in the Trial Digest, where in a complicated real estate trial, he won against the 100+ attorney Century City law firm of Levinson, Miller, Jacobs, & Phillips, although his client was the party at fault.
Languages: English, Persian, and French
Yass McNeil has been an attorney since 1992, she practices exclusively in the area of litigation and employment law. She represents clients at trial, mediation and arbitration on business litigation, employment litigation, wage and hour actions, multi-plaintiff and single plaintiff cases involving various business and employment claims, including breach of contract, discrimination and harassment, wrongful discharge, unfair competition, and misappropriation of trade secrets, wage and hour matters under state law and the FLSA, unfair competition, reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”).
Ms. McNeil, regularly advises a wide range of corporations, large and small, on contract disputes, and labor and employment-related issues, including wage and hour matters under state law and the FLSA, unfair competition, reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), protecting trade secrets, and proprietary information, non-solicitation issues, and other related personnel matters, as well as contract disputes. Ms. McNeil assist Employers in all phases of an employment relationship, from drafting employment contracts, manuals, to resolution of claims. Ms. McNeil, also advises and assists her clients with establishing executive compensation and a broad range of employee benefits, as well as fiduciary issues faced by employers. Ms. McNeil further serves employers by designing, drafting, maintaining, and terminating plans and programs.
Ms. McNeil works closely with clients in four essential areas: 1) risk management–litigation avoidance and defense; 2) development of effective workplace policies and procedures; 3) protection of companies’ trade secrets and proprietary information; 4) traditional labor law matters, and 5) business/contract related disputes. Ms. McNeil provides counseling to Employers to prevent litigation, contract disputes, employment disputes, and exposure to fines and penalties by government agencies such as EDD and the DLSE.
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Languages: English, Persian, and French
John Truxaw, a seasoned municipal lawyer, has joined Sotoodeh & Associates as Of Counsel bringing 39 years of public and private land use and general municipal law experience to the growing firm. His career includes serving as City Attorney for the cities of Sausalito, Half Moon Bay, Sonoma and St. Helena and as Deputy City Attorney for the cities of Oakland and Walnut Creek. He has also represented private developer clients seeking land use approvals. Truxaw has broad experience in general municipal law, as well as focused experience in land use, CEQA, Subdivision Map Act and domestic and waste water/utilitiy issues.
A former partner at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps/Steefel Levitt & Weiss, Truxaw began his career as a deputy city attorney for the City of Walnut Creek before moving on to become City Attorney for the City of Sausalito. After a three-year role as a principal for Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson, he returned in house to local government as supervising deputy city attorney for the City of Oakland, where he headed the City Attorney’s redevelopment, land use and rent control team.
Truxaw holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis, School of Law.