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New Year. New Name. New Firm.

Tue 9th Feb 2021, Blog

It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of Bienert Katzman Littrell Williams LLP.  The new name reflects the contributions made by John Littrell and Michael Williams in elevating our practice as one of Southern California’s top boutique trial firms. John and Mike are veteran trial lawyers who have litigated hundreds of high-profile and complex cases, yielding outstanding results for their clients.  Both have been recognized by their peers as among the best …

Annual Bankruptcy Filings Decline in 2020—Will We See a Surge in 2021 and Beyond?

Wed 3rd Feb 2021, Blog

Despite high rates of unemployment and on-again-off-again business closures due to the pandemic, total annual bankruptcy filings in 2020 fell 29.7 percent over year prior, according to a report[1] released last Thursday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Only one category—Chapter 11 filings including 7,561 involving businesses—saw an increase of 19.2 percent. An influx in bankruptcies may only be delayed, however. As noted in the report, an increase in filings following the Great …

Five Bienert Katzman Littrell Williams LLP Attorneys Named 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers

Fri 22nd Jan 2021, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

Bienert Katzman Littrell Williams LLP, one of Orange County’s top boutique litigation firms, is proud to announce that five of our firm’s attorneys — Thomas Bienert, Steven Katzman, John Littrell, Michael Williams, and James Riddet — have been chosen for the 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers list. “I’m very pleased that Jim, John, Mike and Steve again have been recognized as Super Lawyers. They are among the most talented lawyers I know, each capable of …

Tom Bienert named 2020 Top White Collar Defense Attorney

Fri 11th Dec 2020, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

Founding partner Tom Bienert has been named one of California’s leading white collar defense attorneys by the Daily Journal. Tom is one of the nation’s prominent trial attorneys and has spent years defending businesses and individuals in a range of criminal investigations and prosecutions involving fraud, bankruptcy, health care crimes, insider trading, tax offenses and more. The Daily Journal recognized Tom’s long career as a former federal prosecutor and his involvement in the investigation of …

Bienert Katzman Littrell Williams LLP’s Newest Partner: Whitney Z. Bernstein

Sun 27th Sep 2020, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

Bienert Katzman Littrell Williams LLP is proud to announce the elevation of Whitney Z. Bernstein to the firm’s partnership.  Whitney is an accomplished attorney particularly well known for her expertise in complex white collar criminal defense and civil litigation.  Whitney exemplifies BKLW’s tenacious, thorough, creative brand of litigation.  She has led complex, multi-defendant white collar criminal cases and won major victories for her clients at the trial and appellate level.  Whitney is known for her …

Six Bienert Katzman Littrell Williams LLP Attorneys Recognized as 2021 Best Lawyers

Fri 21st Aug 2020, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

Bienert Katzman Littrell Williams LLP is proud to announce that six of its attorneys – Thomas H. Bienert, Jr., Steven J. Katzman, James D. Riddet, John L. Littrell, Tony Bisconti,and Whitney Z. Bernstein – have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America® 2021.  Mr. Littrell has also been named by Best Lawyers® as the 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” in the field of “Criminal Defense: White-Collar” in Orange County. Thomas H. Bienert, Jr. Partner tbienert@bklwlaw.com Mr. Bienert has …

Bienert | Katzman Prevails Before the United States Supreme Court, Reversing The Ninth Circuit, and Holding CFPB’s Structure Unconstitutional

Tue 28th Jul 2020, Blog, Case Successes

On June 29, 2020, the Supreme Court adopted Bienert | Katzman’s arguments and held in Seila Law v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) violates constitutional separation of powers by having a single director removable only for cause. Bienert | Katzman represented the prevailing party at the Supreme Court and through all stages of the litigation, spanning several years. In 2017, as a continuation of litigation arising …

Bienert | Katzman Protects Client’s $3 Million Civil Rights Judgment and Obtains Substantial Attorney’s Fees Award in Dismissal of Bad Faith Bankruptcy Case

Mon 27th Jul 2020, Blog, Case Successes

In July 2019, Bienert | Katzman’s client obtained a judgment and attorney’s fee award under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 of more than $3 million against a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detective after a jury trial. Bienert | Katzman’s client presented evidence at trial, including video recordings, demonstrating that the baseless arrest was orchestrated by the detective and the culmination of a multi-year campaign of harassment against Bienert | Katzman’s client. A few months after …

Court Unseals Flagrant Government Misconduct Order in Alaska Tax Evasion Case: Refers Two Employees of the IRS and Three Employees of the Department of Justice Tax and Criminal Divisions for Investigation and Disciplinary Action

Tue 16th Jun 2020, Blog, Case Successes

A little over a year after issuing a 69-page sealed Order Finding Government Misconduct in a tax evasion prosecution, the Court unsealed an Order calling out prosecutors and IRS employees for willfully withholding evidence and making misrepresentations to the defense and to the Court.  The order followed dogged requests and multiple days of evidentiary hearings and briefing by B|K attorneys Ariana Seldman Hawbecker and John Littrell. A copy of the order is available here. The …

Two Bienert | Katzman Attorneys Selected to the 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers® Rising Star List

Wed 3rd Jun 2020, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

Bienert | Katzman is pleased to announce that Tony Bisconti and Whitney Z. Bernstein have been selected to the 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers® “Rising Star” list.  This is the first time Ms. Bernstein, who joined the private sector at the end of 2018, has been selected to the “Rising Star” list.  Mr. Bisconti has been selected to the  Southern California Super Lawyers® “Rising Star” list every year since 2015.  Super Lawyers® is a peer-review …