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Published Ninth Circuit Win in Federal Criminal Immigration Case

Tue 28th Aug 2018, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

Whitney Z. Bernstein won a published decision in the Ninth Circuit reversing her client’s federal conviction for illegally re-entering the United States after deportation.  In the process, she established favorable case law for defending criminal immigration cases.  Whitney’s client immigrated to the United States as a lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) when he was just one month old.  He lived legally in the United States for most of life until 2008 when he was stripped of …

Record $280 Million Settlement in False Claims Act Case

Sat 25th Aug 2018, Blog, Case Successes

Through a negotiated settlement and a court order, whistleblower Beverly Brown has received a total relator share award of more than $78 million for her efforts in obtaining a $280 million False Claims Act settlement against Celgene Corporation.  The $280 million settlement was the second largest recovery ever recorded in a non-intervened case brought under the federal False Claims Act and the relator share award to Brown is also among the largest in history. The …

Bienert | Katzman Wins Big in Case Against Alta Dena Family

Fri 24th Aug 2018, Blog, Case Successes

Bienert | Katzman recently settled all claims asserted against its client, J. Wayne Allen, in a long-running legal malpractice, fraud, and RICO case pending in the Orange County Superior Court.  The settlement came after the completion of jury selection and with opening statements set to begin.  The settlement amount, $1,250,000, represented less than one percent of the plaintiffs’ damages claim. In 2001, the plaintiffs – members of the Stueve family that founded Alta Dena Dairy …

Five Bienert | Katzman Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019

Tue 21st Aug 2018, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

Bienert | Katzman is proud to announce that five of its attorneys – Thomas H. Bienert, Jr., Steven J. Katzman, James D. Riddet, and John Littrell – have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America© 2019.   Mr. Bienert has been selected to the Best Lawyers® list every year since 2009, and was named as Orange County’s “White Collar Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in 2011.  Mr. Katzman has been selected to the …

Three New Additions to Bienert | Katzman’s Roster of Veteran Trial Lawyers

Mon 20th Aug 2018, Blog

  Whitney Z. Bernstein is an experienced criminal defense attorney who brings her skills, tenacity, and compassion to every case and client. Prior to joining Bienert | Katzman, Whitney was a trial attorney with the Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. in the Southern District of California and Brooklyn Defender Services in Brooklyn, New York. Whitney has defended hundreds of clients charged with state and federal felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses.  In addition to Whitney’s …

Published Ninth Circuit Win in Federal Criminal Immigration Case

Thu 2nd Aug 2018, Blog, Case Successes

Whitney Z. Bernstein won a published decision in the Ninth Circuit reversing her client’s federal conviction for illegally re-entering the United States after deportation. In the process, she established favorable case law for defending criminal immigration cases. Whitney’s client immigrated to the United States as a lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) when he was just one month old. He lived legally in the United States for most of life until 2008 when he was stripped of …

Bienert | Katzman Among a Team of Lawyers Who Obtained One of the Largest Relator Shares in False Claims Act History

Fri 15th Dec 2017, Blog, Case Successes

Through a negotiated settlement and a court order, whistleblower Beverly Brown has received a total relator share award of more than $78 million for her efforts in obtaining a $280 million False Claims Act settlement against Celgene Corporation.  The $280 million settlement was the second largest recovery ever recorded in a non-intervened case brought under the federal False Claims Act and the relator share award to Brown is also among the largest in history. The …

John Littrell was appointed for a three year term (2017-2020) as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference

Mon 9th Jan 2017, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

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Court Affirms Settlement Providing for $10 Million Allowed Claim in Favor of the FDIC-R

Tue 31st May 2016, Blog, Case Successes

A federal district judge in Santa Ana, California affirmed the rulings of a bankruptcy court allowing a claim of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, as Receiver for American Sterling Bank (the “FDIC-R”) in the amount of $10 million and approving the FDIC-R’s settlement with the debtor, the former executive of a failed bank, providing for the full amount of the FDIC-R’s claim.  The appellant, a third-party creditor of the debtor, objected to the settlement and …

Bienert | Katzman is pleased to announce that 3 of our attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015: Thomas H. Bienert, Jr. and Jim D. Riddet in the field of Criminal Defense: White-Collar, and Steven Jay Katzman in the field of Litigation-Bankruptcy.

Mon 9th Mar 2015, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition