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Dermer Behrendt's Success in Economic Constitutional Litigation Mentioned in New York Times

Jeff Dermer - Thursday, June 12, 2014

For the past three years, Dermer Behrendt has led the charge in litigating for the economic civil rights of food trucks throughout California.  DB has been victorious in trials, on motions, and in simply convincing municipal governments that they cannot win and should settle.  DB has helped its client, Southern California Mobile Vendors Association become the leading voice for mobile vendors in the world.  See more at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/dining/blaring-the-horn-for-food-trucks.html?_r=0.


Jeff Dermer Named Rising Star Again

Jeff Dermer - Thursday, June 12, 2014

DB Managing Partner, Jeffrey D. Dermer, was named a 2014 Rising Star once again by Superlawyers.  Digital edition found here: http://digital.superlawyers.com/superlawyers/lxrs14#pg1  


Jeff specializes in high stakes litigation, business structuring, and business divorce.  

DB Goes 2-0 in Trials in 2013

Jeff Dermer - Friday, January 10, 2014

As 2013 came to a close, Dermer Behrendt scored a couple of major trial wins. In the first, DB, led by Kevin Behrendt, invalidated a California city's food truck ordinance on Constitutional grounds.  DB has led the Constitutional fight against oppressive (and pointless) regulation of mobile vendors throughout California.  Most choose to settle.  


DB also prevailed in an interstate construction defect breach of contract arbitration tried in West Virginia.  Jeff Dermer led that effort to hold an asphalt company fully liable for failed asphalt installation.  The outcome was the result of proving that the contract had implied in law knowledge of site conditions and could not avoid responsibility based on estoppel and waiver theories against the general contractor.  


Overall, 2013's litigation continued the firm's legacy excellent results in litigation and comfort in taking cases to trial and winning them.

Trust is Essential

Jeff Dermer - Thursday, July 11, 2013
A recent article in the New York Times spotlights a practice what is all too common in the corporate law firm world -- overbilling or padding of bills.
The article describes a fee dispute between an Energy company and DLA Piper.  According to the article, internal DLA emails included the following, among other embarrassing statements: 

“Now Vince has random people working full time on random research projects in standard ‘churn that bill, baby!’ mode,” Mr. Thomson wrote. “That bill shall know no limits.”

It may be that the lawsuit has no merit, although, the internal emails at the very minimum raise some serious questions about the veracity of billing statements or simply whether the client is being treated appropriate and receiving good value.


Most of our clients were at some point clients of major international law firms.  Most of them have wondered whether their prior counsel engaged in similar practices as alleged in the lawsuit and cited in the article.  


The reason is simple: trust.  They come to Dermer Behrendt because their trusted advisors and fellow entrepreneurs have obtained excellent, real-time results at prices that reflect value, not stuffed timesheets.  Entrepreneurs understand that just like their businesses were created to fulfill a need, DB was created to provide entrepreneurs with the option of elite law firm lawyering without all the perverse incentives and bureaucracy intrinsic to those firms.




DB Founder Named "Rising Star"

Jeff Dermer - Thursday, June 13, 2013

Today, DB's managing partner, Jeff Dermer, was named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers.  DB's clients already know that they get the superstar treatment.  Now, the secret is out.  You can access the digital version here:

http://digital.superlawyers.com/superlawyers/lxrs13#pg1


Welcome to the new DB Site

Jeff Dermer - Thursday, June 13, 2013

Welcome to the new website.  We will be writing some regular blog material that will focus on a few areas of interest.  Economic civil rights in mobile vending, public procurement, issues in the action-sports industry, Constitutional law, start-up issues, and other interesting areas related to our varied practice.

It has been a great ride thus far to help so many entrepreneurs wean themselves off their "big firm" diet that resembles something between processed cheese and pink slime most of the time. It is possible to get truth in billing and have counsel that actually understand an enterprise as an operation instead of a potential host animal to eat. 

Then end result is the rewarding experience of watching silently as our clients' succeed in their existing business or create a new one.  


 

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