By Todd A. Amspoker, Attorney—Price, Postel & Parma LLP In eminent domain cases it is common that there are both legal and factual issues that need to be decided. There is often controversy regarding the relative roles of the court and jury to make decisions on these issues. The basic rule – the jury decides…

On Saturday February 25, 2017, the preliminary rounds of the Santa Barbara County High School Mock Trial Competition took place at the Santa Barbara Courthouse. Christopher Haskell and Shannon DeNatale Boyd volunteered as scorers. The Mock Trial Competition is sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, and co-sponsored by the American Board of Trial Advocates and…

On February 21, 2017, Craig Parton spoke on the newly enacted Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (“SGMA”) at a conference in Bakersfield sponsored by the American Ground Water Trust. Mr. Parton’s specific topic was “Legal Precedents for Water Allocations in Adjudicated Basins.” Craig Parton has served as trial counsel in several groundwater basin adjudications in California….

Price, Postel & Parma is pleased to announce that Timothy M. Cary has been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of Sacramento’s Top Lawyers in 2016. Mr. Cary offers specialized expertise in the representation of public entities, school districts and public employees.

Shannon DeNatale Boyd has joined PP&P as an associate attorney. Her practice involves public entity representation and civil litigation from pre-litigation consultation to resolution, including discovery, law and motion, mediation, trial, and writs and appeals. Ms. Boyd’s background in civil defense gives her the unique advantage of quickly spotting issues for both potential plaintiffs and…

Craig Parton and Tim Metzinger obtained a complete dismissal without the payment of any damages whatsoever in the defense of a multi-claim fraud and punitive damages case against a major national banking institution. By working quickly to obtain devastating counter declarations from critical players, the value of the case dropped precipitously and created the specter…

Craig Parton and Tim Metzinger, in conjunction with counsel in Washington D.C., have filed a lawsuit against the federal government seeking $350 million in damages on behalf of seventeen water agencies in the San Joaquin Valley and the City of Fresno. The filing of the action in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington…

On September 14, 2016 Christopher Haskell, a member of the firm’s business litigation department, will present a seminar for the benefit of the Santa Barbara Contractors Association and its members, on California Mechanic Lien Remedies, and recent developments. Over the course of his 30 year law career, Mr. Haskell has presented numerous seminars to professional…

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