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By Dennis Stout |

Generally speaking, the owner of a business in the State of California that is open to the public must use reasonable care to protect its guests and patrons from another person’s harmful conduct on its property if the owner can reasonably anticipate such conduct. First of all, it should be noted that a business… Read More »


By Dennis Stout |

This issue of attorney-client privilege is prevalent in the news these days, as federal agents have raided the offices and home of President Trump’s personal lawyer. Much of what was obtained from that search/raid, what can be used, and for what purpose, hinges on the issue of attorney-client privilege, confidentiality and criminal activity. In… Read More »


By Debbie Beals, Paralegal |

Part of the work that we do on Heiting & Irwin’s Workers’ Compensation team includes helping the injured worker understand the steps involved in the process of the ever-changing Workers’ Compensation system.  As I pass my 21st year working as a Worker’s Compensation paralegal, I realize one of the most important skills I have… Read More »


By Dennis Stout |

Effective January 1, 2018, many new laws have come into effect in the State of California.  In the practice of personal injury litigation, attorneys deal with not only issues of liability, causation and damages, but also peripheral issues including the laws of driving under the influence.  It is common knowledge of the illegality of… Read More »


By Sara Morgan |

The California Department of Public Health has recently issued fines and penalties against nine California hospitals.  The fines, totaling $549,555, arose from 10 reports of negligence occurring from 2014 to 2017. The hospitals fined include: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara; Palmdale Regional Medical Center in Palmdale; Doctors Medical Center in Modesto; Methodist… Read More »

Can You be Fired for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Employees in California are entitled to compensation if they are injured on the job, and more importantly, they have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim without fear of retaliation. Unfortunately, however, there are several employers out there who take workers’ compensation claims personally and who may attempt to fire an injured worker… Read More »

Major Changes in the State Bar of California

By James Heiting |

The California State Bar was created by the California Legislature in 1927 when they enacted the State Bar Act.1 The State Bar of California is a public corporation (not an association), formed to fix qualifications for the admission to practice, adopt rules of professional conduct, and conduct disciplinary proceedings (all with the approval of… Read More »

Getting Ready for Your Birds to Leave the Nest: A Pre-College “To Do” List

By James Heiting |

If your son or daughter just graduated from high school in 2017, chances are you are busy preparing for the date on which you will take him or her to college. You may have already engaged in considerable pre-planning: You may have visited the college on multiple occasions and toured the campus and dormitories;… Read More »

Motorcycle Lane Splitting

By Dennis Stout |

Lane splitting refers to the process where a motorcyclist passes other vehicles by riding between lanes of stopped or slow moving traffic, or riding between vehicles along the lane line. This practice generally occurs on freeways or multi-lane highways. While considered annoying and even unsafe by most motorists (other than the motorcyclist), if done… Read More »

We Will Miss John Van de Kamp

By James Heiting |

John K. Van de Kamp (1936-2017) was a man of great stature, conviction, ability and accomplishment. He was a good husband, a good father, a good friend. He was a respected and effective leader in many roles, including his service as the Los Angeles County District Attorney and as our State Attorney General. He… Read More »

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