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The Veen Firm Supports San Francisco Bike Coalition’s Annual Bike-to-Work Day

May 2017

Our firm was proud to sponsor the San Francisco Bike Coalition Bike-to-Work Day event today! We had a great time discussing safety tips with fellow bicyclists of all levels, from first-time bike commuters to experienced riders. We even got the opportunity to snap a photo with San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Jane Kim. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our energizer station!

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When Sorry Isn’t Enough: Clifton Smoot Analyzes Courtroom Apologies for the Advocate

May 2017

Defendants may offer apologies in court, but plaintiffs’ attorneys should be wary of any attempts by defendants to say "sorry" on the stand. In his Advocate article "Defense Apologies at Trial: Sorry, but That Ship Has Sailed," Attorney Clifton Smoot explains that almost all courtroom apologies are "sham apologies," as they lack the five elements that every true apology should include.

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The Power Press Exception to Workers’ Comp: Andje Medina Authors Article in Plaintiff Magazine

May 2017

In her Plaintiff magazine article "The Power Press Exception to Workers’ Comp," Attorney Andje Medina provides an eight-point checklist to help identify if a client with a power press crush injury from a machine that lacked a point of operation guard has a civil remedy in addition to workers’ compensation.

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What’s New in Tort and Trial: Andje Medina Authors Article in The Gavel

April 2017

In her Gavel article "What’s New in Tort & Trial," Attorney Andje Medina discussed key takeaways that trial lawyers should glean from recent court decisions, including: changing the way attorneys handle the exclusion of witnesses, mental exams of children, unencumbered settlement checks and the coming-and-going rule.

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The Veen Firm Proudly Sponsors San Francisco Bike Coalition’s Bike-to-Work Day

April 2017

We are excited to announce our sponsorship with the San Francisco Bike Coalition’s Bike-to-Work Day event taking place on Thursday, May 11. We will be located at the Civic Center Energizer Station from 7:30-9:30AM to pass out free snacks, beverages and giveaways to anyone who pedals by!

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Keep Calm and Resist: Anthony Label Authors President’s Message in SFTLA’s Trial Lawyer Magazine

April 2017

Newly elected President of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) and Trial Team Leader Anthony Label authored the President’s Message in Trial Lawyer magazine, discussing new legislation under the current administration, including the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017.

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Elinor Leary and Andje Medina Featured in Best Lawyers® Women of Influence

April 2017

Trial Team Leader Elinor Leary and Attorney Andje Medina were named among Best Lawyers® Women of Influence for their plaintiffs’ work in personal injury litigation.

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Craig Peters Speaks with KQED on the Wildfire Gig Economy

April 2017

Last year’s Soberanes Fire, one of the largest wildfires in California history, claimed the life of a bulldozer operator and seriously injured a water tender driver who were hired as private contractors by Cal Fire. These incidents have sparked interest in the wildfire gig economy and the potentially deadly conditions workers face with few or no basic protections.

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Food Quality & Safety Interviews Steven Kronenberg on the New Food Safety Initiatives in China

April 2017

China’s recent food scandals have brought to light the country’s serious problems with food safety, which has negatively impacted consumer confidence. However, as discussed by Attorney Steven Kronenberg in Food Quality & Safety’s article "Walmart Invests in Food Safety for China," new efforts are being made to improve the country’s food safety standards.

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The Bomb in Your Backyard: Anthony Label Co-Authors Plaintiff Magazine Article

April 2017

The Plaintiff magazine article "The Bomb in Your Backyard," written by Trial Team Leader Anthony Label and Oliver Vallejo of The Vallejo Law Office, discusses the ongoing issues surrounding exploding pool filters, from causing serious injuries such as brain damage and even death, to the inexpensive fixes ignored by industry manufacturers.

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Andje Medina Selected to Daily Journal Top 40 Under 40

April 2017

As published in Daily Journal, Attorney Andje Medina was selected to the publication’s Top 40 Under 40 list recognizing her for her plaintiff’s work. The article highlights a 2016 case, Wright v. State of California, in which she obtained a $1.3 million jury verdict for a San Quentin State Prison correctional officer who lived in a state-owned apartment on the prison grounds and was injured on his way to work when a staircase collapsed.

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Sub Rosa on Your Side: Clifton Smoot Authors Article in Plaintiff Magazine

April 2017

In his Plaintiff magazine article "Sub Rosa on Your Side: Working with Private Investigators," Attorney Clifton Smoot interviews two private investigators (PIs) to discuss best practices for attorneys when enlisting their help to develop the facts of a case

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The Veen Firm Hosts UC Hastings’ Three-Part Seminar Series: How to Start and Build a Successful Firm

March 31, 2017

The Veen Firm is proud to host UC Hastings College of Law’s "How to Start and Build a Successful Firm" three-part seminar series led by Shanin Specter, a nationally renowned trial attorney. Over the course of three discussions, Shanin covers the business behind the operation of a law practice, including how to: pick cases, obtain the best cases, grow and build a firm, manage finances and work with other firms to build a reputation.

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Craig Peters Discusses Third Party Liability in Organized Labor’s Ask the Expert Article

March 23, 2017

When an employee is injured on the job, the employer's responsibility is only limited to workers' compensation. However, in Organized Labor's Ask the Expert article, Trial Team Leader Craig Peters discusses third party involvement in the case of a worker who was injured when he was climbing a fixed ladder that accessed the roof of the building he was working on.

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KQED Interviews Craig Peters on Worker Safety Issues During the Containment of the 2016 Soberanes Fire

March 20, 2017

After multiple employees were killed during the 82-day Soberanes Fire in 2016, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) issued tens of thousands of dollars in fines against two private firms who were contracted by Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service to assist with containment efforts.

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Craig Peters Quoted in The Columbian on Amazon Flex App

March 19, 2017

The Amazon Flex app, a ride-hailing service that enlists drivers to pick up to-go food, groceries and parcels, has taken root in the Portland area. Although the app has opened up new avenues for on-demand drivers, it also presents the same challenges as others in the gig economy face. In The Columbian article "Vancouver Resident Embraces Delivery on Demand," Trial Team Leader Craig Peters to discuss how these employees are categorized as independent contractors in order to circumvent employee protections.

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The Veen Firm Attorneys Present at SFTLA’s Ski Seminar

March 17, 2017

Four Veen attorneys presented last weekend at the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) Tahoe Ski Seminar - Jeremy Cloyd, Andje Medina, Clifton Smoot and Kimberly Wong. The event was moderated and co-chaired by Anthony Label.

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A Primer on Premises Liability: Kimberly Wong Authors Article in California Lawyer

March 17, 2017

In her California Lawyer article "A Primer on Premises Liability," Attorney Kimberly Wong discusses the responsibilities of property ownership, including the significant legal responsibility of property owners and landlords regarding maintenance, repairs and protection of tenants and the public from injury.

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Congratulations to Our SFTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalists

March 13, 2017

The Veen Firm is pleased to announce that it is the first firm in the history of the award, to have two cases among the four finalists for the San Francisco Trial Lawyer Association’s Trial Lawyer of the Year award

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Kevin Lancaster Honored with SFTLA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

March 10, 2017

We are extremely proud to announce that Kevin Lancaster has been recognized for his years of advocacy and obtaining victories on behalf of injured employees, farm laborers, construction workers and undocumented immigrants. After having spent the last three decades at The Veen Firm pioneering issues in civil litigation and workers’ rights, Kevin has been honored with the SFTLA Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Kimberly Wong Appointed as Chair Elect and Political Chair of the Consumer Attorneys of California’s Diversity Committee

March 10, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Kimberly Wong has been appointed to serve as Chair Elect and Political Chair of the Consumer Attorneys of California's (CAOC) Diversity Committee for 2017.

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Steven Kronenberg Provides Tips on Preventing Pathogen Outbreaks in Pizza Today Article

March 10, 2017

In the Pizza Today article "Keep It Clean," Attorney Steven Kronenberg provides advice on how to prevent pathogen outbreaks, from effective hand sanitation policies to regularly monitoring food temperature.

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New Year, New Laws in California: Anthony Label Authors Article in Labor 411

March 6, 2017

In his Labor 411 article "Guns, Carseats, Lane-Splitting, Cell-phones and More: New California Laws You Need to Know," Trial Team Leader Anthony Label discusses the various new laws that went into effect this year.

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Craig Peters Discusses the Gig Economy in WorkersCompensation.com Article "When Getting the Gig Means Losing Workers’ Compensation"

March 6, 2017

In the WorkersCompensation.com article "When Getting the Gig Means Losing Workers’ Compensation," Trial Team Leader Craig Peters discusses the shift in the economy due to changing employer-employee relationships and its damaging effects on the pillars of our society. In the age of the Uber gig economy, the reoccurring issue of who is responsible for workers’ compensation is brought to light time and time again, with no definitive answer.

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Craig Peters Presents at the 2017 Consumer Attorneys of California Palm Springs Seminar on Personal Injury and Bad Faith

March 1, 2017

Trial Team Leader Craig Peters presents at the Consumer Attorneys of California’s (CAOC) Palm Springs Seminar discussing personal injury and bad faith. The conference is held at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA from March 3-5.

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Labor 411: Ask The Expert | Anthony Label

March 1, 2017

Happy New Year, we hope your holidays were safe and enjoyable. A number of new laws went into effect this year that may impact your work and personal life. Remember, employers often refuse to pay for traffic tickets or legal violations, even if you're on the job.

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Steven Kronenberg Interviewed by Food Quality & Safety Regarding the Internet of Things

February 28, 2017

In the article "Food Industry Unplugged," Food Quality & Safety interviewed Attorney Steven Kronenberg to discuss the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it pertains to the food industry. IoT connects the Internet to devices such as ovens and refrigerators, which allows food industry employees to record and monitor data.

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Lawsuit Filed: Liftgate Falls on Employee’s Foot, Resulting in Multiple Fracturesy

February 27, 2017

Elinor Leary and Clifton Smoot filed a lawsuit on behalf of Carlos Perezdeleon and his wife Elizabeth against Rush Truck Leasing and Maxon Lift Corporation for negligence, product liability and loss of consortium. The lawsuit alleges that Maxon Lift Corporation designed and manufactured a defective liftgate that was hazardous, and that Rush Truck Leasing failed to maintain the liftgate in a reasonably safe condition and failed to warn the plaintiff that the liftgate was not functioning. The liftgate fell on Carlos' foot, crushing it.

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Craig Peters and Steven Kronenberg Quoted in Food Dive Discussing Issues with the Gig Economy

February 24, 2017

In the article "The Gig Economy: Exciting Opportunities, Substantial Risk for Food Manufacturers," Food Dive interviews Trial Team Leader Craig Peters and Attorney Steven Kronenberg on issues with the gig economy, including economic safety, product quality and employee safety.

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The Veen Firm Named to San Francisco Business Times Top Law Firms List in the Greater Bay Area

February 9, 2017

As California’s leading personal injury law firm for more than 40 years, we are pleased to announce our inclusion on the 2017 San Francisco Business Times Top Law Firms list in the Greater Bay Area.

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Four Veen Attorneys Present at the 2017 Western Trial Lawyers Association Winter Conference

FEBRUARY 7, 2017

Founder William Veen and Attorneys Craig Peters, Anthony Label and Andje Medina present at the Western Trial Lawyers Association’s (WTLA) Winter Conference, held at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado from February 2-4.

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Daily Journal Profiles The Veen Firm’s Growth and Creative Approach to Trying Cases

JANUARY 27, 2017

The Veen Firm, known for trying cases and taking on plaintiffs’ work, has been profiled in Daily Journal for its creativity and persistence in handling large personal injury, wrongful death and product liability cases that other firms turn down for being too complex.

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Reducing Premises Liability Exposure: Kimberly Wong Authors Daily Journal Article

JANUARY 25, 2017

In her Daily Journal article "Property Owners Should Know Duties to Reduce Premises Liability Exposure," Attorney Kimberly Wong discusses what property owners need to know regarding their legal responsibilities, good practices to maintain their property and their potential financial exposure if an injury occurs. She also explains the importance of owners taking proactive measures to prevent injuries on their property to avoid undesired litigation.

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The Passage of Senate Bill 482: Craig Peters Authors Daily Journal Article on Doctor Shopping

JANUARY 24, 2017

In the Daily Journal article "SB 482: Reining in Overprescription," Trial Attorney Craig Peters discusses the origins and passage of Senate Bill 482, which prevents patients from getting excessive prescriptions for narcotics by visiting multiple doctors. The battle began after Bob and Carmen Pack’s children were killed by a drug addict who recklessly drove her car while under the influence of opioids. The driver had obtained an excessive amount of prescription opioids though doctor shopping—the practice of visiting various doctors to acquire multiple prescriptions.

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The Veen Firm Files Complaint Against Whole Foods, Potrero Homeowners Association, and R. I. & 17TH, LLC for Hazardous Alarm System that Impaired a Man’s Hearing

JANUARY 24, 2017

Trial Team Leader Craig Peters, along with members of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), recently traveled to Morocco to attend the opening ceremony of a new dormitory at Berber School, located at the base of the Atlas Mountains.

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The Veen Firm Files Lawsuit: Maintenance Throws Air Conditioner Fan & Motor Off Rooftop, Severely Injuring Resident

JANUARY 20, 2017

Trial Team Leader Elinor Leary and Attorney Alexandra Hamilton filed a lawsuit on behalf of Viktor Fedchuk for negligence against PSP Property Maintenance, whose employee allegedly threw a 20-pound industrial fan/motor from the rooftop, striking Viktor in the head and causing severe injuries. The lawsuit states that during the repair of a rooftop air conditioner, a PSP Property Maintenance employee recklessly threw the industrial fan/motor from the rooftop instead of safely lowering it to the ground. The industrial fan/motor landed on Viktor's head 25 feet below and resulted in serious head and neck injuries, which could have been prevented had the facility simply taken the proper steps to safely dispose of the air conditioning unit.

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Defense Apologies At Trial

Plaintiff Magazine

What makes a "real" apology?

When a defendant says "sorry" for harming your client, look closely at the content and context of the apology. Early in a case, a defendant's apology may benefit your client. If the apology is genuine and complete (i.e., accompanied by a fair settlement offer), it is likely to give your client emotional closure. In some cases, a client may need emotional closure before considering a fair settlement offer in the first place. The apology may help mend the relationship between parties.

Alternatively, even when the defendant's apology is not accompanied by a fair settlement offer, the apology may signal that the defendant would like to settle. Or, the apology itself may contain factual admissions useful to guide your discovery. But once you reach trial, it is too late to apologize. "Sorry" becomes strategy, and these potential benefits disappear.

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Daily Journal Profiles Craig Peters’ Volunteer Work in Morocco

DECEMBER 26, 2016

Trial Team Leader Craig Peters, along with members of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), recently traveled to Morocco to attend the opening ceremony of a new dormitory at Berber School, located at the base of the Atlas Mountains.

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Kimberly Wong Appointed to 2017 Queen’s Bench Board of Directors

DECEMBER 8, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Kimberly Wong has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Queen’s Bench Bar Association. In addition to her new position, Wong will continue to serve as co-chair of the Mentorship Committee.

Queen’s Bench is a non-profit organization comprised of attorneys, judges and law students who seek to advance the interests of women in law and society, as well as promote equality and opportunities for all women through education, programs, and community outreach.

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Anthony Label Elected 2017 San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association President

DECEMBER 8, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Trial Team Leader Anthony Label has been elected as the President of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) for 2017. Prior to his Presidential position, Label served on the Board of Directors for SFTLA since 2005, and on its Executive Board since 2014.

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KTVU Interviews Steven Kronenberg Regarding Legal Liability Issues in Recent Thanksgiving Meal Tragedy

DECEMBER 5, 2016

San Francisco Bay Area health officials are trying to determine what caused the death of three people and sickened at least another 18 after eating a church-sponsored Thanksgiving feast held at the American Legion in Antioch, California. While the cause of this tragedy has yet to be determined, Steven Kronenberg weighs in on potential legal liability issues in his interview with KTVU.

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Elinor Leary Appointed to the Justice & Diversity Center Board of Directors

DECEMBER 2, 2016

The Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) has appointed Elinor Leary to its 2017 Board of Directors. Leary previously served as a member of BASF’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service program.

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Steven Kronenberg Quoted in Sonoma County Gazette Discussing the Mexicali Rose Rule for Restaurant Liability

DECEMBER 2, 2016

For more than 20 years, the "Mexicali Rose Rule" has governed personal injury cases that stem from harm caused by restaurant food, particularly choking cases. The rule applies different liability standards for injuries caused by "foreign" objects or "natural" substances.

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San Francisco Examiner and SF Gate Report on The Veen Firm’s Lawsuit Against the City and County of San Francisco for Negligent Pruning

NOVEMBER 30, 2016

As seen in the San Francisco Examiner and SF Gate, The Veen Firm filed a lawsuit against the City and County of San Francisco on behalf of Emma Zhou and her family. A negligently pruned pine tree in Washington Square Park caused a 100-pound tree branch to break off and fall on top of her, and as a result she experienced extensive injuries including a severed spinal cord, brain damage and permanent paralysis below the waist.

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The Veen Firm Files Lawsuit: Untrained & Unlicensed Security Guard Brutally Attacks Patron at Sacramento Bar

NOVEMBER 29, 2016

The Veen Firm filed a lawsuit against the restaurant/bar The Red Rabbit and Tyler Erickson, one of the establishment’s security guards, on behalf of KS, who was physically removed from the venue and then beaten. The complaint alleges battery and negligent hiring, training and supervision.

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The Veen Firm Files Lawsuit Against City and County of San Francisco, After Woman Left Paralyzed by Falling Branch

NOVEMBER 28, 2016

The Veen Firm, PC, a San Francisco-based law firm focusing on personal injury matters, filed a lawsuit against the City and County of San Francisco on behalf of the Zhou family. The lawsuit claims that the negligent pruning and maintenance of a pine tree at the Washington Square Park playground caused a 100-pound tree branch to break off and fall on 36-year-old Emma Zhou, resulting in a severed spinal cord, brain damage and permanent paralysis below the waist.

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Lawsuit Filed Against New American Homes, Inc. After Worker Suffers Severe Injuries from Fall at Dangerous Construction Site

NOVEMBER 22, 2016

Trial Attorneys Elinor Leary and Clifton Smoot filed a lawsuit against homebuilding company New American Homes, Inc. after electrician Celerino Mejia fell from an elevated height while working on a construction site in Concord, California, resulting in severe head trauma and other serious injuries.

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David L. Winnett Speaks at Marin County Bar Association’s CLE Event

NOVEMBER 16, 2016

David L. Winnett speaks at the Marin County Bar Association’s (MCBA) lunch session titled "The Realities of Working with a Trial Consultant…No ‘Bull’" on November 16, discussing best practices for jury selection. He also outlines the pros and cons of using professional trial consultants and their impact on the presentation of a case.

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Craig Peters Elected 2017 CAOC Vice President 4; Steven Kronenberg, Anthony Label, Elinor Leary and Andje Medina Elected to Board of Governors

NOVEMBER 15, 2016

Underscoring their commitment to one of the largest plaintiff’s organizations in California, five attorneys with The Veen Firm have been elected for 2017 leadership positions with Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC). Craig Peters will serve as CAOC’s 2017 Vice President 4; Anthony Label as the Board of Governors; and Steven Kronenberg, Elinor Leary and Andje Medina as Board of Governors at Large for the Northern District. They were sworn in at the November 12, 2016 ceremony.

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Labor 411: Ask The Expert | Alexandra Hamilton

NOVEMBER 8, 2016

Ask The Expert

I was seriously injured by a gunshot at my workplace. The shooter was never caught. I am now unable to work at my regular job, and I have no income. What can I do?

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Craig Peters Visits Morocco for Berber School Dedication

NOVEMBER 4, 2016

Craig Peters, along with members of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), will be attending the Berber School dedication ceremony in Morocco from October 24 - November 3. Committed to providing educational opportunities to young girls who would otherwise not receive them, the Berber School serves nine villages in the low Atlas Mountains. Together, ABOTA and IATL raised more than $250,000 to construct the 40-room, three-story dormitory.

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Four Veen Attorneys Present at 2016 CAOC Hawaii Travel Seminar

NOVEMBER 4, 2016

Andje Medina, William Veen, David Winnett and Kimberly Wong will present at the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) 2016 Hawaii Travel Seminar from November 26 – December 3 at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, Hawaii. The Veen Firm is also one of the sponsors of the event.

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Four Veen Attorneys to Present at 55th Annual CAOC Convention in San Francisco

NOVEMBER 1, 2016

Alexandra Hamilton, Elinor Leary, Craig Peters and Kimberly Wong are presenting at the Consumer Attorneys of California’s (CAOC) 55th Annual Convention from November 10-13 in San Francisco.

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The Veen Firm Ranked on the 2017 "Best Law Firms" List by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

NOVEMBER 1, 2016

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® ranked The Veen Firm on the 2017 "Best Law Firms" list in the Metropolitan Tier 1 Ranking in San Francisco for their work in personal injury and product liability litigation.

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Truck Driver Suffers Severe Injuries: The Veen Firm Files Lawsuit Against Farmington Fresh Sales

OCTOBER 31, 2016

Trial Team Leader Elinor Leary and Attorney Clifton Smoot filed a lawsuit against Farmington Fresh Sales, LLC, for negligence and negligent hiring, supervision, and training. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Ronny Reynoso, who was severely injured on Farmington Fresh’s property after two forklifts collided resulting in steel materials hitting Reynoso in the head.

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Anthony Label Selected to 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers Top 100 List

OCTOBER 27, 2016

Anthony Label was selected for inclusion on the 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers Top 100 list for his work in personal injury litigation. This marks the second year Label has been selected for inclusion on the "Top 100" list after being named a Super Lawyer for the past five years.

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Elinor Leary Leads Workshop for USF School of Law’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic

OCTOBER 27, 2016

On November 8, Elinor Leary will lead a seminar for the USF School of Law’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic. The Clinic provides a select group of advanced law students the opportunity to represent clients in ongoing adult and juvenile criminal matters.

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Tip Of The Iceberg: Tip Skimming Is An Underreported Problem

Plaintiff Magazine

Tip skimming (when restaurant owners and managers take tips that belong to their employees) is an underreported problem. A recent Seattle survey of restaurant staff found just six percent complained about tip skimming. (http://www.thestranger.com/food-and-drink/feature/2015/11/18/23160220/do-you-know-where-your-tip-goes.) However, a similar survey of sexual harassment among restaurant workers found reported rates of 15 percent that increased to 90 percent when more specific questions were presented. (Ibid.) It is also difficult to measure the extent of this problem, because many patrons leave cash tips that may not be documented. (See http://thetruthaboutbartending.com/2012/01/26/bar-manager-theft/.) But based on the relatively high number of tip skimming claims against well-known restaurants and the scope of published settlements, the problem appears to be substantial and pervasive.

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Anatomy of a Scaffolding Case

Plaintiff Magazine

Every year people die or sustain life-changing injuries due to falls from scaffolding. These injuries generally occur on multi-employer worksites where scaffolding is set up so that workers from many different trades can perform their jobs. The United States Department of Labor estimates that 65 percent of the construction industry works on scaffolding. Thus a large percentage of the workers on scaffolding likely rely on the scaffold erector to do their job correctly. Counsel representing the injured worker should expect disputes as to whether this reliance is reasonable.

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Avoid Being Burned by a Burning Limits Policy

Plaintiff Magazine

What happens when you have advocated, litigated, and readied your case for mediation only to be told by the mediator that one defendant has a burning limits policy and a significant portion of the policy has been spent on defending the action? It is important to recognize a burning limits policy early in the case, and to devise a strategy to deal with it.

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Cooperation is Key in Crossover Cases: Kimberly Wong Authors Plaintiff Magazine Article

Plaintiff Magazine

Workers injured during the course of employment may be entitled to compensation not only through a workers' compensation claim, but also through a personal injury claim against third party non-employers. For the injured victim to receive the compensation they deserve, cooperation between the workers' compensation attorney and the personal injury attorney is imperative.

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KTVU Reports on Lawsuit Filed Against UC Board of Regents by Attorney Elinor Leary

OCTOBER 17, 2016

In an in-depth story reported by KTVU, Elinor Leary filed a lawsuit against the UC Board of Regents on behalf of Madison Stockton, a former member of the UC Berkeley women's crew team, alleging that she suffered a back injury because her former coach did not train or supervise her during a weightlifting session that involved a heavy and technically difficult lift.

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Kimberly Wong Will Be a Guest Lecturer at Menlo College

OCTOBER 10, 2016

Kimberly Wong has been invited to be a guest lecturer at Menlo College’s real estate litigation class on October 14. Wong will educate students about the duties of residential and commercial property owners regarding property maintenance and the circumstances under which owners may be legally responsible for injuries due to unsafe conditions on their property.

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Kimberly Wong Invited to be Committee Member of the Asian American Bar Association

OCTOBER 6, 2016

Kimberly Wong has been invited to be a member of the Judiciary Committee of the Asian American Bar Association.

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The Veen Firm Sponsors CAOC's Diversity Mixer

OCTOBER 3, 2016

The Veen Firm is proud to sponsor Consumer Attorneys of California’s (CAOC) Diversity Mixer on October 6, 2016 at the Monroe in San Francisco. Our very own Kimberly Wong is the current Education Committee Chair of CAOC’s Diversity Committee.

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Craig Peters Presents on Maximizing Human Loss Damages at Capital City Trial Lawyers Association

SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Craig Peters spoke at the Capital City Trial Lawyers Association’s Luncheon, held at the Sacramento County Bar Association on September 30 on maximizing human loss damages at trial.

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Six Attorneys on Northern California Super Lawyers List and Four Attorneys on Rising Stars List for 2016

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Congratulations to attorneys Anthony Label, Kevin Lancaster, Elinor Leary, Craig Peters, Bill Veen and David Winnett for their inclusion on the 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers list for their work in personal injury matters. Additionally, Jeremy Cloyd, Alexandra Hamilton, Andje Medina and Kimberly Wong were selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for 2016.

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The Daily Californian Profiles Lawsuit Filed Against UC Board of Regents

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

As reported in The Daily Californian, Elinor Leary filed a lawsuit against the UC Board of Regents on behalf of Madison Stockton, a former member of the UC Berkeley women's crew team, alleging she suffered a back injury because her former coach did not train or supervise her during a weightlifting session that involved a heavy and technically difficult lift.

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U.S. News & World Report Turns to Steven Kronenberg to Discuss Blue Bell Listeria Recall

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

A year after the ice cream company Blue Bell recalled all of its products for listeria contamination, select flavors of its ice cream were again recalled for a similar problem. The creamery blames its vendor, Aspen Hills, that supplied Blue Bell with cookie dough; however, a statement by Aspen Hills noted that "the positive listeria results were obtained by Blue Bell only after our product has been in their control for almost two months." Blue Bell, in turn, stated that its testing identified listeria in the supplier’s unopened containers.

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Small Property Owners Institute Speaking Engagement: Duties as Landlords and Property Owners

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

Kimberly Wong spoke to nearly 250 residential landlords at the Small Property Owners of San Francisco Institute discussing pertinent duties as landlords and property owners, including unsafe conditions and how to avoid premises liability claims. Landlords also learned how to take preventative measures to reduce the risk of injury on their property.

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SFTLA Boot Camp: Pre-Trial Motions and Opening Statements

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

Craig Peters was a featured speaker and faculty member at the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association's Boot Camp on pre-trial motions and opening statements, held on September 20. Participants learned how to properly frame issues for jurors, as well as how to effectively use pre-trial motions to shape their opening statements.

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The Veen Firm Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department for the Death of Four People

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

-- Sheriff's deputies failed to arrest drunk driver, allegedly leading to the death of four young individuals --

San Francisco, CA-Attorney Steven Kronenberg of The Veen Firm, PC, a San Francisco-based law firm specializing in catastrophic personal injury matters, filed a wrongful death lawsuit today against the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department on behalf of Patricia DeAngelis, the mother of sixteen-year-old Rose Bio, who died along with three other people in a fatal car accident after a high-speed police chase.

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The Veen Firm Adds Attorney Cliff Smoot

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

San Francisco, CA- The Veen Firm, PC, a San Francisco-based law firm specializing in personal injury matters, welcomes attorney Cliff Smoot. Smoot's practice includes handling complex personal and catastrophic injury cases ranging from wrongful death to construction and worksite conditions, including defective products, dangerous property conditions, negligent security, and collisions between cars, trucks, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

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Branch Falls From Dangerously Pruned Tree, Paralyzing Woman: The Veen Firm File Claim Against City and County of San Francisco

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

San Francisco, CA- The Veen Firm, PC, a San Francisco-based law firm focusing on personal injury matters, filed a claim on behalf of the Zhou family against the City and County of San Francisco. The claim states that the City negligently pruned pine trees in Washington Square Park causing a 100-pound tree branch to break off and fall on 36-year-old Emma Zhou, resulting in a severed spinal cord, brain damage and permanent paralysis below the waist.

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Anthony Label and Steven Kronenberg Obtain $10 Million Potential Value Nationwide Class Action Settlement in Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van Leaky Roof AC Units

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

As published in Daily Journal, Automotive News and others, on August 30, 2015, The Hon. U.S. District Judge Thelton E. Henderson approved the settlement of a class action lawsuit against Mercedes Benz for selling Sprinter vans with roof air conditioners that leaked so much water that passengers described it as "raining" inside the vehicle. Plaintiffs are represented by Anthony Label and Steven Kronenberg of The Veen Firm and by Jonathan Gertler, Daniel Gildor, and Samuel Cheadle of Chavez & Gertler, LLP.

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Labor 411: Ask The Expert | David Winnett

September 5, 2016

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I was injured at work when a railing gave way and I fell off a walkway at the factory. I have since found out that the factory is owned and maintained by a company that owns my company. I settled my workers' compensation case against my company, but I still have a lot of bills that haven't been paid and I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to return to work. What are my options?

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The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 Lists Six Attorneys from The Veen Firm

SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

Anthony Label, Kevin Lancaster, Elinor Leary, Andje Medina, Craig Peters and William Veen were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 for their personal injury work.

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Elinor Leary Selected as Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers

SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

Congratulations to Elinor Leary who has been invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization as a Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyer for 2016. This invitation recognizes Leary’s extraordinary trial work in the personal injury space.

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Multiple Veen Firm Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers List for 2017

AUGUST 15, 2016

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Anthony Label, Elinor Leary, Andje Medina, Craig Peters, William Veen and Kevin Lancaster have been selected to the Best Lawyers List for 2017. Best Lawyers is one of the oldest and most respected Peer-Review Publications in the legal profession.

Craig Peters Inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL)

JULY 29, 2016

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Craig M. Peters, Esq. of The Veen Firm, PC in San Francisco, CA was recently inducted as a Fellow into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) at their Mid-Year Meeting held July 27-31, 2016 at Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

Labor 411: Ask The Expert | Steven Kronenberg

July 27, 2016

Ask The Expert

I am a female who was seriously hurt at work while using a nail gun with a defective trigger. My foreman said that I got what I deserved – everyone knows that nail guns are dangerous, and like he always says, a woman’s place is in the kitchen. Can the tool manufacturer avoid responsibility by blaming me for my injuries? And do I have to put up with these sexist comments?

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Labor 411: Ask The Expert | Kimberly Wong

March 10, 2016

Ask The Expert

I was operating a power press machine at work when the die unexpectedly came down on my hand causing me serious injury. I am now unable to work. What are my options?

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What You Might Not Know About the Exceptions to Social Host Immunity

FEBRUARY 18, 2016

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Super Lawyers Magazine 2015

OCTOBER 30, 2015

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Ruling in Wright v. State of California - Workers' compensation exclusive remedy rule did not apply to state prison employee's injury outside rental housing on prison grounds

FEBRUARY 2, 2015

SOURCE: The Recorder

Wright v. State of Cal - California Court of Appeals Decision

JANUARY 30, 2015

SOURCE: Justia.com

Super Lawyers Magazine 2014

OCTOBER 30, 2014

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Marin Magazine

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

Jury awards family of brain-damaged Contra Costa boy $12.1 million

OCTOBER 28, 2014

SOURCE: Contra Costa Times

Profile: Craig Peters
Trial lawyer makes transition from criminal defense look easy because he loves what he does

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Kevin Lancaster: Tort & Trial Series

AUGUST 7, 2014

S.F. Examiner Spotlights The Veen Firm's Client

FEBRUARY 4, 2014

SOURCE: The S.F. Examiner

Super Lawyers Magazine 2013

OCTOBER 30, 2013

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