Best Wishes for a Peaceful and Prosperous 2009!

January 2009 Welcome New Oakland Associates Two new Oakland Associates were announced at the beginning of the year.  KMFM is pleased to welcome Paul Samoni andKenneth Tsang. Mr. Samoni joins the Northern California office’s Construction Defect Practice Group.  He is a 2005 graduate of the University of California at Davis School of Law.  Mr. Tsang, […]

Spanish Sojourn

February 2009 Los Angeles Associate Kiran Singh has returned from a six month sabbatical in Barcelona, Spain. Check out her bLAWg entry in the coming months to learn more about her Spanish adventure.

Crime Defense Ranks High

March 2009 City Spur L.A., the on-line national business and entertainment guide, has named KMFM one of the top 10 Criminal Defense Firms in Los Angeles . Check it out at Congratulations to Stephen Mancini and his team.

Taking Points — Hired Gun

April 2009 Partner Susan Caldwell, head of the Firm’s Environmental Practice Group, was the featured speaker this month at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company’s Symposium on Environmental Risk Management hosted by the Complex and Emerging Risk Claims (CERC) unit in Dover , New Hampshire. The forum focused on new Federal and California legislation in the area […]


Welcome back to Lydia Lemalu after a several month maternity leave. The Firm extends its best wishes to her and new son Heru. Also returning from a recent sojourn to theU.K. is Perry Rhoads. Read all about the family’s adventure in Perry’s bLAWg entry–“All Rhoads lead to London“ where he chats about English gardening, pub life and […]

Construction Newsletter Vol. 6

IN THIS ISSUE: A new twist on an old story “Automatic” termination catches many contractors off guard Job, interrupted Mecahnics’ lien rights are a matter of perspective–the court’s Historic fiction Owner’s failure to disclose building history brings harsh lesson Not dead yet: Claim periods may defy expectations Can construction managers insure against their own breach […]

Construction Newsletter Vol. 5

IN THIS ISSUE: Watch your step! Payment formalities can trip up anyone EISS claims highlight a common insurance foible Sometimes overachievers achieve nothing “Value engineering” leads to delays . . . and a lawsuit Tick tock tick tock: If you want to sue, watch the clock When can’t an architect be a general contractor? Read […]

Construction Newsletter Vol. 4

IN THIS ISSUE: A question of cake Can an owner recover cost of completion not actually incurred? Construction conglomerate renovate legal playing field Go fly a kite–and you might go to jail When it comes to mechanics’ liens, the devil is in the details Does insurance cover plain old bad work? Read More

Construction Newsletter Vol.3

IN THIS ISSUE: File Like The Wind Timeliness key for subcontractor nonpayment claims Finish work promptly or face a financial loss Warning: May require heavy lifting Getting insurers to pay up is rarely easy You are going to sue me? I don’t think so … The ugly truth: Aesthetics and arbitration may not mix “Illegal” […]