Lim Ruger Completes $100 Million Shopping Center Refinancing

September 29, 2011 -  Lim Ruger successfully closed the refinancing of a shopping center development in Los Angeles County on behalf of the owner-borrower for more than $100 Million.  Because the loan obtained with Lim Ruger's assistance has a low interest rate, our client's debt service payments have been slashed and its financial stability greatly strengthened.To complete the deal, Lim Ruger successfully negotiated agreements with tenants of the shopping center and lenders to several of the borrower's affiliates.  In the mortgage and mezzanine loan documents, moreover, Lim Ruger won important protections for the borrower.  This deal is another example of the Firm's deep experience in creative and ambitious real estate financing transactions.Lim Ruger attorneys John Lim, Marc Manason and James Ho represented the borrower.

Firm Accepts Law Firm Builder of Peace Award at Western Justice Center Gala

September 29, 2011 -  At the Western Justice Center's Annual Award program on September 10, Lim Ruger became the fourth law firm to receive the Western Justice Center's Builder of Peace Award for Law Firms.Managing Partner John Lim accepted the award on behalf of the Firm.  He remarked that "For our 20-lawyer firm to be recognized among previous awardees – Gibson Dunn, O'Melveny & Myers, and Latham & Watkins – is truly extraordinary.  As the first minority-owned firm to receive this award, we are very grateful to the Western Justice Center for this honor."The Western Justice Center's gala dinner at the Millennium Biltmore hotel saw over 350 distinguished guests, including many federal court judges, honor individuals and companies who have made outstanding efforts to advance conflict resolution.The evening was highlighted by the appearance of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who praised the Western Justice Center's "work to promote peace in a world with too much conflict."The Western Justice Center was started in 1987 by a group of judges, lawyers and civic leaders led by a member of  the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson, who believed that it is essential to find innovative ways to handle conflict and disputes without involving litigation.In accepting the award, John Lim recounted the countless hours of pro bono work he coordinated in the aftermath of the 1992 civil unrest, and how this "reflected our soul as a law firm."110929_builder_peace_award[1] 

Congratulations to Lim Ruger Scholar

September 29, 2011 - The California Bar Foundation selects deserving law students for Diversity Scholarship Awards funded by leading law firms.  Lim Ruger has been an enthusiastic name-sponsor of this program since its inception.  This year's Lim Ruger Foundation Scholar is Sharitie Williams, a first year student at Loyola Law School.Sharitie graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2009 with a degree in Criminology, Law and Society.  She was a member of the university track and field team and received the Big West Scholar-Athlete Award.  She currently works for the U.C. Irvine Athletic Department while attending law school.Despite growing up with an alcoholic parent and spending much of her childhood in foster care, Sharitie embraced academics, graduating as salutatorian of her high school class and committing herself to helping others.The Lim Ruger Scholarship was presented at the California Bar Foundation's Scholarship Award Ceremony in San Francisco on September 22.  Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye addressed the gathering of leading law firms and hopeful law students, offering words of congratulations and encouragement.In addition to the California Bar Foundation Diversity Scholarship, Lim Ruger supports the scholarship programs of nearly all of the local minority bar associations.110929_limruger_scholar1[1]110929_limruger_scholar2[1]

Lim Ruger Congratulates For People of Color, Inc. for receiving the 2011 State Bar of California Diversity Award

September 29, 2011 -  Lim Ruger Associate Norma Nava is the Vice President of For People of Color, Inc. ("FPOC"), a non-profit organization recently awarded the 2011 State Bar of California Diversity Award.Established in 2001, the State Bar Diversity Award recognizes outstanding efforts and significant contributions in promoting diversity within the legal profession.Since its founding, FPOC has focused on ensuring that the legal profession reflects California's rich and bountiful diversity through its law school admissions workshops, academic support programs, and professional development seminars.FPOC's recognition by the State Bar follows a major grant by the California Minority Counsel Program Foundation and a Leadership Award to FPOC's founder and Chairperson, Anthony Solana, Jr., by the Employment Roundtable of Southern California.  Lim Ruger is proud to be a strong supporter of FPOC's diversity efforts and congratulates the organization for this recognition and its achievements.110929_fpoc_diversity_award[1]

Lim Ruger to Receive Western Justice Center Builder of Peace Award

September 8, 2011 -  In recognition of Lim Ruger’s longstanding commitment to public service and community involvement, the Western Justice Center will present Lim Ruger with the 2011 Builder of Peace Award at its annual gala to be held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on September 10, 2011.  The Western Justice Center Builder of Peace Award recognizes exemplary commitment to the pursuit of a more peaceful society. It is presented to a law firm that demonstrates a continual and distinguished record of supporting alternative dispute resolution, public service, and community involvement. The last three recipients of this distinguished award were Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (2008), O’Melveny & Myers, (2009), and Latham & Watkins (2010).“We are thrilled and honored to receive this recognition,” said Lim Ruger managing partner John Lim.  “A core value of our firm is giving back to the community.  We hope that we can be a positive example for other small firms to do to the same.”Lim Ruger is a long time supporter of diversity programs sponsored by minority bar associations and the California Bar Foundation.  In 2009 the firm received the Client Service Award from the California Minority Counsel Program.The Western Justice Center was founded by judges and lawyers affiliated with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Center’s mission is to increase the opportunity for the peaceful resolution of conflict and to displace the power of violence in our society. The Western Justice Center meets the needs of a diverse population through conflict resolution education, dialogues and peer-to-peer mediation. Lim Ruger partner Christopher Kim sits on the WJC’s distinguished board of directors.For information about the Western Justice Center annual gala contact: (626) 568-8223.110623_hastings_board[1]110908_builder_peace2[1]

Lim Ruger Closes $6.5 million Purchase of Land in Hawaii

September 8, 2011 -  Representing the founder of a global health enterprise, Lim Ruger closed on a short sale purchase of 236 acres of land in Kula, Hawaii for residential and agricultural development.  Having to work quickly and thoroughly because of the scheduled foreclosure of the property, Lim Ruger negotiated the purchase with the lender and the seller, and then assisted with due diligence before closing the transaction, which occurred less than a day before the foreclosure sale.  The land is nestled in the Maui upcountry and boasts ocean vistas.  The purchase included entitlements to subdivide into thirty-five large parcels with a private water system.Lim Ruger attorneys John Lim, Sandy Sakamoto, and James Ho represented the buyer.110908_hawaii_land[1]

NLRB Issues Rule Requiring Employer to Post Notice of Employee Rights

September 8, 2011 -  The National Labor Relations Board has issued a Final Rule that will require employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act starting on November 14, 2011.  With the NLRB’s announcement, employers must add another notice to the long list of required workplace postings.According to the Final Rule, which covers nearly all private-sector employers, including those without a unionized workforce, the notice of employee rights must be posted where other workplace notices are typically posted.  Employers who customarily post notices to employees regarding personnel rules or policies on an internet or intranet site will be required to post the notice on those sites as well.  For workplaces where 20% or more of employees are not proficient in English and speak another language, the employer must post translated versions of the notice.The required notice, which is similar to one required by the U.S. Department of Labor for federal contractors, must state that employees have the right to form, join and assist a union, to engage in collective bargaining with their employer and other concerted activities, and to refrain from any of these activities.  It also provides specific examples of unlawful employer and union conduct and instructs employees how to contact the NLRB with questions or complaints.The Board will provide copies of the notice to the employer on request at no cost beginning on or before November 1, 2011.  A copy may be obtained by contacting a NLRB office, or it can be downloaded from the Board website and printed.  Translated versions of the notice also will be available.Failure to comply with this posting requirement may constitute an unfair labor practice under the National Labor Relations Act, and it also may extend the 6-month time limit for filing unfair labor practice charges.  A willful refusal to comply with the posting requirement may be treated as evidence of unlawful motive in a case in which motive is an issue.If you have any questions about the NLRB’s new posting requirement, or any other questions involving employer-employee relationships, please contact Lim Ruger employment law specialist Phillip Cha at [email protected]

Lim Ruger to Offer Supervisor Sexual Harassment Training

September 8, 2011 -  This Fall, Lim Ruger will roll out its in-house sexual harassment training program for supervisors.  The first training session will take place at Lim Ruger’s offices on October 21, 2011.  The training will be compliant with AB 1825, which requires all employers with 50 or more employees doing business in California to train their supervisors in the sexual harassment laws.  All employers, including those with fewer than 50 employees, are encouraged to send their supervisors for the training as a part of their basic risk-management strategy.  Additional details will be provided.

Phillip Cha joins firm to focus on employment law issues

September 8, 2011 -  In August, Phillip Cha joined the firm as Senior Counsel specializing in employment and labor law issues.  Phillip has over ten years of experience as a litigator and counselor assisting management with all aspects of employment and labor law, including wage and hour class actions, harassment claims, discrimination, and suits for wrongful termination.  He is particularly interested in helping employers avoid problems before they become law suits, which saves the clients time and money.For example, Phillip notes that in the Facebook and Twitter era, social media in the workplace has become a major issue for employers. “Unfortunately,” he observes, “the law is not keeping up with the rapidly-evolving technology, so there is little guidance for employers in implementing social media policies.”  Phillip explains, however, that the National Labor Relations Board recently issued a report that provides some useful guidance for employers.  It discusses the NLRB’s investigations into fourteen cases involving the use of social media in the workplace and employers’ social media policies.“What if you, as an employer, find that one of your employees has posted disparaging remarks about management?” Phillip asks.  “Get advice before you act.”  As he explains, the NLRB report includes several cases in which the Board found that employees’ Facebook postings were protected concerted activity because they were discussing the terms and conditions of their employment with fellow employees.  Employers should have social media policies, Phillip says, but if they are too overbroad they could be viewed as infringing rights protected by federal law.“I look forward to counseling employers who need advice on this and other cutting edge issues to help them comply with the law and avoid costly litigation,” says Phillip.Phillip Cha is a 2000 graduate of the UCLA School of Law.Lim Ruger is pleased to have Phillip join us.110908_phillip_cha[1]

Jane Kespradit, new litigation associate

September 8, 2011 -  Jane Kespradit recently joined Lim Ruger as an associate in the litigation group, focusing on commercial and business litigation. Jane served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Tomar Mason of the San Francisco Superior Court. She received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2009, with departmental honors in Business Law.In law school, Jane was co-chair to the Asian American Bar Association Law Student Council – an umbrella organization for Bay Area law schools – was board member of the USF Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, and vice-president of the USF Equal Justice Society. Jane also served as a legal research and writing tutor for the USF Academic Support Program. As a child, Jane performed traditional Thai dance in a tour of Thailand.Lim Ruger is pleased to have Jane join the Firm.110908_jane_kespradit[1]
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