Hamburg, Karic, Edwards & Martin LLP Successfully Obtains Dismissal of a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and Quickly Levies on Funds Held By Bankruptcy Trustee

Hamburg, Karic, Edwards & Martin LLP Partner, Gregg Martin, and Of Counsel, J. Bennett Friedman, successfully obtained a dismissal of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy that the Debtors filed to avoid enforcement of a Judgment HKEM partner, Gregg A. Martin, obtained for one of the firmís clients. (The Judgment awarded the client over six figures and included declaratory and injunctive relief in the clientís favor as well.) Due to Mr. Martinís and Mr. Friedmanís efforts, Hamburg, Karic Edwards & Martin LLP exposed the Debtorsí false representations in their Bankruptcy Petition thereby causing the Bankruptcy Court to require the Debtors to agree to a 100% payment plan to all creditors or risk dismissal of their Petition. When Debtors refused to agree, the Bankruptcy Court dismissed their Chapter 13 case. Immediately upon dismissal of the Debtorsí bankruptcy, Mr. Martin and senior counsel, David M. Almaraz, obtained an exparte temporary restraining order in State Court prohibiting the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee from distributing any funds she was holding that had been collected from the Debtors while their Bankruptcy was pending. Hamburg, Karic Edwards & Martin LLP then served the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee with a Notice of Levy thereby perfecting its clientís lien on the funds.

Hamburg, Karic, Edwards & Martin Reverses, In a Published Opinion, Trial Court Order Refusing to Award Post Judgment Attorney Fees

Hamburg, Karic, Edwards & Martin partner, Steven S. Karic, successfully appealed a trial court order refusing to award the post judgment attorney fees and costs the firm’s client incurred to enforce its judgment by successfully defending an attack against that judgment.  In a published opinion, the California Court of Appeal, agreed with the firm in all respects and reversed the trial court’s order, thereby allowing the firm’s client, as judgment creditor, to recover from the judgment debtor the attorney fees incurred to defend against the judgment debtor’s attempt to reduce the judgment debtor’s liability for the judgment.  The appellate court also awarded the firm’s client all of the costs, including attorney fees, it incurred in the appeal.  The case, entitled Globalist Internet Technologies, Inc. v. Reda, can be found at 167 Cal. App. 4th 1267 (2008).

Hamburg, Karic Edwards & Martin Partners Honored as Southern California “Super Lawyers” of 2009

Hamburg, Karic, Edwards & Martin partners, Steven S. Karic and Gregg A. Martin, were selected as two of only five percent of all lawyers in Southern California as “Super Lawyers” for 2009.  This is Mr. Karic’s third year (2007, 2008 and 2009), and Mr. Martin’s first year, being selected as “Super Lawyers.”  Candidates undergo a rigorous independent nomination and multi-step evaluation process that incorporates peer recognition and professional achievement.  The firm congratulates Mr. Karic and Mr. Martin in their achievement.

Hamburg, Karic, Edwards & Martin Obtains Victory at Trial Against Prestigious Beverly Hills Real Estate Brokerage

Hamburg, Karic, Edwards & Martin partner, Gregg A. Martin, successfully prosecuted a breach of contract action against a prestigious Beverly Hills real estate brokerage. The brokerage failed to pay a real estate agent her share of commissions from two real estate transactions totaling over $5.5 million. The firm successfully argued its client was entitled to the commissions as a result of performing all required activities under the contract with the brokerage. The trial judge also awarded interest accruing from the close of escrow of each transaction and found the firm’s client to be entitled to recover attorneys’ fees.

Hamburg, Karic, Edwards & Martin Successfully Defends Breach of Settlement Agreement Action

Hamburg, Karic, Edwards & Martin partner, Steven S. Karic, successfully defended a breach of contract and specific performance action arising from a failed multi-party settlement agreement reached at the conclusion of a lengthy mediation. The firm’s client refused to perform under the settlement, claiming it was fraudulently induced, and that the consideration it was to receive under the settlement was no longer available. The case was resolved after the parties completed a binding arbitration.

Hamburg, Karic, Edwards & Martin Obtains Summary Judgment in Negligence Action

Hamburg, Karic, Edwards & Martin, partner, Steven S. Karic, and senior counsel Fredric R. Brandfon, obtained summary judgment in favor of a production company client, which was sued for alleged negligence in connection with the filming of a feature length motion picture for theatrical release. After the court entered judgment in favor of the production company, the firm convinced plaintiffs to dismiss the case they had also brought against the casting agent and actor, who also were alleged to be negligent.


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