The Latest Headlines

News

Feb

16

2017

Joseph & Cohen’s Jeff Lederman Ranked as BTI Client Super All-Star

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 16, 2017. Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, announced today that senior litigation partner Jeffrey J. Lederman was recognized by BTI Consulting Group as one of only eight super all-star attorneys in the United States. BTI Consulting Group’s 2017 annual guide is unique as it identifies the select few attorneys that command the attention of General Counsel and legal decision makers who are truly influencing and changing the legal industry.

Mr. Lederman was one of eight attorneys named a Client Super All-Star from BTI’s 2017 list of 319 attorneys from 160 law firms nationwide who were recognized for superior client focus, outstanding results, unmatched business understanding and reinventing the client relationship. The prestigious group of eight Super All-Stars were the only attorneys in the country recognized by multiple influential General Counsel and legal decision makers.   Lederman, however, was the only attorney on the list from a boutique law firm.

The BTI Client Service All-Stars List is derived from in-depth, independent interviews with hundreds of corporate counsel and executives at Global 500 and Fortune 1000 organizations. It is the only continuous, independently researched benchmark study of client expectations and needs in the legal industry. Attorneys are nominated exclusively by unprompted submissions and finalists are selected based on exceptional commitment to client needs, innovation, understanding of clients’ business, exceptional legal skills, value, and achieving outstanding results.

This is the third time Mr. Lederman has been nominated as a Client Service All-Star, having previously been nominated in 2011 and 2016. For 2017, Mr. Lederman was nominated by multiple clients, including by a Leading Technology Company in connection with his litigation practice, who described Mr. Lederman as “wicked smart, strategic, with a willingness to innovate.

Mr. Lederman said of his nomination, “I believe client service is at the heart of long-term relationships with clients, and it is perhaps the most important aspect of the practice of law, so it is truly an honor to be recognized as a BTI All-Star for the third time, and as a BTI Super All-Star in 2017.”

Jonathan D. Joseph, Joseph & Cohen’s Founder and Managing Partner, added, “We founded the firm with the belief that a boutique firm with exceptional attorneys could compete against any AmLaw 100 Law Firm. That Jeff Lederman is the only Super All-Star from a boutique law firm validates our belief and supports our continuing effort to deliver absolutely the best service, outsized value and outstanding results to firm clients every day.”

Visit www.BTIConsulting.com for more information about this prestigious honor and for a complete list of All Stars.

Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, is a Financial Services and Litigation Boutique headquartered in San Francisco that emphasizes complex banking, corporate, technology and financial services, regulatory and bank enforcement defense, private equity, bankruptcy and insolvency, employment and complex litigation and business dispute services.  Joseph & Cohen is known for sophisticated expertise, extraordinary commitment to clients, relationship-based services, and a range of specialized skills typically found only in the largest American law firms.

For additional information about the Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, please visit our website at http://josephandcohen.com/.

Press Contact:  Jonathan Joseph at Joseph & Cohen, 415-817-9200, ext. 9 or jon@josephandcohen.com.

Aug

15

2016

Joseph & Cohen Successfully Represents San Francisco Credit Union in Precedent Setting Case under the Americans with Disabilities Act

On August 2, 2016, San Francisco Federal Credit Union based in San Francisco (“Credit Union”) and Disability Rights Advocates based in Berkeley (“DRA”) announced a precedent-setting settlement agreement which resolved threatened claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”) and the California Unruh Act.  Q2 Software, Inc. (“Q2”), based in Austin, Texas, a digital banking services leader, was also a party to the agreement.

Joseph & Cohen, San Francisco, CA, acted as outside counsel for the Credit Union.  Pursuant to the agreement, the Credit Union and Q2 agreed to work together with DRA to ensure that the Credit Union’s website, online banking services and mobile apps are accessible to people who are blind or have vision disabilities.

The parties agreed upon a remediation plan which is expected to be implemented in several phases through 2019 by conforming to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 AA (“WCAG 2.0 AA”) standards published by the World Wide Web Consortium, better known as W3C.  The WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility guidelines are available at www.w3.org/TR/WCAG/.

These accessibility standards ensure that blind people can use websites and online banking services.  Many blind and low vision individuals use assistive software called screen readers to navigate digital content on computers and mobile phones. The software converts screen text into audible speech or digital braille, and once website and online banking applications have been coded properly, the Credit Union’s website, online banking services, and mobile apps will be accessible to individuals with vision disabilities.

Jonathan D. Joseph and Jonathan Cohen represented San Francisco Federal Credit and were responsible for negotiating and settling the matter.

For additional information, links to the initial Press Release and Settlement Agreement are below:

Press Release: San Francisco Federal Credit Union Leads the Way to Transform Online Banking to Better Serve Customers with Vision Disabilities

Settlement Agreement: Mediation Settlement Agreement and Release

Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, is a Financial Services and Litigation Boutique headquartered in San Francisco that emphasizes complex banking, corporate, technology and financial services matters, regulatory and bank enforcement defense, private equity, bankruptcy and insolvency, employment and complex business dispute services.  Joseph & Cohen is known for sophisticated expertise, extraordinary commitment to clients, relationship-based services, and a range of specialized skills typically found only in the largest American law firms.

For additional information about Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, please visit our website at http://josephandcohen.com/.

Feb

9

2016

Joseph & Cohen Partner Named 2016 BTI Client Service All-Star

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 9, 2016. Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, announced today that litigation partner Jeffrey J. Lederman was named to the prestigious BTI 2016 Client All-Star List as one of the nation’s absolutely best attorneys. Lederman was one of only 312 attorneys recognized for superior client focus, outstanding results, unmatched business understanding and reinventing the client relationship.

BTI Consulting Group’s annual Client Service All-Star honor is a unique spotlight on attorneys who deliver superior client service because no attorney or firm can self-nominate. In its publication, BTI stated: “312 attorneys stood out as absolutely best at client service. Not just great – but head and shoulders above the rest as defined solely by clients.” The only way to become a BTI Client Service All-Star is for corporate counsel to single out an attorney for client service exceeding all others.

This is the second time Mr. Lederman has received the honor, having previously been nominated in 2011. For 2016 Mr. Lederman was nominated by a Leading Technology Company in connection with his litigation practice.  A mere 163 domestic and international law firms had attorneys who made the grade.

Mr. Lederman said of his nomination, “I believe client service is at the heart of long-term relationships with clients and is perhaps the most important aspect of the practice of law, so it is truly an honor to be recognized as a BTI All-Star for the second time.”

Jonathan Joseph, Joseph & Cohen’s Managing Partner, added, “That Jeff Lederman stands out as a Client Service All-Star compared to other lawyers nationwide is no surprise within Joseph & Cohen, as we witness his passion to deliver absolutely the best service, outsized value and outstanding results to firm clients every day.”

Click here for more information about this prestigious honor and for a complete list of All Stars.

Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, is a Financial Services and Litigation Boutique headquartered in San Francisco that emphasizes complex banking, corporate, technology and financial services matters, regulatory and bank enforcement defense, private equity, bankruptcy and insolvency, employment and complex business dispute services.  Joseph & Cohen is known for sophisticated expertise, extraordinary commitment to clients, relationship-based services, and a range of specialized skills typically found only in the largest American law firms.

For additional information about the Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, please visit our website at http://josephandcohen.com/or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/josephandcohen.

Press Contact:  Jonathan Joseph at Joseph & Cohen, 415-817-9200, ext. 9 or jon@josephandcohen.com.

Jul

15

2015

Joseph & Cohen Expands Its Banking Practice – Janet Walworth Joins As Of Counsel

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – July 15, 2015. Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, announced today that Janet Walworth has joined the Firm’s banking and transactional group as Of Counsel.  With over 30 years of experience as a commercial lending, transactional and restructuring lawyer, Ms. Walworth deepens Joseph & Cohen’s boutique banking industry group which focuses on regulatory, corporate, transactional and litigation for banks, credit unions and other financial service companies.

Janet Walworth currently represents major money center banks, regional and community banks and other financial service companies.  She is a skilled secured lending lawyer with expertise in real estate and personal property secured loans and factoring. Ms. Walworth has a gift for transactional work premised on her ability to forge relationships with her clients. She brings a genuine interest in and understanding for the business and legal issues involved in every matter and is committed to getting the right results for her clients.

Jonathan Joseph, Joseph & Cohen’s Managing Partner, stated, “I’m thrilled to have Janet Walworth join our banking group.  With her years of experience in the secured lending space, we expect our financial institution clients will be clamoring for her to help them structure and consummate secured loans.  Joseph & Cohen can now offer our banking clients an expanded set of services including corporate, regulatory, secured lending, restructurings and commercial and employment litigation.”

Ms. Walworth added, “I’ve known some of the partners at Joseph & Cohen for years and believe that my secured lending and transactional expertise complements their existing practice extremely well.  I’m excited because my existing clients will benefit from the well-known banking industry attorneys comprising the banking practice group at Joseph & Cohen.”

Prior to joining Joseph & Cohen, Ms. Walworth most recently served as Of Counsel for Greenfield Draa & Harrington LLP in San Jose. She earned her L.L.M in Intellectual Property Law from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2012 and was awarded a J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law, with Honors, in 1979. She is a Member of the McAuliffe Honor Society and received an A.B from the University of California at Berkeley, Magna Cum Laude, 1975 with a major in Journalism and a minor in English Literature.

Ms. Walworth is a member of the State Bar of California and admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California and Eastern District of California.

Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, is a Financial Services and Litigation Boutique headquartered in San Francisco that emphasizes complex banking, corporate and financial services matters, regulatory and bank enforcement defense, private equity, bankruptcy and insolvency, employment and commercial litigation services.  Joseph & Cohen is known for sophisticated expertise, extraordinary commitment to clients, relationship-based services, and a range of specialized skills typically found only in the largest American law firms.

For additional information about the Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, please visit our website at http://www.josephandcohen.com or Facebook at www.facebook.com/josephandcohen.

Press Contact:  Jonathan Joseph at Joseph & Cohen, 415-817-9250 or jon@josephandcohen.com.