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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.

 

 

Oct

07

2014

Jon Cohen and Kristina Del Vecchio Present at Consumer Financial Services Committee Panel on Consumer Arbitration Clauses

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – October 07, 2014. Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, announced today that two of the firm’s attorneys, Jonathan M. Cohen, Senior Partner, and Kristina Del Vecchio, Of Counsel, were selected by the California Bar Association to speak at their Annual Convention in San Diego.  The Firm’s attorneys participated in the Consumer Financial Services Committee program entitled “New Developments in the Enforcement of Consumer Arbitration Clauses” on September 14, 2014.

Ms. Del Vecchio moderated the panel of speakers that included Jonathan Cohen, Bill Webb of Webb Legal Group, and Scott Pearson of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. The panel discussed the current state of arbitration clauses in consumer financial services contracts and recent developments post-Concepcion (AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011)).

Their discussion, which was videotaped by the California State Bar and will be offered for MCLE credit, focused on class action arbitration and waivers, drafting tips, recent litigation surrounding such clauses and what to expect in the future, particularly given the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s authority in this area.  Consumer arbitration has undergone radical change as a result of recent US Supreme Court and California Court of Appeals decisions and every attorney should know how it will affect their clients.

Ms. Del Vecchio, Chair of State Bar Consumer Financial Services Committee, said of her experience, “The panel was outstanding; we also received several excellent questions from our audience.”

Mr. Cohen added, “It was an honor to speak at the Annual Meeting about a topic that may seem esoteric but that can drastically alter the outcome of litigation even before a dispute has arisen.”

In addition, on September 9th, Ms. Del Vecchio delivered a 60-minute webinar titled “Spotlight on CFPB Mortgages: Keys to Keeping Up with Federal Standards.”

Hosted by Progressive Business Executive Education, Ms. Del Vecchio’s presentation focused on the continually changing and complex rules of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  She addressed the CFPB’s January 10th, 2014 “final” ruling requiring mortgage lenders to assess the consumer’s ability to repay mortgage loans before extending credit became effective, a ruling that the CFPB is still in the process of amending.

Ms. Del Vecchio gave insight on how mortgage lenders can remain up to speed on the latest rule, how it impacts the industry, issues that may arise, and what to expect in terms of future changes.  A recording of the webinar is available for order.  Click here for further details.

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://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.