Ross Wersching & Wolcott LLP

Attorneys at Law

Practice Areas

The attorneys at Ross Wersching & Wolcott LLP represent companies and select individuals in a variety of business, real estate and litigation matters. While by no means exhaustive, our range of experience and expertise includes the following types of matters:


Employment Counseling & Litigation

  • Wrongful termination
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Wage claims
  • Class actions
  • Preparing and reviewing employee handbooks

Real Estate Transactions & Land Use

  • Acquisitions and dispositions
  • Planning and development
  • Fees and exactions
  • Common interest subdivisions
  • Construction contracts
  • Leasing
  • Joint ventures
  • Financing
  • Homeowner Association Issues

Business & Real Estate Litigation

  • Misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition
  • Breach of contract by corporate service providers
  • Real estate disputes
  • Construction defects
  • Breach of warranty and related claims for sale of goods
  • Products liability
  • Non-competition agreements
  • Business interference and related torts
  • Shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Commercial unlawful detainer actions

Business & Corporate

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Formation of corporations, LLCs and joint ventures
  • Acquisitions and dispositions
  • Operating and shareholder agreements
  • Drafting and maintenance of corporate minutes and resolutions
  • Dissolution, liquidation and winding up

Trust & Estate Litigation

  • Trust Litigation
  • Probate Litigation
  • Conservatorship Litigation
  • Elder Abuse Litigation

Estate Planning & Administration

  • Wills and Trusts
  • Trust Administration
  • Probate Administration

Our Philosophy


The law firm of Ross Wersching & Wolcott LLP is committed to providing quality, efficiency, and value in the practice of law. With a client list that includes Fortune 500 and other publicly traded companies, international manufacturers, corporate executives and select individuals, RW&W attorneys provide sound legal advice and representation in a wide variety of real estate, business and litigation matters.

Through personal experience as in-house counsel, we have gained a client's perspective on the importance of efficiency and value in a law firm. Many firms commonly staff cases with teams of three, four or even five attorneys, some of whom the client has never met and knows only from their initials on monthly billing statements. RW&W is fundamentally different. Our philosophy is to provide quality representation without unnecessary layers of bureaucracy and billing. This is the philosophy we practice every day. Not surprisingly, our corporate and individual clients find this approach to be an increasingly rare and desirable feature in a law firm.

Notwithstanding our proficiency and experience in litigation, RW&W recognizes and appreciates that the best approach to litigation may be to prevent it from happening in the first place. While it is not always possible or practical to fend off litigation in every instance, we strive to provide our clients with sound advice about legal issues before they become legal problems.

Simply put, RW&W attorneys provide the same level of service we would expect if we were the clients. We value our clients' time and resources, and when they call, we answer. We refuse to shuttle our clients from secretary to secretary or from attorney to attorney. Unlike many firms in today's market whose only regular communication with their clients comes in the form of a monthly bill, we provide our clients with frequent updates on the status of their matters and are always directly available to answer their questions. Our clients find this "efficient responsiveness" to be a refreshing change when dealing with counsel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Results

"Ross Wersching & Wolcott attorneys provide the same level of service we would expect if we were the clients.
We value our clients' time and resources, and when they call, we answer."


Success Stories


  • Recently, Ross Wersching & Wolcott LLP obtained arbitration awards in favor of its client, ABM Industries, Inc. (NYSE:ABM), in two separate cases brought by The Regents of the University of California (“UC”). In the first arbitration, UC alleged that ABM overbilled for facilities management services at UC’s San Francisco locations from 2000-2007 in the amount of $5.5 million. After a week-long arbitration in San Francisco, the arbitrator denied UC’s claims in their entirety.

    In the second arbitration, UC alleged overbilling by ABM (again for facilities management services at UCSF locations) from 2007-2012, including claims that ABM committed violations of the California False Claims Act (“FCA”). UC alleged damages exceeding $7.6 million. ABM counterclaimed for amounts UC failed to pay, as well as for interest, costs and attorneys’ fees. The three-arbitrator AAA panel (consisting of two retired judges and a sitting U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge) denied UC’s claims under the FCA and instead awarded ABM a total of over $9.4 million (including $7.6 million in damages and $1.8 million in interest and costs). Notably, the parties’ briefs addressing attorneys’ fees revealed that Ross Wersching & Wolcott LLP’s fees were 35% less than those incurred by UC.
  • Ross Wersching & Wolcott LLP obtained a favorable settlement against a well-known regional construction company’s former employees for breaching a non-solicitation agreement.
  • Ross Wersching & Wolcott LLP obtained a $2.7 million judgment on behalf of an international manufacturer of building materials against a former executive for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract.
  • Ross Wersching & Wolcott LLP obtained a $2.25 million settlement in a breach of contract action against a major California Hospital in a case where the hospital initially and consistently denied liability until facts obtained by Ross Wersching & Wolcott LLP through discovery prompted settlement.
  • Ross Wersching & Wolcott LLP recently persuaded the Department of Labor to close an investigation and refrain from pursing any charges against a statewide in-home care provider.
  • Ross Wersching & Wolcott LLP obtained a $684,336 AAA arbitration award, including attorneys’ fees, costs, and interest, on behalf of its client, a worldwide manufacturer of children’s educational games. Ross Wersching &Wolcott LLP proved that the defendant, an international manufacturer of video games, had breached a supply and distribution agreement and a stock purchase agreement.
  • Ross Wersching & Wolcott LLP brought a motion on behalf of a nationwide home products retailer for the opposing party’s destruction of evidence. The court granted the motion and awarded the client over $16,000 in sanctions. In addition, the judge ruled that the jury should receive an “adverse inference” instruction to allow a finding that the destroyed documents were harmful to the opposing party. The case then settled immediately, with the opposing party dismissing its claims in their entirety.
  • Ross Wersching & Wolcott LLP resolved a Federal Court case for its client, a manufacturer of heavy machinery sued for more than $4 million by a purchaser of its machines who claimed they were defective. Under the terms of the settlement, the client paid no money and regained possession of the machines. After confirming that none of the defects alleged in the lawsuit ever actually existed, the client was able to resell the machines for an amount that covered all of its attorneys’ fees and yielded a six-figure net profit.
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