News & Events


Gary Tokumori and Kenneth Miller will be speaking at the Western Bankers Association Lenders & Chief Credit Officers Conference on the topic, “Detecting a Problem Loan Before it Becomes a Problem”: In commercial lending, it is critical to determine and assess problem loans as quickly as possible in order to allow the lender to efficiently resolve them. In this session, learn how the lender’s business and legal teams can work together to quickly identify potential risks and issues, and design strategies to both minimize the lender's problem loans and potential exposure. Explore a variety of techniques to maximize recovery and reduce costs in the handling of troubled loans.

For more information, visit: https://www.westernbankers.com/LC19

Where
Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, California



Parker Milliken will be hosting its 35th Annual Environmental Law Seminar at the Omni Hotel. As in prior years, this year’s program will feature distinguished speakers from key governmental agencies who will discuss the latest developments regarding environmental compliance and enforcement issues, including how recent cleanup standards may impact a business’ or property owner’s ability to achieve site closure and how these new regulations may adversely increase your legal liability.

The day’s activities will also feature a stellar enforcement panel which will discuss the latest trends and developments in environmental administrative, civil and criminal enforcement.

As always, our program will feature Parker Milliken’s Environmental Law Experts who will provide their insights on the latest environmental laws as well as tips on how to best protect your interests when buying, selling, leasing or developing properties with environmental contamination.

There is no admission fee but seating is limited. Reserve your spot by emailing Sharon Austin at or calling (213) 683-6655.

Where
Omni Hotel, Los Angeles, California



Parker Milliken proudly supports firm client Northern Trust as it receives the Advocate of Justice award from Western Justice Center (“WCJ”) at the 2019 Justice Awards Gala and Auction. WJC is a non-profit organization that empowers people to resolve conflicts peacefully and to address the biases that often underlie those conflicts, and Parker Milliken congratulates Northern Trust on its continuing work to help WJC achieve its mission.

For more information, visit www.westernjustice.org

Where
Vibiana, 214 South Main Street, Los Angeles, California



Gary Ganchrow will be presenting at the 2019 Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA) Annual Apartment Buildings conference and expo.

Gary Ganchrow’s presentation, “How to Avoid Falling Prey to Attorneys Looking to File Resident Manager Lawsuits,” will address the common pitfalls, misconceptions, and solutions when paying and terminating resident managers.

Register at https://bit.ly/2LmtY0s. For more information on the conference and expo, visit buildingsla.com

Where
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California
2:30 PM, Stage 2



Parker Milliken proudly sponsors the 45th Annual Ability First Festival of Fall held at the Historic Laurabelle A. Robinson House in Pasadena.

AbilityFirst provides a variety of programs designed to help people with disabilities achieve their personal best throughout their lives. For more information, visit https://www.abilityfirst.org/events/festival-of-fall

Where
Historic Laurabelle A. Robinson House, Pasadena, California



In two recent decisions, the California Supreme Court has clarified standards for claims under the Unruh Civil Rights Act and consumer class actions. In White v. Square, Inc. (Aug. 12, 2019), the Court held that a person who fails to register for an online service because terms of service restrict him or her may pursue a claim for discrimination under the Act. In Noel v. Thrifty Payless, Inc. (July 29, 2019), the Court held that a representative class plaintiff need not show, in a motion to certify the class, how each individual class member will be identified and contacted. For more information about these cases and their impact on companies doing business in California, see William Weinberger’s blogpost at https://weinbergerlawblog.com



William Weinberger’s blogpost discusses two June Ninth Circuit decisions that (1) require California employers to compensate their employees for even short post-clock-out and pre-clock-in times that the employer requires them to be at work and (2) prohibit companies from insisting that consumers waive their right to seek public injunctive relief in an arbitral forum.

The first case, Rodriguez v. Nike Retail Stores, Inc., 928 F.3d 810 (9th Cir. 2019), reinforced that California does not recognize the federal de minimis doctrine, which relieves employers of paying wages to employees for work that lasts only a few seconds or minutes before or after regular working hours.

The second case, Blair v. Rent-a-Center, Inc., 928 F.3d 819 (9th Cir. 2019), held that the Federal Arbitration Act does not preempt a California Supreme Court decision that holds unenforceable an agreement purporting to waive a party’s right to seek public injunctive relief in any forum.

You can access Mr. Weinberger’s blog at https://weinbergerlawblog.com



Gary Tokumori was recently elected the 2019-2020 Chair of the Executive Committee of the Remedies Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Mr. Tokumori has previously served as Secretary and First Vice Chair on the Executive Committee.

Mr. Tokumori specializes in the areas of business, commercial and financial services litigation. Experienced in prejudgment remedies, he continues to successfully secure writs and receivers prior to obtaining multi-million dollar judgments for his creditor clients.



Gary Ganchrow will be addressing the Business Law and Real Property Section of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association (SFVBA) on property management strategies and liability issues. For information on the SFVBA, please visit: https://sfvba.org

Where
San Fernando Valley Bar Association Offices at 12:00 p.m.
20750 Ventura Blvd., Suite 140, Woodland Hills, CA 91364



Ken Miller will be moderating a multi-state panel at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. The presentation will discuss a variety of issues facing commercial lenders in enforcing commercial real property secured loans, and strategies to maximize recovery.

The American College of Mortgage Attorneys is comprised of approximately 500 attorneys throughout North America who are recognized as experts in commercial real property financing and related issues. For more information, please visit: https://www.acmaatty.org

Where
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, Monterey, California



Parker Milliken proudly sponsors the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic & Legal Voices Choir. Firm paralegal Corina Flores is a cellist in the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic.

Featuring the mighty “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana, the “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, selections from Man of La Mancha, and a salute to legendary television and film composer Charles Fox (“Killing Me Softly” and themes from Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Love Boat), the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic and its 100-member chorus, Legal Voices, will celebrate their 10th Anniversary under the baton of founder-conductor Gary S. Greene, Esq.

For more information, visit: https://www.lalawyersphil.org

Where
The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California



The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Lamp's Plus v. Varela, denying class action arbitration where the arbitration agreement is ambiguous on that topic, helps employers push claims to individual arbitrations, but the decision comes amid a growing movement to limit arbitration of employee and consumer claims. William Weinberger's blogpost puts these circumstances in context, at https://weinbergerlawblog.com



Gary Ganchrow’s article sheds light on the legal mechanics of how relatively “minor” infractions in paying resident managers – and, by extension, any employee – can become far more costly than most people can imagine. For access to the article, visit: https://www.aoausa.com



Parker Milliken is proud to sponsor the 46th Anniversary Awards Gala for the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ). The event celebrates the strength and resilience of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and honors those working to ensure that their rights are protected. This event is LACLJ's annual fundraiser supporting their work in the community providing legal representation to low-income survivors throughout Los Angeles County.

To register and learn more, please visit: https://laclj.networkforgood.com/events/10684-laclj-s-46th-anniversary-awards-gala

Where
The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown, Los Angeles, California



Michael B. Luftman shares his personal family experiences with Providence Tarzana Hospital and his appreciation for the wonderful treatment his family received. In his presentation, Michael B. relates his charitable giving and teaches effective ways on how to save taxes by donating to charity via charitable lead trusts. The event also features speakers presenting on charitable remainder trusts and charitable annuities.
For more information, please visit:
https://california.providence.org/giving/ways-to-give/

Michael B. Luftman serves on the Providence Tarzana Real Estate Committee Advisory Council.

Where
El Caballero Country Club, Tarzana, California



Gary Ganchrow’s article in this month’s Apartment Age magazine, a publication by The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA), discusses the challenges associated with paying a salary to non-exempt employees. It specifically discusses paying resident managers, but the issues apply more broadly to any non-exempt employee.

For more information, visit: https://aagla.org/digital-versions



The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) celebrates 140 years of service to the Los Angeles legal community and recognizes past and present bar leaders in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Gary Tokumori is recognized as one of LACBA’s distinguished group of honorees, which includes judges, bar association leaders, and community advocates. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of LACBA's Remedies Section and on the Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association.

For more information, visit: https://www.lacba.org



Parker Milliken proudly sponsors the Philippine American Bar Association’s (PABA) 33rd Annual Installation & Awards Gala. Congratulations to the evening’s distinguished honorees and the 2019 PABA Officers and Board of Directors, including our own associate Jason A. de Jesus.

To register and learn more, visit http://philippineamericanbar.org/?page_id=1048

Where
Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, California



The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) celebrates 140 years of service to the Los Angeles legal community and recognizes past and present bar leaders in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Nadine Tan is featured as part of LACBA’s distinguished group of honorees, which includes judges, bar association leaders, and community advocates. She is an active member of the Board of Governors of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, where she serves as the Co-Chair of Communications.

For more information, please visit: https://www.lacba.org



William Weinberger serves as one of the co-chairs for the ABA Litigation Section LGBT+ Forum, April 30-May 1, 2019. He is the moderator for the program entitled “Paths to Engagement: Developing Client Relationships Between In-House and Outside Counsel and Professional Development in Both Contexts.”

Held in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the conference features two plenary programs and three breakout sessions addressing both litigation and career-development topics. One plenary, "LGBT+ Issues in a Post-Kennedy World", will address the future of LGBT+ litigation in the United States Supreme Court. The second will discuss the impact of Stonewall on the LGBT+ movement, including civil rights litigation. For more information, visit: http://ambar.org/lgbtforum

Where
Marriott Marquis Times Square, New York, New York



Parker Milliken is proud to sponsor the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association’s (SCCLA) 44th Anniversary Installation & Awards Banquet. We warmly congratulate the evening’s distinguished honorees and the 2019 SCCLA Board of Governors, including our associate Nadine Shu Rong Tan.

To register and learn more, visit https://www.sccla.org/event-3270630

Where
Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles, California



Brent Cheney serves as the Chair of the 33rd Annual Environmental Law Spring Super Symposium, hosted by the Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Section.

The 33rd Annual Spring Super Symposium is the premier general environmental law event in Southern California, bringing together leaders from the private bar, government, academia, non-profits and in-house counsel to address important developments in environmental law. This year’s symposium will offer five panels focused on: (1) Common Law Claims to Combat Climate Change; (2) RECLAIM Sunset: Swiftly Come the Landing Rules; (3) CEQA Meets Sustainability: Climate Change, Infill Development, and the New Guidelines; (4) Alternative Groundwater Regulation in Arid California during the age of SGMA; and (5) Ethical Implications of Environmental Due Diligence.

Where
The L.A. Hotel Downtown, Los Angeles, California



Parker Milliken is pleased to co-sponsor the Japanese American Bar Association’s 43rd Annual Installation & Awards Gala. Gary Tokumori serves on the Board of Governors of the Japanese American Bar Association.

Where
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles, California



Parker Milliken’s Financial Services Department will be conducting its second in a series of presentations designed for commercial lenders.

In our previous presentation, we discussed changes in the law since the Great Recession of 2007, including changes in the law creating greater exposure to our commercial lender clients. The April 4th presentation will expand our discussion of how best to protect commercial lenders in this changing lending and legal environment. We will first present a case study of a lender liability lawsuit and discuss strategies available for lenders to best handle such litigation. We will then focus on how best to prevent such lawsuits from arising, ranging from creative approaches taking advantage of existing best practices as well as current trends involving emerging technology and artificial intelligence to streamline these approaches. The program is designed for loan production teams, special assets divisions, and in-house counsel.

Where
Omni Hotel, Los Angeles, California