Here we note references to our firm in the press as well as activities of our professional staff. In addition to working in our own practice areas, we participate in the activities of many organizations connected to both the legal profession and our larger local communities, reflecting our broad engagement and commitment.

GCA In The News

Ron Katz was interviewed on the subject of Olympic governance by Law360 on August 6, 2019:

Ron Katz spoke at the German Sport University on the subject of changing sex/gender roles and sport on June 25, 2019.

Ron Katz was quoted in the Sports Law360 June 4, 2018 article “New Track and Field Limits Question Gender Identity in Sports.”

Ron Katz spoke at Oxford University May 17, 2017 on “A Short History of Olympic Doping from East Germany to Sochi.” On September 27, 2018 he will speak on the same subject at the University of Texas Law School.

On April 22, 2018, Ron Katz gave an interview to ABC Radio National (Australia) on the subject of changing sex/gender roles and sport:

He also spoke on that topic at the University of Texas in October and in December, 2017 and at Oxford University in November, 2007.

Ron Katz was recently quoted about the impact of football concussions on insurance in Business Insurance:

Valerie Wagner and E. David Marks were named to the Northern California list of Super Lawyers for 2016.

David Marks, a member of the Firm’s litigation and real estate groups, was approved on May 14, 2015  as a Northern California Mediator to be on the California Association of Real Estate Mediation Panel.  As a panel mediator for the C.A.R. Real Estate Mediation Center for Consumers, David will be available to serve as a mediator in a wide range of real estate disputes.

Benefits, Compensation and ERISA partner Ami Givon has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, in the Weekend Investor section several times. In the article “Tax Court Slaps Down IRAs Holding ‘Alternative Assets’” appearing on May 17, 2013, he is quoted extensively. In the February 2, 2013 edition, he is quoted in the article “Is that a Condo in your IRA?” In the March 2, 2012 edition, his comments are in the article “IRAs Get Sexier.”

In the Silicon Valley Business Journal Book of Lists 2013 ranking of law firms by number of full-time attorneys based in Silicon Valley, GCA ranks 35th.

GCA’s Employment Law Practice Group appears as number 8 among Employment Law firms in Silicon Valley, as ranked in the Silicon Valley Business Journal Book of Lists 2013.

New Attorneys

GCA is pleased to announce that Susan Condon has joined us as Partner in the Trusts and Estates in February 2019.

GCA is also pleased to announce that Robert Andris has joined us as Partner in the Litigation Group in August 2018.

Speaking Engagements

Ron Katz spoke on the “Legal Impact of Changing Sex & Gender Roles in Sports” at DeLeon Realty in Palo Alto on March 6, 2018 at 11:45am PST.  For more information, click here.

Ron Katz spoke at the Marquette University’s National Sports Law Institute on October 13, 2017. The overall subject of the conference was Maintaining the Integrity & Commercial Value of Sports While Protecting Athlete’s Rights; Ron spoke on the issues involving transgender and intersex athletes.

Ron Katz spoke on August 8, 2017 on a California Bar Association webinar entitled “The Name Game: Building Clients Brands Through Trademarking Names and Nicknames”

Bob Luckinbill and Ron Katz spoke at “Athletes, Sports Law, and Policy: An Interdisciplinary Symposium” on May 6, 2017 at the Stanford Law School.  The Symposium was jointly presented by the Stanford Law & Policy Review, the Stanford Entertainment and Sports Law Association, and the Institute of Sports Law & Ethics of the University of the Pacific.  Bob and Ron spoke on the panel concerning “Changing Sex/Gender Roles and Sport.”  Their article on the topic is forthcoming this summer.

Litigation partner E. David Marks regularly presents seminars to professionals in the real estate industry. In May 2013 he is speaking on “Insurance Coverage and Contracts” to the Western Construction Consultants Association (“WestCon”) meeting in Berkeley, CA. In February 2013 he presented seminars entitled “Disclosures, Advertisements and Other Pitfalls in Sales Transactions” and “Issues with New Construction” to residential real estate agents in local Coldwell Banker offices.

Elizabeth Roth and Barbara Tanzillo have made several training presentations to clients on Sexual Harassment, in compliance with California’s now mandated interactive training and education for supervisory employees regarding sexual harassment (CA Government Code section 12950.1).

Community Activities

Corporate partner Clifford S. Robbins was recently appointed to a second term as a Commissioner on the City of San Mateo Park and Recreation Commission. He also is an elected member of the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee where he serves on the executive board.