Megan G. Mayer, Associate of SG&S
Mental Gymnastics Classes begin at Susi Q and Saddleback Hospital
Helping those with brain injury or anyone seeking to strengthen cognition, Megan G. Mayer brings Mental Gymnastics to the Susi Q Senior Center in Laguna Beach and to Saddleback Memorial Hospital in Laguna Hills. Mental Gymnastics is a workshop where participants play card and board games that stimulate memory and cognitive function in a supportive group environment. Most of the games learned can be played daily and when alone, so that participants can keep up their practice on their own. Her husband, Doug Mayer, MD, who himself is recovering from a brain injury, supports participants in learning and practicing the games. The free workshops begin in 2013; everyone is welcome. Ms. Mayer also provides educational talks on estate planning and special needs trusts at no charge.
Bonita Danser, Office Administrator at SG&S
Elected to serve as the Director at Large of the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators for 2013-2014. This 9 member board supports and leads a Chapter of 145 dedicated Professionals providing quality educational and community outreach programs, networking opportunities, and other valuable resources to the legal community. She has served on the Elected Board and Extended board of the OC-ALA since her year as President in 1992-1993.
Orange County Paralegal Association's November 10, 2011 Litigation Section Meeting
Make 'Em Pay: California Post-Judgment Enforcement
Jennifer A. Needs, an associate attorney with SGS, will be the speaker. The court entered judgment but the defendant refuses to pay voluntarily, what now? This workshop focuses on judgment enforcement techniques in California state courts. The presentation covers asset investigation, collection procedures, and the paperwork necessary to enforce the judgment.
Orange County Bar Association's Real Estate Section –May 24, 2011
Refundability of "Non-Refundable" Deposits in Real Estate Sales Contracts
- Presented by William L. Steel, Samuels, Green & Steel, LLP
Bill Steel addressed the unenforceability of "non-refundable deposit" clauses in real estate sales contracts that lacked Liquidated Damages provisions, as clarified in Kuish v. Smith, 181 Cal. App. 4th 1419 (2010). See, "News Alert." Mr. Steel also educated the audience on the risks and benefits of Liquidated Damages provisions in residential and non-residential real estate sales contracts.
In Kuish, both buyer and seller entered a $14,000,000 sales contract without legal counsel, modifying the standard contract with their real estate agents alone. Mr. Steel, who, along with his litigation partner Phil Green, represented Mr. Kuish victoriously, advised the audience on the role of a Liquidated Damages provision in a real estate sales contract and, in the absence of such a provision, the applicability of Civil Code Sections 3307 (residential) and 1671 (commercial), Freedman v. The Rector, 37 Cal.2d 16 (1951), and Horowitz v. Noble, 79 Cal.App.3d 120 (1978). In its Kuish decision, the California Court of Appeals concluded Horowitz was an exception to the general rule, expressed in Section 3307 and Freedman, and applied that case's ruling only to contract amendments. Mr. Steel's amusing and informative presentation summarized relevant factors to consider in connection with deposits in real estate sales contracts.
For more information, visit our full article at "News Alert" or contact Bill Steel at (949) 263-0004 or email@example.com.
John Bergen & Bill Steel at May 2011 Meeting of OCBA Real Estate Section. Right, a full house for the meeting.
Orange County Paralegal Association Litigation Section March 23, 2011
Litigation Discovery Do's and Don'ts: Redactions and Withholding
Jennifer A. Needs, an associate attorney with SGS will speak on the impact of privileges and confidentiality on civil discovery document review and production. A practical discussion with sample documents will be presented regarding whether redaction or withholding is appropriate. The presentation will focus on California law while pointing out important distinctions between State and Federal discovery rules.
First presented at CAPA's 21st Annual Educational Conference on June 27, 2009
Bill Steel, Partner of SG&S
Steel honored for dedication
Fundraising chairman steps down after 10 years of leading SchoolPower giving to new heights.
A phone campaign to raise funds for SchoolPower turned into a way to honor one of the district's most prolific fundraisers.
Parent volunteers and district officials paid tribute to Bill Steel in honor of his tenth and final year chairing the SchoolPower Community Campaign while he was busy calling parents.
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Bill Steel, Partner of SG&S
Matthew Goldstein, Associate of SG&S
Volunteer Mentors in the Chapman University School of Law Mentor Program in 2007 and 2008.
Attorney mentors assist student protégés in career guidance, interviewing skills and experiences of daily life in a law firm.
Martin Stein, Associate of SG&S
Member of the Department of Real Estate Committee of the joint Baldy View/Riverside Chapters of the BIA.
Co-chairing on this committee since December 2007.
Bill Steel, Partner of SG&S
Chairman of the Ocean Institute's Board of Directors, 2005-2007; Board member since 1989. Chairman of the annual home raffle fundraiser for 6 years.
Member of the Board of Trustees' Executive Committee of
SchoolPower, the educational foundation for Laguna Beach's
public school district, 1995 - 2008