William T. McLaughlin II has become a shareholder at Lang, Richert & Patch.

Lang, Richert & Patch proudly announces William T. McLaughlin II has become a shareholder of the law firm. Mr. McLaughlin has over 25 years of experience representing clients in complex litigation matters in state and federal courts, both at the trial and appellate levels. He graduated magna cum laude from California Baptist College, and earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1984. He is dual-board certified in Civil Pretrial Practice and Civil Trial … [Read more...]

A Comparison of Avoiding Powers Under California Business Liquidation Strategies

by René Lastreto II1 and Michael J. Gomez2 Those that deal with a troubled business on the verge of liquidation must be aware of the risks. Most are aware that payment of “old” invoices or accounts just prior to filing a bankruptcy may result in preference liability for the business that has collected on the “old” account. But there are other options available to a liquidating business under California law. Two of those non-bankruptcy options are Assignments for Benefit of Creditors and … [Read more...]

Comparing Liquidation Strategies for Troubled Businesses: Stays or Lack of Stay of Enforcement of Creditors Claims

by René Lastreto II1 and Michael J. Gomez2 A troubled business that must be liquidated has some options depending on several circumstances. Obviously, many factors must be considered in choosing the best option for the business, the equity holders in the business and the creditors. This article explores one consideration-stays of creditor enforcement measures. The Assignment for Benefit of Creditors, Receiverships and Bankruptcy each provide different mechanisms for relief from creditor … [Read more...]

Ana de Alba Joins the California Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors

We are proud to announce that Ana de Alba's nomination to the California Bar Foundation's Board of Directors was recently approved by the California State Bar Board of Trustees and her term will run from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014. The Foundation's mission is to build a better justice system for all Californians by championing full and equal access to the justice system; investing in the next generation of California's lawyers; educating Californians about their rights and … [Read more...]

Lang, Richert & Patch a Blue Ribbon Donor at 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Lang, Richert & Patch attorneys and staff participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Woodward Park. The firm joined thousands of Fresno residents who walked to support the American Cancer Society's efforts to raise money to fund breast cancer research, support services for women diagnosed with breast cancer and community outreach projects providing greater access to mammograms. Lang, Richert & Patch, having raised over $1000 towards the cause, was recognized as a Blue … [Read more...]

Ana de Alba, 2012 Jack Berman Award of Achievement Recipient

The Annual California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) Individual Award of Achievement for Distinguished Service to the Profession and the Public was established in 1992 to recognize the substantial achievements of a young lawyer. In 1993, the CYLA Board of Directors renamed the award in memory of Jack Berman who was killed in the 101 California Street (San Francisco) shooting earlier that year. Mr. Berman was a young lawyer who demonstrated outstanding service to the profession and the public, … [Read more...]

Mark L. Creede, Champion of Justice

The Central Calfornia Legal Services is honoring Mark L. Creede as a Champion of Justice. The Champions of Justice honors individuals who demonstrate a faithful dedication to ensuring all people have equal and meaningful access to justice. Mr. Creede was selected because under his leadership, Lang, Richert & Patch has become the most well known and respected firm in the Central Valley committed to providing pro bono legal assistance. It is an especially fitting award as Lang, Richert & Patch … [Read more...]

Fresno Attorneys receive 2012 Super Lawyer and Rising Star Honors

Lang, Richert & Patch is proud to recognize its 2012 recipients of the Super Lawyer and Rising Star awards. Every year, the San Francisco-based publication Law and Politics honors outstanding lawyers across seventy practice areas who have attained a high level of professional achievement and peer recognition. The Super Lawyer honors are bestowed upon attorneys only after a multi-phased process that includes nomination and evaluation by peers as well as research by an independent source. Only top … [Read more...]

Jane Addams Elementary School Students Receive New School Supplies

Thirty-five elementary school students at Jane Addams Elementary school in southwest Fresno started the 2011-2012 school year with brand new school supplies thanks to employees at Lang, Richert & Patch. Remembering the excitement and joy that having new school supplies brings to young children, employees eagerly purchased numerous boxes of crayons, markers, pencils, erasers, filler paper, scissors, to fill thirty-five brand new backpacks donated by the attorneys at the firm. After … [Read more...]

Lang, Richert & Patch Recognized as a Five Star Donor

The Fresno County Bar Association recognized Lang, Richert & Patch as a Book'Em Book Drive Five Star Donor during a recent monthly luncheon. The Fresno Bar Association teamed up with the United Way to encourage Central Valley law firms to collect books to provide to local schools through the "Book'Em" Book Drive. The employees at Lang, Richert & Patch are committed to improving their community and quickly mobilized to meet the need. They feverishly looked for books in their homes, … [Read more...]