In a decision filed on February 2, 2017, Associate Justice Brian M. Hoffstadt of the Second District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin, remanding the case to the Los Angeles Superior Court for an evidentiary hearing. Steven L. Hogan, Payton E. Garofalo and Julian M. Feldbein-Vinderman represented mother […]
Kurt L. Schmalz, a shareholder in the law firm Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin, APC, and a business litigator and trial lawyer with 33 years of experience, has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (“LCA”).
The “Visitation Bill” which was originally authored by Troy L. Martin and promoted by the Kasem Cares Foundation has been signed into law by the Governors of Wisconsin, Alabama, Virginia, and Louisiana during the 2016 legislative session.
On July 12, 2016, Steve Hogan will moderate, and Troy Martin will speak at the 2016 Annual Appraisal Institute Conference in Cerritos, CA. on the subject of Expert Witness 101 – How MAIs Can Work (Better) with Attorneys. Click HERE for more information and registration.
Troy Martin was recently interviewed for the upcoming documentary Isolated – The Unexpected Epidemic. The documentary, which is being produced by Rose Productions, will discuss the related problems of isolation and elder abuse. Mr. Martin, with the Kasem Cares Foundation, has been working on new legislation in dozens of states to combat isolation by providing […]
On January 21, 2016, the First District Court of Appeal reversed a trial court ~$1,700,000 judgment (plus attorneys’ fees) against a CPA and member of the California Society of CPAs (the “Society”). The Society engaged us to file an Amicus Brief to support the reversal of the verdict against the CPA on the grounds that […]
Once again shareholders Steve Hogan and Kurt Schmalz have been selected by their peers as Southern California “Super Lawyers”. For 2016, Hogan was selected in the Estate and Trust Litigation practice area and Schmalz was selected in the Business Litigation practice area. “Super Lawyers” recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. The […]
It is a heartbreaking but all too common scenario: a person over the age of 65 places their trust in the wrong person and ultimately has that trust betrayed. Now the elder must resort to a financial elder abuse action to return what is rightfully theirs. However, what can the elder do to prevent this […]
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“Extremely valuable real estate divided our family after my father passed away. I needed the best attorney in town, and fortunately was referred to Troy Martin. Troy took a personal interest in my case and patiently pursued a successful settlement strategy rather than high-billing litigation.”
“Troy Martin is a very diligent attorney. Probate litigation is a complicated process and Troy does a good job of explaining things to my clients, making it much easier for me.”
“I gained a lot of confidence in Troy Martin from co-litigating a case with him. He is easy to work with and has a great demeanor for handling trust, estate and probate litigation.”
“When a trusted employee embezzled from me and stole trade secrets, Troy Martin kept me sane. He is patient, kind and very knowledgeable. Troy’s exceptionally clear lawsuit was so easy for the jury to follow that we won the case with a seven figure verdict.”
“I was unsure about pursuing litigation to resolve a long-standing dispute with family members over property. Steve Hogan made me comfortable with the decision to move forward, and we won our case. Steve is very personable and was in-tune with the many issues I was facing throughout the process.”
“It is important for us to work with down-to-earth, honest, respectful attorneys. The attorneys at Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin are all of those things and more.”
“Troy Martin has successfully resolved real estate and trust litigation for my clients. He is very responsive and strategically considers potential outcomes versus potential costs when planning the best path to pursue.”
“Steve Hogan and I have shared a nice reciprocal relationship for over 10 years. He is everything you want in a litigator – innovative, smart, personable and relentless.”
“Kurt Schmalz is a wonderful lawyer. He is meticulous in his legal work and applied his outstanding abilities to win our civil case, write the appeal and then give an extraordinary argument before the court.”
“When I need co-counsel in California, I call Kurt Schmalz. He is smart, knowledgeable and very experienced trying cases in the local courts, which is of great value to me and my clients. Kurt takes the time to understand a case and provides insightful input during every step of the process.”
“Over the years, I’ve used a lot of lawyers for different matters. I like Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin’s high quality service. They are quick and professional and provide excellent value for their rates.
“I originally met Steve Hogan when we were opposing counsel. We developed a trusting relationship and I confidently refer clients with trusts and estate disputes to Steve.”
“Kurt Schmalz is one of the best litigators in Southern California. He is intelligent, careful, results-oriented, and practical in his approach. Kurt is a phenomenal choice for any client.”
“Whenever my firm has a conflict, I confidently refer clients to Steve Hogan because he cares as much about them as I do. He is very tenacious and gets great results. Practicing law is not just a job for Steve, it is his passion.”
“Steve Hogan is my go-to choice when a client needs a Trusts and Estates litigator. He does a tremendous job representing clients and keeps me informed throughout the process.”
“I confidently refer Trust and Estate litigation matters to Steve Hogan for his specific experience in this area. He skillfully pursues the desired outcome, overcoming the challenge of difficult opponents, is timely, and a great communicator.”
“I seriously like Steve Hogan and refer clients who have Trust and Estate litigation issues to him. Steve gets great results and has a reasonable approach to meeting with clients and billing.”
“When my trust and estate planning clients need a litigator, I refer them Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin. The attorneys are experienced, focused and personable, and reduce my clients’ stress levels. Also, the staff is polite and the environment is highly professional.”
“The partners and associates at Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin are amazing attorneys and very down-to-earth. They patiently kept me informed of my options in fighting an employee’s wrongful termination case, and we got a great outcome.”
“I quickly gained confidence in Troy Martin. He listens carefully, is rational in his approach, and thoughtfully explains the calculations behind his communications with the opposing side. Troy achieved our desired outcome by patiently negotiating a settlement, saving us a lot of money in the long run.”
“I call Kurt Schmalz when one of my clients is facing litigation in California. Since he tries a lot of cases, he knows the judges, unique characteristics of various jurisdictions, and the art of picking a jury. He leverages these skills to settle cases when possible, and always is prepared to go to trial if needed.”
“Resolving a complex trust and estate litigation in California from our home in London was challenging. Retaining Steve Hogan to represent us based on a friend’s strong recommendation turned out to be the right decision.”