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Listen, Learn, Face Change & Find Your Balance

From its inception, Whitney, Thompson & Jeffcoach has been a women-owned firm. Fresno business litigation attorneys Mandy Jeffcoach, Niki Cunningham, Marshall Whitney, and Tim Thompson joined together in 2018 with the intention of building a firm dedicated to serving clients with the highest quality of legal representation …


Families First Coronavirus Response Act

In response to the COVID19 outbreak, the federal government has passed emergency legislation known as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”), enacted on March 18, 2020.


Understanding How the Executive Order on COVID-19 Protects Businesses

With all of the evolving news surrounding the novel coronavirus, we wanted to take a moment and let our business clients know there are some silver linings in an Executive Order that was signed Monday, March 16, 2020, by Governor Newsom.

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Local law firm Whitney, Thompson & Jeffcoach has hired three new attorneys to join their team. Carl Refuerzo, Partner, Courtney McKeever, Partner, and Anna Barcus Allen, Associate, join the firm with nearly 50 years of combined experience in transactional business law.

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Retired Justice Joins Whitney, Thompson & Jeffcoach

Whitney, Thompson & Jeffcoach is proud to announce their newest addition, Justice James Ardaiz, retired Administrative Presiding Justice from California’s Fifth District Court of Appeal. Prior to joining the WTJ team, he was with Baker, Manock & Jensen PC in Fresno since 2011. “I am pleased to join Whitney Thompson & Jeffcoach, an innovative law …


Buy Your Kid a Pony and Recover Attorney’s Fees

By Will Jackson Well, kind of. In the U.S., each side usually pays its own attorney’s fees, unless a contract or statute provides otherwise. Code of Civil Procedure section 1021.9 falls under this second exception to the general rule. It allows attorney’s fees for the prevailing plaintiff in an action to recover damages to personal …


Changes for Healthcare Employees

The California Supreme Court Confirms Healthcare Employees’ Choice to Waive Second Meal Period and Provides Clarity To Healthcare Employers By Alyson Berg & Daniel Aisaka On December 10, 2018, the California Supreme Court handed a victory to both healthcare employers and their employees, upholding the ability of certain healthcare employees to voluntarily waive their second …


Ministerial Exception Not Applicable

Ninth circuit finds no application of the “ministerial exception” to ADA claim of teacher at religious school By Alyson Berg Recently, the Ninth Circuit in Biel v. St James School, 911 F. 3d 603 (9th Cir. 2018) held that the “ministerial exception,” an affirmative defense to employment claims for religious employers, did not apply to …


New Disclosure Requirements for Mediation

By Marshall Whitney & Mandy Jeffcoach The California Supreme Court in Cassell v. Superior Court (Wasserman, Comden, Casselman & Pearson LLP) (2010) 51 Cal.4th 113, held that the mediation confidentiality encompasses discussions between the attorney and the client, and therefore, the confidentiality provisions of Evidence Code 1115 barred any evidence of what was discussed between …

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Four Partners Leave McCormick Barstow to Establish New Firm

Whitney, Thompson & Jeffcoach, LLP FRESNO, Calif. (February 9, 2018) — Fresno business litigation attorneys Marshall Whitney, Tim Thompson, Mandy Jeffcoach, and Niki Cunningham are leaving McCormick Barstow to establish a new boutique litigation firm named Whitney, Thompson & Jeffcoach, LLP (WTJ), bringing years of experience together to create a new legal practice. The WTJ …

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McCormick Barstow Partners Form New Women-Owned Law Firm

Fresno Business Journal Four partners with Fresno law firm McCormick Barstow have struck out on their own to form a new boutique firm that will be majority women-owned. Former McCormick partners Tim Thompson, Marshall Whitney, Mandy Jeffcoach and Niki Cunningham have joined forces to establish Whitney, Thompson & Jeffcoach. The attorneys have years of trial …

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The Latest with WTJ

The attorneys at WTJ have been busy—outside of their normal careers, WTJ lawyers are always dedicating themselves to serve the community, and this time, that has resulted in an award and a speaking engagement for two of our partners, Mandy Jeffcoach and Marshall Whitney. Mandy Jeffcoach recently received an award from the court for her …

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WTJ Attorneys Receive Recognition for Excellence in Industry

Northern California Super Lawyers releases 2018 selections FRESNO, Calif. (July 31, 2018) — Whitney, Thompson & Jeffcoach is pleased to announce that all five of the firm’s partners, as well as one associate, have been selected as 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. Marshall Whitney and Tim Thompson have been named on the …

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WTJ Attorneys Continue to be Recognized for Excellence in Industry

Northern California Super Lawyers Releases 2020 Selections Whitney, Thompson & Jeffcoach is pleased to announce that seven of the firm’s partners, as well as one of counsel attorney and one associate, have been selected as 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. Mandy Jeffcoach has been selected to be on the list of Top …


Victories & Verdicts

Whitney, Thompson & Jeffcoach is always proud to share the recent accomplishments of our firm, especially when they pertain to our work and expertise. See some of our most recent trial and settlement wins below. Practice Area: Fraud/Financial Elder Abuse Date: March 2019 Attorneys: Tim Thompson & Niki Cunningham Description: Tim and Niki recently prevailed …

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