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Joshua Burt Named 2013 Rising Star in General Litigation by Super Lawyers – Southern California

The Law Office of Joshua A. Burt and BurtLegal.com are pleased to announce that Joshua Burt has been selected as a Rising Star in General Litigation by Super Lawyers –Southern California.

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Joshua Burt specializes in civil litigation with a focus on employment, personal injury, wrongful death, trademark, copyright, trade dress and rights of publicity law. Mr. Burt’s has represented clients of all sizes and types; ranging from individuals who suffered discrimination at the hands of employers to Fortune 100 companies enforcing intellectual property rights worldwide.

Joshua has represented clients in matters before the Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside County Superior Courts, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Central District of California, Southern District of California, Northern District of California,  Eastern District of Texas, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (including the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board), and the Copyright Office.

Joshua’s diverse experiences and academic background allow him to provide clients with exceptional big firm service at an affordable small firm cost.

For questions or to schedule a consultation, please contact the Law Office of Joshua A. Burt at 805-652-1211 or burtlegal@burtlegal.com or by using the Quick Contact form to the right.

Burt Legal Obtains Settlement for $300,000.00 in Sexual Assault and Employment Harassment Case

Today, The Law Office of Joshua A. Burt secured a $300,000.00 settlement in favor of a young woman who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by the owner and executive of the company she worked for.  The client and employer were in the field marketing the company’s products.  Our client claims the employer repeatedly touched her in inappropriate ways, made vulgar statements, forcibly kissed her, and attempted to pull her pants off and touch her inappropriately.  Fortunately, our client was able to escape before anything else transpired.

Our client then quit her employment and engaged The Law Office of Joshua A. Burt to aid her in the resolution of her case.  After significant negotiations, The Law Office of Joshua A. Burt was able to obtain the $300,000.00 settlement for its client.  Our client expects to use this settlement for her living expenses until she is able to find new employment and as a comfort following this tragic incident.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a physical attack such as a sexual assault, or has been the subject of harassment or discrimination in the workplace, The Law Office of Joshua A. Burt has many years of experience handling such claims.  We have obtained sizable settlements and judgements on behalf of our clients.  Please contact us for a free consultation.

Burt Legal Obtains Judgment For $429,779.00

Today, The Law Office of Joshua A. Burt secured a judgment in favor of its client, Kristine Avalos, in the matter of Avalos v. Wahome, et al. in the sum of $429,779.00 plus attorneys’ fees.  The defendants, Michael Wahome and his companies, subjected Ms. Avalos to terrible sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation during her employment.  Ms. Avalos was the only woman in a business dominated by aggressive and inappropriate men who sought to demoralize Ms. Avalos and make her quit.  When she refused to quit, the targeting of Ms. Avalos both escalated and became more frequent until the defendants ultimately fired her for her complaints.

This judgment will help Ms. Avalos recover from her wrongful termination and inability to work as a result of the traumatic events she suffered while employed by the defendants.

Burt Legal Files Lawsuit against Ensign Energy Services for Sexual Battery, Sexual Orientation Harassment and Wrongful Termination

The Law Office of Joshua A. Burt filed a lawsuit today in Federal Court against Ensign Energy Services, two of its subsidiaries and two of its employees for sexual battery, sexual orientation harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and other related claims.  The complaint alleges that Ensign’s employees accused the Plaintiff of being a homosexual and routinely sexually battered the Plaintiff.  One one occasion, an employee threw Plaintiff to the ground and stripped his outer layer of clothes before grabbing his genitals.  All the while make reference to Plaintiff’s alleged sexual orientation.  Another time, when the employees were staying at a hotel for work, an employee barged into Plaintiff’s hotel room and accosted him while he was taking a shower.  These employees continued to sexually batter and harass Plaintiff on numerous other occasions.  However, Plaintiff’s complaints to management were ignored.  In fact, when Plaintiff made his final complaint, his manager expressed that he didn’t care and promptly fired Plaintiff.  The Plaintiff is seeking damages for lost wages, emotional and physical trauma, and punitive damages.

Burt Legal Featured in the Ventura County Star

The Law Office of Joshua A. Burt was recently featured in the Ventura County Star.  Click here to see what the Star has to say.

Burt Legal Files Suit Against Rite Aid Corp. for Sexual Harassment and Discrimination.

The Law Office of Joshua A. Burt filed a lawsuit today against Rite Aid Corporation and a its District Manager for sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other related claims.  The complaint alleges that a Rite Aid Corporation District Manager required his subordinate to have sex with him in exchange for his supporting her application for a management level position.  However, as part of Rite Aid’s recruitment of Plaintiff, Rite Aid agreed that Plaintiff was being hired as a Manager and only had to go through a short  manager training period prior to assuming that position.   Shortly after beginning her training, the Rite Aid District Manager told Plaintiff she would not get the manager position she was promised.  He then suggested that they have sexual intercourse and implied that he could “help” her obtain the position.  After Plaintiff began refusing her superior’s sexual advances, he began to retaliate against her, filing multiple unfounded complaints against Plaintiff to Rite Aid Human Resources.  Each time, Human Resources found that these complaints were meritless.  However, when Plaintiff attempted to complain to Rite Aid Human Resources regarding the harassment, she was told that they didn’t have the time to even listen to her complaint.  Rite Aid then failed to investigate and the retaliation, discrimination and harassment continued relentlessly.  Ultimately, faced with escalating abuses, Plaintiff was forced to quit and take a lower paying job at another company.  The Plaintiff is seeking damages for lost wages, emotional trauma, and punitive damages.

Joshua Burt Receives Top Rating by the Renowned Martindale-Hubbell Rating Service

The Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating service has announced that it is giving Joshua Burt, the principal of the Law Office of Joshua A. Burt, its top rating, AV Preeminent.  The rating involves an in depth review of the attorney’s experience and ratings from peers in the legal community.

Joshua Burt has been practicing in California since 2002 in the areas of intellectual property, rights of publicity/privacy, entertainment, employment, and personal injury law.  He has provided exceptional legal services to countless clients through the years.

Joshua Burt would like to thank all his clients and colleagues who helped make this recognition possible.

BurtLegal to Move into New Offices in Ventura

The Law Office of Joshua A. Burt is proud to announce that, as of September 6, 2011, the firm will have a new home in Ventura. With the growth in the firm’s business, a larger office became a necessity. The new office will feature a large reception area and conference room for client meetings, depositions, and events.

The office will be located at:

200 East Santa Clara
Suite 220
Ventura, California 93001

With the move, the firm will also have new telephone numbers. The new phone numbers are:

Phone: (805) 652-1211
Toll Free: (888) 245-3312
Fax: (805) 652-1212

The firm will be hosting a reception at the new offices in the coming weeks.

Burt Legal Files Suit Against Vahe Aftandilian for Fraud

The Law Office of Joshua A. Burt filed an adversarial proceeding (the bankruptcy court’s version of a lawsuit) today against Vahe Aftandilian to prevent him from obtaining the discharge of debts he incurred through fraud.  The complaint alleges that Mr. Aftandilian created false profit and loss statements and provided inaccurate proofs of environmental certificates when negotiating the partial sale of a car wash business to the Plaintiff in the case.   The Complaint also alleges, that Mr. Aftandilian also committed breaches of fiduciary duty, embezzlement, and larceny.  As a result, the Plaintiff contends that he was defrauded out of $1.65 million from his family trust account.  The Complaint seeks reimbursement for the lost $1.65 million, interest, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs

Burt Legal Files Lawsuit Against Daisy Brand for Discrimination, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

The Law Office of Joshua A. Burt filed a lawsuit today against Daisy Brand, the well known maker of sour cream and cottage cheese, for harassment, retaliation, wrongful  termination and related claims.  The complaint alleges that a Daisy Brand senior sales manager retaliated against the Plaintiff because she participated in a protected investigation into claims of an improper relationship into his behavior with another employee. Also, the complaint alleges that, following the investigation, the sales manager and President of Daisy Brand discriminated against the Plaintiff based on her sex, age and perceived disability. Following the discrimination and retaliation, the employee became so distraught, she was forced to take medical leave. Daisy Brand then terminated the employee. The plaintiff is seeking damages for lost wages, emotional trauma, and punitive damages.


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