Located in Beverly Hills, California, Attorney Maria E. Hall represents clients in civil lawsuits, most often in the areas of civil rights, business, employment and real estate law.
• CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION
"Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights."
~ Bob Marley and Peter Tosh
Civil rights include freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly, along with the right to equality in public places and other constitutional rights. Civil rights lawsuits often involve claims that a person was discriminated against and/or harassed simply because he or she belongs to, for example, sex discrimination, race discrimination, discrimination based on religion, and discrimination based on age or disability.
Other civil rights lawsuit may involve freedom of speech and assembly, which in turn, may involve claims of defamation or slander. In California, "Anti-SLAPP motions" ("Special Motions to Strike") can bar defamation claims against a person exercising his or her free speech rights.
Attorney Hall has years of experience handling civil rights cases of all types, and accepts a limited number on a pro bono* or contingency fee** basis for lower-income clients.
• BUSINESS & INVESTMENT LITIGATION
"This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world,
because business is going to change more in the next 10
years than it has in the last 50."
~ Bill Gates
A troubled economy, combined with technology changing at warp speed, has led to both tragedies and opportunities for California entrepreners and investors. In 2009, real estate disputes and banking took center stage. In 2010, former partners started fighting with each other over business partnerships, co-ventures, and investments. Friends and even family members who went into business together "on a handshake" years ago suddenly found themselves suing, and being sued by, each other because their money disappeared.
As the "pie shrinks," Attorney Maria Hall has been fighting for justice for those who lost money -- sometimes their entire life savings -- to unscrupulous business partners and "investment advisors" who acted negligently, or worse -- were guilty of fraud. Legal remedies are available for victims of fraud and ponzi-type schemes, such as civil lawsuits, working with law enforcement, and even tax relief for victims of pyramid-type investment schemes. These kinds of legal issues are not only complex, but are also very emotional. Attorney Hall guides her clients through the legal process in a nonjudgmental and supportive manner.
Attorney Hall also provides invaluable advice to clients before they enter into a business or investment. She conducts background searches, drafts ironclad written contracts, and provides guidance to help clients avoid potential legal problems in the future.
• EMPLOYMENT LAW
"If it wasn't for baseball, I'd be in either the penitentiary or
~ Babe Ruth
Few things are more satisfying in life than finding a job you love and doing it well. And few things are more necessary than finding and keeping work to support one's family. Unfortunately, sometimes great people lose their jobs through no fault of their own, because of ignorant prejudices or other unlawful conduct by the people in charge.
Attorney Hall represents employees who have experienced harassment and/or discrimination on-the-job due to their race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation, as well as wrongful termination.
Attorney Hall represents clients who have disputes over employment contracts (including independent contractors), and also is available to consult with employers about drafting and implementing employment handbooks and training procedures, which are excellent ways employers can protect themselves from lawsuits.
• REAL ESTATE LITIGATION
"Buy land, they're not making it anymore."
~ Mark Twain
Attorney Hall represents sellers and buyers of real property in lawsuits, as well as real estate brokers and escrow officers. She has successfully negotiated with homeowners associations on behalf of her clients. She worked for many years specifically in the area of housing rights and has defended tenants in eviction proceedings, as well as representing tenants suing slumlords and landlords for discrimination, wrongful eviction, and breaches of California's implied warranty of habitability.
• BUSINESS AND REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS
"A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on."
~ Samuel Goldwyn
Attorney Hall's transactional law practice includes assisting clients involved in mergers and acquisitions, financings, real estate purchases and sales, tax deferred exchanges and loan work-outs.
• ANIMAL RIGHTS AND ADVOCACY
"He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his
dealings with man. We can judge the heart of a man by his
treatment of animals."
~ Immanuel Kant
Attorney Hall provides pro bono* legal assistance to nonprofit organizations in the area of animal rescue and advocacy, particularly groups that rescue dogs in danger of being euthanized in shelters. Such work has included providing legal consultation, negotiating with landlords and homeowners groups to allow pets, reviewing contracts, and assisting with the filing of 501(c)(3) paperwork.
* "Pro bono" means work undertaken voluntarily and without payment or at a reduced fee as a public service.
** A contingency, or partial contingency, fee is typically where a client pays no attorney's fees upfront, and only pays attorney's fees if there is a successful outcome, such as a trial victory or settlement. However, a client is usually responsible to pay some upfront costs, such as court filing fees, deposition transcripts, etc.
Please Note: The information on this website is not legal advice. Nothing here is meant or intended to create an attorney client relationship. For specific legal advice relating to your situation, contact our office and make an appointment to speak with an attorney. Maria E. Hall is licensed to practice law in the State of California, State Bar No. 229062.