• Coblentz Recognized for Pro Bono Services by Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

    Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP was honored with the 2017 Keta Taylor Colby Award for pro bono service from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR). Coblentz Pro Bono Committee chair Howard Slavitt and committee member Mark Hejinian accepted the award on the firm’s behalf at the LCCR 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Luncheon at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

    Each year, LCCR honors select partners for exceptional advocacy on behalf of their clients and in support of their mission to advance civil rights. The Keta Taylor Colby Award is presented to a legal partner who provides outstanding representation to the poor and under-represented through involvement in the Second Chance Legal Clinic, which addresses the civil consequences of the disproportionate representation of people of color and low-income affected by the criminal justice system.

    Of the firm’s pro bono efforts, LCCR noted, “Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass has excelled in its pro bono representation of low income and marginalized individuals. Last year, under Howard Slavitt’s leadership as co-chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, Coblentz made significant pro bono contributions in a variety of program areas, including Election Protection, Legal Services for Entrepreneurs, and Asylum.

    Most notably, Coblentz has also been an especially dedicated partner for the Second Chance Clinic. 27 of the firm’s attorneys represented 16 Clinic clients helping to remove barriers to employment and reopen the doors of opportunity for the clients and their families. Among the firm’s outstanding pro bono team, Mark Hejinian particularly excelled in his dedication of time and commitment to access to justice for all. For example, he diligently worked to assist a mother of a special needs child to clear legal hurdles preventing her from securing her license as a registered nurse. His dedication and legal advocacy made it possible for the client to secure employment to provide for her family.”

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  • Plan for the Extra Cost: Increased Prop W Transfer Tax is in Effect

    As we previously reported, on November 8, 2016, the voters of the City and County of San Francisco passed Proposition W (Real Estate Transfer Tax on Properties Over $5 Million) increasing real property transfer taxes. Effective December 27, 2016, the Real Property Transfer Tax is raised as follows:

    • From the current rate of 2% to 2.25% for properties with a value or consideration of at least $5,000,000 and less than $10,000,000;
    • From the current rate of 2.50% to 2.75% for properties with a value or consideration of at least  $10,000,000 and less than $25,000,000; and
    • From the current rate of 2.50%  to 3% for properties with a value or consideration of at least  $25,000,000 or more.

    Download a copy of the Transfer Tax Affidavit here.

  • Katharine Van Dusen Elevated to Partner

    Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP is pleased to announce the election of Katharine Van Dusen to the firm’s partnership. This promotion is effective January 1, 2017.

    “We are delighted to welcome Katharine to the Coblentz partnership,” said Alan Gennis, co-managing partner. “Katharine has been a star in our litigation group since joining us from her clerkship, and has always demonstrated extraordinary client service, legal excellence and a sincere commitment to pro bono matters. She is a prime example of the values we represent at Coblentz. We look forward to Katharine’s continued growth and success at the firm.”

    Katharine Van Dusen is an experienced litigator who focuses on complex business and commercial disputes in state and federal courts. Katharine represents clients in a range of matters, including consumer class actions, construction and real estate disputes, and business disputes. She has also represented pro bono clients in immigration proceedings, unlawful detainer actions and debt collection cases. Katharine earned her law degree cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. She received her A.B. in political science and German from the University of Michigan.

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