Friedemann Goldberg LLP is pleased to announce a recent major victory for its clients in federal court whereby the Court granted summary judgment in favor of a local community bank and its president, disposing of all claims against them.

The litigation was commenced by a Native American Tribe involving allegations of theft of Tribal funds by former personnel of the Tribe. The Tribe alleged that the former Tribal personnel stole money from Tribal bank accounts, including bank accounts held at the bank. The Tribe alleged that the bank aided the theft of Tribal funds from Tribal bank accounts and that the bank defendants knew of and actively assisted the theft of Tribal funds.

In granting summary judgment, the Court found, among other things, that Plaintiffs provided “no facts” that the bank defendants “knew of or actively assisted” the theft of Tribal funds.


We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Tier 1 Gold Ranking for Trusts & Estates Law in the Santa Rosa Metro Area by US News & World Report and Best Lawyers. This is the fifth consecutive year that the firm has been recognized as a Tier 1 firm in this area.

U.S. News and Best Lawyers, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, jointly issued the report, which rated more than 10,000 firms nationwide. Their findings were based on client and lawyer evaluations, peer review and other factors and rated the firm’s level of expertise, responsiveness, cost-effectiveness, integrity and civility.


We are happy to announce that we will host David Abramson, Principal of SDA Ventures LLC, in an MCLE Q&A discussion titled "Inside the Mind of the Corporate Client." The event, which includes a catered lunch, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa. Reservations are required. One hour of MCLE credit will be awarded to attorneys who attend. To reserve a space or receive more information, please contact Danell Opel at


Attorneys Kyle Fisher and Mia Shirley recently gave a Continuing Legal Education presentation titled "Contract Drafting with an Eye on Litigation." The presentation gave a transactional and litigation perspective on some of the important aspects of commercial agreement.


Five Friedemann Goldberg attorneys were recently honored as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars by SuperLawyers Magazine for 2016. Partners John Friedemann, Steven Goldberg and Ronald Wargo were honored as Super Lawyers by the publication, an honor reserved for less than 5 percent of attorneys in a region.

Associate attorneys John MacLeod and Mia Shirley were named Rising Stars by the magazine, which signifies lawyers who are under 40 years of age and exhibit great skill and professionalism in their areas of practice. This award is given to less than 2.5 percent of attorneys in a region.


Attorney Mia R. Shirley recently wrote an article about “Legal Tips for Women Starting Businesses” for the North Bay Business Journal. The article examined aspects that women face when starting a business, specifically relating to acquiring certification, building a strong business foundation, protecting assets, and identifying opportunities.


Friedemann Goldberg attorneys Kyle Fisher and John MacLeod recently delivered a Continuing Education of the Bar presentation on the differences between civil and probate litigation. The presentation focused on the important procedural and practical similarities and differences in civil and probate cases.

Friedemann Goldberg LLP is a certified legal education provider by the State Bar of California.


Preparing our children for the increasingly technological world in which we live is crucial to forming healthy and happy communities. Partnership between educational institutions and the business community will form strong bonds of cooperation and give our kids the best chance to be ahead of the curve academically when they go out into the world.

That is why Friedemann Goldberg LLP is proud to be a sponsor of ieSonoma 2016 and support its mission of innovation and education in the 21st century. At Friedemann Goldberg, we value the future of our family. That is why we continue to support our youth through educational programs, internships, athletic events, and contributions to the arts.

We hope ieSonoma will continue its contributions to the areas of innovation and education for many years to come.


Friedemann Goldberg LLP attorneys Kyle M. Fisher and David M. Meeker recently delivered a Continuing Education of the Bar presentation on nuisance and trespass laws titled "Don't Fence Me In." The presentation examined the spite fences and legislation, injunctive relief, easement and license matters, and settlement considerations.

Friedemann Goldberg is a California State Bar registered legal education provider. Our attorneys provide numerous lectures, presentations and forums throughout the year.


Partner Steve Goldberg delivered a lecture on the “Importance of Estate Planning” at the Brain Support Network’s “Dementia and Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference” on Nov. 14 in Santa Rosa. The conference was a free event for caregivers of people with dementia diseases and focused on sharing techniques for quality care and quality of life for loved ones affected by dementia.


The attorneys and staff of Friedemann Goldberg LLP are pleased to announce that the firm has won its fifth consecutive award as one of the “Best Places to Work in the North Bay.”

The honor, which is awarded by the North Bay Business Journal, is compiled through anonymous employee surveys that polled the credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie of the company.

“The key to success is to create a work environment where you want to go every day, and one where your colleagues will want to go every day,” said managing partner John Friedemann.


Friedemann Goldberg is pleased to welcome Christopher M. Haws to the firm as an associate attorney. Mr. Haws will practice in the areas of estate planning and tax law.

Mr. Haws is a graduate of Tulane Law School, graduating cum laude with Trial Advocacy Honors. While in law school, he was the articles editor of the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Prior to studying law, Mr. Haws worked in the financial and banking industry. He also has served as a volunteer with Lawyers Without Borders and taught English in South Korea.


Friedemann Goldberg partner Steven Goldberg has been named “Lawyer of the Year” for Trusts & Estates in the Santa Rosa Metro Area by the publication Best Lawyers in America. The award marks the second time that Mr. Goldberg has been recognized for the prestigious award for the Santa Rosa metro area.

The nomination process for the award, which relies exclusively on peer recommendation and review, is a reflection of the professional opinion of leading trust and estate lawyers in the North Bay area.


Friedemann Goldberg LLP associate attorney Mia Shirley was recently selected to serve as a founding Task Force member of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board’s Year of the Entrepreneur Project.

Ms. Shirley will assist in creating a year-long effort focused on developing, supporting, and celebrating entrepreneurship in Sonoma County. Through her participation, she will help the local entrepreneurial ecosystem through this first-of-its-kind project, which focuses on addressing the hurdles that mid-size businesses face.


Three Friedemann Goldberg attorneys were recently recognized for their legal expertise by a national publication. Partners John Friedemann, Steven Goldberg and Ronald Wargo were named Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers Magazine.

For Mr. Goldberg, the award represents the 11 consecutive honors by the publication. Mr. Friedemann has been recognized 10 times as a Super Lawyer, and Mr. Wargo has been recognized twice, having twice been named a Rising Star by the magazine.


Friedemann Goldberg LLP partner Stephanie Barber Hess was recently named one of the North Bay’s most influential Women in Business by the North Bay Business Journal. The award recognizes the top female executives and entrepreneurs in Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties.

Ms. Hess is the head of Friedemann Goldberg’s bankruptcy/creditors’ rights and probate litigation practices. She also focuses on business and commercial litigation, and trust administration. Contact her at or at (707) 543-4900.

Building A Healthier Workplace


August is Childhood Obesity/Finding the Perfect Physician Match Month, and Friedemann Goldberg LLP encourages our employees talk to their doctor about youth fitness and regular checkups. As children prepare to return to school, it is important to make sure our children have the best opportunity for happy and healthy lives.

At Friedemann Goldberg, we believe that one of the most important parts of our job is to nurture a healthy environment for our employees, clients and their families. This, in turn, makes our community a healthier and happier place to live for all.

As part of our firm’s commitment to providing a healthy workplace and promoting healthy living, we have partnered with St. Joseph Health and Live Healthy Wine Country on the Workplace Health Initiative. The plan focuses on improving the health of all Sonoma County residents by reducing and eliminating health risks.

We hope you will join us in participating in Childhood Obesity/Finding the Perfect Physician Match Month and help make Northern California a healthier place to live.


Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter   Follow us on LinkedIn

© 2017 friedemann goldberg llp
420 Aviation Blvd., STE. 201, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Ph: 707-543-4900 Fax: 707-543-4910