Bar Soap in Contra Costa Lawyer’s April 2018 edition

It has been a while since I penned a Bar Soap column. It seems the more news there is to write about, the more anxious I get and the more difficult it is to settle down and write the column. I should do like Herb Caen. That is, write something every day and then decide if it is worth mentioning in a column, as opposed to gathering information in a file for weeks on end, then having to sort through it for inspiration. This is a habit that I better develop soon because I am inundated with reports on verdicts and about to have a lot more fodder for my Jury Verdicts report. As you all know, I have been whining for years about the need for the court system to provide preparation of monthly trial statistics. The good news … Continue reading

Sexual Assault Victims

Our firm has obtained in excess of $25,000,000 in settlements and judgments on behalf of sexual assault victims. Our senior partner Matt Guichard is a former prosecutor and headed the Sexual Assault Unit at the DA’s Office. He has spent most of his legal career advocating for child and adult victims of sexual abuse and sexual assaults. Matt is very sensitive to the physical and psychological damage such victims suffer. Let us know if you would like to meet with us to discuss issues you or a friend might have as a victim of sexual abuse. You can reach Matt at 925.459.8440. Guichard, Teng, Portillo & Garrett can help you.

Giving back to our community

Do you want to do business with a company that gives back to the community? We think it’s important to support our community and that is why Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett gives back both financially and through volunteer hours. We help support a variety of local groups from youth sports to the performing arts to charities to pro bono legal services to community work. It’s the right thing to do. If supporting a local business that supports your community is important to you, consider Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett when you are partnering with a law firm.

Mock Trial Results – 2017

A nice way to give back to the community: Matthew Guichard volunteers each year as a judge for the Contra Costa County Mock Trial Competitions. The competition is in February. The high school students do an incredible job and you can see all the hard work they did. The 2017 mock trial results are in! Congratulations to Miramonte HS for placing 1st. 2nd place went to California HS, followed by Acalanes HS and Alhambra HS. Well done! You can read all about it here:  http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/supe/events/tresults17.html

One Hundred Club of Contra Costa County

Matthew Guichard and Erika Portillo are members of the One Hundred Club of Contra Costa County. In case you don’t know what this club is we’ve posted the below from their website: “The One Hundred Club of Contra Costa County was formed in 1984 by a group of concerned citizens who care about the welfare of families of peace officers and firefighters who lost their lives as a result of and while in the line of duty in Contra Costa County. We are a 501 (C) (3) Exempt Organizatio…n. Upon our formation, we became the sixty-second club formed in the United States.” You can learn more about it here and ways that you can help: http://www.100clubcontracostacounty.org/

Civil Jury Verdicts – October Issue of Contra Costa Lawyer

Civil Jury Verdicts Matt Guichard | Oct 01, 2016 | Comments 0 Indeed it has been some time since I penned the popular Civil Jury Verdicts column. Same old story: Very few attorneys are reporting their jury verdicts to me. I will say, trials are getting out in our Contra Costa Superior Courts, so I know there are cases to report. I also know local lawyers who are going to trial in other venues, including Federal Court. And, I am aware of significant settlements here in Contra Costa Superior Courts, as well as in other venues. I will mention all of those cases in our Civil Jury Verdicts column. You just have to report those cases to me. Sounds like a broken record doesn’t it? Now let’s get down to some case reporting. Moore vs. Wiebe, Case No. S-1500-CV-282514 LHB … Continue reading

Civil Jury Verdicts: June 2014

Now that’s more like it: Attorneys are actually reporting jury verdicts to me. Although I must confess, I did chase down a couple of them myself. As we discussed some time ago, our courts have been severely impacted by the state budget problems. Locally it means trials are taking place in half days and not every day of the week. I spoke with a friend recently who reported a 32-day jury trial, which normally would have been a 10-day trial. Goodness! Wald v. Petrossian, Case No. MSC 12-01549 was tried before the Hon. George Spanos. Scott Sumner represented Plaintiff and David Sidran represented Defendant. The case involved a rear-end accident with admitted liability, but hotly contested medical causation (isn’t that always the case nowadays?). Plaintiff was driving a 1922 Model T and stopped behind traffic. The Model T was hit … Continue reading