Practice Areas

  • GENERAL CIVIL
  • LITIGATION
  • CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION
  • PUBLIC ENTITY DEFENSE
  • PERSONAL INJURY
  • INSURANCE DEFENSE
  • ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
  • MUNICIPAL LAW
  • MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
  • PRODUCTS LIABILITY
  • REAL PROPERTY
  • EMPLOYMENT LAW
  • PROFESSIONAL ERRORS AND OMISSION DEFENSE
  • CONTRACT
  • CONSTRUCTION
  • LITIGATION
  • PROBATE
  • ESTATE PLANNING
  • BUSINESS / CORPORATE LAW
  • COMMERCIAL LITIATION
  • APPELLATE PRACTICE

CIVIL LITIGATION: Mitchell, Brisso, Delaney & Vrieze is established as one of northern California's leading civil litigation firms in both state and federal courts, with an emphasis on civil litigation defense matters. The following is an abbreviated list of our civil litigation experience:

  • Civil Rights Litigation: The Firm has extensive experience representing public entities and employers in federal and state courts in actions claiming constitutional violations, sexual harassment, and age, gender and disability discrimination, including claims brought under 42 U.S.C. - 1983, RICO, Title VII, ADA and FEHA.
  • Public Entity Defense: We have advised and represented Humboldt and Del Norte Counties since 1979, as well as the City of Eureka, community college districts, local school districts and numerous other pubic and quasi-public entities.
  • Insurance Defense: Approximately 85% of our practice is insurance defense related, including auto accident liability, slip and fall, defective condition, aggravated liability and intentional torts.
  • Personal Injury: Our civil defense practice is complemented by our select representation of those who have been injured due to the negligent or intentional conduct of another.
  • Medical Malpractice: The Firm has an established reputation in medical malpractice litigation through our representation of local hospitals.
  • Products Liability: The Firm's experience with products liability litigation was developed through the successful representation of manufacturers, distributors and operators of a variety of product lines.
  • Employment Law: Public entities, local businesses and individual employers alike have relied on our counseling and representation regarding a broad range of employment issues in the administrative, state and federal forums.
  • Professional Errors and Omission Defense: The Firm has extensive experience representing professionals in all matters involving errors and omission coverage.
  • Contract: We have handled a wide variety of contract disputes in most, if not all, of our practice areas, including commercial/business contracts, contracts involving real property, construction, employment and insurance policies/contracts.
  • Construction Litigation: Our Firm has successfully handled a variety of construction related cases, including contract, defect and personal injury. These include major public works construction projects such as sewer systems and public buildings, representing owners, engineers and contractors.

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION AND BUSINESS PRACTICE: The Firm counsels and represents business clients regarding many commercial litigation matters, including contract enforcement and unfair business practices. The Firm is experienced in handling a wide range of matters affecting corporations and businesses, including the formation and dissolution of corporations, partnerships and other business entities. The Firm counsels business clients on employment practice issues, including employment disputes and litigation, employee handbook and personnel policy formation, and general employer obligations.

REAL PROPERTY PRACTICE: The Firm maintains an active real property litigation practice, and counsels clients on a wide range real property matters, including buy-sell agreements, easement and license agreements, boundary line disputes, and nuisance abatement issues.

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW: Mitchell, Brisso, Delaney and Vrieze has represented clients in the administrative process, including labor board proceedings, and has counseled public and quasi-public entities during the administrative proceedings.

MUNICIPAL LAW: The Firm has advised and represented local municipalities regarding a variety of municipal law issues and has served as acting City Attorney for the cities of Eureka, Fortuna and Trinidad.

ESTATE PLANNING AND PROBATE: The Firm's long history and its ties to the community are reflected in its strong estate planning and probate practice. Each estate planning client is counseled individually to ensure that the most economically sound plan is developed. The Firm is experienced in establishing trusts, wills and conservatorships and probating estates.

APPELLATE PRACTICE: The Firm has successfully handled appeals in essentially all of the above described practice areas. Our appellate experience includes petitions and appeals to California Superior Courts, California Court of Appeals, California Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

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