Fair Housing Law. CSA defends homeowner associations, apartment housing owners/tenants, and others, regarding tenant and/or homeowner issues. We have successfully defended, advised and trained housing accommodations in the area of fair housing law.
ADA Handicap Access. Corfee Stone & Associates provides advice regarding handicap accessibility to owners and operators of businesses, landlords, and tenants. We have significant knowledge regarding state and federal disabled access codes, including, but not limited to, restrooms, parking lots, path of travel issues, and interior/exterior access and can survey your building for compliance with these codes. See our case list for a sample of the types of businesses we have represented. We also handle ADA issues regarding leases between landlords and tenants. See our “In the News” articles regarding the ADA.
By Exclusively Focusing on these three areas of law and acquiring special knowledge of the commonalities between these civil rights disciplines, we can offer our clients creativity and insight into the most effective legal positions it takes to win cases.
Employment Law. One area of our practice includes employment law advice, defending wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, violations of public policy, unfair competition, wage and hour disputes, and other similar employment-related lawsuits. We advise as well as defend against ADA disability discrimination claims, requests for reasonable accommodations, substance/alcohol abuse and testing matters, privacy issues, federal and state family leave law, trade secrets, non-competition agreements, and more. CSA also advises employers regarding policies and practices to encourage positive employee relations in order to potentially avoid litigation.
Corfee Stone & Associates (CSA) is unique in that the attorneys perform their own ADA Site Inspections to potentially protect your business from an ADA Lawsuit. We have extensive knowledge and experience litigation the ADA and its codes, the defenses/exemptions, and also how the Courts are interpreting them, unlike other ADA experts and CASps, who are not ADA attorneys.
Our reports are protected by the attorney-client privilege. After you perform our recommendations, then we select you a good experienced CASp to prepare you’re A + report after any mistakes/oversights are corrected.
CSA performs global surveys with knowledge of how the codes apply, solutions that could work, changes that do not need to be made per the case law and our experienced litigation of ADA law. Pro-active work may help you to potentially avoid an ADA lawsuit. Our ADA Inspections includes any one or all of the following depending on your needs:
h Performing an ADA site inspection and applying the applicable Federal and California Access Codes
h Legal analysis of ADA law and legal defenses as to your property
h Provide options for possible equivalent facilitations
h Provide strategic legal advice per case law, the statutes, regulations, DOJ opinions, etc.
h Review your building permits to assess potential liability under the ADA “alteration” standard to see if it applies to determine which year of the codes apply, and to identify any triggers of required ADA improvements. This helps with your priority of ADA changes to make.
h Communicate with contractors/workers/vendors to ensure accurate work is performed, trouble shoot and/or discuss other solutions A minor mistake or change from the actual codes could cost you a lawsuit.
h Provide recommended vendors, and ADA product information.
h Work with local building officials to apply for any undue hardship exemption
h Help you handle complaints, letters or verbal, by disabled individuals regarding lack of disabled access.
Date Added: July 26, 2017
Corfee Stone ADA Site Inspection and Reports
Northern and Southern California
ADA Attorneys who Perform ADA Access Site Surveys
*SITE INSPECTIONS FOR ADA ACCESS COMPLIANCE
*CONFIDENTIAL ADA REPORTS/RECOMMENDATIONS
*PROVIDE ANALYSIS OF LAW AND STRATEGIES
*PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS
*REFER TO CASP AND/OR OTHER VENDORS
*SUGGEST PRODUCTS, MATERIALS AND RESOURCES
THERE ARE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH HIRING “NON-ATTORNEY” CASPS. CORFEE STONE IS AWARE THAT CALIFORNIA CERTIFIED ACCESS SPECIALISTS (CASp) ARE NECESSARY FOR CERTAIN STATE LAW PROCEDURES AND SOME CALIFORNIA DEFENSES. CORFEE STONE WILL OFTEN USE A CASp BUT ONLY AFTER CORFEE STONE FIRST SEES AND INSPECTS THE FACILITY TO KNOW THE “FACTS.”
Corfee Stone does not believe it is beneficial for a law firm or attorney to rely on the eyes of another for ADA inspections, or to solely know the Federal and California disabled access codes. Corfee Stone believes its attorneys must learn and know the codes for effective representation. Some ADA attorneys hire out and rely exclusively on the CASp for interpretation and application of the Federal ADA and/or California Title 24 disabled access codes. Corfee Stone does not also describe something as non-compliant with the code as a “violation” because it is not. When a disabled person goes to your business to set you up to for a lawsuit for greenbacks, you have not violated anyone’s civil rights. It was not intended to be a get rich scheme or business for disabled plaintiffs and new attorneys to make money. The ADA stature requires that a disabled person have must be able to enjoy the public accommodation's goods, services and/or facilities like a bona fide non-disabled patron, not set up a lawsuit to remove barriers. S:\My Documents\sec\web 2017\CSA site inspections ADA blog.docx
At Corfee Stone, we are attorneys who litigate the ADA codes and California Title 24 access codes in either Federal and/or California State court. We know the case law, the court’s interpretations of the codes, the defenses, the exceptions, and the gray areas. Many CASps will throw the code book at you as if all applies. Every case is, however, different, and not every code applies.
AT CORFEE STONE, WE ARE ATTORNEYS ACTIVELY LITIGATING ADA ACCESS CASES FILED AGAINST PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS, BUSINESSES, LANDLORDS, TENANTS, TIMESHARES, HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS, SOLE PROPRIETORS, CORPORATIONS, APARTMENT COMPLEXES, MOBILE HOME PARKS, ETC. WE KNOW MOST OF THE DISABLED WHO SUE AND THEIR COUNSEL. WE THEREFORE KNOW THEIR STRATEGIES, AND THE ISSUES THEY WILL RAISE OVER ALLEGED BARRIERS.
MEASURING FOR CODES COMPLIANCE IS ONE THING, BUT KNOWING YOUR DEFENSES, ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS, EQUIVALENT FACILITATIONS, THE EXCEPTIONS AND THE JUDGES’ INTERPRETATIONS OF THE ACCESS CODES ARE FAR MORE CRITICAL.
CORFEE STONE OFFERS:
1. PRE-LAWSUIT PROACTIVE HELP: We Conduct Pre-Lawsuit Site Inspections, Confidential Compliance Reports, Make Recommended Changes, Identify Some Solutions, Analyze Defenses and Provide Pre-Lawsuit Strategies.
2. WE WORK WITH YOUR CASp EXPERT: If you have hired a CASp, we work with him/her on the site inspection/project regarding legal compliance with the ADA and Title 24 of the California Building Code pursuant to the legal standards, i.e., ADA readily achievable standard, the ADA defenses, equivalent facilitation, alterations and/or brand new construction.
3. WE WORK WITH ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS: in the design phase, we consult with your architects and engineers to double check legal application of the codes and/or exceptions and defenses that could apply. S:\My Documents\sec\web 2017\CSA site inspections ADA blog.docx
Whether or not you have been sued, Corfee Stone can help you potentially avoid a lawsuit and/or defend you against one. If you need a site inspection and confidential report, please contact Ms. Catherine Corfee at 916-487-5441 for a confidential meeting.
Catherine M. Corfee, Esq. Corfee Stone & Associates Tel: 916-487-5441
CATHERINE M. CORFEE, ESQ.
ADA ACCESS, EMPLOYMENT LAW, & FAIR HOUSING LAW ATTORNEYS