“A Tradition of Principled Advocacy.”

Practice Areas

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    • Medical Malpractice
      • You or a member of your family can suffer injury as a result of medical negligence, which can include surgical error, failure to properly diagnose, or lack of informed consent.   If you believe that you or a family member has been injured as a result of medical negligence, contact us for a free consultation. Our office is skilled in handling claims against physicians, nurses, hospitals and pharmacists. We have successfully represented both adults and children in medical negligence claims.  
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    • Wrongful Death
      • If you have lost a loved one due to an accident of any kind or through medical negligence, please contact us for a free consultation. Your case will be handled with compassion, respect, diligence, and promptness. If necessary, we shall meet with you at your home, at our offices, or in the hospital, including nights or weekends. We specialize in wrongful death cases and focus on the emotional as well as the economic issues facing families who are going through this devastating experience. 
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    • Motor Vehicle Accidents
      • Accidents are a part of our daily life. However, if you or a family member has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact us for a free consultation about your rights in dealing with your own insurance company and your prospects for being fully compensated for any injuries.  Sometimes the insurance companies will tell you that “you don’t need a lawyer.”  Don’t believe it.  And before you proceed to any settlement, arbitration, or mediation with any insurance company, contact us so that we can assist you in protecting your rights. 
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    • Products Liability
      • Defective products inflict a wide range of injuries on unsuspecting consumers. From your lawnmower to your toothpaste, you can be injured by defects in the manufacture, design, and content of any product.  And the injuries can range from minor to severe, or worse.  If you feel that you or a family member has been injured by using a consumer product, call us for a free consultation.  
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    • Defamation Libel and Slander
      • Your reputation is essential to the success of your professional and personal life. Your net worth and self-esteem can be measured in the good will associated with your good name. Therefore it is imperative that you uphold your good name and confront those who would defame you.  Defamation can consist of statements like “Joe is a crook,” or “Jane is a lousy broker and can’t be trusted,” to false statements even by your employer disparaging your character, work performance or conduct. If you or anyone you know has been subjected to defamatory statements, contact us for a free consultation.
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    • Invasion of Privacy
      • Your personal privacy is guaranteed by Article I, Section 1, of the California Constitution!  Privacy is essential to a successful business, a thriving profession and a vigorous life. When an employer, partner, associate, acquaintance, or even a journalist publicizes private information about you, it can damage your business, your professional life and your personal life. You can be awarded monetary damages for such unauthorized invasions of your privacy.  If you or anyone you know has had their privacy invaded, contact us for a free consultation. 
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    • Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Fraud Defense
      • Insurance is supposed to protect you against loss.  That’s why your premiums cost so much money.  Unfortunately, sometimes insurance companies wrongfully deny coverage of legitimate claims.  If your insurance company has denied what you consider to be a valid claim for coverage, contact us for a free consultation.  Insurance policies are long and complicated, especially the notorious “exclusions” often used to deny your claims.  We shall read your insurance policy page by page and advise you whether the denial was legitimate.  If it wasn’t, we shall advise you about the possibility of recovering damages from the insurance company for denying your claim.  Don’t fall for the insurance industry’s propaganda that your insurance company is your friend.   Whether your policy involves residential, commercial, automobile, health, life or any other specialty policies, contact us for a free consultation.
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    • Employment Law
      • Whistleblower
        • Have you discovered that your employer or a government contractor about which you have information has engaged in fraudulent conduct by which it is misappropriating government money or violating any laws that cost the government money?  A whistleblower is someone who discloses such illegal activity.  Under the proper circumstances, such a person can recover a significant percentage of the misappropriated money for “blowing the whistle.”  Sometimes this recovery can be millions of dollars.  If you think that your employer or a government contractor is engaged in “monkey business” that is costing the taxpayers unnecessary and extravagant sums of money, contact us for a free consultation about how to “blow the whistle.”   
        • To protect a whistleblower’s activities and potential for recovery, his or her identity is usually kept secret.  And state and federal law protect the whistleblower from retaliation by the employer or the contractor. BEFORE you bring up the subject of concern to your employer or to the government contractor, TALK TO US!  OTHERWISE, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS AS A WHISTLEBLOWER.  
        • AND IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BROUGHT UP THE SUBJECT AND BEEN PUNISHED FOR IT, contact us immediately.  The law will not tolerate demotion, harassment or termination for reasonably trying to rectify a wrong. 

      • Race and Gender Discrimination
        • Workplace discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, religion, gender, or sexual preference is against the law.  If you think that you are a victim of such discrimination at the workplace, contact us for a free consultation.  Such discrimination can come in many forms: e.g., a hostile work environment; unfavorable treatment with respect to assignments, hours, training, vacations, benefits, promotions, salary increases, working conditions; suspension; demotion; discipline, and termination.  Don’t wait to talk to us.  The law usually requires that such claims be immediately filed with a variety of state and local agencies before a lawsuit is possible.  
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      • Sexual Harassment
        • Sexual harassment is commonly defined as pressures for sexual favors in return for advantages at the workplace like a promotion.  But such “quid pro quo” harassment is relatively rare.  More common are instances of a sexually hostile workplace peppered with salacious comments about one’s looks, sexual propensities, etc.  And don’t be afraid that you will lose your job or suffer other negative consequences if you complain.  We can protect you in such circumstances.  And you can also recover monetary damages for being victimized by such conduct.  So, if you feel that you or someone you know have been a victim of sexual harassment, call us for a free consultation.   
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      • Wrongful Termination
        • An employer may not terminate an employee for an illegal reason. Illegal reasons include termination in violation of State and Federal anti-discrimination laws, as a form of sexual harassment, for whistleblowing, for filing a complaint or claim against your employer, for taking pregnancy disability or family leave, or for violation of employment contracts, express or implied.  If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated, or are under threat of wrongful termination, contact us for a free consultation.
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    • Immigration
      • Green Card: Permanent residence in the United States.
        • Permanent residence (commonly called a “green card”) is a precondition for applying for U.S. citizenship.  There are various ways to become a permanent resident, e.g., employment, marriage to a U.S. citizen, or investment (EB5 Visas) in the U.S.  EB5 Visas are for entrepreneurs (and their immediate family) who make an investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States. The requirements for EB5 Visas are complex.  If you wish to invest at least $500,000 in the U.S., and wish to become a permanent resident of the United States, contact us for a free consultation.  Also, if you want to apply for permanent residence based upon a different qualification, or if you are an employer that wants to sponsor someone for a green card, contact us for a free consultation.
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      • Naturalization
        • The process of filing an N-400 and becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States is momentous, and while some petitioners don’t encounter difficulty, others do. These difficulties could result in unnecessary delay or a denial of the petition.  Having an attorney throughout the petition process, including attendance at the naturalization interview, will ensure that your legal rights are protected and your petition is properly handled.  Contact us for a free consultation. 
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    • Business Law
      • The legal form chosen for a business entity affects every aspect of its operations and liability. Businesses are usually organized into C or S Corporations, Limited Liability Partnerships, Professional Corporations, partnerships or other forms chartered by the California Secretary of State. Whether you are forming a business for the first time, or reorganizing an existing venture or family business with unique requirements, contact us for legal advice on business organization.
      • The purchase and sale of a business involves various duties and potential liability. If you have found a business you would like to purchase, or own a business that is for sale, contact us.
      • Litigation and disputes are costly and could risk the viability of an entire venture. By adopting a pro-active approach, you can fundamentally reduce both the prospect of litigation and the degree of liability associated with prospective litigation. If you wish to assess the risks associated with your business, have been sued, or wish to file a suit regarding a business matter, contact us.
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      • International Law and Business Transactions
        • Arabic is fluently spoken, read and written at this firm; and we have been engaged by clients who speak at least seven other languages. We have the background, resources, and communication skills to guide our clients locally and globally.  If you are expanding your business in Central or South America, the Middle-East, North Africa or Southwest Asia, contact us. If you have a business venture in any of the above markets and are expanding into the United States, we have the background, resources, and experience necessary to launch your venture locally.
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    • Contracts: Drafting, Reviewing and Litigation.
      • Contractual relations are subject to a vast array of laws, and business transactions must comply with various regulatory schemes. We represent clients in commercial transactions, including employment contracts, independent contractor engagements, development agreements, distribution agreements, franchising, import-export arrangements, secured and unsecured financing, equipment leases, as well as sales, advertising and marketing agreements. Whether you need a contract drafted, an existing contract reviewed, or are disputing the enforceability of a contract or its clauses, contact us.
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    • Estate Planning
      • A well-prepared, legally sound and comprehensive estate plan is the first step you take in providing stability for your family. Professionals, business owners, and employees with substantial assets who wish to provide for their minor children, avoid family disputes during probate, and leave clear instructions for medical care and financial decisions, should contact us for the preparation of estate planning documents like wills and trusts to fulfill you needs.  And if you wish to create a new will, update an existing will, or wish to probate an existing will, please contact us. 
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    • Family Law
      • Premarital/Prenuptial Agreements (Prenups)
        • Both potential spouses likely have accumulated separate property and assets before their pending marriage.  A premarital agreement or prenuptial agreement can prepare and protect their separate property if the pending marriage ends in divorce. The most notable advantage is avoiding the traitorous litigation over pre-marriage and post-marriage financial issues that accompany a contested divorce. If there are children from a previous marriage, you can also protect their interests in any separate property or assets that they stand to inherit. A prenuptial agreement can also allocate each spouse’s responsibility for preexisting debts, new debts incurred during the marriage, and make clear what each party’s expectations are. These advantages may greatly reduce marital stress and improve the quality of a marriage. If you and your fiancé wish to enter into a prenuptial agreement, contact us.
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      • Uncontested Divorce/Dissolution
        • The breaking up of a family is a challenge without the added devastation of a protracted and contentious trial. Millions of adults choose to end their marriages amicably every year, and we can help you settle the legal aspects of this personal difficult decision without the crushing burden of a protracted dispute. We shall complete the petition for dissolution and draft a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) between you and your estranged spouse that memorializes everything from child custody, visitation, child support, and spousal support to property settlement. If you and your spouse have agreed to divorce and wish to proceed without dispute, contact us.  
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    • Criminal Defense
      • If you or someone you know has been arrested, charged with, or is under investigation for any crime, contact us immediately for a free consultation.  Our firm is experienced in defending individuals facing a variety of criminal charges both in State and Federal courts.
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    • Social Security and Disability
      • If you have recently become disabled, you may need to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance.  Or if you have applied for disability insurance and have been denied, contact our office for a free consultation.    
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    • Elder Abuse or Neglect
      • If you or a member of your family has become ill, been maltreated, or been injured in anyway because of elder abuse or nursing home neglect, please contact us for a free consultation.  The laws are strong and the consequences are harsh for documented cases of elder abuse, with attendant monetary damages. 
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    • Appellate Practice
      • Federal and State Appeals of Civil and Criminal Cases
        • While most cases are won or lost at trial, Judges sometimes make mistakes.  Sometimes these mistakes negatively affect the outcome of your lawsuit or criminal case.  Appellate work requires meticulous and persuasive legal reasoning and writing skills to convince the appellate court that the mistakes denied you a fair trial .  Our firm possesses the broad knowledge base and extensive experience necessary for a successful appeal in the California courts and in the federal appellate courts.  Contact us if you want us to review your trial record to determine the merits of an appeal. 
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    • Arbitration and Mediation
      • Contracts often require the aggrieved person submit their case to arbitration or mediation before or instead of filing a lawsuit.  While these alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods may expedite your case, there is no guarantee that your interests and legal rights will be protected if you do not have an attorney.  If you have been injured by a person or company with whom you have an agreement that requires the dispute to be submitted to mediation or arbitration, contact us for a free consultation.
Law Office Of

Randall B. Hamud
(619) 696-0815
rhamud@hamudlaw.com

4225 Executive Square, Suite 600,
La Jolla, CA 92037.
Facsimile  : 619-649-2262.