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Martin H. Orlick

Chair at JMBM’s ADA Compliance & Defense Group

Martin H. OrlickMarty Orlick's practice, encompassing more than 30 years, focuses primarily on real estate transactions and real estate litigation, including hospitality, financial institution, shopping center, retail and commercial leasing, acquisitions and sales, lease administration for developers and tenants, portfolio management, regulation of real property use and development, eminent domain litigation and counseling, and abstracting lease portfolios. He is experienced in counseling and defending clients with respect to Americans with Disabilities Act claims in State and Federal court and defending Department of Justice investigations and complaints, including negotiating Voluntary Compliance Agreements. His ADA practice includes counseling businesses on the full spectrum of ADA compliance including the development of policy and procedure manuals and website accessibility issues. Marty has represented the nation's largest financial institutions in corporate real estate, litigation, class actions, and ADA cases. He has also represented trust clients of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Bank of America and Bank of the West. He is a member of the Global Hospitality Group®.

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ADA Defense Lawyer: California’s Central District tries to curb ADA lawsuits

California has seen an explosion of ADA cases in the past few years, leading the state to impose strict pleading standards and high filing fees for serial litigants. Litigants have previously found their way around this by filing in federal court, but the courts have made it clear that they will decline supplemental jurisdiction in these instances.

ADA Defense Lawyer: Whitaker v. Tesla Motors – the end of cookie-cutter ADA complaints?

For many years, businesses classed as public accommodations under the ADA have been the subject of "cookie-cutter" complaints that allege discriminatory conditions without providing any specific examples.

ADA Defense Lawyer: Hotels Must List Accessible Features On The Web Or Risk Lawsuits

As we've discussed in previous blogs, there has been an uptick in lawsuits filed against hotels alleging a failure to list accessible features on their website as required by the ADA. While many of these cases have been successfully defended in federal courts, new filings continue to surge and many plaintiffs are turning to state courts which have different requirements for dismissal.

New “accessibility” regulations for electric vehicle charging stations

As the number of electric and hybrid vehicles in California continues to grow, we are also seeing the proliferation of electric vehicle charging stations in the parking areas provided by hotels, theaters, stadiums and hotel mixed-use properties.

ADA Compliance & Defense Lawyer Update: 99 ADA lawsuits dismissed as fraudulent and malicious

On October 26, 2017, a judge dismissed 99 ADA lawsuits, ordered an in forma pauperis plaintiff (a person without funds to pursue the cost of a lawsuit) to pay filing fees of $38,300 and authorized the defendants to file fee and sanction motions.
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