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Mr. Michael W. Bien

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Founding Partner

Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP
Phone: (415) ***-****  HQ Phone
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Rosen , Bien & Galvan , LLP
Tenth Floor 315 Montgomery St
San Francisco, California 94104
United States

Company Description: Rosen, Bien & Galvan is a firm of successful lawyers who thrive on complex, sophisticated cases and counseling for a wide range of clients. The common thread in all...   more
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RBGG founding partner Michael ...
rbgg.com, 25 Jan 2013 [cached]
RBGG founding partner Michael Bien, who is lead counsel for prisoner plaintiffs in Coleman v. Brown, spoke out strongly against California's latest legal move in the case that the State has lost at every level - all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bien was quoted in the Sacramento Bee on January 8:, "There's no factual basis for saying everything has been fixed. I'm frankly disappointed because we've been spending decades working with the state to try and fix these problems and they're not fixed. We're about to enter into a war. Full article here.
According to the Monterey Herald on January 8: "Attorney Michael Bien represents inmate Ralph Coleman, whose decades-old mental health care lawsuit helped force the federal orders to reduce the state's prison population. Bien said medical and mental health care problems still abound. He cites a severe shortage of prison psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, despite the addition of 138 mental health crisis beds at a new facility at Salinas Valley State Prison. Bien wrote in a court filing that 'shortages of critical mental health staff, including psychiatrists, worsened in 2012, with vacancies of psychiatrists increasing to 42 percent, and overall clinical vacancy rates increasing to 35 percent.' He said prison suicides are also on the rise, jumping from seven in 2008 to 17 in 2011. Full article here. The San Francisco Daily Journal also quoted Bien in a January 19, 2013 article: "There has to be a message to the state not to lose all the positive change that has been gained," he said. "There's a way of getting out of this and ending the receivership, but it has to be done the right way." On January 30, the Daily Journal published a follow-up article, "Reports show high inmate suicide rate". According to the article, "The reports, released Friday by two federal court-appointed monitors, indicate that mental and medical health care systems in prisons, while improving, have yet to meet experts' standards. The article includes commentary by Bien: "The problems found by the special master were not anecdotal," said Michael W. Bien, a partner at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP who represents inmates challenging the adequacy of mental health services.
Introducing Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP - Gay Grunfeld Becomes a Name Partner | Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP
rbgg.com, 1 July 2012 [cached]
She is an accomplished employment lawyer, and has recently achieved significant victories for her clients," said Michael Bien, Managing Partner of RBGG.
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"I am so honored to join Sandy, Mike and Ernie as a name partner at this amazing firm and share in the groundbreaking public interest work that is at the core of our practice," said Gay.
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Rosen, Bien & Asaro was founded in 1990 by Sanford Jay Rosen, Michael Bien, and Andrea Asaro.
The Action Committee For Women In Prison
www.acwip.net, 11 Feb 2013 [cached]
Michael Bien, the lead attorney representing the welfare of mentally ill inmates in one of the major class-action lawsuits, said Brown is wasting more of the state's money on a legal fight he has little hope of winning. Moreover, Bien said, inmates' attorneys expect the court battle will reveal additional lapses in inmate care that will cost the state even more money to fix. "He's litigating with your money and my money," said Bien, of the San Francisco law firm Rosen Bien Galvan and Grunfeld, which is among the law firms that have been paid $19 million by the state in the inmate mental health lawsuit. He said Brown and the state would be better off complying with a prison population cap supported by the U.S. Supreme Court and by working with Lopes to reduce inmate suicides and improve mental health treatment. "It's a distraction from the primary issue here, which is, 'Why is the state still running unconstitutional prisons where prisoners are dying unnecessarily?'" Bien said. "The easiest way to stop this process is to fix the problem." Bien and other inmates' attorneys are paid by taxpayers only if they can prove a federal or constitutional violation, and by law are then paid at an hourly rate hundreds of dollars below what they would usually charge. They also have to pay out of pocket for the expert witnesses they hire to counter the state's experts. "This is really offensive to say that I'm doing this for the money," Bien said.
"The State, with Governor Brown cynically ...
www.sys-con.com, 18 Mar 2013 [cached]
"The State, with Governor Brown cynically leading the charge, would like you to believe that the prison mental health care crisis has disappeared simply because they say it is so," said Michael Bien of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld, lead attorney for the Coleman class. "Realignment and a reduction in the prison population provided an opportunity for the state to solve the mental health crisis - instead the administration has gone on a PR and litigation offensive, rather than taking simple, affordable steps to change a dangerously flawed system."
Bien continued, "The State maximized budget savings through massive layoffs of clinical staff, and cancellations and delays of building and upgrade projects, forcing overworked clinicians to work double-duty to take care of seriously ill patients in the same dangerous and inappropriate offices and treatment spaces that the Supreme Court found to be unconstitutional less than two years ago."
"This is a life and death struggle for those with mental illness subjected to isolation, violence, and neglect. Everyone at the State from the governor on down has failed to demonstrate they understand their obligations under the Constitution," said Bien.
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Michael Bien Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP 415-433-6830
"The State, with Governor Brown cynically ...
news.findlaw.com, 18 Mar 2013 [cached]
"The State, with Governor Brown cynically leading the charge, would like you to believe that the prison mental health care crisis has disappeared simply because they say it is so," said Michael Bien of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld, lead attorney for the Coleman class. "Realignment and a reduction in the prison population provided an opportunity for the state to solve the mental health crisis '" instead the administration has gone on a PR and litigation offensive, rather than taking simple, affordable steps to change a dangerously flawed system."
Bien continued, "The State maximized budget savings through massive layoffs of clinical staff, and cancellations and delays of building and upgrade projects, forcing overworked clinicians to work double-duty to take care of seriously ill patients in the same dangerous and inappropriate offices and treatment spaces that the Supreme Court found to be unconstitutional less than two years ago."
"This is a life and death struggle for those with mental illness subjected to isolation, violence, and neglect. Everyone at the State from the governor on down has failed to demonstrate they understand their obligations under the Constitution," said Bien.
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Michael Bien Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP 415-433-6830
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