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Mr. Michael W. Bien

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Managing Partner

Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP
Phone: (415) ***-****  HQ Phone
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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Bien Provides Commentary to Businessweek on the Mismanagement of Salaries for Prison Psychiatrists in California | Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP, 12 Dec 2012 [cached]
Bien Provides Commentary to Businessweek on the Mismanagement of Salaries for Prison Psychiatrists in California
RBGG founding partner Michael Bien provided commentary for an article published on December 11, 2012 that is part of a Businessweek series on the high cost of state payrolls, "California pyschiatrists paid $400,000 shows bidding war. Also included on the Businessweek website is a video interview of Bien.
According to the article, "The 2007 bidding war for psychiatrists in California took a human toll," said Michael Bien, a lawyer for prison inmates who successfully sued California over mental-health care. A mental hospital drained of such specialists was the scene of two suicides within three months of the salary increases at prisons. The state settled a lawsuit filed by one family for $975,000 without admitting liability.
Management failings by state officials were to blame, Bien said. While the salary increases that enticed psychiatrists to leave mental hospitals for higher-paying prison jobs were court- ordered, it was the state that determined who would get pay raises and created the disparity, according to Bien and a Jan. 30, 2007, report filed by Michael Keating, a court-appointed monitor of the prison mental-health system."
"What they did was tremendously disruptive to the department of mental health," Bien said.
About Us - Religious Witness with Homeless People, 1 Mar 2010 [cached]
Mr. Michael Bien , esq, is a lay leader in the San Francisco Jewish community. He has served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Brandeis Hillel Day School, as a Board member of Camp Tawonga and New Israel Fund and as a volunteer in various leadership roles with the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, Jewish Vocational Services and with Congregation Beth Sholom, where his family worships. He is a fellow of the Wexner Heritage Foundation. He has also served as President of the Mission YMCA and on the Board of the Metropolitan YMCA, the San Francisco Public Interest Law Foundation, the First District Appellate Project.
Michael Bien is managing partner of the San Francisco law firm, Rosen, Bien & Galvan LLP, specializing in complex civil litigation. He has devoted much of his professional career to civil rights litigation on behalf of prisoners, including successful class actions on behalf of prisoners with mental illness, developmental disabilities and vision, hearing, learning and mobility disabilities. He is lead counsel for the class of mentally ill prisoners in the pending litigation to reduce overcrowding in the California Department of Corrections. Mr. Bien's efforts have earned him awards for his civil rights work from the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the California Coalition for Mental Health and the California State Bar, as well as recognition as Volunteer of the Year from the Mission YMCA and the Lion of Judah award from Brandeis Hillel Day School.
Three Judge Court Denies State’s Motion to Vacate Prison Population Order – State is Ordered to Immediately Take Steps to Reduce Prison Population to 137.5% of Design Capacity by End of 2013 | Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP, 10 April 2013 [cached]
"The judges have put it in the strongest terms possible that the State of California must act now to reduce prison population to court-ordered levels to address the ongoing inhumane and unconstitutional conditions in the state's prisons," said Michael Bien of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld, who represents prisoners in the ongoing suits.
Contact: Michael Bien or Ernest Galvan - 415-433-6830
Federal Court Rules That State Prison Officials Are Still Tolerating Dangerous and Unconstitutional Conditions for Mentally Ill Prisoners—Denies State Motion to Terminate Civil Rights Case | Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP, 5 April 2013 [cached]
"We are very pleased on behalf of the 33,000 prisoners with mental illness in state prisons who are members of the Coleman class that the court has denied the state's wrong-headed attempt to terminate the case," said Michael Bien of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld, lead attorney for the Coleman class.
DJ: Plaintiffs in Prison Suit Slam State Experts | Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP, 19 Mar 2013 [cached]
According to RBGG's Michael Bien, lead attorney for the Coleman plaintiffs, as quoted in the article, "When you look back at their papers that they filed on January 7th, it's all about their experts.
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