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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
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • B.A. , magna cum laude
    Brandeis University
  • J.D. , cum laude
    Northwestern University
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Michael W. Bien | Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP
rbgg.com, 17 Nov 2015 [cached]
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Michael W. Bien is managing and co-founding partner of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP where he concentrates his litigation practice on complex commercial litigation, class actions, constitutional and civil rights law, antitrust, intellectual property, disability rights, and attorneys' fees disputes.
Mr. Bien was named a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for 2010 by both California Lawyer magazine and The Recorder and was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 lawyers in California in both 2010 and 2013. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation since 2013. Full bio »
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Michael W. Bien is managing and co-founding partner of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP where he concentrates his litigation practice on complex commercial litigation, class actions, constitutional and civil rights law, antitrust, intellectual property, disability rights, and attorneys' fees disputes.
Mr. Bien was named a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for 2010 by both California Lawyer magazine and The Recorder and was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 lawyers in California in both 2010 and 2013. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation since 2013.
Mr. Bien is a student and teacher of the art and science of trial practice. He has successfully tried to judgment several complex, multi-party class actions in federal court. He has frequently been called upon to teach trial practice and litigation techniques to other lawyers through the National Institute of Trial Advocacy as well as other professional organizations.
Mr. Bien has also frequently represented clients in the state and federal appellate courts, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States.
His commercial litigation clients have included national and international companies such as Pfizer Corporation, Estee Lauder, Credo Mobile, Unocal, American Stores, Fluor Daniel, Roadway Express, Equity Property & Development Company, and Trans Union, as well as numerous small businesses and individuals. He has represented these and other companies in complex litigation matters in state and federal court on a wide range of issues, including antitrust, trade secrets, banking and financial regulation, employment, unfair competition, class actions and intellectual property matters.
Mr. Bien has also successfully litigated a series of major civil rights class actions against state and federal correction agencies and other public and private entities. These cases have resulted in significant prospective relief regarding unconstitutional conditions of confinement, denial of mental health care, unlawful discrimination against persons with physical and mental disabilities, protection of prisoners from sexual assault, and parole revocation reform.
He is co-lead counsel in a successful three-judge court trial that imposed a population cap on the California prison system in August 2009, which was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in its historic prison overcrowding decision, Brown v. Plata, 131 S. Ct. 1910 (2011). In late 2013, the Supreme Court declined the State's effort to re-open the overcrowding case, handing Bien and his team another historic victory.
Mr. Bien was lead counsel in three federal court class action trials in 2013 exposing cruel and unusual mistreatment of persons with mental illness in three critical areas - denial of psychiatric hospital services, use-of-force, including pepper spray, and overuse of solitary confinement. The trials brought into public view abuses that have gone on for years in California prisons. RBGG's clients prevailed in all three trials, and major reforms are now underway.
Mr. Bien has special expertise in class action and other complex litigation in federal and state courts. He brings to his work the unique experience and insight derived from having represented both plaintiffs and defendants in numerous such cases. Mr. Bien has extensive experience with various procedures for coordinating, prosecuting and defending complex, multi-party proceedings such as Multi District Litigation (MDL) in the federal courts, and has represented clients facing simultaneous civil, criminal and administrative proceedings. Mr. Bien has also successfully defended corporate and individual clients in class actions and other complex litigation brought under state and federal law. He has extensive experience in antitrust, unfair competition, securities, RICO, intellectual property and trade regulation litigation under federal law. He has also frequently represented clients in antitrust (Cartwright Act), indirect purchaser, trade secret, unfair competition and unfair trade practices (Business and Professions Code 17200) in California courts.
Mr. Bien has also been an officer, member, or board member for a number of community organizations, including Mission YMCA, Metropolitan YMCA, New Israel Fund, Camp Tawonga, Brandeis Hillel Day School, Jewish Community Federation, Religious Witness with Homeless People, and Jewish Vocational Service. He served as Chair of the Judiciary Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and has been a member of the State Bar of California's Commission on Corrections. He serves on the First District Appellate Project's Board of Directors.
He previously was a partner in the San Francisco office of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where he worked from 1980 through 1990. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University in 1980 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Brandeis University in 1977.
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Coleman v. Brown: Mr. Bien leads the RBGG team that represents a class of the more than 30,000 men and women in California's prison system with serious mental illness.
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Azizian v. Federated Department Stores: Mr. Bien was co-counsel for the lead defendant, the cosmetics company Estee Lauder, in a state court antitrust action, which was settled as a nationwide federal class action. He represented Estee Lauder both at trial and on the successful appeal. SeeAzizian v. Federated Dept. Stores, 499 F.3d 950 (9th Cir. 2007). Genencor, Inc. and Genentech, Inc. v. Pfizer, Inc. and Sonoma Foods, Inc.: The firm was co-counsel in the successful defense of Pfizer in this federal biotech patent action involving Kosher cheese. IDG v. Diversified Data Corp.:The firm was lead counsel in this successful representation of a software company in trade secrets and right-to-compete litigation. NextCard Inc.: Mr. Bien served as lead counsel in representation of this internet bank in various state and federal court litigation matters, including securities, antitrust, intellectual property, breach of contract, and employment disputes. Systron Donner v. Aerosafe International:Mr. Bien was co-lead counsel in the successful representation of former employees and their new company in this state court intellectual property action alleging theft of trade secrets where inventions were patented, including appellate proceedings.
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In re Coordinated Pretrial Proceedings in Petroleum Products Antitrust: Mr. Bien was one of the key attorneys in the successful representation of defendant Union Oil Corporation of California in multiyear antitrust proceedings concerning oil and gas production, pricing, and sales. Berkeley Center for Independent Living v. Oakland Coliseum. Mr. Bien served as co-lead counsel representing the plaintiff class in a successful federal court ADA action for damages and injunctive relief against the Coliseum, its public entity owners, and all sports teams and entertainment companies operating there. Armstrong v. Davis: After a contested trial, RBGG secured a federal court order requiring the Board of Prison Terms to remedy its shocking failure to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act during parole hearings. The court issued the order after RBGG presented testimony from, among others, a prisoner who required the use of a wheelchair was forced to crawl upstairs to attend his hearing, a deaf prisoner who could not communicate with his sign language interpreter during his hearing because he was forced to remain shackled, and a blind inmate who was offered no help with understanding complicated written materials regarding his rights.
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Equity Properties and Development Company: Mr. Bien was lead counsel in various state court real estate and construction litigation matters, including a trial and successful appeal. Computer Education Managers Association: Mr. Bien provided antitrust counselling to CEMA. Fluor-Daniel Corporation: Mr. Bien was lead counsel representing this construction company in various commercial litigation matters in state cou
Bien Provides Commentary to Businessweek on the Mismanagement of Salaries for Prison Psychiatrists in California | Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP
rbgg.com, 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."
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"What they did was tremendously disruptive to the department of mental health," Bien said.
About Us - Religious Witness with Homeless People
www.religiouswitnesshome.org, 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.
Contact | Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP
rbgg.com, 17 Nov 2015 [cached]
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Class Actions | Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP
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Berkeley Center for Independent Living v. Oakland Coliseum: RBGG Managing Partner Michael Bien served as co-lead counsel representing the plaintiff class in a successful federal court ADA action for damages and injunctive relief against the Coliseum, its public entity owners, and all sports teams and entertainment companies operating there.
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