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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.
Bien Provides Commentary for ..., 19 Dec 2014 [cached]
Bien Provides Commentary for FRONTLINE Film "Stickup Kid"
RBGG's Michael Bien provides commentary on the damaging impact of adult prison life on juveniles in the 30 minute PBS FRONTLINE film, Stickup Kid. The film can be viewed online here:
RBGG's Michael Bien and Lisa ..., 4 Nov 2014 [cached]
RBGG's Michael Bien and Lisa Ells published an article in the Daily Journal on October 24, 2014, "Court Should Affirm 9th Circuit on Crisis Intervention Policing."
Kahn and Bien are NIF Guardian ..., 11 Sept 2014 [cached]
Kahn and Bien are NIF Guardian of Democracy Honorees
RBGG's Michael Bien and Jane Kahn are being honored at the New Israel Fund's Guardian of Democracy Dinner in San Francisco on September 14, 2014.
The following tribute to Mike and Jane is taken from the NIF website:
Michael Bien and Jane Kahn, Guardian of Democracy Honorees
[image - Michael Bien and Jane Kahn, Guardian of Democracy Honorees]
Michael Bien and Jane Kahn are longtime, beloved NIF and San Francisco Jewish community leaders.
Fueled by boundless energy and a deep commitment to social justice, Michael and Jane are perhaps best known for their decades of work for prison reform.
Michael serves as Chair of the San Francisco Regional Board and as a member of NIF's International Council. He is managing partner of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP, a well-known litigation boutique with a diverse trial and appellate practice. He has received numerous awards, including California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for Constitutional Law and Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation.
Michael and Jane have also held lay leadership roles at Camp Tawonga, Brandeis Hillel Day School, the Prison University Project, the Disability Task Force of Jewish Family and Children's Services, and Congregation Beth Sholom, to name a few, and taken numerous social justice missions to Israel with NIF.
They clearly embody the highest ideals of tikkun olam and we are thrilled to honor Michael and Jane with NIF's Guardian of Democracy Award.
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