Daniel J. Muller, Partner
Dan Muller has practiced law for more than 19 years. He specializes in litigating labor and employment matters and has represented both employers and employees. Dan has obtained dismissals and successful verdicts for employers and he has defended against claims brought by employees alleging unlawful discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, failure to
pay wages, and breach of contract. Dan has represented individuals, start-up companies, and other businesses in cases of alleged unfair competition and trade secret theft. Dan provides ongoing advice to employers regarding compliance with all state and federal employment laws, union elections, collective bargaining, and arbitrations. Dan has worked with numerous
executive and other employees seeking assistance in negotiating employment agreements and severance agreements. Dan has also handled many cases involving business disputes, including those arising out of partnership and corporate dissolutions.
Alexandria C. Kavalaris, Associate
Alex Kavalaris is a civil litigator with a practice focused on real estate, general business litigation, and construction litigation. She has experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including case evaluation, pleadings, legal research and analysis, motion practice, discovery preparation, alternative dispute resolution, and trial. In her practice, Alex represents clients in a variety of matters and practice areas, including breach of contract and specific performance claims, non-disclosure cases, easement disputes, quiet title actions, partition actions, residential and commercial foreclosures, landlord-tenant disputes, commercial litigation, construction disputes involving public and private works, and employment claims.
Prior to joining Slater Hersey & Lieberman LLP, Alex work as a civil litigation associate at a mid-sized firm in San Jose, California, where her practice focused on real estate litigation.
Anthony F. Ventura, Partner
Tony Ventura is a real estate attorney representing buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals in residential and commercial matters. Tony represents clients in litigation, mediation, and arbitration and also provides transactional and corporate advice. In addition to representing various-sized corporations, Tony regularly counsels individuals in foreclosure sales, short sales, and loan modifications. He also represents real estate professionals in administrative actions filed by the California Bureau of Real Estate.
Maintaining a particular emphasis on client satisfaction, Tony has been selected as a Northern California Rising Star by the publishers of Law and Politics and San Francisco Magazine from 2010 through 2012. Tony prides himself on his responsiveness to his clients’ questions and his steadfast dedication to meeting their deadlines and objectives.
Tony is also an experienced mediator for real estate-related disputes.
Sarah E. Hammerstad, Associate
Sarah E. Hammerstad’s practice focuses on real estate and general business litigation. She has experience with all aspects of civil litigation, including case evaluation, pleadings, legal research and analysis, motion practice, discovery preparation, alternative dispute resolution, and trial. In her practice, Sarah represents both businesses and individuals in a variety of matters, including non-disclosure cases, easement disputes, quiet title actions, partition actions, residential and commercial foreclosures, landlord-tenant disputes, commercial litigation, construction defect cases, breach of contract cases, trade secret misappropriation, and general commercial disputes.
Prior to joining Slater Hersey, Sarah worked as a civil litigation associate at a mid-sized firm in San Jose, California, where her practice focused on real estate litigation. Sarah is also an active affiliate member of the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors and serves on the executive committee for the SCCAOR Young Professionals Network. She also is an advisory board member for the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center.
Christopher J. Hersey, Partner
Chris Hersey has more than 18 years of civil litigation and trial experience, focusing on construction, contract, business, and commercial disputes. Chris represents general contractors, subcontractors, project owners, homeowners, and developers in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California in complex construction cases on both private and public works of improvement, including breach of contract claims, schedule delays cases, change order disputes, acceleration and disruption claims, commercial and residential construction defect claims, bid protests, mechanics’ lien actions, stop payment notices, and surety bond claims. Chris has extensive experience representing clients in California state and federal courts, in arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association and the Contractor’s State License Board, and in private mediations.
Dean C. Rossi, Partner
Dean C. Rossi specializes in residential and commercial real estate and business litigation, arbitration, and mediation. His practice focuses on disputes related to the purchase and sale of real property, contracts, agent and broker duties, construction defects, easements, partition, and commercial and residential leases. An aggressive, innovative litigator, Dean has effectively defended and prosecuted allegations of contract breaches, non-disclosure, malpractice, specific performance, tort claims, claims with the Department of Real Estate, and breaches of fiduciary duty. Dean has successfully represented commercial and residential buyers and sellers, developers, contractors, title companies, lenders, and escrow companies. Recognizing the cost of litigation can be burdensome both to individuals and businesses, Dean uses his field expertise and knowledge of the law to litigate and resolve cases by the most cost-effective means possible, while still working for the best interests of his clients. Whether working on high-profile cases or pro bono matters, Dean consistently obtains relief for his clients that exceeds their expectations.