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Ziyad Naccasha and Tim Carmel
Carmel & Naccasha Celebrates 10 Years

Carmel & Naccasha LLP is proud to be celebrating ten years of service to the Central Coast. We are so grateful for the confidence and trust that has been placed in the firm over the last decade and we’d like to take this opportunity to express that gratitude to our clients, our attorneys, our staff, vendors, friends, business partners and the entire community.

“It feels like these last ten years have flown by. We’ve definitely had our fair share of challenges, but I think it seems to have gone by so quickly in large part because of the meaningful work we get to do every single day in this wonderful community. The victories, big and small, that we fight for on behalf of our clients make waking up and coming to work feel like a privilege,” said Managing Partner Ziyad Naccasha.

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How Does One Acquire an Easement by Prescription?

While many people have heard about acquiring easements by prescription, they may not be readily familiar with the required elements. For starters, a prescriptive easement isn’t available at a pharmacy.

A prescriptive easement arises when one person unlawfully infringes on the rights of another property owner. If the property owner fails to interfere with the person’s use of his or her property, a prescriptive easement may be created. In order to acquire a prescriptive easement, a claimant must

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Pacific Coast Business Times Recognizes C&N Attorney

C&N Managing Partner honored among Who’s Who list in Pacific Coast Business Times

San Luis Obispo (October 27, 2014) – Carmel and Naccasha LLP Managing Partner Ziyad Naccasha received the distinction of Who’s Who in Professional Services this week as part of the Pacific Coast Business Times’ annual report.  This special distinction recognizes the leading attorneys and certified public accountants who are the “movers and shakers” of Central Coast firms, acting as the backstop for the business community as a whole.

PCBT Editor Henry Dubroff describes the selection process as narrowing down the number of nominees based on the quality and quantity of their effort advising clients and in their community outreach efforts and pro bono work.

Also this month, Naccasha was recognized as Heritage Oaks Bank’s selection for the Special Guest distinction at the Spokes Salutes event for being “generous with his time personally and professionally” in his various roles with local nonprofits and other organizations.

Spokes is a Central Coast organization that provides local nonprofits with the management training, consulting and resources they need to better serve your community.

Click here if you would like to read more about Ziyad Naccasha through his biography page.

Ziyad Naccasha recognized at Spokes Salutes event

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C&N Attorney Participates in Presentation of Prestigious Award
Carmel & Naccasha attorney, Chair of California State Bar's Public Law Section at award event

Carmel & Naccasha attorney David Hirsch, 2014 Chair of the State Bar’s Public Law Section at the 2014 Public Lawyer of the Year award ceremony, with (left to right) the 2014 Award winner San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Wendy L. Patrick, California State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayue, State Bar Board of Trustees Member Michael Colantuono, and Public Law Section Vice-Chair Scott Dickey.

David Hirsch, Partner at Carmel and Naccasha LLP, served as the 2013-2014 Chair of the State Bar’s Public Law Section Executive Committee.   Each year, the Public Law Section selects and names an exceptional attorney, nominated from around the State, as the Public Lawyer of the Year.  The award is presented at a reception held during the State Bar’s Annual Meeting, which was held this year in San Diego.  Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayue presented the 2014 award to Wendy L. Patrick, a San Diego County Deputy District Attorney during a ceremony on September 11th.

David Hirsch observed, “We received nominations of many truly exceptional public law attorneys this year.  The Public Law Section was pleased and honored to name Wendy Patrick as California’s Public Lawyer of the Year.”

Hirsch focuses his practice on municipal law, land use law and related matters.  He continues to actively contribute his time and knowledge to agencies supporting public law at both the state and local levels.  He also volunteers with a number of organizations in the City of Arroyo Grande.  To learn more about David Hirsch, click here.

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Carmel & Naccasha Attorney Appointed to serve as Board Member on the Paso Robles Chamber

Dallas K. Mosier, Associate Attorney at Carmel and Naccasha LLP, is the newest member of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 term. Mosier was appointed to the seat after another Board Member stepped down.

“It’s an honor to be joining such a dynamic and engaged group of business leaders in Paso Robles,” said Mosier. “With a new President/CEO in place, new membership campaigns gearing up and economic activity starting to pick up, I can’t think of a more exciting time to be a part of such an important organization.”

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Proposition 65 Claims may be Covered by Insurance

Proposition 65 requires warning labels to be placed on all products containing lead.  Although there is a clear need for the protections and warnings that the statute was intended to provide, unfortunately, in San Luis Obispo and throughout California, attorneys seem to be using Prop 65 to prey on businesses, particularly those without the resources to fight back. Not unlike some of the ADA lawsuits brought against California business owners, some attorneys have filed suit based on alleged violations of Proposition 65 as a mechanism not to necessarily enforce compliance in order to protect the consumer, but rather to line their pockets with the attorney fees the statute affords.

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C&N Partner Appointed to Influential Board at Cal Poly

Heather K. Whitham, a Partner at Carmel & Naccasha LLP, will soon begin serving on the Cal Poly Political Science Department Alumni Advisory Board. She was nominated, endorsed by the Board and then appointed by Cal Poly President Jeff Armstrong. The advisory board is comprised of highly experienced and respected professionals who will participate in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, providing professional development opportunities to faculty, and planning for outreach to other alumni.  Board members collaborate with the Political Science Department to define and pursue goals related to its undertakings in teaching, research and service.

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Ribbon Cutting AG Chamber
Carmel & Naccasha Joins Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach Chamber

San Luis Obispo, CA (July 2014) – A ribbon cutting event held earlier this month marked the official incorporation of Carmel & Naccasha LLP into the Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce. Chamber ambassadors, staff and community members came out to celebrate the local law firm’s presence in the Arroyo Grande Valley.

“We’re pleased to be a part of a thriving Chamber that continues to help pave the way for economic growth in our community,” said Tim Carmel, a founding partner at Carmel & Naccasha.

Carmel is the City Attorney for the City of Arroyo Grande, a position he’s held since 1996. In that role, he is responsible for advising the City Council, City Manager, and all City departments on points of law and ensuring that all proper legal procedures are followed. Carmel has practiced law extensively for nearly 30 years in the areas of municipal law, land use law, real property transactions, and related matters. He also counsels clients on sophisticated commercial litigation and transactional issues.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Carmel & Naccasha has offices in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles with more than a dozen attorneys that have practiced law locally and nationally. The firm’s lawyers focus their practice and provide exemplary client services in the areas of business transactions, real property, land use, commercial and employment litigation, taxation and tax controversies, trusts and estate planning, automobile dealership law, municipal law, wine law, and insurance coverage. For more information about Carmel & Naccasha, click here or visit their website at

Contact: Courtney Kienow, Marketing Director(805) 546-8785

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Templeton Chamber of Commerce Installation

The Templeton Chamber of Commerce introduced the newly installed 2014-2015 board of directors on July 15, 2014, which included Carmel & Naccasha’s managing partner, Michael McMahon. Sarah Maggelet, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, described the dinner gala in the article featured below:

Templeton Chamber Announces New Board of Directors, Community Awards

Templeton, CA. (July 15, 2014) -The Templeton Chamber of Commerce formally installed the 2014-2015 Board of Directors at their annual installation dinner gala on Saturday night, held at The Groves on 41 in Templeton. Over 120 guests enjoyed a four-course meal, silent and live auction and dancing under the stars to the Julie & the BadDogs band. Community awards for Ambassador, Citizens and Business of the Year were also awarded.

Officers of the Board of Directors include President Kristen Handley, manager of Continental Labor and Staffing, Vice President Mike Lane, Chief Operating Officer of Twin Cities Community Hospital; Secretary Shirley Sigmund, Speech Pathologist at ASH; and Treasurer Melissa Kasarjian, owner of Kasarjian & Assoc. CPA’s. Continuing directors include Scott Brennan, owner of Access Publishing and Olan Kaigel, Realtor at Century 21 Hometown Realty. New directors include Jeff Briltz, General Manager at Templeton Community Services District; Stephanie Kemp, financial adviser at Garcia Wealth Management; Dee Canepa, Store Manager at Umpqua Bank; Tina Martin, owner of Martins on Main restaurant; and Mike McMahon, attorney and managing partner at Camel & Naccasha.

Business of the Year was awarded to McPhee’s Grill, recognizing their 20 years on Main Street and service to the community, including Rotary, Kiwanis, Boys & Girls Clubs, Women’s Shelter, Templeton Community Library Association, THS football team, Templeton Education Foundation, PTO, active military and many more. Max McPhee accepted the award, noting how lucky his family feels to be in a position to serve the community and a special thank you to their excellent staff was expressed. McPhee’s was prominently featured in the L.A. Times Travel section in March of this year, introducing Templeton to hundreds of thousands of readers, and has been written up in Sunset and Westways Magazines as well.

Citizens of the Year were awarded to a couple, Rob Rosales and Carry VanBeurden. Rob and Carrie have both served as President of the chamber and donated hundreds of hours to chamber activities and events over the past 10 years. Rob, a real estate broker, has served on the Templeton Area Advisory Group and currently serves as the volunteer Government Liaison for the chamber, a paid position his sister holds at the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce. Carrie founded the Templeton Women in Business group, has also been active in FFA and Grad Night at THS and many other charitable events, while managing her family insurance business, VanBeurden Insurance Services, Inc. Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Kristen Handley, who has assumed the presidency for 2014-2015, and has served simultaneously on the Board of Directors & Ambassadors committee, serving as the committee head for the Installation Dinner planning committee.

The Templeton Chamber of Commerce is an alliance of over 270 North County businesses and citizens that has advocated for the economic vitality of, and the quality of life in, the community of Templeton since 1902. For more information on the Templeton Chamber of Commerce, including membership information, please visit the website at or call (805) 434-1789.

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C&N Attorney Accepts Position with City of SLO

San Luis Obispo, CA (July 3, 2014) – Carmel & Naccasha LLP announced that long time employee and associate attorney Jon Ansolabehere has accepted the position of Assistant City Attorney with the City of San Luis Obispo and will be leaving the firm.

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