Family of Drowning Victim File Claims for Damages Against the City of Santa Barbara

Family members of a drowning victim have filed claims for damages against the City of Santa Barbara. The claims state that one of the City’s tenants, Santa Barbara Sailing Center, rented a stand-up paddleboard on April 29, 2017 to non-swimmer Davies Kabogoza who subsequently fell and drowned in Santa Barbara Harbor. The Sailing Center is […]

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Complaint Filed Against County of Santa Barbara to Block Illegal Camp 4 Agreement

A complaint was filed against the County of Santa Barbara to prevent it from allowing the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to develop over 1,400 acres of agricultural land in the Santa Ynez Valley known as Camp 4. The complaint argues that the County cannot agree to a development that violates the Santa Ynez […]

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Santa Barbara Independent: Barry Cappello Funds Trial Lawyering

Donates $1 Million to UCLA School of Law September 7, 2017, By Nick Welsh After 50 years of high-drama litigation, Santa Barbara attorney Barry Cappello knows the difference between a seasoned trial lawyer and a palooka. “The difference between attorneys in trial skill is immense,” he said. “The problem is the public doesn’t know.” The other […]

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Attorney Leila Noël Donates $250,000 To Alma Mater Marshall-Wythe School of Law

Cappello & Noël LLP law partner Leila J. Noël recently made a $250,000 donation to her alma mater, Marshall-Wythe School of Law at William & Mary. The donation will be used to establish an endowment named for one of Noël’s classmates, Gregory J. Mitchell, and provide needs-based scholarships with a preference given to African-American students […]

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Barry Cappello Gives $1 Million for UCLA Law Trial Advocacy Program

UCLA Law alumnus A. Barry Cappello ’65 has donated an additional $1 million to transform the school’s trial advocacy program, providing scholarship support and extensive training opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers as trial attorneys. Bolstering his longstanding commitment to UCLA Law, Cappello’s donation will create the A. Barry Cappello Program in Trial Advocacy, […]

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Leila Noël Named in “Top 50 Women in Business” by Pacific Coast Business Times

For the second consecutive year, firm partner Leila Noël was named one of “Top 50 Women in Business” by the Pacific Coast Business Times. The honor recognizes the outstanding female business leaders in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Previously, she was named one of 2011’s “Top 75 Women Litigators” in California and […]

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“The Ocean Is Boiling” : The Complete Oral History of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill

For an excellent account of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, read the Pacific Standard’s “The Ocean is Boiling: The Complete Oral History of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill.”  Pacific Standard reporters interviewed those who saw the destruction caused by the spill and who vowed not to rest until those responsible were held accountable. […]

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A. Barry Cappello Recognized by Marquis Who’s Who for Excellence

A. Barry Cappello, managing partner of the Santa Barbara law firm Cappello & Noël LLP, is included in the 2017 Marquis Who’s Who for excellence in business litigation. Factors for selection include position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility and prominence are all taken into account. Cappello’s firm is regarded as one of the top complex

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Hearing Date Set in Refugio Oil Spill Criminal Case, Class Action Advances

The criminal case against Plains All-American Pipeline regarding the 2015 Refugio Oil Spill will next be in court in November for a trial call date, according to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office. A county Grand Jury indicted the company on 46 criminal counts one year after the May 19, 2015, spill, in which […]

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Santa Barbara News-Press: Fisher class certified in Plains All American lawsuit

A judge certified one of four groups in a federal class-action lawsuit stemming from the Plains All American oil spill in 2015. U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez last week certified the “fisher and fish industry” subclass, but denied certification for the property owner, oil industry and tourism industry subclasses. In ruling that “fishers and […]

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