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Asking for Traffic Safety – Shefman Law on KUT

“There’s nobody advocating for that infrastructure to be created,” says Lenore Shefman, a personal injury lawyer who represents pedestrians and cyclists who have been hit by cars. The voice is less because quite frankly, people have less time to knock on doors at the legislature or city council.”

Shefman says people sometimes for get that.

“You do the best with what you have and if you need to be to work at five o’clock and you have to get your child to the babysitter and there is not crosswalk for two miles then you wait for a break in an you run for it,” Shefman says. “And that unfortunately is something that people who don’t have to face that dilemma just really can’t compute.”


Medical marijuana will be a big issue in the next voting cycles

Medical Marijuana and Voting in Future Elections

Medical marijuana will be a big issue in the next voting cycles

In 2005 and 2006 in Northern and Southern California, the DEA under the Bush Administration was swarming medical marijuana dispensaries that were operating quasi-legally (as legally as they could) under California State Law, specifically The Compassionate Use Act, arguably laws written very poorly. The moment the SCOTUS reached a decision in Reich v. Gonzales, 21 USC 801 the doors to the largest chain of dispensaries throughout the State and the largest edibles manufacturer (our clients) were knocked down and every asset seized in what is called a civil forfeiture action. A civil forfeiture action is a legal tool that allows law enforcement officials to seize property that they assert has been involved in certain criminal activity. This seizure of property includes cash direct from bank accounts. Businesses operating under color of State Laws but impermissible under federal law are subject to this action and medical marijuana businesses operating under the Compassionate Use Act of California were surprised when their money disappeared from their operating accounts and they were left with a subpoena and civil citation they could not defend against, U.S. v. $124,000.00. This taking was common and caused additional lawsuits by employees who were not paid for work they had provided for their employer, now sitting in jail on federal drug charges. Class actions ensued against these employers because often the dispensaries had sufficient employees to trigger what amounted to a factory shut down within less than proper notice required by state employment laws. With all operating expenses seized there is often no way to pay payroll and of course no way to pay for necessary services or expenses.

As civil counsel for both Compassionate Caregivers and Beyond Bomb edibles we turned over representation to criminal counsel in 2006 following the raids of each establishment. Shefman Law representing Compassionate Caregivers Inc. The police came in and arrested owners, managers, and employees sometimes issuing up to five year sentences. This enraged the medical marijuana community. A medical marijuana dispensary was turned into a “drug ring” by DEA accounts: DEA page on Compassionate Caregivers, Inc. The same type of reporting by the DEA of Kenneth Affolter’s Beyond Bomb business: DEA page on Beyond Bomb. Suggested that business was focused on selling to children despite the products only being available in dispensaries subject to the Compassionate Use Act and a doctor’s recommendation and patient ID card. Though, the community that supported over 30 dispensaries in San Francisco at the time and countless dispensaries in Los Angeles had a different account, here is one from the SF Gate.

Since then five states have provided for the legalization of marijuana and have operated smoothly under the Obama Administration. But, what lies ahead? The Texas legislature once again introduced a bill into the session that went nowhere, indicating legislative intolerance of alternative medicine, or perhaps more indicative of the lobbyists for the larger pharmaceutical company’s intolerance for competition from medical marijuana operating within the State.

Are you registered to vote? If you are reading this my guess is medical marijuana is a concern for you? If so, register to vote. Each of the business that are operating in California and Colorado and within whatever bounds the states they exist within allow, are not secure under a hostile federal government. If Scott Walker or another Bush become the new POTUS, the 2005-2006 behavior of the DEA and the IRS will be repeated and the legitimate businesses now operating will be reduced to a page of DEA allegations of organized drug criminals.

Shefman Law and Frankie Frankovis Featured on KXAN

After hearing about the case of the missing report in Frankie Frankovis’ bicycle injury, KXAN reported on the story, interviewing Frankie and Lenore about the situation.

How Shefman Law and Health Alliance for Austin Musicians helped Joe Egnot of Wino Vino

Hi. My name’s Joe Egnot. I’m a musician in Austin. I play accordion with the band Wino Vino, and I have done so for the past seven years.

I learned how HAAM could benefit me last year when I was in a serious motorcycle accident*. I wound up in a hospital bed, unable to walk.

At the time, I was working a retail job. I hadn’t had insurance for years—never anticipated needing it—and suddenly I was in a situation where I had no idea of what was racking up against me.

A friend of mine knew an attorney, Lenore Shefman, who focuses on cyclist injuries, and before that the legal world was very nebulous to me. I didn’t know where to start looking, and she came into my hospital room, met with me, told me who she was, laid everything out for me, and I was very relieved, happy, and confident, and we just went from there.

Every step of the way I felt supported, both by Lenore who dealt with bill collectors right away from the hospital, and at the same time HAAM had gotten me Seton Care Plus, which helped me with my doctor visits, prescriptions, everything through the Seton system that I needed.

I would never in my wildest dreams have anticipated that HAAM would step up and help somebody that was in such a serious situation as myself.

In thanks for what HAAM has done for me and other people like me, Shefman Law is going to be donating a portion of their fees to HAAM to give back. And I greatly, greatly appreciate all the help I got from Shefman Law. Both of them saw me through to a solid recovery, and it’s why I can sit here and tell my story today.

*Joe Engot suffered a fractured femur, humerus, ribs, pelvic fracture, urethral rupture and transverse process fracture.

Attorney Shefman Featured in Austin Post August 1, 2014


Speaking out about the way Austin police officers approach bicycle crashes and injuries, Attorney Lenore Shefman has been featured in Austin Post’s article APD Tries to Ditch Its Anti-Bike Rep.  What do you think? Have you had positive or negative interactions with the Austin Police Department as a cyclist? Let us know in the comments below.

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