Pleasanton, California is a suburb within the San Francisco Bay Area and Alameda County. It is about 25 miles east of Oakland and six miles west of Livermore, and is an ideal location to settle down, raise a family in a quiet spot, and still enjoy everything a bustling city like San Francisco has to offer. With a population of more than 82,000 people, Pleasanton is known as a great place to live, work, and have children. It has been named one of the “50 Best Cities to Live 2014” by Money Magazine and one of “America’s 50 Best Cities to Live” by 24/7 Wall Street.
There is no doubt that Pleasanton offers individuals and their children many benefits, but it is not immune from accidents, misconduct, and legal claims. If you have been hurt, contact a Pleasanton personal injury lawyer from Willoughby Brod, LLP right away.The History of Pleasanton
Before Pleasanton was established in the 1850s, the area was home to a settlement known as Alisal, which was located on the Rancho Santa Rita, an 8,894-acre Mexican land grant. One of the first homes to be built in the area was recorded in 1844 and still stands in the Alviso Adobe Community Park. An interesting aspect of the region’s history is that it was located along La Vereda Del Monte (The Mountain Trail), where many bandits and outlaws would seek refuge before the California Gold Rush began. Some of these bandits were known for ambushing gold prospectors and then hiding in Alisal. Some of the most famous California bandits were known to haunt the area. Pleasanton, before it formed, was truly the Wild West.
Eventually the outlaws dispersed and Alisal became home to miners looking for gold and merchants there to sell the miners everything they needed. The first Caucasian settler in the area is recorded as Augustine Bernal in 1850. John W. Kottinger arrived in 1851 and is said to have named Pleasanton after the distinguished Civil War general, Alfred Pleasonton. An error by a recording or postal clerk resulted in the current spelling. From this point on, the town began to grow and when the transcontinental railroad arrived in 1869, the population was about 500 people.
Various industries began to take root in the area. Rangers and horse breeders were attracted by the availability of water and good climate. Dairy farms were established and vineyards were planted. The hops grown in Pleasanton was widely sought after and became internationally famous. By 1900, six years after Pleasanton was incorporated, the community was thriving. There was a busy Main Street and numerous successful businesses, including three hotels. By the 1930s, the gravel and sand industry had begun and continued to be a profitable enterprise for decades.Modern Day Pleasanton
Pleasanton rapidly grew in the 1960s and ‘70s. During this time, the amount of agriculture in the area decreased and land was used for additional homes, schools, and businesses. In 1982, Pleasanton made a significant changed that has led it to being one of the wealthiest cities in America. It began construction on the 850-acrea Hacienda Business Park. The city now holds the headquarters or major locations for many businesses, including Workday, Ellie Mae, Roche Molecular Diagnostics, Blackhawk Network Holdings, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway, Oracle, Veeva Systems, and Macy’s.
To live in Pleasanton now means to have access to one of the top school systems in California, more than 1,200 acres of parks and trails, 220 dining establishments of all kinds, and a wide-array of music, arts, and sports entertainment. There is no lack of events and culture to enjoy throughout the year, particularly in the summer months.Legal Representation in Pleasanton
At Willoughby Brod, LLP, we are proud to provide skilled and aggressive legal representation to the businesses, families, and individuals in and around Pleasanton. We focus on helping people and small businesses, not on giving insurance companies and large corporations even more of an advantage. We are here to help you with a variety of legal matters, including:
- Personal injury and wrongful death claims due to car, trust, motorcycle, bus, train, and pedestrian accidents
- Personal injury and wrongful death claims due to airplane and aviation accidents
- Personal injury and wrongful death due to construction accidents
- Personal injury and wrongful death due to premises liability and slip and fall claims
- Defective products and product liability claims
- Dog bite and animal attack claims
- Elder and nursing home abuse and neglect claims
- Medical malpractice claims
- Mass tort claims
- Sexual abuse claims
- Landlord-tenant issues
- Landlord harassment
- Health care fraud
- Whistleblower and qui tam suits
When you have been injured or tragically lost a loved one in an accident or due to another person’s intentional misconduct, then it is time to speak with one of our experienced Pleasanton personal injury attorneys about a personal injury or wrongful death claim. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay if we recover you compensation for your injuries. If we do not obtain an acceptable resolution to your case, either through a jury award or settlement, then you do not owe us any fees.
If you have not been injured but you have information regarding health care fraud, call our whistleblower attorneys in Pleasanton right away. We will review your situation and advise you on filing a qui tam suit on behalf of California or the federal government.
Also, if you are a tenant who is having trouble with your landlord and you believe your landlord is breaking the law, do not hesitate to contact a Pleasanton landlord-tenant lawyer to discuss your rights and options.