Law School/Year: University of San Diego, 1985, magna cum laude
Other Graduate School/Year: M.S., journalism, University of Southern California, 1982
College/Year: B.S., journalism, University of Nebraska, 1978
Appellate; Discrimination & Civil Rights; Intellectual Property; Patent, Trademark & Copyright
Guylyn Cummins has represented media and entertainment companies, including in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and California Supreme Court. Recent significant matters include:
* Starkey v. County of San Diego: Lead attorney in claim appeal for viewpoint-based discrimination. The Ninth Circuit of Appeal agreed that Dr. Starkey's summary removal from a committee was viewpoint-based discrimination.
* Balzaga v. Fox News Network LLC: Lead attorney winning an appeal affirming the grant of an anti-SLAPP motion based on a “Hannity & Colmes” news and talk show.
* Lead attorney winning an anti-SLAPP motion on behalf of KOGO radio talk-show host Steve Yuhas, dismissing defamation claims brought by a San Diego high school principal investigated by the school district for alleged misconduct.
* Represented Associated Press, the ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates, KOGO News Radio and various newspapers in public access issues in the high-profile capital case of John Albert Gardner, who is charged with the murder of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois.
Cummins is a partner in the Entertainment, Media and Technology Practice Group in Sheppard Mullin's San Diego office. She has spent her entire career working in media law. A seasoned litigator, she represents a broad array of media clients relating to First Amendment issues, including access issues, libel and advertising content, plus trademark and copyright fair use. Cummins has been recognized as one of the "Top Women Litigators in California" by the Daily Journal. She has also been listed in Chambers USA, Legal 500, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.
Chair, ABA Forum on Communications Law (the ABA Forum comprises leading media and entertainment lawyers in America); board member, First Amendment Coalition. Former chair of various committees for the Media Law Resource Center. Chair, Webinar Committee for the ABA TIPS Intellectual Property Committee.
Married 30 years to attorney Scott Cummins. Daughter, Elyse, is a 21-year-old junior at Stanford University. Son, Blake, is a 17-year-old junior at La Jolla High School.