Online legal services are not going away, so traditional attorneys need to adapt to the changing marketplace, according to panelists at a San Diego Law Library event last month.
Law School/Year: University of San Diego School of Law,1987
College/Year: Knox College,1984
California; New Mexico (Inactive); Hawaii, pro hac vice; Arizona, pro hac vice; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Arizona, pro hac vice; U.S. District Court of Arizona, pro hac vice; U.S. District Court of California, Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts; U.S. District Court of Missouri, pro hac vice; U.S. District Court of New Mexico; U.S. District Court of Nevada, pro hac vice; U.S. District Court of New York (Eastern District), pro hac vice; Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
Business Litigation; Patent, Trademark & Copyright Litigation; Insurance Litigation; Real Estate Litigation; Employment and Labor Litigation
Presently, I am involved in three high profile trademark disputes. One is against Google to cancel its trademark due to its generic use (“google it”); the other is a trademark infringement claim on behalf of The (Johnnie) Cochran Law Firm for the illegal use of the firm’s trademarked name; and the other is the defense of an USPTO approved trademark for Yamaha Air. In the recent past I litigated a breach contract claim against a Boeing Aeronautics Subdivision, a trademark infringement case against Gracie Jiu Jitsu, an ERISA Pension Claim against Solar Turbines, a misappropriation of an alleged trade secret customer list from an accounting firm and boundary disputes concerning the construction of State Route 56 and related properties.
I have been extremely blessed to have been mentored by some of the best business and trial lawyers in San Diego, including Brian Dunn, Anthony Ditty, Jerry Coughlin, Mike Lipman, Bob Semmer, and Hon. Joel Pressman. They not only taught me the mechanics of lawyering, but also the business of law. However, it was not until I worked with the Michael Aguirre that I realized the special rewards of lawyering. In addition to slaying big corporate dragons in securities fraud class actions, I was fortunate enough to work with Mike in Yuma, Ariz., defending Cesar Chavez’s UFW against illegal boycott allegations by Bruce Church, Inc., which saved the UFW. In 1995, I started my own firm. My current practice focuses on business litigation in intellectual property, competitive business practices, real estate and employment law on behalf of businesses, owners, and employees. This year, I was also named one of San Diego’s Super Lawyers.
Staying involved in the community is a priority for me. I am a member of both the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the San Diego County Bar Association, where I was the immediate past co-chair of the Employment Section. I currently volunteer as pro tem judge Department 8 of the North County San Diego Superior Court as well as volunteer as a mediator for California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing employment disputes. As an alumnus of USD’s School of Law, I regularly sponsor law clerk externs and often sponsor college student interns. I have also co-hosted a real estate radio show and have provided legal opinions for Fox News.
I grew up in Chicago and have fond memories of great architecture, icy cold winters, hardworking families with a spirit of indefatigable persistence, and ‘da Bears, Bulls, and Cubbies. I met my wife in college and we moved to California. We have enjoyed living in both Los Angeles and San Diego, but call San Diego home with our two great boys (ages 10 and 14), who keep us active with their youth sports, violin concerts, and academic pursuits. When there’s time, we enjoy family adventures exploring new places and learning as much history as we can find out.
When California Western School of Law students approach visiting professor Bob Seibel, they always have the same query: What's the best way to run a law practice?
The U.S. Supreme Court typically makes it biggest splash at the end of a session, and this year was no different.
With the dawn of flexible hours and technological advances, it’s a new age to be a female lawyer, according to a panel of female attorneys recently hosted by The Daily Transcript and sponsored by Union Bank.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Silicon Valley venture capital firm of Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfied & Byers has been generating buzz for decades, spotting early investment opportunities and making billions with companies like Google and Amazon. This summer, the attention is no different, but the reason for it is.
Ensuring their plans are executed according to their wishes — and protecting them from unexpected pitfalls — is an important consideration for wealthy individuals. As such, a great deal of attention and press is paid to the importance of having a will or well-written trust document to ensure that your legacy is carried out. While this is a critical step, of equal importance is choosing the successor trustee — the person or entity that will carry out those wishes on your behalf.
Well-respected for their contributions to understanding of the law and to legal education, California Western School of Law associate deans William Aceves and Laura Padilla lend their considerable expertise and acumen to the day-to-day operations of San Diego’s oldest law school.
On many occasions and from many sources, including potential clients and patent attorneys, the phrase "stake in the ground" has been used to describe the purpose or goal of a provisional application. If one considers a provisional application to be a stake in the ground, to somehow capture an area of technology around a stake, all one will get is the stake. This is not a viable patenting strategy. The flaws of such strategy, previously significant for non-U.S. rights, now are magnified by virtue of the first to file provisions of the American Invents Act (AIA). The first-to-file provisions of the AIA will come into effect on March 16, 2013.
The talents and expertise of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty who collectively help drive the growing national and international reputation of the law school are exemplified by some of their recent noteworthy achievements.
The University of San Diego School of Law congratulates its notable alumni who appear on this list of top San Diego attorneys.
Jurors make decisions not just on what they see and hear, but also on what they believe. Jurors tend to believe what they can understand. That’s where the expert’s communications skills come into play.
As a year-round long-distance ocean swimmer, Steve Coopersmith is used to thriving in extreme, difficult conditions.
Last year was especially tough for plaintiffs and consumers in the world of pharmaceutical litigation.
Troutman Sanders is an internationally recognized firm with more than 600 lawyers and offices located throughout the United States and China. The San Diego practice covers a broad range of services including complex commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, insurance litigation, and real estate and business transactions, led by Managing Partner Michael J. Whitton, named a Transcript 10 Top Attorneys finalist.
Good, honest and loyal employees are the greatest asset of any company. Unfortunately not all employees are great. Some employees are dishonest and others are vindictive. Not surprisingly, ex-employees who are discharged due to dishonesty are the most likely ones to post a defamatory blog about their former employer.
The attorneys of The Gomez Law Firm gladly step into the ring for their clients when defendants don’t pay what’s fair. This boutique firm focuses on high-value and high-profile catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, trucking litigation and elder abuse. The willingness of the attorneys to go to trial combined with their attention to detail, impeccable service and results-driven approach have allowed the firm to obtain more than $250 million in verdicts and settlements since 2000.