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 California, Hastings College of the Law, 1997
College/Year: University of California, Santa Barbara, with honors,1993
Civil Litigation; Discrimination & Civil Rights; Labor
My law practice is devoted to defending companies, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions in employment related litigation, including cases alleging wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, breach of contract, trade secret/unfair competition, and other workplace misconduct. I also dedicate a significant portion of my practice to consulting with employers in order to help them avoid litigation. I routinely prepare employee handbooks and employment-related contracts and policies, and offer proactive training programs on unlawful harassment and best management practices.
I am a founding partner of Andrews Lagasse Branch & Bell LLP, a 100 percent female and minority-owned firm. Prior to starting our firm, I was a partner at one of California's largest law firms, where I practiced in its employment department.
I was selected by my peers as one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers and Top 50 Attorneys in San Diego in 2011 and 2012. I was also included on the list of San Diego Super Lawyers from 2009 through 2012. In 2010 I was honored as one of San Diego's Women Who Mean Business. I was also named a Top Attorney in 2009.
I am a member of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section. I also volunteer as a judge for the San Diego Teen Court Program, a diversion program that works in association with the Juvenile Court and I am a member of the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association. I regularly lecture on employment related topics, including speaking about leave laws for Lorman Education Services and teaching a Personnel Law course for the San Diego Employers Association. I also work closely with risk managers from private companies and insurers to offer training and pre-termination consulting geared toward the reduction of claims.
I am the proud mom of three beautiful elementary school-age children who keep me on my toes whenever I am not practicing law. I spend much of my weekends cheering on the sidelines during their many sporting events. In all my extra time, I enjoy swimming and biking. Last year, I completed my first half iron-man triathlon.
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.