A U.S. judge has ordered that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke can be questioned in a lawsuit against the government filed by the former head of American International Group Inc.
Law School/Year: Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1997, cum laude
College/Year: Middle Tennessee State University, 1990
California; U.S. District Court, Southern and Central Districts
Armstrong has had the opportunity to handle many high-profile cases in San Diego County since he became a licensed attorney in 1998. His cases have consistently been featured in U-T San Diego, on all of the local TV news stations, on CNN, MSNBC, Court TV, NBC Nightly News, Nancy Grace, and most major U.S. newspapers. Some of the high-profile cases Armstrong has handled include representing a man accused of a violent hate-crime attack on a migrant farm worker, a 13-year-old minor accused of conspiring with two other middle-school boys to kill their teacher, a man accused of sending fake anthrax to the San Diego federal courthouse, a YMCA daycare provider accused of molesting four young students, a Navy man accused of distributing child pornography from a Navy ship, and a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and his 10-month-old baby in order to get out of paying child support.
Armstrong opened up his law firm, the Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC, in June 2007. Prior to that, he was employed as the senior associate attorney for a large criminal defense firm in San Diego for nine years, eventually being placed in charge of that firm's branch office. Armstrong's law firm currently employs an associate attorney, two paralegals, and a certified law clerk. The firm represents those accused of every type of crime imaginable, as well as handling juvenile delinquency cases, military criminal cases, forfeiture cases and civil TRO (restraining order) hearings. Armstrong has handled hundreds of felony and misdemeanor cases all over California, in both state courts and federal courts. He also has conducted nearly 50 jury trials, as well as more than 35 juvenile court trials. Many of his jury trials have been on cases where the charges carried life in prison. His jury trials have included charges ranging all the way from petty theft to first-degree murder with a special circumstance (which makes one eligible for the death penalty). Armstrong has tried numerous sex cases as well, including charges of lewd conduct in public, forcible rape, child molestation, prostitution solicitation, rape by intoxication, sexual battery, and possession of child pornography. While he consistently represents persons charged with all types of crimes, a large portion of Armstrong's clients are those charged with sex offenses. Criminal defense attorneys in San Diego often consult with Armstrong regarding their clients who face sex charges. In 2003, Armstrong was featured on the hour-long season premiere of “Law & Order: Crime & Punishment” (an episode that was watched by 10 million viewers). The reality show featured Armstrong in a murder and attempted murder trial that he conducted in 2002. Armstrong appears on local TV news stations from time to time as a legal analyst. Additionally, he has lectured several times at Thomas Jefferson School of Law on the subjects of legal writing and ethics.
Armstrong is a member of the State Bar of California, as well as the federal bars for the Southern and Central Districts of California. One of only a handful of criminal defense attorneys in San Diego who have received all not-guilty verdicts for his client in a first-degree murder trial (in 2005), Armstrong's client in that case was acquitted of all charges in the case that began as a capital case. San Diego County Bar Association, member; San Diego County Criminal Defense Bar Association, member; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, member; "Trial Attorney of the Year" award, San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association.
Aug. 14, 2013 -- Reporter Doug Sherwin talks with attorney Lonny Zilberman, a partner with Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP and a 2013 Top Attorney, about sexual harassment lawsuits and the nuances of these types of cases.
Partner liability has emerged as one of the most important issues for law firms and is increasingly the crucial factor that determines building selection and the structure of other economic lease terms. Arguments over liability complicate — even kill — otherwise easy lease transactions. Law firm decision-makers contemplating a relocation or renewal would be well-served to understand and carefully consider how they intend to deal with partner liability from the outset.
Top Attorneys 2013 pays tribute to San Diego County's legal cream of the crop. It is the culmination of a lengthy peer voting process that began in April with the announcement of a call for nominations. San Diego County lawyers were asked who among their peers -- with whom they had professional experience -- were worthy of recognition.
When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June, it opened up more than 1,000 federal benefits and responsibilities to legally married same-sex couples.
Thomas Guernsey has been at the job as Thomas Jefferson School of Law's new dean and president for less than two months and he's already made quite an impression.
Recently, I received calls from two human resources managers regarding articles in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. They were concerned about the WSJ’s claim that the position of legal secretary is extinct and USA Today’s assertion that the growth of temporary hiring is a negative devolvement.
Established in 2001, Morris, Sullivan & Lemkul was founded by Shawn Morris and Mike Sullivan. Shawn and Mike are former partners of Wingert Grebing, one of San Diego's oldest and most respected law firms.
The U.S. Department of Treasury recently announced that it is delaying until 2015 the enforcement of the so-called “employer mandate” provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA” or “Obamacare”), which were supposed to take effect in 2014.
#1. Put all commission agreements in writing (Labor Code section 2751).
RJS Law is a full-service law firm that can help resolve your personal, small-business or corporate tax problems with the Internal Revenue Service and California state tax authorities.
As the practice of law adapts to meet the changing needs of clients and organizations, opportunities exist to develop partnerships between law firms and law schools. Together, firms and schools can prepare profession-ready graduates and meet the growing need for legal services. California Western School of Law, San Diego’s oldest law school, is poised to lead the way in this national effort.
The University of San Diego School of Law develops resources and clinics that offer practical training to law students while making it possible for them to give back to the community. With San Diego County’s estimated veteran population of 250,000 and more than 2 million veterans living in California, there is no doubt that many have and will benefit from the school’s Initiative to Protect Student Veterans.
California’s employers are burdened with a long list of onerous regulations, so it’s no surprise that many employers fail to recognize the daunting requirements of the California Labor Code -- until it’s too late.
Gomez Iagmin Trial Attorneys is a plaintiff's only law firm based in downtown San Diego, specializing in catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, complex product liability and mass torts.
The attorneys at CaseyGerry specialize in serious personal injury and traumatic brain injury cases, and are at the forefront of the complex medical issues related to brain injury. These include chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease thought to be caused by repeat concussions or blows to the head, and second impact syndrome, a condition in which the brain swells rapidly after a person suffers a second concussion.
Ralph Nader has a new cause.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that, at least when it comes to voting rights, the U.S. Supreme Court is guilty of wishful thinking. He is also showing both how difficult and how important it is to overcome that kind of thinking.
A federal jury in Oregon awarded $18.6 million to a woman who spent two years unsuccessfully trying to get Equifax Information Services to fix major mistakes on her credit report.
A coalition of environmental groups is suing the Cuomo administration over dairy farm regulations intended to bolster the state's growing yogurt industry, the groups announced Monday.
It was late at night on Feb. 27, 2001, and Penn State's then-president, Graham Spanier, one of academia's most prominent administrators, typed a brief email to two other top administrators as they debated how to respond to a thorny situation.
FedEx Corp., the world’s largest cargo airline, will pay $21.5 million to settle a lawsuit over claims that it overcharged customers by billing for deliveries to businesses and governments at higher residential rates.