This weeklong series honoring the business of law in San Diego kicks off today with a spotlight on full-service law firms.

  • Changes to state's professional liability insurance requirements could affect LLPs

    For law firms and other professional entities that are limited liability partnerships (LLPs), a little-known change to California law could have major ramifications.

  • Florida lawmakers debate offering a Christian license plate

    MIAMI -- Florida drivers can order more than 100 specialty license plates celebrating everything from manatees to the Miami Heat, but one now under consideration would be the first in the nation to explicitly promote a specific religion.

  • SEC sues ex-USA Capital chief over 'ill-gotten gains'

    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The federal government is accusing former USA Capital President Joe Milanowski of mortgage fraud and securities violations that contributed to the company's collapse, and seeking to recover "ill-gotten gains."

  • The whistleblower's unending story

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The guest lecturer steps to the front of classroom 322 with a lesson plan, but not from any textbook.

  • What lawyers, clients look for in commercial mediation

    For the sixth time in the last eight years, in quest of innovative ideas to make my mediation practice the best it can be, I attended the American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Conference in Seattle, Wash., this month. The most important ideas I came away with from this conference concern what the ABA has found repeat users of commercial mediation are looking for from mediators, and the emerging increased use of dispute boards.

  • Law Day 2008 focuses on rule of law

    The theme of Law Day 2008 is "The Rule of Law: Foundations for Communities of Opportunity and Equity."

  • Funny legal ads draw censure

    Syracuse, N.Y., attorney James Alexander ran a TV spot for his firm showing lawyers offering counsel to space aliens who had crashed their UFO. He also did one with lawyers towering like giants over Syracuse.

  • Mortgage fraud on the increase

    With the declining housing market and the ongoing fallout from mortgage lending practices, it's no surprise that mortgage fraud has grown to almost epidemic proportions. In September 2002, for example, the FBI had 436 mortgage fraud investigations. As of March 2008, the FBI reported that it had more than 1,340, an increase of more than 300 percent.

  • Stormwater issues affect everyone

    Unless you own an auto shop, manage an industrial car wash or work at a local marina, you might not even know what stormwater is. And, you probably think it doesn't matter to you. Well, since January 2007, stormwater should matter to a lot more people in San Diego County.

  • Everything you always wanted to know about your jurors but were afraid to ask

    Many lawyers pick juries the same way case after case. They use seating charts and little yellow Post-it notes, and as the potential jurors go down the list of routine questions and provide information, they furiously cram as much handwriting as they can fit on the note in order to remember what they said.

  • Starbucks to fight California tip-sharing court ruling

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Starbucks Corp. (Nasdaq: SBUX) does not plan to compensate its California baristas for tips they shared with shift supervisors, defying a recent San Diego Superior Court ruling.

  • The urge to merge: Reducing exposure in mergers, acquisitions

    Today's corporate landscape is constantly changing. Recent years have seen an unprecedented number of mergers and acquisitions (M&As), making it all the more important to understand the legal risks inherent in these transactions and the steps necessary to avert them.

  • Recruitment efforts focus on unique perks, lifestyle, corporate culture

    While hefty pay packages certainly spark interest, most local attorneys agree that the key to attracting and retaining top legal talent goes beyond money and gimmicks. Flexibility, a positive work environment and above all, quality of life -- both in and out of the workplace -- are key selling points for potential new hires.

  • EBay sues Craigslist over ownership stake

    SAN JOSE -- EBay Inc. (Nsdaq: EBAY) sued Craigslist on Tuesday, alleging the classified site unfairly tried to dilute the online auctioneer's stake in it.

  • Supreme Court reviews 'millionaire's amendment'

    WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice John Roberts, author of last year's decision striking down a campaign finance measure, could play the pivotal role in the Supreme Court's consideration of a law that allows candidates to receive larger contributions when their wealthy opponents spend heavily from their personal fortunes.

  • Goldsmith proposes reform plan with Dumanis

    Jan Goldsmith, who is running for San Diego City Attorney, and San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis on Tuesday proposed a joint plan to help the city attorney and district attorney coordinate efforts to prosecute violent criminals.

  • Mintz Levin adds patent litigators to San Diego office

    Patent litigators Matthew C. Bernstein and John Giust have joined the San Diego office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. as members.

  • DLA Piper adds 4 top partners to corporate practice group

    DLA Piper strengthened its corporate practice Thursday with the addition of Michael Kagnoff, Martin Nichols, Jeffrey Thacker and Ross Burningham.

  • Casey law firm finishes landmark remodel

    After nearly two years of planning and construction, Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield, LLP -- San Diego's oldest plaintiff's law firm -- has completed the $3 million renovation of its longtime office building, a Banker's Hill landmark at 110 Laurel St., the corner of First and Laurel Streets.

National News

  • Florida lawmakers debate offering a Christian license plate

    MIAMI -- Florida drivers can order more than 100 specialty license plates celebrating everything from manatees to the Miami Heat, but one now under consideration would be the first in the nation to explicitly promote a specific religion.

  • SEC sues ex-USA Capital chief over 'ill-gotten gains'

    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The federal government is accusing former USA Capital President Joe Milanowski of mortgage fraud and securities violations that contributed to the company's collapse, and seeking to recover "ill-gotten gains."

  • The whistleblower's unending story

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The guest lecturer steps to the front of classroom 322 with a lesson plan, but not from any textbook.

  • Funny legal ads draw censure

    Syracuse, N.Y., attorney James Alexander ran a TV spot for his firm showing lawyers offering counsel to space aliens who had crashed their UFO. He also did one with lawyers towering like giants over Syracuse.

  • Starbucks to fight California tip-sharing court ruling

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Starbucks Corp. (Nasdaq: SBUX) does not plan to compensate its California baristas for tips they shared with shift supervisors, defying a recent San Diego Superior Court ruling.

Archived Reports

Law Week - Monday - 2012

The Daily Transcript kicks off its weeklong series with a look at a state bill headed for debate, the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, profiles and more.

Law Week - Monday - 2011

The Daily Transcript kicks off its weeklong series with a look at corporate law, mergers, a profile with a local general counsel and more.

Law Week - Monday - 2010

This weeklong series focusing on the business of law in San Diego kicks off with a look at corporate law, e-discovery, social media, a Q&A with local attorneys and more.

Law Week - Monday - 2009

This weeklong series focusing on the business of law in San Diego kicks off with a look at the construction and real estate legal arenas, including a Q&A with local attorneys.

Law Week - Monday - Solo Practitioners & Small Firms

This weeklong series honoring the business of law in San Diego culminates with today's report, which takes a look at solo practioners and small firms.

Law Week - Monday - National & International Practices

Today's Law Week special report features national and international practices.

Law Week - Monday - Legal Education & Services

In honor of Law Week, today's special report takes a closer look at legal education and services.

Law Week - Monday - Intellectual Property & Specialty Practice Areas

Intellectual property and specialty practice areas are the main topics in today's special report honoring the business of law.