This special report highlights San Diego lawyers and legal teams who are raising the bar and making headlines. See corporate counsel finalists here.

  • In-house law department provides quality legal counsel while lowering costs

    The question is a common one for many corporations in these legally complex and highly litigious times: Should we seek outside counsel from high-powered law firms, or work to develop an in-house law department with intimate knowledge of the company's business? For Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), the choice was the latter.

  • Local attorney gives back to others through extensive pro bono work

    The American Bar Association's ethical rules recommend that lawyers provide a minimum of 50 hours of pro bono legal work per year. Locally, one San Diego attorney has far surpassed this recommendation.

  • Can your business thrive under California's new e-discovery rules?

    If someone offered you a good way to lose a lawsuit before it started, regardless of whether you were right or wrong, would you take it? That is exactly what you are doing if you ignore California's new discovery rules on electronic data (also known as e-discovery).

  • Lawyers: Chinese drywall makers may ignore suits

    NEW ORLEANS -- Lawyers representing homeowners and homebuilders who used drywall suspected of causing corrosion and possible health risks say they expect Chinese companies that made the wallboard to ignore hundreds of lawsuits filed against them in U.S. courts.

  • Western Union wins patent infringement lawsuit

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Global payment services company Western Union Co. (NYSE: WU) said Friday it won a jury verdict in a patent infringement lawsuit against MoneyGram Payment Systems Inc.

  • Court nixes $5 million verdict against funeral protesters

    RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals court last Thursday tossed out a $5 million verdict against fundamentalist Christian protesters who carried signs with inflammatory messages like "Thank God for dead soldiers" outside the Maryland funeral of a U.S. Marine killed in Iraq.

  • Bush officials face liability for terror policies

    WASHINGTON -- Former Attorney General John Ashcroft and a leading Bush administration legal hardliner face the rare prospect that they could be held personally liable in U.S.lawsuits that allege violations of individuals' rights in the aggressive, post-Sept. 11 actions to prevent another terrorist attack.

  • Jurors: FEMA trailer didn't expose family to fumes

    NEW ORLEANS -- A federal jury last Thursday rejected a New Orleans family's assertions that the government-issued trailer they lived in after Hurricane Katrina exposed them to dangerous fumes, in the first of several trials that could lead to hundreds of similar claims being resolved.

  • California OKs fee to pay for global warming program

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Despite industry objections and threats of lawsuits, California air regulators on Friday approved the nation's first statewide carbon fee on utilities, oil refineries and other polluting industries.

  • Monkey see, monkey sue? Firm's name spawns lawsuit

    MILWAUKEE -- A federal lawsuit is simmering between two marketing companies -- A Hundred Monkeys in California and 100 Monkeys in Wisconsin.

  • Airport's Green Build program provides big opportunities for small businesses

    The largest set of improvements in the history of San Diego International Airport -- known as The Green Build -- means big opportunities for local small, disadvantaged, minority/woman-owned and disabled veteran businesses in the San Diego region.

  • Wilson Turner Kosmo offers unparalleled service and expertise

    In the last 18 years, Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP has developed a reputation as a firm of smart, practical and experienced lawyers who bring real value to its clients.

  • 10 common patent strategies

    The traditional reason for filing for a patent on an invention is to prevent others from selling or using the invention or a potential substitute for the invention. Yet, there are many other roles patents may serve. As part of a research team that recently conducted a wide-scale nationwide survey -- the 2008 Berkeley Patent Survey -- on the use of patents by startup companies, we found that many companies use patents in nontraditional, so-called "strategic" ways. We also found that many managers and in-house counsel are relatively unaware of the variety of strategic uses of patents. Following are the 10 most common patent strategies.

  • California Western scholar prepares students with hands-on approach to business law

    Most law students don't take courses in taxation and securities, so how do you provide them with the basic principles they need to form business entities? California Western School of Law professor Scott B. Ehrlich addresses this need in legal education with his latest scholarly work.

  • Time to talk value

    The winds of change are blowing in the legal profession. Rates and salaries at big firms continue to escalate - even as the economic crisis persists. Moreover, job satisfaction for lawyers continues to decline, as billing and revenue pressures require more time and effort to support firm financial goals.

  • Filling your 'bucket' with philanthropic works

    Is it important for lawyers to incorporate philanthropy into their practices? Unequivocally, "Yes." The reasons, though, may surprise you.

  • Advice on avoiding trademark hazards and saving money

    Attorney Lisa Martens, who heads the West Coast trademark practice for Fish & Richardson, one of the world's largest intellectual property firms, recently made a presentation to the San Diego Chapter of American Corporate Counsel (ACC) about how companies can effectively trademark their products in cost conscious ways.

  • Legal malpractice claims on the rise

    The economic meltdown has brought many new challenges and hurdles to the marketplace. For lawyers, these come in the form of an increase in legal malpractice claims.

  • 15 tips for successfully managing your legal department through the recession

    Corporate general counsel certainly feel as if their departments have been especially hard hit during this period. A recent survey of general counsel by Altman Weil revealed that approximately 75 percent have faced overall cuts in their legal department budget in 2009. With revenues shrinking, all corporations are taking a hard look at "non-critical expenses" and CEOs and CFOs may often perceive that a company's legal expenses fall in this category. However, savvy general counsel with the appropriate knowledge, foresight and planning can take steps to change this view by other senior managers.

  • Green lawyers on the rise

    With the number of green projects on the rise as more developers and real estate professionals seek to "green" their projects, there is a growing need for lawyers who can help navigate the legalities of going green, specifically in regards to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), an internationally recognized green building certification system.

  • San Diego firms weathering economic storm

    The San Diego legal community has weathered the economic downturn better than other regions, according to local law firm officials.

  • The Daily Transcript honors San Diego's top corporate counsel

    The Daily Transcript and Association of Corporate Counsel - San Diego Chapter are pleased to honor San Diego's top corporate counsel. Selected by an independent judging panel, these attorneys exemplify leadership, dedication and achievement, community involvement and commitment to diversity in the profession.

  • Former Navy SEAL forming Veterans Bar Association

    When Walter Scott couldn't find a legal group geared specifically for military veterans, he decided to fill the void himself.

  • Worley, Jones take new positions in city attorney's office

    The San Diego city attorney’s office is making changes to its management positions, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith announced Thursday.

  • Casey to receive lifetime achievement award, ABA honor

    David Casey will receive a lifetime achievement award from a statewide consumer advocacy group this Saturday and a top honor from the American Bar Association next month.

  • Enright to become Superior Court's presiding judge

    Judge Kevin A. Enright will become the new presiding judge of the San Diego Superior Court on Jan. 1, the court announced Tuesday.

  • Federal, local prosecutors warn of stimulus fraud

    Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities are joining forces for a special initiative aimed at curbing the misuse of stimulus funds.

  • State high court rules attorneys must disclose lack of malpractice insurance

    The California Supreme Court on Wednesday adopted a rule requiring attorneys who don't carry legal malpractice insurance to inform their clients that they don't have it.

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  • Lawyers: Chinese drywall makers may ignore suits

    NEW ORLEANS -- Lawyers representing homeowners and homebuilders who used drywall suspected of causing corrosion and possible health risks say they expect Chinese companies that made the wallboard to ignore hundreds of lawsuits filed against them in U.S. courts.

  • Western Union wins patent infringement lawsuit

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Global payment services company Western Union Co. (NYSE: WU) said Friday it won a jury verdict in a patent infringement lawsuit against MoneyGram Payment Systems Inc.

  • Court nixes $5 million verdict against funeral protesters

    RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals court last Thursday tossed out a $5 million verdict against fundamentalist Christian protesters who carried signs with inflammatory messages like "Thank God for dead soldiers" outside the Maryland funeral of a U.S. Marine killed in Iraq.

  • Bush officials face liability for terror policies

    WASHINGTON -- Former Attorney General John Ashcroft and a leading Bush administration legal hardliner face the rare prospect that they could be held personally liable in U.S.lawsuits that allege violations of individuals' rights in the aggressive, post-Sept. 11 actions to prevent another terrorist attack.

  • Jurors: FEMA trailer didn't expose family to fumes

    NEW ORLEANS -- A federal jury last Thursday rejected a New Orleans family's assertions that the government-issued trailer they lived in after Hurricane Katrina exposed them to dangerous fumes, in the first of several trials that could lead to hundreds of similar claims being resolved.

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