The Daily Transcript pays tribute to San Diego County's Top Attorneys. View the Finalists and our Top Attorneys Emeritus 2009-2013

  • Kennedy & Souza APC

    Kennedy & Souza APC (K&S) is a full-service civil litigation law firm whose attorneys have decades of experience in a broad spectrum of practice areas, including construction, product liability, general civil litigation (contracts and torts), business transactions, business litigation, real estate, workers’ compensation, corporate counseling, professional liability, employment, family law matters, and estate planning (trusts, wills and estates). Thus, while K&S originated as an insurance defense firm, it has grown far beyond its origins, although it is proud to have maintained a strong commitment to insurance carriers and their insureds with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.

  • Trial opening over video of Oklahoma City bombing

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- A Salt Lake City attorney is arguing in a lawsuit that the FBI has video of the Oklahoma City bombing that shows a second person was involved.

  • Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban

    DENVER -- Pot may be legal in some states -- but the neighbors don't have to like it.

  • What happens to your online accounts when you die?

    WASHINGTON -- When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Gmail and other online accounts?

  • Patenting strategy: Functional language in claims

    The first patent application or applications filed by a company can be the only opportunity to claim the most broad embodiments of a platform technology. To define the scope of what is invented, functional language often is employed in the claims, particularly where the invention is of pioneering nature, such that there is no prior art barring patentability. Such claiming strategy had been successfully employed for many years, but functional language no longer is accepted by patent offices in many jurisdictions. In the United States, such claims recently have been rejected or invalidated as not adequately described and/or not enabled. In other jurisdictions, claims are rejected as claiming by a result to be achieved.

  • CaseyGerry: A leading plaintiffs firm takes on tough cases

    Boutique plaintiff’s litigation firm Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP relishes the tough cases. Senior partner David Casey, Jr. explains: “We are one of the few plaintiff’s firms with the resources to aggressively litigate high profile, complicated cases all the way from pre-filing discovery through appeals.”

  • Judge strikes down gay marriage ban, stays ruling

    DENVER -- A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional on July 23, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state until next month to seek an appeal.

  • The Daily Transcript congratulates Top Attorneys 2014

    Top Attorneys 2014 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.

  • Supreme Court adheres to judicial restraint in latest term

    The U.S. Supreme Court issued its share of controversial decisions during the 2013-14 term, but the justices' rulings were mostly carefully tailored, legal analysts say.

  • The future of software-related patents

    On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its long-awaited decision in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, et al. The Court held that patent claims that are directed to an abstract idea are not patentable under 35 USC 101. Those in the software field will be relieved to know that software as a whole is still eligible for patent protection.

  • Shustak & Partners PC

    Shustak & Partners PC is an AV-rated law firm with offices in downtown San Diego, Irvine, San Francisco and New York. We are known for our extensive experience in securities and business litigation and arbitration. We represent broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, brokers, publicly traded companies, local businesses and high-net-worth individuals in a wide variety of securities and financial disputes, including securities and financial fraud claims, breach of contract claims and complex employment disputes.

  • You deserve a fresh start on your legal education

    Sometimes the first year of law school takes students by surprise. They were successful in college and expected success in law school.

  • Leading businesses rely on RJS Law for tax guidance

    Ronson Shamoun of RJS Law is not your typical attorney. With 15 years of tax experience, including 10 years in legal practice, he has helped thousands of clients find solutions to their civil and criminal tax matters with kindness and compassion at the center of his practice.

  • Who is Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge? 10 facts

    Downtown San Diego law firm Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge has stayed small yet strong on purpose, with skilled attorneys who are attentive and dedicated to clients of all sizes. The firm practices a variety of specialties, including real estate, intellectual property and professional liability litigation.

  • Trial vs. legal separation: What’s the difference and which is right for you?

    If your marriage has hit a crossroads and you’re contemplating divorce, your first thought may be to try a separation from your spouse first.

  • Are your interns really employees?

    Employers in San Diego and across the country are being flooded with interns this summer looking for work experience and that first “foot in the door” in competitive industries. For many interns and employers, payment tends to come in the form of academic credit or “life experience.” Few question this long-established practice. However, is it legal under federal or state wage and hour laws, or does the title of “intern” bestow upon it an exception?

  • Damiani Law Group

    The Damiani Law Group APC congratulates Associate Andrew Hillier for his recent selection by The Daily Transcript as one of San Diego’s top attorneys for 2014. In its July 30 edition, SDDT recognized Mr. Hillier for his outstanding work in the criminal defense field. Annually, the Transcript organizes a peer-voting process to determine the best lawyers in private, corporate, academic and government practice in San Diego County.

  • From Kansas to the courtroom – Roger Denning has IP litigation covered

    Growing up in rural Kansas, the youngest of seven, Roger Denning enjoyed science and debate. One day, as a junior in high school, he decided he should become a patent trial lawyer.

  • Fidelity National Title: Your one-stop shop for attorney services

    Fidelity National Title’s National Commercial Services Division provides a one-stop shop for national title and closing services. With more than 165 years of experience, our highly skilled underwriters and in-house counsel have the knowledge and capability to handle title and closing/settlement transactions across the nation.

  • The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank

    The legal profession can be challenging and demanding. Your time is limited and you need to make important financial decisions that affect you, your family, and the success of your practice.

  • California Western helps employers find highly qualified candidates

    Under the leadership of Top Attorney Courtney Miklusak, the Career and Professional Development Office at California Western School of Law draws upon its counselor attorneys’ collective 65 years of legal experience to match highly qualified candidates with law clerk and attorney opportunities both within and beyond the San Diego market.

  • Comic artists advised to fight to protect work

    On the eve of Comic-Con, a group of artists and lawyers gathered at the San Diego Law Library to talk about the future of print comics, how to protect the creations and technology's effect on the industry.

  • Business fees survive court challenge

    A San Diego Superior Court judge has quashed a lawyer's attempt to stop the city from spending $1 million collected from businesses to fund neighborhood improvements.


  • The Frost Firm

    Before taking on the ocean or opposing counsel, Thomas Frost arrives prepared.

Top Attorneys 2014 videos

Top Attorneys 2014: Randy Kay

Aug. 13, 2014 -- Reporter Doug Sherwin speaks with attorney Randy Kay, partner with Jones Day and a 2014 Top Attorney, about why there's a surge in trade secrets litigation. 

Watch all of our Top Attorneys 2014 videos.

Archived Reports

Top Attorneys - 2015

The Daily Transcript pays tribute to San Diego County's Top Attorneys. In this report, you will find out who was chosen as San Diego's cream of the crop in practice areas that include Corporate Law, Intellectual Property, Real Estate/Construction, Labor/Employment, Criminal and Municipal/Government.

Top Attorneys - 2013

The Daily Transcript pays tribute to San Diego County's Top Attorneys. View the finalists here.

Top Attorneys - 2012

The Daily Transcript pays tribute to San Diego County's Top Attorneys.

Top Attorneys - 2011

The Daily Transcript pays tribute to San Diego County's Top Attorneys. View the finalists here.

Top Attorneys - 2010

The Daily Transcript pays tribute to San Diego County's Top Attorneys.

Top Attorneys - 2009

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