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. View the finalists here.

  • Keeping top legal performers on for the long haul

    If you were the principal at an existing firm, how would you ensure top employees are in it for the long haul? While finding jobs for law school graduates may have been difficult in previous years, a recent New York Times article points to several studies indicating a possible uptick in law school enrollments and job placement after graduation, indicating that competition for legal talent may be on the increase.

  • City National makes legal services banking its business

    In the business of banking, the most important component of any client relationship is the trust developed between the client and the banker. That’s especially true when it comes to serving the legal community.

  • Standard of review in Inter Partes Review proceedings

    This month, the Federal Circuit denied a petition for rehearing en banc of its decisions in In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC. In In re Cuozzo, the Federal Circuit addressed issues arising in inter parties review (IPR) proceedings, which were established by the America Invents Act.

  • What universities can learn from UC San Diego sex assault case

    On July 10, 2015, San Diego Superior Court Judge Joel M. Pressman ordered UC San Diego to set aside its panel findings and sanctions made against an undergraduate student accused of sexual misconduct in a campus disciplinary hearing. Judge Pressman, ruling on a petition for writ of administrative mandate filed by the accused male student, held that the hearing had violated the accused student’s rights to due process and was unfair.

  • The law firm office of the future

    The times are changing in the legal industry — in large part due to increasing competition in a fluctuating global economy, putting pressure on law firms to cut costs. As occupancy expenses hit all-time highs, law firms are faced with the need to reduce and rethink their utilization of space.

  • Empowering law’s next generation

    During the depths of our economic recession, at a time when the legal sector, like so many others, experienced turbulent upheaval, many questions were asked about the value of a legal education. While much of the legal community focused upon the lack of jobs available for law school graduates at many of the sector’s largest firms, often overlooked was the enormous number of students whose goals were not necessarily to become board room power brokers, but rather to affect real and positive change right in their own local communities.

  • 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.

  • Q&A with San Diego’s premier concierge firm

    We sat down with Membership Director Andrea Lopez-Velarde to talk about how Elite Lifestyle Management — San Diego’s premier members-only lifestyle management and concierge firm — offers unique packages catered to law firms whose focus is on providing impeccable service to the clients they represent.

  • What retirement-planning options will keep my family-owned business secure but still provide assets for a comfortable retirement?

    For many business owners, retirement planning is tied to succession planning and it can be a challenge to determine what takes priority: retirement security or a successful succession strategy. Here are some considerations:

  • Law firms help companies combat internal data breaches

    Cyberattacks constantly generate headlines.

  • City Council seeks short-term vacation rental ordinance

    San Diego is home to more than 12,000 properties being used as short-term vacation rentals, according to one estimate, but city councilors and some community members believe the city doesn’t have clear land-use rules to regulate them.

  • Is mediation right for you? Garwood Family Law & Mediation helps you decide

    Many couples considering divorce are drawn to mediation as an alternative to traditional litigation. Julia Garwood, a 2015 Top Attorney in Family Law, believes that mediation is the way of the future for progressive divorcing couples.

  • California Western’s Top Attorneys’ work has tangible impact in the legal world

    California Western School of Law professors William Aceves, Thomas Barton and Justin Brooks are not only Top Attorneys, but top advocates in their fields of law practice and scholarship — with tangible impact in the world outside of academia.

  • David S. Casey Jr., Robert J. Francavilla only San Diego Attorneys Featured on Top 25 Plaintiff Lawyer List

    CaseyGerry attorneys continue to rack up the accolades, with partners David S. Casey Jr. and Robert J. Francavilla recognized as among “California’s Top 25 Plaintiff Lawyers” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal -- leading California legal publications.

  • The Daily Transcript congratulates Top Attorneys 2015

    Welcome to the 2015 edition of Top Attorneys. This program 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 February 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.

  • Lawyers: immigrant mothers coerced to wear ankle monitors

    SAN ANTONIO -- Lawyers representing immigrant mothers held in a South Texas detention center say the women have been denied counsel and coerced into accepting ankle-monitoring bracelets as a condition of release, even after judges made clear that paying their bonds would suffice.

  • Facebook’s use of facial-recognition tool draws privacy concerns

    When you are identified in a picture on Facebook, biometric software remembers your face so it can be “tagged” in other photographs.

  • Petition filed for Carlsbad retail project

    A group spearheaded by Los Angeles retail developer Rick Caruso has gathered more than 20,000 signatures to put an initiative on next year's ballot to allow a Nordstrom-anchored retail mall on 26 acres of land surrounding Carlsbad's Agua Hedionda Lagoon, while preserving 176 acres for open space.


Top Attorneys 2015 videos

Top Attorneys 2015: Margaret Dalton

Aug. 10, 2015 -- Reporter Katherine Connor talks with Margaret Dalton, a University of San Diego law professor of Law, faculty director of Clinical and Placement Education and a 2015 Top Attorney, about the range of law clinics offered at USD.

Watch all of our Top Attorneys 2015 videos.

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Top Attorneys - 2011

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Top Attorneys - 2010

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