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Law Practice, Law Office Management

Some of the most difficult ethical issues arise not out of an attorney’s own conduct, but rather out of instances where an att...


Corporate, Transportation

There are certain things that come around every once-in-a-while that change life as we know it. And now there is Uber. By Jona...



Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig walked into a bakery for a wedding cake. Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, then wal...


Intellectual Property, Corporate

The reality is that for most employees at most companies, a sale of the company may mean a new car or a down payment on a new ...



Franchisors will need to adjust their methods when accounting for franchise fees either this year or next, depending on whethe...


Corporate, Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions

Once a company has determined an IPO is the right choice for them and have implemented the necessary steps to prepare for beco...



Intellectual Property, Civil Litigation, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

The 9th Circuit recently held that "verb use [of a trademark] does not necessarily constitute generic use."


U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

The "disparagement clause" in Section 2 of the Lanham Act violates "bedrock" First Amendment principles and is therefore facia...



Probate, Construction, Real Estate

Since 1970, California law has granted California residents substantial protection for their assets from legal claims of credi...


Environmental & Energy, Administrative/Regulatory

The approximately 31 percent proposed cut from current spending levels is a staggering figure for any institution, public or p...



Constitutional Law, U.S. Supreme Court

Whereas the first two articles looked at the present and the past, respectively, this article looks to the future by asking ho...


Constitutional Law, U.S. Supreme Court

If the U.S. Supreme Court defined privacy in terms of what protects our personhood, it would obviate an inquiry into the wheth...



Constitutional Law, U.S. Supreme Court

A long time ago, in a courtroom far far away, a disturbance in the Fourth Amendment first manifested itself. ...


After working hard to bring in a new client or matter, the prospect of losing the client or matter because of conflicts is dif...



Armed with a recent appellate decision, trial courts should readily sustain demurrers where such causes of action are nothing ...


Since 1979, a select group of hand-picked individuals from the State Bar's Special Master's List have been responsible for car...



Law Practice

If approved, new fee-sharing agreement rules will better protect clients by requiring that informed written consents be obtain...


Law Practice

Fresh on the heels of its prior opinion discussing confidentiality, the State Bar of California closed out 2016 with an ethics...



Administrative/Regulatory, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Environmental & Energy

Earlier last month, the 9th Circuit issued three opinions that together addressed whether counties in Hawaii are preempted fro...


Law Practice, State Bar & Bar Associations

MFAs are a great way for lawyers to resolve fee disputes and avoid malpractice claims and State Bar complaints.



Election Day 2016 added yet another tourist attraction to the already overpopulated Golden State: marijuana. For California la...


Judges and Judiciary

In the middle of several heavily contested political campaigns, it is easy to find barbs directed from one political candidate...



Judges and Judiciary, Law Practice

Although there are fine ethical lines between the competing responsibilities of zealous advocacy and dishonesty -- fortunately...


California Supreme Court, State Bar & Bar Associations, Criminal

The State Bar Board of Trustee's recently adopted the two of the California Rules Revision Commission's proposed amended Calif...



Law Practice

The California lawyer who seeks to represent clients in another jurisdiction must thoroughly research the law in that jurisdic...


The State Bar released the Second Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct's draft rules for public co...



Lawyers are entrusted with a great deal of private information about people who are not our clients. Are we obliged to exercis...


Social media can be a great resource for investigating parties and witnesses, forging a brand and promoting a practice. Howeve...



Law Practice, State Bar & Bar Associations

Because most lawyers would prefer to visit bars to sip cocktails and not defend against client complaints, there are steps law...


Law Practice

Earlier this month, the American Bar Association approved Model Rule 8.4(g), making discrimination and harassment a black lett...