From Demands to Extortion

  All people should want the strongest representation their rights deserve. If you need a litigator or need to protect your rights, your family or your business, you don’t want weak or too nice—you want tough, focused, demanding, smart representation from your criminal defense attorney. Being smart is the key. Bullies work out in schoolyards […]

Bankruptcy Planning & Asset Protection

These are difficult times to do business. Business owners, all over the world, are assessing how to meet their obligations during times when others may not be able to meet theirs. Difficult choices need to be made and the cascading effect of debts that are remain unpaid are leaving many in the position of making […]

Protecting Your Business From COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

With the current situation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) not only is personal safety of paramount concern, but also the safety of your business interests. As cities have shutdown from stay at home orders and restrictions on dining, shopping and entertainment continue, individuals and businesses are being directly affected, business owners are being faced with […]

Anna Nicole Smith – The 24 Year Case

Even though Anna Nicole Smith (a/k/a Vickie Lynn Marshall), passed away more than ten years ago, her long and hard-fought battle for the inheritance promised to her by her late husband, oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II, continues on for the benefit of her estate, and her twelve-year-old daughter Dannielynn. How It All Started The […]

What Type of Communication Can Be Used During Litigation?

Almost no form of communication is off-limits in the courtroom in the business setting, and employers and employees alike should be aware that anything they type or text may be used as evidence in a court of law. Indeed, the communication does not need to be an official document on company letterhead to be admissible […]

Handling Litigation Publicly

In today’s age, where information is more accessible than ever and media-whether social or traditional-has a tremendous impact on people’s daily lives, litigation publicity and the “court of public opinion” are important considerations that must be addressed from the very beginning of a case. Whether the question is how to create positive publicity, counteract negative […]

What is the latest on your rights when someone interferes with an expected inheritance?

When someone’s estate plan has been changed by wrongdoing, the affected party traditionally challenges the amended will or trust in the Probate Court. However, if there is no probate remedy that is available or adequate to address the harm, the alternative to probate litigation is a civil court complaint for Tortious Interference with Expected Inheritance. […]

New Supreme Court Ruling in Corporate Law

Recently the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed rules on where injury lawsuits may be filed in the country, which will favorably help corporations in the future. The recent ruling will put an end to the Legislature’s constant debate over tort reform, and will curb plaintiffs’ ability to “shop” for courts in states with laws helpful to […]

Combating Paparazzi Intrusiveness

Whether you like it or not, our society is heavily influenced by celebrities, as our country is driven by fame, glamour, social media and image more and more every year. Most celebrities have a love/hate relationship with the paparazzi, and with good reason. Some live by the motto that, “any publicity is good publicity,” while […]

The Case for a Will, Starring the Estate of Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix is considered by many the best guitarist that has ever lived, and although the legendary icon has been dead for over 40 years, his music, and unfortunately lawsuits, has kept his spirit alive. The Hendrix estate is one of the most-litigated in the history of entertainment litigation, which include copyrights and royalty rights. […]

Intentional Interference with Expectancy of Inheritance – Beckwith v. Dahl

In 2012 California became the 26th state to recognize the tort of Intentional Interference with Expected Inheritance (IIEI) in the case of Beckwith v. Dahl, 205 Cal.App.4th 1039 (2012).  The tort provided a remedy in civil courts for anyone who lost all or part of an inheritance because of the tortious acts of another, and […]