Category Archives: Practice Area Corner

Innovation Needed to Attract Silicon Valley In-House Counsel

David King Keller Ph.D. and Jeffrey F. Silber, CPA, MBA, CMC In a meeting billed as the “In-House Counsel Summit” on Wednesday afternoon, a panel of three legal leaders from…

Tips for Better Presenting Photographs in Court

Michael Kelleher This article was first published by Michael Kelleher on the Cogent Legal Blog at cogentlegal.com/blog/2014/08/tips-for-photographs-in-court Well-presented photographs are powerful tools for litigators. In this post, I’ll share some samples that…

Family Law Corner: Differing “Views” on Surrogacy

Sherri Shepherd’s (formerly of “The View”) divorce has been one juicy headline after another. First, Shepherd and her husband, Lamar Sally, filed for divorce in different states. Their respective filings forced them to publicly acknowledge the…

Staying Present at Contentious Mediations

With BASF’s Putting for the Pipeline golf tournament coming in October, my mind turned to the similarities between the most mental of all sports and mediation. Playing golf is much more than hitting a ball with…

Child Abduction Warnings and Pitfalls: The Fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Lozano v. Montoya Alvarez

Stephen B. Ruben, CFLS Child abduction is the ultimate act of parental alienation and child abuse. According to the Department of Justice, each year more than 200,000 children become victims….

Legal Ethics Corner: Legal Malpractice Statute of Limitations Does Not Apply to Claims Based on Misappropriation of Client Funds

Sarah Banola, Cooper White & Cooper In Lee v. Hanley, 174 Cal.Rptr.3d 489 (2014), the Court of Appeal recently held that the legal malpractice statute of limitations does not necessarily bar a former client’s…

Interesting News from the World of Estate Planning

Frank Sinatra Planned Well Frank Sinatra died in 1993. A corporation he controlled owned his most valuable asset — the right to his name and likeness. He was well aware of the bitterness between…

Legal Ethics Corner: Law Practice in the Cloud — Just Be Careful

The rent’s too high, we don’t have room for storage anymore, everyone is going paperless. Let’s move our practice into the cloud. Have you heard of this before? Perhaps you are already using the cloud….

Interesting News from the World of Estate Planning

John O‘Grady, O’Grady Law Group Whitney Houston: The Burden of Inheritance Whitney Houston’s mother and sister-in-law recently filed a petition to change the terms of Houston’s will, which was last updated nearly 20…

Can Bitcoin be Used as Collateral to Secure a Loan?

Reno F.R. Fernandez III Problems arise when a lender attempts to accept Bitcoin as collateral to secure a loan.  More problems arise when Bitcoin makes up a portion of the…