Non-Profit Law

The act of philanthropy is a spiritual act, an expression of caring for one's fellow human beings. It is a belief in the future and that the future can be good. It is investing in that future. It is helping to make the dream come true. -- Arthur Frantzreb

Small Business Law

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. -- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Real Estate

Upon the sacredness of property civilization itself depends. -- Andrew Carnegie


The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid. -- Thomas Kempis

Land Use and Environmental Law

Land is the only thing in the world that amounts to anything, for it's the only thing in this world that lasts. -- Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind

Estate Planning

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. -- Benjamin Franklin

Trust Administration and Probate

Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us. -- Eskimo Proverb

Intellectual Property

The Congress shall have Power… To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries. -- Article I, Section 8, United States Constitution


Litigation is the pursuit of practical ends, not a game of chess. -- Felix Frankfurter

Labor and Employment Law

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

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Meeting needs and solving problems with integrity and excellence

Private Foundations Can Enhance Your Giving Strategy

Charitable giving, especially during the holidays, can be personally rewarding, but it can also fit well with your financial goals by providing valuable deductions from income, gift, or estate taxes. There are many available options when you choose to give, including making cash gifts to an existing charitable organization and creating a new entity designed to facilitate wealth transfer. It …

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Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. v. Victor: Non-Competition Covenants Take Yet Another Hit

By D. Ken Brock – In California, it is now well established that non-competition covenants are generally void and unenforceable under Business & Professions Code §16600.  While there are very few exceptions to this general rule, courts have recognized that such agreements may be enforceable if they are necessary to protect the former employer’s trade secrets.  By allowing a former …

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Legal Implications of Heartbleed Vulnerability

By D. Ken Brock – By now, most everyone has heard of the recent security vulnerability known as “Heartbleed”.  According to technology experts, however, this particular vulnerability has actually been present for about two years now with about two-thirds of the servers currently on the Internet.  If exploited, Heartbleed could ultimately lead to the compromise of authentication credentials, such as …

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Why Protect IP? An Economic Approach – Part 2

By Daniel P. Custodio –  In Part 1 of this series, I discussed a qualitative assessment of various costs involved in pursuing patent protections, including government expenses and patent agent/attorney fees.  I also highlighted certain risks as well as potential strategic and tactical benefits that may result from obtaining a valid and effective patent. But the questions remain: beyond a …

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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: Legitimate Land-Use or Public Nuisance?

By D. Ken Brock – Last year, the California Supreme Court provided some badly-needed clarification regarding a land-use condition which has likely generated more discussion and debate than any other in recent memory.  Specifically, in City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health & Wellness, the Court definitively concluded that California’s Medical Marijuana Program Act (“MMPA”) does in fact permit municipalities to …

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He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice … Prov. 2:7-8