James D. Crosby – Business Trial Lawyer and Litigation Partner – Henderson Caverly Pum & Charney LLP – San Diego, California

2012 - Doug LytleThis week, trial attorney Doug Lytle joined us at Henderson Caverly Pum & Charney LLP as a partner and new member of our growing litigation practice group.

I am very pleased to have Doug join us here at HCPC. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, and trial chops, to our expanding group of trust/estate and business litigators here at the firm. Doug’s particular experience in intellectual property disputes and “Soft IP” battles, and his trial readiness, will further enhance our business and IP litigation expertise and expand our trial capacity. I hope to work closely with Doug on a variety of matters and on further expanding our litigation practice group.

Doug is the real deal! He has held an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating for ten years, and has been recognized as a Top Lawyer in Business & Intellectual Property Litigation in San Diego Magazine. For over 20 years, Doug has enforced and defended the rights of businesses and individuals in state and federal courts, including disputes concerning trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, domain names, and other types of intellectual property; disputes involving media and advertising, internet marketing and commerce, privacy rights, defamation, and unfair competition; disputes arising from contracts, fiduciary duties, business relationships and separations, and fraud; and matters concerning real property rights. Doug has authored numerous articles appearing in national and local publications, including ALM’s Law Journal Newsletters – The Intellectual Property Strategist and Product Liability Law & Strategy, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the San Diego Business Journal, and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report.  He is  an active member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the International Trademark Association, the Federal Bar Association and the California State Bar Intellectual Property Section.

On top of all this, Doug is just a great guy. And his wife, Maureen, is wonderful. We welcome them and their beautiful daughters, Grace and Katie, to our HCPC family!

Work/Life Balance – A Generational Divide Among Lawyers?

James D. Crosby, Attorney/Partner - Henderson, Caverly, Pum & Charney, LLP

Yesterday, I moderated a San Diego County Bar Association Roundtable Discussion on Generational Divide in the legal community. Interesting discussion with three veteran attorneys (Radmila Fulton, Thomas Warwick and me) and three young attorneys (Jeremy Evans, Hali Anderson and Anton Vialtsin) which will be reported in the Nov/Dec edition of San Diego Lawyer. Work/Life balance was a major topic of discussion, and a clear point of difference – but, not necessarily division – between the veteran and the emerging attorneys.

A newly published study on Integrating Work and Life ( validates much of what was discussed yesterday on this topic. Young professionals, both men and women, are no longer focused only on career trajectory – they want “rich, multidimensional lives”. And companies, including law firms, can no longer afford to ignore or minimize this desire for multidimensional lives or invest in it solely as a “woman’s issue.” Both men and women, including lawyers, will be choosing educational and career paths that enable them to be successful in work and in life.

Law firms would do well to acknowledge and embrace this new reality!

Marriage Equality. Yes!

James D. Crosby, Attorney/Partner - Henderson, Caverly, Pum & Charney, LLP

Obergefell v. Hodges  – Justice Kennedy, Majority Opinion

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered.

In an opinion filled with passages that law students will be reading 50 years from now, this concluding passage of the majority opinion was, for me, the most profound.

A stunning opinion, a long-overdue result, a great day!





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