James D. Crosby – Business Trials & Litigation – Partner at Henderson Caverly Pum & Charney LLP – San Diego, California


Henderson, Caverly, Pum & Charney, LLP (HCPC) is no longer only an estate planning and trust/probate litigation firm.

HCPC has long been known for its estate planning and trust/probate litigation expertise. Partners Nancy Henderson (planning), Kristen Caverly (litigation), and Shirley Kovar (litigation) are well known and highly sought-after San Diego lawyers in these fields.

But, with the addition of partner James Crosby in late 2014 and partner Doug Lytle in late 2015, the utilization of current HCPC senior counsels and associates, and expected new admittee hirings late this year and in 2017, HCPC’s expertise and capacity in complex and general business, commercial and IP litigation is rapidly expanding. Crosby brought 30+ years of business litigation experience and an active trial practice to the firm. The addition of Doug Lytle, a 20+year litigator with an intellectual property practice emphasis, served to further expand the firm’s business litigation expertise and capacity.

HCPC has long been known for the experience and expertise of its attorneys and the sophistication and quality of its legal representation. Those same firm traits are guiding and informing the rapid expansion of its litigation department from its trust/probate litigation roots into business/commercial/IP litigation and trial representation.

I am very pleased and quite honored to have just been elected to serve as the 2016-17 President-Elect and the 2017-18 President of the USD School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors. Thank you to President Knut Johnson, to the nominating committee, and to my fellow Board members for this honor. I look forward to what will surely be a busy, interesting, and, hopefully, successful two years working on behalf of the USD School of Law alumni and students. Thanks.

Henderson, Caverly, Pum & Charney, LLP (HCPC) has seven honorees on the 2016 San Diego Super Lawyers list. They are:

Adryenn Cantor, CFS. AAML – Family Law

Kristen Caverly – Estate & Trust Litigation

James Crosby – Business Litigation

Nancy Henderson – Estate Planning

Richard Hyatt, CFS, AAML – Family Law

Shirley Kovar – Estate & Trust Litigation

Clancy Wilson – Tax

Kirsten Caverly was also named one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in San Diego for 2016.

The inclusion of HCPC partners Adryenn Cantor, James Crosby, Richard Hyatt and Clancy Wilson on this year’s Super Lawyers list emphasizes the growth of HCPC beyond its estate planning and trust/probate litigation roots.

HCPC has long been known for its estate planning and trust litigation expertise. Super Lawyers Nancy Henderson (planning), Kristin Caverly (litigation), and Shirley Kovar (litigation) are well known and highly sought-after San Diego lawyers with big case experience.

But, HCPC is no longer just an estate planning and trust litigation firm. The firm has expanded and continues to expand into new and different practice areas.

Family Law – Super Lawyers Adryenn Cantor and Richard Hyatt are the core of a busy and rapidly-expanding family law practice group.

Business and IP Litigation – Super Lawyer Crosby and partner Doug Lytle, both litigators with considerable trial experience, are rapidly growing a business and intellectual property litigation practice group at HCPC.

Tax – Super Lawyer Clancy Wilson is, and has been for many years, one of the most well-known and well-respected tax attorneys in San Diego.

HCPC looks to expand further in 2016, and beyond, through additional lateral moves and new admittee hirings.



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!


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