Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to a Maximum Five Years in Prison

Oscar Pistorius Reeva Steenkamp South African Murder Trial

[Update: October 21, 2014] Oscar Pistorius sentenced to a maximum five years' imprisonment for culpable homicide in the death of Reeva Steenkamp [read more...] [Update September 12, 2014] Oscar Pistorius is found guilty of culpable homicide, the South African term for unintentionally, but unlawfully, killing a person. His sentencing starts on October 13th. Click here for more … [Read more...]

Senior Partner, Lisa Wilson, Wins Rotary Ethics in Business Award!

Lisa Wilson Rotary Business Ethics Award

With more than 25 years of Rotary service, Lisa was honored earlier this month to be nominated by Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary for the prestigious Rotary District 5320 Ethics in Business Awards. Nominations were open to more than 40 Rotary Clubs in our District and last Friday’s event was attended by hundreds of Rotarian business leaders in the community. The selection committee reviewed each … [Read more...]

“You Should Know” Newsletter- October 2014

Legal News for Consumers

An estimated 19,500 veterans died while waiting for benefits from the VA in 2012, a sharp increase from 6,400 three years earlier. The VA has since refused media requests for updated numbers Right now more than 240,000 veterans have been waiting longer than 125 days for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to review their initial requests for disability and pension benefits. Meanwhile, the … [Read more...]

Save Lives and Vote YES on Proposition 46

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We no longer handle medical malpractice cases. We have absolutely no hidden agenda in sharing this information. What we do want is fairness, equal protection and due process for EVERYONE. This includes holding the healthcare industry and big insurance companies accountable for mistakes and wrongful conduct. The fact is that for the past four decades insurance companies have earned record profits … [Read more...]

Senior Partner Selected 2015 Southern California Super Lawyer

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Jon Mitchell "Mitch" Jackson named 2015 California Super Lawyer Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Super Lawyers Magazine features the list and profiles of selected … [Read more...]

Question: What in the world are Roger Goodell and the NFL thinking?

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Answer: Apparently, not much! Today’s press conference with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was terribly handled on many different levels. As a lawyer, one of the big problems I see is the NFL’s hiring of former FBI Director Robert Mueller and his law firm, WilmerHale, to head up its independent investigation. Folks, there’s nothing “independent” about this. Regardless of how competent, … [Read more...]

NFL Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson indicted in Texas for felony child abuse

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According to published reports, Adrian Peterson, the 29-year-old NFL football player, did "recklessly or by criminal negligence cause bodily injury" to his son. This disturbing incident follows the elevator video disclosure in the NFL’s Ray Rice domestic abuse case from earlier in the week. Our blog post about Ray Rice can be found here. Regarding the Adrian Peterson child abuse case, more … [Read more...]

New eBook: “Was That Police Search and Seizure Action Legal?”

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Information is Power- Protect your legal rights! If you ever have watched a television crime drama or taken a high school civics class, then you probably know that the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. You probably don’t know, however, the extent of this prohibition or how the Fourth Amendment applies in everyday, … [Read more...]

New Interview and Podcast with Mitch Jackson and Jim Hart

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Attorney Jim Hart interviews Mitch Jackson about how Mitch and Lisa started their practice and help clients. Included in the discussion is almost three decades of tips to building relationships and designing your life for happiness and success. From the blog "Legal Marketing Made Easy" "Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Mitch Jackson, a California trial lawyer. Mitch has owned his own … [Read more...]

Our “YOU SHOULD KNOW” Newsletter- September 2014

Orange County Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyers

In this issue... Tort Reform” Threatens Our Constitutional Liberties “In suits at common law, trial by jury in civil cases is as essential to secure the liberty of the people as any one of the pre-existent rights of nature.” – James Madison Wednesday, Sept. 17 marks the national celebration of Constitution Day, a time to recall the liberties our Constitution sought to protect, preserve and … [Read more...]

(Video) NFL Football Player, Ray Rice, Punches Then Girlfriend (Now Wife) Inside Atlantic City Elevator

Ray Rice Elevator Incident

The original title to this blog post last February was "Is This An Assault and Battery?" With the release of today's video from INSIDE the elevator, that question has been answered for all of us. It shows exactly what most of us thought happened. ESPN reports that the Ravens have just cut Ray Rice. I'm wondering if the district attorney had this video and if so, why it took so long to share … [Read more...]

What Plaintiff Lawyers Need to Know About Insurance Claims

Insurance Bad Faith

If you intend on representing clients in Orange County personal injury and wrongful death claims, you need to fully understand the insurance issues that surround these claims. This is a complicated area of the law so spend the necessary time to learn the details. Many California based insurance companies and their claims adjusters think they live in a world where the rules don’t apply to them. … [Read more...]

Dodging Orange County Bicycle Accidents by Learning to Watch for Bikes

Bicycle accidents in Orange County California

Many Orange County drivers view bicyclists in less than equal terms, making protecting yourself from a bicycle accident even more important than most drivers realize. The number of people riding their bikes for both personal and professional purposes is growing each year. In fact, over 40 million people over the age of six are riding their bikes at least six times a year. The problem with this is … [Read more...]

Eyewitness Accounts and the Michael Brown Ferguson Missouri Case

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The Eyewitness Test: How do you stack up? The Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, has touched off more than a week of demonstrations, arrests and controversy. Each day more facts and eye witness accounts are being given to investigative agencies and eventually shared with the public. Over the past 28+ years, we’ve represented families harmed by police misconduct and can tell you from … [Read more...]

Debunk No on Prop 46 Commercial

California Proposition 46

Together with informed supporters of California Proposition 46, we refer to it as the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act of 2014 after two children who were killed by a driver under the influence of abused prescription drugs. If approved by voters, the initiative will: Increase the state's cap on damages that can be assessed in medical negligence lawsuits to over $1 million from the … [Read more...]