When Settlement Negotiations Hit a Wall

bumper_91824048Settlement negotiations rarely proceed in a smooth forward motion; in fact, most feel more like a ride in a bumper car with a jerky stop and start motion. A good negotiator learns to move past the inevitable impasses. Continue reading

Is It Fashion or a Dangerous Weapon?

The following is a guest blog post by Harmony Groves Kessler, a solo practitioner assisting individuals, small businesses, and attorneys with legal issues in criminal defense, business contracts/transactions and public agency law in northern California. She is the former Mayor of Arcata, California, where she served a four-year term on the City Council.

knuckles_148225053With fashion accessories adopting weapon-like designs, has the California Penal Code fallen behind the times? Continue reading

If We Die, Where Will the Kids Go?

kid_137155350For every parent, the most important function of his or her will is the nomination of a guardian for minor children. Continue reading

7 Ways to Respond to an Evidence Objection

evidence_92371474You offer evidence at trial and opposing counsel jumps up and objects. Maybe you expected that particular objection, maybe not. But a well-prepared attorney always has responses to objections ready. Continue reading


lunch_158232599California employers have to provide meal periods, but they don’t have to make sure that employees actually take them. What does this really mean? Continue reading

Need a Change of Venue?

venue_158910659Looking for a change of venue? You’ll have to fall under one of four grounds if you want a move your civil trial to another county in California. Continue reading

No Comment: How to Deal with Media

mic_137418503If you find yourself in the midst of a high-profile case, you are likely to be confronted with a reporter’s microphone. Be ready to approach the media with your ethical obligations intact. Continue reading

Changes Came to the California Rental World

landlord_92965679In 2012, the California Legislature enacted more than 875 bills! Among them were many interesting changes to California’s landlord-tenant law. Continue reading

President’s Order: Batten Down the Cyberhatches!

security_163124577On February 12, 2013, President Obama signed a long-expected Executive Order titled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.” Here’s a look at what it does and what it covers. Continue reading

Let Me Be Heard! Tips for Arguing at a Hearing

shout_160364508So much emphasis and effort is (rightfully) put on your moving papers on your noticed motion, but don’t forget to prepare for the hearing. Even if you have a hunch how your motion will go, there’s still much to be gained from the hearing itself. Continue reading