The prospect of riches beyond the dreams of avarice tantalizes inventors and innovators, often just out of their reach and ever receding like a mirage in the desert.  And when the would-be entrepreneur’s progress is stymied by a breach of contract that prevents commercialization of the idea, damages are now frequently sought for the loss of what might have been – a successful company rising from nothing to a proud position among the ... read more

Covenants Not to Compete: No Still Means No!

In Fillpoint, LLC v. Maas, 208 Cal.App.4th 1170 (2012), the Court of Appeals recently ruled that a covenant not to compete contained in an employment agreement is still unenforceable even if it was part of a transaction to sell the company. The owner and president the videogame company sold his more

New 7 Hour Deposition Law in California – sort of

On September 17, 2012, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 1875, which effectively amends Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) to be analogous with the 7-hour limit in Rule 30 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP).  Beginning January 1, 2013, depositions in California state court proceedings more

How We Serve Clients

We Try Cases…

We have tried over 75 jury trials, 80 court trials and 100 arbitrations. The Walsh Law Firm has the experience, tools, structure and nerve to take any matter through trial. This is one of the factors that distinguishes us from other firms. When a client engages the firm to handle a dispute, we more

We Settle Cases…

Stop. Look. Listen. Great advice when you're crossing a street. Perhaps even better advice when you are in litigation or contemplating it. Too often people spend tens of thousands of dollars in a dispute that could and should be settled using common sense. Over 90% of civil cases settle prior to more

Mono County - Bridgeport

Budgeting for litigation

The cost of litigation is often swept under the rug when discussing a dispute with the client. At the Walsh law firm, we are upfront with the client as to the costs of litigation.   First, the most significant element of the litigation budget our legal fees. We insist upon a more

Quick Tips

Avoid Problems with Jury Fee Deposits

The procedure and timing for deposit of jury fees in the Superior Court has changed… And courts are getting tough. On June more

JAMS Has Optional Appeal Procedure

Everyone thinks of JAMS for mediation or arbitration. JAMS also has a procedure where you can appeal from an arbitration more

California Adopts Expedited Jury Trials

California has enacted an expedited, minimalist jury trial procedure. It begins at California Code of Civil Procedure more

Quotes, Videos, Etc.


Pictures From Mono Lake

One of the great treasures in California is Mono Lake. I recently visited and wanted to post some pictures. Everyone needs more

Quote of the Day

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage more


Arbitration Clauses

How one drafts an arbitration clause should begin with choosing the forum to hear the arbitration. The two leading more

HR Gazette

HR Gazette

My good friend and employment law expert, Mary Wright, is the editor of the HR Gazette. This is a compilation of timely more

Statewide Civil Fee Schedule

The Judicial Council issues a statewide fee schedule of filing fees and related costs.  For that schedule, click here. more