McManis Faulkner

A Successful Client

Navigating the legal process requires teamwork between the attorney and client. It is crucial that you find an attorney with whom you can maintain open and honest communication. Your lawyer’s ability to properly prepare your…more

| Family Law

Bitcoin: A Tale of Digital Trails

Once thought of as an anonymous method of buying and selling goods and services, Bitcoin users and researchers are increasingly aware of the inherent limits of anonymity in the context of Bitcoin use. Similar to any other…more

| Electronic Discovery, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, &...

Jury Instructions: The Roadmap of Your Case

Just as you should never leave for a trip without a map (or more likely these days, a good GPS), you should never begin preparing a case for a jury without looking at the jury instructions for the claims and defenses pleaded. …more

| Civil Procedure

2013 Employment Law Growing Pains

Every year there are developments in employment law that challenge accepted norms of practice and require creative workable solutions. In particular 2013 had several areas that caused some of these “growing pains,” including…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Will Legal Reform Kill the Bitcoin?

For two decades, during the 1620s and 1630s, Europe fell into the grip of “tulip mania.” At its peak in 1637, tulip bulbs were sold for more than 10 times the average worker’s annual income—enough to buy a house. Within weeks…more

| Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Comforting Children Through Divorce

There are several books lawyers can provide for their clients’ children, who live through their parents’ divorce. The important thing is to provide information so that children know that they are not the reason their parents…more

| Family Law

Taking the Fifth Amendment In No Way Implies Guilt

Always a champion of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the news media unfortunately often give little weight to another important right: the right against self-incrimination. Recent reporting on a criminal…more

| Constitutional Law, Criminal Law

Assassination and Apathy in Lebanon Serve as a Reminder

On December 27, 2013 the Prime Minister of Finance of Lebanon was assassinated. The explosion in the country’s capital, Beirut, left five dead and 50 wounded. Unfortunately, in Lebanon, this kind of event happens so frequently…more

| International Law & Trade

New Year, New Employment Laws

With the New Year comes a number of new laws, including several that will affect California employers. Employers should include on their list of resolutions a review of the company’s policies and procedures to ensure…more

| Labor & Employment Law

The Relationship Status of Social Media Evidence and Ethics

Our social media posts reveal a lot about us and, while there are control mechanisms for keeping information private, there is a wealth of information readily discoverable. This makes the Internet fertile ground for lawyers…more

| Civil Procedure, Electronic Discovery

Do Not Post What Should Be Kept Private

When you met her during drop-off at your children's school she seemed like such a modest woman, hair pulled back in a pony tail as she kissed her kid goodbye at the classroom door. You never would have guessed what she and her…more

| Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law, Privacy

Public Wi-Fi: Is it a Trick or Treat?

It may seem like a treat when you sit down at a local coffee shop, or lay down on the bed at a fancy hotel after a long day of traveling to see “Free Wi-Fi” pop up on your tablet, laptop or smartphone. Especially when there is…more

| Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Keeping up with the Kardashians, Family Law Matters

I was saddened last week with the news of Bruce and Kris Jenner’s reported separation after 22 years of marriage. I am not ashamed to admit it, but I am a fan of their amazingly successful television reality series,…more

| Family Law

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