Sponsor of the Annual “General Counsel Awards” – pre-event

GC Awards

As part of our commitment to the Southern California legal community, Smith Dickson is pleased to be a Silver Sponsor of the “10thAnnual General Counsel Awards,” presented by the Orange County Business Journal. These awards recognize the significant role in-house counsels play in the success of Orange County businesses.

General Counsel Awards are presented in the following categories:

  • General Counsel of Public Company
  • General Counsel of Privately Held Company
  • Specialty Counsel (attorney who focuses in a certain area of law for an organization)
  • Rising Star Award (senior-level in-house counsel and recently named GCs)
  • In-House Legal Team

The awards program will be held November 13th, 5:00-8:30 p.m. at the Hotel Irvine. Click here for ticket information.

Happy Father’s Day!

father and sonSmith Dickson would like to congratulate and thank all fathers and grandfathers!  You help to guide and provide for all generations!

One of the key areas that dads typically help is in the financial realm.  Along these lines, we thought it would be interesting to read some survey results.

The Best Financial Advice from Dad

A recent survey by GOBankingRates was done to uncover the best financial advice respondents learned from their dads growing up. The survey asked: What’s the best money advice you learned from your dad?

The responses — in order of most selected — were:

  • Don’t spend money you don’t have. (34.4 percent)
  • Pay your bills on time. (20.1 percent)
  • Save for a rainy day. (18.5 percent)
  • Don’t quit your job before you have another. (17.7 percent)
  • No risk, no reward. Invest! (9.3 percent)

This study could shed light on how major financial crises in the fathers’ generations affected the way their children approach money management.  Here are some excerpts from the survey analysis, focusing on Generations Y and Z (read the full survey results for analysis of other generations):

Generation Y
Studies have shown Gen Y is the best generation when it comes to saving money; the survey found that millennials also heeded their fathers’ advice about spending money. Gen Y participants were more likely than any other age bracket to select “don’t spend money you don’t have” as their fathers’ best money advice, at 32.2 percent.

Why? Millennials are the children of baby boomers — and, like their grandparents, weathered hard financial times in formative years. As Gen Y graduated college and entered the job market, the Great Recession was in full force; it’s no wonder millennials have learned to live within their means.

Generation Z
Generation Z is composed of young children, adolescents and teens on the cusp of entering adulthood. Many in this bracket are still counting on their parents’ financial support and have years ahead to map out their finances.

It comes as no surprise that more of these financially adventurous (yet parent-reliant) 18- to 24-year-old people have taken to heart their fathers’ money advice of, “No risk, no reward. Invest!,” at 14.8 percent, versus just 3.5 percent of respondents age 65 and older.

After all, as the youngest generation polled, members of Gen Z have the most time to take risks before starting to think seriously about retirement.

The Value of Litigation Support in Intellectual Property Disputes

Richard Warner

Editor’s note: Ryan Nguyen, CPA, Senior Forensic Manager, and Gina Lara, MBA, CFP ®, Tax and Forensic Accounting Manager, recently wrote an article for the Orange County Business Journal in the “Intellectual Property” special supplement.  Excerpt from the article:

In litigation support, win or lose isn’t as important as by how much. This point is becoming especially significant in intellectual property disputes, where the median damages award in patent litigation increased more than 65% over prior year to $10.2 million in 2017.  Here are some examples of what we have seen.

Trademark Infringement

Recently, we were engaged by Defendant’s counsel to provide calculations related to a company that imported and sold purportedly “knock-off” designer apparel.  Plaintiff sued the company in Federal Court alleging copyright, trademark, and trade dress infringement.  Defendant was found liable for damages arising from three years of sales activity.  Since the company maintained poor accounting records, Smith Dickson’s work involved reconstructing records from handwritten notes, testing the accuracy of the information, identifying sales data and deductible incremental costs, and determining the unjust enrichment of Defendant.

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