Sponsor of the Annual “General Counsel Awards”

GC Awards

As part of our commitment to the Southern California legal community, Smith Dickson is pleased to be a Silver Sponsor of the “10th Annual 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.

Orange County Business Journal article by Smith Dickson “Fraud in the Workplace”

Most employers never would expect that a trusted employee might commit fraud, yet every year numerous businesses are forced into bankruptcy due to fraud. Even when it isn’t that extreme, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ (ACFE) 2018 Global Fraud Study revealed that the typical organization loses a median of 5% of revenues each year due to fraud. The fraud triangle is … (Read the full article)

OCBJ article: “Business Owners Consider Fleeing State’s High Taxes”

Richard Warner, Senior Tax Manager, was recently asked to participate in the Orange County Business Journal’s special report on “Accounting and Management Consulting.”  In the Q&A section, Richard addressed the topic of “Business Owners Consider Fleeing State’s High Taxes.”

Excerpt: “Excessive taxes in California have routinely been viewed by high income residents simply as the price paid to enjoy our great year-round weather and sandy beaches. While some consideration has been given in the past toward establishing residency elsewhere, the actual exiting of the state to avoid the onerous tax laws was usually not acted upon.  This view is giving way to business owners aggressively approaching ways to reduce taxes by leaving California permanently. Our firm has had many discussions and performed various analyses in the last few years for clients who ultimately left the state or are seriously considering doing so — soon. The recent cap on state tax deductions under tax reform was the last straw.”