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Guylyn Cummins

Special Counsel
San Diego (Downtown)
T: 619.338.6645
F: 619.234.3815

Education

  • J.D., University of San Diego, 1985, magna cum laude
  • M.A., University of Southern California, 1982, thesis program
  • B.A., University of Nebraska, 1979, with high distinction
  • California
  • United States District Courts for the Central, Southern and Eastern Districts
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
Overview
Honors
Experience
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Guylyn Cummins is a special counsel in the Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group in the firm's San Diego office, and is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Cummins has spent her entire career working in media and entertainment law. A seasoned litigator, she represents a broad array of media and entertainment clients relating to First Amendment issues, including access issues, defamation and advertising content, plus trademark and copyright fair use. Representative clients include BusinessWeek, Clear Channel, KGTV, KFMB, KNSD, voiceofsandiego.com, inewssource.org, Investigative News Network, and Salon.com.

  • San Diego Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2015, 2016
  • Recognized by SD Metro as one of San Diego's Best Attorneys, 2014
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2008-2014
  • Recognized as one of the "Top Women Lawyers/Litigators in California" by the Daily Journal, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014
  • Recognized, First Amendment Litigation & Counseling, Legal 500, 2009
  • Recognized as one of California's leading media and entertainment lawyers in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers, 2006-2014
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1997
  • Named to "The Lawdragon 500 New Stars, New Worlds" and "Best Lawyers in America" lists

Representative Appellate Case List:

United States Supreme Court

  • Press-Enterprise Company v. Superior Court
    478 U.S. 1, 106 S.Ct. 2735, 92 L.Ed.2d 1, 1986 (Amicus Brief)
  • Los Angeles Police Department, Petitioner, v. United Reporting Publishing Corp. (Briefing)
    528 U.S. 32, 120 S.Ct. 483, 145 L.Ed.2d 451, 1999
  • Related cases
  • United Reporting Pub. Corp. v. Lungren
    946 F. Supp. 822, S.D. Cal., 1996
  • United Reporting Pub. Corp. v. California Highway Patrol
    146 F.3d 1133, C.A. 9, 1998
  • United Reporting Pub. Corp. v. California Highway
    231 F.3d 483, C.A. 9, 2000

California Supreme Court

  • Sander v. State Bar of California
    58 Cal.4th 300, 314 P.3d 488, 165 Cal.Rptr.3d 350, 2013; Related case: 196 Cal.App.4th 614, 126 Cal.Rptr.3d 330, 2011
  • Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court
    53 Cal.4th 1004, 273 P.3d 315, Apr. 12, 2012 (Amicus Brief)
  • Copley Press, Inc. v. Superior Court
    39 Cal.4th 122, 141 P.4th 288, 48 Cal.Rptr.3d 183, Aug 31, 2006, Related cases
  • Copley Press, Inc. v. Superior Court
    18 Cal.Rptr.657, Cal.App.4 Dist., Dec. 1, 2004
  • San Diego Police Officers Assn. v. City of San Diego Civil Service Comm'n
    2005 WL 1806953, Cal.App. 4 Dist.,  Aug 1, 2005

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal

  • Webceleb, Inc. v. Procter & Gamble Co.
    554 Fed.Appx. 606, 2014 WL 448648, C.A.9 (Cal.), Feb. 5, 2014; Related case: 2012 WL 460472, S.D. Cal., Feb. 13, 2012
  • Starkey v. Cty. of San Diego
    346 Fed.Appx. 146, 2009 WL 2610789, C.A.9 (Cal.), Aug. 26, 2009
  • In re Copley Press, Inc., United States v. Higuera-Guerrero
    518 F.3d 1022, C.A. 9, Mar 4, 2007
  • In re United States District Court for The Southern District of California v. John Doe
    2008 WL 624751 C.A.9 (Cal.), Mar 4, 2008
  • U.S. v. Buendia-Cabrera
    90 Fed. Appx. 481, 2003 WL 22682452, C.A.. 9 (Cal), Nov 07, 2003
  • Phillips ex re. Estates of Byrd v. General Motors Corp.
    307 F. 3d 1206, C.A. 9 (Mont.), Oct. 15, 2002 (Amicus Brief)

Federal District Courts

  • U.S. v. Inzunza
    303 F. Supp. 2d 1041, S.D. Cal., Feb. 5, 2004
  • Leventhal v. Vista Unified School Dist.
    973 Supp. 951, S.D. Cal., Jul 01, 1997
  • Crowe v. County of San Diego et. al.
    359 F.Supp.2d 994, U.S. Dist. Ct. S.D., Feb. 28, 2005 

California Appellate Courts

  • Long Beach Police Officers Assn. v. City of Long Beach
    203 Cal. App. 4th 292, 136 Cal. Rptr. 3d 868, 2012; Related cases:  59 Cal. 4th 59, 325 P.3d 460, 172 Cal. Rptr. 3d 56, May 29, 2014 (Amicus Brief)
  • Rancho Guejito Corp. v. Perdue
    2013 WL 3480281, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Jul. 11, 2013
  • Danzinger v. McGraw-Hill Cos., Inc.
    2011 WL 438535, Cal. App. 2 Dist., Feb. 9, 2011
  • Anderson v. Staples
    2010 WL 3936051, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Oct. 8, 2010
  • Balzaga v. Fox News Network, LLC
    173 Cal. App. 4th 1325, 93 Cal. Rptr. 3d 782, Cal. App. 4 Dist., May 14, 2009
  • Californians Aware v. Orange Unified School Dist.
    2008 WL 4078764, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Sep. 4, 2008
  • Alvarez v. Superior Court
    154 Cal. App.4th 642, 64 Cal. Rptr. 3d 854, Aug 24, 2008
  • McGarry v. Univ. of San Diego
    154 Cal. App.4th 97, 64 Cal. Rptr. 3d 467, Nov 14, 2007
  • Gilbert v. Sykes
    147 Cal. App. 4th 13, 53 Cal. Rptr. 3d 752, Cal.App. 3 Dist., Jan. 26, 2007
  • Copley Press, Inc. v. Superior Court
    2006 WL 3190280, Cal.App. 4 Dist., Nov. 6, 2006
  • CWE Enterprises v. McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Co., Inc.
    2006 WL 2361316, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Aug. 16, 2006
  • Mathur v. Allegrino
    2006 WL 1725780, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Jun. 23, 2006
  • Baker v. McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Co.
    2005 WL 388587, Cal.App.4 Dist.,  Feb. 18, 2005
  • Copley Press, Inc. v. Superior Court
    122 Cal. App. 4th 489, 18 Cal. Rptr. 3d 657, Sep. 16, 2004
  • Annette F. v. Sharon S.
    119 Cal. App. 4th 1146, 15 Cal. Rptr. 3d 100, Cal App. 4 Dist., Jun. 28, 2004
  • AntiCancer, Inc. v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
    2003 WL 22422415, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Oct. 24, 2003
  • Copley Press, Inc. v. Superior Court
    2003 WL 21055100, Cal. App. 4 Dist., May 12, 2003
  • Global Laser Vision Medical Centers., Inc. v. KSWB, Inc.
    2003 WL 1194115, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Mar. 17, 2003
  • Westerfield v. Superior Court
    98 Cal. App. 4th 145, 119 Cal. Rptr. 2d 588, Cal.App. 4 Dist., May 3, 2002
  • South Coast Newspapers, Inc. v. Superior Court
    85 Cal. App. 4th 866, 102 Cal. Rptr. 2d 487, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Dec. 21, 2002
  • Damon v. Ocean Hills Journalism Club
    85 Cal. App. 4th 468, 102 Cal. Rptr. 2d 205, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Dec. 13, 2000
  • Melaleuca, Inc. v. Clark
    66 Cal. App. 4th 1344, 78 Cal. Rptr. 2d 627, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Sep. 29, 1998
  • KNSD Channels 7/39 v. Superior Court
    63 Cal. App. 4th 1200 74 Cal. Rptr. 2d 595, Cal. App. 4 Dist., May 13, 1998
  • Copley Press, Inc. v. Superior Court
    63 Cal. App. 4th 367, 74 Cal. Rptr. 2d 69, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Apr. 20, 1998
  • Poway Unified School Dist. V. Superior Court (Copley Press)
    62 Cal. App. 4th 1496, 73 Cal. Rptr. 2d 777, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Apr. 13, 1998
  • Church of Scientology v. Wollersheim
    42 Cal. App. 4th 628, 49 Cal. Rptr. 2d 620, Cal. App. 2 Dist., Feb. 01, 1996 (Amicus Brief)
  • In re San Diego Commerce
    40 Cal. App. 4th 1229, 47 Cal. Rptr. 2d 303, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Nov. 16, 1995
  • Copley Press, Inc. v. Superior Court
    6 Cal. App. 4th 106, 7 Cal. Rptr. 2d 841, Cal.App. 4 Dist., May 7, 1992

Articles

Intellectual Property Law Blog Posts

Books

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association - Spring National High School Journalism Convention, April 2014
  • Union Internationale des Avocats (Macau, China), Comparison Of Internet Regulations For the United States and China, November 2013
  • ABA/NAB/FCBA Seminar, Covering Ground Zero Tragedies, April 2013
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors, National Security and Reporter Privileges, June 2010
  • Speaker, National Press Club Forum, San Diego State University, August 2008
  • Lectured extensively and taught media law as an adjunct professor at California Western School of Law

Events

  • Member and Past Chair, Governing Board of the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law
  • Member and Past Chair of many committees, Media Law Resource Center
  • Member, numerous media organizations throughout California and the nation