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Guylyn Cummins

Partner
San Diego
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, with honors
  • 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 partner in the Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group in the firm's San Diego office.

Areas of Practice

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

  • Recognized as one of the "Top Women Lawyers/Litigators in California" by the Daily Journal, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2013
  • Recognized, First Amendment Litigation & Counseling, Legal 500, 2009
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1997
  • Recognized as one of California's leading media and entertainment lawyers in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers and has many published legal decisions on First Amendment issues, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Named to "The Lawdragon 500 New Stars, New Worlds" and "Best Lawyers in America" lists
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, 2008-2014

Representative Appellate Case List:

United States Supreme Court

  • United Reporting Pub. Corp. v. Lungren
    946 F. Supp. 822, 65 USLW 2427, 97 Daily Journal D.A.R. 5837, S.D. Cal., Nov. 27, 1996
  • United Reporting Pub. Corp. v. California Highway Patrol
    146 F.3d 1133, 26 Media L. Rep. 1915, 98 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 4948, 98 Daily Journal D.A.R. 7073, 9th Cir. (Cal.), Jun 25, 1998
  • Los Angeles Police Department, Petitioner, v. United Reporting Publishing Corporation, No. 98-678 (Briefing),
    528 U.S. 32, 120 S.Ct. 483, 145 L.Ed.2d 451, 68 USLW 4005, 28 Media L. Rep. 1041, 99 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 9589, 1999 Daily Journal D.A.R. 12,377, 1999 CJ C.A.R. 6471, 13 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 12
  • United Reporting Pub. Corp. v. California Highway . . .
    231 F.3d 483, C.A. 9, 2000.
  • Press-Enterprise Company v. Superior Court
    478 U.S. 1, 106 S.Ct. 2735, 92 L.Ed.2d 1, 54 USLW 4869, 13 Media L. Rep. 1001 (Amicus Brief)

California Supreme Court

  • Copley Press, Inc. v. Superior Court
    39 Cal.4th 122, 141 P.4th 288, 48 Cal.Rptr.3d 183, 34 Media L.Rep. 2419, 06 Cal.Daily Op. Serv. 8182, 2006 Daily Journal D.A.R. 11,839  Aug 31, 2006
  • Copley Press, Inc. v. Superior Court,
    18 Cal.Rptr.657, 21 IER Cases 1482, 04 Cal.Daily Op. Serv. 8552, 4 Daily Journal D.A.R. 11,687 (Review Granted)  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 (Related Case)

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal

  • In re Copley Press, Inc., United States v. Higuera-Guerrero
    518 F.3d 1022, 36 Media L.Rep. 1705, 08 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 2597, 2008 Daily Journal D.A.R. 3174, Cal.App. 9 Cir., Mar 4, 2007 
  • In re United States District Court for The Southern District of California v. John Doe
    2008 WL 624751 Cal.App.9 Cir. (Cal.), Mar 4, 2008
  • U.S. v. Buendia-Cabrera
    90 Fed. Appx. 481, 2003 WL 22682452 (9th Cir. (Cal)), 9th Cir. (Cal.), Nov 07, 2003
  • Phillips ex re. Estates of Byrd v. General Motors Corp.
    307 F. 3d 1206, 31 Media L. Rep. 1060, 2 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 10,397, 2002 Daily Journal D.A.R. 11,978, 9th Cir. (Mont.), Oct. 15, 2002 (Amicus Brief)

Federal District Courts

  • U.S. v. Inzunza
    303 F. Supp. 2d 1041, S.D. Cal., Feb 05, 2004
  • Leventhal v. Vista Unified School Dist.
    973 Supp. 951, 121 Ed. Law Rep. 95, 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

  • Alvarez v. Superior Court
    154 Cal.App.4th 642, 64 Cal.Rptr.3d 854, 07 Cal.Daily Op. Serv. 10,109, 2007 Daily Journal D.A.R. 13,017  Aug 24, 2008
  • McGarry v. Univ. of San Diego
    154 Cal.App.4th 97, 64 Cal.Rptr.3d 467, 222 Ed. Law Rep. 307, 07 Cal.Daily Op. Serv. 9612, 2007 Daily Journal D.A.R. 12, 396, Nov 14, 2007
  • 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, 21 IER Cases 1482, 4 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 8552, 4 Daily Journal D.A.R. 11,687, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Sep 16, 2004
  • Annette F. v. Sharon S.,
    119 Cal. App. 4th 1146, 15 Cal. Rptr. 3d 100, 4 Cal, Daily Op. Serv. 5744, 2004 Daily Journal D.A.R. 7736, 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
  • South Coast Newspapers, Inc. v. Superior Court
    85 Cal. App. 4th 866, 102 Cal. Rptr. 2d 487, 29 Media L. Rep. 1119, 00 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 10,142, 2000 Daily Journal D.A.R. 13,601, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Dec 21, 2002
  • Damon v. Ocean Hills Journalism Club
    85 Cal. App. 4th 468, 102 Cal. Rptr. 2d 205, 00 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 9925, 2000 Daily Journal D.A.R. 13, 185, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Dec 13, 2000.
  • Melaleuca, Inc. v. Clark
    66 Cal. App. 4th 1344, 78 Cal. Rptr. 2d 627, 98 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 7525, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Sep 29, 1998
  • KNSD Channels 7/39 v. Superior Court
    63 Cal. App. 4th 1200 74 Cal. Rptr. 2d 595, 26 Media L. Rep. 2002, 98 Daily Journal D.A.R. 5031, Cal. App. 4 Dist., May 13, 1998
  • Copley Press, Inc. v. Superior Court
    63 Cal. App. 4th 367, 74 Cal. Rptr. 2d 69, 125 Ed. Law Rep. 173, 26 Media L. Rep. 1948, 98 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 2981, 98 Daily Journal D.A.R. 4033, 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, 125 Ed. Law Rep. 165, 26 Media L. Rep. 1943, 98 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 2736, 98 Daily Journal D.A.R. 3738, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Apr. 13, 1998
  • Church of Scientology v. Wollersheim
    42 Cal. App. 4th 628, 49 Cal. Rptr. 2d 620, 96 Cal. Daily Op. Serv., 773, 96 Daily Journal D.A.R. 1162, Cal. App. 2 Dist., Feb 01, 1996 (Amicus Brief)
  • In re San Diego Commerce
    40 Cal. App. 4th 1229, 47 Cal. Rptr. 2d 303, 24 Media L. Rep. 1276, 95 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 9348, 95 Daily Journal D.A.R. 16, 247, Cal. App. 4 Dist., Nov. 16, 1995

Articles

Intellectual Property Law Blog Articles

Media Mentions

Speeches

  • 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, Governing Board of the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law
  • Held many committee chair positions, Media Law Resource Center
  • Member, numerous media organizations throughout California and the nation