Michael W. Newcomb, Esq. PDF Print E-mail

Michael W. Newcomb - Newcomb Law Group

Accomplished attorney with more than 10 years of broad experience advising clients in business law, asset protection, intellectual property, contracts, employment, corporate financing, copyright protection, licensing, and business matters.

Strategic business thinker with a proven ability to bring creative solutions to complex transactions in order to meet the business and legal needs of clients.  Excellent communication skills with a strong ability to synthesize and explain complex issues and obtain consensus among disparate groups.

Bar Admissions: Licensed in California and admitted to the Central and Southern U.S. District Courts

Key Achievements

  • Successfully represented eight independent distributors to negotiate complex master distribution agreement with nutritional supplement manufacturer creating new value and introducing objective performance criteria into long-standing relationships.  Facilitated consensus among multiple clients, proposed creative solutions to meet common goals of clients, and crafted master agreement to meet objectives of all stakeholders.
  • Advised national online retailer on all aspects of business processes, including preparing purchasing, distribution, partnering, and employment agreements and policies and providing creative solutions to marketing programs to reduce risk of intellectual property and unfair competition claims.
  • Successfully renegotiated terms after management team of mid-sized defense contractor negotiated letter of intent relating to $15 million merger with larger defense contractor; enabled management to save face with board of directors and shareholders and prevented significant loss of shareholder value with regards to contemplated transaction.
  • Directed numerous copyright and patent infringement claims/lawsuits against national jewelry retailer.  Successfully negotiated early settlements and managed local out-of-state co-counsel.
  • Lead intellectual property attorney for various law firms; monitored changes and trends in intellectual property law, trained and supervised junior attorneys, and counseled clients on all aspects of intellectual property protection and compliance.
  • Managed and directed numerous trademark, copyright, and patent infringement lawsuits, including preparation and response to cease and desist letters, DMCA take-down notices, pre-litigation negotiations, preparation of complaints, answers and discovery responses, and supervision of local counsel.  Prepared trademark and copyright applications and non-disclosure and license agreements.  Litigated and arbitrated claims.

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Governance/Transactions
  • Privacy Matters (Financial, HIPAA)
  • Business Transactions
  • Trade Secrets
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Financing (Debt, Equity, Venture Capital)
  • Intellectual Property
  • Strategic Business Planning
  • Licensing
  • Internet and New Media Issues

Legal Education

Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA - Juris Doctor, December 1996
•    Class Rank: Top 20%
•    Honor: Law Review

Contact Information

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Tel: (951) 541-0220, Ext. 101
VCard: Business Card

Susan L. Sparks, Esq. PDF Print E-mail

Susan L. Sparks - Newcomb Law GroupSusan is "Of Counsel" to the firm.

Highly skilled and efficient attorney with more than 10 years litigation and general practice experience in construction defect litigation, real estate law, business law, mechanic’s liens, premises liability, products liability, professional malpractice and employment law.  Clientele in the construction and business arena have included developers, general contractors, specialty contractors, product manufacturers, design professionals, and property owners.

Tactical decision maker and successful negotiator with a proven ability to analyze complex legal matters quickly and to strategically identify, evaluate and handle legal claims and business needs of clients.  Facilitates cost-effective and amicable resolutions to disputes, while discerning the need for aggressive pursuit or defense of litigated matters when appropriate.

Bar Admissions: Licensed in California and admitted to the Central and Southern U.S. District Courts.

Key Achievements

  • Lead attorney on numerous construction defect defense cases, representing a wide variation of trades, including general contractors, roofers, window manufacturers, framers, engineers, architects, graders, masons, electricians, fencing, and decking.  Aggressively defended clients throughout the litigation process, while expediently negotiated satisfactory resolutions.  Advised clients on business matters and risk management.
  • Managed and coordinated a massive voluntary repair effort for a large home developer involving claims of water intrusion and mold.  Identified homes for repair, documented damages, directed repair contractors and mold remediation experts, and successfully secured commitments for the client’s defense and indemnification from original subcontractors and insurers.
  • Served as a Judicial Extern to Judge William Matthew Byrne, Jr. of the United States District Court, Central Division.  Researched and analyzed legal issues raised by motions before the court.  Wrote bench memoranda.

Areas of Expertise

  • Construction Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Business Litigation

Legal Education

Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA  - Juris Doctor,  May 1992.

  • Class Rank:  Top 10%
  • Law Review, Note and Comment Editor
  • American Jurisprudence Awards – Legal Research and Writing I and II

Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX -  B.B.A. Business Management, summa cum laude, 1989.

  • Grade Point Average 3.86/4.0
  • Vice President of GATA, Women’s Social Club

Contact Information

Email Address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Tel: (951) 541-0220, Ext. 103
VCard: Business Card


What Our Client's Say

"For over 10 years, Michael has been my company and personal lawyer, helping us with everything from trademarks to disputes. His knowledge, skill and commitment to helping me grow my business has been invaluable."

Marshall Stuart
Stuart Cellars Winery


"Michael's pragmatic approach to working with our company has made navigating through our legal issues both efficient and cost effective."

Richard Brewster, President
Zuroma Restaurant Group, Inc.


"Michael has assisted us with a dispute with a competitor, shareholder meetings, corporate securities, and trademark and intellectual property issues. Sensitive to our goals, Michael is always easygoing and able to synthesize complex legal issues in a way that can be easily understood by those without a legal education."

Dorian Linkogle, President
Briar Rose Winery, Inc

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