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William Markham

Law Firm: MALDONADO & MARKHAM, LLP
Phone: (619) 221-4400

Specialties / Areas of Practice

  • Business Law
  • Litigation

Bio

Mr. Markham is a San Diego attorney who obtained his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1987. He is a successful trial lawyer who litigates antitrust cases, complex real estate disputes, and complex commercial disputes. He has obtained jury verdicts, bench verdicts, and substantial settlements in very large and difficult cases.

Mr. Markham received his initial professional training as a litigation associate in a major international law firm (Coudert Bros, now dissolved), whose clients included sovereign governments, Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies, universities, and other prominent clients. He afterwards established his own practice and then became a founding partner in Maldonado & Markham in 2005. He is also an acclaimed author of a series of popular articles that address various legal issues, and he has been interviewed and quoted by the New York Times, CNN, NBC-San Diego, Univision, and other media. The New York Times has characterized him as an "expert" in foreclosure law. He also served as an adjunct professor of legal advocacy and legal writing at Hastings Law School as well as an adjunct professor of constitutional law at Lincoln Law School. 

Mr. Markham has been widely recognized by his peers as one of the leading litigators of complex business and real estate matters in San Diego. In 2006, 2007, and 2011, he was nominated by his fellow attorneys as a semi-finalist in the category of “best business attorney/corporate attorney” in the annual poll of San Diego attorneys conducted by the San Diego Daily Transcript. In 2010, he was nominated in the same poll as a semi-finalist in the category of “best real estate attorney.” In 2011, moreover, he was listed as one of San Diego’s “best real estate attorneys” in San Diego Metro Magazine. In 2012, Mr. Markham was appointed to serve as a member of the LRIS Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association, which sets attorney referral standards and provides the general public with referrals to qualified attorneys who practice law in San Diego County.

Above all, Mr. Markham is a trial lawyer who litigates difficult, challenging disputes whose outcomes matter enormously to his clients, and to this end he applies his knowledge of the law and tenacity in the service of his clients. He principally litigates antitrust cases, complex real estate disputes, and complex business disputes. He offers his services at reasonable rates (owing to our skillful management of overhead costs), so that a broad array of clients are able to engage his services. More generally, he has obtained superb results time after time for his clients, who have included major companies, established firms, entrepreneurs, investors, and others. Below is a summary of his professional accomplishments and career history, and elsewhere on this website you can read more about Mr. Markham's approach to litigating complex and difficult cases.

In particular, Mr. Markham litigates antitrust cases for both plaintiffs and defendants in federal cases arising under the Sherman Act and the Clayton Act as well as in California cases arising under the Cartwright Act. In particular, he has litigated the following kinds of antitrust claims: Price-fixing, bid-rigging, horizontal market allocation, tying agreements, unreasonable restraints of trade, monopolization claims, and various related matters. He has substantial experience litigating major antitrust cases and has handled antitrust matters that have arisen in the following industries: Telecommunications and telecommunications infrastructure, petrochemicals and petroleum refining, computer hardware, computer software development and maintenance, marine/harbor infrastructures, and various other lines of commerce. He has also handled criminal cases for "subjects", "targets", and putative defendants in ongoing antitrust investigations, and he has handled amnesty matters that arise under the Department of Justice's guidelines for antitrust amnesty.

Education & Admissions

  • Harvard Law School (J.D., 1987)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. with Highest Honors, 1984)
  • State Bar of California (admitted in 1988)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association (admitted in 1989)
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Awards and Recognition

  • ?best business attorney/corporate attorney", semi-finalist in S.D. poll of attorneys in 2006, 2007 and 2011
  • ?best real estate attorney," semi-finalist in S.D. poll of attorneys in 2010
  • called "expert" in foreclosure law by NY Times (article on front page of business page,
  • Listed as one of the "best real estate attorneys? in San Diego Metro Magazine in 2011
  • Appointed to serve as member of the LRIS Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association, 2012
  • Moot court judge, University of San Diego, 2012
  • Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law, Lincoln Law School, 1994
  • Instructor of Legal Writing and Advocacy, Hastings Law School, 1990

Professional Affiliations

  • French-American Chamber of Commerce, San Diego

Reported Cases

  • Image 2000 Multimedia, Inc. v. Joseph Quin Family Trust, 2009 WL 6038623
  • Hamana v. Kholi, 2011 WL 5077614 (S.D.Cal. October 25, 2011
  • Jensen Enterprises Inc. v. AT & T Inc., 2007 WL 2009797 (N.D.Cal. July 06, 2007)
  • Jensen Enterprises, Inc. v. Oldcastle Precast, Inc., 375 Fed.Appx. 730 (9th Cir.(Cal.) April 13, 2010)
  • Quin v. El Cajon Grand Cocktail Lounge, 2008 WL 4817503 (Cal.App. 4 Dist. November 06, 2008
  • Systemcare, Inc. v. Wang Laboratories, Inc., 787 F.Supp. 179 (D.Colo. March 13, 1992)

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