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William Reid Cumming

Litigation Attorney at Costa Mesa, CA

5.0   66 reviews

Licensed for 23 years

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    40%
    Litigation representing both plaintiffs and defendants in business related disputes, which includes breach of contract, real property, employment, intellectual property and other related issues.

    25 years, 250 cases

  2. Corporate and incorporation
    30%
    Represent clients in creating business entities, including but not limited to, subchapter "S and "C" corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, limited liabilty partnerships and nonprofits. I also draft general business agreements for clients involving a wide array of issues, including but not limited to, joint venture agreements, license agreements, employment agreements,etc.

    25 years, 250 cases

  3. Estate planning
    20%

    25 years

  4. Bankruptcy and debt
    10%
    Represent clients in both Chapters 7 and 13 bankrupcies. I also represent clients in all aspects of contested matters and adversary proceedings, including fraudulent conveyances, preferences, relief from stay motions, non-dischargeability actions, trustee motions, and the entire range of litigation matters.

    25 years, 500 cases

Bill is a native of Southern California. In 1994, he graduated with honors from the University of California Los Angles with a double major in economics and political science. After graduation, he traveled to Japan to teach English and then attended Loyola Law School and graduated in 1998 towards the top of his class. While at law school, he participated in the moot court competition and was involved in several law school organizations.

Prior to forming Cumming & Associates, Bill was a partner at Lewis, Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, which is one of California’s largest law firms. While at the firm, his practice focused on civil litigation with an emphasis in business and commercial litigation, real estate, construction and intellectual property.  He has tried to conclusion both bench and jury trials and has also successfully resolved numerous claims by way of arbitration and mediation.  Bill is also an experienced bankruptcy attorney and his practice focuses on helping individuals and companies with Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies.

Bill also works with several small to mid-size companies and handles their corporate transactional work. He has the expertise to advise his clients in matters relating to the formation and dissolution of business entities, purchase or sale of on-going businesses, drafting and negotiating general business agreements, corporate governance, joint ventures, commercial leases, real estate matters, employment and consulting agreements, licensing agreements and other business law matters.

He has built a solid reputation as a skilled trial attorney with a winning record and as a knowledgeable expert in business-related transactions. Bill has been recognized on multiple occasions as  a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine, an honor reserved for the top 2.5% of lawyers in Southern California under the age of 40.

Bill enjoys spending time with his wife Julie and their three young children. His interests include playing the guitar, golfing, mountain bike riding, surfing and skiing. Bill is an instrument rated private pilot and likes to run with his Border Collie, Bella.

 

Licensed for 23 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 11/29/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact William

Cumming & Associates, APC
3080 Bristol Street
Sixth Floor, Suite 630
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

Reviews

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Posted by Rita | May 2, 2011
If you are looking for an amazing attorney William Cumming is your man!
As most professionals, I've been working in the corporate world for years now, and I have had the privilege and the despondency to work with diverse professionals throughout my life. Some were praiseworthy and others truly disreputable. Working with Cumming & Associates Law was a fresh breath of air. The respect, attention, and guidance I received from Mr. Cumming is inexpressible. From the moment I walked into his office until we said our goodbyes in front of the courthouse, I've received nothing but courtesy, professionalism, and guidance from Mr. Cumming. Bill was with me every step of the way throughout my quandary. When I first walked into his office, I was anxious, panicky, troubled, and didn't know how to untangle the mess that I've created in my life. With his bright smile, comforting and relaxing voice, knowledge of law and professionalism, Bill assured me that everything will be ok, which it did! I always had and have issues in trusting and relying on people, but to my amazement, Bill knew how to unravel that way. Today, I am forever grateful to Bill and his firm for helping me rebuild and have a second chance for a better life. Thank you Bill for all the support and guidance you bestowed on me.
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Posted by Mary Jane | May 5, 2011
I Highly Recommend Bill Cumming for Your Legal Advice!
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Bill Cumming! He made the emotional and uncomfortable process of declaring for bankruptcy a comforting and manageable procedure, constantly reminding me to look ahead, toward the future. I felt safe with his talented and knowledgeable focus on the law process and he always returned my emails and calls in a timely manner. I have recommended Mr. Cumming to friends and family looking for answers in these tough economic times. He helped me begin again financially! Thank you, Bill! >> Maryjane O.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business Sale
I was approached by my primary multi billion $ supplier to purchase my company. I was sure I could negotiate the deal myself and use a local Minnesota attorney for the details. After my first phone conversation I realized I was hopelessly out of my league. I was put in contact with a consultant I had worked with previously and he suggested I include Bill Cumming of Cumming and Associates as my attorney. What a home run that turned out to be. My stress level initially was off the charts when I saw the scope of the due diligence required to close the sale. Obviously, Bill handled the legal portions. He proactively told me not to be overly concerned about my legal record keeping because he knew most small business owners didn't have time to keep track of all the details and he could help me with that. The peace of mind that gave me was tremendously comforting. Bill didn't make me feel embarrassed that I didn't always do a good job keeping my corporate minutes up to date while trying to run my company. The finished due diligence product he delivered was well received by the purchaser even though Bill pushed back on some of their proposals. I struggle with legalese and was pleased with the attention to detail Bill paid, to my benefit. All in all, what would have been one of the most difficult experiences of my business life turned out to be remarkably smooth thanks to Bill's efficiency, demeanor and sense of humor.
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Posted by Rick | January 18, 2023
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A Stellar Attorney
Recently, I was faced with the prospect of trying to sell the business I had owned and managed for 35 years to a Fortune 500 company. Having never negotiated such a complex process, I (wisely) decided to enlist the services of a reputable consultant, and his first recommendation was that I should hire a stellar attorney--one with solid experience, integrity, and careful attention to detail. Fortunately for me, he suggested I contact Bill Cumming. In retrospect, I can say that hiring Mr. Cumming was one of the best business decisions I've ever made. He is honest, affable, knowledgeable, accessible, and very efficient. Over the following 12 weeks, he handled all the legal complexities of our negotiations, making certain my interests were protected at every turn, and at the end of the process, produced a very favorable outcome. (He also refunded the unused portion of his initial retainer fee!) Needless to say, Bill Cumming has earned my undying respect and gratitude. I can recommend him and his staff without reservation.
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Posted by George | January 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business Litigation
Bill worked with our organization to navigate a successful conclusion with a difficult business issue that had remained unresolved for over a year. He listens carefully, offers wise courses of action aimed at resolution and works to bring parties together with minimal conflict. I enthusiastically recommend Bill!
Posted by David | January 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business Sale
My wife and I were in the process of selling our family-owned business. Attorney Bill Cumming of Cumming and Associates was highly recommended to us. Bill took the time to explain our options, how this process would work and what it will take to complete our sale. Bill took control and successfully negotiated with the buyers counsel the terms needed to complete our transaction. My wife and I are completely satisfied with the legal guidance and advise we received from Mr. Cumming. He crossed the finish line for us and delivered the successful sale of our company. We would highly recommend Attorney Bill Cummins of Cummins and Associates to anyone in need of legal guidance.
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Posted by Laura | January 6, 2023
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I'd give Bill Cumming six stars if I could.
Hiring Bill Cumming was the best decision my husband and I made to complete our estate planning. He discovered many areas of issues that the surviving spouse would have to deal with that we thought were covered in our previous trust. Meeting and discussing our plans with Bill, was truly refreshing. He helped us understand our situation so that our trust would be exactly what we needed/wanted. When we first arrived at his office, we were feeling lost, wary and vulnerable. Those feelings went away quite quickly during that meeting. Thank you, Bill for being there for us. We proudly recommend Bill to many of our friends and for those reading our review.
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Posted by Denise Trevino | November 24, 2020
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Always Available
We hired Bill to help with an eviction notice that we considered unjust. The proceeding took several months to complete. We were concerned that we would have to go to court to settle everything. Throughout the process, Bill was always available. He helped us look for options, negotiate the terms of the lease, and settle the entire case. If we would have had to go to court, I would have felt comfortable having Bill represent us. As a fellow attorney, I would recommend Bill again and was extremely grateful for his representation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2020
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Highly Recommend
Highly recommend Bill Cumming to assist you with your legal issue(s). Bill’s ability to soften contentious situations are so subtle everyone comes out the victor! Great listener, skilled and resolute in his representation. Thank you Bill
Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
honest attorney
Bill is a good guy. He dosen't overcharge his clients or engage in unnecessary steps.
Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic
William Cumming helped us navigate a very complex lease issue with the potential of ending our organization if not handled in a way that gave us options. It could have been a financial death for us. He was patient, thorough, and displayed a tenacity in the negotiation process that helped us survive. As we all know, what is legal is not always "right," and Mr. Cumming forced the organization we were in conflict twitch the treat us much more fairly. I cannot overestimate the value of having a FORCE like William Cumming in your corner.
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Posted by Paul | November 1, 2020
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Corporate lawyer
We are a Canadian company looking to hire a US attorney to assist our company to invest and to open a new bio laboratory in California. We are very glad to have retained Mr. Cumming to handle the whole process and represent us on all corporate matters. His excellent business skills and legal knowledge help save us from a number of potential litigations that could have costed our company a lot of money, time and legal wrangling. Mr. Cumming and his team provides excellent legal and corporate services. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a very capable, cost-effective, trustworthy and reliable attorney.
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Posted by Karen | April 26, 2020
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Look forward to doing more business with Bill
Bill helped set up a new LLC and the operating agreement for it as well. He's careful, great to deal with and makes sure that his clients are happy with his work. I plan to call on Bill whenever I have legal needs.
Posted by Anette | April 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Bill and his team (Laurie) were extremely helpful and patient and provided great assistance when we needed it. Bill is honest and kind and very professional in the way he explains the process of what we were going through. I would highly recommend Bill and his team for any legal needs.
Posted by Jennifer | April 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
I had met with Bill , when me and my husband were needing a lawyer to help guide us and represent us with a business we were working on. Not only was he extremely helpful, but when I met him, I knew he was the right lawyer for us because of his expertise and his calm manner. He made us feel at ease at a time that is pretty stressful, and I knew he would take great care of us. We worked with him for quite awhile, and he helped us with all different aspects with our business, as well as other things and was always available to speak with me, even though I know he was extremely busy. He’s awesome and we are so grateful and happy that we had met him and had hired him to represent us through everything.
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2018
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Happy client
William R. Cumming attorney at law is the most professional, amazing, and fabulous attorney. He is committed to how to get the situation at hand completed in a a fast but thorough way while making sure that the i’s are dotted and T’s are crossed. He has worked with me from beginning to end without dropping theball. Extremely professional and I am grateful! Thank you from the bottom of my heart Bill!!! I will recommend you to EVERYONE!
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Posted by Paul | March 1, 2017
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Great Lawyer!
We had the pleasure of working with Bill when we set up our LLC. Bill was knowledgeable and professional and able to answer the many questions we had. He also gave us great advice and options to consider which we hadn’t previously thought or even known about. In addition, we needed to have a contract drawn up that we could use for existing and future clients. While we didn’t want something weighty that may discourage potential clients, we obviously needed all the angles covered. Bill understood exactly what we wanted and was able to come up with a contract that was perfect for us. Our experience with Bill was that, not only was he patient and really took the time to listen to what we needed, but that he didn’t just give us a cookie cutter solution and produced something that was ideal for us.
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Posted by Robert | February 28, 2017
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Excellence & Integrity in legal services
I would like to recommend Bill Cumming. I’ve had the good fortune to refer my business clients to Bill over the last 5 years. He has provided such exemplary service to each referral and has become my “Go to” business legal expert. Bill has served my clients in each of his 3 areas of expertise: business law, litigation, and bankruptcy. In each and every case, my clients have praised his knowledge, sharp mind, and single minded performance on their behalf. Beyond the law, Bill cares about his clients, their specific needs, and the best strategy to meet them. He is honest, knows his stuff, and cool as cucumber in a fight. I trust him. If you require big firm legal horsepower and expertise, but want a personal touch, you can’t go wrong working with Bill Cumming. Bill is a legal professional you can depend on.
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Posted by Malachi | February 27, 2017
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Almost Magical
My company had need of legal representation. We have never needed legal services before and with the reputation of the legal profession being almost comically bad we were a bit fearful to begun the process. I called upon Bill Cumming of Cumming and Associates after several people I trust recommended his firm. Bill and his team were great. They made the process easy and took care of everything. Any fears we had were easily set at ease. While I am sure our case was a simple matter for Bill and his team, in an almost magical way, our legal problems were gone. There is no way we could have resolved the issue ourselves with the speed and effectiveness of Cumming and Associates. In the future, if we have legal needs, big or small, we will not hesitate to call on Cumming and Associates first, without delay. I would highly recommend anyone with legal needs, or questions about any business legal matters, to contact contact Cumming and Associates immediately. You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Grant | February 21, 2017
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Absolutely Perfect Experience!
William (Bill) was awesome. He was very patient, understanding, professional and always kept us updated throughout our Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Since we own our own business, there were a lot of "moving parts" but Bill was on top of everything from the start and explained everything along the way that made it very understandable. His communication is excellent which is a very very important thing to me. He was very easy to contact or would email me (or call) back very promptly whenever I had a question or concern. I cannot say enough good things about him. He is extremely knowledgeable in his field and is truly an expert that you want representing you.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Cumming & Associates, APC
  • 2008 - Present

Education

  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • UCLA
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • AJA Advisory Services v. Sherman
  • Obtained a $3.5 million dollar verdict against one of the defendants and the others filed bankruptcy.
  • Yip v. Ong
  • Plaintiffs settled with the defendants for a confidential amount.
  • Dionne v. Flannery
  • Afer a month long jury trial the jury issued a defense verdict.
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Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1999 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Top Attorneys - August 2011
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2007
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Orange County Association of Realtors
  • Real Estate and Bankruptcy
  • 2015
  • Top Ten Things that Real Estate Professionals Need to Know About Bankruptcy
  • Real Estate and Bankruptcy
  • 2014
  • Kelly Williams
  • Top Ten Questions that Real Estate Professionals Ask About Bankruptcy
  • 2010
  • Sponsored by Abacus Holdings Group, Inc.
  • The Impact of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (6)
Endorse William
Litigation Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bill and I had the chance to work together on a real estate matter. He is very knowledgeable and had a friendly demeanor. It would be an honor to work alongside him again."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Whenever a potential client needs a referral to a bankruptcy attorney, I recommend Mr. Cumming. He is diligent and straight-forward and takes good care of his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is an outstanding lawyer and I highly recommend him."
Business Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is a great lawyer and person. I worked with Bill at a large national firm and I can attest to the fact that he is a hard working and extremely competent attorney. I would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone. As a fellow lawyer in the community, I carry much respect for him and his legal skills."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. William Cumming is an intelligent, tenacious and thoughtful lawyer. I’ve gone to him for direction and advice on a number of matters and I’ve been very impressed on each occasion. Bill is upstanding and ethical in every respect and he follows through with clients and colleagues alike. I recommend Bill with the highest confidence."
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Costa Mesa Litigation Lawyer William Reid Cumming
William Reid Cumming
Litigation Attorney
Costa Mesa, CA
Licensed for 23 years
Free Consultation
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