California Pulse

  • Calif. Judge Cops To Ethics Charges, Agrees To Step Down

    A California judge censured and barred for multiple ethics violations, including drug use, inappropriate personal relationships with attorneys and making inappropriate comments, including antisemitic remarks, about litigants and attorneys, has resigned as of Monday.

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    Reed Smith Gets Digital Music Pro From Calif. Boutique Firm

    Reed Smith LLP announced Tuesday it has hired a music and entertainment attorney in Los Angeles who worked at boutique entertainment law firm Granderson Des Rochers LLP, Universal Music Publishing Group and Google.

  • Justices Won't Hear Avenatti Appeal Of Nike Conviction

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from Michael Avenatti challenging his conviction for trying to extort millions from Nike, with the high court's rejection ending the disbarred attorney's chances at overturning one of his three criminal convictions.

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    Law Firms Split On Tech Offerings For Business Dissolution

    While some law firms refer clients to new tools that help founders wind down their companies, other law firms remain steadfast in their traditional approach to handling business dissolution services.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Humetewa Talks Tribal Relations

    Before she joined the federal bench in Arizona, Judge Diane Humetewa worked as a jurist on a relatively young court, where she regularly set new legal precedent.

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    Fennemore Craig Continues Growth With Santa Barbara Office

    Fennemore Craig PC has continued its year of growth and expansion with the addition of a new office in Santa Barbara, California, marking its 10th location in the Golden State.

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    Calif. Judge Gets 2nd Reprimand After Calling Atty 'Snake Oil'

    For the second time in his judicial career, a California state judge has been publicly admonished for misconduct on the bench, most recently for referring to a public defender as "snake oil" in a criminal case and for "usurping the role of prosecutor" in another trial that was later overturned because of the judge's conduct.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Berger Montague's work on a suit over fallout from a $1.8 billion SPAC transaction and Benesch's representation of a North American joint venture with ABB lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from May 10 to 24.

  • Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    It was a week of mammoth wins for petite law firms, with two intellectual property boutiques — Lex Lumina PLLC and Irwin IP LLP — leading off this week's Law360 Legal Lions list with an explosive win at the Federal Circuit throwing out "rigid" tests for design patents.

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    Nixon Peabody Adds Littler Duo As OSHA Practice Chairs

    Nixon Peabody LLP has brought on a pair of Littler Mendelson PC attorneys who previously worked in California's Occupational Safety & Health division as practice co-chairs.

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    Squire Patton's Insurance Disputes Head Has Eye On Growth

    As she begins steering Squire Patton Boggs LLP's new insurance disputes and counseling practice, Elizabeth Ahlstrand is setting her sights on growth both across the country and abroad.

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    Sidley Atty Helps 'Carry The Load' For Vets In National Relay

    Sidley Austin LLP partner Aaron Rigby has helped nonprofit Carry The Load expand its reach to include a national relay covering thousands of miles that will culminate this Memorial Day weekend with a flagship march in Dallas to honor military service members and their families.

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    DLA Piper Adds Corporate Ace From Goodwin In Calif.

    A finance lawyer with deep expertise has joined DLA Piper from Goodwin Procter LLP in its Palo Alto shop, strengthening its offerings in the Golden State.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The upcoming holiday weekend didn't stop the legal industry from making this another action-packed week as BigLaw expanded and adjusted practices. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Buchalter CEO On Why Law Firms Should Hire Military Vets

    In 1948, attorney Irwin R. Buchalter joined California lawyers Jerry Nemer and Murray Fields and founded a firm to serve the Los Angeles area's growing postwar commercial community.

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    Buchanan Ingersoll Taps Exec Shareholders After CEO Switch

    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC announced Thursday that it has named two attorneys as executive shareholders and selected its board of directors, after a new CEO and chairman took the reins of the firm earlier this month.

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    Retired Federal Judge Joins JAMS In San Diego

    A federal magistrate judge has retired from the bench in the Southern District of California to oversee arbitration and mediation as a new member of alternative dispute resolution services provider JAMS in its San Diego office.

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    Paul Hastings NY Partner Rises To IP Co-Chair Job

    Paul Hastings LLP has named New York litigation partner Eric W. Dittmann as co-chair of its intellectual property department alongside fellow co-chairs Bruce Wexler and Naveen Modi, according to several sources.

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    By The Numbers: Cos. Still Emphasize BigLaw Experience

    Experience working at a Top 50 Am Law firm continues to have a more significant impact on in-house lawyers' compensation than experience at a boutique or even within the second top 50. But that's just one factor that plays a role. Here, Law360 Pulse looks at how compensation differs by corporate lawyers' previous employers and their practice areas.

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    Mid-Law Heads Focus On Fundamentals Amid BigLaw Raiding

    With several Mid-Law firms losing large groups of attorneys to BigLaw in 2024, firm leaders say they are focused on growth, maintaining their culture and implementing their strategic plans, rather than fixating on BigLaw's potential efforts to recruit their talent.

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    Fisher Phillips Reinforces Calif. Labor And Employment Team

    Fisher Phillips has hired two of counsel in its Irvine, California, office to continue representing employers and helping those clients navigate a range of labor and employment matters.

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    Akerman Brings On Kilpatrick Tax Ace In LA

    Akerman LLP is boosting its tax team, bringing in a Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP corporate tax and energy tax credit expert as a partner in its Los Angeles office.

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    BCLP Atty's Path From Backup Receptionist To Office Leader

    Attorney Puanani Norwood started as a backup receptionist at Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, and recently became the leader of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP’s Los Angeles office just a few months after making partner. She sat down with Law360 Pulse to discuss her journey.

  • NY Judicial Nominee Defends Record Amid GOP Criticism

    A judicial nominee for a New York federal court stood by her ruling allowing an inmate convicted of sex offenses to transfer from a male to female prison, amid concerns from Republicans that led to some dramatics Wednesday in a congressional hearing room.

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    'Live Like A First-Year': Recruiter Tips For Going In-House

    For associates at large law firms, a change in both frame of mind and lifestyle is essential in order to make a successful transition to a career in-house at a corporation, according to legal recruiters.

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Expert Analysis

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

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    ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

  • Opinion

    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

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