California Pulse

  • 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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    Broadway Financial Taps Wells Fargo Exec As Next GC

    As it works to keep from being delisted on the Nasdaq stock exchange, Broadway Financial Corp. has announced the hiring of a new general counsel and new chief financial officer.

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    How Different Legal Professionals Are Approaching Gen AI

    More senior lawyers ask different and deeper questions about artificial intelligence technology — particularly around security and data protection — not only for their need to stay relevant and gain additional skills, but also because of their breadth of experience and years of being risk-averse, according to a legal industry panelist who spoke during a webinar Tuesday.

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    200th Lifetime Judge Confirmed Under Biden

    The U.S. Senate voted 66-28 on Wednesday to confirm U.S. Magistrate Judge Angela M. Martinez as U.S. district judge in the District of Arizona, marking the 200th lifetime federal judicial confirmation under President Joe Biden.

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    Prologis Legal Chief To Step Down At The End Of 2024

    Prologis Inc.'s chief legal officer will retire and transition to a senior adviser role starting in January, the logistics-focused real estate investment trust said Wednesday, and another member of its legal team has been tapped to fill the position.

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    Lewis Roca Adds CIO With Machine Learning Chops

    Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP has hired a chief information officer to spearhead the advancement of its technology with more than 25 years of industry experience at BigLaw firms.

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    Small Law Firms Plan To Adopt AI Faster Than Larger Firms

    Solo and small law firms plan to adopt uses of artificial intelligence technology more quickly than larger firms in the next six months, and prospective clients are even more eager for AI, according to a new report by law practice management software company Clio.

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    Womble Bond Adds IP Litigator In LA

    A patent attorney specializing in software and technology innovations has moved his practice to Womble Bond Dickinson LLP's Los Angeles office after more than 12 years with Ladas & Parry LLP.

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    5 'Fat Leonard' Bribery Pleas Axed Over Misconduct

    A California federal judge has agreed to toss felony plea deals for five former U.S. Navy officers who admitted they took bribes from the Malaysian defense contractor known as "Fat Leonard," after the government acknowledged prosecutorial missteps had tainted the high-profile case.

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Expert Analysis

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

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