California Pulse

  • 9th Circ. Unconvinced Judge's Past Job Hurt Tesla Investor

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday refused to revive claims brought by a short-seller accusing Tesla Inc. and CEO Elon Musk of using social media to artificially inflate the company's stock, ruling that the plaintiff wasn't prejudiced by a district judge's former employment with the predecessor of a firm that represented Tesla for a portion of the litigation.

  • Stanford Lecturer Says Mideast War Talk Got Him Suspended

    A Black Muslim Stanford University lecturer said the school refused to renew his contract after he discussed the Israel-Hamas war in class and had students take part in a profiling and policing simulation, despite him being cleared of wrongdoing.

  • John Eastman Says Inactive Status Hampers Livelihood

    Former Donald Trump attorney John Eastman asked the State Bar Court of California on Wednesday to delay placing him on inactive enrollment while he appeals the recommendation for his disbarment, saying he can't sustain the loss of his livelihood representing clients like Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene.

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    Buchanan Taps Procopio Atty As Corporate Leader In Calif.

    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC is expanding its West Coast corporate team with a pair of attorneys from Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP in its San Diego office, one of whom will head the firm's corporate practice in California.

  • Ghostwriting Undercut Bar Conflict Safeguards, Report Says

    The State Bar of California's former deputy executive director "violated the spirit and undermined the purpose of the Rule 2201 Program," according to a report the state bar commissioned investigating the former director's "ghostwriting" of reports connected to attorney discipline cases where conflicts arise, including one concerning embattled ex-attorney Tom Girardi.

  • Lexitas Acquires Calif. Records Retrieval Co. Kopy Kat

    Litigation services company Lexitas announced on Wednesday its acquisition of Brea, California-based Kopy Kat, marking the second purchase of a records retrieval business by Lexitas this year.

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    Skadden Promotes 21 Attorneys In 2024 New Partner Class

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has promoted 21 of its attorneys to partner, a 12.5% decrease from 2023, when 24 attorneys became partners.

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    Withers Adds Former In-House Corp. Atty In San Francisco

    Withers has hired the former in-house general counsel for a financial software company, who joins the firm to continue his practice working with entrepreneurs in the technology, e-commerce and digital publishing industries, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Contract Tool Latch Rebrands To Ivo, Raises $4.8M Investment

    Latch, a contract software company that uses generative artificial intelligence, changed its name to Ivo and secured $4.8 million in new funding on Thursday.

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    From BigLaw To MLB, Lucchino Recalled As Master Negotiator

    Before he helped build stadiums, lead three Major League Baseball front offices and end the "Curse of the Bambino," Larry Lucchino, who died Tuesday at 78, was a driven, formidable litigator and negotiator with exceptional legal skill, a former Williams & Connolly LLP colleague told Law360.

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    Despite Atty Losses, Lewis Brisbois Says '23 Was Its Best Year

    Following the exodus of over a hundred employment lawyers to the short-lived Barber Ranen last summer, a stream of attorneys has been departing Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP to join other firms that are expanding into new regions. The firm’s leader tells Law360 Pulse, however, that the firm is on solid footing and had its “best year yet.”

  • Beekeeper Groups Seek Fees From EPA After 9th Circ. Appeal

    Attorneys for beekeeper groups in an appeal over a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision on insecticides have asked the Ninth Circuit to award nearly $750,000 in legal fees after a ruling that hammered the EPA but left the agency's decision intact.

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    Pillsbury Adds BakerHostetler Data Privacy Duo In SF

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is growing its data security team, announcing Wednesday it is bringing in a pair of BakerHostetler data privacy and technology experts as partners in its San Francisco office.

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    Epstein Becker Adds 6-Atty Healthcare Team From Nossaman

    Epstein Becker Green announced Wednesday that it has bolstered its healthcare and life sciences practice with a six-attorney team from Nossaman LLP, including two who served as co-chair of their former firm's healthcare practice group.

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    Ex-Prosecutor Joins Manatt From BakerHostetler In San Diego

    An ex-federal prosecutor has moved his litigation practice from BakerHostetler to Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP's recently opened Southern California office to reunite with a former colleague from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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    Procopio Adds IP Pros From Perkins Coie, Maschoff Brennan

    Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP has announced the addition of a pair of experienced California-based patent attorneys from Perkins Coie LLP and Maschoff Brennan as partners in its intellectual property practice.

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    Task Force Releases New AI Guidance For Courts

    The National Center for State Courts' artificial intelligence rapid response team has released more interim guidance on how courts can start experimenting with AI and what they should consider about platforms using the technology, the center said Wednesday.

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    Mintz Adds Trademark Pro From Winston & Strawn In Calif.

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has hired an attorney for its intellectual property practice group who worked for more than a decade at Winston & Strawn LLP and spent brief in-house stints at Nike and video game company Capcom.

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    Former MoFo IP Trial Pro Joins JAMS In San Francisco

    The alternative dispute resolution service JAMS has expanded its mediation team, announcing Tuesday it added a former Morrison Foerster LLP intellectual property litigator as one of its mediators.

  • Winston & Strawn Launches Low-Cost Legal Services

    Winston & Strawn LLP announced Wednesday the launch of a low-cost legal solutions option to compete with alternative legal service providers.

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    Firm Mergers Up In 1st Quarter Compared To Last Year

    Law firm merger activity has increased in 2024, with the uptick likely to continue, according to a new analysis.

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    Mintz Taps Corporate Atty To Lead San Diego Office

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has tapped a longtime corporate attorney to be the new managing member of its San Diego office.

  • Prosecutors Call Indicted Exec's Misconduct Claims 'Flawed'

    Prosecutors have asked a California federal judge to reject a bid for sanctions by a former healthcare CEO indicted on novel insider trading charges, arguing that his claims related to a separate case are based on "flawed grounds."

  • NFL Rips 'Unnecessary' Compel Motion In Sunday Ticket Spat

    The NFL pushed back against the plaintiffs' efforts to revisit discovery documents in an antitrust class action over the league's Sunday Ticket broadcast package, arguing the motion to compel is a "manufactured and unnecessary dispute" over a discovery process that ended two years ago.

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    Simpson Thacher Appoints 2 Banking And Credit Leads

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced Tuesday the appointment of two veteran partners as co-heads of its banking and credit practice.

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Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Support Gen Z Attorneys? Author Photo

    Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.

  • Law Firm Cybersecurity Should Not Get Lost In The Cloud Author Photo

    A recent data leak at Proskauer via a cloud data storage platform demonstrates key reasons why law firms must pay attention to data safeguarding, including the increasing frequency of cloud-based data breaches and the consequences of breaking client confidentiality, says Robert Kraczek at One Identity.

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Negotiate My Separation Agreement? Author Photo

    Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey discusses how a law firm associate can navigate being laid off, what to look for in a separation agreement and why to be upfront about it with prospective employers.

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • For The Future Of Legal Practice, Let's Learn From The Past Author Photo

    At some level, every practicing lawyer is experiencing the ever-increasing speed of change — and while some practice management processes have gotten more efficient, other things about the legal profession were better before supposed improvements were made, says Jay Silberblatt, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

  • Why All Law Firms Should Foster Psychological Capital Author Photo

    Law firms will be able to reap great long-term benefits if they adopt strategies to nurture four critical components of their employees' psychological wellness and performance — hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism, says Dennis Stolle at the American Psychological Association.

  • A GC's Guide To Litigation, Inspired By Sun Tzu's 'Art Of War' Author Photo

    With caseloads and spending increasing, in-house counsel might find themselves called to opine on the risks and benefits of litigation more often, and they should look at five Sun Tzu maxims from the ancient Chinese classic "The Art of War" to inform their approach to any suit, says Jeff Golimowski at Womble Bond.

  • Mentorship Is Key To Diversity In The Legal Industry Author Photo

    Not only can effective mentorship have a profound impact on women and people of color entering the legal field, but it also benefits mentors and the legal profession as a whole, creating a true win-win situation for all involved, says Natasha Cortes at Grossman Roth.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

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