California Pulse

  • Fluoride Judge To Attys: 'I Don't Need Perry Mason Moments'

    A California federal judge presiding over a bench trial over fluoridated water's risks agreed to give the parties more time to present their cases Wednesday, but told counsel they haven't been "particularly efficient," and that "I don't need the Perry Mason moments — I just need to get to the issues."

  • CORRECTED: Atty Stuck With Sanctions In Trade Secrets Feud

    A California federal judge has hit a CDF Labor Law LLP attorney with sanctions after finding that he recklessly questioned a former Individual Food Service employee about approaching the company's CEO concerning a settlement despite objections to entering text messages to the CEO into evidence, but determined she would hold off on deciding the amount until later in the case.

  • Manatt Sued For Allegedly Botching $31M Dealership Row

    The owner of a Los Angeles car dealership has filed suit in California state court against Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, accusing the firm of legal malpractice that ultimately cost him a $31 million judgment stemming from a business dispute.

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    Locke Lord Shakes Up Internal Leadership Roles

    Locke Lord LLP on Wednesday unveiled a number of new leadership shifts, appointing attorneys to new roles on its executive committee and board of directors, and adding new management to two offices.

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    Snap GC's Compensation More Than Doubled In 2023

    Snap Inc. paid its general counsel close to $9.4 million in 2023 — nearly $5 million more than in the previous year — according to a securities filing this week.

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    UC Beats Suit Over SF Law School Name Change

    A San Francisco judge tossed all claims in a lawsuit challenging the name change of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law to the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco.

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    Baker Botts Gains IP Litigators In Houston, SF From Orrick

    Baker Botts LLP announced Wednesday that it has fortified its intellectual property department with patent litigators in Houston and San Francisco, both of whom are joining from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

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    Fox Rothschild Begins Italy Group With Raines Feldman Atty

    Fox Rothschild LLP announced Wednesday that it has added a partner from Raines Feldman Littrell LLP to chair its new Italy practice group.

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    This Former GC Went From The Super Bowl To The C-Suite

    Two of Blake Moore's fondest memories involve teamwork — playing pro football for the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1982 Super Bowl, and helping put together a billion-dollar deal for his company after years as its general counsel.

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    Hunton Taps Mayer Brown Energy Ace As US Oil & Gas Leader

    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP announced Wednesday that it has brought on the former leader of Mayer Brown LLP's Houston corporate group to lead the firm's U.S. oil and gas practice.

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    Legal Tech Companies Raise Pay To Attract BigLaw Attorneys

    Legal technology companies have discovered their secret sauce for selling their software to lawyers: recruit other lawyers as sellers.

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    Ex-Wilmer Partner Among Biden's Latest District Court Picks

    President Joe Biden announced four judicial nominees on Wednesday morning to serve in district courts in New York, California and South Dakota.

  • LA Times Nears Fee Win After Beating Mark Geragos Libel Suit

    A California judge said Tuesday she will likely grant most of the Los Angeles Times' request for over $212,000 in attorneys' fees after defeating attorney Mark Geragos' libel suit over its coverage of a $37 million settlement, saying the case had "real implications" for the newspaper.

  • Berkeley Law Says Antisemitism Suit Should Be Tossed

    The University of California, Berkeley School of Law pushed back this week against a Jewish advocacy organization's accusations that the school has fostered an antisemitic culture that has led to harassment of Jews on campus, arguing that the lawsuit should be dismissed since the university is acting under long-established constitutional principles that require it to protect student speech it does not necessarily endorse.

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    Compensation, Work-Life Balance Keep Associates At Firms

    Above all else, associates value compensation, work-life balance and career path opportunities when they're deciding whether to remain at their firms, according to a new study conducted by the NALP Foundation that was unveiled Tuesday.

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    Stoel Rives Adds New Real Estate Partner In San Diego

    Stoel Rives LLP hired a former Finch Thornton & Baird LLP partner as a new partner for its real estate practice in San Diego, the firm announced.

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    Wilson Sonsini IP Litigator Jumps To Clark Hill In San Diego

    Clark Hill PLC is expanding its West Coast team, announcing Tuesday it is bringing on a Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC patent litigator as a member in its San Diego office.

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    Data Privacy Co. TrustArc Names GC, Chief Privacy Officer

    Data privacy platform TrustArc says it has brought on a new general counsel and chief privacy officer alongside another executive appointment and amid record revenue.

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    Saul Ewing Minn. Partner Named Transactional Dept. Chair

    A former managing partner of Saul Ewing LLP's Minneapolis office will oversee more than 200 attorneys as the new chair of the Philadelphia-headquartered firm's transactional department.

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    Dechert Elevates Product Liability Leaders On Both Coasts

    Dechert LLP has appointed two partners in New York and Los Angeles to lead its product liability and mass torts practice, elevating Douglas Fleming and Jay Bhimani to co-chair roles.

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    Pillsbury Cyber Leader Jumps To Crowell & Moring

    Crowell & Moring announced on Tuesday the hiring of a cybersecurity lead at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as a partner overseeing the firm's digital law practice in Europe.

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    DocuSign Cuts 6% Of Workforce But Vows To Stay Public

    DocuSign is laying off 6% of its staff for its third round of workforce reductions in the past three years, the electronic signature and contract software company announced Tuesday.

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    Dechert's Los Angeles Managing Partner Jumps To Paul Weiss

    Dechert LLP's Los Angeles office managing partner, a prominent product liability litigator who's successfully defended the likes of 3M and Johnson & Johnson, has joined Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP as a partner in its litigation department, Paul Weiss announced Monday.

  • Drivers Seek $18M Atty Fees In Flower Foods $105M Deal

    The drivers who snagged a $105 million deal in their misclassification suit against Flower Foods said their attorneys deserve to receive $18 million in fees, saying the settlement represents a great achievement also because it requires the company to change its business model.

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    Greenberg Traurig Nabs Space Pro From Sherman & Howard

    Greenberg Traurig LLP announced Monday that it has hired former U.S. Air Force director of space law and chair of Sherman & Howard LLC's aerospace practice group Milton "Skip" Smith to head its space and satellite industry group.

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Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Law Firms Stressing Work-Life Balance Are Missing The Mark Author Photo

    Law firms struggling to attract and retain lawyers are institutionalizing work-life balance through hybrid work models, but such balance is elusive in a client services and tech-dependent world, underscoring the need for firms to instead aim for attorney empowerment and true balance within — not outside — the workplace, says Joe Pack at Pack Law.

  • A Law Student's Guide To Thriving As A Summer Associate Author Photo

    Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.

  • Burnout Prevention Requires Effort From Attys And Firms Author Photo

    To avoid physical and emotional exhaustion, attorneys must respect their own and their colleagues' personal and professional boundaries, but law firms must also play a role in discouraging burnout culture — especially if they are struggling with attorney retention, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • How I Owned My Power As An Asian American Woman In Law Author Photo

    Gibson Dunn's Debra Yang shares the bumps in her journey to becoming the first female Asian American U.S. attorney, a state judge and a senior partner in BigLaw, and how other women can face their self-doubts and blaze their own trails to success amid systemic obstacles.

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.

  • 3 Reasons To Embrace Jargon In Legal Marketing Content Author Photo

    Ignore what you've been told about jargon — adding insider industry terms to your firm's marketing and business development content can persuade potential clients that you have the specialized knowledge they can trust, says Wayne Pollock at Law Firm Editorial Service.

  • Future Lawyers Expect DEI Commitments Beyond Recruiting Author Photo

    To attract future lawyers from diverse backgrounds, firms must think beyond recruiting efforts, because law students are looking for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that invest in employee professional development and engage with students year-round, says Lauren Jackson at Howard University School of Law.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Can Law Students Build Real-World Skills? Author Photo

    Allison Coffin at Akin Gump discusses how summer associates going back to school can continue to develop real-world lawyering skills by leveraging the numerous law school resources that support professional development both inside and outside the classroom.

  • How Firm Leaders Can Build And Sustain Culture Author Photo

    In uncertain and challenging times, law firm leaders can build and sustain culture by focusing attention on mission, values and leadership development, and applying a growth mindset across their firms, says Scott Westfahl at Harvard Law.

  • The Case That Showed Me The Value Of E-Discovery Plans Author Photo

    Robert Keeling at Sidley reflects on leading discovery in the litigation that followed the historic $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger and how the case highlighted the importance of having a strategic e-discovery plan in place.

  • Opinion

    CLE Accreditation Should Be Tied To Learning Outcomes Author Photo

    Given the substantial time and money lawyers put toward mandatory continuing legal education, CLE regulators and providers should be held to accreditation standards that assess learning outcomes, similar to those imposed on law schools and continuing medical education providers, says Rima Sirota at Georgetown Law.

  • Why You Should Leverage AI For Privilege Review Author Photo

    While many lawyers still believe that a manual, document-by-document review is the best approach to privilege logging, certain artificial intelligence tools can bolster the traditional review process and make this aspect of electronic document review more efficient, more accurate and less costly, say Laura Riff and Michelle Six at Kirkland.

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

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