California Pulse

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    Legal Event Organizers Stress Efforts To Deter Harassment

    Legal conference organizers have told Law360 Pulse that they are committed to fostering safe and inclusive events, and some changes have been made following recent accusations of sexual harassment and assault at legal events.

  • SF Atty Faces Misconduct Charges Over $1.33M In Trust Fees

    A San Francisco attorney is facing disciplinary charges for allegedly overcharging a trust account client who struggled with mental health and other personal issues, the State Bar of California's Office of Chief Trial Counsel announced Friday.

  • Workday Bias Case Should Stay In Calif., Md.-Based Atty Says

    A Black senior counsel at Workday urged a California federal court to keep alive his race and disability discrimination suit against the human resources services company and a deputy general counsel, saying his claims under California law are valid despite his living in Maryland.

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    Tyson & Mendes Adds Mercury Insurance Trial Atty In LA

    Insurance and civil litigation defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP has expanded its California team, bringing in a former Mercury Insurance in-house counsel and trial attorney as a partner in its Los Angeles office.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for the legal industry as BigLaw expanded its reach and big names made headlines after court. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Trial and appeals boutique Lehotsky Keller Cohn LLP topped this week's list of Legal Lions, with a victory for client FedEx at the Fifth Circuit that slashed a $366 million verdict to $250,000.

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    New Crowell & Moring Int'l President Shares 'Story Of Hope'

    Geralyn Ritter on Monday became the new president and CEO of Crowell & Moring International LLC, the law firm's global public affairs affiliate. Here, she speaks with Law360 Pulse about her journey to overcome the trauma stemming from surviving a 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight passengers.

  • Atty In 'The Saudi Sun' Case Seeks Jury Trial Over Sanctions

    A Seattle attorney accused of creating a fake newspaper called The Saudi Sun and filing it as a court exhibit is pushing back against a $268,000 sanction order, arguing to the Ninth Circuit that he should have a jury trial first.

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    Pierson Ferdinand Added 104 FisherBroyles Attys In January

    As of the end of January, a total of 104 partners had departed FisherBroyles LLP to join breakaway law firm Pierson Ferdinand LLP, according to an announcement by the new firm, which opened its doors at the beginning of the year.

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    CLO Of Epilepsy Treatment Biz NeuroPace To Depart

    NeuroPace Inc.'s chief legal officer will resign from her role next month, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing this week from the epilepsy treatment company.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds Former Federal Prosecutor In LA

    Greenberg Traurig LLP announced Thursday that it's expanding its white collar team and bringing in a former federal prosecutor, most recently with Ellis George LLP, as a shareholder in its Los Angeles office.

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    Exelixis GC Joins Board Of Biocom California Organization

    Biocom California, the association representing hundreds of players in the state's life sciences industry, has appointed Exelixis general counsel Jeffrey Hessekiel to its board of governors, the nonprofit announced Wednesday.

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    How Ex-Silicon Valley Bank GC Moved From Law To Business

    Catherine Ngo has risen from a self-described shy high school student who sat in the back of the class to a private practice attorney in Texas and California, to general counsel at Silicon Valley Bank and to CEO of Central Pacific Bank. And she believes the challenging times — the failures of companies, even — are when people learn the most.

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    Latham Overtakes Kirkland In Financial, Personnel Ranking

    Latham & Watkins LLP topped legal market intelligence provider Leopard Solutions' 2023 Law Firm Index and maintained a perfect score for over half a year on the ranking, overtaking last year's top firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, which dropped to third.

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    Morgan Lewis Adds Hawkins Parnell Toxic Tort Litigator In LA

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP is expanding its product liability team, bringing in a Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP mass tort trial attorney as a partner in its Los Angeles office.

  • 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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Expert Analysis

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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.

  • 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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