California Pulse

  • O'Melveny Can't SLAPP Bill-Padding Claims, Calif. Panel Says

    A California appellate panel refused to strike allegations that O'Melveny & Myers LLP padded its legal bills while investigating the alleged mismanagement of funds at an apartment cooperative, saying disputes related to a firm's billing practices don't arise from activity protected by the state's anti-SLAPP statute.

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    NY Litigation Boutique Expands To LA With GRSM50 Atty

    New York employment and litigation boutique Paduano & Weintraub LLP is going bicoastal, adding a partner from Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP to lead a new office in Los Angeles, the firm announced on Tuesday.

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    Women GCs In Fortune 500 Are More Diverse Than Men

    Women in the general counsel position at Fortune 500 companies make up a more diverse group than men in the same role, according to an analysis shared with Law360 Pulse on Wednesday, although top corporate lawyers continue to be predominantly white.

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    Gross Revenue, Expenses Increase For California Firms

    Gross revenue and gross expenses for California-based law firms grew by slightly more than the national average last year, according to a new report released Wednesday.

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    Jackson Lewis Names Man Group Exec As Chief Talent Officer

    An experienced human resources manager who most recently worked at investment management company Man Group PLC has joined nationwide labor and employment firm Jackson Lewis PC.

  • Ex-McDermott Atty Seeks To Drop Suit Over Recruitment

    A former McDermott Will & Emery LLP entertainment litigator who sued the firm and a legal recruitment company alleging undisclosed conflicts related to his recruitment to McDermott has asked a Los Angeles judge to drop the entire case.

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    Calif., Pa. Judge Picks Win Seats Despite Harsh GOP Criticism

    The Senate voted on Wednesday 54-45 to confirm Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Edward Sherriff to the Eastern District of California and 50-49 to confirm U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick to the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

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    AI Software Maker Primer Brings On Seasoned GC

    Artificial intelligence company Primer has brought on a new general counsel with decades of experience working in the technology industry, plus various other recent executive hires.

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    'Mind-Blowing' Spending On High Court Races Follows Dobbs

    Spending on state Supreme Court elections has been rising for years, but those courts' increased role in fights over issues like abortion and gerrymandering has pushed that spending to an unprecedented level, according to a new report.

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    Offit Kurman Names New Firmwide Managing Principal

    A 12-year veteran of Offit Kurman Attorneys At Law has been tapped as firmwide managing principal, according to an announcement Tuesday.

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    O'Melveny DEI Head On How Language Can Foster Belonging

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP's director of diversity and engagement, Bendita Malakia, talks about how language plays a critical role in DEI efforts and improving a sense of belonging at law firms.

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    Attys Identify Trust As Key Barrier To Generative AI Adoption

    The overwhelming majority of legal leaders who work for law firms and corporations don't trust generative artificial intelligence tools, and there's also a divide between the two groups on the use of this innovative technology, a new survey has found.

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    Husch Blackwell Taps Employment Veteran As Chair-Elect

    Husch Blackwell LLP announced Wednesday it has appointed a veteran employment partner based in St. Louis as the firm's upcoming executive board chair, effective April 1.

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    Davis Wright Taps New Partners In Charge In DC, California

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has tapped two new partners-in-charge for its Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Culver City, California, offices, with one of those attorneys being the firm's first Asian American to serve as a partner-in-charge.

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    What Are The AI Possibilities For Mid-Law?

    As generative artificial intelligence develops and big firms cautiously try it out, industry observers say that Mid-Law firms are also experimenting with the technology and that it will likely prove useful for midsize, midmarket and regional firms as the tech matures.

  • Sidley Atty Among 16 Tapped For Calif. Judicial Seats

    A Sidley Austin LLP partner and former federal prosecutor was among California Gov. Gavin Newsom's picks for 16 trial court judgeships around the Golden State.

  • Trustee Sues Big Investors In Failed Calif. Debt Firm

    A court-appointed bankruptcy trustee has asked a judge to help prioritize more than $100 million in claims from investors in a defunct California debt relief law firm that has been accused of orchestrating a "Ponzi scheme" to repeatedly sell stakes in the same set of client files.

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    Rate Hikes Helped Law Firms Boost Profits By 6% In 2023

    Law firm billing rate increases of 8.3% across the industry drove profits upward by almost 6% in 2023, even as demand remained nearly flat, according to the results of a year-end survey of 130 law firms by Wells Fargo's Legal Specialty Group.

  • SEC Tells 9th Circ. Crypto Law Firm Has No Claim To Bring

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that cryptocurrency-using law firm Hodl Law PLLC can't challenge the agency's digital asset enforcement policy because the firm's concerns about future harms are all hypothetical.

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    Mercedes USA's Former GC Joins Luxury Electric Car Maker

    Lucid Motors said on Tuesday that it had brought on Mercedes-Benz USA's former general counsel to lead its legal affairs as the young electric vehicle company aims to expand production while grappling with an increasingly competitive market.

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    Fennemore Craig Growing In Calif. With Sullivan Hill Merger

    In its latest West Coast expansion, Fennemore Craig PC announced Tuesday it is widening its footprint in San Diego through a merger with Sullivan Hill, with the latter's experts in insurance, construction, commercial bankruptcy and employment law joining Fennemore's existing four-attorney team in the city.

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    Haynes Boone IP Partner Rejoins Alston & Bird In LA

    Alston & Bird LLP has rehired a Haynes and Boone LLP partner to its Los Angeles intellectual property practice after she worked for years in private practice and as in-house counsel at United Airlines and Toyota Motor and advised a cannabis company, Alston & Bird announced Tuesday.

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    This Law School Is Taking On 'Quantum Speed' Of AI

    Law360 Pulse caught up with University of California College of the Law, San Francisco Professor Robin Feldman, the director of its new AI Law & Innovation Institute

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    Compensation Shakeup Is Pushing Some Partners To Leave

    As large law firms reportedly consider historic changes to their partnership structures and compensation systems, and the industry looks back at another mostly flat year for profits, the lateral partner job market has been thrown into flux, with many BigLaw partners wondering, "Can I find better elsewhere?"

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    Workday Deputy GC Aims To Escape Atty's Bias Complaint

    A deputy general counsel at Workday pressed a California federal judge to dismiss a company attorney's harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims, saying the attorney hadn't shown links between the human resources software provider's alleged actions and his race and disability.

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Expert Analysis

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • How Attys Can Guard Against Rising Settle-And-Sue Claims Author Photo

    Certain precautions can help lawyers avoid post-settlement malpractice claims and create a solid evidentiary defense, as settle-and-sue lawsuits rise amid pandemic-induced dispute settlements, say Bethany Kristovich and Jeremy Beecher at Munger Tolles.

  • What I Learned As A Virtual Summer Associate Author Photo

    It is necessary in a virtual law firm summer program to think twice about asking questions you may be able to answer on your own, but this independence and other aspects of a remote internship may help to instill habits that would be useful for future full-time associates, says law student Kelley Sheehan, who interned at Patterson & Sheridan this summer.

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