California Pulse

  • Quinn Emanuel Can't Collect On LA County's $280K Legal Bill

    A Los Angeles judge on Friday dismissed Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's lawsuit seeking to collect more than $280,000 in legal bills from Los Angeles County, saying the claims should have been filed in a counter-suit after the defendants sued the firm several years ago.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    King & Spalding LLP leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after a California federal jury awarded mobile game platform Skillz $42.9 million in a patent infringement fight against rival AviaGames.

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    Students Sue To Keep Golden Gate U. Offering Law Degrees

    Golden Gate University Law School students are suing the 123-year-old school for fraud in an effort to stop it from shutting down its juris doctor program, according to a newly filed suit in California state court.

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    Carlton Fields Taps 12 For Shareholder Roles Across 7 Offices

    Carlton Fields has elected 12 attorneys as shareholders in seven separate offices to work on a range of legal matters, the firm announced Thursday.

  • Model Snags Atty Fees In Late Pay Challenges At 9th Circ.

    A model is entitled to recover almost $43,000 in attorney fees for defending a vape maker's Ninth Circuit appeals of the worker's lower court win in her lawsuit alleging late payment for her work, a three-judge panel for the appeals court has ruled.

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    GRSM50 Adds Employment Pro From San Diego Boutique

    Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP, now known as GRSM50, is bolstering its employment team, bringing in a Keeney Waite & Stevens APC business litigator as a partner in its San Diego office.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another busy week as attorneys made moves and grappled with the implications of artificial intelligence. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Law Class Of 2023 Gave $104M In Pro Bono Legal Services

    Members of the law class of 2023 volunteered more than 3,289,714 hours in legal services as part of their education last year, giving a total of over $104.6 million worth of their time, according to a recent survey by the nonprofit Association of American Law Schools.

  • Kirkland Fights Uphill To Get Atty's Info From 2 BigLaw Firms

    A California federal magistrate judge appeared skeptical Thursday of Kirkland & Ellis' bid to subpoena confidential personnel information from a former IP associate's prior employers Paul Hastings LLP and Fish & Richardson PC in Kirkland's defense against her discrimination suit, telling counsel the requests seem overbroad and "at best marginally relevant."

  • Ex-ArentFox Client Tentatively Denied Conflict Case Discovery

    A California state judge tentatively ruled on Thursday that government contractor Peraton Corp. cannot get discovery for ArentFox Schiff's work for a business rival around the time it represented Peraton, saying since the discovery bid relates to an arbitration provision in Peraton's retainer, what happened after it was inked is irrelevant.

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    Report Shows Women Making Progress On BigLaw Deals

    Female attorneys increasingly appear on the teams that negotiate the big deals law firms love to tout, and they're on track to continue "advancing up the team ladder and gaining power" even as law firms step back from some diversity programs in response to litigation challenges from conservative groups, according to a new report.

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    LA Attorney Says The Barnes Firm Owes Him About $6M

    In litigation related to the now-defunct personal injury giant Cellino & Barnes, a California attorney is arguing that successor law firms defrauded him during severance negotiations and now owe him about $6 million.

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    Ex-NY Federal Prosecutor To Co-Lead Akin White Collar Group

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP on Thursday announced that it has named a New York-based partner and former federal prosecutor as co-head of its white collar defense and government investigations practice.

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    Baker Botts' 12 New Partners Will Match 2023 Promotions

    Baker Botts LLP will elevate a dozen attorneys to partner next month, matching the firm's promotion class from 2023, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Hogan Lovells Brings On Nelson Mullins Auto Litigator In LA

    An experienced commercial litigator who represents auto manufacturers and distributors has jumped from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP to Hogan Lovells, the firm said on Thursday.

  • Perkins Coie Matches Cravath On Associate Salaries

    Perkins Coie LLP confirmed on Thursday that it will meet the scale set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP for associate salary increases this year, but there is a caveat for midlevel and senior associates.

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    Outgoing Sony Pictures GC: Don't Be Set In Your Ways

    As she winds down from her decades-long career at Sony Pictures, general counsel Leah Weil recalled major events in the studio's history, including the 2014 cyberattack, that taught her the importance of empathy as a leader.

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    TMZ Ordered To Pay $300K In Atty Fees Over Bus Tour Case

    A California federal judge on Monday ordered TMZ to reimburse a Hollywood bus tour operator almost $300,000 in attorney fees after the operator convinced the court to vacate an arbitration award favoring the celebrity news provider based on an arbitrator's failure to disclose relevant information.

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    AI Use Among 'New Criteria' Differentiating Outside Counsel

    While top corporate lawyers have a keen interest in how outside counsel will use generative artificial intelligence, many are in the dark about their law firms' views and strategies on the technology, according to a new report.

  • LA Video Game Co. Expands Leadership With New GC

    Video game commerce and distribution company Xsolla announced Tuesday that it had added a new global general counsel with deep in-house experience amidst a couple of new leadership appointments.

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    Hogan Lovells Taps 25-Year Vet For Litigation Leadership Role

    Hogan Lovells has tapped a Washington, D.C., partner who has spent more than 25 years with the firm, as its practice area leader for the Americas litigation practice, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    How Associates Can Handle Romance At The Office

    Perhaps he maintained eye contact during the boring meeting for a bit longer than expected. Or maybe when other lawyers rolled their eyes at the corny joke, she actually laughed.

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    Miller Starr Brings On Coblentz Patch Real Estate Pro In Calif.

    California real estate boutique Miller Starr Regalia LLP is expanding its transactions team, bringing in a Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP real estate pro as a shareholder in its office in Walnut Creek, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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    Judge Disqualifies Alston & Bird Over Conflict In IP Case

    A California federal judge granted Rocket Resume's request to withdraw Alston & Bird LLP as its counsel in a copyright suit against Bold Ltd., which had previously asked to disqualify the firm over its past legal work for Bold.

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    Decades After Repping MLK Jr., This Tenn. Atty Is Still Going

    As a young lawyer, Walter Bailey was on the team of attorneys who fought for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during his final, fatal visit to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968. More than 50 years later, Bailey still practices law — and he has no plans to stop.

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Expert Analysis

  • Series

    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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