California Pulse

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    How Legal Work Can Feed Attorneys' Suicidal Thoughts

    Studies show time and again that attorneys are at greater risk for suicide and suicidal ideation than peers in other industries. Law360 spoke with eight attorneys who shared their personal stories about how the legal profession encourages behavior that can lead to suicidal ideation and how they found help.

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    Michelman & Robinson Adds Locke Lord Regulatory Ace In SF

    Michelman & Robinson LLP has boosted its regulatory and administrative law practice with a partner in the Golden State who had been with Locke Lord LLP for more than a decade prior to her departure, the firm said Tuesday.

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    Ex-FERC Chair Returns To Skadden As Energy Group Head

    James Danly, former Republican Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member and onetime chairman, is returning to Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP as the head of its energy regulatory group, the firm announced Tuesday amid growing private sector demand for energy attorneys in the nation's capital.

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    Nixon Peabody Picks Paul Weiss Exec To Lead DEI Initiatives

    DEI stalwart Nixon Peabody LLP is redoubling its dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion with the hiring of a new senior executive who brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, including most recently leading diversity efforts for Paul Weiss.

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    Longtime Jones Day Antitrust Atty Joins Crowell & Moring

    Crowell & Moring LLP announced Tuesday that a veteran Jones Day antitrust attorney with nearly 25 years of experience working on major cartel investigations and class actions joined the firm's Los Angeles office as a partner.

  • Retailer Sues Zimmerman Reed To End Privacy 'Shakedown'

    Zimmerman Reed LLP and thousands of its clients are unlawfully conspiring to "weaponize" a California wiretapping law in bringing a crush of arbitration claims against L'Occitane over its website user tracking practices, the cosmetics and home goods retailer alleged in urging a California federal court to put an end to this "shakedown."

  • Google Wins More Atty Fees In 'Frivolous' IP Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday awarded Google additional attorney fees and costs in a patent infringement suit brought by EscapeX IP, saying the patent assertion entity's objections to the initial fee award were "frivolous" and constituted "recklessness."

  • Judge Tells DOJ, VW To Plan For Release Of Jones Day Docs

    A California federal judge has instructed the U.S. Department of Justice and Volkswagen to come up with a plan to release certain confidential Volkswagen documents that were part of a Jones Day investigation into the automaker's 2015 emissions-cheating scandal.

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    Litigation Boutique Leader Joins Holland & Knight In Calif.

    Holland & Knight LLP is strengthening its West Coast team, announcing Monday it is bringing in a Greenberg Gross LLP business trial attorney as partner in its Newport Beach, California, office.

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    Law Firms Prioritized Nonequity Partner Growth In 2023

    Even as demand lagged and expenses went up last year, law firms took an aggressive approach to expanding their non-equity partner headcounts, according to the results of a survey by Citi Global's Wealth at Work Law Firm Group.

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    Fish & Richardson Launches Life Sciences Group

    Fish & Richardson PC announced Monday it has kicked off a 140-attorney life sciences industry team led by principals Martina Hufnal and Todd Garcia.

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    HPE's Top Atty Saw Pay Package Climb In '23

    The chief operating and legal officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. earned $9.1 million in 2023, a $1.2 million increase over 2022, according to an annual U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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    These Cos. Are In The Hot Seat As Proxy Season Approaches

    At least four high-profile corporations and their general counsel are gearing up for a tougher-than-usual 2024 proxy season — those three months in the spring when most companies hold their annual meetings.

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    Ventura County Office Extends GRSM50's Golden State Reach

    San Francisco-founded Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP has opened an office in Ventura County, California — its 10th physical presence in the Golden State and its 78th locale overall, the firm said Monday.

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    FEMA Atty Says Bias, Retaliation Plagued Workplace

    An Asian attorney for the Federal Emergency Management Agency was pushed out of her job after complaining that a male colleague harassed her, and she was given clerical work stereotypical of her gender and race, she told a California federal court.

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    Lowenstein Sandler Adds Steptoe Atty As Exempt Orgs Chair

    Lowenstein Sandler LLP has hired a Steptoe LLP partner focused on tax and other matters in Washington, D.C., to lead the firm's exempt organizations practice, the firm announced Monday.

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    Dinsmore Names Patent Atty As Leader In San Diego

    Dinsmore & Shohl LLP has tapped a patent attorney who has been with the firm a little under two years to head its San Diego office.

  • Buchalter, Parker Milliken Accused In $19M Theft From Trusts

    Attorneys from law firms Buchalter APC and Parker Milliken Clark O'Hara & Samuelian have been accused by members of a Los Angeles-based group of trusts of conspiring to help their client bilk nearly $20 million from the trusts in a Ponzi scheme.

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    Nutanix Legal Chief To Retire In June

    The chief legal officer of cloud computing software company Nutanix has informed the company that he plans to retire, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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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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Expert Analysis

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

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    Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

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    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

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