California Pulse

  • 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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    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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Expert Analysis

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

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    Ask A Mentor: Should My Law Firm Take On An Apprentice? Author Photo

    Mentoring a law student who is preparing for the bar exam without attending law school is an arduous process that is not for everyone, but there are also several benefits for law firms hosting apprenticeship programs, says Jessica Jackson, the lawyer guiding Kim Kardashian West's legal education.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

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