California Pulse

  • Nixon Peabody Gets OK For Deal With DC Solar Investors

    A California state court judge has approved a settlement between Nixon Peabody LLP and DC Solar investors who claimed the firm saw warning signs that the now-defunct solar power supplier was running a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme that promised payments based on sublease revenue from mobile solar generators. 

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    Calif. High Court Names 2 Attys To Bar's Board Of Trustees

    The Supreme Court of California has appointed two San Francisco attorneys to join the board of trustees of the California State Bar.

  • Eastman Hit With Ethics Charges In Calif. Over 2020 Election

    Controversial Trump attorney John Eastman has been charged with multiple ethics violations that could result in his disbarment, the State Bar of California announced Thursday.

  • Calif. CARE Courts Face First Legal Challenge

    A nonprofit disability rights group on Thursday sued California Gov. Gavin Newsom in the state Supreme Court to stop his recently enacted CARE courts plan from going into effect in October, alleging that the mental health treatment program violates residents' constitutional rights.

  • Girardi Victims' $6.3M Suit Against NY Firm Tossed, For Now

    A California federal judge on Thursday dismissed a suit against a New York lawyer and his firm alleging they illegally received $6.3 million of a burn victim's settlement from Girardi Keese founder Tom Girardi, finding the complaint contains allegations of fraud that must be pled with more particularity.

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    Crowell & Moring's Sponsorship Initiative 10 Years Later

    It's been more than 10 years since Crowell & Moring LLP launched its Sponsorship Initiative — one of the first of its kind in the legal industry — to help retain and advance the careers of women, LGBTQ attorneys and attorneys of color at the firm.

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    7 Things To Know About Reed Smith's New Managing Partner

    Reed Smith LLP announced Tuesday that it is appointing its global head of legal personnel to become the firm's global managing partner, making her the first woman in its history to hold that position.

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    Hawkins Parnell Appoints New Labor & Employment Chair

    Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP announced Thursday that it has chosen one of its longtime partners to become chair of its labor and employment practice group.

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    Remote Data Collection Big Challenge For Businesses

    The hardest challenge for most corporations and service providers when collecting data during an investigation is gathering data from mobile devices, chat applications and remote employees, according to a recently released report from Israeli digital intelligence company Cellebrite Enterprise Solutions.

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    Calif. Boutique Firm Hires Hedge Fund Pro As First GC

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP, a boutique firm based in San Francisco specializing in corporate and litigation matters, announced Wednesday it had hired a hedge fund veteran as its latest partner and first general counsel.

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    BCLP Adds Ex-Baker McKenzie Diversity Leader As I&D Head

    The former North American manager of diversity recruiting strategies at Baker McKenzie has joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP as its U.S. head of inclusion and diversity.

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    Robbins Geller Elects Partners In California, Florida

    Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP announced this week that it has elected five of its attorneys to partner in California and Florida offices.

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    State Court Center Launches Courthouse Space Tool

    The National Center for State Courts has developed an online questionnaire to help reexamine building space and provide guidance on courthouse space planning, alongside a contest to help promote the best redesign of space, the group said in a news release Wednesday.

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    Former Calif. County Atty Joins Singleton Schreiber

    Litigation firm Singleton Schreiber LLP is growing its Northern California team by adding a former county counsel in Calaveras County and later Yolo County as an of counsel in its Sacramento office.

  • Girardi Trustee Drops Special Counsel Accused Of Conflicts

    Tom Girardi's bankruptcy trustee has replaced Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo LLP as special counsel amid claims that the Los Angeles plaintiffs firm had concealed serious conflicts of interest from its clients and the court.

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    Ex-Barclays Atty Reflects On Her 'Big Risk' Joining A Startup

    In an interview this week with Law360 Pulse, Elizabeth Hyon acknowledged that early-stage companies "are not for everybody" and that a growth mentality is crucial for "shaking loose" a career at an established business like Barclays to join a startup like Tidal Partners, which launched in August.

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    How Attys Are Using AI In E-Discovery To Search For Feelings

    More e-discovery companies are building artificial intelligence tools to detect negative and positive sentiments as well as certain emotions in documents, which can help attorneys more quickly identify key communications when investigating potential wrongdoing.

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    Perkins Coie Program To Support Black, Latino Entrepreneurs

    Perkins Coie is launching a program to help Black and Latino entrepreneurs build their businesses.

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    Jones Day Appoints New Leadership To Corporate Practice

    Jones Day announced that it has appointed new leadership to the firm's corporate practice.

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    Calif. Cannabis Developers Claim Fraud By Attorney, Investor

    Two California developer entities accused an attorney and investor Tuesday of pocketing $880,000 the developers gave them as an escrow payment to secure a $22 million loan for a cannabis cultivation business.

  • Court Faults Attys For Implying Patent Trial Was About 'Greed'

    Los Angeles' U.S. District Judge Mark Scarsi has ordered a new trial in a legal dispute over patents that cover new 3D railway track assessment technology, ripping Knobbe Martens lawyers for encouraging the jury to "decide the case based on societal impacts."

  • Kirkland Doubles Down On Axing Ex-Atty's Harassment Suit

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has contended that a former associate's claims for sexual harassment and defamation fail in part because "routine performance management" can't form the foundation for a Title VII claim, according to a reply brief reiterating the firm's stance that the associate's sex bias suit should be tossed.

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    Reed Smith Leader Moves To Nonprofit For Migrant Children

    Reed Smith LLP's longtime managing partner is leaving the firm to become the top lawyer for Kids In Need of Defense, a nonprofit that represents children who are unaccompanied migrants or separated from their families, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Reed Smith Opens Orange County Office, Firm's 5th In Calif.

    Reed Smith has further cemented its foothold in the California market, announcing a new Orange County office that will be the firm's fifth in the Golden State and 31st worldwide.

  • $2.3M In Fees Granted In Atty's Retaliation Suit Against Insurer

    A California judge ordered Farmers Insurance to pay nearly $2.3 million in attorney fees for a former in-house attorney who said his potential role in a sex bias suit got him fired, adding to the $18.95 million in damages handed to him in June.

Expert Analysis

  • Increasing Public Access To Legal Services: A Practical Plan Author Photo

    Recommendations recently issued by a special committee of the Florida Bar represent a realistic, pragmatic approach to increasing the accessibility and affordability of legal services, at a time when the disconnect between the legal profession and the public at large has widened considerably, says Gary Lesser, president of the Florida Bar.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • Why Interdisciplinarity Is Key To Designing The Future Of Law Author Photo

    The legal profession faces challenges that urgently demand new solutions, and lawyers and firms can address this by leaning on other industries that have more experience practicing, teaching and incorporating innovation into their core business and service models, says Jennifer Leonard at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can New Partners Generate Business? Author Photo

    Christine Wong at MoFo discusses how newly elected partners can prioritize business development by creating a strategic plan with the firm's marketing team and strengthening relationships with professional and personal networks.

  • 9 Writing Tips From The Justices' Opinions Last Term Author Photo

    Hidden in the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions from the last term are each justice’s talents for crafting choice turns of phrase, highlighting best practices for attorneys to jump-start their own writing, says Ross Guberman at BriefCatch.

  • What Web3 Means For Lawyers' Ethical Duties Author Photo

    As law firms embrace Web3 technologies by accepting cryptocurrency as payment for legal fees, investing in metaverse departments and more, lawyers should remember their ethical duties to warn clients of the benefits and risks of technology in a murky regulatory environment, says Heidi Frostestad Kuehl at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

  • NY's Cybersecurity CLE Rule Is A Sign Of Changing Times Author Photo

    New York's recently announced requirement that lawyers complete cybersecurity training as part of their continuing legal education is a reminder that securing client information is more complicated in an increasingly digital world, and that expectations around attorneys' technology competence are changing, says Jason Schwent at Clark Hill.

  • Opinion

    Law Firms Stressing Work-Life Balance Are Missing The Mark Author Photo

    Law firms struggling to attract and retain lawyers are institutionalizing work-life balance through hybrid work models, but such balance is elusive in a client services and tech-dependent world, underscoring the need for firms to instead aim for attorney empowerment and true balance within — not outside — the workplace, says Joe Pack at Pack Law.

  • A Law Student's Guide To Thriving As A Summer Associate Author Photo

    Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.

  • Burnout Prevention Requires Effort From Attys And Firms Author Photo

    To avoid physical and emotional exhaustion, attorneys must respect their own and their colleagues' personal and professional boundaries, but law firms must also play a role in discouraging burnout culture — especially if they are struggling with attorney retention, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • How I Owned My Power As An Asian American Woman In Law Author Photo

    Gibson Dunn's Debra Yang shares the bumps in her journey to becoming the first female Asian American U.S. attorney, a state judge and a senior partner in BigLaw, and how other women can face their self-doubts and blaze their own trails to success amid systemic obstacles.

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.

  • 3 Reasons To Embrace Jargon In Legal Marketing Content Author Photo

    Ignore what you've been told about jargon — adding insider industry terms to your firm's marketing and business development content can persuade potential clients that you have the specialized knowledge they can trust, says Wayne Pollock at Law Firm Editorial Service.

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