California Pulse

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    Workload, Trauma, Isolation Impacting Judges' Mental Health

    Overwhelming caseloads, the secondary trauma from certain types of cases and a lack of peer support are the biggest stressors judges say they're facing, with many of them experiencing difficulty concentrating, remaining unbiased and treating litigants and lawyers with respect as a result.

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    V&E Appoints Ex-Littler CIO As Tech Leader

    Vinson & Elkins LLP announced on Monday the appointment of a chief technology and data officer with prior experience at Littler Mendelson PC, commercial real estate giant Colliers International and now-defunct Hitachi Consulting.

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    JAMS Brings On Pair Of Retired Judges In Northern Calif.

    The alternative dispute resolution service JAMS is expanding its mediation/arbitration team, announcing last week that it is adding two state judges as mediators in its San Francisco Bay Area offices — former superior court judges in Santa Clara County and in Alameda County.  

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    Most Gen Z Lawyers Would Take A Pay Cut For Fewer Hours

    Money is no longer the top factor in many Generation Z lawyers' list of priorities, with three-fourths naming culture as the No. 1 factor they used in choosing a law firm, according to a new report released Monday by recruiting firm Major Lindsey & Africa and legal intelligence provider Leopard Solutions.

  • Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    In the past year, plaintiffs have won settlements and judgments for millions and billions of dollars from companies such as Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Facebook and Fox News, with many high-profile cases finally wrapping up after years of fighting. Such cases — involving over-the-top compensation packages, chemical contamination, gender discrimination and data mining — were led by attorneys whose accomplishments earned them recognition as Law360's Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar for 2024.

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    How Legos, 'Working Girl' Sealed $10B Sibling Rivalry Win

    A father-son attorney team used Legos and an argument borrowed from the 1988 film "Working Girl" to help a Los Angeles jury understand how their client's own brother illegally stole his multibillion-dollar real estate business, leading to a $10 billion verdict for their client and his other brothers, the attorneys told Law360.

  • L'Occitane's Claim Zimmerman Reed Weaponized Law Tossed

    A California federal judge has thrown out L'Occitane's allegations that Zimmerman Reed LLP and thousands of clients conspired to "weaponize" a California wiretapping law against the luxury retailer, while chastising both sides' counsel in a footnote for their "overwrought, unjustified and misguided" arguments during litigation.

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    Ex-USPTO Solicitor Heads To Carmichael IP

    A veteran intellectual property attorney who once served as the chief legal officer at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has made the move to Carmichael IP PLLC.

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    TikTok GC To Step Down, Work On Overturning US Law

    The global general counsel for TikTok and parent company ByteDance will be stepping down from his role in June to take on a different job within the social media giant, the company announced Friday: fighting a new federal law requiring ByteDance to divest in TikTok or face a ban in the U.S.

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    Reed Smith Names Ex-MoFo Partner As Venture Capital Chair

    Reed Smith LLP has announced its hiring of a former Morrison Foerster LLP attorney with 20 years of corporate experience as a partner and chair of the firm's U.S. emerging growth and venture capital practice group.

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    Senators Urge ABA To Look Into Rape Questions On Bar Apps

    Several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote to the American Bar Association on Friday urging it to study how state bar applications require would-be attorneys to disclose sexual violence.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Richards Layton & Finger PA and Desmarais LLP handling a suit against Pfizer over mRNA vaccine technology and Warner Norcross + Judd LLP's handling of a Midwestern bank merger lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from April 12 to 26.

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    Benesch Continues Growth With Another Former Kirkland Atty

    An experienced in-house attorney who previously worked in private practice at Kirkland & Ellis LLP has joined Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP, continuing the firm's trend of hiring former Kirkland attorneys.

  • Coinbase CLO's Pay Package Dropped $2M Last Year

    The outspoken chief legal officer of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global Inc., who has railed against regulators, earned total compensation over $5 million last year, more than $2 million less than in 2022, according to the company's latest proxy statement.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Aidala Bertuna & Kamins PC leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after New York's highest state court overturned Harvey Weinstein's rape conviction in a contentious, split opinion that found the former movie mogul's first jury proceeding was unfair.

  • Compensation For Lyft's GC-Turned-President Was $6.6M In '23

    Lyft's longtime general counsel-turned-president picked up a total compensation package worth $6.6 million in 2023, according to the company's latest proxy statement, a sharp increase fueled primarily by $5.3 million in stock awards.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms made new hires and expanded their practices. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    How Gibson Dunn Shines A Spotlight On Pro Bono Work

    While Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP accepts nominations each year for some of its top pro bono work and selects several winners, the firm's pro bono chair wouldn't call this a competition.

  • Maynard Nexsen Adds Litigator In San Francisco

    Maynard Nexsen PC is expanding its litigation team, bringing in a longtime Burke Williams & Sorensen LLP trial attorney as a partner in its San Francisco office.

  • LegalMation Launches Demand Letter Response AI Service

    LegalMation Inc., a software company serving litigation attorneys and other legal professionals, announced Thursday the launch of a demand letter response solution, with an initial focus on automatically replying to U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission inquiries.

  • Calif. AG Charges A Top LA Prosecutor Over Cop File Access

    California Attorney General Rob Bonta has unveiled criminal charges accusing a top Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office prosecutor and adviser to DA George Gascón of illegally accessing nearly a dozen confidential sheriff's deputy files in 2021.

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    DLA Piper Promotes 63 Lawyers To Partnership Worldwide

    DLA Piper said Thursday it has elevated 63 new lawyers to its partnership across the globe in a U.S.-led promotion round that marks a dip from its class of 72 new partners in 2023.

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    Sony Pictures Entertainment Recruits Disney Atty As New GC

    Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. has chosen a seasoned in-house counsel, who has worked at other high-profile film and television studios including Disney and 21st Century Fox, to replace its outgoing top lawyer, the company said Thursday.

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    Familiar proved preferable for a handful of firms in April, as Lathrop GPM and Haynes and Boone went vertical with their office moves in Boston and San Antonio, respectively, while BakerHostetler and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman renewed their leases in San Francisco.

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    Hinshaw Grows In LA With McGlinchey, GRSM50 Attys

    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP has expanded its Los Angeles office with the addition of two partners from Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP and McGlinchey Stafford PLLC, the firm said Thursday.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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. 

  • 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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