California Pulse

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    Womble Bond Adds Calif. Cyber Presence With Orrick Atty

    Womble Bond Dickinson announced Wednesday that it is expanding its privacy and cybersecurity team to the West Coast with the addition of a former Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP attorney in Los Angeles.

  • Brand Reputation, Compliance, AI Named Top Privacy Risks

    The top three privacy risks for companies and their compliance professionals in 2024 are artificial intelligence, brand reputation and compliance, according to a survey released Tuesday.

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    Ex-McKesson Atty Set To Be Security Co.'s Next Global GC

    A seasoned in-house attorney who has been with Change Healthcare Inc. and McKesson Corp. is set to start later this month as global general counsel at Allied Universal, the security company said Wednesday.

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    Armstrong Teasdale Elects 5 Executive Committee Members

    Armstrong Teasdale LLP has elected five new members to its executive committee and two members to its compensation committee, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    How BigLaw Approaches Suicide Prevention

    BigLaw's approach to suicide prevention emphasizes overall well-being, education and counseling as many firms focus less on the underlying causes of suicidal ideation among attorneys — if they're willing to discuss these efforts at all.

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    Experian Accuses Firms Of Fake Mortgage Denial Scheme

    Credit reporting law firm Stein Saks PLLC headed up a nationwide scheme to "extort" Experian into settling "sham" lawsuits by consumers through creating fake credit denial letters in order to inflate damages and bolster their consumers' suits, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the credit reporting agency.

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    $20M Partner Comp: Who's Earning It, Who's Paying It

    Word of the occasional $20 million lateral partner move has made its way into the legal press as a talent war between the richest of the rich law firms heats up. But how common is it, and which law firms are offering up top-of-market partner pay?

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    Anderson Kill Adds Leaders For Financial Litigation Team

    Anderson Kill PC has found the leaders of its financial litigation and complex disputes practice group in two attorneys from BraunHagey & Borden LLP.

  • ArcherHall Acquires Cleveland Cybersecurity Co. Vestige

    Digital forensics services provider ArcherHall LLC has made its second acquisition of its year with the purchase of Vestige Ltd., a Cleveland-based digital forensics and cybersecurity service provider, the firm announced Monday.

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    Ogletree Opens 7th California Office In Fresno

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has opened an office in Fresno, California, absorbing a location previously operated by Raimondo Miller ALC and its five attorneys, the firm has announced.

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    Hinshaw's Chair Will Steer Firm's Strategy For Another Term

    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP has reelected a partner who has been with the firm for more than 40 years to a new three-year term as its chair.

  • GRSM50 Gains Liability Partner In San Diego

    Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP, the firm now known as GRSM50, has hired an attorney from Murchison & Cumming LLP, who joins the firm in California to continue her general liability practice, the firm announced Monday.

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    Jones Day, Littler, Ogletree Attys Among Clients' 'All Stars'

    Jones Day, Littler Mendelson PC and Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC head BTI Consulting Group's annual list of law firms with the most "all star" attorneys, with each having seven attorneys highlighted by in-house leaders for their service to clients.

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    Mayer Brown Chair Reelected To A Second 3-Year Term

    Mayer Brown announced Tuesday that a partner who has spent almost his entire three-decade legal career at the firm has been reelected to a second three-year term as its chair.

  • Equifax Judge OKs $1.1M Atty Fees In Debt Reporting Deal

    Attorneys will recover $1.1 million in fees for securing $500 payments for class members in litigation alleging Equifax reported unenforceable debts, a decision that comes several months after a California federal judge warned he would likely hold a portion of the fees until he learned the ultimate settlement payout.

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    Ex-SoftBank GC Joins Foley & Lardner As Partner In SF

    Foley & Lardner LLP has hired SoftBank Investment Advisers' former general counsel, who has over a decade of experience in private practice and serving as in-house counsel overseeing SoftBank's legal team, which structured and monitored more than 300 portfolio companies worth more than $130 billion.

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    Standards Are Murky As Legal Employers Vet Protesters

    As violence in Gaza rages on, law firms have vowed not to employ lawyers whose activism for Palestinian rights they deem unacceptable. But "unacceptable" is in the eye of the beholder, and that makes it difficult for law students and lawyers who advocate for a ceasefire to navigate the workplace and the job market.

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    SoFi Finds GC In Ex-JPMorgan Chase Consumer Banking Atty

    SoFi Technologies Inc. has found its new top attorney in an experienced legal executive from JPMorgan Chase & Co. as SoFi's legal chief retires, the company said Monday.

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    Allen Matkins Lands 5-Atty Goodwin Real Estate Team In Calif.

    Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP announced Monday that it has picked up a real estate transaction team from Goodwin Procter LLP in California with three partners, a senior counsel and an associate attorney.

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    Ex-Discord, Dragos In-House Attys Launch Boutique In SF

    Experienced in-house counsel Elena DiMuzio and Meg Pirnie Kammerud have launched a new boutique firm focusing on providing fractional general counsel and advisory services after serendipity brought the two attorneys together, practically in their own San Francisco backyards.

  • Holland & Knight Hires 3 Ex-Loeb Partners In LA

    Holland & Knight announced on Monday the hiring of three former finance partners at Loeb & Loeb, including its vice chair, for its Los Angeles office.

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    Justice Gorsuch Calls Colleagues 'Best Writers' In History

    Justice Neil Gorsuch recently sat down for a keynote conversation during the 25th annual Burton Awards in Washington, D.C., where he reflected on his approach to writing opinions, his originalist method to interpreting the Constitution and the civility that exists between his fellow justices.

  • Girardi Not Famous Like Avenatti, Feds Say In Panning Jury Form

    Prosecutors pushed back Friday on Tom Girardi's request to ask prospective jurors in his California federal fraud trial if they have seen his wife's television show or reports about his law firm's scandal, saying Girardi's fame is not similar to convicted attorney Michael Avenatti's, whose case included a written juror questionnaire.

  • Orrick's $8M Deal To End Data Breach Claims Nears Prelim OK

    A California federal judge indicated Friday that she'll preliminarily approve Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's $8 million deal to end putative class claims over a 2023 data breach that purportedly exposed personal information for 638,000 individuals, but said the "very broad" scope of the settlement's release "raised my eyebrows."

  • Smith Gambrell Faces Slimmed Data Breach Suit

    A California federal judge has trimmed the claims a proposed class of data breach victims brought against international law firm Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP, leaving the firm to face claims of negligence, invasion of privacy and violation of the California Unfair Competition Law.

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Expert Analysis

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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    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.

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