California Pulse

  • 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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    LegalZoom Legal Chief's Compensation Rose To $4M In 2023

    The general counsel at online legal services provider LegalZoom earned $4 million in 2023, according to proxy documents filed Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    Office Snapshot: Buchalter Grows At Swift Pace In San Diego

    Law360 Pulse takes a look at Buchalter PC's makeover of the firm's San Diego office, where the growth in its attorney roster since the shop opened six years ago has far exceeded expectations.

  • Lyft Denied $1M Fees In Patent Suit Because Of Previous Deal

    A California federal judge on Tuesday denied Lyft Inc.'s request for $1 million in attorney fees in its patent dispute against Quartz Auto Technologies LLC, saying the parties' agreement to dismiss certain claims clearly stated that each party would "bear its own costs and attorneys' fees."

  • Ex-Autonomy GC Tells Jurors He Wanted To Be 'Helpful' To HP

    Autonomy's former U.S. general counsel conceded Wednesday in the criminal trial of former CEO Michael Lynch that he told an HP lawyer he wanted to be as "helpful" as possible to the company as it was investigating Autonomy-related issues that popped up after the Silicon Valley giant purchased the British company, and that he was told he could face liability for his work at Autonomy.

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    Sidley Marketing Chief Scott L. Kilburg Dies At 51

    Sidley Austin LLP Chief Marketing Officer Scott L. Kilburg died last week, the firm has confirmed. He was 51.

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    Latham's AI And Innovation Director On His New Role

    Latham and Watkins LLP recently hired John Scrudato from Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP to be its director of artificial intelligence and innovation. Here, Scrudato spoke with Law360 Pulse about what he wants to accomplish in his new job.

  • BakerHostetler Renews Office Lease In SF Skyscraper

    BakerHostetler has signed a five-year lease renewal for office space on the entire 31st floor of San Francisco's Transamerica Pyramid, located at 600 Montgomery Street, the firm announced April 24.

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    Stradley Ronon Opens Calif. Office With Keesal Young Team

    Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP has opened its first West Coast office with the addition of a 10-attorney team from Keesal Young & Logan, including the former chair of the firm's executive committee, Stradley Ronon said Wednesday.

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    Akerman Launches New Breed Of Equine Sector Legal Team

    Akerman LLP has formed one of the largest multistate and multidisciplinary legal teams in the equestrian community, the firm said Wednesday.

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    The Top Tips Senior Staff Want Junior Associates To Know

    Even as junior associates gain sophisticated legal skills, it’s important for them to also gain practical knowledge related to the inner workings of their law firm. Here, six longtime staff offer their tips to new associates for navigating life in a large law firm like a pro.

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    Biden's Latest Judge Picks Include Blocked US Atty Nom

    President Joe Biden announced seven judicial nominee picks on Wednesday, including one for the Northern District of Illinois, which covers Chicago, whom he previously nominated to be U.S. attorney for the district, but has been held up by a Republican senator.

  • California Atty Must Face Defamation Claims Over Texts

    An Orange County attorney cannot hide behind claims of litigation privilege and must face defamation claims over disparaging text messages he sent about a contractor working on his home, a California state appeals court said Tuesday.

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    Baker McKenzie Adds 17-Atty Deals Team From Munger Tolles

    A team of 11 transactional partners and six associates in Los Angeles is heading to Baker McKenzie from Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, according to an announcement Wednesday.

  • JAMS Implements Rules For AI-Related Disputes

    JAMS announced Tuesday that it has implemented new rules governing disputes involving artificial intelligence, making it the first organization in the alternative dispute resolution industry to establish an AI-tailored legal framework.

  • Benesch Adds New Head Of Benefits & Comp Practice

    The leader of Honigman LLP's employee benefits and executive compensation practice has moved to Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP as the new chair of its equivalent practice group, Benesch announced Monday.

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    Womble Bond Names New DEI, Women's Group Leadership

    Womble Bond Dickinson LLP has named new leaders for its diversity, equity and inclusion committee and a new chair for its Women of Womble group, a network of women who support the professional success of Womble Bond's female attorneys, according to a Monday announcement.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    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.

  • 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.

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