California Pulse

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The end of May marked another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms made headlines and Donald Trump became the first former U.S. president convicted of a felony. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    'Lawyers Are Expensive': Why LegalZoom Is Tackling Prenups

    LegalZoom, known for its self-service online legal platform used by consumers and entrepreneurs, is expanding beyond general legal advice to participate directly in legal matters.

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    GRSM50 Brings On Clausen Miller Insurance Pro In SF

    Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP, which now goes by the name GRSM50, is expanding its team, announcing Thursday it is bringing on a Clausen Miller PC insurance specialist as a partner in its San Francisco office.

  • Netflix Fails To Show Inventor, Funder Violated Injunction

    A California federal judge has said Netflix couldn't prove a Finnish inventor violated an injunction tied to his concealment of certain legal funds, or that a litigation fund manager the inventor worked with needs to face claims tied to that concealment.

  • Full 9th Circ. Won't Rehear Immigration Attys' Privacy Row

    The full Ninth Circuit on Thursday declined a request from a filmmaker and two immigration attorneys to rehear a panel decision finding that a purportedly covert government surveillance program tracking journalists and advocates tied to a migrant caravan didn't harm them.

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    KKR Buys Majority Stake In Legal Tech Co. Agiloft

    The investment firm KKR is expanding its presence in the growing contract lifecycle management market by acquiring majority ownership in the legal technology company Agiloft on Thursday.

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    Mich. Judge Refers Atty To Calif. Bar Over Flint PR Stunt

    A Michigan federal judge overseeing contaminated drinking water litigation in Flint, Michigan, referred a California attorney to that state's bar on Thursday after the lawyer refused to provide more details, or submit to the court's jurisdiction, over her involvement in an alleged smear campaign targeting a lawyer for Flint children.

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    Alston & Bird Adds IP Litigator From BakerHostetler In LA

    Alston & Bird LLP is boosting its intellectual property team, bringing in a BakerHostetler IP litigator as a partner in its Los Angeles office.

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    Stock Awards Drive Trucker Tracker CLO's Earnings Past $6M

    The legal chief for San Francisco-based Samsara Inc., a company that sells software used to track and monitor the movements of truck drivers, saw his earnings jump by more than $3.7 million to nearly $6.3 million last fiscal year, primarily from an increase in stock awards.

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    "Reduce" is the buzzword for May, as law firms Lathrop GPM LLP, Winstead PC, Sullivan & Worcester LLP and Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP shaved some square footage off their office footprints in Texas, New York and California, respectively.

  • Calif. Judge Censured For Mid-Trial Text To Prosecutor

    A Los Angeles judge has received a severe public censure for sending a text message to a prosecutor during a murder retrial in order to influence her decision to call a rebuttal witness, then trying to minimize the ex parte communication by making misleading statements after the fact.

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    Ex-Sidley Atty To Lead Faegre's West Coast Class Action Team

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP is boosting its litigation team, announcing Wednesday it is bringing in a Sidley Austin LLP class action ace as a partner in its Los Angeles office.

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    More Law Firms Are Relocating, Signing New Leases In 2024

    More law firms have relocated or renewed their office leases in the first quarter of 2024 than during the same period over the last four years, continuing a post-pandemic trend that began late last year as more firms made moves, according to a recent report by real-estate services company Savills.

  • 9th Circ. Rejects Objections To $23M Monsanto Roundup Deal

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a district court's approval of a $23 million MDL settlement to resolve claims that Monsanto failed to warn buyers of the carcinogens in its Roundup weed killer, finding there was no indication of collusion as argued by Missouri-based objectors.

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    Once A Standard, US News Rankings Now 'Entirely Irrelevant'

    Once "the bellwether of the legal academy," the annual law school rankings published by U.S. News & World Report don't matter to today's prospective law students, a pair of law professors say in a new study.

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    Atkinson Andelson MP Talks Goals For Second Term

    As he prepares for a second term at the helm of California firm Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo PLC, James Baca told Law360 Pulse Wednesday that he looks forward to continuing to work to balance the firm's growth, finances and employee needs to best serve its clients.

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    Efforts To Improve Diversity On State High Courts Stagnating

    A lack of publicly available data is hampering efforts to make state Supreme Courts more representative of the populations they serve and diversity pushes appear to have stalled out, according to a recent report.

  • Ex-Calif. Atty Cops To Role In $9.5M Crypto Ponzi Scheme

    A disbarred California attorney has pled guilty in federal court to his role in promoting a $9.5 million cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme.

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    Elon Musk AI Startup Taps Legal Chief Who Knows Aerospace

    Elon Musk has hired an aerospace-experienced legal chief for xAI Corp. in San Francisco, his artificial intelligence startup that is competing with OpenAI.

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    Loeb Entertainment And Music Pro Joins Pierson Ferdinand

    Recently founded Pierson Ferdinand LLP is expanding its media team, announcing Wednesday it is bringing in a Loeb & Loeb LLP music and entertainment expert as a partner based in its Nashville and Los Angeles offices.

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    Glaser Weil Grows IP Team In LA With Wolf Rifkin Atty

    California law firm Glaser Weil added a lawyer from Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin LLP to its Los Angeles office, strengthening its transactional practice.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds IP Atty From Eversheds Sutherland

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has bolstered its California bench of attorneys with an Eversheds Sutherland lawyer who has years of experience advising digital health and medical device companies on intellectual property issues.

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    4 Ways Young Attys Can Balance Pro Bono And Billable Hours

    Pro Bono work is an ideal way for young associates to learn new skills while helping others. Here, Law360 Pulse asks experts the best practices on how lawyers can commit to meaningful volunteer work while keeping up with their regular responsibilities.

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    Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes Prosecutor Joins Cooley In Calif.

    Cooley LLP announced Wednesday it has brought in as a partner in its Silicon Valley office a former assistant U.S. attorney who successfully prosecuted biotechnology entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes in the Theranos trial.

  • Immigration Programs' Survival Justifies $3.7M Fee, Attys Say

    The attorneys who challenged Trump-era orders ending immigration protections for people from countries in crisis are seeking a $3.7 million fee award, telling a California federal judge that the Biden administration's rescission of the orders showed their lawsuit was successful.

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Expert Analysis

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

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    ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

  • Opinion

    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

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