California Pulse

  • 'Boogaloo' Ideology Swayed Driver in Court Murder, Jury Told

    A man charged with driving the getaway vehicle during the fatal 2020 shooting of a federal courthouse security guard was driven by the extremist "Boogaloo" ideology, a desire to overthrow the government and "deep animosity" for the judicial system, prosecutors told jurors during trial closing arguments on Friday.

  • Equinox Gets Nod On $36M Deal In Calif. Meal Break Suit

    An Alameda County Superior Court judge indicated he'll give final approval to a $36 million global settlement against Equinox, resolving California state and federal actions alleging the company compelled over 15,000 employees to perform pre-shift work without pay and to skip meal breaks.

  • Legal Aid Funder Awards $5M For Pro Bono Services

    The Legal Services Corporation announced this week it will award more than $5 million in grants to 17 legal organizations around the U.S. in an effort to expand and improve pro bono legal services across the country.

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    Frost Brown Reelects Chairman, CEO For Another Term

    Frost Brown Todd LLC is betting on the same leadership to guide the firm over the next three years that in previous terms shepherded it through a pandemic, added offices, and sealed a merger that made its footprint national.

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    Former Judge, Ex-Wells Fargo Exec Join JAMS In Calif.

    Alternative dispute resolution provider JAMS made two new additions to its panel in California, including a retired Sonoma County Superior Court judge and a former Wells Fargo vice president and senior counsel.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Stone Hilton PLLC, The Buzbee Law Firm, Cogdell Law Firm and Scheef & Stone LLP lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after they worked to unhook Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton from impeachment allegations.

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    4 Ways Young Attorneys Can Find The Perfect Mentor

    Having a mentor can be a crucial boost to a young attorney’s career. Here are four tips on how new associates can go about finding the ideal mentor.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Pryor Cashman's work on a $440 million music catalog sale and Irell & Manella's patent suit against Samsung lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight on Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Sept. 8 to 22.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    Summer ended with another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms expanded their practices and reach. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

  • Calif. Sues 'Predatory' Clinics Over 'Abortion Pill Reversal'

    California Attorney General Rob Bonta on Thursday accused several "crisis pregnancy centers" of falsely advertising an unproven and experimental procedure that supposedly reverses a medication abortion, claiming the procedure is risky and slamming the clinics for being "predatory."

  • Calif. Bar Chair Moves On After Enacting Girardi Reforms

    The State Bar of California's chair marked his last meeting Thursday with hopes that the agency will continue forging a productive relationship with state lawmakers after the Girardi Keese scandal led to a steady trickle of damaging revelations about past officials at the regulatory agency.

  • 9th Circ. Finds Couple's Challenge To Calif. Gun Law Moot

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday refused to reopen a suit by a couple alleging that a state law requiring anyone subject to a restraining order to give up their firearms is unconstitutional, finding that the challenge is moot because the orders have expired.

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    NYC Bar Leader Takes On 'Epic' Challenge For Parkinson's

    New York City Bar Executive Director Bret Parker will be taking part this weekend in a 4x4x48 challenge — which involves running/walking four miles, every four hours, for 48 hours — to raise awareness and money for Parkinson's disease research. Here, Parker spoke to Law360 about his work with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and his own experience with Parkinson's.

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    Pillsbury, Stroock Are In Talks For A Potential Tie-Up

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP on Thursday confirmed it has entered into a nonexclusive letter of intent with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP as part of ongoing discussions regarding a potential merger of the two law firms. 

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    Coming Soon: The 2023 Law360 Pulse Leaderboard Rankings

    What combination of attributes adds up to a firm that stands above the rest? On Tuesday, we will publish the first of our Leaderboard rankings, providing analysis and insights into what it means to be a successful law firm.

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    Schnader Harrison Defends Retainer Accounting Amid Closing

    The recently shuttered Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP on Thursday responded to questions over its apparent difficulty refunding client retainers, saying clients had given consent for some retainer funds to be deposited into the firm's operating account instead of a trust account.

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    Nelson Mullins Adds Dechert Trial Atty/Doctor In San Diego

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is expanding its product liability team, bringing in a physician and trial lawyer from Dechert LLP as a partner in its San Diego office.

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    Haynes Boone Brings On Troutman Pepper Litigator In Calif.

    Haynes and Boone LLP has bolstered its litigation team with the addition of a former Troutman Pepper LLP partner in California who has expertise in commercial litigation, homeowners' association disputes and government investigations.

  • E-Discovery Co. CS Disco Sued For Misleading Its Investors

    E-discovery provider CS Disco Inc. painted a misleadingly sunny financial outlook in its public disclosures to investors while knowingly losing some of its biggest customers, according to a securities class action filed in New York federal court.

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    Why Law Firms Are Poaching So Many In-House Cyber Pros

    Large law firms have had a big appetite this spring and summer for cybersecurity and privacy experts, and one way they've met the demand for that talent is by hiring attorneys from in-house legal departments.

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    Outside GC Practices Are A Potential Mid-Law Opportunity

    As more Mid-Law firms create dedicated practice areas for their outside general counsel services, those in the industry see the area as a potential sweet spot for mid-size and regional firms.

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    NY Firm Expands In Crisis Management With Calif. Acquisition

    Meister Seelig & Fein PLLC said Wednesday it acquired sister firm Chassman & Seelig LLP and expanded to Los Angeles as part of a focus on growing its crisis management practice on both coasts.

  • Honda Drivers Seek $5M Atty Fees For $1.4M Valve Defect Win

    Class counsel for Illinois drivers who scored $1.4 million against Honda in a jury trial last month over allegations it knew certain cars had a valve timing control device defect have asked a California federal judge for an award of fees and costs totaling more than $5.5 million.

  • Calif. Panel Affirms Atty's Win In Cannabis Conspiracy Claim

    A three-judge California appellate panel has upheld a trial court's decision to scuttle a complaint accusing a San Diego attorney of conspiring with a group of local marijuana entrepreneurs to corner the city's market by filing a series of allegedly falsified permitting documents.

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    After Closure, Schnader Harrison Attys, Staff Move On

    Six weeks after storied Pennsylvania firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP announced it would be shutting down, the majority of its attorneys and staff have moved to new firms — alone or with a group — retired or secured other employment, though not all have found new homes.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Life Lessons From Making Partner As A Solo Parent Author Photo

    Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Turn Deferral To My Advantage? Author Photo

    Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.

  • Resume Gaps Are No Longer Kryptonite To Your Legal Career Author Photo

    Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.

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    We Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds Author Photo

    Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.

  • Law Firms Cannot Ignore Attorneys' Personal Cybersecurity Author Photo

    Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.

  • Why Writing CLE Should Be Mandatory For Lawyers Author Photo

    Though effective writing is foundational to law, no state requires attorneys to take continuing legal education in this skill — something that must change if today's attorneys are to have the communication abilities they need to fulfill their professional and ethical duties to their clients, colleagues and courts, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona.

  • How To Find Your Inner Calm When Client Obligations Pile Up Author Photo

    In the most stressful times for attorneys, when several transactions for different partners and clients peak at the same time and the phone won’t stop buzzing, incremental lifestyle changes can truly make a difference, says Lindsey Hughes at Haynes Boone.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Support Gen Z Attorneys? Author Photo

    Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.

  • Law Firm Cybersecurity Should Not Get Lost In The Cloud Author Photo

    A recent data leak at Proskauer via a cloud data storage platform demonstrates key reasons why law firms must pay attention to data safeguarding, including the increasing frequency of cloud-based data breaches and the consequences of breaking client confidentiality, says Robert Kraczek at One Identity.

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.



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