California Pulse

  • Fisher Phillips Nabs Former Epstein Becker Immigration Pro

    Fisher Phillips has added a former Epstein Becker & Green PC corporate employment and immigration partner to its San Francisco office, according to a firm announcement.

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    How Racist Tropes Affect Legal DEI Efforts

    Racist imagery from more than 100 years ago has persisted as painful stereotypes that impact not only society as a whole but also diversity and inclusion efforts in the law, according to speakers at a recent talk organized by the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

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    Schools Short On COVID Precautions Not Short On Lawsuits

    A growing number of parents are suing schools and states claiming that a lack of COVID-19 precautions — and even outright bans on some — are putting children with health issues at risk.

  • Atkinson Andelson Adds Public-Focused Employment Partner

    A labor and employment lawyer with litigation experience who specializes in representing public entities has joined California firm Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo as a partner.

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    Sheppard Mullin Snags Business Development Pro

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has hired a new chief of development and marketing from Sidley Austin LLP, the firm announced Thursday.

  • Prosecutors Warn Calif. Court Order Is 'Dangerous Precedent'

    More than 70 current and former elected prosecutors on Friday urged a California appellate court to overturn a trial court's decision declining to allow the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office to withdraw previously requested sentencing enhancements, saying the ruling sets a "dangerous precedent."

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    MoFo Puts Commitment To Attys' Mental Health In Writing

    For attorneys, poor mental health isn't limited to medical diagnoses; it can come from getting slammed too often with assignments on a Friday night, or a seemingly never-ending series of deadlines.

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    BakerHostetler Latest To Target January Office Reopening

    BakerHostetler is planning to fully reopen its offices in January 2022, the firm told Law360 on Friday, joining a slew of BigLaw firms that have moved their official return dates to the next calendar year.

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    Mutual Funds Could Salve Fed. Judiciary's Conflict Headaches

    The recent revelation that more than 130 federal judges didn't exit hundreds of cases involving companies in which they or a family member owned stock is triggering new interest in an elementary market solution: the mutual fund.

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    Amid C-Suite Boom, Partners Relinquish Control To Non-Attys

    At least 25 law firms have created new C-suite positions in 2021, continuing the hiring boom and creating a dynamic where law firm equity partners must take a step back in their firms' management and relinquish control to nonpartners, and even nonlawyers.

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    Milbank Wants Junior Attys In Office More Post-Reopening

    Milbank LLP is the latest BigLaw firm to announce it will reopen its offices in early November and let employees enjoy remote work during the holidays — but it's also calling on junior attorneys to put in extra time in the office, according to a Thursday report.

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    Dentons Taps Deloitte HR Director For Chief People Officer

    The global human resources managing director for tax accounting giant Deloitte is moving to legal goliath Dentons to be global chief people officer, the firm said Thursday, after losing its global chief talent officer to rival Baker McKenzie.

  • Girardi Keese Trustee Wants To Investigate Legal Lenders

    Girardi Keese's bankruptcy trustee wants to investigate several litigation lenders who poured tens of millions of dollars into the firm in recent years, even as it appeared that founder Thomas V. Girardi was spending the money improperly, according to a document filed Wednesday in Los Angeles bankruptcy court.

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    Haynes And Boone Adds Diversity Consultant In New DEI Role

    Haynes and Boone LLP has created a chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer role, adding a litigator who previously headed her own consulting firm, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Vegas Trial Attys Gift $25M To Univ. Of The Pacific Law School

    A prominent Las Vegas legal couple made a $25 million donation to the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law in Stockton, California, including $5 million for the school's advocacy program and $20 million for scholarships for first-generation students and students of color, the school has announced.

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    Many Legal Tech Cos. Never See Positive Investment Return

    Legal technology startups usually experience growth on the way to an acquisition, but some companies fail to achieve positive return on investment, according to data compiled by analytics company Legalcomplex and given exclusively to Law360 Pulse.

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    How Freshfields Shut Down Massive 3M Stock Drop Suit

    A team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP attorneys recently shut down a suit that claimed 3M Co. failed to warn its shareholders about the costs of underlying "forever chemical" pollution litigation, after securing an ultra-rare writ of mandamus from the Third Circuit that approved a venue change for the potentially multibillion-dollar suit.

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    Paul Weiss Institute Leader On Industry's ESG Knowledge Gap

    David Curran is looking beyond Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP after just a year and a half managing its burgeoning sustainability and environmental, social and governance advisory practice.

  • Alsup Cites 'Red Flag' In Denying UnitedHealthcare Deal

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup denied preliminary approval of a class action settlement Tuesday between UnitedHealthcare and patients who claimed the insurer refused to cover liposuction to treat a chronic health condition, saying the deal cleared the way for "excessive" attorney fees and is "unfair to class members."

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    Gibson Dunn Snags Veteran Tech Partner From Munger Tolles

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has lured to its San Francisco office a new partner and veteran adviser to technology companies who had spent nearly 20 years at Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

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    MCCA Launches Scorecard To Evaluate Law Firms' DEI Efforts

    The Minority Corporate Counsel Association has launched a diversity scorecard aimed at showing law firms where they fall in terms of several diversity, equity and inclusion metrics and where they can improve.

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    Two BigLaw Firms Aim For November Office Returns

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP are the latest law firms to announce they will push back their planned office reopenings to early November, and both are giving employees more time at home for the holidays.

  • Fenwick & West Co-Founder Bill Fenwick Dies At 83

    William A. "Bill" Fenwick, the co-founder of Fenwick & West LLP, a Silicon Valley-based firm with more than 400 attorneys and seven offices, died in Palo Alto, California, on Oct. 4 at the age of 83, the firm announced Thursday.

  • 9th Circ. Says Judge Used 'Shortcut' To Ax Attys From Fee Bid

    The Ninth Circuit has ordered that a trio of lawyers be included in the attorney fee calculations for an Americans with Disabilities Act case, saying a lower court had used an arbitrary "shortcut" to cut off the lawyers after finding their firm had overbilled and overstaffed the case.

  • The Top In-House Hires Of September

    Legal department hires during September included high-profile appointments at T-Mobile and Microsoft Corp. Here, Law360 looks at some of the top in-house announcements from the past month.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • ​​​​​​​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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • 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.

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