California Pulse

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    Why BigLaw Is Gutting Midsize Firms' Transaction Practices

    Midsize law firms have been getting pummeled lately as large law firms position themselves to take on transactional work in a warming mergers and acquisitions market, in some cases hiring away groups that make up 10% or more of the lawyers at their previous firms.

  • Amazon Blasts Writer's Ownership Claim Over New 'Road House'

    Amazon Studios and others involved in the 2024 remake of 1989's "Road House" movie told a California federal court that the writer behind the original film who is suing for copyright infringement does not own the rights to the script for the original.

  • Elevate Services Acquires Language Support Co. CJK Group

    The software-powered legal services company Elevate Services Inc. announced Tuesday that it has acquired the CJK Group, a discovery service for non-English-language environments.

  • Docusign Agrees To $165M Lexion Deal To Bolster AI Potential

    Docusign has agreed to acquire the artificial intelligence-powered contract and agreement management software company DocuSmart Inc., better known as Lexion, for $165 million in cash.

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    Sidley Brings On Wilson Sonsini Employment Pro In Palo Alto

    Sidley Austin LLP has boosted its labor and employment practice with a partner joining from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC who boasts more than a decade of experience handling employment-related matters in Silicon Valley.

  • Workday Defeats In-House Atty's Bias Suit, For Now

    A California magistrate judge on Monday dismissed, for now, a lawsuit by a Workday Inc. in-house attorney who accused the company of discriminatory and retaliatory behavior, which included pay inequities and calling the police to conduct an unnecessary wellness check at his house when he was hospitalized. 

  • Berkeley Law Faces Claims Over Anti-Israel Student Protests

    A group of Jewish advocacy organizations suing the University of California, Berkeley, and its law school since November for purportedly tolerating antisemitism on campus have amended their complaint to add allegations stemming from recent campus protests, including an allegedly antisemitic campaign against the law school's dean.

  • Calif. Doctors Can't Escape Med Mal Atty's Defamation Suit

    A California appeals court has said two California doctors cannot escape a defamation suit over an allegedly defamatory website they created about a malpractice attorney whom they'd had a fee dispute with, denying an anti-SLAPP motion because the language the lawyer identified in his amended complaint was not protected activity.

  • Calif. Bar Exam's February Pass Rate Up From 2023

    The overall passage percentage for California's general bar exam rose from last year's results to 33.9%, following trends across other states that also saw higher passage rates in 2024.

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    How To Make The Leap From BigLaw To Legal Recruiter

    The legal recruiting industry is made up of many former practicing lawyers, but not every BigLaw associate or partner is poised to make it in the world of recruiting.

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    Mintz Adds Proskauer Life Sciences IP Litigation Team

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has brought on a life sciences patent litigation team of roughly a dozen attorneys from Proskauer Rose LLP in Los Angeles, Boston and New York led by the former chair of Proskauer's life sciences patent practice, the firm announced Monday.

  • Hagens Berman To Spearhead Litigation Over Skin Tech Woes

    Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP was appointed lead counsel in securities litigation claiming Beauty Health Co. hid the news of a defective skin care device, beating competing bids from Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP and Pomerantz LLP, according to an order in Delaware federal court.

  • Calif. Appeals Court Calls Firm's Conduct 'Woefully Uncivil'

    A California state appeals court has backed sanctions against The Vanderpool Law Firm in a dispute with Masimo Corp., finding that the firm had engaged in misconduct during discovery and noting that it was "woefully uncivil" in its emails with opposing counsel.

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    Gen AI Shows Promise — And Peril — For Pro Se Litigants

    Research on the capabilities of generative AI tools to help self-represented people has shown potential, but there is broad disagreement about how and when pro se litigants should be using them alone.

  • California Judge Ousted For 'Willful,' 'Prejudicial' Misconduct

    A California state judge has been removed from the bench after an investigation found that he conducted a campaign of retaliation against court employees he suspected of being "moles" in a probe against him and lied about his actions to investigators afterward.

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    Robbins Geller Attys To Take Stand In $8M Sanctions Dispute

    A petroleum refiner will put current and former Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP attorneys on the stand May 7 in an extraordinary evidentiary hearing testing what the plaintiffs' lawyers knew about an analyst's now-discredited findings as they pursued since-nixed price-fixing claims.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Clement & Murphy PLLC and Yetter Coleman LLP lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the Fifth Circuit reversed a Texas federal court's $1.6 billion ruling against IBM in an operating agreement dispute with Houston-based software company BMC.

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    Longtime Napa City Atty Joins Burke Williams

    Burke Williams & Sorensen LLP is expanding its public law team, announcing Friday it is bringing in the former city attorney for the City of Napa, California, as a partner in its San Rafael office in Marin County.

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    Ex-Willkie Atty To Lead New Paul Weiss Latin America Practice

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP said Friday it has launched a Latin America practice to be led by a former longtime Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP partner.

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    Ex-Wachtell Atty Earned $14M In Debut As Salesforce CLO

    A former Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz corporate partner received more than $14 million in his first months as Salesforce's top lawyer after taking the in-house position last summer, with the compensation package largely based on a $3 million signing bonus and an $11 million equity award, a recent securities filing shows.

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    Legal Industry Gains Jobs In April Following Downward Trend

    The U.S. legal sector eased back into a positive trajectory in April, with a gain of 3,200 jobs compared with the previous month, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    Zoom's Interim CLO Sees Lower Comp After Stock Award Dip

    Zoom Video Communications Inc.'s chief operating officer, who served as the company's interim chief legal officer from June 2020 until March 2024, saw her compensation drop by over $16.5 million in the past fiscal year.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another action-packed week for the legal industry as a mega-merger went live, three firms opened up offices in Boston and another acquired a Denver boutique. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Longtime Calif. Litigators Launch Breakaway Trial Firm

    A longtime Los Angeles law firm shut its doors permanently on Tuesday, while a breakoff litigation firm has opened on Wednesday with almost all of the old firm's lawyers.  

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    If High Court Upends Jan. 6 Conviction, What Happens Next?

    If the U.S. Supreme Court decides prosecutors overstepped by charging a rioter who stormed the Capitol with obstruction, the results will likely be mixed for hundreds of other defendants charged with the same crime, particularly those who have been convicted. That post-appeal uncertainty is nothing new, defense attorneys say.

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Expert Analysis

  • How I Owned My Power As An Asian American Woman In Law Author Photo

    Gibson Dunn's Debra Yang shares the bumps in her journey to becoming the first female Asian American U.S. attorney, a state judge and a senior partner in BigLaw, and how other women can face their self-doubts and blaze their own trails to success amid systemic obstacles.

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.

  • 3 Reasons To Embrace Jargon In Legal Marketing Content Author Photo

    Ignore what you've been told about jargon — adding insider industry terms to your firm's marketing and business development content can persuade potential clients that you have the specialized knowledge they can trust, says Wayne Pollock at Law Firm Editorial Service.

  • Future Lawyers Expect DEI Commitments Beyond Recruiting Author Photo

    To attract future lawyers from diverse backgrounds, firms must think beyond recruiting efforts, because law students are looking for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that invest in employee professional development and engage with students year-round, says Lauren Jackson at Howard University School of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Law Students Build Real-World Skills? Author Photo

    Allison Coffin at Akin Gump discusses how summer associates going back to school can continue to develop real-world lawyering skills by leveraging the numerous law school resources that support professional development both inside and outside the classroom.

  • How Firm Leaders Can Build And Sustain Culture Author Photo

    In uncertain and challenging times, law firm leaders can build and sustain culture by focusing attention on mission, values and leadership development, and applying a growth mindset across their firms, says Scott Westfahl at Harvard Law.

  • The Case That Showed Me The Value Of E-Discovery Plans Author Photo

    Robert Keeling at Sidley reflects on leading discovery in the litigation that followed the historic $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger and how the case highlighted the importance of having a strategic e-discovery plan in place.

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    CLE Accreditation Should Be Tied To Learning Outcomes Author Photo

    Given the substantial time and money lawyers put toward mandatory continuing legal education, CLE regulators and providers should be held to accreditation standards that assess learning outcomes, similar to those imposed on law schools and continuing medical education providers, says Rima Sirota at Georgetown Law.

  • Why You Should Leverage AI For Privilege Review Author Photo

    While many lawyers still believe that a manual, document-by-document review is the best approach to privilege logging, certain artificial intelligence tools can bolster the traditional review process and make this aspect of electronic document review more efficient, more accurate and less costly, say Laura Riff and Michelle Six at Kirkland.

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • 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.

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