California Pulse

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    Women In GC Roles Are Closing In On The Gender Pay Gap

    Though the gender pay gap persists, the difference in compensation between women and men at the general counsel level is narrowing — from 4.9% in 2023 to 4.3% in 2024 — according to a report out Wednesday.

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    Top Calif. Dealmakers Join Sullivan & Cromwell From Skadden

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP said Wednesday it is bringing two "top Silicon Valley dealmakers" from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP to the firm, touting the pair's history with multibillion-dollar technology-related mergers and acquisitions.

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    Paul Weiss Establishes Center To Combat Hate

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP announced Wednesday that it has launched the Center to Combat Hate, an organization that will partner with civil rights groups and educational institutions to use litigation in tackling violence and intimidation driven by hate.

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    Nvidia GC's Comp Climbed Past $11M Last Fiscal Year

    Silicon Valley-based tech company Nvidia's general counsel earned more than $11 million in compensation during the last fiscal year, which marks a nearly $2 million increase from the previous one, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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    Winston & Strawn Adds Buchalter IP Atty As Trademarks Lead

    Global firm Winston & Strawn LLP has hired a Buchalter PC attorney to bolster its intellectual property practice and lead its global trademark prosecution and counseling efforts.

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    Spencer Fane Adds Another Hopkins & Carley Atty In Calif.

    Spencer Fane LLP has hired another attorney from Hopkins & Carley who has spent nearly the entirety of her more than 30-year career with her former firm, and most recently helped lead its litigation department, according to a recent announcement.

  • Calif. Bar To Weigh New Virtual Bar Exam To Cut Costs

    The State Bar of California's board of trustees is expected to consider replacing the National Conference of Bar Examiners' exam and new licensing test with its own state bar exam that could be taken remotely in order to cut up to $4.2 million in costs annually, according to a memo posted online in advance of this week's board meeting.

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    Ex-Squire Patton Atty Among Latest Calif. Judges Sworn In

    California got two new appellate court judges and elevated another one on Tuesday morning as a state commission unanimously approved and swore in the three people nominated by Gov. Gavin Newsom, including a onetime Squire Patton Boggs LLP attorney.

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    Legal Insurers See 'All-Time High' In Price Tag Of Claims

    Some of the nation's largest legal insurance companies are reporting an unprecedented rise in "claim severity," according to survey data released Tuesday, with 11 of 13 insurers reporting paying claims in excess of $100 million in the past two years.

  • Tech Biz Helm360 Launches Legal Partner Alliance Program

    Helm360, an American legal IT provider, has launched a program offering law firms a one-stop shop for "essential" products, services and expert knowledge.

  • DoorDash's $664K Misclassification Deal Gets Final Approval

    A California federal judge gave the final sign-off on a $664,000 settlement ending claims that DoorDash misclassified delivery drivers as independent contractors and failed to pay minimum wage, finding the terms to be a fair resolution of the dispute.

  • Venable Brings On K&L Gates Litigator In LA

    Venable LLP is expanding its West Coast team, announcing Monday it is bringing in a K&L Gates LLP litigation ace as a partner in its Los Angeles office.

  • Dunn Says Calif. Bar Shouldn't Have Brought Ethics Charges

    Ousted California State Bar executive Joseph Dunn has moved to dismiss his ethics case over alleged lies regarding expenditures for a trip to Mongolia, arguing the charges should have never been brought as a prior investigation regarding the expenditures closed in 2014 and found no grounds to take disciplinary actions against him.

  • Chevron Says $268K Fine For Fake News Clips Must Stand

    Chevron on Friday urged the Ninth Circuit to summarily toss a Seattle attorney's appeal challenging an order that he pay $268,000 for filing a fake newspaper article as a court exhibit, saying the attorney is raising arguments that have already been rejected.

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    Haynes Boone Lands Procopio Life Sciences Leader In Calif.

    Haynes and Boone LLP announced Monday it welcomed to the firm's intellectual property practice a new partner who most recently led Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP's life sciences group.

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    FinTech Atty Moves From R3 To BakerHostetler In SF

    BakerHostetler has added to its San Francisco office a former counsel and head of government relations at digital finance company R3, bolstering its business practice, its blockchain technologies and digital assets team and its financial services team, the firm announced Monday.

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    Ogletree Opens Workplace Violence Prevention Group

    Management-side labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC is launching a new practice group of more than two dozen attorneys focused on workplace violence and threat assessment and response, the firm recently announced.

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    Pierce Law Shutters, Attys Join Pessah Law Group In Calif.

    Entertainment law firm Pierce Law Group LLP has shuttered its doors just over 10 months after the death of its founder David Albert Pierce, with key personnel joining Beverly Hills, California, boutique Pessah Law Group PC.

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    Buchalter Further Expands New Latin American Practice In LA

    Buchalter PC is expanding its Latin America practice, bringing in a corporate whiz most recently with his own firm as a shareholder in its Los Angeles office.

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    Husch Blackwell Hires First-Ever CPO From Software Co.

    Husch Blackwell announced the appointment of its inaugural chief people officer on Monday, welcoming an executive who held that same role at software development company ConnectWise.

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    Law's Up And Coming Job Title? Coach.

    A title that once belonged to the athletic field is now increasingly common in the legal industry, with law firms expanding the ways in which they use coaches and building out their in-house coaching departments.

  • Calif. May Allow Judges To Work Remotely In Civil Matters

    California's Judicial Council next week will consider amending court rules to allow judges to preside remotely over civil proceedings from a location other than a courtroom.

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    Former Akin Chairman R. Bruce McLean Dies At 77

    Former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Chairman R. Bruce McLean — who helped transform Akin into an international powerhouse — died Thursday, the firm said. He was 77.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Benesch's handling of a $354 million aerospace initial public offering and Hinckley Allen's handling of a suit against Red Bull lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from April 26 to May 10.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, Lewis Law PLLC and Kleppin Firm PA lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court determined that plaintiffs in copyright ownership disputes can recover damages beyond the three-year statute of limitations for bringing a claim.

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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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