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March 11, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Two large law firms have agreed to long-term office leases - one in downtown Los Angeles and one in Century City. Greenberg Traurig will move from Santa Monica to Century City in April and Alston & Bird has agreed to a long-term lease in a skyscraper on downtown's Bunker Hill. Miami-based Greenberg Traurig will rent 70,000 square feet in four floors including the penthouse at 1840 Century Park East, according to real estate brokerage CBRE Group Inc. The 19 th floor penthouse will have a “sky lobby” and conference center that will hold approximately 100 people, said Matt Gorson, president of the law firm.
March 25, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan, Ralph Vartabedian and Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Calm seas returned Wednesday to aid the search for the missing Flight 370, but public protests and the first legal filing on behalf of a passenger hinted at a stormy forecast for Malaysia and its state-supported airline. Executives of Malaysia Airlines said Tuesday that they would pay at least $5,000 to each of the families of the 227 passengers aboard the Boeing 777 that disappeared March 8, but the gesture appeared to provide little comfort to distraught relatives, about 100 of whom marched to the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, where some clashed with police.
May 29, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Storied law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf - which once advised the Los Angeles Dodgers on their restructuring - is itself filing for Chapter 11 protection as it prepares to liquidate. It's a far fall for the New York firm, which in its heyday employed a retinue of more than a thousand attorneys, commanded massive salaries for partners and kept offices in Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Hong Kong and elsewhere. Now, weighed down by debt, Dewey & LeBoeuf is looking to “preserve assets and wind down its business.” The company hopes to keep a skeleton crew of about 90 employees to help over the next few months (there's already been a recent exodus of 160 of the firm's 300 partners)
February 17, 2014 | By Shan Li
Joey Mucha used to seal a business deal with a handshake or an e-mail. Now he whips out his smartphone. The San Francisco entrepreneur runs a side business renting out skee ball machines. With the company growing steadily, Mucha decided last year he needed to use contracts to protect his clients and the business. But he didn't go to a pricey lawyer. Instead, the 27-year-old downloaded a smartphone app called Shake. It guided him through the process of creating easy-to-read contracts, which customers can then sign with a swipe of their fingers on the screen.
December 26, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
The nation's biggest law firms had been making impressive strides in hiring women, people of color and those with disabilities ? until the recession dried up legal spending and wiped out more than 5,800 lawyers' jobs. After two years of layoffs and hiring deferrals, the proportions of women and minorities at major law firms dropped in 2010 for the first time since industry analysts began collecting demographic hiring data in the 1990s. The statistical setbacks have been marginal ?
May 5, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Sy Nazif's new workplace is not your Wilshire Boulevard law firm. The pinstriped suit he wears to court mostly lives on a hanger in an office lacking adornment, unless you consider the helmet, saddlebag and leather jacket stacked on a filing cabinet to be installation art. The Canoga Park firm's seven lawyers prowl their warren of cluttered rooms in jeans and sport shoes, few showing up much before noon to cater to a clientele with few morning persons.
July 19, 2010 | Chris Mondics
For top law school students, summer-internship programs at major law firms have helped open the golden door to lucrative full-time employment. But at some firms, that door is starting to swing shut. Many prominent law firms report substantially smaller internship programs this summer, as firms cope with the downturn in the legal marketplace and clients' demands that only seasoned lawyers be assigned to their matters. What's more, firms are shortening their programs and paying summer associates less.
January 4, 1987
Leases with a combined value of $17 million have been negotiated by seven law firms for 64,749 square feet at Wilshire Brentwood Plaza at 12400 Wilshire Blvd. The announcement was made by William W. Hammerstein, president of Search builders Inc., owner of the building.
July 7, 1985 | TOM FURLONG
The Century City law firm of Pacht, Ross, Warne, Bernhard & Sears has tied the knot with Shea & Gould, one of best-known law firms in New York. The two law firms announced they have merged, forming a new firm with annual revenues of more than $50 million and six offices nationwide. The combined firm has about 250 lawyers, making it among the 30 largest in the country. The Shea & Gould name is a familiar one in New York legal circles. The Shea half is 78-year-old William A.
October 6, 1985 | NANCY RIVERA
Five Los Angeles-based law firms were among the nation's fastest growing in the last year, according to a survey conducted by Legal Times, a weekly newspaper that covers the legal profession and has surveyed law firms about their size annually for the last seven years. In the category of firms with 200 or more lawyers, Latham & Watkins ranked as the fifth fastest-growing firm in the last year. Latham & Watkins has 304 lawyers, up 20.2% from the 253 lawyers it employed in 1984.
December 2, 2013 | David Lazarus
If you live in Southern California, you've gotten - or will get - a parking or speeding ticket. It's an immutable law of nature. And in tandem with this natural phenomenon, a cottage industry of legal professionals has taken root to assist people in navigating and, possibly, beating the system. Take, for example, a company called the Ticket Clinic, which has offices throughout the region and boasts that it "may be your best bet for getting your traffic ticket dismissed. " Among other services, the Ticket Clinic says, it can "keep additional points off of your driving record" and "prevent skyrocketing insurance rates resulting from a traffic ticket.
November 27, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins
Over four years, Merrell Williams Jr. came up with a number of effective ways to smuggle documents from work. A $9-an-hour paralegal at a tobacco company's law firm in Louisville, Ky., Williams tucked a few memos at a time into a slit he cut in the lining of his overcoat. Sometimes he stashed cigarette marketing plans and medical studies under his shirt, between his skin and an old weight-loss corset. Then there were the days he wore his pants extra baggy, all the better to slide embarrassing correspondence under the waistband.
November 15, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has resigned from a law firm that represents the son of a medical firm executive named in an FBI affidavit on the Capitol corruption investigation, an aide said Friday. The leaked affidavit alleges that Michael D. Drobot, the former chief executive of Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, provided $28,000 in bribes to Sen. Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello) in exchange for him advocating for Drobot on workers' compensation bills.
October 16, 2013 | By Bradley Zint and Jeremiah Dobruck
Orange County district attorney investigators have raided an Upland-based law firm accused of bullying civic leaders in Southern California in their aggressive representation of police and their unions. The search of Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir comes after the firm announced last month that it would be dissolving following a series of scandals and a lawsuit filed by a pair of Costa Mesa council members who alleged the firm was harassing them for political gain. The San Bernardino County Sentinel , which first reported the story, said that investigators left the law office carrying boxes of documents.
October 16, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel and Joseph Serna
Orange County district attorney's investigators have raided the offices of an Upland law firm accused of bullying civic leaders across Southern California in its aggressive representation of police and their unions. The search of Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir comes after the firm announced last month that it would be dissolving following a series of scandals and a lawsuit filed by Costa Mesa city leaders who alleged that the firm was harassing them for political gain. The firm has represented dozens of police unions in Southern California and has a reputation for its bare-fisted tactics and attacks on city hall.
October 6, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
For political roadkill, Gray Davis sounds awfully chipper these days. After decades spent in methodical, often joyless pursuit of higher office, the man who won the governor's office in 1998 was ousted in a recall election that was equal parts carnival and runaway train. He has the distinction of being only the second governor in U.S. history tossed from office midterm. More painful still, Davis' ouster came less than a year after he had scraped his way to reelection. Regrets?
March 28, 2002 | A Times Staff Writer
Law firms Katten Muchin Zavis of Chicago and Rosenman & Colin of New York, both of which have prominent entertainment and media practices, said they are merging. The combined firm, KMZ Rosenman, will have more than 600 lawyers, with offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. KMZ's clients include Vivendi Universal, Miramax, Showtime and Sony Entertainment. "The combined firm has strengths that touch every area of entertainment," said Paul Burak, a senior partner in the firm's New York
June 29, 2005 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
The Airport Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a $750,000 contract extension with two law firms defending the city against lawsuits challenging its modernization plan for Los Angeles International Airport. The money brings the total for the 18-month contract with environmental attorneys at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and the firm of James A. Geocaris to $5 million.
September 13, 2013 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: As a board director I began questioning the actions of our association attorney and his law firm several years ago after expenditures to the firm were so outrageous and decisions so bad by its lawyers they culminated in our spending more on attorneys fees than the case was worth or settled for. Most owners just wanted the board to apologize, but our lawyers wanted lawsuits. Other owners were involuntarily sucked into our association's litigation vortex. They were innocent victims subjected to the firm's moneymaking machine, and allegations against owners were so outrageous most are unprintable outside of a lawsuit as they would constitute libel.
September 6, 2013 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: The new board is trying to cut down unnecessary expenditures, but our homeowners association has a law firm on retainer and a management company on contract. Periodic audits unearthed what looks like duplicate and excessive billings for telephone conversations and communications between the attorney and management company owners and employees, also billings for attorney and management attendance at association activities. We have not asked either the law firm or management company to partake in these communications or activities.
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