CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2007 |
The Los Angeles City Council voted 9 to 1 Friday to retain outside lawyers to help defend the city in a lawsuit brought by Tennie Pierce, a firefighter whose firehouse meal in 2004 was laced with dog food. Pierce has alleged that the act was racially motivated. The contract with the firm Jones Day is worth as much as $750,000. The case is scheduled to go to trial in March. Councilman Bernard C. Parks dissented, saying the city has spent enough on the case. He has pushed for a settlement.
April 11, 1991 |
Former Insurance Commissioner Roxani Gillespie said Wednesday she will become a partner on June 1 of the Los Angeles law firm of Buchalter, Nemur, Fields and Younger--a major litigator for insurance companies. Although it has a general business practice, the 190-lawyer Buchalter, Nemur firm is one of the biggest insurance practitioners in the state, representing such companies as Farmers and the American International Group, including its important subsidiary, National Union.
August 27, 1998 |
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a $3.5-million punitive damages verdict against Baker & McKenzie, the world's largest law firm, in a sexual harassment case brought by a former secretary. The court, meeting in closed session, refused to review the 1994 jury award to Rena Weeks, who said a former partner at the law firm groped her, lunged at her and made sexually suggestive remarks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1991 |
Former Gov. George Deukmejian, who emphasized foreign trade development during his final term as governor, will try to develop foreign business for a large international law firm with offices in Los Angeles, it was announced Tuesday. Deukmejian, 62, who retired as governor Jan. 7, will become a partner in the 125-year-old firm of Sidley & Austin, operating out of its downtown Los Angeles office. His first work day will be Monday.
August 18, 2004 |
Top Hollywood lawyer Barry Hirsch, who abruptly left his law firm this past weekend in a bitter split after 24 years, is suing over the firm's plans to restructure. Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum & Morris plans to dissolve its current professional corporation to form a limited liability partnership, a structure commonly used by professionals such as accountants and lawyers to protect individual partner assets.
December 31, 1994 |
Outgoing Senate Democratic leader George J. Mitchell of Maine, who last April turned down an opportunity to become a Supreme Court justice, is joining a Washington law firm. Mitchell, who retired from his Senate seat, is to join Verner Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand as special counsel Jan. 9, the firm said Friday. The firm does lobbying and litigation and represents a wide range of companies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1992 |
A dried piranha sticks to a window at San Diego lawyer Marc Stern's small office, the mark of his growing reputation as an eccentric but tenacious courtroom tough. If things are slow, he shows up for work in jeans, brings his dog along and cuts out early if the surf is up. "I usually get the cases no one else will handle," he said. Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye is the biggest, most prestigious, law firm in the city. Higgs, Fletcher & Mack is another of San Diego's legal powerhouses.
November 16, 1986
Six law firms have signed leases totaling more than $50 million in Fox Plaza, the 34-story Century City office building scheduled to open in December, according to James H. Miller, senior vice president of Miller-Klutznick-Davis-Gray Co., which is developing the project in a joint venture with 20th Century Fox Film Corp.
February 20, 1996 |
Two Ventura County law firms that specialize in business matters have decided to merge. The firms are Korman Dorsey Ellis & Associates of Ventura and Lawler, Bonham & Walsh, based in Oxnard. The merged concern will carry the Lawler, Bonham & Walsh name. Both firms represent large and small businesses, insurance carriers, cities and school districts. Lawler, Bonham also specializes in environmental and international law and has an arbitration and mediation practice.
September 28, 1987 |
A pattern of discrimination against Jews, blacks, Latinos and women marked the leading corporate law firms of Los Angeles for most of their history. Jews were the first to enter the mainstream of the legal profession in the mid-1950s, followed by the first significant numbers by women in the late 1960s and blacks a few years later. The first Latinos were hired in 1977. Among the firms confronted with increasing pressure to change anti-Jewish policies during the 1950s was O'Melveny & Myers.