Category Archives: Practice Area Corner

Fear and Loathing in Depp’s Divorce

by Sarah Van Voorhis and Ariel Sosna, Van Voorhis & Sosna Just when it seemed that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were going to wrap up their short-lived, marriage, they…

ADR War Stories: When it Really is All About the Money

By Fred Carr Carr & Venner ADR Mediation Services As a full-time mediator of litigated matters, I often hear one, or both, of the parties proclaim, “It’s not about the…

Competing for Talent in 2017

By Legal Staffing and Recruiting Experts at Nelson & Associates The world of work is changing. Sweeping global forces and technological advancements continue to reshape how companies do business. With…

The Attorney-Client Privilege in Workplace Investigations

By Ryan Stahl, Scherer Smith & Kenny Attorneys are often called upon by employers to facilitate investigations of workplace misconduct. One reason this is done is so the findings and…

Anti-SLAPP: A Powerful Tool Against Third Party Claims

Jennifer Becker, Long & Levit An unintended consequence of California’s Anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation statute (Anti-SLAPP), C.C.P. § 425.16, is the protection afforded attorneys against claims by non-clients. Enacted…

Paralegals Must Take More Ethics MCLEs Than Attorneys, But Why?

Daniel Pleasant, ACP Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn The State Bar of California requires attorneys to complete 25 total hours of MCLEs per three-year reporting period, four hours of which…

Jolie Seeks to Break the Rules of Fight Club: Making Private Agreements Public

By Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van Voorhis Van Voorhis & Sosna The “Brangelina” divorce is making headlines again on the heels of Angelina Jolie filing the parties’ temporary custody stipulation…

ADR Neutral with Labor Relations Expertise Joins BASF Mediation Services Panel

The newest addition to BASF’s Mediation panel, Susan Joan Davidson, has 40 years’ experience as a successful, respected ADR neutral. After earning an LLM in labor relations with an emphasis…

Risk Management Tip: Break Up With Your Clients

By Jennifer Becker, Long & Levit Constant business development pressure can lead to behavior at odds with prudent risk management. Many attorneys are reluctant to cut the cord on existing…

Lessons from the Launch: What I Learned from Starting a Law Firm

Mark Conrad, Conrad & Metlitzky Last April, I took a professional leap of faith and launched a new civil litigation boutique. In a few short months, it has already proved…