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2 16 ORANGE COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL Local breaking news: JANUARY 20, 2014 [ Q& A] The legal industry is in constant flux due to changing laws and shifting trends in the business of running law firms and in educating lawyers. The Business Journal s Jane Yu asked local attorneys what surprises they expect in the industry this year. Here are the edited versions of their answers. Craig Barbarosh Partner Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Chicago Clients are becoming much more sophisticated consumers of legal services. Beyond greater scrutiny of legal fees and use of third-party fee review services, clients are more focused than ever on efficient provision of services, and rightly so. Institutional clients are well educated and experienced in knowing what services are necessary and how much they should cost. They are very focused on managing legal projects beyond just scrutiny of invoices. In this regard, clients are more focused than ever on alternative billing arrangements and structuring fees to align interests and success between the law firm and client. For law firms, this means greater focus on staffing, efficiency and resource utilization. Greater communication with clients about project expectations, risks and likely outcomes is more imperative than ever. Law firm strategy is particularly important in this economic environment. Midsize law firms (typical of Orange County) need to clearly identify and articulate why they are unique and how they provide differentiated skills and services to their clients. Today, clients hire individual lawyers, not firms, and it is important for law firms to be able to clearly and concisely articulate their distinct brand and communicate why they are specially qualified for a particular type of work or project. Similarly, the days of build it, and they will come are history. In years past, law firms were eager to expand, either domestically or more commonly to exotic foreign locales. In many instances, firm management would convince itself that if they have more offices, they will attract more clients and more high-profile business. However, evidence showed that unless there are clear existing client needs to support geographic expansion, it usually fails. We expect to see additional law firm merger activity in 2014, as many firms have convinced themselves that bigger is better. However, just as with geographic expansion, unless a law firm combination can be rationalized by actual client imperatives, partners of merger candidate firms should satisfy themselves that such transactions will in fact be revenue and profit accretive. Daniel Callahan Founding Partner Callahan & Blaine Santa Ana The biggest surprise will be a continued transformation in the manner by which companies and general counsel procure legal services. The economic downturn of the last five years forced virtually all companies to re-ex- Q&A 33

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4 18 ORANGE COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL Local breaking news: JANUARY 20, 2014 Firm Expects Business Boost From Healthcare Reform Boutwell Fay Specializes In Employee Benefits Law By JANE YU Legal work related to healthcare reform has been taking up a growing share of business at Boutwell Fay LLP, an employeebenefits specialist whose partners said they expect the trend to strengthen through 2014 as various parts of the Affordable Care Act take effect. The -based boutique firm has seven lawyers spread between two offices. It focuses solely on benefits plans and compliance with the ERISA, short for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which sets minimum standards for pension plans in the private sector. The firm s practice areas include ERISArelated disputes; health and welfare plans; and retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans. I think if we analyzed our billings, it would be a trend where the health-and-welfare plan work is taking up a larger chunk of our overall work, said Sherrie Boutwell, who cofounded the firm 15 years ago with Alison Fay. Certainly, our expectation is that the Affordable Care Act will result in more work for us but perhaps not so much right now, Fay said. She cited a delaying effect brought on by the White House s announcement last July that it was pushing back the enforcement of the employer mandate provision that would impose penalties on employers with 50 or more full-time employees for failing to provide coverage for workers. The deadline is now 2015, but Fay said employers should be addressing the issue well before then. A lot of employers have sort of put this on the back burner, Fay said. A lot of companies said, OK, we ll do it later, but really, they should be looking at it right now. She added that more questions will surface and that companies will require more legal services across-the-board as acceptance and utilization of state health-insurance exs grow. I expect that things will pick up more, now that the ex has gone through its first round of enrollment, she said. Also, what s going to be interesting in the near future is the coordination of the exs with the employers. We wanted to have a nice, high-quality benefits practice and still have the flexibility and time to raise our kids. Sherrie Boutwell, cofounder Boutwell Fay LLP People who sign up for insurance through state exs are eligible for government subsidies in the form of tax credits if they can show their employers didn t offer them affordable coverage. But one question I m not clear on, and I haven t heard any answers on, is how they are verifying whether or not an employee has been offered affordable coverage, Fay said. What we haven t seen so far is that notice coming back from the ex to the employer, letting that employer know that the employee has filed. When that starts to happen, I think our involvement will increase, because employers will need to respond to information requests from the government. Meanwhile, Fay and Boutwell are fielding questions from client companies of various sizes, especially from those still struggling with whether or not they are actually subject to the ACA, Fay said. Some companies are on the border between having enough employees to be subject to the act, and those are the smaller employers. But then the larger employers just know they are subject to it. Their questions are more directed at how to, for example, count hours for part-time employees. And then there are all the updates that are coming out all the time. ACA is still something people need to work through; there s no set precedent for anything. Healthcare isn t the only area for which Boutwell Fay has become known as the go-to firm. It also focuses on niche employee-benefits matters, such as 401(k) compliance, executive compensation and government audits. Healthcare is new, but we, as this firm, have been around for 15 years in, Boutwell said. One thing that has d over the years as the level of government regulation has grown exponentially is that it s becoming more and more important that each of us owns a subset of an area to a degree that we didn t used to in the past. We almost are having to create subspecialties within the firm just in order to keep up with the amount of information and new regulations and new cases. I think it will continue to go in that direction. Boutwell, who earned a bachelor s degree from the University of California,, and got her juris doctorate degree from UC Firm 37

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6 20 ORANGE COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL Local breaking news: JANUARY 20, 2014 LAW FIRMS Prev. 1 (1) 2 (2) 3 (3) Law firm Address Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear LLP 2040 Main St., 14th floor Rutan & Tucker LLP 611 Anton Blvd., Ste Costa Mesa Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth 660 Newport Center Drive, Ste Newport Beach Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 4 (4) LAW FIRMS 3161 Michelson Drive 5 Latham Law firm& Watkins LLP Prev. Address 650 Town Center Drive, 20th floor (5) Costa Mesa Knobbe, Sheppard, Martens, Mullin, Olson Richter 16 & Bear Hampton LLP LLP (1) (8) Town Main Center St., 14th Drive, floor fourth floor Rutan Costa Mesa & Tucker LLP Anton Blvd., Ste (2) Costa Snell & Mesa Wilmer LLP Anton Blvd., Ste (6) Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth 3 Costa Mesa Newport Center Drive, (3) Ste Newport O'Melveny Beach & Myers LLP Newport Center Drive, (9) Gibson, 17th floor Dunn & Crutcher LLP Newport Michelson Beach Drive (4) Irell & Manella LLP Newport Center Drive, (12) Latham Ste. 400& Watkins LLP Newport Town Beach Center Drive, 20th floor (5) Costa Mesa Newmeyer & Dillion LLP 10 Sheppard, Mullin, Richter Dove St., fifth floor (11) & Newport Hampton Beach LLP (8) 650 Town Center Drive, fourth Lewis floor Brisbois Bisgaard 11 Costa & Smith Mesa LLP (6) Snell 650 Town & Wilmer Center LLP Drive, Ste Costa Anton Mesa Blvd., Ste (6) Costa Mesa Jones Day 12 O'Melveny 3161 Michelson & Myers Drive, LLP Ste. 800 (10) Newport Center Drive, (9) 17th floor Newport Beach Irell & Manella LLP 9 Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart, A Newport Center Drive, (12) Ste. Professional 400 Corporation (15) Newport 555 Anton Beach Blvd., Ste Costa Mesa Newmeyer & Dillion LLP Allen Dove Matkins St., fifth Leck floor Gamble 14 (11) Newport Mallory & Beach Natsis LLP (14) Lewis 1900 Main Brisbois St., fifth Bisgaard floor 11 & Smith LLP (6) 650 Town Center Drive, Ste Costa Walsworth Mesa Franklin Bevins & McCall LLP Jones Day 12 (13) 3161 One City Michelson Blvd. W., Drive, fifth Ste. floor800 (10) Orange Headquarters Website knobbe.com Costa Mesa rutan.com Newport Beach sycr.com NA gibsondunn.com NA Headquarters 65 lw.com Website -4% attorneys Los Angeles knobbe.com sheppardmullin.com 4% 2% Costa Mesa 138 rutan.com 3% Phoenix 58 swlaw.com -5% Newport Beach sycr.com 84-6% Los Angeles 55 omm.com -5% NA 81 gibsondunn.com 7% Los Angeles 54 irell.com 6% NA 65 lw.com -4% Newport Beach 53 Los newmeyeranddillion.com Angeles 61 2% sheppardmullin.com 2% Los Angeles 51 lbbslaw.com -16% Phoenix 58 swlaw.com lewisbrisbois.com -5% Washington, D.C. 50 Los jonesday.com Angeles 55-9% omm.com -5% Los Costa Angeles Mesa irell.com wss-law.com Newport Beach newmeyeranddillion.com Los Angeles allenmatkins.com Los Angeles lbbslaw.com allenmatkins.com lewisbrisbois.com Orange wfbm.com Washington, D.C. jonesday.com % 5% 53 2% 43-9% 51-16% 41-11% 50-9% Jackson DeMarco Tidus 38 Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart, A 13 Peckenpaugh Costa jdtplaw.com Mesa 44 3% (18) Professional Corporation wss-law.com 5% 2030 Main St., 12th floor (15) 555 Anton Blvd., Ste Costa Mesa Allen K&L Gates Matkins LLPLeck Gamble Los NA Angeles Mallory 1 Park Plaza, & Natsis 12th LLP floor allenmatkins.com klgates.com -9% (14) (23) 1900 Main St., fifth floor allenmatkins.com Walsworth Franklin Orange Bevins Wright, & Finlay McCall & Zak LLP LLP wfbm.com Newport Beach -11% (13) One City Blvd. W., fifth floor 4665 MacArthur Court, Ste. 200 wrightlegal.net -1 (15) Orange Newport Beach Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh Bremer, Whyte, Brown jdtplaw.com Newport Beach 3% (1) (18) 2030 & O'Meara Main St., LLP12th floor bremerwhyte.com NA (18) S.W. Birch St., K&L second Gates floor LLP NA Newport Park Plaza, Beach 12th floor klgates.com 9% (23) Gordon & Rees LLP San Francisco Michelson Drive, Ste. 400 gordonrees.com -5% (18) Wright, Finlay & Zak LLP Newport Beach MacArthur Court, Ste. 200 wrightlegal.net -1 (15) Newport Green & Beach Hall, A Professional Santa Ana Corporation greenhall.com 17% (29) Bremer, 1851 E. First Whyte, St., Brown 10th floor Newport Beach (1) & Santa O'Meara Ana LLP bremerwhyte.com NA (18) S.W. Birch St., second Palmieri, floor Tyler, Wiener, Newport Wilhelm Beach & Waldron LLP ptwww.com -8% (17) 2603 Main St., Ste Gordon & Rees LLP San Francisco Michelson Drive, Ste. 400 gordonrees.com -5% (18) Abbreviations: Green & Hall, NA: A not Professional applicable; NR: not ranked; Santa Ana wnd: would not disclose 35 20List Corporation may not be reprinted without permission greenhall.com of the editor 17% (1) (29) 1851 Business E. First Journal St., estimate 10th floor Santa Ana Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron LLP ptwww.com -8% (17) 2603 Main St., Ste Abbreviations: NA: not applicable; NR: not ranked; wnd: would not disclose List may not be reprinted without permission of the editor (1) Business Journal estimate attorneys 175 4% 138 3% 84-6% 81 7% Attorneys firmwide partners % % % 1, % employees Areas of practice Partial list of clients No. of offices Top local official(s) Title firmwide Phone/fax Intellectual property including litigation, patents and trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, trade secrets, rights of publicity, licensing; venture capital due diligence Corporate/securities, real estate, municipal and government, employment/labor, business litigation, intellectual property/technology Corporate/securities, mergers and acquisitions, business litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense, life sciences, technology, labor/ employment, intellectual property, tax, public finance, bankruptcy/restructuring Information technology, data privacy, business restructuring, complex litigation, corporate transactions, environmental litigation, foreign corrupt practices act, intellectual property, employment 2,100 Attorneys Areas Mergers of practice and acquisitions, securities litigation, Partial Allergan list Inc., of clients Amgen Inc., JPMorgan No. 32 of Top R. Scott local Shean official(s) firmwide partners employees -7% intellectual property, corporate finance, real Chase & Co., Vizio, Actavis, Pimco offices Title office firmwide estate finance, environmental Phone/fax (714) /(714) Intellectual Litigation, corporate, property including finance and litigation, bankruptcy, patents Masimo TaylorMade Corp., Golf Ranbaxy Co., LendingTree Pharmaceuticals LLC, 815 Steven Sean O'Connor Nataupsky 1% 6% and tax, intellectual trademarks, property, copyrights, labor unfair and competition, employment, Inc., Lenovo, Toshiba U.S. Bank, America General Information Electric, Orange trade real estate, secrets, land rights use of publicity, licensing; Systems Capital Corp., Inc., Wet Samsung Seal Inc. SDI Co., Oakley County /(949) venture capital due diligence Inc., Monster Energy Co. (714) /(714) Corporate/securities, real estate, municipal and Primoris Services Corp., First American 2 Kim Thompson 3% government, employment/labor, business Financial Corp., Chapman University, city litigation, Corporate/finance, intellectual commercial property/technology litigation, of Bank, of America Western Corp., National Ford Group Motor Co., 9 (714) William /(714) O'Hare % intellectual property, real estate, product liability, Allergan Inc., Edwards Lifesciences administrative partner Corporate/securities, estate planning, franchising, mergers employment, and acquisitions, Spectrum Corp., Prudential Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Inc., Freedom City of 7 John (714) Cannon/Craig /(714) Carlson/Shiv % business bankruptcy litigation, White Collar Criminal San Innovations Bernardino, LLC Tandem Diabetes Care Grewal/Bruce Feuchter/Robert Defense, life sciences, technology, labor/ Inc., Deckers Outdoor Corp., EndoLogix Whalen/Kurt Yeager employment, Corporate/securities, intellectual intellectual property, property tax, public and Inc. Allergan Inc., Edwards LifeSciences 16 board Elizabeth of directors McKeen -6% finance, technology, bankruptcy/restructuring commercial litigation, executive Corp., H&R Block, OneWest Bank FSB, (949) managing /(949) partner , Information compensation, technology, tax, labor/employment, data privacy, business financial TRI Quiksilver Pointe Inc., Homes, Western MGM Digital Resorts Corp. 18 (949) Jeffrey /(949) Reeves % restructuring, services, real estate complex litigation, corporate International, Hewlett-Packard Co., partner-in-charge, office transactions, environmental litigation, foreign Allergan Inc., St. Joseph Health System, (949) /(949) corrupt Arbitration, practices bankruptcy, act, intellectual environmental, property, Western Allergan Inc., Digital Pacific Corp. Life Insurance Co., 2 Andra Greene -1% employment insurance, intellectual property, labor/ CoreLogic Inc., University of California, 2, Mergers employment, and acquisitions, litigation, mergers/acquisitions, securities litigation, Allergan Waste Management Inc., Amgen Inc., Inc., Kaiser JPMorgan 32 (949) R. Scott /(949) Shean % intellectual real estate, property, white collar corporate defensefinance, real Chase Permanente & Co., Vizio, Actavis, Pimco office estate finance, environmental Real estate, insurance, employment, business, Home Depot Inc., Centex Homes Inc., 3 (714) /(714) Jeffrey Dennis % Litigation, land use, intellectual corporate, property, finance and bankruptcy, TaylorMade William Lyon Golf Homes, Co., LendingTree KB Home, Lennar, LLC, 15 managing Sean O'Connor partner 6% tax, intellectual property, labor and employment, Lenovo, Standard U.S. Pacific Bank, Homes, General BlackRock Electric Inc. managing (949) /(949) partner, Orange real estate, land use Capital Corp., Wet Seal Inc. County would not disclose 30 (714) Charles /(714) Harris % General liability, construction, employment, professional and commercial liability, Corporate/finance, transportation, medical commercial and legal litigation, malpractice Bank of America Corp., Ford Motor Co., 9 William (714) /(714) O'Hare % intellectual property, real estate, product liability, Allergan Inc., Edwards Lifesciences administrative partner estate planning, franchising, employment, Corp., Prudential Real Estate, Freedom (714) /(714) , bankruptcy Litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual Innovations Experian Information LLC Solutions Inc., 40 Richard Grabowski % Corporate/securities, property, healthcare, labor/employment, intellectual property and Allergan Lennar Corp., Inc., Edwards Apple Inc., LifeSciences DirecTV LLC, 16 partner-in-charge Elizabeth McKeen -6% employee benefits, securities litigation, corporate Proctor & Gamble, Chevron Corp. (949) /(949) technology, commercial litigation, executive compensation, transactions, tax tax, litigation, labor/employment, internationalfinancial Corp., H&R Block, OneWest Bank FSB, Quiksilver Inc., Western Digital Corp. (949) /(949) services, arbitrationreal estate Arbitration, Tort litigation, bankruptcy, eminent domain, environmental, labor/ Allergan would not Inc., disclose Pacific Life Insurance Co., 21 Andra Kennard Greene Smart Jr./Lois Bobak/ -1% 9% insurance, employment, intellectual public lawproperty, labor/ CoreLogic Inc., University of California, managing Gregory Simonian partner employment, litigation, mergers/acquisitions, Waste Management Inc., Kaiser (949) /(949) real estate, white collar defense Permanente executive committee (714) /(714) Real estate, insurance, employment, business, Home Depot Inc., Centex Homes Inc., 3 Jeffrey Dennis % land Real use, estate/finance, intellectual litigation, property, labor/employment, bankruptcy William would not Lyon disclose Homes, KB Home, Lennar, 5 managing Drew Emmel partner -6% corporate, bankruptcy, creditors rights, tax, Standard Pacific Homes, BlackRock Inc. (949) office managing /(949) partner General environmental, liability, construction, litigation, employment, land use would not disclose 30 (949) Charles /(949) Harris % professional and commercial liability, transportation, medical and legal malpractice Business, commercial, real estate litigation; would not disclose 4 (714) /(714) Jeffrey Walsworth/Mary Fisher/ -4% transactional, employment, construction, Sharon Clisham 2, Litigation, environmental, mergers healthcare, and acquisitions, travel, mass intellectual tort, Experian Information Solutions Inc., 40 senior Richard partner/managing Grabowski partner/ -3% property, healthcare, labor/employment, Lennar Corp., Apple Inc., DirecTV LLC, partner-in-charge employee toxic tort, benefits, product and securities general litigation, liability litigation corporate Proctor & Gamble, Chevron Corp. (949) managing /(949) partner transactions, tax litigation, international (714) /(714) arbitration tax, Real estate, land use, subdivision, business, would not disclose 2 Alim Malik % Tort litigation, litigation, mortgage eminent insurance domain, labor/ would not disclose 1 Kennard presidentsmart Jr./Lois Bobak/ 9% employment, public law Gregory (949) /(949) Simonian executive committee (714) /(714) , Real Corporate, estate/finance, intellectual litigation, property, labor/employment, product liability, would Allergan not Inc., disclose Beckman Coulter Inc., 548 Drew David Emmel Perry -6% 5% corporate, life sciences, bankruptcy, healthcare, creditors commercial rights, litigation, tax, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc., FFF office administrative partner environmental, tax construction litigation, land use Enterprises Inc., Ameriprise Financial (949) /(949) /(949) Services Inc., Amphastar Business, commercial, real estate litigation; would Pharmaceuticals not disclose Inc. 4 Jeffrey Walsworth/Mary Fisher/ % transactional, Litigation services employment, in mortgage construction, banking, loan Saxon Group, American Home Mortgage 4 Sharon Robin Wright Clisham 9% environmental, servicing, real estate, healthcare, bankruptcy, travel, mass eviction, tort, Servicing Inc., Credit Suisse Group, senior // toxic tort, product and general liability litigation general business Select Portfolio Servicing Inc., Wells (714) (949) /(714) /(949) Fargo Home Mortgage Real estate, land use, subdivision, business, tax, would not disclose 2 Alim Malik 84 (1) 12 (1) 171 2% General litigation, civil mortgage litigation, insurance business litigation, family, Waste Management Inc., Toshiba, 9 Nicole president Whyte/Keith Bremer NA personal injury, wills/trusts, construction, Farmers Insurance, Arch Insurance founding (949) /(949) partners environmental, cyber litigation, employment, Group Inc., Enterprise Rent-A-Car, (949) /(949) , homeowner/community Corporate, intellectual property, association product liability, Discover Allergan Inc., Beckman Coulter Inc., 48 David Perry 5% life sciences, healthcare, commercial litigation, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc., FFF administrative partner tax Enterprises Inc., Ameriprise Financial (949) /(949) Commercial litigation, employment and labor, Services Yokohama Inc., Tires Amphastar Corp., Lennar Corp., 30 Douglas Smith -4% products liability, construction, intellectual Pharmaceuticals The Salvation Army, Inc. Mitsubishi Electric, office Litigation property, tax, services corporate in mortgage transactions, banking, real loan estate Saxon Corp., Western Group, American Digital Corp. Home Mortgage 4 Robin (949) /(949) Wright % servicing, real estate, bankruptcy, eviction, Servicing Inc., Credit Suisse Group, general Construction, business complex commercial litigation, real Select Co., Portfolio Lennar, Servicing Meritage Inc., Homes Wells 2 (949) Robert /(949) Green % estate-related litigation, mortgage banking Fargo Corp., Home Capital Mortgage Pacific Holdings Inc., A.D. 84 (1) 12 (1) 171 (1) General litigationcivil litigation, business litigation, family, Waste Seeno Management Construction Co., Inc., Aurora Toshiba, Loan 9 Nicole (714) /(714) Whyte/Keith Bremer NA personal injury, wills/trusts, construction, Farmers Services Insurance, Arch Insurance founding partners environmental, cyber litigation, employment, Group Inc., Enterprise Rent-A-Car, (949) /(949) homeowner/community Business litigation, eminent association domain, real estate/ Discover Griswold Industries, Scan Health Plan, 1 Richard Salus/Dennis Ghan/ -4% corporate, estate planning/wealth management Wahoo's Fish Taco, Shelly Automotive Patrick Hennessey/Michael Group, Nature's Best, Intercontinental Greene Commercial litigation, employment and labor, Yokohama Tires Corp., Lennar Corp., 30 Douglas Smith -4% Hotels Group management committee products liability, construction, intellectual The Salvation Army, Mitsubishi Electric, office property, tax, corporate transactions, real estate Corp., Western Digital Corp. (949) /(949) /(949) Construction, complex commercial litigation, real Co., Lennar, Meritage Homes 2 Robert Researched Green by Dana Truong 13% estate-related litigation, mortgage banking Corp., Capital Pacific Holdings Inc., A.D. litigation Seeno Construction Co., Aurora Loan (714) /(714) Services Business litigation, eminent domain, real estate/ -4% corporate, estate planning/wealth management Masimo Corp., Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc., Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Samsung SDI Co., Oakley Inc., Monster Energy Co. Griswold Industries, Scan Health Plan, Wahoo's Fish Taco, Shelly Automotive Group, Nature's Best, Intercontinental Hotels Group 8 Steven Nataupsky (949) /(949) Primoris Services Corp., First American 2 Kim Thompson Financial Corp., Chapman University, city of, Western National Group (714) /(714) Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc., City of San Bernardino, Tandem Diabetes Care Inc., Deckers Outdoor Corp., EndoLogix Inc. TRI Pointe Homes, MGM Resorts International, Hewlett-Packard Co., Allergan Inc., St. Joseph Health System, Western Digital Corp. 7 John Cannon/Craig Carlson/Shiv Grewal/Bruce Feuchter/Robert Whalen/Kurt Yeager board of directors (949) /(949) Jeffrey Reeves partner-in-charge, office (949) /(949) Richard Salus/Dennis Ghan/ Patrick Hennessey/Michael Greene management committee (949) /(949) Researched by Dana Truong

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8 22 ORANGE COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL Local breaking news: JANUARY 20, 2014 LAW FIRMS Prev. 23 (28) 23 (26) 25 (32) 25 (18) 27 (30) 27 (30) 29 (27) 30 (32) 30 (39) 30 (42) 33 (18) 34 (36) 34 (23) Law firm Address Bryan Cave LLP 3161 Michelson Drive, Ste Troutman Sanders LLP 5 Park Plaza, Ste Callahan & Blaine 3 Hutton Center Drive, ninth floor Santa Ana Paul Hastings LLP 695 Town Center Drive, 17th floor Costa Mesa Fisher & Phillips LLP 2050 Main St., Ste Payne & Fears LLP 4 Park Plaza, Ste Nossaman LLP Von Karman Ave., Ste Brady, Vorwerck, Ryder & Caspino One City Blvd. W., 18th floor Orange Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP 5 Park Plaza, Ste Murtaugh, Meyer, Nelson & Treglia LLP 2603 Main St., ninth Floor Greenberg Traurig LLP 3161 Michelson Drive, Ste Grant, Genovese & Baratta LLP 2030 Main St., 16th floor McDermott Will & Emery LLP 4 Park Plaza, Ste Headquarters Website St. Louis bryancave.com Atlanta troutmansanders.com troutmansanders.com Santa Ana callahan-law.com Los Angeles paulhastings.com Atlanta laborlawyers.com paynefears.com NA nossaman.com Orange bvrclaw.com Philadelphia morganlewis.com mmnt.com NA gtlaw.com ggb-law.com Chicago mwe.com Abbreviations: NA: not applicable; NR: not ranked; wnd: would not disclose List may not be reprinted without permission of the editor attorneys % 33 18% 33-11% % 29 4% 29 16% 29 21% 28-24% % Attorneys firmwide partners 1, % % employees % 1, % % % % % 1, % % 1, % % 1, % Areas of practice Partial list of clients No. of offices Top local official(s) Title firmwide Phone/fax Corporate finance, securities, real estate, project finance, environmental, labor/employment, litigation, products liability, class action defense would not disclose 26 Stuart Price, office (949) /(949) Corporate and securities, real estate finance, business litigation, renewable energy, insurance, labor and employment, intellectual property, multi-family housing, bankruptcy would not disclose 15 Larry Cerutti (949) /(949) Business litigation, brain trauma/wrongful death, insurance bad faith Corporate, employment, litigation, real estate, tax would not disclose 1 Daniel Callahan founding partner/principal (714) /(714) Allergan Inc., Cushman & Wakefield Inc., Dole Food Co., Dow Chemical Co., L.A. Fitness International LLC 20 John Simonis chair, office (714) /(714) Labor/employment, employee benefits would not disclose 31 James McDonald regional (949) /(949) Business litigation, labor/employment, insurance coverage Land use, natural resources, environmental, real estate, water, eminent domain/valuation, infrastructure, employment, litigation, healthcare, public finance Business litigation, personal injury defense, asbestos defense Corporate, labor/employment, litigation, real estate Insurance defense, business litigation, employment counsel, probate litigation, estate planning, construction defect Corporate/securities, litigation, intellectual property, tax and wealth management, estate planning, real estate, healthcare Business, real estate, partnership, tort, insurance bad faith, defense/coverage litigation, business/ real estate transactions Intellectual property, corporate, antitrust, trial, white collar, securities defense Lennar, Boeing Co., Safeway Inc., Marriott International Inc. Co., Orange County Transportation Corridor Agencies, California High Speed Rail Authority, San Bernardino Associated Governments, Chevron Corp., Roll International Roman Catholic Bishop of Orange, Marriott International Inc., Volvo, United Parcel Service Inc., Philips Electronics, First American Title Arbonne International, Best Buy, CBS, Hewlett-Packard, JP Morgan Chase, Rancho Mission Viejo 5 Daniel Fears (949) /(949) Jeffrey Stava administrative partner (949) /(949) James Brady/Michael Caspino s (714) /(714) Stephen Finn, office (949) /(949) CNA Financial Corp., Navigators Group, Inc., St. Paul Travelers, OneBeacon Insurance Group, James River Insurance Co. 3 Michael Murtaugh equity partner (949) /(949) Dell Inc., Rancho Mission Viejo LLC, Yamaha Corp. of America, KBS Capital Advisors LLC, KBS Realty Advisors LLC 36 Raymond Lee managing shareholder (949) /(949) would not disclose 1 David Grant senior litigation partner (949) /(949) Google Inc., Lynx Grills Inc., STEC Inc., Panasonic Corp. of North America, Broadcom Corp., Ener-Core Inc. 19 Daniel Foster office head (949) /(949) Researched by Dana Truong

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10 24 ORANGE COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL Local breaking news: JANUARY 20, 2014 LAW FIRMS Prev. 36 (32) Law firm Address Jones & Mayer 3777 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton Headquarters Website Fullerton jones-mayer.com attorneys 25-11% Attorneys firmwide partners % employees Areas of practice Partial list of clients No. of offices Top local official(s) Title firmwide Phone/fax Municipal, labor, civil litigation Cities of Fullerton, La Habra, Costa Mesa, 3 Richard Jones Whittier, Westminster, California State owner/president Sheriffs' Association (714) /(714) (39) 36 (39) 39 (42) 39 (38) 41 (23) 41 (36) (48) Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson & Haluck LLP 3 Park Plaza, Ste Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis Inc. 19 Corporate Plaza Newport Beach Call & Jensen 610 Newport Center Drive, Ste. 700 Newport Beach Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP 695 Town Center Drive, 14th floor Costa Mesa AlvaradoSmith 1 MacArthur Place, Ste. 200 Santa Ana Crowell & Moring LLP 3 Park Plaza, 20th floor Buchalter Nemer Von Karman Ave., Ste Shulman Hodges & Bastian LLP 8105 Center Drive, Ste knchlaw.com Newport Beach rcrsd.com Newport Beach calljensen.com Los Angeles manatt.com Santa Ana alvaradosmith.com Washington, D.C. crowell.com Los Angeles buchalter.com shbllp.com % 23-34% 23-15% % % % % % General and government tort liability, would not disclose 6 Keith Koeller construction, business and employment litigation (949) /(949) Products liability, personal injury, mass torts would not disclose 3 Mark Robinson Jr. (949) /(949) Business litigation, class action, employment, intellectual property, real estate Litigation, real estate, land use, corporate, finance, banking and financial, government and regulatory, labor/employment Financial institution litigation, real estate, environmental, business and corporate transactions, employment, public law, probate, complex litigation, intellectual property, international Complex litigation, intellectual property, antitrust, labor/employment, insurance, healthcare Finance, banking, business practices, insolvency, intellectual property, labor/employment, litigation, real estate, tax and estate planning Commercial litigation, bankruptcy, real estate/ corporate transactions Chevron Corp., Western Digital Corp., Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. Dignity Health, DirecTV Group, Toll Brothers, Toyota Financial Services, OneWest Bank, TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services LLC JPMorgan Chase, Principal Life Insurance Co., Southern California Edison, Shell Oil Co. Ingram Micro, Inc., DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., San Diego County Employees Retirement Association, UnitedHealth Group Inc., Skyworks Solutions Inc., Yamaha Corp. of America McKesson Corp., Harman International Industries Inc., Integrated Healthcare Holdings Inc., Guitar Center Inc., Los Angeles Times, Honda Center 1 David Sugden managing shareholder (949) /(949) Susan Hori administrative partner (714) /(714) Ruben Smith managing shareholder (714) /(714) Daniel Sasse office (949) /(949) Martin Florman, office (949) /(949) would not disclose 2 Leonard Shulman (949) /(949) (32) Dorsey & Whitney LLP 600 Anton Blvd., Ste Costa Mesa Minneapolis dorsey.com 21-25% % International, real estate and commercial litigation, corporate, labor and employment U.S. Bank, Canon Business Solutions West Inc., Rancho Mission Viejo Co., Arnel & Affiliates, CombiMatrix Corp., CorVel Corp. 19 Michael Tenerelli partner/office head, Southern California (714) /(714) Abbreviations: NA: not applicable; NR: not ranked; wnd: would not disclose List may not be reprinted without permission of the editor Researched by Dana Truong

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12 26 ORANGE COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL Local breaking news: JANUARY 20, 2014 LAW FIRMS Prev. 45 (48) (45) 49 (48) 49 (44) 51 (48) (45) 51 (45) Law firm Address Prenovost, Normandin, Bergh & Dawe, A Professional Corporation 2122 N. Broadway, Ste. 200 Santa Ana Kring & Chung LLP 38 Corporate Park Theodora Oringher PC 535 Anton Blvd., ninth floor Costa Mesa Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP 2040 Main St., Ste Wolfe & Wyman LLP 2301 Dupont Drive, Ste Baker & Hostetler LLP 600 Anton Blvd., Ste. 900 Costa Mesa Callahan, Thompson, Sherman & Caudill LLP 2601 Main St., Ste Cummins & White LLP 2424 S.E. Bristol St., Ste. 300 Newport Beach Hart King (2) 4 Hutton Centre Drive, Ste. 900 Santa Ana Sedgwick LLP 3 Park Plaza, 17th floor Archer Norris PLC 4695 MacArthur Court, Ste. 350 Newport Beach Best Best & Krieger LLP Von Karman Ave., Ste Headquarters Website Santa Ana pnbd.com kringandchung.com Costa Mesa tocounsel.com McLean, Va. wthf.com attorneys 21 5% 20 5% 20-5% 19-5% 19 wolfewyman.com -14% Cleveland, Ohio 18 bakerlaw.com -1 ctsclaw.com Newport Beach cumminsandwhite.com 18 6% 18-14% Santa Ana 18 hartkinglaw.com -14% San Francisco sedgwicklaw.com Walnut Creek archernorris.com Riverside bbklaw.com Abbreviations: NA: not applicable; NR: not ranked; wnd: would not disclose List may not be reprinted without permission of the editor (2) Previously listed as Hart, King & Coldren 18 6% % Attorneys firmwide partners employees % % % % % % % % % % Areas of practice Partial list of clients No. of offices Top local official(s) Title firmwide Phone/fax Civil, commercial, banking, real estate, law/ litigation, construction, automobile, bankruptcy, estate planning Business litigation, real estate, construction, insurance, corporate, intellectual property, personal injury, immigration, estate planning, family law, product liability Business/civil litigation, corporate, labor/ employment, healthcare, sports, construction, real estate Tarbell Realtors, Thompson Building Materials Inc., Kerdus Plastering Inc., Grandpoint Bank, Tuttle-Click Automotive Group, Wells Fargo Bank 1 Thomas Prenovost Jr. president/managing principal (714) /(714) would not disclose 6 Kenneth Chung/Kyle Kring s (949) /(949) would not disclose 2 Todd Theodora shareholder (714) /(714) Construction law, surety, government contracts St. Paul Cos., Safeco Insurance Co. 7 Michael Long (949) /(949) Banking, finance and mortgage litigation; insurance, construction, real estate Corporate, employment, estate planning, intellectual property, litigation, tax, real estate Bank of America, CitiBank, PNC Bank, Ally Financial, IMPAC Companies, Nautilus Ins. Co. 6 Stuart Wolfe/Samuel Wyman founding partners (949) /(949) would not disclose 11 George Mooradian partner-in-charge (714) /(714) Civil litigation, insurance defense, employment would not disclose 6 Peter Callahan/Robert Thompson/Lee Sherman/Brandt Caudill partners (949) /(949) Business transaction, business litigation, 7-Eleven Inc., Adventist Health, CNA, insurance defense, real estate, tax and estate Hoag, Main Electric Supply, SC Fuels planning, labor and employment, health care, tax controversy Real estate, business litigation, manufactured housing law, intellectual property Litigation, insurance, construction, employment, real estate Business, financial services, insurance, intellectual property, litigation, design professionals liability, product liability, transportation, real estate, land use, construction Municipal, special district, environmental and natural resources, education, business 1 Fred Whitaker/Larry Arnold/ James Wakefield /senior partner/senior partner (949) /(949) would not disclose 1 William Hart (714) /(714) Swiss Reinsurance Co., Ace Global Markets, Safeco Insurance/Liberty Mutual Insurance American International Group Inc., BP, Meritage Homes Corp., The Navigators Group Inc., Taylor Morrison Inc. Cities of Lake Forest, Aliso Viejo, Newport Beach, Santa Ana; Municipal Water District of Orange County; Orange County Department of Education 15 Ralph Guirgis office (949) /(949) Richard Vanis partner (949) /(949) Marco Martinez office (949) /(949) Researched by Dana Truong

13 JANUARY 20, 2014 Local breaking news: ORANGE COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL 27 Firms Continue Attorney Cutbacks, Combine for 2% Dip 30 of Largest Firms Trim Their Orange County s By JANE YU Orange County s largest law firms trimmed their workforces last year, marking the second straight year of modest cuts in the number of lawyers here. This week s Business Journal list features 69 law offices in, about half of which have their headquarters here. It ranks them by the number of attorneys in their local offices, with a threshold of 10. The law firms combined for 2,311 lawyers here as of December, down by 50, or 2%, year-over-year. Last year s list reflected a drop of less than 1% following two straight years of increases. About 4 of the firms 27 increased their attorney headcounts in, while 30 firms made cuts. Ten firms made no s, and the Business Journal made estimates for two firms. p 20 Any move whether hiring or cutting was moderate, as the majority of the s were of fewer than three. Two firms made cuts in the double digits. The list also includes overall employment at each firm s office, including paralegals and other support staff. The sum came to 4,819 at the end of 2013, a 1% decline year-over-year following a 3% increase a year earlier. The measurement doesn t figure into the ranking. Perennial No. 1, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, added seven lawyers last year for a total of 175. About half 88 are partners, up from 77 a year ago. The -based law firm focuses exclusively on intellectual property work. It has seven other offices, including in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., with 273 attorneys overall, up by two. Costa Mesa-based Rutan & Tucker LLP added four lawyers to its office, for a total of 138, which includes 79 partners. The firm has 268 employees here, including new hires in support staff roles. It has a smaller office in Palo Alto, where it has about 10 lawyers. The firm ranked No. 2. No. 3, Newport Beach-based Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, which shrank its local base of lawyers by five to 84. The office of Los Angeles-based Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, No. 4 on the list, closely trailed Stradling Yocca, with 81 lawyers after hiring five. Newport Beach-based Newmeyer & Dillion LLP added one lawyer in its office for a total of 53, moving up one spot to No. 10. The firm has 133 employees here overall, an increase of about 21% over the year. It expanded into Las Vegas last year and now has three offices and 67 lawyers overall. Nathan Owens moved from to head the Nevada office as. An improving housing market has helped boost business for Santa Ana-based Green & Hall, which focuses on commercial and real estate litigation and has a roster of clients that includes the Company and Lennar Corp. Green & Hall hired five lawyers last year for a new total of 35, pushing the company Law 30 We, like other law firms, are looking for ways to be more efficient James McDonald, Managing Partner of office Fisher & Phillips LLP

14 28 ORANGE COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL Local breaking news: JANUARY 20, 2014 LAW FIRMS Prev. Law firm Address Headquarters Website attorneys Attorneys firmwide partners employees Areas of practice Partial list of clients No. of Top local official(s) offices Title firmwide Phone/fax 58 Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP 2600 Michelson Drive, Ste cdflaborlaw.com 15 15% % Labor and employment would not disclose 5 Marie DiSante/Leigh Ann White /managing partner, office (949) /(949) Samuels, Green & Steel LLP MacArthur Blvd., Ste sgsattorneys.com sgsattorneys.com 14-7% Real estate, corporate/business litigation Lennar Corp., SWD Communities 1 Herb Samuels/Philip Green/ William Steel/Scott Albrecht partners (949) /(949) Burkhalter Kessler Clement & George LLP 2020 Main St., Ste bkcglaw.com Business litigation, employment, real estate, intellectual property, corporate, estate planning Ralphs Grocery Co., Wilson Automotive Group, Innovative Construction Solutions Inc., Allied Retail Partners LLC, Southern California Volvo Dealers 2 Alton Burkhalter/Daniel Kessler /litigation head (949) /(949) O'Neil LLP MacArthur Blvd., Ste oneil-llp.com Corporate, securities, civil litigation, business litigation, insolvency, real estate, land use, public financing, natural resources, endangered species, administrative, environmental would not disclose 1 wnd (949) /(949) Palumbo Bergstrom LLP 95 Enterprise, Ste. 250 Aliso Viejo Aliso Viejo palumbolawyers.com palumbolawyers.com Real estate, construction defect, insurance defense, environmental, casualty claims, corporate, employment, business transactions, lender liability, public sector, contracts counsel would not disclose 3 Diane Palumbo/Julia Bergstrom founding partners (949) /(949) Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo 20 Pacifica, Ste Cerritos aalrr.com Employment, education, labor, construction, 14% facilities, corporate law Masimo Corp., Custom Building Products, Orange County Department of Education, Santa Ana Unified School District, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California 7 James Romo/Anthony De Marco /partner (949) /(949) Abbreviations: NA: not applicable; NR: not ranked; wnd: would not disclose List may not be reprinted without permission of the editor Researched by Dana Truong

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16 30 ORANGE COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL Local breaking news: JANUARY 20, 2014 Law from page 27 up nine spots to No. 20. The firm also has hired several paralegal assistants to bring its office employee total to 77. We ve always specialized in representing large land developers and builders, and we ve seen a considerable increase as the housing market recovers, Managing Partner Robert Green said. We re very busy right now, and I think those firms that are focused on providing high-quality work at reasonable rates are getting more work. It opens up room for more hires. Green & Hall has another office in Roseville with 14 lawyers. Atlanta-based labor and employment law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP made a three-spot jump to No. 27 after hiring three lawyers in its office, a 1 growth that led to a total of 32 attorneys. office Managing Partner James Mc- Donald said it s had increased workload over the past year, thanks to continued growth in class-action cases and more regulations coming out of Sacramento. Fisher & Phillips has 59 employees in its office, up by one. We, like other law firms, are looking for ways to be more efficient, McDonald said. As more lawyers are computer savvy, they need less in the way of secretarial support. Business clients continue to put pressure on their lawyers to be more efficient. So over time, this is necessarily going to require fewer lawyers. On the other hand, we ve been generally busier even while more efficient, and we re adding people. Fisher & Phillips opened a few offices last year and boosted its overall lawyer headcount by 24, for a total of based Murtaugh Meyer Nelson & Treglia LLP notched the largest rankings jump, as well as the largest percentage gain in the number of lawyers. The firm climbed from No. 42 to No. 30, with 29 lawyers as of December, up 21%. Firms with reductions in their attorney numbers included Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Costa Mesa. The Los Angeles-based firm s lawyer base decreased by 10 for a total of 51 as of December, a drop that pushed it down from No. 6 to No. 11. Lewis Brisbois has 30 offices and 875 lawyers overall after hiring 38 last year. No. 33 Greenberg Traurig LLP said the number of lawyers in its office fell by 24% for a total of 28. The Miamibased law firm is among the largest when considering firmwide totals, with 1,742 lawyers across 36 offices. This year s list features 18 newcomers, making up mostly the lower quarter of the list. The office of Los Angeles-based Buchalter Nemer debuted at No. 43, with a total of 22 lawyers, up by two. It employs 38 in, down by two year-over-year. The firm has 147 lawyers overall, up by seven in four offices. -based Kring & Chung LLP was No. 47 after gaining one lawyer for a total of 20, five of whom are partners. It has five other offices and a firmwide total of 31 lawyers. The office of Best Best & Krieger LLP made the list at No. 57, with 16 lawyers here, down by one year-overyear. The Riverside-based firm has nine offices overall and 181 attorneys. No. 63, Bingham McCutchen LLP, had 12 lawyers in its Costa Mesa office, down from a year-ago total of 17. The Boston-based firm has 1,000 lawyers overall. Need Funding? See Biz Cash Page 59

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18 32 ORANGE COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL Local breaking news: JANUARY 20, 2014 LAW FIRMS Prev. Law firm Address Headquarters Website attorneys Attorneys firmwide partners employees Areas of practice Partial list of clients No. of Top local official(s) offices Title firmwide Phone/fax 63 Bingham McCutchen LLP 600 Anton Blvd., Ste Costa Mesa Boston bingham.com 12-29% 1, % Private equity, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate, securities litigation, accountant defense, broker-dealer, litigation Platinum Equity LLC, KPMG LLP, Edwards Lifesciences Corp., Ernst & Young LLP, BNY Mellon Capital Markets LLC, Silverado Senior Living 15 James Loss (714) /(714) Haight, Brown & Bonesteel LLP 2050 Main St., Ste Los Angeles hbblaw.com % Product liability, medical malpractice, professional liability, employment and labor, construction, general liability Bombardier, O'Reilly Auto Parts, MedMark Services Inc., DHL, Brookdale Senior Living 5 Bruce Cleeland (714) /(714) Hollins Law 2601 Main St., Ste hollins-law.com 12 9% % Business law and litigation, catastrophic injury, class action, employment litigation, insurance litigation, creditor's rights law and collections litigation, professional liability Farmers Insurance Group, United States Liability Insurance Group, American Safety Insurance Holdings Ltd., Great American Custom, Arch Insurance Group Inc., Liberty Mutual Insurance 1 Kathleen Carter/Andrew Hollins/ Jennifer Tusko managing principal/principal/ executive director (714) /(949) Miles, Bauer, Bergstrom & Winters LLP 1231 E. Dyer Road, Ste. 100 Santa Ana Santa Ana mileslegal.com 12 NA NA Creditor bankruptcy, eviction, foreclosure, civil litigation would not disclose 2 Douglas Miles (714) /(714) Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP 5000 Birch St., Ste Newport Beach Los Angeles wshblaw.com 11-15% % Commercial litigation, environmental, real estate, construction, products liability, toxics torts, employment, transportation, intellectual property City of Buena Park, Turner Construction Co., Performance Industries Inc., J.F. Shea Co., Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. 14 Daniel Berman (310) /(310) Tressler LLP Von Karman Ave., Ste Chicago tresslerllp.com Insurance coverage and litigation, insurance claims handling, extracontractual liability, intellectual property, technology/cyberliability, corporate immigration, international law, commercial transactions would not disclose 7 wnd (949) /(949) Abbreviations: NA: not applicable; NR: not ranked; wnd: would not disclose List may not be reprinted without permission of the editor Researched by Dana Truong

19 JANUARY 20, 2014 Local breaking news: ORANGE COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL 33 [ Q& A] from page 16 amine their historical practices of hiring international mega firms, which typically have hundreds of young lawyers being trained on the client s nickel. This economic belt-tightening forced companies to hire smaller boutique litigation firms staffed with experienced, efficient and effective attorneys with real-world courtroom and litigation skills, as well as real trial experience. I believe that these trends will continue in 2014, even as the economy continues improving. Corporations and their general counsel have now seen the many benefits of hiring boutique litigation firms, and they will want to continue to reap the financial benefits of such practices. It does not make sense for companies to go back to old practices of paying bloated legal bills just because there is more money to spend. As more companies are becoming prudent in their spending for legal services, they are also becoming more aware that knowledge of insurance is key to settling any case. Cases settle with money, and insurance companies are the primary source of that money. Insurance expertise is critical, whether you are on the defense or plaintiff. John Cannon Chair, litigation department Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth PC Newport Beach There should be no real surprises to a well-managed enterprise, including a law firm, because the only constant in today s and tomorrow s legal and business markets is the fact that is going to happen. Successful businesses and law firms anticipate and find opportunities in a constantly changing market. The U.S. is experiencing a dramatic increase in federal regulation and enforcement. The requirements on and risks associated with operating a business have never been higher. For example, the Securities and Ex Commission recently announced that the agency s enforcement actions in fiscal year 2013 resulted in a record $3.4 billion in monetary sanctions. The SEC filed 686 enforcement actions in Last year s disgorgement and penalties were 1 higher than 2012 and 22% higher than This trend will continue. Moreover, the SEC s actions are not isolated. The same growth in regulation and enforcement activity can be seen in nearly every agency of the federal government. This in the business environment means that legal compliance, preparedness and defense is or should be on the short list for every company, particularly companies in regulated industries or that do business directly or indirectly with the federal government. Another example of is the impact of technology on the practice of law. Ten years ago, law firm offices were populated with banks of facsimile machines; today, they are nearly gone. Ten years ago, documents were exd between parties in litigation in hard copy. Five years ago, litigation productions were on CDs. Today, some productions are still completed on disks, but they can also be done on thumb drives or downloaded from secure servers. More importantly, the information being produced is all in electronic format and is or can be converted to a searchable format, including substantial meta data. The preservation, production and ownership of electronic information is an issue that we should not be surprised to see dominate business and legal agendas in the years to come. Mona Hanna Managing Partner Orange County Office Michelman & Robinson LLP Los Angeles It s been difficult to watch California courts experience the devastating funding crisis in the past few years. Across the state, we ve seen reduced operating hours, massive staff layoffs and courtrooms and court buildings actually closing altogether. I will say that up until now, the savvy and proactive Orange County judiciary has weathered the storm better than most counties. For example, Orange County courts cut significant costs by implementing electronic filing services. While has mitigated the impact of the reduced budgets, it is currently faced with a shortfall in the millions after another round of sweeping cuts. One area where the court budget process may be impacted by ongoing litigation is in the area of binding arbitration agreements. Overcrowded courts exacerbate the underfunding issues. One way the courts have seen reduced court volume is through the increased use of binding arbitration. Further, appellate courts, using federal precedent, have become increasingly receptive to enforcing binding arbitration agreements. This has been a hotly contested issue that the Court of Appeal has been focusing on lately. Historically, failure to enforce these agreements has kept many cases active within California courts that could have been disposed of through enforcement of binding arbitration. I believe that the increase in the enforcement of binding arbitrations will have a positive impact on the overcrowded court system. Procedurally, once the agreements are enforced, the matters will be removed from state court dockets and go to private arbitration. In light of the depleted resources, courts will be forced to explore alternative avenues to resolve certain cases. In the interest of judicial expediency and efficiency, trial judges will likely take a pragmatic approach in order to move matters along. I also believe that the current trend to enforce binding arbitration agreements will result in a decrease in class actions, or we ll possibly see a rise in class-action arbitrations. This anticipated trend to enforce binding arbitration agree- Q&A 35

20 34 ORANGE COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL Local breaking news: JANUARY 20, 2014 By the Numbers LEGAL OFFICES IN ORANGE COUNTY 3,432total 22,172 workers key executives There are more than 3,400 legal offices in Orange County. About 71% of them have one to four workers, and 7.4% have 10 to 19. Seventeen or 0.5% have 100 to 499 workers. has more legal offices than any other city: 696. Santa Ana is No. 2, with 517. Newport Beach is No. 3, with 474. Legal Offices in By Number of Workers % 4.9% % % % % 5,376 Location Type Headquarters 3.1% Divisions 0.1% Single locations 91.3% Branches 5.5% 696 Cities legal offices in Legal Offices in 696 Santa Ana 517 Newport Beach 474 Orange 228 Tustin 197 Costa Mesa 135 Anaheim 132 Laguna Hills 118 Fullerton 114 Huntington Beach 110 Garden Grove 63 Mission Viejo 50 Westminster 50 Brea 49 Laguna Niguel 47 Laguna Beach 44 San Juan Capistrano 44 San Clemente 43 Fountain Valley 36 Seal Beach 36 Los Alamitos 35 Lake Forest 33 Aliso Viejo 26 Dana Point 22 Yorba Linda 19 Rancho Santa Margarita 18 Placentia 17 Corona del Mar 13 La Habra 13 Buena Park 10 Cypress 9 Ladera Ranch 9 Foothill Ranch 7 Capistrano Beach 5 Trabuco Canyon 5 Stanton 4 La Palma 2 Villa Park 1 Compiled by Samuel Richard Source:

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