Profiles

Professor Paul L. Caron of Pepperdine University School of Law. HANDOUT.

Meet the 'Blog Emperor,' Pepperdine Law's New Dean

By Karen Sloan |

Paul Caron, founder of the popular TaxProf Blog and the Law Professor Blog Network, will take the reins of the Malibu law school on June 1.

Judge Alex Kozinski, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

What Alex Kozinski Thinks About the Ninth Circuit’s Close-Up and Making Courts More Accessible

By Ross Todd |

The circuit's former chief judge, who pushed to make audio and video of oral arguments available online, hopes other courts are taking note that more than 130,000 people tuned in to listen in real-time to arguments over President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Bio-Rad headquarters in Hercules, California.

Bio-Rad Verdict Could Spur GC Whistleblower Claims

By David Ruiz |

Rod Sorensen, managing partner of the Silicon Valley office of Payne & Fears, a defense litigator for technology companies, in a Q&A, says the big verdict in the whistleblower retaliation lawsuit by fired general counsel Sanford Wadler against his former employer, Bio-Rad, could lead to more such suits. He also says taking such cases to a jury is risky in the current environment.

Ruben Flores-Saaib, director of commercialization for UC-San Diego's Office of Innovation and Commercialization

UC-San Diego Director Touts Its Plethora of Patents

By Scott Graham |

The Recorder recently asks director Ruben Flores-Saaib about plans for the university's Office of Innovation and Commercialization.

James Burling of Pacific Legal Foundation

Libertarian Legal Group Watching Trump, California

By Cheryl Miller |

A Q&A with James Burling, litigation director at the Pacific Legal Foundation, on what the change of administration means for the libertarian-leaning organization.

Elaine Herrmann Blais of Goodwin Procter.

Q&A: What's Ahead for Biosimilar Litigation and the 'Patent Dance'

By Scott Graham |

Goodwin Procter partner Elaine Herrmann Blais discusses the biologics case that's expected to reach the Supreme Court and why a repeal of the Affordable Care Act could have unwelcome ripple effects.

Abdi Soltani, ACLU

Before Trump Takes Office, Local ACLU Chief Gears Up

By Cheryl Miller |

Abdi Soltani, the executive director of the ACLU of Northern California, said the chapter is working to sure that Californians know their rights and how to exercise them.

Schiff Hardin's Bruce Wagman with dogs Kazi (left) and Tatu at his home in Stinson Beach.

A Big-Firm Lawyer's Fight for Animal Rights

By Ross Todd |

Schiff Hardin's Bruce Wagman is likely the only partner at a large firm in the United States whose practice is focused solely on protecting the legal rights of animals.

Gary Mathiason, Littler Mendelson partner

Former Littler Chair Takes Lead of Firm's AI Practice

By Dirk Olin, Law.com |

Former Little Mendelson chair Garry Mathiason has traded his management role for a new challenge, co-chairing the firm's emergent Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Automation practice group.

Jon Hoak, co-founder of UpLevel Ops. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/LEGAL TIMES.

From GC to Co-Founder

By David Ruiz |

Former Flextronics International GC Jon Hoak didn't want to sit around during his retirement. So he and a colleague launched a legal operations startup.

Professor Rick Hasen, a professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

'I'm Not Getting a Lot of Sleep,' Says Election Law Prof Rick Hasen

By Karen Sloan, The National Law Journal |

Rick Hasen's Election Law Blog typically draws about 3,000 visitors a day, but traffic has tripled and even quadrupled in the final two weeks of the 2016 presidential election.

Therese Lawless, Lawless & Lawless

Women Lawyers for Hillary Leader on the Nevada Ground Game

By Rebecca Cohen |

Lawless & Lawless partner Therese Lawless has been working phone banks and training law students as poll watchers in the run-up to the election.

Fish & Richardson principal Seth Sproul

Takeaways From the FTC's Deep Dive on Patent Assertion Entities

By Scott Graham |

A Q&A with Fish & Richardson partner Seth Sproul about the agency's recent 269-page report that took an inside look at 22 PAEs.

A Big Law 'Ethical Hacker' on Preventing Cyberattacks

Richard Lutkus was a tech enthusiast long before he ever became a lawyer. He wrote computer code as a high schooler and built websites and computers for his professors as an undergrad at Creighton University.

Meet the Artist/Lawyer Protecting Hello Kitty's IP

By Ben Hancock |

Owen, Wickersham & Erickson's Linda Joy Kattwinkel recently spoke with The Recorder about her path from artist to attorney and the challenges of protecting a famous character in the Internet age.

James Fox, president of the state bar board of trustees

California State Bar's New President Charts Path Forward

By Cheryl Miller |

James Fox, who came out of retirement to head the state bar's board of trustees, recently spoke with The Recorder about the challenges facing the bar in the year ahead.

Thomas Gaynor

Nixon Peabody’s New San Francisco Managing Partner Talks the Firm, Bringing and Growing Talent

By Rebecca Cohen |

Thomas Gaynor spoke with The Recorder recently about the firm’s willingness to let lateral partners take on leadership positions, how he’s kept his M&A practice growing, and why he objects to Nixon Peabody being called an out-of-town firm.

Sagi Kfir, Deep Space Industries general counsel

California Space Exploration Company GC Navigates Evolving Industry

By Cheryl Miller |

Sagi Kfir, general counsel for an asteroid-mining startup and an all around space junkie, is shaping the law specialty governed by the Outer Space Treaty and the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act.

Judge Mary Wiss, San Francisco Superior Court

Judge Wiss Explains How to Make the Complex Work

By Ben Hancock |

Mary Wiss, one of just two judges overseeing complex civil litigation on the court, became the first woman to preside over the complex department in 2014. Over 13 years she's served in a variety of roles on the bench, handling everything from misdemeanors to mental health issues. She recently spoke with The Recorder about her style of questioning and what lawyers can learn from the court reporter.

David Boies made his name at Cravath, Swaine & Moore defending CBS in the libel suit filed against the network by General William Westmoreland. Boies's young associate Randy Mastro—now a top litigator at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher—may be among the faceless figures in the background of this sketch by Richard Tomlinson.

A Courtroom Sketch Artist on Murder, Emotion and Finding an Angle

By Ross Todd |

A regular presence in San Francisco Bay Area courtrooms, Vicki Ellen Behringer has had plenty of blockbuster trials to render over a career as a sketch artist.

Bart Volkmer, Dropbox general counsel

Dropbox's New GC: Protecting User Data is Top Concern

By David Ruiz |

Bart Volkmer, the new general counsel of Dropbox, is primed and ready to fill the shoes of his predecessor.

Laurence Pulgram, Fenwick & West

Fenwick's Pulgram Takes the Lead of ABA Litigation Section

By Jenna Greene |

The litigator shares his "pro pro bono" vision for the section's 50,000 members.

Judge Angela Bradstreet, San Francisco Superior Court

Don't You Dare Demean Someone in Her Court

By Rebecca Cohen |

S.F. Superior Court Judge Angela Bradstreet shares her dos and don'ts and talks about how young lawyers can get courtroom experience.

Katie Biber, Thumbtack general counsel

Done with Politics, Thumbtack GC Turns Focus to Tech

By David Ruiz |

Katie Biber, the general counsel of San Francisco-based Thumbtack, explains why she left the world of politics behind, what she wants in outside counsel and what she learned in Airbnb's legal department.

David Ruschke, Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Meet the New Chief Judge of the PTAB

By Scott Graham |

David Ruschke talks about his goals for the Patent Trial and Appeal board, reactions to 'Cuozzo' and his enthusiasm for post-grant review.

Joshua Bloom, Meyers Nave

What New Chemical Regulations Mean for Calif.

By Cheryl Miller |

Joshua Bloom of Meyers Nave talks about new elements of the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim, United States District Court for the Northern District of California

In Chambers With S.F.'s Newest Magistrate Judge

By Ross Todd |

Judge Sallie Kim on her decision-making process and what she wants from lawyers in settlement conferences.

Michael Jacobson, Cooley

Back at Cooley, Jacobson is Ready to Tackle Clients' Biggest Problems

By David Ruiz |

Don't expect the longtime eBay GC to be doing straight legal analysis. He's the guy for the gritty stuff.

Jason Lohr, Lohr Ripamonti

Meet the Class Action Lawyer Going After One of His Own

By Ben Hancock |

Jason Lohr is the attorney trying to get plaintiffs' counsel booted in the Uber case.

Julie Holloway, Latham & Watkins partner

IP Lawyer Is Ruthless—About Simplifying Things

By Scott Graham |

And other trial tips from Latham's Julie Holloway, who scored a big win for Nvidia.

Richard Rios, Olson Hagel & Fishburn

A Glimpse Into Election Year Legal Work

By Cheryl Miller |

For Richard Rios of Olson Hagel & Fishburn, the workplace is all politics.

Bonnie Beauth

A New Roadmap for Law Firm Tech Training

By David Ruiz |

LTC4 founder Bonnie Beuth believes lessons should be "app-nostic" and task-oriented.

Lori Andrus, Andrus Anderson

Meet the Lawyer Who Took Fair Pay Fight to Farmers

By Ben Hancock |

Lori Andrus settled a gender bias suit last month on behalf of female attorneys at Farmers Insurance who say they were paid less than male colleagues.

A Litigator's Take on Juries in the Age of Social Media

By Scott Graham |

A recent order in the Oracle-Google case has Carolyn Toto of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman reflecting on profiles, privacy and where to draw the line during jury selection.

Ernesto Falcon, Electronic Frontier Foundation

EFF Aide Talks Telecom, Encryption—and Partisan Gridlock

By Cheryl Miller |

Ernesto Falcón says lawmakers have learned to listen to the user community.

Professor Joseph A. Grundfest of Stanford Law School

Stanford's Grundfest on Corruption as Growth Business

By Ross Todd |

After creating the definitive database on securities litigation, Joseph Grundfest is turning his academic gaze to enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Amber Dolman, Goodwin Procter partner

FinTech Veteran Eyes Regulatory Risks

By David Ruiz |

When it comes to innovation in banking, it pays to identify legal pitfalls early, says Goodwin Procter's Amber Dolman.