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'Jeopardy!' Finally Attaches for Persistent Appellate Lawyer

By Leigh Jones |

Jon Eisenman, an appellate lawyer in Los Angeles, tried five times to appear on "Jeopardy!" before he snagged a spot on the TV answer-and-question game show.

Scott Reents, lead attorney for data analytics and e-discovery at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

The New E-Discovery: Q&A With Cravath's Head of Data Analytics

By Ben Hancock |

E-discovery professionals and litigators need to think differently about digital evidence, says Scott Reents. "The bigger story is that there is all this information out there, and we're drowning in it."

Christina Von der Ahe of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Meet the Orrick Lawyer Behind Death Penalty Foes Prop 66 Fight

By Ross Todd |

A Q&A with Orrick partner Christina Von der Ahe who is heading up the effort challenging the California ballot initiative aimed at speeding up the state's death penalty appeals process, which narrowly passed last fall.

Khurshid Khoja of Greenbridge Corporate Counsel speaks at a rally urging the signing of Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act in 2015

Burning Questions for Greenbridge Corporate Counsel's Founder

By Cheryl Miller |

Where marijuana and the law intersect, you're likely to find Khurshid Khoja. We recently caught up with the founder of Greenbridge Corporate Counsel to talk about what's on his plate in these ever-changing regulatory times.

A girl and her father stand with some 200,000 immigrants' rights activists flood the National Mall to demand comprehensive immigration reform on March 21, 2010 in Washington DC.

On Children of Detained Immigrants: 'We've Seen the Situation Worsen,' Says ALM Fellow

By Angela Morris |

In the short time that Jordan Cunnings has been an Equal Justice Works fellow, sponsored by ALM, she's seen big changes.

Cody Harris, Keker, Van Nest & Peters

Q&A With Pro Bono Lawyer Who Helped Block Trump's Sanctuary EO

By Ross Todd |

Cody Harris of Keker Van Nest & Peters represented Santa Clara County in its fight against an executive order that threatened to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities.

Mallun Yen, RPX Executive Vice President

Mallun Yen Proud of Changing Mindsets During RPX Tenure

By Scott Graham |

It took her years to persuade some operating companies that RPX was there to help them, not hurt. In a Q&A, Yen looks back (and forward) as she transitions to the company's board of directors.

Judge Curtis Karnow, San Francisco Superior Court

Judges Know What 'All Due Respect' Really Means—And Other Tips From the Bench

By Ross Todd |

In his new book "Litigation in Practice," San Francisco Judge Curtis Karnow shares practical lessons for new lawyers.

Benjamin Alden, Betterment general counsel.

Benjamin Alden, Betterment GC: Data Restrictions Hurt Our Customers

By David Ruiz |

Benjamin Alden, general counsel of personal finance startup Betterment, is caught up in a classic tale of industry disruption: His company allows users to manage their finances by linking their various financial accounts—including bank accounts and credit card info—into one dashboard.

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.