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  • Sandy Lechtick, president of the legal recruiting firm Esquire Inc., noted that the Meyers Nave has made a name for itself in Plaza’s areas of expertise.

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Meyers Nave nabs former HUD assistant secretary from Gerard Fox By Nicolas Sonnenburg Daily Journal Staff Writer In an effort to bolster its Los Angeles office, Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson PLC has lured a former Clinton administration official from Gerard Fox Law PC. Eva Plaza, who will be a part of Meyers Nave’s trial

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  • “Almost every single firm in California is trying to expand their transactional practices,” Lechtick said.

    Friday, March 24, 2017 Baker & Hostetler strengthens business and corporate, tax practice in Costa Mesa Baker & Hostetler brings aboard 4 attorneys from Stradling Yocca By Shane Nelson Daily Journal Staff Writer Baker & Hostetler LLP bolstered both the tax and business and corporate groups at its Costa Mesa office Thursday, adding two partners and two associates from Stradling

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  • Alston & Bird LLP made a strong play in California this week by opening a San Francisco office and expanding the headcount in its Los Angeles branch…

    Alston & Bird open SF office, add lawyers in LA By Eli Wolfe Daily Journal Staff Writer Alston & Bird LLP made a strong play in California this week by opening a San Francisco office and expanding the headcount in its Los Angeles branch. The San Francisco office is led by Teresa Bonder, who is head of the firm’s antitrust

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  • “It can raise eyebrows when you have the managing partner get up and leave,” said Sandy Lechtick, a recruiter at Esquire Legal Search…

    Arent Fox bouncing back from double partner loss By Eli Wolfe Daily Journal Staff Writer LOS ANGELES — Arent Fox is planning to add 25 new attorneys to each of its West Coast offices, raising headcount to approximately 100 in Los Angeles and 50 in San Francisco. “That’s a pretty large number. It’s almost doubling the size of the office

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  • Sandy Lechtick, a legal recruiter with Esquire Inc., said O’Brien was the architect behind the growth at Arent Fox and shocked many when he left. A core group at Arent Fox followed O’Brien to his new firm.

    ====================== Thursday, August 25, 2016 New downtown LA firm adds former Pillsbury partner By Justin Kloczko Daily Journal Staff Writer New litigation boutique Larson O’Brien LLP has acquired a former Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP partner as well as four associates, partner Robert C. O’Brien confirmed. Scott Sommer, who left his position as an equity partner in Pillsbury’s environmental and

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  • The merger for Carrol Burdick was never a question of if, but when, and with whom, according to Esquire Search legal recruiter Sandy Lechtick

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Squire Patton Boggs merges with smaller San Fransisco firm By Justin Kloczko Daily Journal Staff Writer Large international firm Squire Patton Boggs will gain more than 50 attorneys next month after announcing Monday a merger with Carrol, Burdick & McDonough LLP, a smaller, San Fransisco-based firm with a strong client presence in Germany. The move gives

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  • “Equity partners should think like equity partners. They’re an owner of their firm, and in this increasingly bottom-line environment, even owners are vulnerable to the vicissitudes of the market,” said Sandy Lechtick of Esquire Inc.

    The 4 Biggest Blunders Equity Partners Make By Andrew McIntyre Law360, Los Angeles (September 15, 2015, 7:48 PM ET) — Law firm equity partnership, a coveted position that can take a decade or longer and tens of thousands of hours to achieve, comes with its share of perks, but experts say it’s not always smooth sailing once a lawyer achieves

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  • “Some firms have outsourced a lot of their administrative and technology functions,” Lechtick said.

    Monday, July 6, 2015   Legal industry sheds 800 jobs in June National legal sector saw 800 fewer jobs in June, while local market stayed stagnant By Melanie Brisbon Daily Journal Staff Writer   The number of jobs in the legal sector nationwide dipped in June, according to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Seasonally adjusted numbers show

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  • More than 80 law firms combined in 2014 – “On one hand, business is getting better and there’s been an upswing, but more lawyers seem to be competing for lesser work,” said Sandy Lechtick, legal consultant and president at Esquire Inc.

    ============================= More than 80 law firms combined in 2014 Report: tie-ups remain popular moves, especially in western, southern states By Melanie Brisbon Daily Journal Staff Writer 2014 was a lively year for law firm mergers with 82 combinations in total, according to data released by Altman Weil MergerLine. Though that marks a 7 percent decrease from last year’s 88 combinations,

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  • Another Record Year For Law Firm Marriages

    “ANOTHER RECORD YEAR FOR LAW FIRM MARRIAGES” . ====================== Wednesday, December 17, 2014   Another record year for law firm marriages Legal analysts view ‘rescue mergers’ as a dangerous strategy for struggling firms By Alexandra Schwappach Daily Journal Staff Writer 2014 was another banner year for law firm combinations, with the number of mergers – up to 62 as of

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  • L.A. based legal recruiter Sandy Lechtick said his company has roughly a dozen law firms that want to expand their real estate practices, both in development and land use as well as in the finance and banking side of real estate.

    Friday, October 17, 2014 Real estate practices feeling the aftermath of slow recessionary hiring Now that business has picked up, firms try to patch holes in ranks made during downturn By Alexandra Schwappach Daily Journal Staff Writer When partners at Nossaman LLP set out two years ago to hire a handful of experienced real estate associates, they were confronted with

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  • Baker & Hostetler continues IP expansion

    “Woodcock likely had a number of options of firms to merger with,” said L.A.-based legal recruiter Sandy Lechtick, whose firm has placed about nine partners at Baker over the past decade.

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  • Follow the Bouncing Ball

    Four times a week, Lechtick can be found down at Allen & Sons table tennis club in Canoga Park.

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  • McKenna Long’s future in state murky

    “A lot of people were less enchanted with moving to that firm after those closures,” he said. “The feeling was: How can a firm be a major global powerhouse when it couldn’t even make it in L.A.?”

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  • Akerman Senterfitt struggles for footing in Los Angeles

    Most of the firm’s shareholders leave as it struggles to find a niche, but leaders are hopeful as it focuses on representing banks in foreclosure lawsuits. LOS ANGELES – The City of Angels has historically been a difficult place for out-of-state law firms to find firm footing. Over the past three years, Orlando- based Akerman Senterfitt LLP has been the latest to slip as most of its Los Angeles shareholders have departed.

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  • Heated Courtship for Top Lawyers

    Rivals rush in to grab high‐profile talent from flopped firms.   By LEE Monday The phone calls started coming in January. At first it was just a handful a week, but by March, attorney John Schreiber was getting rung up by recruiters and other law firms five to 10 times a day. They had heard that his employer, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, was in financial trouble and they were hoping to recruit

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  • Five attorneys move to LeClairRyan in LA

    Virginia-based LeClairRyan has added five attorneys to its Los Angeles office to bolster its intellectual property practice. James C. Hildebrand, Brian C. Vanderhoof and Courtney E. Curtis joined from Ropers Majeski Kohn Bentley PC on Monday. James C. Potepan and Thomas M. O’Leary joined the firm on Friday, according to the firm.

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  • Legal sector sheds jobs for second month in a row

    However, California added 700 legal jobs from March to April, according to report By Alexandra Schwappach Daily Journal Staff Writer The U.S. legal sector shed jobs for the second month in a row in May. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that the sector lost 700 jobs last month, following a loss of 1,200 in April. Legal services and

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  • Inland Empire struggles to retain young lawyers

    By Katie Lucia Daily Journal Staff Writer RIVERSIDE – Many law students go through the rigors of law school – shouldering grueling studies and backbreaking student loans – all in pursuit of the good life. For many, that life is idealized in coastal cities and large cosmopolitan areas. But as the legal job market plummeted in recent years, graduates have

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  • Sheppard Mullin: McKenna acquisitions boost firm’s real estate, insurance trial work

    Ten partners and several other lawyers decamp from McKenna Long By Alexandra Schwappach Daily Journal Staff Writer Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP said Monday that a group of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP lawyers who joined the firm last week will significantly boost the firm’s business and insurance trial practice as well as its capabilities in the real estate

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  • A great leap abroad for Squire Sanders

    By Alexandra Schwappach Daily Journal Staff Writer Squire Sanders no longer wants to be known as “that Cleveland-based firm.” That’s why, for the past several years, the firm has embarked on an international bender. After absorbing a San Francisco intellectual property and technology firm last decade to plant its West Coast flag, Squire deepened its global presence even further. It

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  • Unsung law firm giant steps into the light

    There’s likely some truth in that statement: Lewis Brisbois may be the largest Los Angeles law firm that few know anything about. Perhaps it’s because the firm’s bread and butter is insurance litigation, a world of low-rate but undeniably stable work that’s often viewed as less prestigious in the legal hierarchy. “If a law firm’s clients are Google and Apple and IBM and Johnson & Johnson and Coca Cola, that is perceived differently than if a law firm’s clients are insurance companies,” said Sandy Lechtick, president of Los Angeles-based legal search firm Esquire Inc., who has worked with Lewis Brisbois for more than 20 years. Or maybe it’s because of the firm’s low-overhead approach, which, along with other cost-cutting measures, trades espresso baristas for self-serve coffee machines.

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  • Legal sector jobs decline a small amount in February

    The latest round of labor statistics show a small decrease after uptick in January By Kylie Reynolds Daily Journal Staff Writer The legal sector saw a slight drop in jobs last month, the latest change in what’s been a rollercoaster year for aindustry positions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that the U.S. legal sector lost 300 jobs in

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  • Wilson Sonsini adds to its LA office

    Two Sidley Austin corporate partners with energy expertise join the outpost By David Ruiz Daily Journal Staff Writer PALO ALTO – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC said Wednesday it has hired two Sidley Austin LLP partners to join its Los Angeles office, adding an energy and infrastructure finance focus to its Southern California presence. Partners Sean M. Moran and

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  • Deals specialist leaves Beverly Hills boutique for Liner

    Robert Kahan decides to reunite with longtime colleague, leaving Eisner firm By Kylie Reynolds Daily Journal Staff Writer After roughly five years apart, longtime colleagues Robert L. Kahan and Stanton “Larry” Stein are back together again, this time at Liner LLP. Kahan jumped to Liner’s Los Angeles office Monday from Eisner Kahan Gorry Chapman Ross & Jaffe PC, where he

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  • Latham grabs most M&A work in California

    By Andrew McIntyre Daily Journal Staff Writer Latham & Watkins LLP may not have grabbed the work for the largest Golden State mergers and acquisition deal of 2013, but the firm topped the league tables for legal advisers to acquisitions of California companies last year, according to a data tracker. Latham’s list of corporate M&A clients involved companies such as

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  • Less than a year after launch, litigation boutique splits apart

    The four partners of Orange County litigation boutique go two separate ways By Alexandra Schwappach Daily Journal Staff Writer Less than a year after its launch, litigation boutique Keller Rackauckas Umberg Zipser LLP is no more. The six-attorney firm – created by Orange County power litigators Jennifer L. Keller, Kay Rackauckas, Thomas J. Umberg and Dean J. Zipser – disbanded

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  • Legal sector dips for second month in a row

    By Andrew McIntyre Daily Journal Staff Writer The U.S. legal sector saw an employment dip for the second month in a row, according to data released Friday by the Labor Department. Nationwide, the legal sector lost 800 jobs in December. In November it shed almost 1,500 jobs. Leah Hoffman, Palo Alto branch manager for legal placement agency Robert Half Legal,

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  • Orrick and Pillsbury End Merger Talks

    Orrick Chairman Mitchell Zuklie said the firms spent two months trying to resolve conflicts but couldn’t find a way. Nathalie Pierrepont The Recorder SAN FRANCISCO — Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman won’t be merging after all. The two firms said Monday that they couldn’t resolve conflicts between Orrick’s public finance clients and Pillsbury’s tax, environmental and

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  • Sizing Up an Orrick-Pillsbury Combo

    Orrick may have finally met its match in James Rishwain Jr.’s energy-rich Pillsbury Winthrop. Nathalie Pierrepont SAN FRANCISCO The proposed merger of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman would instantly make the firm the biggest in the Bay Area, with nearly 500 lawyers split between the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices. But that’s almost besides the

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  • Kaye Scholer’s LA office hit with another departure

    Leaders of renewable energy, investment funds groups in LA hit the road By Kylie Reynolds Daily Journal Staff Writer Adding to a recent string of partner defections, Kaye Scholer LLP’s Los Angeles office has lost another key player, this time from its renewable energy practice. Jeffrey A. Chester, the former head of Kaye Scholer’s renewable energy project finance and development

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  • Manatt Adds Privacy/Data Security Partner in L.A.

    By Julia Love The Recorder SAN FRANCISCO — Manatt, Phelps & Phillips has landed a litigator specializing in privacy and data security. Donna Wilson, who defends clients accused of violating various consumer protection laws, has joined Manatt as a partner in Los Angeles. She comes to the firm from Washington, D.C.-based BuckleySandler, where she headed up the West Coast litigation

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  • Valley Law Firms Hire Don’t Fire

    LEGAL: Local industry bucks national downturn in job trends. By JOEL RUSSELL Staff Reporter San Fernando Valley Business Journal By some measures, the law industry is a shrinking career trap. You just wouldn’t know it from the employment  figures of the largest firms in the greater San Fernando Valley. The 40 firms on the Business Journal’s list, ranked by number

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  • In Hot Market, Some Laterals Forced to Cool Jets

    By Julia Love The Recorder MEDIA QUOTE April 19, 2013 In Hot Market, Some Laterals Forced to Cool Jets By Julia Love The Recorder Leaving a law firm is a little bit like leaving a lover, partners say: It’s best to part ways quickly. But sometimes firms don’t want to let go. Douglas Lumish and three other partners gave notice

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  • Modest Practice, Flashy Growth

    Low-key Lewis Brisbois becomes largest firm in L.A By ALFRED LEE By ALFRED LEE Los Angeles Business Journal Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP might be the least glamorous big law firm in Los Angeles. In the hallways of its offices, you’re more likely to see haphazardly stacked boxes of litigation files than on-site coffee baristas of the kind hired

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  • Hunton & Williams boosts West Coast, environmental presence Hires two  lawyers to help boost its California footprint

    By Ameera Butt Daily Journal Staff Writer Virginia-based Hunton & Williams LLP added two environmental law attorneys from Bingham McCutchen LLP this week to boost its growing West Coast presence and environmental law practice group. Partner Colleen P. Doyle and counsel Diana Pfeffer Martin join partner P. Scott Burton in the Los Angles office. Burton left Bingham in 2008. Legal observers say the additions are

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  • Greenberg Glusker tries out associate practice chair position

    By Ameera Butt Daily Journal Staff Writer When Kenneth D. Basin’s supervisors at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP gave him a load of new responsibilities last week, they also handed the fifth-year associate a new title – associate chair of the firm’s entertainment group. The firm is one of a growing number beginning to thrust associates into bigger leadership roles to give them

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  • Norton Rose merger expected to boost Fulbright’s operations in California

    By Ameera Butt Daily Journal Staff Writer Houston-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP and London- based Norton Rose announced their merger Wednesday, pushing up their ranks to 3,800 lawyers in 55 offices worldwide. The married firm will be known as Norton Rose Fulbright once the transaction is completed next summer, according to Fulbright. Sanford “Sandy” Lechtick, founder of legal search firm Esquire Inc., said on a

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  • Lawyers hopeful as housing market heals

    Some lawyers hopeful after upward trend in homebuilding spurs practice area growth By Alexandra Schwappach Daily Journal Staff Writer The future of the homebuilding market hangs in a balance. Though the market appears to be inching forward, that balance, many real estate market observers agree, rests heavily on continued job growth and careful steps in the marketplace. And as work keeps trickling in, real estate attorneys remain hopeful for a continued upward trend. According to the

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  • An itchy “trigger” finger when it comes to pro bono work

    By Alexandra Schwappach Daily Journal Staff Writer LOS ANGELES – Most attorneys might think twice about taking on thousands of hours of pro bono work involving tricky and polarizing legislation in addition to a full case docket. But that’s exactly what Kirkland & Ellis LLP litigator Mark C. Holscher did when he dove head first into efforts aimed at reforming two failing California schools. Holscher

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  • Pillsbury and Fulbright headed to the altar?

    Reported merger discussions could create 1,500-lawyer firm. By: Casey Sullivan Daily Journal Staff Writer Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is said to be in merger discussions with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, according to three sources working closely with lawyers at the firm. One source said the discussions are far enough down the line that both firms have made an agreement

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  • Part-time lawyers at law firms fell last year

    More lawyers seek to augment salaries as firms look to streamline. By: Connie Lopez Daily Journal Staff Writer SANTA MONICA – The percentage of lawyers working part time in major law firms nationwide decreased in 2011, according to a new study. Although most law firms make part-time schedules available to lawyers, very few lawyers actually partake. In fact, 2011 was

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  • Jury Out on Legal Giant’s Merger

    O’Melveny loses revenue, partners after East Coast union. By ALFRED LEE Staff Reporter For decades, O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s place atop L.A.’s legal pyramid was unquestionable. It’s the oldest and largest law firm in Los Angeles, the firm that helped bring both hydroelectric power and the Dodgers to the city, and boasts alumni including former Mayor Richard Riordan and the

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  • Insurance-Focused Firms are Rebranding

    By Henry Meier Daily Journal Staff Writer Two California firms long major players in insurance defense are making a concerted effort to shed that image and rebrand themselves as premiere general litigators capable of taking on higher-end (and higher paying) work. Sedgwick LLP and Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP recently began to try to transition their labels away from the

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  • After key partner exits, Stradling readies move to Santa Monica

    Emerging companies firm will make second attempt to establish an L.A. presence. By: Casey Sullivan Daily Journal Staff Writer SANTA MONICA – A dispute between partners at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth and the firm’s former corporate head threatens to overshadow Stradling’s efforts to rebrand itself and set up a Santa Monica office five years after a failed expansion. The

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