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05/17/06

Stroz Friedberg expands to the West Coast


Stroz Friedberg, LLC, a national consulting and technical services firm, has opened a new office in Los Angeles.

Located in Century City, the new office contains a fully-equipped forensic laboratory, and is staffed with top-flight digital forensic examiners and investigators. Based on their work in the areas of digital forensics, cyber-crime response and electronic discovery consulting, the firm has developed a global reach. With the new office in place, the firm will be better equipped to serve its clients throughout the West Coast and Pacific Rim.

Founded in 2000, the firm provides technical assistance and strategic advice, as well as assistance in the prevention of computer crime and abuse. The firm incorporates technology law and a unique understanding of behavioral science in its civil and criminal litigation, regulatory and corporate practices.

Pay raise for associates at Clifford Chance
Maintaining their competitive edge in the legal marketplace, Clifford Chance has announced salary hikes for associates. First-year attorneys in the firm's London office will now earn £55,000. This makes the raise an increase of 7.8% from their previous salary of £51,000. In addition to the salary increase, Clifford Chance is in the process of determining individual bonus awards as part of its total reward package for lawyers.

The move puts CC on par with Linklaters , Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Norton Rose and Simmons & Simmons, all of whom pay in the same range. With 28 offices in 19 countries throughout America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the firm combines in-depth local knowledge and a uniquely global perspective.

DLA Attorney on the Top-10 list
Perrie M. Weiner, partner and International co-chair of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP's Securities Litigation practice, has been named among the "Top 10 Legal Superstars" by Securities Law360.

The list, published by Portfolio Media of New York, profiles 10 litigators they believe to be the top securities and white-collar litigators in the U.S.

Weiner is a partner with DLA Piper's Los Angeles office and represents private equity funds, including hedge funds, broker-dealers and issuers in SEC and NASD enforcement proceedings, white collar criminal matters and individual and class action securities fraud claims. He also represents private and public companies in both national and international business disputes.

COOL THREAD OF THE DAY
This selected thread was a klassik thread from way back when Judged first started. The debate, over whether or not paralegals get the respect they deserve, has been rekindled (much to the Judge's amusement).

pulgita: Well, I am in my 40's and having worked as a paralegal and legal secy....it seems that if you don't have a tight ass and/or wear a size 4 and is someone who is between 20 - 30....you become a target... because, if your not appealing to the eye and if they can date you or screw you... well, it leaves the door open for attorneys to vent and/or filter down some of the hostility and negativity that they get from their own bosses...why, because they don't have the guts to request to be treated with respect so they dump their shit on the hired staff.......but, lookers do get treated differently… they could fuck up all they want and it is not a big DEAL!!!! God forbid if you make typOOOO and the Fuckers are screaming bloody murder…

There are a few lawfirms and attorneys that will treat you with respect. And as for meJD you are probably one of those asshole attorneys who shit on their staff... but, remember don't burn your bridges..... you never know when you will take a fall...

johndoe1: One piece of advice, initiative makes up for inexperience. If you are still learning a new area of the law or how things work at the firm, then show some initiative in doing so or at least offer to help in areas that you are comfortable with. I work with a lazy paralegal right now, and I've already complained to a partner about her work product (or lack thereof). I think she's getting fired soon.

Oh, I treat everyone with respect. One of the first things I learned as a young attorney is that your secretary and your support staff can make or break.

JD_Jr: the short answer to the question "do paralegals get respect" is yes with a but. the long answer is no with an and. paralegals get short changed by junior associates who are being crapped on themselves. partners and senior associates are going to look at anyone without a law degree as a homeless person. thats biglaw. everybody is disrespected. if you want respect, look for a small firm!!

johndoe1: i disagree. at a small firm, the attorneys rely on paralegals more and give them more responsibility . . . probably to a point where they are actually practicing the law. for example, as a real estate paralegal, paralegals do most of the work because small law firms would make no money at the fixed rates they bill clients. attorneys just review the contract and show up at closing. remember, small firms have limited resources.

at a large law firm, there are more resources, so the work is distributed amongst everyone. plus, when work that should be billed at attorney rates is given to a paralegal, then partners will pick up on that when reviewing the bills. attorneys probably do dump on paralegals, but they are probably being dumped on themselves. it's a vicious cycle.

BullRunner: Most of the paralegals I have come across think they are lawyers and should, in my humble opinion, step the fuck back, and think about what they are doing. According to Black's Law Dictionary "Paralegal" means "a person who assists a LAWYER in duties related to the practice of law but who is Not a licensed attorney. - Also termed legal assistant; legal analyst." Black's Law Dictionary, 1136 (7th ed. 1999) There you have it. Paralegals are no different from legal assistants or glorified secretaries. Give it a rest ladies, STFU, and get back to work so I can bill for your time.

MeJD: "legal assistant" doesn't mean the same thing as "legal secretary," if that's what you mean. It is just what some firms call paralegals.

I worked as a legal assistant for a big D.C firm in the early 1990s before I went to law school. I never thought then, or now, that the paralegals I dealt with thought they could do attorney work. Having previously worked as a paralegal, I treat those that I work with now with respect, I know that it can be a thankless job at times.


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