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Re: Los Angeles Market Associates Taking Questions

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:49 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:Anyone know anything about White & Case? The LA office seems pretty small (less than 40 attorneys).


I think they were asked about previously on the thread. I don't think we have any intel among us.


Can't speak personally to White & Case, but if I remember correctly, when I was going through OCI several years ago the White & Case LA office had around 120 attorneys. I may be mis-remembering, but if that's the case, the fact that it's only 40 attorneys now would be a bit of a red flag for me.


The bolded isn't correct. Having friends who've worked in that office, it has always had a fairly small footprint in terms of attorney numbers.


And what have you friends thought of it? If they left, why?

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Re: Los Angeles Market Associates Taking Questions

Postby SmokeytheBear » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:02 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:Anyone know anything about White & Case? The LA office seems pretty small (less than 40 attorneys).


I think they were asked about previously on the thread. I don't think we have any intel among us.


Can't speak personally to White & Case, but if I remember correctly, when I was going through OCI several years ago the White & Case LA office had around 120 attorneys. I may be mis-remembering, but if that's the case, the fact that it's only 40 attorneys now would be a bit of a red flag for me.


The bolded isn't correct. Having friends who've worked in that office, it has always had a fairly small footprint in terms of attorney numbers.


Yeah that didn’t seem right to me either. They’ve always been small in LA.

The firm in general suffered a bit reputationally for several years in the mid 2010s for reasons I can’t recall, but they’ve really been on a rebound the last several years. Their NYC office was co-counsel on one of my deals a couple years ago and I found it quite nice to work with them.

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Re: Los Angeles Market Associates Taking Questions

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:42 pm

Can anyone speak to Irell’s corporate practice? What type of work do they do? Any entertainment? I’m a NY corporate associate thinking about coming back home. Was really impressed by Irell when I interviewed with them some years ago (was interested in litigation then).

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Re: Los Angeles Market Associates Taking Questions

Postby SmokeytheBear » Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:03 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Can anyone speak to Irell’s corporate practice? What type of work do they do? Any entertainment? I’m a NY corporate associate thinking about coming back home. Was really impressed by Irell when I interviewed with them some years ago (was interested in litigation then).


My literal first thought: “irell has a corporate practice?”

Irell’s weight and prestige in lit and IP doesn’t translate to corporate in the same way it does at, say, MTO.

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Re: Los Angeles Market Associates Taking Questions

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:11 pm

Ah, that’s unfortunate. Any insight into MTO’s corporate practice? What type of work do they mostly do? MTO and Irell were my two favorite firms from OCI (although I did not receive an offer from MTO so here’s to second chances I guess).

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Re: Los Angeles Market Associates Taking Questions

Postby SmokeytheBear » Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:22 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Ah, that’s unfortunate. Any insight into MTO’s corporate practice? What type of work do they mostly do? MTO and Irell were my two favorite firms from OCI (although I did not receive an offer from MTO so here’s to second chances I guess).


Top of the line shit. They are Berkshire's counsel. Just do some searching on Law360 for their representative transactions.

I guess the broader questions are:
- what year are you
- what are you looking for in a firm
- do you want to be downtown or century city
- what kind of practice do you have
- what firm are you coming from and what school did you go to

Feel free to PM me if you want.

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Re: Los Angeles Market Associates Taking Questions

Postby lolwat » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:00 pm

mto hires lateral associates!?

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Re: Los Angeles Market Associates Taking Questions

Postby SmokeytheBear » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:15 pm

lolwat wrote:mto hires lateral associates!?


Yeah man that’s the other correct question to ask. The lateral hiring process is so intense. Rounds of interviews. Votes by the whole firm. Yikes.

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Re: Los Angeles Market Associates Taking Questions

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:01 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Ah, that’s unfortunate. Any insight into MTO’s corporate practice? What type of work do they mostly do? MTO and Irell were my two favorite firms from OCI (although I did not receive an offer from MTO so here’s to second chances I guess).


MTO's corporate practice is a sinking ship. Lot of departures. This is based on my convos with former MTO/current MTO people. Recent lateral solicitation was for 1-6 year associates. Also, MTO is sooo stuffy.

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Re: Los Angeles Market Associates Taking Questions

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:06 pm

What is the LA emerging companies/VC market like? How do the best firms stack up relative to one another?

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Re: Los Angeles Market Associates Taking Questions

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:25 pm

Can anyone at Reed Smith and King & Spalding share their experiences? I have heard that RS has morale problems. Are they due to toxic partners? Thanks.

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Re: Los Angeles Market Associates Taking Questions

Postby canon » Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:18 pm

Anonymous User wrote:What is the LA emerging companies/VC market like? How do the best firms stack up relative to one another?


Most Century City firms have at least some people doing this work, but Cooley pretty much is the go-to shop. Wilson is expanding its presence here as well as Gunderson Dettmer with a 6-8 person new office with 1 associate last I heard. The usuals -- Latham, Skadden, Gibson -- likely have some work in this area but I wonder if VCs can afford their fees. Middle market firms like Loeb/Manatt actually have a competitive advantage in this respect given the fees/quality proposition.

http://www.legal500.com/c/united-states ... -companies

Legal500 is pretty good additional resource to Chambers and Partners



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