Thomas Speiss specializes in intellectual property at Stradling’s office in Santa Monica, so he knows the value of a good logo, a subject that came up just hours before the world learned Alex Spanos, longtime patriarch of the Los Angeles Chargers, passed away last week at the age of 95. Speiss is as much a sports fan as a lawyer, and he’s gravitated toward the Chargers since they landed as the second pro football team to set up shop here after a 22-year drought. He’s attracted in part by the Chargers’ bolt logo – but even more so by the team’s offbeat move to play in Anschutz Entertainment Group’s StubHub Center in Carson for a few seasons before becoming tenants of Rams’ owner Stan Kroenke in Inglewood. Count Speiss among the fans forging a connection with the Chargers thanks to the intimacy of the 27,000-seat StubHub Center, where they can hear players woofing from 30 rows up. Playing in the cozy confines – the Coliseum can seat more than 90,000 – seems like the sort of counterintuitive move that would come from an outfit now run by the progeny of an entrepreneur such as the late Spanos, who quit his own dad’s restaurant to peddle baloney sandwiches and parlayed that into a football team valued at $2.3 billion, among other assets … Snap Inc. co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy reportedly flashed their counterintuitive credentials five years ago, turning down a $3-billion offer from Facebook Inc. – and perhaps more from Google later. Snap now has a market cap of around $8.6 billion – down by about $24 billion since its IPO last year – and analysts have grown concerned it could become the biggest unicorn to melt down. Will Spiegel and Murphy turn into poster boys for cautionary tales of tulip mania? Maybe – but if they make it through the storm, it could be the sort of baloney-to-ballin’ story that makes entrepreneurship so interesting … Anyone else notice that Thomas Lenz, a labor attorney who represents employers for Atkinson, Andelson in Pasadena, has become a go-to source for ESPN’s The Undefeated on coverage of the Colin Kaepernick flap (see related Commentary, page 51) … Local PR pro Arlene Howard plans to go back to the future at the Oct. 20 performance of the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra, led by Maestro Carlo Ponti Jr., at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center. Howard knew Ponti’s parents – movie producer Carlo Ponti Sr., and actress Sophia Loren – back in the day in Italy. The younger Ponti’s orchestra is a nonprofit that aims to bring music to schools in need, by the way… Sullivan Says: Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire credits the National Association of Women Business Owners-California for sponsorship of the recent law that requires female directors on the boards of publicly traded companies based in the state, but let’s not overlook the role she played as CEO of 2020 Women on Boards and author of “The Board Game: How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors”– both tasks she took on while running downtown-based executive search firm Berkhemer Clayton Inc. (see related Op-Ed, page 52).
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