Skip Miller, the former No. 2 at Christensen Glaser Fink Jacobs Weil & Shapiro LLP and one of the most polarizing figures in the Los Angeles legal community, has opened his own firm and snagged two partners from his old firm.
Miller has founded Miller Barondess LLP with Mark Barondess, former Christensen Of Counsel, and Daniel E. Park, a former Christensen associate.
Miller Barondess will specialize in litigation. Miller built his reputation representing A-list clients including Sean Connery, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, as well as his defending the Los Angeles Police Department in the Rodney King civil rights damages case. He's been in the news recently due to his acrimonious departure from Christensen Glaser and his defense of singer Meat Loaf's right to use the "Bat Out of Hell" title for an upcoming release.
Barondess represents the interests of CNN broadcasting giant Larry King and his companies. A former divorce lawyer, he wrote a book called "What Were You Thinking? $600-Per-Hour Legal Advice on Relationships, Marriage & Divorce."
Park's clients include South Korea-based companies, apparel manufacturers, real estate developers, restaurants, and retail service stores.
"The support of our clients has been overwhelming," Miller said. "They told us they wanted a litigation firm with top-notch litigators, and that is what we created." The firm is recruiting a handful of associates and Miller said that more hires would come soon.
Until recently Christensen Glaser has managed to keep its ranks largely intact despite the February indictment of managing partner Terry Christensen as part of the investigation of private investigator Anthony Pellicano. Now, on the heels of the departures of Barondess and Park, comes news that litigation partner Seong Kim is also leaving for the new Westside office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
By contrast, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP has been hemorrhaging employees since partner Bert Fields was implicated, but not indicted, in the Pellicano case. The firm has lost more than a dozen employees since March. The latest to leave is business and restructuring attorney Karl E. Block, who is joining Loeb & Loeb LLP.
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP is showing a keen interest in helping developmentally disabled children have a good time.
Kids Enjoy Exercise Now, or KEEN, is the brainchild of new firm chairman Elliott Portnoy.
Kids ages five to 25 with autism, cerebral palsy or other developmental challenges go to a gymnasium, usually on a Sunday, to play with other kids and work one-on-one with coaches. Even if bound to a wheelchair or unable to speak, kids are encouraged to come and have some fun.
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