Stories for July 2020

Friday, July 31

Best Places to Work Speaker: Scott Hunter

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Scott Hunter is Regional Director of the Los Angeles office and Principal at HKS.

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Best Places to Work Speaker: Thomas Wingard

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Thomas Wingard is the partner-in-charge of Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles office, where he focuses his practice on general corporate, securities and business matters.

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Best Places to Work Speaker: Mike Whitmire

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As CEO and Co-Founder, Mike leads FloQast’s corporate vision, strategy and execution.

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Best Places to Work Speaker: Danone Simpson

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Founder, CEO of Montage Insurance Solutions with over twenty years’ experience in all lines of insurance.

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Best Places to Work Speaker: Brian Hegarty

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After stints at Health Net of California and CIGNA, Hegarty joined Marsh & McLennan in 2008.

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Thursday, July 30

Triller Sues TikTok in Patent Dispute

Video-sharing platform Triller, which is owned by Proxima Media, is suing TikTok for patent infringement.

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Writers Guild Ratifies Pact with Producers

New WGA pact with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers increases compensation for streaming and video on demand.

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Wednesday, July 29

American Airlines Drops 6 LAX Routes

American Airlines plans to end service for six routes from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Tuesday, July 28

LAX Passenger Traffic Down 87% in June

The toll from the Covid-19 pandemic continued at LAX in June as passenger traffic fell 87% from year-earlier levels.

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Creative Artists Agency Announces Layoffs, Furloughs

Creative Artists Agency has become the latest of Hollywood’s top talent agencies to turn to staff layoffs and furloughs in the face of Covid-19.

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Health Care Roundtable: EMANATE HEALTH

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Emanate Health is the largest nonprofit health care provider serving the one million residents of the San Gabriel Valley in California.

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Monday, July 27

Bankruptcy & Restructuring: Survey Reveals Financial Advisors’ Outlook

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COVID-19 is wreaking havoc across the country, especially in the financial markets and economy. With trillions of dollars in assets managed by the financial advisory community in the U.S., it’s logical t

Bankruptcy & Restructuring: A Roudtable Discussion

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In your view, how significant has the economic damage been to businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Health Care Roundtable: Researchers’ Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine Generates Promising Immune Response

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An investigational vaccine, mRNA-1273, designed to protect against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), was generally well tolerated and prompted neutralizing antibody activity in healthy adults, according to interim results published online this month in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Health Care Roundtable

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How dramatically has your healthcare organization and operations changed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Health Care Roundtable: PRIME HEALTHCARE

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Prime Healthcare is an award-winning national hospital system with 45 acute-care hospitals and more than 300 outpatient locations providing nearly 40,000 jobs in 14 states. Fifteen of the hospitals are not-for-profit and members of the Prime Heal

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Health Care Roundtable: MONTAGE INSURANCE SOLUTIONS

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Montage Insurance Solutions is a full-service insurance brokerage with more than 50 years of combined experience specializing in employee benefits programs, human resources consulting, commercial property and casualty as well as workers’​ compensation.

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Health Care Roundtable: CITY OF HOPE

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City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

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Health Care Roundtable: CIGNA CORPORATION

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Cigna Corporation is a global health service company dedicated to improving the health, well-being and peace of mind of those we serve.

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Health Care Roundtable: CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES

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Founded in 1901, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides the best care for kids in California. CHLA is ranked

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Health Care roundtable: BLUE SHIELD OF CALIFORNIA PROMISE HEALTH PLAN

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Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan is a managed care organization, wholly owned by Blue Shield of California,

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Health Care Roundtable: Anthem Blue Cross

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Anthem Blue Cross is the trade name of Blue Cross of California. Anthem Blue Cross has been providing Californians with access to high-quality, affordable, whole person care since 1939.

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LA’s Mental Health Businesses Respond to Covid Crisis

Four months into a global pandemic, L.A.’s mental health industry is in high demand.

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Largest Public Companies 2020 Special Report

Take a closer look with our annual report on how local businesses have performed in the past 12 months.

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Skechers Results Top Expectations

Company surprises analysts with second-quarter revenue

Footwear and apparel manufacturer Skechers USA Inc. reported second-quarter sales that beat Wall Street expectations.

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8minute Solar Starts Texas Project With Duke Energy

Mid-Wilshire-based 8minute Solar Energy and Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy Renewables have begun commercial operations on their 280-megawatt Holstein Solar Project in Texas.

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AECOM Secures Contract for Thames Tunnel Project

Century City-based engineering and infrastructure giant AECOM has received a contract to provide ground assessment services for the third phase of the 14.3-mile, $7 billion-plus Lower Thames Crossing highway tunnel project near the mouth of England’s famed Thames River.

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Downtown Honda Dealership Sells for $80 Million

Brandon Steven Motors acquired Honda of Downtown Los Angeles for $80 million. It’s the Wichita, Kan.-based dealership chain’s 13th store and its first in California.

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Hollywood Bed Makes First Acquisition

Hollywood Bed & Spring Mfg. Co. Inc., a 75-year-old bed frame manufacturer, just completed its first acquisition.

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Covid-Driven Delays Cause Disruptions to Hollywood’s Awards Business

Cheryl Cecchetto, founder and president of Sequoia Productions in Culver City, recalls a fateful afternoon in October 2001 when the 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony was canceled just a few hours before showtime.

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Anaya to Lead Business Banking at Bank of America

Bank of America has appointed Los Angeles Market President Raul Anaya to lead the company’s business banking unit.

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Cerritos Office Building Sells for $44 Million

Cerritos Center Court, a 171,000-square-foot Class A office building in Cerritos, has sold for $44 million.

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BH Properties Sets $200 Million Fund for Troubled Assets

West L.A.-based BH Properties has launched a debtor-in-possession initiative, setting aside $200 million in initial funding.

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US Bank Tower’s $430 Million Sale Price Is ‘Great Deal’

Downtown’s iconic U.S. Bank Tower has a buyer.

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Rising to Meet the Moment

The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, which is focused on helping Black-owned businesses throughout L.A., is a stand-alone organization.

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Elevate Services Eases the Legal Load for Corporate Clients

The field of alternative legal service providers, or ALSPs, is relatively new. But it’s growing quickly as corporate legal departments and law firms increasingly look for ways to cut costs.

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Recruiting Firm Hire Options Adapts to Changing Times

With U.S. unemployment at record highs amid the global coronavirus pandemic, a Century City recruiting firm had to get creative.

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TIC Deals, an Affordable Alternative to Condos, Are Increasingly Popular

TICs are a form of co-ownership. Although the concept isn’t new, its popularity is on the rise.

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2020 Largest Public Companies List: Rising Star

U.S. Auto Parts Network Inc. saw the sixth-biggest jump in rankings in the Business Journal’s list of largest public companies this year, climbing 31 spots, from No. 111 in 2019 to No. 80 in 2020.

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2020 Largest Public Companies List: Biggest Decliner

California Resources Corp. is among the largest oil and gas producers in California with more than 1,200 employees.

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2020 Largest Public Companies List: Top Gainer

Genius Brands International Inc. is the biggest gainer on the Business Journal’s 2020 list of largest public companies, logging a year-over-year market cap increase of 3,032% and jumping 47 spots from No. 119 to No. 72.

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LA Biotech Companies Post Huge Year-Over-Year Gains

Investors were bullish on several of L.A.’s publicly traded bioscience companies during the 12 months ending June 30, sending those companies soaring on the Business Journal’s annual public companies list.

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L.A.’s Publicly Traded Companies Underperform Broader Market

L.A.’s publicly traded companies have felt the sting of the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting business shutdowns, with entertainment behemoth Walt Disney Co. leading the way.

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Latest Taylor Yard Multifamily Project Gets Underway

Financing has closed and construction has begun on the fourth phase of affordable housing at the $180 million Taylor Yard Village redevelopment near the Los Angeles River in Glassell Park.

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Lowe, Related Cos. Team Up for Arts District Project

Brentwood-based Lowe and Related Fund Management, the investment management affiliate of Related Cos. have formed a joint venture to start construction on a 113,000-square-foot office building in the Arts District.

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BLT Enterprises Adds Three Industrial Sites for $53 Million

BLT Enterprises shows no signs of slowing, even as the pandemic brings uncertainty to the real estate market.

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Work on Delayed Metro-LAX Connector Project to Begin Soon

After a wait of decades, work is about to begin on connecting Los Angeles International Airport to L.A.’s rail system.

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Friday, July 24

Bird Comes Up Short in Paris E-Scooter Bid

Santa Monica-based Bird Rides Inc. falls short in efforts to secure a contract for service in Paris.

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Thursday, July 23

Gamers Net Raises $11 Million Series A

Gamers Net Inc., the company behind gaming assistant and analytics platform Mobalytics, raised $11.25 million in a Series A funding round

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Wednesday, July 22

Women’s Soccer League to Launch LA Franchise

Spearheaded by an ownership group of prominent local businesswomen, female Hollywood stars and former women’s World Cup players, an L.A. franchise in the National Women’s Soccer League will begin play in 2022.

CIM Group Invests $40 Million in Solar Company

CIM Group announced a $40 million investment in solar device cleaning company Ecoppia Scientific.

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Black Business Matters Speaker: Robert Lewis

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Robert Lewis is the President/Board Chair of the Black Cooperative Investment Fund (BCIF), a 501(c)3, community-based organization that provides microloans to Blacks/African Americans through pooled dollars and raises awareness about the importance of economic empowerment.

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Tuesday, July 21

Snap Revenues Rise as User Growth Slows

Snap Inc., the Santa Monica-based social media company, reported earnings results for the second quarter ended June 30. While the company has beaten revenue expectations, it continues to see an increase in net loss.

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Karsh Family Donates $25 Million to Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center announced a $25 million donation from Bruce Karsh and the Karsh Family Foundation.

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SpaceX Hits Key Milestones With Latest Launch

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. achieved two milestones with the July 20 launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying Anasis- II, a South Korea military satellite.

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Monday, July 20

Aerojet Rocketdyne Completes Rocket Hardware for NASA Lunar Mission

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a missile propulsion manufacturer based in El Segundo, completed the propulsion hardware for NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft.

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Prime Healthcare Deal for St. Francis Is Approved

Prime Healthcare received approval from state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to purchase St. Francis Medical Center.

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Food & Beverage Roundtable: New Research Reveals Food Shoppers See Transparency as Essential

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Last month, FMI and Label Insight released the research report, “Transparency Trends: Omnichannel Grocery Shopping from the Consumer Perspective.” The 2020 research touts the rationale for how 81% of shoppers say transparency is important or extremely important to them both online and in-store.

Food & Beverage: A Roundtable Discussion

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How severe a hit has the COVID-19 pandemic been on the food and beverage industry

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PPP Loans Have Given LA County’s Small Businesses a Lifeline

The Paycheck Protection Program is on track to preserve 1.2 million jobs in L.A. County.

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Executive Insights

In the midst of headlines about layoffs and shutdowns, L.A. business leaders seem to be ramping up.

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2020 Supplier Diversity Special Report

Seizing the Moment

Supplier diversity, which has long been an important goal, is suddenly becoming a critical reality.

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Small Cleaning Businesses See Opportunities in Covid Era

Covid-19 has made business owners more conscious of professional cleaning services, and that creates an opportunity for cleaning businesses.

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22 Fund Backs Manufacturers Led by Women, Minorities

People of color are underrepresented in many parts of the business community, but when it comes to getting investor dollars to expand a business, those inequities can be even more stark.

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City’s New Procurement System Should Help Diverse Businesses

The city of Los Angeles is poised to overhaul its contract procurement platform in an attempt to bring more small and diverse businesses to the table.

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South LA Development Site Sells for $35 Million

A development site in South Los Angeles has sold for $35 million.

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CREXi Increases Its Focus on Digital Offerings

Marina del Rey-based Commercial Real Estate Exchange Inc., or Crexi, has had a busy few months.

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Money Manager Miracle Mile Merges With Aequitas

Sawtelle-based money manager Miracle Mile Advisors will merge with Playa Vista-based Aequitas Wealth Management, creating a company with assets under management of nearly $2 billion.

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Fisker Goes Public in Reverse Merger

Torrance-based electric vehicle manufacturer Fisker Inc. is going public through a reverse merger with a special purpose acquisition company backed by private equity giant Apollo Global Management Inc.

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Levine Leichtman Sets New Leadership

Beverly Hills-based Levine Leichtman Capital Partners has kicked off a succession plan for the private equity firm’s top leadership.

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Fitness App FitOn Reports 200% Increase in Users

Century City-based FitOn Inc. is trying to turn the phone into a pocket-sized gym.

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Spot Parking Rolls Out Mapping Tool to Help Local Businesses

Santa Monica-based Spot Parking (US) Inc. is repurposing its mapping technology to build a tool that helps business communities stay on top of ever-changing Covid-19 regulations.

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Tribeca’s Rose Bowl Events Bring Summer Film Experience to LA

In response to Covid-19 shutdowns that have included movie theaters, one entertainment company is seeking to fill the void by bringing classic films to alternative spaces for drive-in viewing.

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Float Shuttle Acquires Alaska Carrier’s Routes, Assets

Pomona-based Float Shuttle Inc. launched in February to fly commuters over traffic-choked Los Angeles freeways for a monthly subscription fee.

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WS Communities Secures $150 Million Loan

Santa Monica-based WS Communities has received a $150 million loan for a portfolio of six multifamily assets and a development site in Santa Monica.

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Jamison Sells Multifamily Site in Koreatown for $32 Million

Jamison has sold a 72-unit multifamily property in Koreatown for $32.4 million to real estate investment firm Omninet Capital.

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UTA Breaks Ranks, Agrees to Terms With WGA

The Writers Guild of America and United Talent Agency have agreed to a new franchise agreement, the first step toward resolving a bitter battle between the WGA and Hollywood’s talent agencies.

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Cargo Volumes Decline Again at LA, Long Beach Ports

It looks like June gloom will continue to hover over the San Pedro Bay ports into the foreseeable future.

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LABJ Insider

Not Coming Up Roses

By now, you’d think we’d have grown accustomed to pandemic-fueled bad news, but something about last week’s cancellation of the Rose Parade struck a chord.

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JetBlue Sees LAX as More Than Just a Hub Airport

Plans to triple flights out of the airport by 2025

For JetBlue Airways Corp., the Covid-19 pandemic has presented an unexpected opportunity to finally cut the cord at Long Beach Airport and move operations to LAX.

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Investors See Value in Student Housing Despite Covid-19 Concerns

When the economy falters, one type of real estate usually avoids the fallout: student housing.

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Cleantech Companies Ride the Sustainable Investing Wave in LA

Investment in clean technology, or cleantech, is on the rise, and Los Angeles companies are riding the wave.

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UStrive Cuts Waste With Reusable Medical Wear

After Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti shut down all nonessential businesses in March, many apparel manufacturers circumvented his Safer at Home order by pivoting to making personal protection equipment.

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Friday, July 17

Molina Healthcare to Acquire Business Lines of Kentucky Health Plan for $20M

Molina Healthcare announced July 17 that it has agreed to buy certain business lines of Passport Health Plan for $20 million.

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Economists Say June Jobless Gain Is Only Temporary

L.A. County’s unemployment rate dipped to 19.4% in June from a record high of 21.1% in May as the economy reopened around Memorial Day and local employers added back a record 147,000 jobs in subsequent weeks.

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Black Business Matters Speaker: Byron Allen

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In March, Allen made an $8.5 billion cash bid for Tegna Inc., the broadcasting and digital business of Gannett Co. Inc.

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Black Business Matters Speaker: Dommond Lonnie

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Dommond E. Lonnie is a seasoned trial attorney who provides aggressive and innovative legal representation for his clients in product liability, class action, toxic tort, and commercial litigation.

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Alaska Airlines Adds Nonstop Routes at LAX

New service will connect Alaska Airlines passengers to destinations in Florida, Montana, Oregon and Hawaii.

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Thursday, July 16

Carbonated Games Raises $8.5 Million

Carbonated, the mobile game developer known as Carbonated Games, has raised $8.5 million in a seed round.

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Jukin Media Names Essner as Co-CEO

Veteran Jukin Media executive Lee Essner has been named co-CEO alongside company founder John Skogmo.

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Black Business Matters Speaker: Derrick Coleman

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As Managing Director for Creative Financial Staffing of Los Angeles (CFS), an affiliate of Green Hasson Janks, Derrick Coleman serves as the practice leader of the firms’ recruiting division.

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Wednesday, July 15

Bad Robot Games Names Anna Sweet as CEO

Bad Robot Games, the video game division of Santa Monica-based Bad Robot Productions Inc., has named gaming industry veteran Anna Sweet as chief executive.

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Roland Names Price to Lead U.S. Operations

Electronics manufacturer Roland Corp. has named a new CEO for its U.S. operations and a new executive vice president of global sales.

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Video-Sharing App Triller Acquires Halogen Networks

Video-sharing platform Triller, which is owned by Century City-based Proxima Media, has acquired Halogen Networks.

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Tuesday, July 14

Black Business Matters Speaker: George L. Swain Jr.

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Mr. Swain is the founder and CEO of GeorgeSwain Investments. GSI is an independent global investment bank that assists small and middle-market companies in completing special situation transactions.

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Black Business Matters Speaker: Karen E. Slade

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As Vice President / General Manager, Karen is responsible for ensuring the station’s Broadcast Operations adhere to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rules and regulations.

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Black Business Matters Speaker: Gene Hale

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Gene Hale is the CEO of G&C Equipment Corporation one of the nation’s largest Black owned businesses.

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Herbalife Launches $750 Million Share Buyback Program

Downtown-based nutritional supplement company Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. has launched a modified Dutch auction self-tender to purchase up to $750 million of its stock.

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Monday, July 13

Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- JOHN DARLING

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John Darling is an effective senior commercial litigator with a nationwide practice focused on the resolution of construction and commercial real estate conflicts and on complex business litigation across numerous industry groups and business sectors.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- SCOTT E. RAHN

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Scott Rahn resolves contests, disputes and litigation related to trusts, estates and conservatorships, creating a welcome peace of mind for clients.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- ROBYN CROWTHER

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Robyn Crowther, who serves as co-managing partner of Steptoe’s Los Angeles office, has considerable first-chair trial and arbitration experience across a variety of litigation fields.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- MARVIN PUTNAM

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Marvin Putnam leads the national litigation team in Latham’s Entertainment, Sports & Media practice, and is chair of the firm’s Litigation & Trial practice in Los Angeles.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- MARK T. CRAMER

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Mark T. Cramer is a shareholder in the Los Angeles office and chair of the firm’s Class Action Practice Group. Cramer advises clients ranging from Fortune 50 corporations to start-up companies about how to manage actual and potential business disputes in the context of their ov

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- SUSAN E. COLEMAN

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Susan Coleman is a partner at Burke, Williams & Sorensen LLP with 24 years’ litigation experience and a strong background in constitutional law/civil rights litigation and employment law.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- HILARY POTASHNER

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A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the twice-selected former Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California, Hilary Potashner has been continuously recognized throughout her 25-year career as being among the top trial lawyers in California and the nation.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- RALPH CAMPILLO

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Ralph Campillo is a nationally renowned trial attorney whose specialty includes mass torts and all forms of complex litigation, including product liability, commercial disputes, and class actions.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- TIMOTHY L. PIERCE

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Timothy Pierce’s practice focuses on construction industry matters, representing clients from the inception of a project and the formation of contracts to the resolution of claims in litigation.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- JOSHUA BRIONES

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Joshua Briones, a litigation Member at Mintz and managing member of its Los Angeles office, is a highly experienced trial lawyer with a national practice. He has received awards and national recognition for his innovative approach to the defense of bet-the-company litigation.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- DALE ORTMANN

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Dale Ortmann is a senior shareholder and co-founder of Hunt Ortmann, with 40 years’ experience in construction and real estate law.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- WILLIAM BRIGGS, II

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William Briggs has handled a number of high-profile matters within the entertainment industry over the last year.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- BRAD D. BRIAN

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With a litigation career spanning four decades, Munger, Tolles & Olson chair Brad D. Brian advises clients on their most important and complex cases.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- ANN MARIE MORTIMER

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When the stakes are high and legal matters seem almost insurmountable, clients turn to Hunton Andrew Kurth’s Ann Marie Mortimer to navigate novel and cutting-edge litigation.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- MARISOL MORK

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Marisol Mork is a talented litigator, counselor and community leader who is a rising leader within Squire Patton Boggs, dedicated mentor and community servant.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- JAMES I. MONTGOMERY JR.

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James I. Montgomery is a partner and a civil litigation trial lawyer with nearly 40 years litigation experience in the practice areas of civil trial and appellate law, insurance defense, products liability, and commercial law.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- JAMES AZADIAN

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Jimmy Azadian leads Dykema’s West Coast appellate practice. He specializes in complex federal and state court commercial litigation raising cutting-edge and core business issues, the First Amendment to the Constitution, Article I of the California Constitution, and the application of California’s anti-SLAPP statute in federal court.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- SEAN ANDRADE

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Sean Andrade, founder and managing partner of Andrade Gonzalez, authored the amicus brief in Texas v. United States after the state of Texas sued the United States following then President Barack Obama’s executive action to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or “Dreamers” program.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- JOSEPH N. AKROTIRIANAKIS

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Joseph N. Akrotirianakis is an accomplished trial lawyer who has first-chaired or co-chaired more than 30 trials and arbitrations. He has never lost a jury trial or bench trial.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers

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DLA Piper partner Angela Agrusa is the go-to attorney for high-profile individuals and corporations facing a brand crisis, helping shape public perception of her clients in what are often provocative and headline-making accusation cases and saving her clients more than $100 billion in the last five years alone.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers - Letter from the Publisher

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With the obstacles we all currently face (as individuals, families, communities and businesses) during this challenging time battling the coronavirus, we certainly find ourselves relying on our trusted advisors more than ever.

Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- SKIP MILLER

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Skip Miller is a top litigator with over 100 trials under his belt. He has tried cases in state and federal courts in California and around the country.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- SANFORD MICHELMAN

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Sanford L. Michelman is a powerhouse litigator who, in many ways, has revolutionized the way midsize law firms approach the practice of law and business. Just over 21 years ago

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- NEAL MARDER

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Akin Gump partner Neal Marder is a highly accomplished trial lawyer and one of the leading class action litigators in the country, obtaining favorable verdicts, decisions and settlements for clients across myriad industries and international borders.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- MARGARET LODISE

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In her 30-plus year career, Margaret Lodise has established an impressive reputation for handling some of the most complex and high-dollar trusts and estates disputes.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- SCOTT LEIPZIG

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Scott Leipzig is a partner in Allen Matkins’ Century City office, and is a go-to lawyer for the most hotly contested and difficult litigation matters Allen Matkins handles.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- STEPHEN G. LARSON

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A former U.S. District Judge and co-founding partner of Larson O’Brien, Stephen G. Larson has been a national trial lawyer for high-stakes civil, commercial, and white collar matters.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- ALLEN L. LANSTRA

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Over the course of two decades, Skadden partner Allen Lanstra has built a powerhouse litigation practice focused on high-stakes cases for some of the world’s most sophisticated companies –Toyota, Bank of America, MGA Entertainment, among many others.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- MICHAEL KUMP

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Michael Kump of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP is constantly in the press for his representation of high-profile clients such as the Kardashians and Jenners, Sandra Bullock, LiveNation and TMG, among others.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- GREG KNOPP

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Akin Gump partner Greg Knopp is among the upper echelon of labor and employment practitioners nationwide and considered a pioneer in Private Attorneys General Act (P

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- ALEXANDRA SLOAN KELLY

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Alex Kelly’s white collar and European services practice includes defending clients against government investigations, conducting internal investigations, and advising on export control and foreign bribery compliance matters.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- MITCH KAMIN

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Mitch Kamin is a trial lawyer and co-chair of Covington’s Communications and Media Industry and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. He helps global media and entertainment companies such as Universal Music, Disney, Fox and Sony Music handle some of their most complex and high-profile disputes.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- MOEZ M. KABA

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Moez Kaba is a co-founder of Hueston Hennigan LLP. His practice encompasses an array of general complex civil litigation, including, securities, trade secrets, intellectual property, entertainment, and antitrust, and white collar defense and investigations.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- ROLAND M. JUAREZ

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Some of California’s largest and most high-profile employers turn to Hunton Andrews Kurth’s Roland Juarez for their high-stakes labor and employment cases, including the protection of company trade secrets and competitive advantage.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- ROY JIMENEZ

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Roy Jimenez, a partner at TLD Law since 2006, has over 23 years of experience in business and real estate litigation. Jimenez has extensive experience in resolving or litigating large, small, and complex business disputes involving: collections, breach of contract, unfair c

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- CHAD HUMMEL

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Chad Hummel is a co-leader of Sidley Austin LLP’s national trial practice. Based in the firm’s Century City office, he is a member of Sidley’s Commercial Litigation and Disputes, Antitrust and White Collar practices.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- JOHN C. HUESTON

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John Hueston continues to serve California in key leadership positions. He currently serves as chair of Sen. Kamala Harris’ Central District of California Judicial Commission, where he assists Senator Harris in vetting candidates for the U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- THOMAS HILL

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Thomas Hill is a highly accomplished national class action defense attorney, and a skilled trial and appellate lawyer.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- JOHN D. HANOVER

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John Hanover is a partner in Alston & Bird’s Construction & Government Contracts Group.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- DAVID M. HALBREICH

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David Halbreich is widely recognized for his considerable expertise in representing policyholders in a range of complex coverage disputes and is particularly noted for assisting clients in the financial services space.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- GABRIEL G. GREEN

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Gabriel G. Green is a shareholder and a co-chair of the Los Angeles office’s Litigation Department. He focuses his practice on intellectual property, franchise, real estate, and commercial litigation.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- DAVID GRAELER

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David Graeler serves as chair of Nossaman’s Litigation Department and co-chair of its Real Estate Practice Group.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- VALERIE GOO

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Valerie Goo has been practicing for nearly 25 years. After graduating from UCLA Law School in 1996, she has spent her career specializing in intellectual property and commercial litigation.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- JUSTIN M. GOLDSTEIN

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Justin M. Goldstein has extensive trial and appellate experience handling a wide range of business, entertainment, and intellectual property disputes in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration. Goldstein has spent more than two decades successfully counseling and

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- KATE GOLD

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Kate Gold has over 25 years of experience representing well-known Southern California industry clients and prominent global companies facing daily challenges as well as cutting edge and novel issues across all areas of employment law.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- TOM V. GIRARDI

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Widely regarded by his peers as one of the nation’s top trial lawyers and with nearly 50 years of experience representing victims, Thomas V. Girardi has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, handling claims involving wrongful death, commercial litigation, products liability, bad faith insurance, and toxic torts.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- DAVID GINDLER

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David Gindler’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and licensing, with an emphasis in complex patent litigation.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- JAMES J. YUKEVICH

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With over 30 years of courtroom experience as a trial lawyer in jurisdictions across the United States, James Yukevich has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator who understands how cases are settled.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- STEPHANIE YONEKURA

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Stephanie Yonekura leads Hogan Lovells’ Investigations, White Collar, and Fraud practice for the Americas. She is a member of the firm’s Crisis Leadership Team and regularly advises clients on corporate compliance issues and policies.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- JACK S. YEH

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Based in Sidley’s office in Century City, Jack Yeh is a seasoned trial lawyer and key member of Sidley’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice. He regularly represents both publicly traded companies and emerging businesses in a wide range of industries, including energy, oil and gas, real estate, media and entertainment, advertising and technology.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- TERRENCE FRANKLIN

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Terrence Franklin has developed a reputation as a leading trusts and estates attorney in his 30 years of practice, handling the most complex cases involving significant dollar amounts.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- BART WILLIAMS

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Bart Williams is one of the nation’s most sought-after trial lawyers. A strategic, diligent and dignified litigator with a wealth of experience across commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense and internal corporate investigations, he is frequently called in just weeks before a case in order to deliver the win.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- DEBORAH J. FOX

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Deborah Fox is a principal in the Los Angeles office of Meyers Nave. She is a member of the firm’s three-person Executive Committee and is chair of the First Amendment Practice and Trial & Litigation Practice.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- ALEX WEINGARTEN

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Alex Weingarten is the preeminent trial attorney specializing in the litigation of trust and estate disputes involving celebrities.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- PERRIE WEINER

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Perrie Weiner is the partner in charge of Baker McKenzie’s Los Angeles office and chair of the firm’s North America Securities Litigation Group. With over 30 years of experience, Weiner’s practice focuses on securities litigation and enforcement matters and complex business litigation.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- ADAM FOX

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Adam Fox is gifted trial lawyer, trailblazer and community leader who exemplifies what it means to be a partner at Squire Patton Boggs, a leader within the firm, dedicated mentor and community servant.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- BRIAN P. WALTER

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Brian Walter is one of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s most experienced litigators and has successfully tried several cases to verdict.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- AMBER S. FINCH

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Amber Finch is a partner in Reed Smith’s Los Angeles office and currently is the diversity chair leading diversity and inclusion efforts for the Red Smith downtown Los Angeles office.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- RHONDA TROTTER

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An experienced trial lawyer with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer in Los Angeles, Rhonda Trotter has broad trial experience in intellectual property, product liability, and other commercial disputes. Regularly prosecuting and defending high-stakes trademark, false advertising, and copyright lawsuits,

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- MILES J. FELDMAN

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Miles Feldman is a founding partner of Raines Feldman LLP. With more than 50 lawyers, Raines Feldman LLP is one of the preeminent business law firms in Los Angeles

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- TODD C. TORAL

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Clients turn to Todd C. Toral when the stakes are high and the facts complex. His trial and investigation experience cuts across industries, practice areas and international borders, giving him a broad perspective that helps him anticipate and address issues before they arise and gives him insight into how best to efficiently resolve disputes that cannot be avoided.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- SCOTT A. EDELMAN

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During his tenure as a partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Scott A. Edelman has first-chaired numerous jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations, including class actions,

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- VIVIAN LEE THOREEN

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Holland & Knight’s Private Wealth Services practice is among the largest such practices in the United States. Vivian Lee Thoreen is the executive partner of Holland & Knight’s Los Angeles office and chairs the firm’s national Private Wealth Services Dispute Resolution Team.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- ERIC P. EARLY

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Eric Early recently won the California primary and will be the lone challenger to Congressman Adam Schiff in California’s 28th Congressional District election in November 2020.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- PETER A. STROTZ

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Peter A. Strotz is a senior litigation partner, the founding and managing partner of King & Spalding’s Los Angeles office and a seasoned trial lawyer in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- DANA DELMAN

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Dana Delman is highly respected by her peers in the Los Angeles community due to her meticulous and relentless approach to tackling complex legal disputes.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- PETER STRIS

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Based in Los Angeles, Peter Stris represents clients in complex business cases before trial and appellate courts nationwide, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a founding partner of Stris & Maher L

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- DANIEL DECARLO

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Since 1992, Dan DeCarlo, chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice at Lewis Brisbois, has focused his practice on complex business litigation concentrating on trademark and Lanham Act claims, and related intellectual property claims.

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Trusted Advisors: Altered Reality - Rethinking Retail Lease Clauses in the COVID Era

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The United States continues to feel the impacts of shelter in place orders and governmentally-mandated closures since March. Local and regional economies are slowly reemerging.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- JULIA B. STRICKLAND

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As co-chair of Stroock’s national Litigation Department, a member of Stroock’s Executive Committee and chair of its Financial Services Litigation, Regulation and Enforcement Group,

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- MICHAEL DE VRIES

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Mike De Vries is among a handful of go-to patent/IP trial lawyers who handle the most complex, high-stakes matters – many of which go to trial – for multi-national companies like Motorola Solutions, Cisco, Intel and Oracle. Described as “thorough and focused on ensuring decisions are made that support the long-term view of a case,” he is known for his trial skills (particularly before juries), creative litigation strategies and superior work ethic.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- ADAM F. STREISAND

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Adam Streisand is widely regarded as one of the nation’s top trial attorneys, particularly in high profile litigation involving private wealth disputes, fiduciary litigation, business succession and partnership disputes and litigation involving trusts, estates and conservatorships.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- MATTHEW E. SLOAN

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Matthew Sloan has built a formidable white collar and civil litigation practice at Skadden, focusing on defending companies and executives in government investigations, criminal trials, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement actions and complex commercial litigation.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- ASHLEY SIMONSEN

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As a partner in Covington’s Class Action practice in Los Angeles, Ashley Simonsen has successfully represented clients in the financial services, consumer brands, technology, and sports industries – including Facebook, Navient, the Los Angeles Dodgers, JPMorgan Chase, and Tootsie Roll – through all stages of litigation

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- AMNON SIEGEL

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Amnon Siegel is an experienced trial lawyer with success and victories on both sides of the “v.” Although his recent successes have been in high-stakes plaintiffs’ cases, Siegel has a robust defense practice as well.

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers- GEOFFREY S. SHELDON

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As chair of the firm’s Public Safety practice, partner Geoffrey Sheldon is a top advisor to police chiefs, fire chiefs and public safety departments throughout California, guiding them through complex internal affairs investigations and discipline matters to help departments maintain the highest quality personnel (which is an especially important task in this time of heightened tensions between safety departments and the communities they serve).

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Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers - ARJUN RAO

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Arjun Rao has built a national reputation for handling high stakes consumer class actions and financial services litigation including regulatory matters and government investigations, as well as defending companies in a wide range of actions.

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Special Report: LA by the Numbers

Definitive data, uncertain times

The Business Journal’s annual snapshot of L.A.’s key economic data provides a broad overview during these uncertain times, from demographic details and population statistics to land values and income information.

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Local Clinics Receive Telehealth Grants

Pacific Clinics, Kheir Center to expand remote services

Two local health care clinics each received two grants last month to expand their telehealth services.

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GoodRx Continues Expansion With Executive Hires

Hires of Voermann, Nagji continue rapid expansion

GoodRx Inc., a Santa Monica-based company that allows consumers to price shop among pharmacies for prescription drugs, has appointed industry veterans to two key executive posts to help guide the company through a period of rapid expansion.

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UCLA Teams Report Gains in Health Monitoring, Genetic Counseling

UCLA announced a couple of health care-related developments last month that had little to do with the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Sharp Drop in Office Leases Raises Concern

The pandemic took a huge toll on office leasing in Los Angeles County in the second quarter.

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Simon Group Bids $191 Million for Lucky Brand

Just four months after picking up Lincoln Heights-based Forever 21 Inc., Simon Property Group Inc., is about to acquire another locally based retailer.

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Carmel Partners Delays Preleasing for Cumulus Tower

The Cumulus, one of the region’s most anticipated projects, will start preleasing Sept. 1 for the ARQ, the project’s 31-story multifamily building.

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Clients Turn to JLL for Workplace Safety Process

How to safely return employees to the office is a topic on many minds.

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Dunleer Keeps a Tight Focus to Drive Growth

Company relies on mid-range residential properties

Beverly Hills-based Dunleer has rapidly expanded since it was founded five years ago.

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Apparel Firm Shon Simon Was Ready for Mask Demand

Sometimes, ignoring advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pays off.

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Moen Buys Water Monitoring Company Flo Technologies

Companies will team up on smart water technology

Water fixture giant Moen Inc. has acquired a majority share of Culver City-based Flo Technologies Inc. Terms were not disclosed.

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Koreatown Luxury Project Secures $15 Million Loan

A project in Koreatown has received a $15.2 million construction loan.

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Rocket Lab Launches Probe After Failed Mission

Electron rocket and payloads are lost

Rocket Lab USA Inc., the Long Beach-based space systems company, has begun an investigation into a mission failure that occurred during a launch on July 4.

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L’Ermitage Luxury Hotel Headed for Auction

Bidding will start at $104 million

The Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills hotel could have a new owner soon.

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Former Riot Exec Seavers Joins AppOnboard as CEO

Sawtelle-based AppOnboard Inc., a provider of codeless app and game-building tools, has named Riot Games Inc. veteran Mike Seavers as its new chief executive.

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Brasa Capital Will Offer Up to $100 Million in Credit Vehicle

Century City-based Brasa Capital Management has closed its first credit vehicle, Brasa Credit I, allowing the company to provide up to $100 million in debt and equity for commercial real estate transactions.

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NBCUniversal to Roll Out Streaming Service Peacock

NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service officially rolls out nationwide on July 15 following a limited-access period that started April 15 for some customers of parent company Comcast Corp.

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Consumer Confidence Reaches Record Low in Second Quarter

Jolts from Covid-19, social justice protests take their toll on LA County

Consumer confidence plunged to another record low during the second quarter as the region’s economy was ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting business shutdown orders.

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The Future Is Now

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art may have a futuristic bent, but it made a very of-the-moment move last week.

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DxTerity Develops At-Home Covid-19 Testing

Like many genetic testing companies, Rancho Dominguez-based DxTerity Diagnostics Inc. has pivoted to Covid-19 testing, but with a special focus on testing employees before they return to the workplace.

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Innovative Companies Turn LA Into an AI Hub

The idea of artificial intelligence may conjure up images of robots and mechanical automation, but for businesses, the technology’s applications are much more wide-ranging.

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This Summer, L.A. Internships Go Virtual

Prominent L.A. businesses have not missed a step in turning previously scheduled live internships into virtual experiences.

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Market for Pricey Spec Homes Has Slowed — for Now

Spec homes, properties that are developed on a speculative basis without a specific buyer in mind, have long been a mainstay in L.A.

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Thursday, July 9

Cushman & Wakefield Taps McDonald as CEO

Andrew McDonald, a nearly 20-year veteran of Chicago-based Cushman & Wakefield, has been named chief executive of the company’s Americas division following a management shakeup.

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JetBlue to End Service at Long Beach

JetBlue said it will end service at Long Beach Airport in October and transfer flights and crews to LAX.

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Fisker Raises $50 Million for Engineering Efforts

Electric vehicle manufacturer Fisker Inc. has raised $50 million in a Series C funding round.

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Neurodata Company Kernel Looks to Scale After Big Raise

Bryan Johnson says his “secret weapon” when it came to launching neurotech company Kernel was the fact that he didn’t actually know much about neuroscience.

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Wednesday, July 8

Long Beach Chamber Names Harris as CEO

The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce named Jeremy Harris as president and CEO, part of leadership changes at the organization.

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Xencor to Collaborate on Cancer Antibody Treatments

Monrovia biopharmaceutical company Xencor Inc. has entered into a strategic collaboration with Bay Area biopharma company Atreca Inc. to develop cancer treatments.

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Monday, July 6

City National Names New President

Former US Bancorp exec Raffetto is tapped; Warmuth retires after 18 years

Richard Raffetto will replace Christopher Warmuth as City National Bank's president.

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TPx Communications Names Joos as CEO

Managed services provider TPX Communications appoints Don Joos as chief executive officer.

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Goodman Group Completes El Monte Industrial Site

Company wraps construction on large logistics property

Goodman Group, which has been actively acquiring and developing industrial properties across Southern California, has completed a 1.2-million-square-foot logistics facility in El Monte.

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Leading Technologies: Tech Recycling Solutions for At-Home Employees

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Coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders have thousands of employees working from home offices.

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Leading Technologies: CTA Foundation Awards $700,000 to Address Social Isolation and Improve Lives with Technology

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The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation has awarded $700,000 in grants to 21 organizations supporting the lives of seniors and people with disabilities through technology.

Leading Techologies: Are the “New Normal” Security Vulnerabilities Keeping You Up at Night?

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Cyber risks are perpetually evolving and growing. Data breaches cost enterprises an average of $3.92 million.

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Leading Technologies: WFH, WTF? Our World Beyond the Pandemic is Alright

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The glass is always full, but the air in the upper half counts too. Crises make the political, economic, and social climates volatile, vulnerable, and vital consumer focal points.

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Leading Technologies: Using Personal Machines is High Risk

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We get it, you reacted quickly to respond to COVID. You learned about how COVID spreads, how to pWe get it, you reacted quickly to respond to COVID. You learned about how COVID spreads, how to protect yourself and your family from getting sick, and how to keep your business afloat.rotect yourself and your family from getting sick, and how to keep your business afloat.

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LA's Bioscience Sector Sees Continued Gains

L.A.’s bioscience sector generated $44 billion in economic activity and nearly 196,000 jobs last year.

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Nadel Architecture Sets New Ownership

Lyon, Winters take reins at firm

Sawtelle-based architecture firm Nadel Inc. has completed its transition to new ownership with principals Greg Lyon and Patrick Winters taking the helm at the firm.

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City Approves $450 Million Project Near USC

Exposition Point, a long-planned addition to Exposition Park adjacent to the school, is moving forward after clearing the city of Los Angeles’ approval process last month.

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LeBron’s SpringHill Scores Funding, Content Deals

Firm strikes deals with ABC, Sister

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and longtime business partner Maverick Carter are riding high with recently announced funding and a new content deal for their entertainment and consumer products company.

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WGA, Producers Reach Agreement

Deal is valued at $200 million

The Writers Guild of America has reached a tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, eliminating fears of a possible WGA strike.

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Tech Tools Boost Efficiency for Financial Advisors

Tools like Zoom break down barriers

Jason Blumberg relied on face-to-face meetings — the firmness of the handshake, maintaining eye contact, a confident voice — to build trust with clients.

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LA Hits Reset on Cannabis Licensing Program

City Council prioritizes social equity, launches lottery

The city of Los Angeles has passed sweeping changes to its cannabis regulatory regime, with big implications for the industry in the one of the world’s largest legal markets.

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Elementary Robotics Raises $13 Million

Startup also rolls out device for inspection, traceability

Elementary Robotics Inc., a downtown-based robotics startup, has raised $12.7 million in Series A funding.

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Snap Rolls Out Shows, New Lenses

Social media giant launches offerings to counter TikTok

In a series of moves seemingly made with one eye on advertisers and the other on rapidly growing competitor TikTok, Snap Inc. recently announced shoppable shows, rolled out music lenses and signed partnerships with third-party developers.

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LAEDC Fills Key Leadership Roles

Nissen, Medina, Cheung are elevated

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. announced last week that recently retired NBCUniversal exec Steve Nissen has been elected as the organization’s new board chairman.

eTailPet Helps Small Stores Boost Their Online Presence

Platform supports sales, inventory management

Santa Monica-based eTail Pet Inc. is giving small pet stores a longer leash in the digital space.

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Kardashian Lands $200 Million Investment From Coty

Deal values KKW Beauty at $1 Billion

New York-based Coty Inc. paid $200 million for a 20% stake in KKW Beauty, bringing the company's valuation to $1 billion.

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AEG Plans 5G for Staples Center, LA Live by 2021

AEG planning high-speed service for venues in 2021

Instantaneous livestreaming and multi-angle replay might become a reality next year for music and sports fans at Staples Center and L.A. Live.

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LVMH Acquires Another Beverly Hills Property

Company pays $30 million for its latest site in the city

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc. has added to its growing roster of storefronts in Beverly Hills.

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Fizzle, Not Sizzle

Read this week's column from Los Angeles Business Journal Editor Scott Robson for goings-on in L.A.'s business community.

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Poirier Brings a Fresh Approach for Colliers

New local executive will put an emphasis on diversity

Jodie Poirier has been named executive managing director overseeing the greater Los Angeles area for Colliers International Group Inc.

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Executive Insights

In the midst of headlines about layoffs and shutdowns, L.A. business leaders seem to be ramping up in new ways.

Airports Post Sharp Traffic Declines Again for May

May passenger counts slide, but cargo tonnage increases

The devastation to the travel industry wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic continued to hold Los Angeles International and other local airports in its grip in May.

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How Mediation Firm JAMS Became the Dominant Player in the LA Market

An international business, JAMS is considered the dominant company in Los Angeles and the nation when it comes to private mediation and arbitration services.

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In a Mask Moment, Makeup Companies Look to the Eyes

Lipstick sales fall as use of masks surges

It doesn’t take a cosmetics expert to guess that wearing face masks to fend off the coronavirus might be the kiss of death for the lipstick business.

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Hudson Pacific Founder Coleman Continues to Make His Mark

The LABJ Interview: Victor Coleman and Hudson Pacific take the high-profile route

Even after 30 years, developer Victor Coleman is still making his mark on the Los Angeles real estate market.

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Black Business Owners Hope Promises Will Be Kept

Black-owned businesses seek out funding

As the outpouring of support for Black-owned businesses continues weeks after the death of George Floyd, local entrepreneurs say it’s still too early to see tangible results.

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Thursday, July 2

Cancer Awareness & Prevention: Study Shows Encouraging Results for New Treatments for Advanced Prostate and Pancreatic Cancers

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Positive results from two cohorts of the Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) Study provide real world evidence to support recent clinical trial data that demonstrate a role for olaparib (Lynparza) in the treatment of advanced prostate and pancreatic cancers with BRCA1/2 inactivating mutations.

Cancer Awareness & Prevention: Survey: Half of Cancer Researchers Report Their Work is on Hold Due to Covid-19

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A survey of American Cancer Society grantees has found more than half report their cancer research has been halted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cancer Awareness & Prevention: WHO Outlines Steps to Save Seven Million Lives from Cancer on a Global Level

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The World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this year spelled out the need to step up cancer services in low- and middle-income countries. WHO warns that, if current trends continue, the world will see a 60% increase in cancer cases over the next two decades.

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Ryan Harding and Jennifer Frisk - NEWMARK KNIGHT FRANK

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Ryan Harding is an executive managing director with Newmark Knight Frank’s downtown Los Angeles office.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Reza Ghobadi

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Colliers International’s Ghobadi Multifamily Team sold the 45-unit apartment complex at 18414 Collins Street in Tarzana for $8.5 million.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Kyle Fishburn

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A successful go-getter within the Los Angeles commercial real estate scene, Kyle Fishburn is a retail leasing specialist with Kennedy Wilson’s Beverly Hills-based brokerage team.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Hayden Eaves

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Hayden Eaves serves as a principal of Avison Young out of the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Todd Doney

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Over his 30-year career, Todd Doney, vice chairman at CBRE’s headquarters in Los Angeles, has completed commercial real estate transactions encompassing over 86 million square feet of office space. Doney is a preeminent broker in the greater Los Angeles area.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Jeremy Dee

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As a leader in corporate tenant real estate solutions with nearly 40 years of industry experience, Jeremy Dee heads the corporate services platform for Kennedy Wilson’s brokerage division.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Marc Bretter

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Marc Bretter, the principal of Cresa’s Los Angeles office, has a very active practice, primarily in the entertainment and technology fields

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Steve Bogoyevac

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In 2019, the Bogie Group of Marcus & Millichap successfully closed over $150 million of investment real estate across 57 transactions and set pricing and sale records in five cities across Los Angeles County

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Platinum Equity Buys Deluxe’s Distribution Business

Platinum Equity has purchased Deluxe Entertainment Services' distribution business.

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: T.C. Macker

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T.C. Macker is the president of WESTMAC Commercial Brokerage Company. Macker is extremely active in and around Los Angeles, where he has successfully completed over one billion dollars in transactions.

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Wednesday, July 1

American Drops International Flights From LAX

American Airlines is shifting its trans-Pacific flight hub from LAX to Dallas-Fort Worth International.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Hayley Blockley

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Adynamic broker across a variety of submarkets and industries, Hayley Blockley, who serves as managing director for JLL, brokered more than 100 deals in the past 12 months;

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Barbara Armendariz

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Barbara Armendariz is president and founder of SharpLine Commercial Partners, a full-service commercial real estate brokerage firm that excels at putting its clients’ needs first.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Darrell R. Levonian

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Darrell R. Levonian and his highly respected team of Tanel Harunzade and Brittney McCarthy have closed several major transactions totaling over $100 million over the past year.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Jonathan Larsen

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The team of Jonathan and Cahndler Larsen represented Ervin Cohen & Jessup, LLP in a new fifteen-year lease negotiation and relocation to the top two floors of 9401 Wilshire Boulevard i

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Leslie Haro

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Leslie Haro, vice president of URBANLIME Real Estate, has been with the firm for three years and in that time has had dramatic success. In 2019 alone, she completed a number of significant transactions,

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Matthew Hargrove

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Matthew Hargrove is a vice chairman within CBRE’s Global Occupier Services Group. Hargrove, based in CBRE’s LA North region, currently leads one of CBRE’s largest Brokerage and Transaction Management platforms, which provides brokerage, transaction management, strategic advisory, and lease administration services.

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J2 Denounces Short-Seller Report

Internet services firm J2 Global Inc. has hit back at a short seller report that drove its stock down 9%.

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SpaceX Launches Satellite for Space Force

SpaceX successfully launched the company's first mission for the U.S. Space Force.

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Cancer Awareness & Prevention: Behind the Frontlines: City of Hope Delivers Critical Cancer Care During COVID-19

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Patient Tony Hitschler, 82, looked down and waved from the atrium on the sixth floor of City of Hope Helford Clinical Research Hospital. From the ground level outside, Lynn, his wife, waved back.

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Cancer Awareness & Prevention: American Cancer Society Updates Diet & Physical Activity Guideline for Cancer Prevention

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The American Cancer Society has updated its guideline for diet and physical activity for cancer prevention, with adjustments to reflect the most current evidence.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Commercial Real Estate Owners and Tenants Explore “Return to Work” Best Practices

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The COVID-19 pandemic brought a multiutude of challenges to the economy, as well as public health.

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Shadd Walker

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As a senior executive vice president art Colliers, Shadd Walker specializes in the leasing and sale of commercial office and R&D buildings.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: James N. Travers

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Jim Travers, principal of Cresa, continues to maintain a dominant brokerage presence in Los Angeles.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Lorena Tomb

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Lorena Tomb, who is CEO and founder of URBALIME Real estate, is an accomplished real estate broker serving clients in retail, hospitality, creative office and investment sales.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Robert Stepp and Kimberly R. Stepp

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Stepp Commercial is a leader in private capital multifamily investments across Los Angeles County.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Luke Staubitz

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At the height of the pandemic, the Kidder Mathews team led by Luke Staubitz represented Prologis in the long term lease of a 75,000 foot industrial building to Los Angeles World

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Kevin Shannon

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Kevin Shannon serves as co-head of U.S. Capital Markets, based in Newmark Knight Frank’s El Segundo office. In his role, Shannon leads a team of 34 professionals focused on

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Marc Schillinger

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Since 2019, Marc Schillinger, managing director at JLL, has closed 113 commercial real estate transactions, for a total of $1.27 billion. He has maintained a reputation as one of the top intermediaries in Los Angeles due to his creativity, passionate advocacy for his clie

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: The Savills Team

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Savills’ vice chairman and Western Region lead, Mark Sullivan, who is responsible for setting the strategic goals for the firm’s seven West Coast offices; Josh Gorin, who represents a broad rang

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Alexander Sachs

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Alexander Sachs is an executive vice president at Coldwell Banker Commercial WESTMAC, a Los Angeles based real estate services firm. He is responsible for sourcing acquisition opportunities and in many instances providing equity and debt relationships for his clients as well.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Richard Rizika

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Richard Rizika has been involved with several sales over the past year throughout the West Coast including a 47,456 square foot At Home in Spokane, Washington, a 37,346 square foot LA Fitness in Newbury Park, which featured two other sales at the same site for a

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Mike Rielly

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Mike Rielly is partner at the largest retail-only brokerage in the U.S., SRS Partners, and leads its new, national retail incubator SRS SIGNATURE Group for best-in-class, aspirat

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Jon Reno

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Specializing in the Central Los Angeles industrial market, the Kidder Mathews team of Jon Reno, Trevor Gale, Mark Vanis and Connor Ulf has distinguished itself as a group of dominant player

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: David Pressberg and Jordan Rubinstein

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As third generation real estate professionals raised in Los Angeles, David Pressberg and Jordan Rubinstein of Kennedy Wilson’s Beverly Hills-based brokerage division operate a relationship-d

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Jeff Pion

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During his 35 years with CBRE, vice chairman Jeff Pion has provided his clients – which include many of the household names in technology, media and entertainment and those in the so-called FAANG group

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Tony Phu

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Tony T. Phu is a senior executive vice president in the Industrial Brokerage Group of Colliers International and heads the China Desk in Southern California. Based in the firm’s City of Industry office

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Barbara Perrier

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Barbara Perrier has been with CBRE for 31 years and is a leading investment broker specializing in industrial, office and land sales.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Jonathan Nikfarjam

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The Shield Commercial Real Estate team, led by co-founders Jonathan Nikfarjam and Gianluca Jacoli, continues to grow rapidly in its second year.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Carl Muhlstein

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Carl Muhlstein, international director, is based in JLL’s Downtown Los Angeles office.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Tony Morales

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In the past 12 months, the team of Tony Morales, Kevin Bender, Maureen Hawley and Andrew Rudy has completed 56 lease transactions encompassing more than one million square feet and valued at $410 million.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Jodi V. Meade

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Leading the Automotive Properties Group for Avison Young, Jodi Meade focuses on the acquisition, expansion, leasing, relocation, disposition and auto-mall-development needs of owners, tenants, investors, developers, manufacturers and franchisees.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Mike McCrary and Pete McWilliams

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JLL’s Inland Empire industrial services team of Mike McCrary, Peter McWilliams, Ruben Goodsell, Patrick Wood, Mac Hewett, Jeff Bellitti and Sharon Wortmann has collectively over 125 years of experience.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Lawson Martin

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For almost 40 years, Lawson Martin, managing principal with Cresa, has been providing real estate consulting services for some of the nation’s leading corporations and professional firms in Southern California, as well as the successful negotiation of hundreds of real projects around the nation.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Christopher E. Maling

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In January of last year, Chris Maling, David Maling and Patrick Barnes – also known as the Maling-Barnes team – were each hired and named as Principals in the downtown Los Angeles office of Avison Young.

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Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Jay Luchs,

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Jay Luchs, Vice Chairman Genny Chang (Director); Gavin Ketchum (Associate Director); Ashley Obradovich (Associate)

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