PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Divorce Firms Expect Surge

Post-lockdown period will lead to ‘very busy’ time

For 23 years, Barbara Hammers’ family law practice Hammers & Baltazar, with offices in Santa Monica and West L.A., hummed along. As one divorce case ended, another walked in the door, providing a steady income.

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Bride and Gloom

LA’s wedding industry is reeling — but vendors see a happy ending

The wedding industry was a healthy year-round business in Los Angeles, until Covid-19 crashed the party.

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Edison International Completes $800 Million Offering

Utility's parent company plans $5B annual investment

Rosemead-based Edison International recently completed a private placement of common shares worth $800 million, with proceeds destined for the company’s mandated wildfire fund contribution and other infrastructure investments for its Southern California Edison utility subsidiary.

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A Dog Training Boom for Zoom Room

Remote sessions give company a new leash on life

Children are not the only family members in need of home schooling during the Covid-19 crisis. Indoor dog-training gyms have gone virtual to provide live remote training sessions for canines stuck at home.

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Employment Law Firms Upended

‘Swamped’ attorneys racing to keep up with changes

Perhaps no sector of Los Angeles legal practice has been upended more than employment law in recent months, say both practitioners and observers, noting increases in requests for guidance on new laws prompted by the pandemic.

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King & Spalding Hires 12 Partners from Boies Schiller

King & Spalding has lured away 12 partners from Boies Schiller Flexner.

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Special Deliveries

Ghosts kitchens offer restaurant brands fresh opportunities and reduced costs

Ghost kitchens are rapidly growing in popularity as more people turn to delivery, and they're expected to be a nearly $76 billion industry by the end of 2022.

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Room at The Inns

Plunging occupancy rates rock the hotel industry

One of the sectors hit hardest by the coronavirus has been the hotel industry, which has found itself facing record-high vacancies at a time of canceled travel plans and safer-at-home orders.

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Tap Trailer Brings Bubbles

Sisters roll out Champagne room on wheels

Jennifer and Nicole Disotell spent 10 years running their own digital marketing company before launching another business that is also a family affair: Tap Trailer Co., home of the Bubble Tap Trailer.

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Ghost Kitchens Venture Plans Extensive Hiring

C3 will add 500 jobs across LA

C3, the brainchild of Beverly Hills-based SBE, mall giant Simon Property Group Inc. and hospitality company Accor, is hiring for more than 500 jobs in L.A.

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Curry Joins Loeb & Loeb

Entertainment lawyer James Curry joins Loeb & Loeb.

Venues Top List of Virus-Fueled Layoffs

Arenas, stadiums and casino among businesses hit hard by furloughs

The first wave of furloughs reported to the state’s Employment Development Department includes 9,591 workers from 36 companies in Los Angeles County.

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Bird Rides, ZipRecruiter Slash Teams by One-Third

Slowdown prompts businesses to scale back

Two high-flying Santa Monica-based companies each cut about one-third of their workforces, totaling nearly 900 people, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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2020 Environmental Business Special Report

Consumers demand environmentally friendly solutions from nearly every industry. Here’s how some L.A. companies are responding — and thriving.

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Risks and Rewards

Oskouian likes her chances when it comes to growing Ship & Shore

Ship & Shore has 90 full-time employees and pulls in between $20 million and $25 million a year designing and making a range of air pollution control devices.

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