PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Letter from the Publisher and Editor

As our communities look for ways to move forward constructively, the need to effect change has never been greater. The business world is uniquely positioned to help drive that change — particularly in Los Angeles.

LA County Unemployment Near Record 21% in May Despite Uptick in Payroll Jobs

L.A. County’s unemployment rate hit a record 20.9% in May, up slightly from a revised 20.8% in April.

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Rates Likely to Rise Sharply

Businesses may see hikes after vandalism, virus

Businesses throughout L.A. County will almost certainly face some combination of insurance rate increases, coverage cutbacks and new protective requirements as a result of recent looting and virus vulnerabilities.

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Boies Rethinks LA Approach

NY firm adjusts after mass defections by partners

At the height of a heady courtship in February 2017, Chris Caldwell found himself on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, being wooed over dinner at the fashionable Harry Cipriani restaurant by David Boies, perhaps the preeminent trial lawyer of his generation.

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Glass Company Rallies During Riots

Giroux responds for business owners

The first frantic call came into downtown-based Giroux Glass Inc. at 5 a.m. on May 30 from a terrified official at the Los Angeles Community College District office building in downtown.

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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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