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Follow the Bouncing Ball

Sandy Lechtick makes sure to exercise regularly when he’s not running Woodland Hills legal search firm Esquire Inc. But the 65-year-old is not much for golf or treadmills.

Misgivings on Mayor Money?

CONTRACTING: Ex-exec says MCS violated campaign laws.

Former employee accuses workforce development business of skirting campaign laws to support Eric Garcetti.

Ex Exec Says MCS Violated Campaign Laws

Last year, L.A. officials awarded four contracts worth $545,000 to Managed Career Solutions for workforce development services. Backing the company was then-Councilman Eric Garcetti, a longtime supporter.

Dispute Sinks Ocean Eco-Charity

NON-PROFIT: Co-founder sues Schwabs over Suharto land deal.

Co-founders of eco-conscious ocean charity accuse each other of dirty dealing.

Dispute Sinks Ocean Eco-Charity

For a moment in 2011, charity organization Seathos Foundation was Venice’s celebrity cause de jour. Its mission to spread awareness of the human impact on oceans drew such supporters as actors Julia Roberts and Jeff Bridges and surfer Kelly Slater. But while the goodwill poured in, its co-founders were allegedly discussing ways that Seathos could promote their own business activities – ambitious plans that ultimately resulted in a nasty partnership breakup.

Link to Website Windfall Splits Lawyers

LAW: Davis Shapiro feud shows risk of equity stakes in tech firms.

Firm’s equity stake in a booming consumer rewards site has led to friction over who should share in the windfall.

L.A.’s Biggest Firm Thinks Young With New Hires

EMPLOYMENT: Latham sees future in recruiting for next-generation partners.

The L.A. office of Latham & Watkins, the region’s biggest law firm by revenue, has made its first two partner hires of the year in John M. Pierce and Scott A. McPhee.

Faithful Fan Waits for Cleveland to Rock

On a Thursday in May, Hugh Hewitt was not at the Burbank studio where he records his nationally syndicated radio program or at the downtown Los Angeles law firm offices where he is a partner.

Floundering Fish Importer Reels In Crucial Catch

SEAFOOD: Contessa gets line on future with buyer Red Chamber.

Red Chamber makes a splash with the acquisition of sinking Contessa.

City Hall Vet Votes for Job at Downtown Firm

EXPANSION: Jane Usher says Musick Peeler’s local focus helped draw her in.

The addition of former Special Assistant City Attorney Jane Usher as a partner to Musick Peeler & Garrett is the latest boost for the downtown L.A. law firm, which has grown quickly in recent years.

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