Los Angeles Business Journal

They’ve Managed to Avoid an Identity Crisis

In his 34 years as an attorney in Los Angeles, Michael A. Sherman has made a name for himself as a bet-the-company litigator.

You’re Going to Ecuador and Coming Back a Star

It wasn’t Hollywood where dreams of stardom came true for Steve Jaffe. It was Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Time to Make Waves at Ports

Charles Crumpley pushes for a sea change in the way the ports are promoted and operated.

Taking Pass on Politics

The death of Mickey Rooney last week got Michael Levine reminiscing.

Answer Just a Stone’s Throw Away

Daniel Singer is the 14-year-old creator of Backchat, an anonymous messaging application.

Up for the Count

Charles Crumpley looks forward to the day he won’t hear the same bleak numbers at L.A. luncheons.

Father, Son Mark 11th Diamond Anniversary

Ross Goldberg remembers what his father told him 11 years ago when he asked if he’d join him again on opening day at Dodger Stadium.

Oil Giant Dug Its Own Hole


Charles Crumpley notes that fracking opponents don’t trust Occidental Petroleum and seconds the emotion.

Lawyer Takes His Case to the Whisky

Mark Sullivan is a senior litigation paralegal for Century City law firm Cox Castle & Nicholson. He’s also the firm’s resident rocker.

To Watch or Not to Watch

COMMENT: Should cable providers pay a huge sum to carry the new Dodgers channel? Charles Crumpley says definitely yes and no.

This Dog Has His Day Every Day at Law Firm

There’s one partner at Westwood law firm Liner who’s such an institution that he’s actually written into the terms of the lease.

Trip That Celebrated Halfpipe Legacy

Publicist Nicole Wool’s trip to the Sochi Olympics wasn’t just about the athlete she was there to represent – U.S. Olympic women’s halfpipe skier Angeli Vanlaanen – but also the one who never made it there.

Surprise Proposal at Recovery Site

A few weeks ago, Ray Adamyk, 52, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a historic home in La Verne that his Pomona company, Spectra Co., worked to renovate and restore.

Tech Toys With Dolls Market

COMMENT: Charles Crumpley asks if lower sales figures for Barbie mean the doll is the latest victim of Internet disruption.

Wage Creep

COMMENT: Nice aim by L.A. labor in targeting the spread of “living wage” to hotels beyond the airport, Charles Crumpley writes.

Competitive Juices Flow at Firm

As founding partners of their own law firm in Century City, Keith Elkins and Scott Kalt don’t just divvy up attorney pay or recruit new partners. Some days, you’ll find them planning relay races.

Creativity From Chaos

Comment: It’s time to get organized, some believe. But not Charles Crumpley. He writes that creativity springs from chaos.

Poor Snap Decision


Charles Crumpley thinks Snapchat may have committed a business blunder for the books.

Talk About ‘Regulation’ That Thwarts New Business …

Tom Nix, 65, has lots of tales to tell from his days building and running Nix Check Cashing, a chain he founded in South Los Angeles in 1978 and sold in 2007.

Go West, Not-So-Young Man and Woman

Ellen Landau, 66, and her husband, Howard, 68, moved to Pasadena last summer after 30 years in Cleveland. She left behind a tenured professorship teaching art history at Case Western Reserve University for an opportunity to strike out on her own, writing and lecturing at various cultural institutions in Southern California.

Race Tests Car Salesman’s Drive

Haitham Fakhouri never considered himself in top physical shape.

Traffic Fix? Nothing Is Easier


Since driverless cars are coming, maybe there’s no need to worry about freeway congestion anymore, Charles Crumpley writes

Getting the First Laugh

When Lew Feldman, chairman of law firm Goodwin Procter’s L.A. office, sat down with Westfield Group co-Chief Executive Peter Lowy last month for a real estate symposium talk in downtown Los Angeles, it was more than the usual highbrow market discussion,

We’ve Got to Keep Meeting Like This

Shannon Kelly, 28, and her husband, Sean, 30, like to get together Sunday evenings to compare their busy schedules of after-work events for the week.

Getting Back to His Roots

A quarter-century ago, David Henry began his real estate career while living in Dandora, a slum near Nairobi, Kenya.

Spaced Out in the Open


The trend to ever-smaller work spaces has Charles Crumpley feeling pinched.

Not-So-Close Shave

Call it a temporary return to his youth.

New Hat for Prague Pride

Stephan Roth usually is behind the scenes, reaching out to journalists as a principal at OutThink Partners in Beverly Hills, a PR firm specializing in the gay and lesbian market.

Mystery of the Pyramid


Charles Crumpley wants an answer: Is Herbalife a pyramid scheme or not?

Follow the Bouncing Ball

Last spring, Bao Ngo wanted to get a basketball competition going. Her company, Santa Monica online genealogy mapper Geni, had a team and they challenged the team at her former employer, ScoreBig Inc.

Supply Lowers Demand


The problem with Demand Media is that it treated content like a pawn, not a king, Charles Crumpley believes.

Helping Painter Get Hang of It

Mark Paolucci loves art enough to gut a portion of his office space to create a gallery.

Getting the Hang of It

Mike Bryant is afraid of heights.

Real Stores Still Real Nice

Charles Crumpley thinks online retailer JustFab’s new foray into regular retailing is just fabulous.

Putting His Best Foot Forward

When Ben Katz was producing low-budget movies a few years ago, it meant a lot to him when people bought copies of his films.

California Can No Longer Coast


Gov. Jerry Brown must be in a time warp, Charles Crumpley writes, because Brown still thinks California leads the entire nation.

Decades Under the Hood

The cars were the stars at a celebration last week to honor Bert Boeckmann’s 60 years in the automobile business.

Former Lawyer Raises Games

Typically one of the biggest challenges in writing a book is finding a publisher. But that was the easy part for Barry Sanders.

Bodyguard Staying Loyal to the End

The link between a bodyguard and a celebrity is a professional one, but sometimes a true friendship can blossom.

Potholes Sink to New Depths

Who needs mechanical bulls in Los Angeles, Charles Crumpley asks. We’ve enough potholes on our roads for plenty of thrill riding.

Pregnant Pause for Family Attorney

When attorney Rose Pondel, founder of Santa Monica’s Family Formation Law Center, was interviewed by ABC’s “Good Morning America” for a story about fertility after age 35, she thought she’d be cited as an expert source.

CEQA’s Union Shop of Horrors

Oh, sure, businesses are hurt by California’s environmental law commonly called CEQA. But so are workers, Charles Crumpley writes.

This Amazon May Flow Nowhere

Charles Crumpley thinks Amazon.com is amazing, but in the wrong way

To Russia, for Love

Arty Maharajh, 39, likes to travel off the beaten path.

Relationship in Public Relations

Many couples work together, but not Glenn and Lisa Gritzner: They work at competing public affairs firms. Glenn Gritzner, 43, opened and heads the downtown L.A. office of Mercury Public Affairs, a Sacramento political strategy firm. Lisa Gritzner, 41, is president of Cerrell Associates, a public affairs and political strategy firm in Larchmont Village.

Solar Costs Not So Hot


Charles Crumpley is charging in to the debate over rising residential electricity rates.

Things to Do in Denver When You’re on Radio

L.A. public radio host Jesse Thorn had been thinking for some time about what it would feel like to give away 1,000 ice-cream cones.

Bean There, Done That

Pam Mizuno was excited to be named one of Ernst & Young’s Earthwatch Ambassadors.

Lots and Lots of ‘Bad’ Bets

The final season of AMC’s cult TV series “Breaking Bad” returns later this month with many questions to be answered and fates revealed.

Back to Roots – the Long Way

Call it the ultimate road trip.

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