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.
It wasn’t Hollywood where dreams of stardom came true for Steve Jaffe. It was Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Charles Crumpley pushes for a sea change in the way the ports are promoted and operated.
The death of Mickey Rooney last week got Michael Levine reminiscing.
Daniel Singer is the 14-year-old creator of Backchat, an anonymous messaging application.
Charles Crumpley looks forward to the day he won’t hear the same bleak numbers at L.A. luncheons.
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.
Charles Crumpley notes that fracking opponents don’t trust Occidental Petroleum and seconds the emotion.
Mark Sullivan is a senior litigation paralegal for Century City law firm Cox Castle & Nicholson. He’s also the firm’s resident rocker.
COMMENT: Should cable providers pay a huge sum to carry the new Dodgers channel? Charles Crumpley says definitely yes and no.
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.
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.
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.
COMMENT: Charles Crumpley asks if lower sales figures for Barbie mean the doll is the latest victim of Internet disruption.
COMMENT: Nice aim by L.A. labor in targeting the spread of “living wage” to hotels beyond the airport, Charles Crumpley writes.
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.
Comment: It’s time to get organized, some believe. But not Charles Crumpley. He writes that creativity springs from chaos.
Charles Crumpley thinks Snapchat may have committed a business blunder for the books.
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.
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.
Haitham Fakhouri never considered himself in top physical shape.
Since driverless cars are coming, maybe there’s no need to worry about freeway congestion anymore, Charles Crumpley writes
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,
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.
A quarter-century ago, David Henry began his real estate career while living in Dandora, a slum near Nairobi, Kenya.
The trend to ever-smaller work spaces has Charles Crumpley feeling pinched.
Call it a temporary return to his youth.
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.
Charles Crumpley wants an answer: Is Herbalife a pyramid scheme or not?
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.
The problem with Demand Media is that it treated content like a pawn, not a king, Charles Crumpley believes.
Mark Paolucci loves art enough to gut a portion of his office space to create a gallery.
Mike Bryant is afraid of heights.
Charles Crumpley thinks online retailer JustFab’s new foray into regular retailing is just fabulous.
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.
Gov. Jerry Brown must be in a time warp, Charles Crumpley writes, because Brown still thinks California leads the entire nation.
The cars were the stars at a celebration last week to honor Bert Boeckmann’s 60 years in the automobile business.
Typically one of the biggest challenges in writing a book is finding a publisher. But that was the easy part for Barry Sanders.
The link between a bodyguard and a celebrity is a professional one, but sometimes a true friendship can blossom.
Who needs mechanical bulls in Los Angeles, Charles Crumpley asks. We’ve enough potholes on our roads for plenty of thrill riding.
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.
Oh, sure, businesses are hurt by California’s environmental law commonly called CEQA. But so are workers, Charles Crumpley writes.
Charles Crumpley thinks Amazon.com is amazing, but in the wrong way
Arty Maharajh, 39, likes to travel off the beaten path.
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.
Charles Crumpley is charging in to the debate over rising residential electricity rates.
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.
Pam Mizuno was excited to be named one of Ernst & Young’s Earthwatch Ambassadors.
The final season of AMC’s cult TV series “Breaking Bad” returns later this month with many questions to be answered and fates revealed.
Call it the ultimate road trip.