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Practicing In: Los Angeles [Keith Grace] Where to Work and Play in the City of Angels.

If seeing the words L.A. and law in the same

If a big firm isn’t your cup of kava, L.A. has

ultrahip but still fresh enough to contain a

sentence conjures up images of Daryl Gates

high-powered midsize shops, like Alschuler

few real estate bargains. The other main

cracking skulls or Harry Hamlin working his

Grossman Stein & Kahan, a full-service outfit

legal centers, Century City and Beverly Hills,

Cro-Magnon charms on what’s-her-name

with litigators so intense it’s been called “the

are easily accessible from beachy Santa

from The Partridge Family, you haven’t been

last place in the world the Sparkletts water

Monica and eclectic West Hollywood. Do you

paying attention. These days, Los Angeles

guy wants to deliver late to.” Bloom, Hergott,

miss classes and keg parties? Try centrally

law firms are on the cutting edge of legal

Diemer & Cook handles deals for big names

located Westwood, the home of UCLA. When

issues from intellectual property to Internet

in film and television, and the small Beverly

you make it big, head for Beverly Hills.

law. Shops come in all shapes and sizes

Hills boutique Pierce Gorman devotes much

here -- specialty boutiques and megafirms

of its time to independent films.

coexist in a thriving legal market supported by the world’s eleventh-largest economy. In

Want to be a cybercop? The California De-

addition to being home to the entertainment

partment of Corporations’ Internet Compliance

biz (most firms do at least some work related

and Enforcement Team patrols the Web for

to the Industry), Los Angeles County boasts

securities fraud. Or you can play crime-

thriving banking, health care, tourism, and

buster as a deputy D.A. for the Los Angeles

high-tech sectors. And of course, there’s no

County District Attorney’s Office, the nation’s

lack of government jobs in a county whose

largest local prosecutorial outfit.

bureaucracy is larger than that of many small countries. Worried about a recession? California is the place you ought to be (thanks, Jed). The Golden State led the country out of the early ‘90s slump, and L.A.’s population and economy have boomed since.

Hot Bars With its velvet ropes and Sirius-level star power, Skybar, in the Mondrian Hotel, is the most “Hollywood” way to spend an evening. If you make the cut and get past the doorman, you’re in for panoramic views -- of city and silicone. For offbeat entertainment, squeeze into Largo and catch musician Jon Brion, who, in addition to producing albums for Fiona Apple and playing alongside the Wallflowers, can sound like the Beatles perform-

Hot Jobs Every year, hordes of starry-eyed law grads migrate west in hopes of making it big in entertainment practice. But in a city of 3.8 million people, career choices are virtually unlimited. L.A. is home to big dogs like

ing the theme from The Jeffersons. Giant, a

Latham & Watkins, which ranks high among

weekly music event at the Park Plaza hotel,

the nation’s most profitable firms, and

is flat-out the coolest place to dance. For

O’Melveny & Myers, where the world’s least

details, see

sexy man, former secretary of state Warren Christopher, is senior partner. And you can’t beat the local chapter of Skadden, Arps for associate salaries ($140,000 for first-years).


Hot ‘Hoods Most big firms and courts are downtown, but nobody lives in this concrete jungle. Try nearby Los Feliz or Silver Lake -- both are

Hot Restaurants The owners of Campanile have turned Charlie Chaplin’s former office building into L.A.’s favorite place for Mediterranean fare (try the rosemary-charred baby lamb). Lawyers and agents power-lunch with their famous clients at the Ivy, just a short drive from law offices on the west side. Late night at the office? Stop at Pink’s on the way home and grab a world-class chili dog. Hot Tickets Craving some culture? See the breathtaking Getty Center museum-the long wait for tickets has finally subsided, so you can now get a peek inside instead of staring up at it from the traffic jam on the 405. Or catch a concert at the Hollywood Bowl-the annual evening of motion picture themes by Academy Awardwinning composer John Williams is a local kitsch favorite. If you get the chance, accept a partner’s invitation to hit the links at the ultraexclusive Riviera country club. Fear not, O.J.’s no longer a member. Hot Shopping Unless you’re shopping for a mink, forget geriatric Rodeo Drive. Robertson Boulevard is where locals go for high-end fashion - try agnes b. for original men’s and women’s

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clothes worthy of any law firm gala or Oscars after-party. The funky shops on Melrose Avenue are much more affordable, but be aware that many of the getups you’ll find there could get you cited for contempt. No L.A. shopping trip is complete without a stop at Fred Segal, a cluster of boutiques where Madonna and Julia Roberts reportedly grab everything from clothes to cosmetics. This article originally appeared in the September 2001 issue of JD Jungle.


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Practicing In: Los Angeles  
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Los Angeles law firms are on the cutting edge of Legal issues from intellectual property to Internet law. Find hot jobs, tickets, shopping,...