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FORCES OF NATURE: Kameelah Hakeem

Name: Kameelah Hakeem Profession: Administrative Director at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP Twenty years ago, I was a newly-minted, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed litigation associate at a firm called Jenkens and Gilchrist (R.I.P.). As luck would have it, I was assigned an amazing legal assistant named Kameelah Hakim. My immediate impression of Kameelah was that she...
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FORCES OF NATURE: Sheenika Gandhi

Name: Sheenika Gandhi Profession: Chief Marketing Officer at Greenberg Glusker Kicking off 2024 with a self-made Force who chose a road less traveled.  In 2011, Sheenika made the difficult (and scary) decision not to pursue a conventional legal career post law school. At the time, while law, technology and marketing...
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FORCES OF NATURE: Hon. Reva Goetz

Name: Hon. Reva Goetz (retired) Profession: JAMS Mediator/Neutral Evaluator Throughout her career, Judge Goetz has worn many professional hats including, accountant and financial analyst, district attorney, and distinguished judge. While in law school, Judge Goetz initially envisioned a career in corporate law. However, she graduated law school in the height of...
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FORCES OF NATURE: Pantea Yashar

Name: Pantea Yashar Profession: Associate Professor of Law (Southwestern Law School) & Counsel (Ervin Cohen & Jessup) It is rare when I meet an attorney who, after 20 years in the business, feels inspired to take on an additional and significant role professionally. In Pantea’s case, that’s exactly what...
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FORCES OF NATURE: Lisa McCurdy

Name: Lisa McCurdy Profession: Shareholder – Greenberg Traurig I don’t often hear attorneys, especially litigators, described as a “class act.” And yet, that’s the term that comes to mind when I think of Lisa. For me to introduce her to you as a “class act” is saying a lot considering...
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FORCES OF NATURE: Hon. Judge Barbara Johnson

Name:  Hon. Judge Barbara Johnson (retired) Profession:  ADR Services Neutral In my tenure as a probate litigator, I have met many skilled judges on the bench. One such gem of a judge is former Los Angeles Superior Court judge (and now neutral), Honorable Barbara Johnson. Judge Johnson retired from...
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FORCES OF NATURE: Sima Mostafavi

Name:  Sima Mostafavi Profession:  Founder, Pistache Skincare It is not at all surprising that this radiant beauty is in the beauty business. First things first, I am happy to report, that Sima gave birth to a beautiful baby boy who is now a rough and tumble toddler. Yes, this blog...
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FORCES OF NATURE: Jane Abby Mintz Schwab

Name:  Jane Abby Mintz Schwab Profession:  Retired LAUSD teacher Jane educated legions of Angelenos during her 35-year tenure as a teacher. As a person, Jane oozes grace and humility while simultaneously possessing a no-nonsense attitude of a skilled army sergeant. Her kind intelligence is visible from miles and she still gets...
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Pro Bono Corporate and Regulatory Work for Cannabis Social Equity Applicants

In partnership with the Los Angeles County Bar Association's (LACBA) Cannabis Section, Michelle Mabugat and Alexa Steinberg have represented numerous Social Equity applicants and licensees in a wide variety of general corporate and transactional matters, ranging from entity formation and structuring to commercial transactions and Social Equity partnerships in...
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Assistance for Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees with Resettlement

Vera Serova has been helping Ukrainian humanitarian parolees with resettlement in the U.S. since March. She runs a social media group with ~4,500 members, where she and a few other volunteers consult Ukrainian arrivals on basic immigration and resettlement issues such as how to apply for a work permit...
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Pro Bono Client Receives Over $24,000 in Retroactive Extended Foster Care Benefits

Vera Serova and Jillian Berk settled a case referred by the Alliance for Children’s Rights resulting in the payment to our client of $24.5K in retroactive extended foster care benefits. Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) halted the benefits to our client when her foster son...
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In Good Company Issue No. 19

Each quarter we’ll be sharing positive stories that we’re hearing. Join us on this journey as we recognize these resilient companies and individuals that are finding ways to give back to the community. We're proud to be  IN GOOD COMPANY . This quarter's stories include: Tremaine Emory , a...
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In Good Company Issue No. 18

Each quarter we’ll be sharing positive stories that we’re hearing. Join us on this journey as we recognize these resilient companies and individuals that are finding ways to give back to the community. We're proud to be  IN GOOD COMPANY . This quarter's stories include: Land of the Free...
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Q&A with Bruce Andelson, Aviva Family and Children's Services Board Member

When we first started  In Good Company  in 2020, it was a way for us to focus on the positive stories in our community amid the lows of the pandemic. As the conversation around re-opening California continues, we're proud to evolve our blog and newsletter to feature clients and...
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In Good Company Issue No. 17

Each quarter we’ll be sharing positive stories that we’re hearing. Join us on this journey as we recognize these resilient companies and individuals that are finding ways to give back to the community. We're proud to be  IN GOOD COMPANY . This quarter's stories include: Philanthropy is an essential...
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In Good Company Issue No. 16

Each month we’ll be sharing positive stories that we’re hearing. Join us on this journey as we recognize these resilient companies and individuals that are finding ways to give back to the community. We're proud to be  IN GOOD COMPANY . This month's stories include: Donny Makower , CEO &...
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Q&A With Donny Makower of RDCL Superfoods and The Gentle Barn

When we first started  In Good Company  in 2020, it was a way for us to focus on the positive stories in our community amid the lows of the pandemic. As the conversation around re-opening California continues, we're proud to evolve our blog and newsletter to feature clients and...
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In Good Company Issue No. 15

Each month we’ll be sharing positive stories that we’re hearing. Join us on this journey as we recognize these resilient companies and individuals that are finding ways to give back to the community. We're proud to be  IN GOOD COMPANY . This month's stories include: Cannabis dispensaries,  PACKS and...
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In Good Company Issue No. 14

Each month we’ll be sharing positive stories that we’re hearing. Join us on this journey as we recognize these resilient companies and individuals that are finding ways to give back to the community. We're proud to be  IN GOOD COMPANY . This month's stories include: Barstool Sports founder Dave...
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In Good Company Issue No. 13

Each month we’ll be sharing positive stories that we’re hearing. Join us on this journey as we recognize these resilient companies and individuals that are finding ways to give back to the community. We're proud to be  IN GOOD COMPANY . This month's stories include: California Fashion Association (CFA) ...
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In Good Company Issue No. 12

Each month we’ll be sharing positive stories that we’re hearing. Join us on this journey as we recognize these resilient companies and individuals that are finding ways to give back to the community. We're proud to be  IN GOOD COMPANY . This month's stories include: Communities In Schools of...
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In Good Company Issue No. 11

Each month we’ll be sharing positive stories that we’re hearing. Join us on this journey as we recognize these resilient companies and individuals that are finding ways to give back to the community. We're proud to be  IN GOOD COMPANY . This month's stories: Women In Film  has launched...
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In Good Company | Issue No. 10

Each month we’ll be sharing positive stories that we’re hearing. Join us on this journey as we recognize these resilient companies and individuals that are finding ways to give back to the community. We're proud to be  IN GOOD COMPANY . This month's stories: The Boys and Girls Club...
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In Good Company | Issue No. 9

Each month we’ll be sharing positive stories that we’re hearing. Join us on this journey as we recognize these resilient companies and individuals that are finding ways to give back to the community. We're proud to be  IN GOOD COMPANY .  This month's stories:  The Shurl and Kay Curci...
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In Good Company | Issue No. 8

We have observed the tough decisions business owners and individuals have had to make in light of these unprecedented times. We know that everyone is doing the best they can under these dire circumstances. We also feel it is important to shine a light on local businesses and community...
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In Good Company | Issue No. 7

We have observed the tough decisions business owners and individuals have had to make in light of these unprecedented times. We know that everyone is doing the best they can under these dire circumstances. We also feel it is important to shine a light on local businesses and community...
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In Good Company | Issue No. 6

We have observed the tough decisions business owners and individuals have had to make in light of these unprecedented times. We know that everyone is doing the best they can under these dire circumstances. We also feel it is important to shine a light on local businesses and community...
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In Good Company | Issue No. 5

We have observed the tough decisions business owners and individuals have had to make in light of these unprecedented times. We know that everyone is doing the best they can under these dire circumstances. We also feel it is important to shine a light on local businesses and community...
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In Good Company | Issue No. 4

We have observed the tough decisions business owners and individuals have had to make in light of these unprecedented times. We know that everyone is doing the best they can under these dire circumstances. We also feel it is important to shine a light on local businesses and community...
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