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Work-Life Balance: The Art of the Interview

November 3, 2006

For Tamina Alon, the choices are clear. The 26-year-old Hastings student would much rather have her law books in one hand and her two little boys in her lap than juggle her parenting obligations and a 90-hour work week at a firm — which is why more law students seem to be having kids while they’re still in school.

The flip side, Alon said, is that you get the short end of the stick in interviewing for jobs. “They don’t want people with families,” the president of Parents at Hastings said. “They say: go to the government, they have nice 9-to-5 positions, you will do fine there.”

When she asks working attorneys how their family life is, she invariably gets two responses. “They are surprised,” she said. “Or I get laughter: ‘What family life?’ they ask.”

The advice Alon gets is to wait to get the job offer, then spring the news that you’re pregnant or a parent.



S.F. Attorney Fights for More JonBenet Coverage

August 28, 2006

The man accused — mostly by himself — of the 10-year-old murder of JonBenet Ramsey is worried about getting a fair trial given, among other things, the media circus triggered by his admission of involvement in the juvenile beauty queen’s death.

But San Francisco attorney Rachel Matteo-Boehm is fighting for even more coverage of the tabloid story of the summer — she’s trying to unseal records of John Mark Karr’s California child-porn arrest.


MoFo: Apologist for Backdaters

June 9, 2006

Morrison & Foerster would just like a little more nuance from the media. The firm invited a gaggle of journalists to its San Francisco offices on Thursday to explain the finer point on this backdating-stock-options issue that’s the new hot business scandal.

The media, Litigator Jordan Eth said, has painted a picture of corporate greed with strokes that are much too broad.

Eth said that there are probably a handful of companies that doctored documents and hid things from company books and officials. But, nuances more important than malevolent “backdating” have gone unnoticed.

Backdating is the act of altering the timing of stock grants to match a low stock price so that executives rake in more money when the options mature and they sell high. Stories in the Wall Street Journal have noted funny cases in which lucky, lucky recipients’ option dates perfectly coincide with the stock’s lowest recent close.

Sometimes that’s “purely accidental,” corporate attorney William Sherman said, adding that by lumping all the companies in one bag “you’re catching the dolphins in the tuna net.”


Greene Radovsky Stretches Its Name

June 8, 2006

It took a couple of decades to mull over, but at the end of May, partners at San Francisco corporate services boutique Greene Radovsky Maloney & Share made Mark Hennigh the firm’s new name partner.

“They finally saw the light,” Hennigh said Thursday, with a laugh.

Partner Ronald W. Garrity said the honor recognizes the work Hennigh has done both for the 30-lawyer firm as a whole and for his bustling real estate practice.

“It’s something that recognizes a person’s contribution over a very long period of time,” Garrity said. “”He’s made an extraordinary contribution over many years.”

Very long indeed.

This is the first time Greene Radovsky has made a change to its name. Hennigh said the partners had been kicking around the idea to add Hennigh to the masthead since the 1980s. It was Joseph Radovsky who proposed it and a unanimous vote from the firm’s 12 partners a few months ago made it a done deal.


A Better Day’s Pay for Associates

February 3, 2006

Most firms say to get the talent, you have to pay market. San Jose’s Day Casebeer takes things up a notch — or three.

The philosophy at the 34-lawyer IP litigation boutique is to get superior talent, you have to pay superior salaries. And that is what they aimed to do when, following a string of announcements by L.A. and Bay Area firms in recent weeks, Day, too, raised its associate salaries across the board.

Partner Paul Grewal said that Day lawyers can’t ignore Irell & Manella’s and Quinn Emanuel’s moves to raise associate pay. “We compete most directly with large Bay Area firms,? he said, “but our competition in terms of high-stakes IP litigation is national.?

That’s why, the firm says, it has to do more than keep up with the Joneses. Or Quinns. While first- and second-year levels match the going market rate of $135,000 and $145,000, respectively, Day beats even the New York base pay starting in year three: Day’s third-year class is paid $175,000, fourth-year associates get $190,000 and seventh-year salaries hit a staggering $235,000.

Is this pay scale unreasonable in light of the market peak at $210,000? Not a chance, Grewal says.

“Associates in the third year and above begin to really contribute value and we believe the compensation should match,? said Grewal, who is in charge of Day’s salary program. He said it was “tempting? to ditch the “bump over the market? but, at the end of the day, “it was important to keep it.?

The firm, founded in 1998, last raised salaries in 2000.

— Petra Pasternak