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					   CAREER COUNSELOR’S CORNER                                                                                               1. 800. 973.1177

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.                  Hot Restaurants
coexist in a thriving legal market supported                                                        The owners of Campanile have turned Charlie
by the world’s eleventh-largest economy. In      Want to be a cybercop? The California De-          Chaplin’s former office building into L.A.’s
addition to being home to the entertainment      partment of Corporations’ Internet Compliance      favorite place for Mediterranean fare (try the
biz (most firms do at least some work related    and Enforcement Team patrols the Web for           rosemary-charred baby lamb). Lawyers and
to the Industry), Los Angeles County boasts      securities fraud. Or you can play crime-           agents power-lunch with their famous clients
thriving banking, health care, tourism, and      buster as a deputy D.A. for the Los Angeles        at the Ivy, just a short drive from law offices
high-tech sectors. And of course, there’s no     County District Attorney’s Office, the nation’s    on the west side. Late night at the office?
lack of government jobs in a county whose        largest local prosecutorial outfit.                Stop at Pink’s on the way home and grab a
bureaucracy is larger than that of many                                                             world-class chili dog.
small countries. Worried about a reces-          Hot Bars
sion? California is the place you ought to be    With its velvet ropes and Sirius-level star        Hot Tickets
(thanks, Jed). The Golden State led the coun-    power, Skybar, in the Mondrian Hotel, is the       Craving some culture? See the breathtaking
try out of the early ‘90s slump, and L.A.’s      most “Hollywood” way to spend an evening. If       Getty Center museum-the long wait for tick-
population and economy have boomed since.        you make the cut and get past the doorman,         ets has finally subsided, so you can now get
                                                 you’re in for panoramic views -- of city and       a peek inside instead of staring up at it from
Hot Jobs                                         silicone. For offbeat entertainment, squeeze       the traffic jam on the 405. Or catch a concert
Every year, hordes of starry-eyed law grads      into Largo and catch musician Jon Brion,           at the Hollywood Bowl-the annual evening of
migrate west in hopes of making it big in        who, in addition to producing albums for           motion picture themes by Academy Award-
entertainment practice. But in a city of 3.8     Fiona Apple and playing alongside the Wall-        winning composer John Williams is a local
million people, career choices are virtu-        flowers, can sound like the Beatles perform-       kitsch favorite. If you get the chance, accept
ally unlimited. L.A. is home to big dogs like    ing the theme from The Jeffersons. Giant, a        a partner’s invitation to hit the links at the
Latham & Watkins, which ranks high among         weekly music event at the Park Plaza hotel,        ultraexclusive Riviera country club. Fear not,
the nation’s most profitable firms, and          is flat-out the coolest place to dance. For        O.J.’s no longer a member.
O’Melveny & Myers, where the world’s least       details, see
sexy man, former secretary of state Warren                                                          Hot Shopping
Christopher, is senior partner. And you can’t    Hot ‘Hoods                                         Unless you’re shopping for a mink, forget
beat the local chapter of Skadden, Arps for      Most big firms and courts are downtown,            geriatric Rodeo Drive. Robertson Boulevard
associate salaries ($140,000 for first-years).   but nobody lives in this concrete jungle. Try      is where locals go for high-end fashion - try
                                                 nearby Los Feliz or Silver Lake -- both are        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 Sep-
tember 2001 issue of JD Jungle.


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