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									   CAREER COUNSELOR’S CORNER                                                                                                1. 800. 973.1177

Practicing In: San Francisco
[Michael Steele]
The bubble may have burst, but the living is still good.

Yes, the dot-com era is over. Yes, local law         boutique Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder       of a certain tax bracket flock to Heather on
firms have laid off scores of lawyers. No,           is considered the Boies Schiller of Cali.       upper Fillmore for upscale fashions from
there are no tumbleweeds tumbling down                                                               lesser-known designers. Rolo Garage, in
San Francisco’s famously hilly streets. While        HOT TICKETS                                     SoMa, sells of-the-moment designer clothes
firms heavily dependent on technology have           The landmark Fillmore is the place where        at a discount. Still fond of batik? Cruise the
taken a thrashing, the city remains one of the       Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane made        neo-hippie shops in the Haight-Ashbury.
country’s top five legal markets. But more           history; today you can catch acts from Alanis
than being a good place to work, San Fran-           Morissette to Musiq. The sleek San Francisco    HOT BARS
cisco is a fabulous place to live. If the city’s     Museum of Modern Art building, opened in        After work, meet for a martini at Bix, a ‘30s-
rolling hills, sweeping views, and painted           1995, is a work of art in its own right-never   style supper club, or go celebrity spotting
Victorians aren’t beautiful enough for you,          mind that the museum showcases lead-            (Robin Williams, Francis Ford Coppola) at
head to Tahoe, Yosemite, or Big Sur, each            ing Left Coast talent. Of the city’s many       the charming, elegant Tosca Cafe. If you’re
less than a half-day’s drive away. The Bay           world-famous tourist attractions, locals        in the Castro, stop in at The Cafe, a casual
City’s proximity to the Napa and Sonoma Val-         place spooky, foggy Alcatraz at the top of      bar and lounge with pool tables and a dance
leys fuels a cultish devotion to fine food and       the list. The hugely popular Bay to Breakers    floor that draws a fabulous crowd of gays and
wine. And a long tradition of live-and-let-live      12k run, held each May, draws an only-in-       lipstick lesbians. Club Six attracts a mixed,
tolerance has produced a diverse, never-dull         San Francisco mix of world-class athletes,      fun-loving set that bobs along to a deep-
citizenry. Worldly yet down-to-earth, liberal-       everyday fitness enthusiasts, drag queens,      house soundtrack. And it doesn’t get any
minded but hardworking, San Franciscans              and nudists.                                    cooler (Ha!) than Sno-Drift, a club built to
take pride in their city’s reputation as the                                                         look like a ski lodge.
American Paris. Hell, some call Paris the            HOT HOODS
French San Francisco.                                Edgy, postindustrial neighborhoods that drew    HOT RESTAURANTS
                                                     dot-commers in the ‘90s, like SoMa (“south      Boulevard is hailed as the city’s best eatery
HOT JOBS                                             of Market”), have suddenly gotten a lot more    of the moment; ask for a seat with a view of
Large and diversified Morrison & Foerster            affordable. If you’d rather live in a classic   the Bay Bridge and order the roasted pork
was San Francisco’s top-grossing firm in             San Franciscan Victorian, check out Noe         loin. After a decade of dazzling lawyers and
2001. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and             Valley. The Marina is a preferred mating area   other professionals with its creative seafood
Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe are among            for young urban professionals (locals call      specialties, Aqua is still the gold-card stan-
the city’s other top multipractice shops.            them Gap Republicans). After you’ve made        dard for power lunches. The Slanted Door
Tech-driven firms such as Wilson Sonsini             managing partner, head for Pacific Heights-     has drawn gushing reviews for its haute Viet-
Goodrich & Rosati and Cooley Godward have            the storied hilltop mansion district with the   namese cuisine. Berkeley’s Chez Panisse is
been battered by the dot-com implosion,              drop-dead views of San Francisco Bay            where legendary chef Alice Waters launched
but if it’s cutting-edge tech work you seek,                                                         the ultrafresh local seasonal ingredients
they’re still leaders. If you’re set on joining      HOT SHOPPING                                    movement; if you even pretend to be a foodie,
a corporate counsel team, a slew of Fortune          Union Square is SF’s answer to New York’s       make the pilgrimage.
500 companies are headquartered in the Bay           SoHo or Chicago’s Miracle Mile. In addition
Area, from tech behemoths like Hewlett-              to the major department stores (Neiman
Packard and Intel to such Old Economy giants         Marcus, Tiffany, Saks), you’ll find Armani,
as ChevronTexaco and PG&E. Litigation                Gucci, and other high-end boutiques. Women


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