OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Businesswoman Thrives in Male-Dominated Realms

Julie Hill Combined Drive, Dream to Defy Naysayers

“Pretty little girls like you become bitches-on-wheels if you go into business.”

Mom’s Love for Baby Inspired Specialized Line

LulyBoo Creator’s Naiveté Powered Her Through Snags

They say that what you don’t know won’t hurt you, or in Pazit Benezri’s case, stifle her entrepreneurial spirit.

Q&A

Lawyers are watching policy changes and new initiatives that might affect their practices as the Trump administration’s direction takes early shape, and many say they already see areas likely to create new work.

Industry Still Grapples With Dearth of Minority Lawyers

Many Say More Work Needed to Attain Diversity

The general counsel of Palo Alto-based HP Inc. recently put its outside law firms on notice that the company could withhold up to 10% of all amounts invoiced by law firms that don’t meet or exceed its minimal staffing requirements regarding diversity.

Law Firm’s Patronage Puts Marketing in New Gear

Cycling Helps Knobbe Martens’ PR Go ’Round

When Ellen Noble pedaled to first place in the Under 23 division of the European World Cup Series—the equivalent of the Tour de France for cyclo-cross, or cross-country cycling—the logo of Irvine-based Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP law firm was prominently visible on her shoulders.

Firms Hold Back on Attorney Hires for Second Year

Numbers Again Flat After Modest Post-Recovery Gains

Law firms in Orange County held attorney counts steady over the past year for the second year in a row after two years of modest gains.

Offices Now Investments for Area’s Ultra-Wealthy

Top Deals of ’16 Led By Handful of Rich Buyers

High-net-worth investors in some areas of the country are known for collecting an assortment of fancy cars, jewelry, mansions and other luxury items.

Title Insurers Seek More Buys in Face of Rate Hikes

Brokerage Business, Data Firms on Shopping List

Orange County’s largest title insurance providers are looking at acquisitions both inside and outside their core business lines to help them grow operations and improve efficiencies in a climate of interest rate hikes likely to cut into their refinancing work.

Food Dreams on Okinawa Unfold at South Coast Plaza

Sushi Master Lives To Delight With His Creations

This is a story of a little boy in Japan who knew what he wanted to be when he grew up, and us food lovers are all the better for it.

Dine Around the World One Tasty Plate at a Time

Fifi Tours OC’s Under-The- Radar Ethnic Restaurants

Orange County keeps getting richer and richer with dining possibilities. We are lucky to have so many family-owned, individual places interspersed with the big, fancy restaurants.

Q&A

Some industries anticipate changes in business regulations as a result of the November elections and President Donald Trump’s promises of changes that could help spur business activity.

Bank Deposits Increase 13% to $109.6 Billion

Top Three Unchanged, Represent 37% of Growth

Banks in Orange County enjoyed another banner year as deposits climbed 13% to $109.6 billion for the year ended June 30, up 60% over five years earlier.

Lake Forest Homebuilding Steps Out of Shadows

Ongoing Projects, Pipeline Add Slew of New Homes

Lake Forest, despite being in the shadow of California’s two best-selling master-planned communities, has been holding its own during the latest residential building boom.

Top Service, Top Prices at OC’s Latest Luxe Rentals

Irvine Co., Shea Put on The Ritz for Latest Projects

Orange County’s newest batch of luxury apartment communities, which command some of the highest rents ever seen among complexes here, aren’t for renters short on cash.

New-Home Sales Surge to Levels Not Seen Since ‘03

Large Projects Feed 31% Sales Growth

Close to $4 billion was spent on new homes in Orange County last year as builders here posted their best sales year since 2003, thanks to new projects going up at the area’s largest master-planned communities.