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Attorney Totals Largely the Same Despite Changes

Count Up Less Than 1%; Double-Digit Firm ShiftsFirst thing we do is count all the lawyers. This week’s Business Journal list of the top law firms in Orange County ranked by number of attorneys here show about 2,700 spread across 88 firms, from No. 1 Knobbe Martens with more than 150 to the four firms tied at No. 85, which have 10 apiece, the cutoff for being ranked this year.

Parcel Pending Names Irvine Co. Alum CMO

Irvine-based Parcel Pending hired Colleen Lambros as chief marketing officer.

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ShiftPixy Q2 Sales up 67%

Irvine-based ShiftPixy Inc. reported fiscal second quarter revenue for the period jumped 67% to $13.2 million from the same period a year earlier.

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CareTrust to Raise $135M

San Clemente’s CareTrust REIT Inc. (Nasdaq: CTRE) increased the size of a public offering that’s now expected to raise $135 million, to help pay debt.

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Allied Universal Buys Systems Integrator

Santa Ana’s Allied Universal, the nation’s largest private security force, said it will acquire Securadyne Systems, a Dallas based provider of security systems.

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Ensign Group Makes 2 Acquisitions

Mission Viejo’s the Ensign Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ENSG), today bought two healthcare facilities in the Dallas and Phoenix areas.

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JWA Passengers Up, Flights Down

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic rose 3.4% in February to 790,000 compared with the same month last year. There were about 21,000 flights to and the OC airport in February, a 9% dip from February 2018.

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BofA Names New Merrill OC Exec

Bank of America named Joe Holsinger as market executive for Merrill Lynch in greater Orange County.

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El Pollo Loco Adds COO

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCO) named Miguel Lozano chief operating officer. He joins the company April 1.

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CSU Board Appoints Virjee President

Framroze “Fram” Virjee, who has been president of California State University-Fullerton under a temporary posting for about 15 months, was named to “the permanent presidency” by California State University’s Board of Trustees.

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Famed Lawyer Keeps on Suing

Mark P. Robinson Jr. is concerned about the corporate bankruptcies he’s seen the past few months.

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UCI Names Population Health Head

University of California-Irvine named Bernadette Boden-Albala as director and founding dean of the university’s new school for population health.

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Mechanics Bank Buys Rabobank for $2.1 Billion

Mechanics Bank, whose Chief Executive John DeCero splits half of his time in its Irvine office, purchased Rabobank N.A. for $2.1 billion.

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Cannabis Company Names CEO

Chris Beals has been promoted to chief executive of Irvine-based Weedmaps.

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Marriott Wraps $32M Redo

Anaheim Marriott has concluded a two-year, $32 million hotel renovation.

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JWA Traffic Up In January

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic rose 0.3% in January to 819,000 compared with the same month last year.

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