Firms Grow: New Players, Practices; OC M&A

Orrick, McCune, Crowell, Troutman, K&L Ramp ItSeveral law firms with OC presences are growing their area operations noticeably—by different metrics and in varied ways.

New Rutan MP Protects Past, Preps Opportunity

LAW: Frazier says intention keys future

Mark Frazier means it

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Q & A

Legal Trends, Law Firm Changes

Editor’s Note: The Business Journal asked OC attorneys across various business areas about key trends and issues, client needs, and what moves law firms are making in 2020. Individual edited responses keyed to those areas follow over several pages.

Law Firms Flat Overall, Volatile One-By-One

Firms Hold, Fold; 91 Bigs Have Some 2,800 OC JDs

The Business Journal’s list of Orange County’s largest law firms is like the first moments after a trial ends: there are winners and there are … opposing counsel.

Orange County’s Top Home Sales of the Year

Cumulative Volume Falls 7%; Buyers Demand New Product

Down 7%, still tops $465M

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Masimo Aims for $1B in Sales for 2020

DEVICES: Battling opioids; coronavirus may boost sales

Opioids, coronavirus open new areas

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CRE Blockbuster Deals Down 19%

Nervous Buyers, Overly Optimistic Sellers

A cautious buyer pool contributed to a drop-off in commercial real estate sales activity in Orange County last year.

All Leased Up

Full-Building Office, Industrial Leases Increasingly Common

The motto for companies looking for space in Orange County last year?

South Coast Plaza Returns

Menu, Marketing Drive Success for Amar Santana and Ahmed Labbate

Santana, Labbate back home

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Mountain Mike’s Pizza Scales New Heights

RESTAURANTS: Wants 350 units in three years

Pizza me!

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Shofner’s Franco-Gaelic Cuisine Lands, Lauded in OC

Lido, by Way of Laguna, Dublin, Irvine, France

How does a chef make it in OC’s crowded and competitive culinary landscape?

Nano Banc Intends To Keep Growing Big

BANKING: Startup brings tech feel

This is not a fintech

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Q&A: Bankers Turn Bullish

Up on 2020 Economy, Cybersecurity, Fintech

Twelve months ago, the U.S. economy looked like a bubble that could pop at any time from rising interest rates and inverted yield curves.

Bank of America Gains $1B in OC Deposits

Deposits Up, Headcount Down, Branches Move

Bank of America Corp. claimed the top spot on the Business Journal’s annual list of 41 banks operating here; its deposits climbed 5.6% to $24.1 billion as of mid-2019.

Venture Capitalists Investing in Food, Data, Security

13 Groups: $2.1B in Funds, $81M of Local Buying

For venture capital based in OC there’s an 800-pound gorilla and everyone else.