OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Morgan Lewis Thinks Big on Intellectual Property

Global Firm Nearly Twice The Size In Orange County With New TeamMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is doubling down on Orange County, in particular the region’s growing base of technology and life sciences firms that need help navigating intellectual property, patent and trademark litigation and enforcement-related matters.

OC’s Public Cos. Jump 22% in Year

Edwards, Chipotle Lead Increase

Orange County’s publicly traded companies reported a combined 22% gain in their market capitalizations for the 12 months ended March 29, aided by a first quarter rebound and huge gains by the area’s two most valuable public firms.

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Edwards Adds $20B Market Value in Two Years

Heart Valve Maker Up On Less-Invasive Work

What does a one-year, 35% jump in shares look like?

Chipotle Foundation Accelerator Sees Future of Food

RESTAURANTS: Maple Tree Water, Ostrich Meat

Last week came word—on April Fool’s Day, no less, which caused a minor stir as social media doubted the news—that Burger King restaurants will sell meatless Whoppers.

Fun With Wall Street Metrics

For anyone who invests in or closely follows companies trading on Wall Street, it’s fun to pore over the metrics, build models and do comparisons.

Legal Cannabis a Wild West Show for OC

Cities, Firms, Investors In Growing Pains of New Biz

Cannabis is growing. So are the legal issues surrounding the sale of pot.

Retailer Case Could Touch Other Industries

Tilly’s On-Call Issue Involved Local Attorneys

A case involving on-call workers at an Orange County retailer could put other California companies at risk for expensive wage-and-hour lawsuits, OC attorneys said.

Hotels Pay More Attention to Labor, ADA Laws

Long Beach Measure Watched in OC

Overtime regulations, new human trafficking training regulations that take effect next year, and efforts to eliminate sexual harassment are at the forefront of the latest batch of labor issues taking aim at the hospitality and tourism sector.

Attorney Totals Largely the Same Despite Changes

Count Up Less Than 1%; Double-Digit Firm Shifts

First 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.

Orange County’s Top Home Sales of the Year

Billionaires, OC Execs & Others Spend $515M

A collection of local and out-of-town billionaires, well-known and under-the-radar business executives, foreign buyers and other well-heeled investors spent more than half a billion dollars on Orange County’s most valuable homes for the second year running.

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2018’s CRE Headline Makers

$3.2B Sales, 3.9M SF of Office, Industrial Leases

Blockbuster office and apartment transactions took center stage in Orange County last year, while industrial and retail sales failed to attract as many deep-pocketed investors.

Commercial, Apartment Investor Waters Merge

Stillwater, Waterford Join Forces

John Drachman landed Orange County’s most in-demand tenant of 2018, when his Stillwater Investment Group convinced Glaukos Corp., a fast-growing medical device firm with a $2.2 billion valuation, to move its headquarters from San Clemente to Aliso Viejo.

Homebuying Slump Adds to Title Insurers Woes

Transactions Down 20% Amid Rising Rates

Title insurers continued to see a decline in business last year, a trend they hope will stabilize in 2019 and end two years of consecutive losses.

Chef and Restaurateur of the Year

Rising Star Chef, ‘Blue Box’ Restaurant

The Business Journal for more than two decades has honored culinary standouts in the community of business, naming a Chef of the Year and Restaurateur of the Year.

Soup to Nuts, But No Jell-O: A Feast for OC Foodies

County Fills Shopping Cart Just Fine From Food Suppliers List

Charting foodmakers in Orange County is like nailing Jell-O to the wall—given that the powdered gelatin, an early patent of which predates the 1889 formal founding of OC by 44 years, is possibly the only edible substance someone isn’t making locally.

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