Michele Johnson: Litigator, Leader

LAW: Securities work; US Soccer representationLifetime of legal toil, honor

Taylor Made Cuisine Packs Meal Delivery Punch

FOOD: Upstart’s subscription plans take off during pandemic

It all started with a million-dollar plate of enchiladas.

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SBA Loans Jump 63% as Average Size Gets Larger

FINANCE: $207M for top 15 lenders in OC

Loans under the Small Business Administration to local borrowers soared 63% to $206.6 million on the Business Journal’s annual list of lenders.

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Global Reach for Allied Universal

Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award winner Steve Jones has elevated his company amid pandemic

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ATI Goes Shopping

More acquisitions are being planned for 2021

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Pinner Pivots in Trying Year

Successful pandemic pivot helps Pinner achieve $180 million in sales during 2020

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KPRS Adapts to COVID Curveball

2021 revenue is predicted to be higher with a focus on post-pandemic projects

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Montage International Sees Booking Uptick

2021 booking are increasing along with unannounced projects coming later this year

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Rutan Lightens Load in Move to Irvine

Less Files, More Efficiency at Boardwalk

Working from home and digital assets helped in the move to newly built space

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Western State Finds Home At Westcliff University

EDUCATION: Anticipates growth amid distance learning

Western State growth a good sign for the legal education market in Southern California

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Law Firms’ Headcount Holds Up Despite Closures

Tech, Life Sciences See Boost in Work

Even though COVID-19 closed courtrooms and forced employees to work from their homes, Orange County’s biggest law firms found a way to keep their workforce steady.


$501M for Top 26 Deals; Local Buyers Take Center Stage

Local brokers indicate buyers continue to want new homes that require little to no work, with outdated or older homes sitting on the market

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CRE Dealmaking a Mixed Scene

Industrial Flourishes, Others Hit by COVID’s Impact

Orange County’s 2020 commercial market was a divided one. Some sectors suffered blows dealt by the pandemic while others flourished as a result of new and ongoing tenant and investor demand.

Office’s Mixed Bag

The office sector in 2021 “will be the most interesting to watch as employees start to return,” notes CBRE’s Kurt Strasmann.

Multifamily: Focus on Affordability

Three recent blockbuster deals in the multifamily sector have been geared toward increasing OC’s inventory of affordable and workforce housing, another supply-constrained product type.

Retail’s Losses are Other’s Gains

The retail and hospitality sector have struggled throughout the pandemic, as brick-and-mortar retail suffers from shelter-in-place mandates and travel restrictions keep hotel occupancy in the low double-digits.