Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Thursday, July 12, 2012


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Ex-Mayor Riordan Declares He’s Supporting Jackson


Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson announced yesterday that the name of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan has been added to his list of endorsers.

This statement from Riordan was released:

“Public safety has always been my top priority both as Mayor of Los Angeles and as a private citizen. It is essential that our next District Attorney be a top-notch courtroom prosecutor. That is why I am supporting Alan Jackson for DA without hesitation. Alan knows what it takes to put criminals behind bars and will keep us safe as District Attorney.”

Jackson’s opponent in the November run-off is Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey. On June 26, she announced support from California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel.

Jones said:

“California District Attorneys work closely with the office of the Insurance Commissioner to crack down on insurance fraud. Los Angeles County needs a District Attorney who will fight to protect consumers from exploitation.”

Ridley-Thomas made this statement:

“Jackie Lacey is a hope and inspiration for all our communities. She rose from a hard-working family in the Crenshaw District to become second-in-command of the nation’s largest local prosecutorial office. She is a leader of extraordinary talent and dedication.”

Greuel remarked:

“Jackie Lacey has years of experience leading an office comprised of 1,000 lawyers and 300 law enforcement officers. She has been at the forefront of delivering cost-saving reforms to the judicial system. I am confident she is the best candidate to deliver justice in Los Angeles.”

The law firm of Loeb & Loeb LLP yesterday announced that Allen Z. Sussman has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the Capital Markets and Corporate Practice Groups.

He was previously a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice at Reed Smith LLP in Los Angeles.

Loeb & Loeb Chairman Michael D. Beck was quoted in a press release as saying:

“As we continue to build our corporate and capital markets platform on the West Coast and nationally, we have focused on talent that can add both business and legal savvy to our practice.  Allen brings just the right blend of skill and know-how and he will be a great addition to our team.”

Sussman is the second lateral partner to join Loeb & Loeb’s Corporate Practice in Los Angeles this year, following the addition of Chelsea Grayson in March. She previously worked at Jones Day.

Deborah C. Saxe, who specializes in representing employers in complex labor disputes, will retire Sunday from her practice at Jones Day, where she is a partner.

She announced yesterday in an e-mail to “friends and colleagues”:

“After taking the rest of the summer off, I will be doing business as Saxe Arbitration and Mediation Services starting in September.  I will continue to be a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Employment  Law Panel and the ARC neutrals panel.  I also will be available to serve as an expert witness for labor and employment law matters.”

Saxe is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Board of Trustees, as well as serving on the Executive Committee of LACBA’s Senior Lawyers Section and the Board of Governors of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. 

She is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

The Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Trusts & Estates Section on Tuesday will present a lunch program on “Hill Street Blues: Fiduciary Reports and Accountings—How to Compel and Defend Them.”

A meeting announcement says:

“The program will review the requirement for court filed accountings, how to compel an accounting  from a personal representative, trustee, guardian, conservator, and attorney-in-fact. The program will also address objections to accountings, including a discussion on fees, burden of proof issues at trial and potential liability for fiduciaries.”

Speakers will be Gary M. Ruttenberg, a partner in  Bloom & Ruttenberg; Lynard Hinojosa, a partner in  Hinojosa & Wallet, and Carmen Alberio, a Los Angeles Superior Court probate attorney.

Registration and lunch are scheduled from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with the program taking place from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. There will be one hour of MCLE credit.

The venue will be Lawry’s, 100 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills.

The cost will be $70 for section members who pay in advance, $90.00 for BHBA members who don’t belong to the section, $110 for others who pay in advance, and $20 more for each person who pays at the door.

Reservations can be made online at or by telephoning (310) 601-BHBA.

The Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Entertainment Law Section on Wednesday will hear a discussion     on “Breaking into China Without Going Broke: Film Finance, Distribution and Co-Production in the  People’s Republic of China.”

Panelists will be Rey Rodriguez, assistant chief coun­sel for Walt Dis­ney Studios Mo­tion Pictures International, who has worked with Disney for more than 16 years on legal issues relating to theatrical motion picture dis­tri- bution in Asia, Europe, and Latin America; Bethany Hengsbach, a partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP in Los Angeles, specializing in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance and investigations; Tom Ara, a partner at Reed Smith LLP, who has represented various companies in the media and entertainment industry in China and the Asia region since 2006; and Chris Fenton, president of DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group and general manager of DMG North America, the chief architect in creating new business opportunities for DMG with North American based partners. The moderator will be attorney Brian C. Schaller.

The meeting announcement provides this information:

“China’s theatrical box office is now #2 in the world, and investment in China-bound films has reached new peak. This program will cover Chinese investment in U.S. films, international investment in Chinese co-productions, and the dangers awaiting your client in this complex and ever-changing market. Ever heard of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)? We’ll give you tools to advise your clients on doing business in China while staying out of jail. Does your client have a film they want to distribute in China? Only a limited number of foreign movies are allowed in the PRC each year, and we’ll tell you how to qualify as a Chinese co-production. Join us as our panelists unravel the mysteries of the PRC regulatory structure, theatrical marketplace, and film finance.”

The noon lunch meeting will take place at Lawry’s. The meal selections are salmon, fruit, or vegetarian.

The cost for those who pay in advance is $70 for section members, $45 for BHBA Law Students, $90 for BHBA members who aren’t in the section, $100 for non-BHBA members, and $20 extra for those who pay at the door.

Reservations can be made online or by telephone.


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