SFVBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Q1 Data Paints Partial Picture

Brokers and economists anticipate upticks in future quarters for Burbank and the Conejo Valley.A look at 2018’s first-quarter highlights.

Legal Markets in Flux

Changing regulations and lifestyle shifts during the pandemic have created a windfall for some law practices while others languish.

Workers’ Compensation

Employer clients seek counsel on workplace rules and medical claims related to the virus.

Business for employment and workers’ compensation attorneys has skyrocketed for local firms, with employers keeping counsel on speed dial when it comes to handling COVID-related regulations.

Franchising/Intellectual Property

Independent contractor law AB5 could disrupt the franchise business model in California.

Franchise law has shrunk since last March, while the related field of intellectual property law has seen a modest uptick in business interest, Tal Grinblat of Encino firm Lewitt Hackman said.

Personal Injury

Less driving means fewer traffic accidents, so firms must get creative to find clients.

Personal injury lawyers overall have suffered a decline in business during the pandemic, and the reason is obvious – people aren’t driving anywhere.

Family Law

Courthouse closures and masked witnesses complicate cases that often hinge on credibility.

At Reape-Rickett Law Firm in Valencia, the family matters practice had an overall drop in revenue last year, mostly due to court closures during stay-at-home orders rather than a drop in business, said Partner James Reape.

Response to Crisis

A look at how specific industries rethink processes and products to survive and prosper in the coronavirus outbreak.

By now, Business Journal readers have recognized the disruption caused by the health crisis.

Communication Up for Employment Lawyers

LAW: Firms utilize conference calls, email newsletters to keep clients on top of regulations.

The virus pandemic, and its resultant changes in employment regulations, has prompted an avalanche of work for Valley law firms.

Altered Trajectory for Life Science R&D

BIOTECH: Companies find new markets for technology; others forge research partnerships.

In the midst of the global pandemic, some biotech companies have adapted to meet the growing crisis through acquisitions, special programs and pipeline shifts.

Hotels on Hold in a World Without Travel

HOSPITALITY: Properties close doors and use downtime to refurbish.

While many hotel operators fear the COVID-19 outbreak could spell doomsday, developer Tahir Mian sees it as an opportunity to rehab his properties.

Looming Layoffs for Cash-Strapped Factories

MANUFACTURING: Owners and managers foresee ‘some difficult times coming.’

At Burbank Dental Lab, the coronavirus outbreak forced the company’s owner to go from 200 employees down to 10.

Construction Sites Build Social Distancing

DEVELOPMENT: Crews follow rules to keep working in pandemic.

In the midst of a pandemic, construction projects continue to move forward, unlike hard-hit states New York and Washington, which have shut down the building trades.

Focus on East Valley Offices, Industrial Sites

Special Report: Real Estate Quarterly

Lower vacancy in Burbank, Glendale; warehouse dearth.

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