What is The Esquire Network?
The Esquire Network (TEN) provides fun, structured networking opportunities across Greater LA to bring together lawyers and build their businesses.
An easy way to get and make referrals across practices.
Make new colleagues and friends through structured events.
Lawyers helping fellow lawyers increase their business.
Meeting Location: 1050 S. Kimball Road, Ventura, CA 93004
Moderator: David Shaneyfelt
Meeting Host: Wendy Lascher of Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP
Meeting Description: The Ventura TEN meeting is a meeting of about a dozen regulars and occasionally gets 20+. We meet at 7:00 am, and mingle in our lobby with bagels/muffins, fruit, coffee until 7:30. At 7:30, we head to our conference room. I give an intro and explanation. I then have each attendee give an elevator speech (often interrupting to pull out info of interest). I then open the floor to needs, thanks, and recognition. I then open the floor to some topic of discussion. By about 8:35, wrap it up and call for personal meetings. By 8:45, we’re done.
7 signed up so far.
NEW LOCATION: 1801 Century Park East, Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Moderator: David L. Fleck
Location Host: Landau Gottfried & Berger LLP
Food Host: Pravati Capital
57 signed up so far.
Meeting Location: 16633 Ventura Blvd. 11th Fl., Encino, CA 91436
Moderator: Bob Epstein
Meeting Host: David Bobrosky with Lewitt Hackman
Meeting Description: The Encino TEN meeting is an evening meeting that focuses on getting to know one another on a personal level so that we are comfortable referring business leads to other members of the group. In that the meeting is after work, wine is always included which at times makes for a very interesting meeting.
17 signed up so far.
Meeting Location: 10960 Wilshire Blvd., 7th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90024
Moderator: Peter Seidel
Meeting Host: Jessica Nadler with SingerLewak
Meeting Description: Street Parking Available
1 signed up so far.
Meeting Location: 655 N. Central Ave. 22nd Floor, Glendale, CA 91203
Moderator: Dean G. Rallis
Host: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
In addition to our networking activities, we will have the following presentation:
Title: “Growing Your Practice Through Litigation Finance”
Speakers: Charlie Brown, Director of Pravati Capital
Summary: Litigation Finance is a fast-growing industry. The law practice can present financial pressures, including cash flow, expensive litigation, hiring new staff, expanding into a new area, and many others. Failing to address these needs will limit a lawyer’s ability to build the law practice. Litigation Finance has been resourcing law firms for over 17 years, giving these firms the financial capital needed in litigation matters and help such firms reach their practice objectives.
Charlie Brown is the Director of Business Development for Pravati Capital. His background includes investment advising and legal marketing, providing a unique understanding of a law firm’s need for funding. Charlie has a broad business background including a Bay Area internet start-up, VARDA Inc., that was acquired and is now Trov.com. He has served on the board of an international NGO, and does leadership training at Vintage Leadership Collective in Santa Monica. Charlie is a Los Angeles native, and has worked with some of California’s largest firms in managing their growth. He has worked with firms concerning single plaintiff’s need for funding a case, as well as a multi-million dollar intellectual property matters.
Each month a group of local attorneys (Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, and surrounding areas) gather to expand their referral network among their peers. Join us at the next Glendale TEN meeting. Referrals come from people who know and remember you. TEN makes this relationship-building process easy; all you have to do is show up.
12 signed up so far.
On Tuesday evening, February 27, The Esquire Network will hold a social mixer at The Tuck Room Tavern in West Los Angeles (10850 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024). The Westside Mixer is sponsored by Allied Interpreting Service, Inc. and Farmers Insurance Agency – Barry Schreiber. This event is open to all practicing attorneys. Appetizers will be provided.
40 signed up so far.
Meeting Location: 601 South Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017 (25th Floor – London Conference Room)
Moderator: Anthony McClaren
Meeting Host: William Stoner
February 2018 Topic: Stopping Tit for Tat: Ending Sexual Harassment, Retaliation and Bias in the Workplace.
Ms. Semmel is a seasoned employment attorney with extensive experience in employment law and business litigation. Ms. Semmel serves as an arbitrator on the Employment Law Panel of the American Arbitration Association, as well as a Workplace Investigator and Discovery Referee. Ms. Semmel is a partner at Kelley•Semmel LLP where her practice focuses on the representation of employees, including matters involving employment discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and other protected characteristics; sexual harassment; wrongful termination; whistle blower actions; defamation, wage and hour disputes (unpaid wages, meal periods and overtime); unfair business practices and trade secrets.
Having practiced at a major law firm as well as a prestigious litigation boutique, Ms. Semmel brings to the representation of her clients the insight of having represented employers and businesses, in addition to her expertise on behalf of employees.
Ms. Semmel has published numerous articles, many in the Daily Journal, on a variety of employment law topics, such as employment privacy rights and other discovery issues. She is frequently invited to speak at conferences and seminars throughout the state about employment law.
Ms. Semmel graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, and earned her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Option 1 (Quickest Parking) – Park at Engine Co. No. 28, 644 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90017. Valet for $15. Cross the street caddy-corner to our building.
Option 2 (Cheapest Parking) – Park at Fig at 7th Shopping Center, 945 W. 8th St., Los Angeles. Park on L1, L2, or L3. 2 hours- $2.50; 3 hours $4.00 (with validation). Walk 2 blocks east up Figueroa Street to our building.
Option 3 (Millennial Style) – Take Red Line Metro Train to 7th Street Metro Center. Navigate to 7th and Figueroa, and walk 1 block east up Figueroa Street to our building.
We look forward to seeing you!
3 signed up so far.
Meeting Location: Ezer Williamson Law – 21515 Hawthorne Blvd. Suite 1150, Torrance, CA 90503
Moderator: Richard Williamson
Meeting Host: Cynthia Pollock
Business attire required. If you can not make it, please email Richard Williamson at email@example.com.
Meeting Location: 215 N. Marengo Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101
Moderator: Howard Raff
Host: The TEN Networks
4 signed up so far.
NEW LOCATION: 5707 Corsa Ave. 2nd Fl., Westlake Village, CA 91362
Moderator: Kathy Neumann
Meeting Host: Howard Loeb
1 signed up so far.
Meeting Location: Frankie’s Italian Kitchen – 5538 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356
Moderator: Allan Williams
Meeting Host: Nancy Lenik with City National Bank
Meeting Location: 6303 Owensmouth Ave. 10th Fl. Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Moderator: David Connelly
Host: The TEN Networks
March 2018 Topic: TBA
1 signed up so far.
Meeting Location: Mel’s Drive-In – 8585 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069
Moderator: Justin Sterling
Meeting Host: Mel’s Drive-In
Meeting Description: Arrive by 7:45am for extra networking!
Mel’s Diner requires that attendees make purchases for food or beverage. A purchase of a small cup of coffee and perhaps a pastry is enough to say thank you for allowing the Esquire Network to meet at its premise. Please park on the street when able.
1 signed up so far.
Meeting Location: Balboa Park – 16821 Burbank Blvd. Encino, CA 91436
Moderator: Stephen Danz
Meeting Description: Meet at the Balboa Park Golf Course Clubhouse, just west of Hayvenhurst on Burbank Blvd. Meet at entrance to club house parking lot. Ride will be easy on paved level path that surrounds the park. Ride will last around 45 minutes. Breakfast available for purchase after the ride.
Remember to bring safety equipment, bicycle locks, sun glasses, water.
1 signed up so far.
Date: March 11, 2018
Time: 7:15 AM
Where: Weddington Golf and Tennis Center – 4141 Whitsett Ave. Studio City, CA 91604
Who: TENesq. members, family members and guest. BEGINNERS WELCOME!
Gear: If you do not have your own gear, let me know and I may have loaners for you. Otherwise, you can rent gear at the facility.
What Else: Networking Breakfast
When: Immediately after golf (around 9 AM)
Where: On site.
In case of iffy weather, check for email announcements on the morning of play.
Meeting Location: 16133 Ventura Blvd. Suite 820, Encino, CA 91436
Moderator: Lisa Aminnia
Meeting Host: Nolan Heimann
***PARKING INFORMATION: There is some metered street parking on Ventura Blvd and also on some of the side streets. Also, the Coffee Bean at the Encino Place Shopping Center next door will validate your parking in the shopping center’s underground lot for ONE hour with any purchase.
As the center of the Valley, we attract attorneys from all over LA County. We are the Flagship TEN meeting, and our group has a consistent loyal following of premier attorneys from a diverse cross-section of practice areas.
Each month we have an interesting topic meant to engage members and guests in learning more about one another while also gaining insight into how to manage their law practices.
This Month’s Topic: TBA
Moderator: Lorna De Bono
Host: Lorna De Bono
Location: 3632 Clarington Ave. #4 Los Angeles, CA 90034
Attendance: Limited to six members.
Come join TEN member and yoga instructor Lorna De Bono (Yoga Alliance RYT 200) for a gentle vinyasa-based flow class suitable for all levels of yoga practitioner. Networking for the first fifteen minutes, class starts promptly at 6:45 PM. Meet at Minx Studio, an intimate private yoga studio in a residential neighborhood in Palms. Dress in comfortable clothes suitable for stretching. The studio provides mats and props at no charge. Street parking is available on Clarington and surrounding streets or the studio is easily accessible from the Palms Station on the Expo Line.
Studio Website: Minx Studio
What Our Members Say
- Mauricio Leon de la Barra Mexico and California Attorney at Law
“TEN can be described in TEN words: An extraordinary source of referrals, resources and very good friends. I got my first referral a few days after my first meeting. Its members have always provided my clients with outstanding legal solutions in different areas of law. And I have the honor of considering each member a very good friend.”
- Larry A. Rothstein, Esq. Trial Lawyer & Civil Litigator
“Although I have been a member of other professional networking organizations, David’s idea of one limited to small and solo law firms is both unique and exciting. Many of us in small and solo practices have developed expertise in limited practice areas. This makes for a particular dynamic because we are able to refer clients with specific needs to those having the specialized skills to handle them.”
- Cynthia Elkins Employment Law
“Have been a member of TEN since its inception. It is a wonderful and very cost efficient resource for solos and attorneys from small firms as this is my primary referral source both for receiving referrals and giving out referrals and this wonderful group of members helps to expand my referral base.”