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July 2023Hey Friends, On February 3, 2023, I completed my 1000th F45 fitness class. F45 is team functional training. The workouts are 45 minutes and alternate daily between cardio and resistance training. And yes, the workouts are hard. I took my first F45 class on September 24, 2018. Although I had a trainer at the time and thought I was

Time blocking is a time management strategy where you schedule tasks on your calendar so your work can’t be interrupted or scheduled over. It is a way for you to reclaim your day and get a better idea of how you’re using your time. Benjamin Franklin was an early adopter of time blocking. There are different methods for blocking your

“A roadmap for finding purpose, meaning, and success as we age.”All professionals will face an inevitable decline in performance because of aging. Studies show that when smart ambitious people who chase power and achievement early in their careers experience this decline, they become unhappy. In Strength to Strength, Arthur Brooks uses the examples of a well-known person he encounters

California Business & Professions Code section 16600 invalidates agreements not to compete. However, in Techno Lite, Inc. v. EmCod, LLC, 44 Cal.App.5th 462 (2020), the Court ruled that section 16600 does not apply to an employee’s promise not to compete against his current, as opposed to former, employer. Scott Drucker and Arik Nirenberg were salesmen for Techno Lite. They formed

Today, most of our client advocacy as attorneys is accomplished through writing. Persuasive writing is therefore essential. Persuasive writing is the art of informing and persuading the court why your client should win.Develop a case theory early. Your theory should present a simple and compelling answer to the question: “why should your client win?” In more complicated cases, you may

Hey friends,I hope your year is off to a great start. Mine has been very busy, but I managed to fulfill a life-long dream to go on a Safari in Tanzania for my 60th Birthday. I’ve always had a fascination with nature. As a child, I had several pets and aquariums, caught and released many animals, collected butterflies, studied birds,

What should you do with smoking gun impeachment evidence: use it during deposition or save it for trial? In his courtroom, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Byrdsong has a sign that says: “Litigation is not poker.” Judge Byrdsong urges counsel to show your cards, right away, face up. In his words, “[t]he litigation process functions well when there is a

Can an antiwaiver provision itself be waived? In Gould v. Corinthian Colls., Inc. (2011) 192 Cal.App. 4th 1176, the court answered yes (“we conclude the lessor waived certain rights under the lease, even if the antiwaiver provision applies”).Waiver is an intentional relinquishment of a known right, which may be implied through conduct manifesting an intention to waive. Acceptance of benefits

David Sivers, a musician, started CD Baby to sell his own CDs online. His friends and other musicians asked him to help them sell their CDs online too. Within 10 years, Sivers sold CD Baby for $22 million. In his book, Anything You Want, Sivers shares 48 lessons he learned from being an accidental entrepreneur.The lessons are short, supported

Hey friends,You may have noticed there were no editions of suasponte in October and November. It would be easy to tell you I was busy, but, of course, you can always make time for things that inspire you. Honestly, I was simply unproductive (ok, lazy) when it came to writing my blog for two months. I apologize, and one of