Thursday, June 30, 2011

What Type of Business Entity is Right for You - Daniel Nguyen on AMEX Open Forum

Proper entity formation is a key consideration for every business owner.  Choosing the appropriate business entity at the start can save a business time and money, and best prepare for the future.  Orange County business lawyer Daniel Nguyen wrote an article featured on AMEX Open Forum that addresses these issues.

The article discusses the pros and cons of selecting a sole proprietorship, corporation, or a Limited Liability Company (LLC), and specifically focuses on personal liability to owners, tax considerations, and costs.

If you or someone you know is a business owner, or is starting a business, be sure to include entity considerations in your Business Plan.  Discuss your concerns and priorities with a trusted business attorney before making any decisions to get you on the path to success.
OPEN Cardmember Dan X. Nguyen, Esq. is Of Counsel to TDL International Law Firm, where he works with entrepreneurs in helping them select the right business structure and guiding them through the legal maze of starting a new business.  Daniel is also active in the Orange County Bar Association, and notably shares his entrepreneurial spirit to help business owners of all kinds to grow their businesses.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Yahoo! Features Article about Women Helping Women/Men2Work and “Suits for a Cause” Clothing Drive

The law firm clothing drive "Suits for a Cause" has been getting a lot of press lately for bringing together law firms and legal businesses in support of the local non-profit, Women Helping Women/Men2Work.   Hundreds of on-line publications, including Yahoo!, Reuters,, picked up Women Helping Women's press release and printed an article thanking all of the law firms and legal businesses that are currently participating in Suits for a Cause.  Suits for a Cause runs during the month of June, and law firms are still welcome to participate.  Below is a link to and the text of the Yahoo!.com version of the article.

Over 25 law firms are joining together in June for a clothing drive called Suits for a Cause to support Women Helping Women/Men2Work (WHW).   WHW is an Orange County non-profit with a simple, but incredibly important mission – to help low-income men and women get jobs.   WHW provides business attire, and is dedicated to empowering job seekers by helping them develop the skills they need to become economically self-sufficient. 

WHW was started by two legal professionals who were victims of domestic abuse.  After surviving domestic abuse, they faced the daunting task of rebuilding their professional wardrobes to return to the workforce.  Over the past two decades, WHW has grown by adding a men’s division and by expanding its focus to providing a full array of employment services specifically focusing on job placement.

Suits for a Cause engages the entire legal community to help WHW fulfill its vision.  “WHW is overjoyed that so many law firms are participating in this clothing drive,” says Janie Wolicki, WHW’s Executive Director.   “The donated clothing will provide countless individuals with a professional wardrobe, which is the first step to obtaining employment.”

Suits for a Cause is being sponsored by Montage Legal Group, Hewitt Wolensky, Albrecht & Barney, and Snell & Wilmer all of which have attorneys on WHW’s board of directors.  WHW would like to thank the following law firms and legal businesses that are participating in Suits for a Cause:

             Montage Legal Group

             Hewitt Wolensky

             Snell and Wilmer

             Albrecht and Barney

             Dorsey and Whitney

             Allergan Legal Affairs Department

             Jones Day

             Brown & Streza

             Callahan & Blaine

             Bryan Cave

             Orange County Public Defender's Office (Juvenile -602S)

             Law Offices of Maureen Aplin

             Miller Barondess

             Law Office of Tracy C. Miller

             Lindley Fraley HR Consulting and Mediation Services

             Law Offices of Kimberley Leue Bick

             City of Newport Beach, Office of the City Attorney

             Friedman Stroffe & Gerard

             Horizon Law Group

             Shulman Hodges & Bastian

             Skyline Document Solutions

             Bienert, Miller & Katzman

             Newmeyer & Dillion

             Ruggerello Law Group

             Law Offices of Carly Croskrey

             Napoli Deposition Services

             Law Offices of Yvonne Hsu

             The Best Evidence, Inc.
To join Suits for a Cause, please contact Laurie Rowen,, President of WHW’s Board.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Montage Legal's Erin Giglia and Other Entrepreneurs Featured on The Hugh Hewitt Show

Erin Giglia of Montage Legal Group was on the radio for the “Entrepreneurs’ Hour” of The Hugh Hewitt Show on June 15, 2011.  

Erin Giglia appeared along with three other entrepreneurs: Allie Armando of Rooted In Love, Ryan Iwamoto of 24 Hour Home Care, and Ryan Moreau of Cooksmith.   The show was sponsored by Steve Cooper of ERSOP (Entrepreneur Rollover Stock Ownership Plan).  

Click on the video below to listen to highlights from the radio show, and see for more information on show times.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Montage Legal Group Summer Party - 2011

We had a great time at our Montage Legal Summer Party! This is our second year doing the summer party, and since we’ve more than doubled in size, we had a huge group of our Montage Legal attorneys and their families.  We had 17 little kids at our party, so we had to get creative to figure out ways to entertain them.    Here are some highlights from the party.

Dolly's Sweet Dream Cotton Candy
The hit of the party was Dolly's Sweet Dreams Cotton Candy -- not just for the kids either!  Dolly's was  absolutely perfect for our event - professional, adorable, and so FUN!  

How cute is the cotton candy stand?! We met Krista of Dolly's Cotton Candy at the Crave OC Buzz Party, and we are so happy that we hired her for our event.  We highly recommend Dolly’s Sweet Dreams Cotton Candy, and you can find her information on her website here: or facebook page here: Dolly's Sweet Dreams Cotton Candy Facebook Page. We LOVE Krista and Dolly's Sweet Dream Cotton Candy!!!
Donut Game
The famous Donut Game, where kids can only use their mouths to bite donuts hanging from strings, was a hit.

So Many Adorable Kids!
It is no secret that kids are a big part of Montage Legal Group.  We loved getting together with the families, and building friendships.  

Thank you for a great time, especially to our families who lend the support to makes this group possible!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Former Howrey Partner Isabelle Smith Joins Montage Legal Group

As reported in the Daily Journal today, “Former Howrey partner Isabelle M. Carrillo Smith joined the all-female ranks of Montage Legal Group, LLC, an Orange County-based network of freelance and contract attorneys.” While most former Howrey partners joined large law firms like Jones Day, Winston & Strawn, and Morgan Lewis & Bockius after the collapse of the global law firm in March of this year, litigation partner Isabelle Smith opted for something different.   A mother of three young children, Isabelle found that it was the right time in her life to step away from the traditional law firm model in favor of a group dedicated to a flexible alternative legal practice.   “The collapse of Howrey gave me a chance to explore alternative models to practicing law.   The flexibility of a freelance practice made the most sense for me and my family at this time in my life,” says Isabelle Smith.

Isabelle Smith, the first former partner to join Montage Legal Group, obtained her law degree from University of California, Hastings in 1998 and served as the Executive Editor of the Hastings Law Journal.   She was a partner in the Global Litigation Group of Howrey,  specializing in complex business litigation, with a particular focus on professional liability disputes and securities matters.  Isabelle has represented and counseled law firms in legal malpractice disputes, and Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in securities class actions, derivative suits, corporate governance, antitrust, merger and acquisition disputes, unfair business practices, and trade secrets.   In 2006 and 2007, Isabelle was named a Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star by Law & Politics Magazine.  She was also named Pro Bono Partner of the Year by Howrey, LLP's Irvine office.

 “I was drawn to Montage Legal Group because its innovative business model makes financial sense for law firms and their ultimate clients, but it also advances female lawyers by keeping them in the game.  It’s a shame that the legal market loses so many talented female lawyers, and I’m proud to be part of a group that is taking steps to solve that problem.”  Montage Legal Group now has over 20 female freelance attorneys in its network, and is thrilled to add Isabelle Smith to its group. 
For more information on using Isabelle Smith, or any of our other 20 freelance attorneys, for a legal project, please contact us at

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Washington Post Shares Working-Mothers' Stories of Opting In and Out of the Workforce

Prominent writer and reporter, Brigid Schulte, posted an article today on The Washington Post: Working-Mother Readers Share Stories of Opting In and Out of the Workforce.   The article was an update to a prior piece she wrote, Movement to Keep Moms Working is Remaking the Workplace, which drew an overwhelming response and hundreds of comments from readers.  Brigid Shulte asked readers to shares their stories of opting in and opting out of the workforce, and wrote a second article based on those stories.

The recent Washington post article quoted stories of many different women, and categorized them into “inspirational” stories, “depressing” stories, and “hopeful” stories.  Some women stated that flexible work schedules like 4 days in the office “created as many problems as it solved” while others shared stories of "entire businesses that have embraced flexible work for everyone."
The article quoted a depressing story from a mother of two children under five, who worked for a big trade association in DC for seven years:  

I’ve had good performance reviews for many years, until recently. My new supervisor, a woman who’s never married, has no children, has just announced that she’s stripping my flexibility away, because according to her, it has become such a problem, that according to her, the organization’s low morale is caused by MY flexibility. It has become her weapon of attack. Not only she’s taking my flexible schedule away, but also rewrote my job description, with expanded work responsibilities, at no pay...

Erin Giglia of Montage Legal Group was included as an example in the “inspirational” portion of the article:
….I struggled to make it work because there did not seem to be a good alternative. Laurie opted out when her baby was about 6 months old. I tried to make it work for about a year, but ultimately opted out in early 2009. Laurie and I decided to do contract work together, just for the support and to back each other up. Pretty soon, friends and friends of friends asked if they could join us, and the vision which is now Montage Legal Group was born. Montage Legal Group now has 20 freelance attorneys, all former big-firm lawyers who opted out in favor of flexibility and more time with family. Our attorneys come from schools like Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Michigan Law, Georgetown, etc. and were trained at firms like Gibson Dunn, Latham & Watkins, Morgan Lewis, Allen Matkins, etc….
The goals of the company, in addition to providing law firms with excellent attorneys at an exceptional value, are to keep women in the legal practice instead of opting out entirely, and bringing women back in after an extended absence.

The article stated “The universal theme from readers was pretty consistent: it ain’t working now, and something’s gotta give.”  Fortunately, many companies are making efforts to find solutions so they can utilize the talent pool they have already trained.  Montage Legal also strives to create positive change with its unique model.  To post your comments on Brigid Schulte’s article, click here: Working-Mother Readers Share Stories of OptingIn and Out of the Workforce.