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Highlights from the “Night with Gatsby” Jubilee

FullSizeRenderMontage Legal Group congratulates the Anaheim Ducks Foundation and 44 Women for Children on a successful “Night with Gatsby” Jubilee held in benefit of the Orangewood Children’s Foundation.  Montage was pleased to attend and be one of the sponsors of the Jubilee, 100% of the proceeds of which were designated towards the Orangewood Children’s Foundation.

The Gatsby-themed casino night took place on January 31 at The Colony House in Anaheim, with ladies dressing in “flapper fabulous” attire and gentleman dressing in tails and top hats. The entire Anaheim Ducks organization, including players, coaches, management, and broadcasters, joined in the festivities. The Ducks players even served as guest dealers at the blackjack, craps, and roulette tables. Presented by The Klein Family, the Jubilee was co-chaired by Stacey Kinney and Kelly Bozza of 44 Women for Children, an auxiliary of the Orangewood Children’s Foundation. Just as in The Great Gatsby, it was a night of “men and girls that came and went like moths among the whispering and the champagne and the stars.”

The mission of Orangewood Children’s Foundation is to provide life-changing prevention and intervention programs for abused and neglected children, young adults and at-risk families through one-on-one support and community partnerships to end the cycle of child abuse. Programs focus on education, employment, housing, life skills, and basic needs. A significant key to its success is the hard work and support of its 44 Women for Children auxiliary. Founded in 1999 by Susan Samueli, 44 Women for Children focuses on nurturing, supporting and inspiring adolescents emancipating from the foster care system on their 18th birthdays. The auxiliary hosts annual fundraising events to support Orangewood’s college scholarship and Peer Mentor programs. Since 1999, 44 Women for Children has raised over $2.6 million for the Foundation.

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Opting Somewhere Between “In” And “Out”: How Freelance Lawyers Are Redefining the Practice of Law

By Laurie Rowen Montage affiliated freelance lawyer Erin Stagg will be speaking at the Napa County Women Lawyers February Luncheon on February 11, 2015. Erin will share how she came to her decision to leave full-time private practice and become a freelance attorney. She will also discuss what freelance lawyers do and why freelance practiceContinue Reading

Montage Legal Group Acquires FreelanceLaw

After six years operating a successful nationwide freelance attorney network, Montage Legal Group has acquired FreelanceLaw. FreelanceLaw will enhance Montage Legal’s current freelance attorney services by providing law firms with an online searchable database of non-attorney freelance professionals.  While Montage Legal will stay focused on sophisticated contract/freelance lawyer services, FreelanceLaw is now the solution forContinue Reading

Erin Giglia and Laurie Rowen to Speak about Ethics for OCBA’s Corporate Counsel Section

On Tuesday, January 13th, Montage co-owners/founders, Erin Giglia and Laurie Rowen will be speaking at the OCBA’s Corporate Counsel section meeting on “The Ethics of Contract Lawyering.” The presentation will focus on an analysis of the ethical rules that come into play with an in-house legal department utilizes freelance or contract attorneys to assist with legalContinue Reading

OC Bar Foundation’s 2nd Annual Game Day Fundraiser

Attention football fans (and everyone else!): This Saturday, January 10th is the Orange County Bar Foundation’s (“OCBF”) 2nd Annual Game Day Fundraiser to support their many programs geared to Orange County youth and families. It’s a great event where you can watch the NFL playoff game (Pats vs. Ravens), drink craft beer or fresh margaritasContinue Reading

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Meet the Author of Good Parents Worry, Great Parents Plan

By Laurie Rowen Every parent worries about what would happen to their children if the parents were seriously injured or passed away. Who would love your kids, care for them, and provide for them, in the way you do now? In Good Parents Worry, Great Parents Plan, top family trust attorney and mother of fourContinue Reading

Lawpreneur Radio Features Montage Legal Group

by Laurie Rowen It is always an honor and a privilege to talk about Montage Legal Group, but its even more fun when we get to talk to a friend (especially if that friend has a radio show). Miranda McCroskey was kind enough to feature Montage Legal Group’s Erin Giglia on her terrific radio show, LawpreneurContinue Reading

I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost! Ethics of Ghostwriting by Freelance Attorneys

by Laurie Rowen Isabelle Smith’s recent article – “I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost!: A Review of the OCBA Formal Opinion 2014-1 on Ghostwriting by Contract Lawyers and Out-of-State Lawyers” appears in the December 2014 issue of the OC Lawyer Magazine.  Isabelle, a former partner at Howrey, LLP and a freelance lawyer with Montage LegalContinue Reading

Erin Giglia Meets Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor

By Erin Giglia I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on October 18, 2014 at the University of San Diego School of Law.  Meeting a Supreme Court Justice can be an intimidating experience.  After all, her opinions interpret United States laws, which impact our every day lives.  She isContinue Reading