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Joe Mullich’s writing has appeared in more than 500 publications, ranging from the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and Wired Magazine to Consumer Reports, Cosmopolitan, and The Onion. He has received more than four dozen writing awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, National Headliners, International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, LA Press Club, and other press organizations. He has written more than 50 stories for Super Lawyers, including regular cover features in Southern California. The common thread in his work is story telling—relating even the most complex topics in terms of the effect on people.

Articles written by Joe Mullich

Thicker Than Water

Stuart Somach is in water law for the long haul

In the late 1980s, National Marine Fisheries Service and the Department of Justice sued Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District for killing winter-run Chinook salmon due to a faulty fish screen. That’s when Sacramento rice farmer Donald Bransford became involved. A newcomer to the complex web of California’s water laws, Bransford attended a seminar on the topic, where he was surprised to hear the presenter not only mention Bransford’s situation—but that he would lose his upcoming litigation. …

Full-Contact Litigation

Robert Hamparyan takes personal injury personally

It’s the kind of story Robert Hamparyan, a trial attorney who heads Hamparyan Injury Lawyers in San Diego, has heard countless times: A motorcyclist turns into an intersection, is hit by a truck, and lands unconscious on the street. It’s sheer luck other vehicles don’t run over them.  But in this particular story, the motorcyclist is Hamparyan himself. It happened a few decades ago in Huntington Beach. He wound up with a severe concussion and no memory of the accident, but it …

McNicholas & McNicholas & McNicholas

A father, two sons, and letting Rodman be Rodman

At family dinners with John, Patrick and Matthew McNicholas, the conversation is less likely to be about the latest bingeworthy show than, say, the assumed risk someone takes when water skiing.This is a family that lives and breathes law. “Fun fact: We are the only family that has members in the American Board of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers,” says Matthew. “The International Academy only has 500 members and is by …

Breaking the Algorithm

Neel Chatterjee’s offbeat recipe for Silicon Valley success

Officially, Neel Chatterjee is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s intellectual property litigation practice. But that title is almost an afterthought on his business cards, where, in bold type, he describes himself as “Partner and Very Handsome Man.” Chatterjee smiles mischievously when asked about the card. “It adds a layer of humanity to the legal services,” he says. “And it’s one of the most useful recruiting and business development tools I’ve ever had. But that’s not the …

Serving the Underserved

Julia Yoo represents the female prisoners and others society has written off 

In 1998, a half century after the U.N. General Assembly proclaimed the milestone Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the international organization Human Rights Watch wrote that basic rights for women were “still being challenged at every turn.” That was also the year a recent law school grad named Julia Yoo began helping women whose rights few cared about: prisoners at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. On Yoo’s first day at the prison, a large group of inmates sat all day in …

The Difference Maker

The passion and decorum of J. Bernard Alexander III

Harold Carter Jr. had waited five long years for his day in court. In 2016, he’d been fired from FedEx, where he was employed for a quarter century, working his way up from cargo handler to manager. But when he suffered a spinal cord injury in 2014, FedEx would not accommodate his doctor’s work restrictions. Instead, his workload increased. Eight months after he filed an internal complaint alleging discrimination, harassment and retaliation, he was fired. Even today, 18 months since the …

Opposing Forces

For Joan Fife and Jahan Sagafi, being on opposing sides doesn’t mean yelling across the table

Defense attorney Joan B. Tucker Fife was in the spectator area of a courtroom, waiting for another hearing to conclude. The two attorneys were squabbling back and forth on trivial matters, until the exasperated judge silenced them, pointing to the surprised Fife and telling them they should conduct themselves more like her. “I want to be the most reasonable person in the courtroom,” Fife says. “If a judge needs a fair and accurate answer to a question, I want him to look at me.” …

Hooray for Bollywood

Nitasha Khanna lists her favorite films from India

Family law attorney Nitasha Khanna, an inaugural member of UCLA’s Nashaa Hindi Film Dance team in the early 2000s, is a big fan of Bollywood movies. “I love the colors and the joyful mood,” she says in the 2021 issue of Southern California Rising Stars Magazine. “It’s very happy. A lot of the Bollywood mainstream cinema is romantic, and I am a romantic at heart.” Here are some of her favorites. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (The Big-Hearted Will Take the Bride) (1995): Two …

Going Bollywood

Family law attorney Nitasha Khanna has a background in Hindi dance

As a psychology student at UCLA in the early 2000s, Nitasha Khanna spent hours and hours dancing in the college’s underground parking lots. Khanna, now a family law attorney at Harris Ginsberg, was one of a dozen members of the UCLA Nashaa Hindi Film Dance team, and there usually wasn’t a room big enough to fit everyone. “So we often practiced in the parking lots, several times a week, for three to four hours at a time,” she says. Founded in 2002, and still going strong 20 years later, …

In for the Long Haul

When Amrit Kulkarni’s not catching waves, he’s helping build big things

Whenever Amrit Kulkarni flies through Los Angeles International Airport, he takes a moment to reflect on what he calls his “small but meaningful part” in the airport’s growth—successfully defending LAX’s $13 billion expansion plan against four consolidated lawsuits a decade ago. Kulkarni, chair of Meyers Nave’s land use practice group, has many chances for such quiet moments. Quite a few California structures bear his fingerprints. The NBA’s Kings play in a glistening stadium in …

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