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PARTNER DETERMINED TO OVERCOME PARKINSON’S DISEASE A year after co-founding his law firm in 1996, Steven Yankelevitz learned he had Parkinson’s disease. But he was determined not to let it affect his 10-hour work days. “It wasn’t one of my better moments,” said Yankelevitz, a partner in the L.A.-based Liner Yankelevitz Sunshine & Regenstreif. “But I knew I wasn’t going to quit or get on disability.” Eight years later, Yankelevitz, 53, is still working full-time, and in his words, living his life up to 90 percent of what it was before he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a progressive neurological condition that affects movements such as walking, talking and writing. The first sign of the disease was a stiff shoulder, so tight that Yankelevitz could barely lift his arm from his side. While his mind is active, his body moves slower these days. He sits stiffly and speaks in a low, calming voice. His handwriting has condensed into a tiny, closed font. At work, Yankelevitz focuses on corporate and commercial transactions � business that can be done in the office and on the phone. On the weekends, he still plays tennis and golf and chauffeurs his teenage daughters around town. And each year, he hikes with his family in Aspen. “I am usually left 20 yards behind,” he said without laughing, though his eyes crinkle slightly around the edges. From his desk drawer, Yankelevitz extracts a newspaper clipping and unfolds it with deliberate, defined motions. It’s a story about his $25,000 donation this summer to the University of Southern California for Parkinson’s research. The firm also chipped in $100,000. The most frustrating part of having Parkinson’s disease, Yankelevitz said, is the waiting � when will they develop a cure? “I think about the disease progressing and how it would change my lifestyle,” he said. “I hope to call it a day on my own terms, not because the disease is debilitating.” For now, he’s doing everything he can to fight it. He takes pills three times a day, works out in his home gym and takes Pilates classes near his home. There’s only one advantage to having Parkinson’s, Yankelevitz said. The handicap parking sticker comes in handy around Los Angeles. But because he is still rather mobile, he often gets dirty looks. “People look at me and mutter, ‘He’s not handicapped.’” � Kellie Schmitt STEPPING INTO THE LIMELIGHT She has crowned gobs of bestsellers and made Dr. Phil a household name. So what can Oprah do for San Francisco’s district attorney? The estimated 9 million viewers who tune in to the doyenne of daytime talk may find out today. In a one-two punch of national coverage, District Attorney Kamala Harris is expected to show up today in Newsweek magazine and on the Oprah Winfrey Show. The magazine first approached Harris, along with San Francisco’s police Chief Heather Fong and fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, for a “Women and Leadership” package that hits newsstands today. Then, said Harris spokeswoman Debbie Mesloh, “It’s my understanding that Oprah had asked for a list of all the women, and just got really excited by the prospect of these three women leading public safety in San Francisco.” Mesloh said she expects the DA to appear on today’s Oprah episode. But Harris won’t actually be setting foot in Oprah’s glittery Chicago-based studio for the show. Instead, the television queen sent a camera crew to capture the DA on her home turf on Oct. 6, at the much grittier Hall of Justice. � Pam Smith K.I.S.S. When Los Angeles-based Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger moved to its new downtown digs in late August, it did some identity house-cleaning as well. The firm trimmed down its name, sending “Fields & Younger” to the chopping block. It reduced the name to be more succinct, according to Rick Cohen, the firm’s president. Besides, he said, everyone referred to it as “The Buchalter firm” anyway. “This is even shorter than that,” he added. Buchalter Nemer’s new home on 1000 Wilshire Blvd. was a financially motivated move, saving the firm about a million a year in rent. The layout is also more conducive to putting more people in less space, which fits with the firm’s overall growth trajectory, Cohen said. � Kellie Schmitt

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