For decades, the practices of most labor and employment lawyers have evolved glacially, if at all. Sure, spikes in claim areas such as sex discrimination and ADA create fissures in the corporate floe, but basically, attorneys tell clients of a significant size how to minimize the effects of exposure.

Now, like an avalanche, the high-tech industry has swept into Southern California, remaking the employer-employee geography. It has also created a nice little business-development niche for attorneys able to navigate a terrain in which the millionaire CEO might look like the mail-room guy and sport an education heavy on Nintendo.

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