What have those crazy West Coast cats at US firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton been reading? Too many Elmore Leonard thrillers, thought Tulkinghorn as he skimmed the firm’s blogs (how US can you get?) the other day. Or does just living in California do this to you: “The year was 1927. A brave young aviator named Charles Lindbergh took off from a dirt airstrip in San Diego, flew east to New York and then into the pages of history.  Meanwhile, three men in Los Angeles, pioneers in their own right, were taking the first steps towards creating a law firm that would one day span the entire Golden State, employ nearly 800 people and establish a benchmark of excellence in the practice of law.

“The 1929 stock market crash and the ensuing Great Depression hit the new law firm hard, like all of America. Yet it survived. Almost from the outset, from 1928 until 1975, the firm occupied space in the Rowan Building, at the corner of Fifth and Spring Streets, in what was then the financial district of downtown Los Angeles. The building still stands.”

Tulkinghorn would like to invite readers with a literary bent – and we know there are scores of you out there – to complete the riveting tale of one firm’s trials and tribulations in the mighty US legal market. Tulkinghorn himself will start you off: “In she walked, a chill breeze on a summer’s day, fixing her baby blues on the transfixed attorney. ‘I’ve a problem,’ she drawled. ‘I think you may be able to help…’.”