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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP handles real estate financing, development, transactions, land use and litigation. It acts as nationwide leasing counsel to several high-profile companies, focusing on client sectors including tech, retail, insurance, finance, banking and real estate. Palo Alto-based practice head Michael Polentz continues to represent Los Angeles County Museum of Art on its $650m project to transform its museum campus. In San Francisco, Clayton Gantz recently acted for Jay Paul Company on the development of its San Francisco property, which includes 432,000 square-feet of commercial office space, while also advising on a $475m loan provided by Deutsche Bank. Orange County-based Steve Edwards and Susan Hori advised Toll Brothers on its purchase of 169 residential units at Pacifica San Juan in Orange County. Tom Muller and Anita Sabine from the Los Angeles office are also recommended. Other clients include Bohannon Development, Lowe Enterprises, Trammell Crow Residential and Westfield.

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United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 5

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP has an impressive track record in successfully resolving high-end disputes through motions, appeals, settlements and trials. It had another busy year in 2018, continuing to represent major companies, especially in the healthcare, entertainment and energy sectors. In one example of its healthcare-sector expertise, the firm represents Aetna in numerous class actions, individual lawsuits and government investigations concerning allegedly improperly disclosed HIV-related information; practice head Matt Kanny is the lead partner. Craig de Recat and Robert Platt are names to note.

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United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: health insurers
Healthcare: health insurers - ranked: tier 1

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

The 'superbly prepared and highly knowledgeable team' at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, which is active in more than thirty states, offers strategic and regulatory advice on healthcare reforms, compliance, privacy and technology matters, as well as M&A transactions. Another key area is litigation, where the firm's lawyers are considered to be 'tough adversaries', but also 'maintain constant civility during proceedings'. In New York, Robert Belfort served as regulatory counsel to Humana during its acquisitions of hospice providers Kindred and Curo, while health group leader William Bernstein advised Molina Healthcare on its participation in the Medicaid, Marketplace and Medicare programs. In Los Angeles, John LeBlanc and Greg Pimstone lead the healthcare litigation practice, with prominent work including defending Aetna against multiple class actions on a state and national level concerning an alleged improper disclosure of HIV-related information, with Matt Kanny taking a lead role.

Leading lawyers

Robert Belfort - Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 2

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP's national healthcare team is best known for delivering strategic corporate and regulatory advice, sector-specific technology guidance and litigation support to health systems and hospital associations. Washington DC partner Cindy Mann assisted Children's Hospital Association with a data analysis and risk assessment of supplemental payments and policies under Medicaid. New York-based practice leader William Bernstein has advised the New York eHealth Collaborative on various merger and partnership options, while finance expert Peter Olberg  worked with James Schwartz in Los Angeles on the long-term affiliation between client Kaiser Permanente and Emory Healthcare. Litigation expert Barry Landsberg, who also sits in Los Angeles, handles regulatory controversies, such as antitrust and anti-kickback statute disputes, as well as commercial conflicts.

Rising stars

Alex Dworkowitz - Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP regularly works on music industry-related disputes. Robert Jacobs acted for a number of record companies in a royalties dispute concerning songs by rappers Drake, T.I., Young Thug and Dae Dae. He also defended Kendrick Lamar in a dispute brought by the artist Lina Iris Viktor, who alleged that her work was used without proper clearance in the music video All the Stars, which is part of the Black Panther movie soundtrack. Michelle Cooke is also recommended and represented KCETLink on licensing and general copyright issues.

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United States: Labor and employment

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense - ranked: tier 3

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP  has particular experience advising clients from the retail, entertainment, healthcare and financial services sectors. The mostly West Coast-based team is led by Esra Hudson, who has broad expertise in the employment area. She successfully represented CashCall in a private attorney general representative action under California’s PAGA. Andrew Satenberg was engaged by Del Taco in a class action complaint by former employee Michael Jaffey involving several claims, including alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Washington DC's Deborah Kelly acted for the United Nations Foundation in a dispute regarding alleged discrimination towards a former employee. Alan Brunswick, Robert Platt and Orange County's Mandana Massoumi and associates Cherise Latortue and Matthew Golper are also names to note. The New York office was strengthen by the arrival of Brian Turoff in July 2018 from Venable LLP. Reid Davis made partner in March 2018. Named individuals are based in Los Angeles unless otherwise stated.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 2

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP's M&A attorneys regularly act in high-profile deals in the firm's core specialty areas: healthcare, financial services and technology. The team's expertise also includes international tax, antitrust and regulatory matters, as well as assisting with the sales of family businesses. Community Bank, Blue Shield of California and Stamps.com are active clients of the firm. In a landmark transaction that combined two of the oldest Southern California-headquartered banks, San Francisco-based Craig Miller advised Community Bank on its $903m sale to CVB Financial, a holding company for Citizens Business Bank; Miller also assisted El Dorado Savings Bank with its $467m sale to PacWest Bancorp. Elsewhere, Gordon Bava in Los Angeles assisted KCETLink, an independent broadcast and digital network, with its merger with the KOCE Foundation, the operator of public broadcasting service, SoCal; and Orange County's Thomas Poletti advised Monster Digital, which develops action sports cameras and premium memory storage products, on its merger with publicly traded Innovate Biopharmaceuticals. Also in Orange County, Matthew O’Loughlin is highly rated for corporate, strategic and transactional matters; he acted for Houlihan Lokey, a Los Angeles-based global investment bank, in its acquisition of UK- headquartered BearTooth Advisors, which provides advisory and placement agency services. Los Angeles-based Ben Orlanski is chair of the business, finance and tax division and Aydin Caginalp is a key New York contact. Jordan Hamburger joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP and Alan Noskow and Brian Ashin left for King & Spalding LLP.

Leading lawyers

Matthew O’Loughlin - Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing: transactional
Advertising and marketing: transactional - ranked: tier 2

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP's interdisciplinary advertising, marketing and media practice offers a range of legal, regulatory and strategic advice to brands and agencies. Kia Motors America is a key client for the group, and recent work has included advising Brandon Maxwell on all contracts for its New York Fashion Week installation and assisting Cincinnati Bengals with drafting terms and conditions for its Test Drive For Tickets promotion. New York-based Jeffrey Edelstein and Jesse Brody in Los Angeles are the key names to note; the former leads a team advising advertising agency BBDO on several advertising campaigns, including on sports sponsorships and designing a commercial for the Winter Olympics. Brody acts for Facebook regarding the review of advertising relating to the launch of new major product and is assisting Facebook Technologies on several matters including a promotional agreement with Stack Up, a sponsorship agreement with Special Olympics and a product placement agreement for an upcoming Netflix feature. The team was strengthened with the addition of Po Yi from Venable LLP, but saw the departure of T. Hale Boggs to O'Melveny & Myers LLP and Shari Wollman to an in-house role at Mattel.

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Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) - ranked: tier 3

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP assists clients with litigation and enforcement, data breach response and preparedness, and privacy and data security counseling, with a specific focus on the healthcare industry. The practice, headed by Los Angeles-based litigator Donna Wilson, has been advising the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) on compliance programs with various regulatory contexts, including HIPAA and TCPA, as well as on the production of a white paper discussing the challenges of data sharing in the fight against the opioid epidemic. New York eHealth Collaborative, Kia Motors and fashion retailer New York & Company are other key clients. Healthcare specialist Robert Belfort from the New York office and Orange County-based associate Brandon Reilly are also recommended.

Rising stars

Brandon Reilly - Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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Media and entertainment: litigation
Media and entertainment: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Clients consider the entertainment, sports and media litigation practice at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP particularly 'wise about the peculiarities of the entertainment industry'. The 'results-driven' John Gatti, based in Los Angeles, attracts praise for his 'powerful knowledge' and jointly heads the team alongside 'consummate and pragmatic professional' Robert Jacobs in New York. In a current work highlight, Jacobs is defending Kendrick Lamar, UMG Recordings, SZA andTop Dawg Entertainment, among others, in litigation brought by painter Lina Iris Viktor alleging use of her art work without permission in Kendrick Lamar’s music video for All the Stars. The group is also acting for Tracy Chapman in a copyright infringement claim against Nikki Minaj. In the television space, Gatti is representing CBS Broadcasting in a contractual dispute regarding the distribution of the television series Walker, Texas Ranger for allegedly failing to account for subscription video-on-demand and streaming revenue. Based in New York, Prana Topper is another key name to note, particularly in the music industry. The department also benefits from 'knowledgeable' associates which 'make meaningful contributions', including Maura Gierl and Katrina Dela Cruz, both in Los Angeles.

Rising stars

Maura Gierl - Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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Media and entertainment: transactional
Media and entertainment: transactional - ranked: tier 2

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Lindsay Conner and Gary Gilbert, who specialize in the film, television and digital content and the music industry respectively, co-head the Los Angeles-based media and entertainment practice at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Conner and Sophia Yen assisted Perfect World Pictures with a $250m ultimates-based loan facility with East West Bank and JP Morgan as a part of a $500m, 50-film co-finance agreement with Universal Pictures. The team also acted for Wells Fargo as a syndicate member of two significant credit facilities, including a $1bn credit facility to Legendary Pictures Funding. Charles Biederman, who is another key name for music industry matters, recently advised Alanis Morissette on a variety of contract negotiations, including for her new Broadway show Jagged Little Pill, a new book deal and touring agreements. Neil Sacker joined the practice from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Leading lawyers

Lindsay Conner - Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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United States: Real estate

Land use/zoning
Land use/zoning - ranked: tier 2

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

The practice group at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP handles land use and zoning matters in California, carrying out industrial, energy, leisure, entertainment, mixed-use, residential, educational and logistics projects, and also handling environmental and transactional matters and related disputes. Highlight work included assisting Poseidon Water with obtaining approval from the California Coastal Commission to develop a large $1bn seawater desalination plant in Huntington Beach; that matter is being led by Orange Country-based practice co-chair Susan Hori. Los Angeles-based Victor De la Cruz, the other practice co-chair, successfully represented Athens Services with the entitlements and environmental review for its waste management and recycling facility project in the city of Irwindale. Climate change expert David Smith joined the San Francisco office in April 2018 from Stice & Block.

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