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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s ‘extremely good’ team has seen some reorganization at the top, with Nancy Scull taking over from Domenic Drago in San Diego as co-chair of the practice. Scull focuses on dirt work for major developers and, as well as assisting Trammell Crow with its $59m acquisition of Adobe Systems’ 8.5 acres of land in Downtown San Jose, she is representing the developer of a major mixed-use hotel, office and retail project in Tempe Arizona. In San Francisco, key players include co-chair Keith Garner and Doug Van Gessel, who is advising Moffett Gateway on the $300m leasing of a corporate campus in Silicon Valley to Google. On the finance side, the team was boosted by the hire of Los Angeles-based Thomas Masenga, who joined from Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Masenga was active in a number of substantial lender mandates, including advising the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System on a $507m mortgage loan to a joint venture secured by 11 Times Square in New York. The practice also has strength in Orange County, where Scott Morehouse handled a number of acquisitions for KBS Strategic Opportunity REIT and KBS Strategic Opportunity REIT II, including the $170m acquisition of an office building in the central business district of San Francisco. San Francisco-based Katharine Allen made partner.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has been handling global cartel investigations for more than 40 years. In San Francisco, practice head Gary Halling worked with James McGinnis and Michael Scarborough in representing Samsung SDI in US and cross-border investigations into alleged price-fixing of CRTs, as well as in related class action litigation. Michael Cohen in San Francisco is recommended along with Leo Caseria in Los Angeles and Donald Klawiter.

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Civil litigation/class actions
Civil litigation/class actions - ranked: tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has ‘top-notch practitioners, who are focused on achieving excellent results’. Michael Scarborough is ‘a tough advocate, who is also professional and fair’, and group chair Gary Halling is ‘a pre-eminent competition attorney’. Michael Cohen is experienced in government-initiated merger litigation and strategic cases, including monopolization and joint venture claims. In 2015, Cohen acted for Twin America, the joint venture vehicle created by a merger between City Sights and Gray Line New York, against a federal district court lawsuit brought by the DOJ and New York Attorney General in a bid to unwind the merger. James McGinnis and Leo Caseria (Los Angeles) are other notable individuals in the group, which is also recommended for private litigation and class actions covering the gamut of antitrust violations. The team has particular expertise in the interplay between antitrust and intellectual property issues in the technology sector, and advises technology companies on issues such as patent pooling and licensing restraints, among other areas. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where otherwise indicated.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 5

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLPis very strong generally in white-collar crime but has particular expertise in FCPA and defense contractor work’. ‘StarBryan Daly and ‘insightful’ fellow Los Angeles lawyer Charles Kreindler secured a favorable settlement for an orthopedic surgeon in a federal investigation alleging the payment of kickbacks. Kreindler also obtained the dismissal of an FCA case against the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America in the Western District of New York. Daly and Bethany Hengsbach obtained a declination in an FCPA case against Beijing-based media company DMG. Daly is the practice group leader while Kreindler, Raymond Marshall and Kevin Puvalowski are the practice leaders in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York respectively. Robert Rhoad joined the Washington DC office in August 2016 from Crowell & Moring LLP.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 2

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

The team at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has ‘superior knowledge and experience’ in procurement matters. The large group is led by Los Angeles-based Bryan Daly and includes mostly Washington DC-based lawyers, such as the recommended Anne Perry and Jonathan Aronie. The ‘knowledgeableJohn Chierichella acted in numerous cost accounting disputes with federal agencies, as well as prime contractor/subcontractor disputes arising out of product failures. A recent victory in a bid protest was achieved for WW Grainger concerning a contract for the management of supplies for a military base in Alaska, which had been awarded to a competitor. Another example was the successful representation of Deloitte Consulting in a bid protest against the award of a $58m Defense Health Agency contract for performance management and continuous process improvement support to PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as in subsequent litigation brought by the latter. Recent additions to the group include Robert Rhoad, who joined from Crowell & Moring LLP in August 2016, and Jonathan Meyer, who joined from a post as deputy general counsel at the Department of Homeland Security in September 2016. New York-based Jeff Kern was promoted to partner in February 2017.

Leading lawyers

John Chierichella - Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Project development and financing are the mainstays of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s ‘strategic, results-focused, cost-effective’ practice, which has a particularly strong line in land use entitlement. Senior associate Michael Distefano in Los Angeles and department head Tony Toranto, who splits his time between San Francisco and San Diego, advised Western Alliance Bank on its financing of a portfolio of 3,500 residential solar leases provided by SunPower. Construction expert Meredith Jones-McKeown in San Francisco is ‘tenacious, talented, smart and efficient’.

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Healthcare: health insurers
Healthcare: health insurers - ranked: tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has a robust reputation on the West Coast, with its spectrum of expertise including insurance transactions, regulatory advice and Affordable Care Act matters. Among other work, the team advised Providence Health & Services on its involvement in the establishment of a 20-hospital network for Oscar Health Insurance in California. Other clients include Dignity Health, Trinity Health Partners and Health Essentials. Century City-based Eric Klein heads the practice, which also includes Aytan Dahukey in the same office and Moe Keshavarzi in Los Angeles.

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Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has ‘a deep bench of experience and knowledge’. The practice adeptly handles antitrust cases, Medicare and Medicaid litigation, as well as non-contentious matters such as private equity investments in the healthcare industry. The team advised Clayton Dubilier & Rice on its involvement with the formation of agilon health, a physician-based health management company, including providing assistance with three acquisitions and joint ventures. Dignity Health and Molina Healthcare are also clients. The well-regarded Eric Klein heads the practice and is based in San Francisco. Century City-based Aytan Dahukey is also recommended. Notable recent hires include Michael Paddock and Robert Rhoad joining the Washington DC office from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Crowell & Moring LLP, respectively.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s practice is noted for its expertise in the entertainment industry and regularly handles copyright matters for a variety of clients. Highlights included the successful representation of the hip-hop group the Beastie Boys in a copyright infringement suit against Monster regarding the unauthorized use of its music in a promotional video, and defending Televisa against copyright infringement claims by Codigo Music. Paul Garrity in New York is a name to note and Los Angeles-based Seong Kim strengthened the practice with his arrival from Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP handles all manner of disputes, ranging from harassment to employee misclassification claims. Los Angeles’ Derek Havel led a successful defense for Whole Foods Market against a harassment action brought by a former employee; Tracey Kennedy defended Taco Bell in a PAGA wage and hour class action filed by three certified classes comprising former and current workers, which sought compensation for alleged meal and rest break violations and waiting time penalties. The group also has notable sector strength in the insurance, telecoms and financial services industries. Orange County’s Greg Labate, New York-based Jonathan Stoler and Kelly Hensley, who is based in Los Angeles with Richard Simmons, are the practice co-heads. Brian Murphy is also noted in New York. Washington DC-based Garen Dodge and San Diego’s Adam Rosenthal joined from Jackson Lewis P.C. and Littler Mendelson, P.C. respectively. Michael Gallion, Kate Visosky and special counsel David Van Pelt moved to Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, while Brian Arbetter joined Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. Century City-based Paul Berkowitz and Lisa Harris, who splits her time between Century City and New York, made partner.

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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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s transactional experience includes mergers, purchases and sales of stock and assets as well as MBOs. Recent deals for M&A practice leader Will Chuchawat, who divides time between Los Angeles and Shanghai, include representing United Therapies Holding in the sale of the membership interests of its wholly owned subsidiary, UTH Holdco, and advising CutisCare, a subsidiary of Bison Capital, on the purchase of assets of OxyHeal Health Group. Los Angeles-based Lawrence Braun also had a busy year; his recent work included representing American Fruits and Flavors, a privately held family company, in its $690m all-cash asset sale to Monster Beverage; advising RW Lyall & Company (known for oil and gas pipeline components manufacturing) and its shareholders on the sale of all the company’s equity securities to Burndy, a subsidiary of Hubbell; and acting for Ebuys in its sale to DSW. In Washington DC, Lucantonio Salvi advised Tullett Prebon on its proposed acquisition of Creditex’s US hybrid voice brokerage business from Intercontinental Exchange and acted for Arlington Capital Partners portfolio company United Flexible in the acquisition of Kreisler Manufacturing. Other highlights included David Sands acting for WestStar Mortgage in a sale of its equity interests to financial services business JG Wentworth Company, and assisting Karga Seven Pictures with its sale of a controlling interest to Red Arrow Entertainment Group. Century City-based Jeryl Bowers, Del Mar-based John Hentrich and Shon Glusky in New York are also recommended.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing
Advertising and marketing - ranked: tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s practice is co-led by Brian Anderson and Paul Garrity in San Francisco and New York respectively. Anderson recently advised Benefit Cosmetics on a global marketing campaign and assisted Kate Spade with all elements of its fashion promotional campaigns. Garrity, who is particularly prominent in contentious issues, represented MillerCoors in a false advertising consumer class action and represented Beastie Boys in a copyright infringement and false endorsement trial. Other clients include Fitbit and Pirelli. Other notable names include, in Century City, Craig Cardon, who is recommended for false advertising issues, and Brian Pass; and in New York, fashion expert Theodore Max. Benjamin Mulcahy and Gina Reif Ilardi joined Jenner & Block LLP. Since publication, Liisa Thomas has joined from Winston & Strawn LLP.

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Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Cyber law (including data protection and privacy) - ranked: tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

In February 2016, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP welcomed Laura Jehl in Washington DC as a new co-leader of the group; she was previously general counsel and chief privacy and security officer at Resolution Health, a subsidiary of health insurer Anthem. In September 2016, also in Washington DC, former Homeland Security deputy general counsel Jonathan Meyer joined the team. The team’s other co-leader, Craig Cardon, handles privacy and data-related advertising litigation for blue-chip retailers and ‘has very deep industry knowledge and the ability to give business-sensitive advice’. Recent mandates for the firm include acting for BitGo in connection with the theft, from a business partner, of $72m in bitcoins, which included crisis management coordination with blockchain-industry forensic experts. The team also assisted Duo Security with drafting its cyber incident response plan and advised a major cable communications provider, Charter Communications, on a range of privacy and cybersecurity matters, including advice on new FCC regulations for internet service providers. Since publication, the ‘practical, creative and thoughtfulLiisa Thomas has joined from Winston & Strawn LLP.

Leading lawyers

Liisa Thomas - Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

In addition to its advice on IT systems and software matters, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s team includes specialists in healthcare IT, fashion and apparel, retail, consumer products, sports equipment, entertainment and digital media. Brian Anderson in San Francisco and Del Mar’s Michael Orlando are the recommended practice co-chairs. Anderson provides ongoing representation to Kate Spade & Company in large-scale, global e-commerce outsourcing projects and related software licensing as well as cloud services agreements and data protection counseling. Orlando recently acted for Taylor Guitars in the development and launch of the TaylorSense guitar smart box and iOS App; and Century City’s Brian Pass assisted Fitbit with marketing services agreements.

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Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP excels in the cable infrastructure and satellite sectors and has notable expertise in Open Internet issues. The team recently advised key client Charter Communications and Snapchat on the FCC’s net neutrality ruling. Other work for Charter Communications included advising it on FCC, state and local cable regulations; assisting it with state and federal litigation regarding franchise fees and public, educational and government access fees; advising it on the regulatory elements of wireless and wireline infrastructure matters; and assisting it with multiple franchise renewals and subsequent litigation. Brian Weimer leads the group and is working with Paul Werner in representing Rite Aid and CVS before the FCC in matters relating to the TCPA and healthcare-related communications issues. Other clients include the CTIA, Telecoms Italia Sparkle and Zayo Group. Gardner Gillespie is recommended for cable and telecoms litigation, Dave Thomas advises trade associations, wireless networks and cable and broadband companies; and Ray Rutngamlug, who made partner in early 2016, focuses on communications service agreements.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Telecoms and broadcast: transactional - ranked: tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s client base includes cable and broadband internet providers, satellite companies, social media networks and fiber-optic infrastructure providers; Iridium, Vizio, CTIA and Zayo Group are examples. Satellite expert Brian Weimer leads the Washington DC-based department and is advising OneWeb on multiple commercial and corporate issues, including raising finance. Further highlights include assisting Charter Communications with franchising issues and infrastructure matters; and Paul Werner and Century City-based Brian Pass are advising Snapchat on platform development and the client’s move to become a mass media content company. Ray Rutngamlug made partner in early 2016.

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United States: Real estate

Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

The West Coast-based construction team at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is best known for dispute resolution, particularly regarding infrastructure and real estate projects. Candace Matson in Los Angeles chairs the team, which has been acting for owners and contractors such as Atkinson Contractors, Lend Lease and Samsung Engineering. Highly regarded for its international arbitration expertise, the group recently represented Samsung Engineering in a dispute with Alcoa regarding a $10bn joint venture in Saudi Arabia; Hwan Kim, who led the advice, is praised for being an ‘excellent and relentless litigator’. In a front-end piece of work, the team represented the Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors joint venture in the construction of a $2bn light rail transit system, linking LAX Airport to numerous surrounding cities. Former co-head Scott Hennigh and Mathew Troughton moved to Hanson Bridgett LLP in February 2017.

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

The California land use team at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is noted for its expertise in relation to infrastructure as well as commercial and residential real estate developments. Working with various developers, recent projects have included schools, residential and mixed-use projects. The team also has considerable experience in litigation that can arise from the approvals process. The key names are Keith Garner in San Francisco and Nancy Scull in San Diego.

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