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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

379 LYTTON AVENUE, PALO ALTO, CA 94301, USA
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Work +650 815 5600
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Fax +650 815 2601
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www.sheppardmullin.com

United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is ‘able to handle large transactions efficiently and in a cost-effective manner’ and the ‘responsive, creative and intelligent team’ is ‘not only familiar with the relevant legal issues, but is also helpful in assisting with business matters, always seeing the bigger picture and thinking outside of the box’. The group is noted for the strength of its California practice, but also handles matters in the New York, Washington DC and Chicago areas. Key individuals include Thomas Masenga, who recently advised New York State Teachers’ Retirement System on its provision of a loan increase of $175m on the City National Plaza; San Diego-based Nancy Scull, who acted for Greystar in its acquisition, development and financing of Ballpark Village in San Diego; and Pamela Westhoff, who advised Tribune Real Estate on its sale of the Los Angeles Times Headquarters buildings. Orange County-based Scott Morehouse has significant land use and environmental expertise. Named attorneys are based in Los Angeles except where otherwise indicated.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s team has experience defending companies and executives in investigations and litigation involving issues such as price-fixing, bid-rigging and other types of collusive agreements. Michael Cohen is representing The Reynolds and Reynolds Company in an FTC investigation concerning allegations of collusion over automotive enterprise dealership management operating system software. Gary Halling and Michael Scarborough, who are located in San Francisco, acted for various Samsung SDI entities in DOJ Antitrust Division and foreign enforcement investigations, as well as related class action and direct action lawsuits, relating to alleged price-fixing of lithium ion batteries between 2000 and 2011.

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP represents clients in class actions and large MDLs nationwide, and it also handles DOJ/FTC prosecutions, among other matters. Gary Halling, James McGinnis and Michael Scarborough acted for Samsung SDI in litigation brought by the State of Oregon (on behalf of consumers) in relation to an alleged conspiracy to fix the price of cathode ray tubes. Century City-based Seong Kim defended Korea Yakult and Paldo Co in a consolidated class action concerning an alleged conspiracy to fix the price of Korean ramen noodles being sold in the US. Dylan Ballard made partner in 2017. Named individuals are based in San Francisco, except where otherwise stated.

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United States: Dispute resolution

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is praised for its ‘excellent service, prompt responses, good understanding and great attentiveness’. Highlights for the group included representing the healthcare company, Pacific Pulmonary Services, in parallel criminal and civil FCA investigations into allegations the company paid illegal kickbacks for Medi-Cal, Medicare and Tricare referrals, resulting in a declination of criminal actions and a favorable civil settlement. It also successfully represented Rubicon Resources and three Thai companies against charges of Human Trafficking with respect to Cambodian migrant workers; the charges were dismissed at federal court. The practice is jointly led by Bryan Daly and ‘quality lawyerCharles Kreindler in Los Angeles, and San Francisco’s Raymond Marshall. Bethany Hengsbach, Scott Roybal and Christopher Hale are other key practitioners in Los Angeles.

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United States: Finance

Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)
Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) - ranked: tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

The nonprofit practice at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP assists a wide range of not-for-profit clients, including sports, healthcare, religious, media, entertainment and cultural organizations. The group advises NFP organizations through their life cycles and also acts for pro bono clients, such as LGBT media advocacy organization GLAAD and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Los Angeles-based David Ulich heads up the team. Recent highlights for Ulich include assisting Sidewinder Media, a subsidiary of tax-exempt entity the Foundation for Global Sports Development, with creating Munich ’72 and Beyond, a documentary focusing on the assassination of members of the Israeli Olympic team at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Jay Gerzog is recommended in the New York office.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 2

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s team is noted for its extensive experience in procurement matters; recent work includes handling bid protests, FCA matters and investigations. Los Angeles-based Bryan Daly leads the group of mostly Washington DC-based lawyers, such as John Chierichella, Anne Perry, Jonathan Aronie and the ‘diligentKeith Szeliga. A recent victory in a bid protest was achieved for SBD Alliant concerning a $47m Defense Health Agency contract to perform independent developmental test and evaluation services, which had been awarded to a competitor. In another matter, the group successfully represented Pacific Pulmonary Services in a FCA suit concerning an alleged bribery scheme.

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 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP considerably boosted its offering with a number of hires from Winston & Strawn LLP including practice co-head Katherine Gillespie, Amit Kalra, Laurette Petersen and Andrew Ratts, who joined the Chicago office, and San Francisco-based Christine Hourcade-Hoefliger. The new practice advises clients such as Allette Clean Energy and Invenergy on a full range of project finance, project development, commercial lending, tax credit monetization and M&A. San Diego-based Tony Toranto jointly heads the team with Gillespie.

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP hired Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.’s former co-climate change and environmental practice group chair, Nicholas van Aelstyn, in San Francisco. The practice is particularly noted for soil and groundwater contamination, hazardous waste, air quality, and endangered species issues. Other key names include Keith Garner in San Francisco, Los Angeles’ Randy Visser, and Nancy Scull in San Diego.

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Eric Klein leads Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s practice from the firm’s Century City office, which leverages a strong California presence to advise clients on California Knox-Keene Act licenses. Further areas of expertise for the team include reimbursement systems, risk-based arrangements, health plan transactions and Medicare and Medicaid health plans. In a recent highlight, Klein and recently promoted partner Lynsey Mitchel advised Fresenius Medical Care on the structuring of a downstream global risk and population health management shared savings program with Humana; the practice also assisted Fidelis Care with its $3.8bn acquisition by Centene and acted for Aledade on the formation of a new Medicare Advantage global risk-focused payor-provider joint venture. Aytan Dahukey, Michael McKinnon in Orange County and New York-based Jay Gerzog are also recommended; Dahukey and McKinnon focus on healthcare transactions, and Gerzog handles hospital acquisitions.

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is noted for its reimbursement expertise with substantial experience in payment programs, reform strategy implementation, joint venture projects and transactional matters. Practice head Eric Klein and recently promoted partner Lynsey Mitchel (both in Century City) advised Fresenius Medical Care on the structuring of a downstream global risk and population health management shared-savings program in 38 states; Klein also assisted AccentCare with a joint venture with Baylor Scott & White Health and handled St Luke’s Hospital System’s disposal of the Saltzer Medical Group. Jay Gerzog in New York and Century City-based Aytan Dahukey are recommended for transactional advice.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s clients include copyright owners and producers in the entertainment industry. It also has expertise in technology- and fashion-related copyright. In a recent highlight, the group defended Forever 21 in a claim brought by Puma alleging copyright infringement relating to a line of shoes. It is also representing the Beastie Boys in a number of lawsuits relating to the band’s copyright portfolio. Laura Chapman in San Francisco and Daniel Yannuzzi in San Diego lead the practice.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s group handles all aspects of trademark litigation, including class actions, as well as registration and opposition proceedings. Co-head Laura Chapman and Seong Kim, who are based in San Francisco and Los Angeles respectively, have been acting for Forever 21 in cancelation proceedings brought against Gucci regarding the company’s stripe marks. They also defended Forever 21 against claims brought by Puma regarding Forever 21’s ‘Fenty’ line. The team includes Carlo Van den Bosch in Orange County and Paul Garrity in New York.

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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 a range of contentious employment cases, from single-plaintiff cases to class actions, and clients say of the group that its ‘response times are very good’. Los Angeles-based Richard Simmons and Daniel McQueen worked alongside Brian Murphy and special counsel Lisa Lewis in New York in securing a victory for Chipotle in federal district court in New York, which involved a claim that Chipotle misclassified persons in the position of apprentice as exempt on a nationwide basis. Simmons also led a team in a long-running case for Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, securing scheduling flexibility for hospital employees. New York-based Jack Kiley and special counsel Kevin Smith as well as Tracey Kennedy in Los Angeles obtained a $9.1m victory on behalf of Tullett Prebon Financial Services in FINRA arbitration against a former employee and Tradition Asiel Securities. Taco Bell, Whole Foods and E&B Natural Resources are also clients. Los Angeles-based Derek Havel, Tom Kaufman in Century City, and Eric Raphan in New York are key contacts. Kelly Hensley in Los Angeles, Greg Labate in Orange County and the ‘brilliantJonathan Stoler in New York lead the team. Samantha Grant joined the Century City office in 2017 from Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP.

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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 LLPdelivers exceptional service; the lawyers are all extremely knowledgeable and consistently deliver advice that is not only commercial, but that clients can trust’. The firm’s M&A attorneys handle deals throughout the US and overseas, on behalf of individuals, small privately held businesses, private equity firms, and multinational corporations. Representative work includes mergers, purchases and sales of stock and assets, MBOs, recapitalizations, and other corporate restructurings. M&A practice leader Will Chuchawat, who divides his time between Los Angeles and Shanghai, advised Mercury Systems on its $40.5m acquisition of Delta Microwave; and acted for Aerojet Rocketdyne in the acquisition of Coleman Aerospace. Los Angeles-based Lawrence Braun’s recent highlights include advising Windsor Fashions on the sale of a majority of its stock to Windsor Ultimate Holding and Sun Co-Invest Windsor; and acting for two operating companies, Karoun Dairies and Central Valley Cheese, and the affiliated owner of the Turlock facility, in their sale to Parmalat. David Sands, who splits his time between the firm’s Los Angeles, Orange County and Century City offices, advised Machinima on its sale to an affiliate of Warner Bros Entertainment, in an $85m reverse subsidiary merger, and acted for Prospect Mortgage in its sale to HomeBridge Financial Services; and Lucantonio Salvi is ‘an excellent lawyer who has a firm grasp of the subject matter and always approaches clients’ questions and issues with commercialism and practicality’. Salvi acted for Polaris Alpha, a portfolio company of Arlington Capital Partners, in the acquisition of Solidyn Solutions; and assisted private equity firm Riordan Lewis & Haden with the acquisition of an analytics and cybersecurity company. Jeryl Bowers and Linda Michaelson are the names to note in Century City. In May 2018, Eric Newsom joined the San Francisco from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.

Leading lawyers

Jeryl Bowers - Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 5

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has a fine West Coast reputation with strong teams in Palo Alto, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. The firm has an impressive record in tech and life sciences, and has strong connections to a number of influential venture capital houses. Clients include Avalon Ventures, Enterprise Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Samsung Ventures, Confident Technologies, Legend3D, Celula, Chumby, Gojee, mFoundry and Petra Solar. Department head Michael Umansky splits his time between San Diego and Century City (Los Angeles) and covers both tech and life sciences deals. David Lee, Stephanie Zeppa and Tobin Dommer are key names in Palo Alto.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory
Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

The ‘personable, reliable and knowledgeableBrian Anderson in San Francisco and New York-based Paul Garrity jointly lead Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s ‘responsive and commercial’ department, which is highly regarded for its work negotiating sports marketing agreements and endorsement agreements; structuring online, mobile and branded entertainment initiatives; and assisting with compliance issues. Anderson recently handled Net-a-Porter’s global marketing campaign with the Good+ Foundation and assisted multiple clients, including 23andMe, Kate Spade and TaylorMade Golf, with all aspects of their promotional campaigns. New York-based Theodore Max is the key name for fashion companies; he counts Chanel, Swarovski, SuperGroup and Kenneth Cole Productions as clients. Brian Pass in Century City and Liisa Thomas in Chicago are also recommended; Thomas joined in 2017 from Winston & Strawn LLP and provides Tillster and Live Nation with advertising support.

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s practice saw substantial expansion in 2017 following the recruitment of Chicago-based practice co-head Liisa Thomas and contentious specialist Kari Rollins in New York from Winston & Strawn LLP. Thomas is experienced in cross-border mandates, with recent highlights including advising Volvo Financial Services on the movement of data internationally, assisting a New York-based media company on the revision of its global website privacy policy, and handling the establishment of privacy and security policies and procedures for a multinational food manufacturer. Rollins regularly handles internal investigations; she recently acted for a major consumer brand in a civil investigative demand from the FTC regarding the security of some of its products. Other noteworthy individuals include Century City-based practice co-chair Craig Gordon, who leads the privacy litigation work and regularly acts for blue chip brands and retailers; Brian Anderson in San Francisco, who focuses on cross-border data transfers and data compliance issues; and Shannon Petersen, who leads the TCPA class action defense team.

Leading lawyers

Liisa Thomas - Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s practice has ‘a detailed and up-to-date understanding of the market through a team of incredibly responsive and helpful individuals’ who ‘are all excellent across the board’. On the transactional side, Robb Klein, Linda Michaelson and David Sands are key names to note, while Martin Katz handles litigation work. Recent highlights include advising Vice Media on the negotiation of multiple development and production agreements, acting for Oculus VR and Oculus Story Studios regarding agreements relating to the production and distribution of virtual reality content, and advising on development, financing, production and distribution for various productions for Amazon Studios, including Logan Lucky and Wonder Wheel. ‘Brilliant practitioner’ Daniel Schnapp is ‘detailed oriented, careful and pragmatic’ and joined the New York office from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP; his recent work includes advising Bandsintown on an alliance with Universal Music Group, and assisting the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) with a multi-year license agreement with Google. Named attorneys, unless otherwise specified, are based in Century City.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

In addition to standard IT systems and software experts, 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 is highly rated; Del Mar’s Michael Orlando acted for adidas in the technology and outsourcing aspects of the sale of Taylor Made Golf Company and affiliated golf brands; and Century City-based Brian Pass advised Snap on a $2bn cloud services agreement with Google.

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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 is experienced in regulatory, contentious and transactional issues, working with cable, broadband, satellite and fiber optic service providers. Brian Weimer leads the group and, alongside Paul Weimer, represented KTSAT in an international arbitration involving the ownership of an orbiting satellite; the duo also worked with Rite Aid and CVS together on regulatory issues surrounding the TCPA. Werner represented Zayo Group in litigation against the City of Baltimore regarding charges to access the city’s underground conduit and advised Snap on net neutrality. Weimer also assisted VIZIO with ensuring that its new televisions adhered to accessibility regulations, and advised OneWeb on FCC and international regulatory matters. The firm advised Charter on compliance requirements pertaining to its merger with Time Warner. Other key figures include of counsel Gardner Gillespie, who specializes in cable and telecoms litigation, Dave Thomas, who has experience advising telecoms and broadband companies, and commercial agreements specialist Ray Rutngamlug.

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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 practice is based in Washington DC and has worked on transactions in the fields of cable, fiber optic infrastructure, satellite, technology and social media. Practice head Brian Weimer is an expert in satellite matters; he recently advised OneWeb on commercial and launch agreements, assisted Global Eagle Entertainment with acquiring an inclined-orbit satellite from a satellite operator, and advised Astra Capital Management on its purchase Alpheus Communications. The firm advised Charter Communications on the compliance aspects of its merger with Time Warner and on the purchase of cable systems from Bright House Networks.

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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 disputes. The team acts for owners, developers, contractors and other design professionals, with clients including Atkinson Contractors, San Diego Gas & Electric Company and Therma Corporation. Practice chairs Hal Hamersmith and Candace Matson defended Jacobs Engineering against an $18m professional negligence claim brought by the County of San Bernardino arising from the expansion of the Adelanto Detention Center, and Hamersmith represented Samsung Engineering in arbitration arising from a multibillion-dollar modernization project for the Sohar Refinery in Oman. Other key attorneys on the team are Hwan Kim and Neil Popović.

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Land use/zoning
Land use/zoning - ranked: tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has carved out a solid California practice representing developers, builders, major landowners, lenders and local agencies. Key adviser Nancy Scull is assisting Greystar with the financing, acquisition and development of Ballpark Village in downtown San Diego and is advising the developer of mixed-use site Totem Lake in Kirkland Washington on the sale of a land parcel to a residential developer. Anna Dorros was promoted to the partnership.

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