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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

With offices on the east and west coasts, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has made a name for itself defending companies and executives in major DOJ investigations into the autoparts industry. While the firm remains very active in this particular sector, it has also been involved in investigations into the building materials and financial services industries. The firm recently put an emphasis on corporate compliance programs, with Donald Klawiter in Washington DC presenting the risks of cartel conduct to Japanese executives and legal departments. Previously working at Paul Hastings LLP, Michael Cohen joined the San Francisco office. Gary Halling heads the department.

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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’s work for key client Samsung Electronics reflects the antitrust practice’s breadth of expertise. Matters handled for the client recently include cartel investigations, price-fixing class actions and - highlighting a key strength of the practice - the defense of an antitrust and IP cross-over action alleging an illegal group licensing boycott in the smartphone market. MasterCard and Expert Network Consultants are also clients. The department is spread across the firm’s California and Washington DC offices and key contacts include group head Gary Halling, the ‘professional, honest, approachable and highly regarded’ Michael Scarborough, and James McGinnis. The addition of former Paul Hastings LLP practice chair Michael Cohen in San Francisco has further enhanced the team’s healthcare sector and merger clearance capabilities.

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United States: Dispute resolution

White-collar criminal defense
White-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 5

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Highly effective’ firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has a long history in Los Angeles, where ‘top-notch’ practice group leader Bryan Daly and the ‘wise, experienced and practicalCharles Kreindler are based. New York lawyers include Kevin Puvalowski and MaryJeanette Dee, while Raymond Marshall is based in San Francisco. The firm is defending Abacus Federal Savings Bank in a long-running trial arising from allegations that the bank knowingly approved mortgages to unqualified borrowers prior to the financial crisis. Daly and Kreindler secured a non-prosecution agreement for Exide Technologies following an investigation into the treatment and storage of hazardous waste. Other highlights for Kreindler included representing Urbain Tran, an individual charged with tax fraud in connection with the import of Chinese honey. Other clients include the California Public Utilities Commission, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and Wells Fargo Capital Finance.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Rated as ‘excellent in all aspects’, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has a broad practice that has recently handled cost accounting disputes, FCA cases and contract disputes. In a bid protest, Anne Perry and the ‘experiencedJonathan Aronie represented the US Investigations Services Professional Services Division against the award of an FBI services contract to a competitor, alleging that the awardee’s proposed labor categories did not match the requirements; the Government Accountability Office (GAO) subsequently recommended the task order be terminated. A qui tam action was handled by a team led by the ‘thorough and practicalJohn Chierichella, who successfully defended Northrop Grumman in a case concerning damages of over $600m per year relating to alleged fraudulent acts regarding the performance of a contract for postal service sorting machines. All three are based in Washington DC, while Los Angeles-based Bryan Daly heads the group.

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’s broad client base engages the team on project finance, development and construction, regulatory and transactional matters. Tony Toranto led advice to Bridge Bank on the financing of multiple portfolios comprising over 30 distributed solar energy projects across the US. As well as financial institutions, the team acts for utilities, developers, contractors and equipment manufacturers, lenders and investors. Toranto and new partner Jeffrey Rector assisted ET Solar with the development and construction of the 30MW Halifax County old airport solar project. Paul Kaufman joined the team from Chadbourne & Parke LLP. Since publication, Katherine McAvoy Gillespie joined from Winston & Strawn LLP.

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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 long and close association with the healthcare industry. Its roots are in California, but this has grown into a truly national practice, and it has extensive experience in Medicare Advantage and Medicaid, as well as commercial, dental and vision health plans. It is also noted for risk-based arrangements and value-based reimbursement systems. In 2015, it advised Molina Healthcare on its acquisition of Providence Human Services and Providence Community Services. Century City’s Eric Klein and Aytan Dahukey are key members of the practice.

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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 nationally renowned practice and an impressive record in healthcare reform initiatives, working with a range of major hospital systems. It is an ‘industry leader’ in healthcare transactions and demonstrates ‘expertise in creating, crafting and completing deals with well thought out structures that are designed to last’. On top of that, it is ‘very responsive, timely and knowledgeable’. The firm recently advised Heritage Development Organization in forming a multibillion-dollar joint venture with Trinity Health. It also represented Mount Sinai Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center in a joint venture with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and ProHealth/Optum to construct and operate a $240m proton beam therapy center in New York. Eric Klein leads the team; he ‘has the skills necessary to get the deal done’ and ‘is one of the best M&A lawyers in industry’.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 5

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP handles a variety of copyright matters for entertainment sector clients, including contentious and non-contentious issues. Martin Katz in Los Angeles is particularly recommended for copyright matters in the motion picture business. New York-based Paul Garrity continues to represent 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 for the Monster energy drink.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

The practice at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP draws on its wider commercial litigation capabilities to handle high-stakes trademark disputes. The ‘very experienced and practicalCarlo Van den Bosch in Orange County successfully represented Hana Bank in a long-lasting dispute with Hana Financial regarding the question of who used the Hana mark first in US commerce, with the final victory before the US Supreme Court in 2015. Jill Pietrini in Los Angeles successfully represented Life Alert Emergency Response in a trademark infringement suit against LifeWatch, and New York-based Paul Garrity acted for Walmart in a trade dress dispute with Converse before the ITC. Lisa Martens in San Diego joined the practice from Fish & Richardson P.C..

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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

Expertise at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP spans stock option disputes, class certification, invasion of privacy and prevailing wage matters. Los Angeles’ Kelly Hensley, Orange County’s Greg Labate and New York’s Jonathan Stoler head the department, which counts Landry’s, Hyundai America Technical Center and Taco Bell as clients. Through the efforts of Los Angeles-based Richard Simmons, the California Courts of Appeal reversed a jury verdict and court judgment that originally found Burke Williams Day Spa to be liable for failing to prevent harassment to an employee that alleged sex discrimination, racial and sexual harassment, and other claims. The new decision stated that juries should not award damages for failure to prevent harassment or unlawful discrimination if they find no actionable harassment or adverse employment action. In Chicago, Jill Vorobiev arrived from Dykema Gossett PLLC, and in Silicon Valley, Nancy Pritikin joined from Littler Mendelson, P.C.. Brian Murphy and Christopher Collins were promoted to partner in New York, as was Morgan Forsey in San Francisco.

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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 is ‘an incredibly useful partner to clients, who derive great value as the team is always responsive and hugely knowledgeable and professional’, moreover, ‘the depth of knowledge is significant and the advice is always simple, clear and useful’. The practice enjoyed impressive growth through the recruitment of several partners, including Century City-based Jeffrey Kateman and Adam Ettinger from Latham & Watkins LLP and Strategic Counsel Corporation respectively; Craig Mordock, Michael McKinnon and Joshua Dean in Orange County from Jones Day, Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Bingham McCutchen respectively; New York-based Joseph Daniels, Andy Felner and Adam Freiman from Loeb & Loeb LLP, FDX Capital/FDX Offshore and King & Spalding LLP respectively; and Hwan Kim in Washington DC from Squire Patton Boggs. Recent highlights for the practice include Los Angeles-based Lawrence Braun advising the shareholder of Press Forge Company on the sale of the company’s stock to Precision Castparts Corp.; David Sands in Los Angeles acting for Banijay Group in its acquisition of a controlling interest in US production company Stephen David Entertainment; and M&A chair Will Chuchawat, also in Los Angeles, assisting an affiliate of Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical with its investment in The Center for Orthopedic and Research Excellence. Other matters included Century City-based Linda Michaelson advising BoosterMedia on its acquisition of the Hallpass Media web game network from SGN Games. Corporate practice heads Jeryl Bowers in Century City, Del Mar-based John Hentrich and Shon Glusky in New York are recommended. Also deserving of mention are David Sunkin and Zachary Turke in Los Angeles and Lucantonio Salvi in Washington DC.

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 is experienced in advising companies and investors on the entire life cycle of a growth company, with a strong presence in the media, software and health-tech industries. San Diego-based practice head Michael Umansky advised Accelerate-IT Ventures in several investments, including as lead investor in Zanbato’s $8m series B preferred stock financing. In the Palo Alto office, Stephanie Zeppa advised HealthLoop on its preferred equity financing, while Tobin Dommer advised BlueLine Grid on its series A-1 financing, which was led by In-Q-Tel. The firm’s growing team had five new partner hires this year: Craig Mordock from Jones Day and Joshua Dean from the defunct Bingham McCutchen joined the Orange County office; Joe Daniels from Loeb & Loeb LLP and Adam Freiman from King & Spalding LLP joined the New York office, and Adam Ettinger joined from an in-house counsel role. Zac Turke in the Los Angeles office was made partner.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing
Advertising and marketing - ranked: tier 2

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

The practice at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP excels in media, sport and entertainment, advising clients on promotions, content issues, endorsement agreements and NAD litigation. The team’s extensive client roster includes Snapchat, Paramount Pictures and also Lions Gate Films, which the firm advised on co-promotional agreements with major brands for the final two instalments in The Hunger Games franchise. The team also recently acted for Samsung in the launch of its Gear VR virtual reality platform, and advised the client on its multi-year sponsorship and content distribution agreement with the NBA and an endorsement agreement with NBA player LeBron James. Robert Darwell in Century City is highly experienced in advising clients in the fashion industry, and recently assisted Chanel with its new global advertising campaign for Chanel No. 5. Other retail clients for the firm include Kate Spade, H&M and also Target, which the department advised on its NASCAR sponsorship deal with Ganassi Racing. Brian Anderson and Paul Garrity are the new co-heads of the practice. Former practice heads Benjamin Mulcahy and Gina Reif Ilardi moved to Jenner & Block LLP in April 2016.

Leading lawyers

Benjamin Mulcahy - Jenner & Block LLP

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Technology: data protection and privacy
Technology: data protection and privacy - ranked: tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

The Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP practice handles data breach responses and investigations, and is led by Craig Cardon, who clients say ‘is smart, practical, easy to work with, and tough when he needs to be’, and Brian Anderson, who is also well regarded by clients and has strengths in cross-border data transfers and in advising technology companies with data-related compliance, transactions and security. Cardon is based in Century City and sometimes San Francisco, and Anderson splits his time between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Benjamin Mulcahy, who splits his time between Century City and New York, handles international privacy compliance for a global beverage company and specializes in data-related issues.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

At Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, Brian Anderson in San Francisco and Michael Orlando in San Diego are chairs of the 38-strong multidisciplinary team. Anderson advised zTailors, a new tailor-on-demand service, on its mobile platform, including software licensing and cloud services. In the Century City office, Brian Pass advised Snapchat on its development of the advertising program of the in-app content platform Discover. Pass was also the lead attorney assisting the Secure Content Storage Association, a consortium of entertainment and technology companies, with the launch of video storage company VIDITY. Other key clients include Kate Spade and Taylor Guitars. Adam Ettinger joined the Century City office in April 2015 from an in-house counsel position, bringing with him experience in semiconductors, networking technology and financial technology. James Gatto joined the Washington DC office from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; he handles matters concerning open source software, trademarks and copyright law. In Los Angeles, Zachary Turke made partner.

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Brian Weimer heads Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s four-partner communications practice, which is particularly noted for its cable and satellite industry expertise. It frequently represents clients on litigation and regulatory issues before local, state and international regulatory agencies, including municipal cable franchising authorities, state and federal courts, public service commissions, and international arbitration tribunals. It is assisting Charter Communications with obtaining state and local franchise approvals for its multibillion-dollar merger with Time Warner Cable and its acquisition of cable systems from Bright House Networks. Another highlight saw the group advise KTSAT, a privately-owned Korean satellite operator, on International Telecommunication Union issues and the negotiation of international coordination agreements. The practice also represented the client in an arbitral proceeding against another private satellite owner in regard to questions of ownership of a satellite and related damages. Paul Werner is also highly recommended.

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Headed by satellite expert Brian Weimer, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s communications team is assisting Charter Communications with securing state and local franchise approvals its proposed multibillion-dollar merger with Time Warner Cable. Weimer also led on Charter’s acquisition of several cable systems from Bright House Networks, while Paul Werner provided advice on platform development and deployment to Snapchat.

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United States: Real estate and construction

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Harold Hamersmith and Scott Hennigh co-chair the 18-partner practice at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP out of Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively. The team, which attracts praise for its ‘deep knowledge base’ and ability to ‘deliver under tight timelines and budgets’, has been representing one of the largest public utilities in the US in a multibillion-dollar international arbitration arising out of a premature permanent shutdown of a nuclear power plant; San Diego-based John Yacovelle is leading on that. Elsewhere, Hamersmith and Washington DC-based Hwan Kim are representing Samsung Engineering in an international arbitration arising from the multibillion-dollar modernization of the Sohar Refinery in Oman. Non-contentious highlights included drafting and negotiating EPC contracts for the $500m development and construction of solar projects in six states; Meredith Jones-McKeown in San Francisco led on that. Candace Matson, who has expertise in defect claims and mechanic’s lien litigation, is recommended.

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

The department at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is co-led by Domenic Drago in San Diego and Keith Garner in San Francisco, and has advised on a number of high-profile PPP projects. San Francisco-based Robert Thompson led advice to the City of Long Beach and the City of Santa Clara on their respective civic center projects. John Ponder in San Diego successfully represented Donahue Schriber in a California Environmental Quality Act litigation matter. Jim Pugh, who splits his time between the Los Angeles and Orange County offices, is ‘a real star’. In San Francisco, Jennifer Renk and Jim Rusk were promoted to partner.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s 43-partner team has a presence in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. San Francisco-based Doug Van Gessel has been particularly active, advising Moffett Place on a number of significant transactions, including a $610m loan for the construction of an office campus, and the $1.1bn lease to Google of a corporate campus development in California. In Los Angeles, Pamela Westhoff advised on various dispositions for SteelWave, including the $195m sale of 160 Spear Street in San Francisco, while in Chicago Terrence Budny and Larry Eppley remained active on the debt finance side for lender and borrower clients such as The PrivateBank, Sapir Group and Oxford Capital Group. Domenic Drago co-chairs the practice from San Diego and, as well as assisting San Diego Ballpark Hotel Company with its $140m refinancing of the Omni Hotel, also represented the Irvine Company in multifamily acquisitions and ground lease transactions in Silicon Valley. San Francisco-based co-chair Keith Garner is the other name to note. In May 2016, Thomas Masenga joined from Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

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