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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

1050 CONNECTICUT AVENUE NW, SUITE 600, WASHINGTON, DC 20036, USA
Tel:
Work +1 202 585 6500
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Fax +1 202 585 6600
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https://www.manatt.com

United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP has ‘a deep bench of astute business professionals’, and the ‘skilled lawyers’ are ‘extremely responsive’ and ‘highly recommended for high-value real estate transactions’. The team also handles financing matters, leasing issues and asset roll-ups, and regularly collaborates with its land use and zoning practice, advising clients on projects from inception to completion. Michael Polentz is the key figure in Palo Alto; Polentz recently advised the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on its redevelopment and construction plans for its existing museum campus, a project involving four building demolitions and the construction of a new design, and also acted for PlumpJack Fund on the formation of a joint venture with Meriwether Co to redevelop the Squaw Valley Inn in North Lake Tahoe. In Orange County, Steve Edwards advises on the purchase, sale and joint venturing of various real estate assets, and Tom Muller is recommended for retail, office and hotel-sector matters.

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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 numerous offices in California and New York, and is well equipped to handle cases filed in these key jurisdictions in particular. The firm also has several notable litigators in Chicago, particularly with financial services litigation expertise; Richard Gottlieb - who splits his time between Chicago and Los Angeles - is a key figure in this field. In a high-profile case, Los Angeles-based Matt Kanny and Washington DC-based Benjamin Chew are representing Johnny Depp in a lawsuit against his former business managers alleging professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. Other areas of strength include patent litigation and appellate work.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

William Bernstein heads Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP’s practice and handles regulatory mandates, transactional issues and funding matters. Other key practitioners include Robert Belfort, who is a ‘leader in healthcare regulatory compliance and transactional work’; Medicaid specialist Cindy Mann in Washington DC; and Los Angeles-based litigator Gregory Pimstone. Pimstone recently defended Blue Shield of California in a putative class action alleging it had incorrectly calculated its medical loss ratio under the Affordable Care Act (ACA); Bernstein and Melinda Dutton assisted the state of North Carolina with the transformation of its Medicaid system; and Bernstein handled Ascension Health’s new Medicare clinician payment methodologies under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Unless otherwise specified, mentioned attorneys are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Robert Belfort - Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 3

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

As ‘a brilliant firm for general healthcare work’, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP counts hospital associations, health systems, academic medical centers and cancer treatment centers as clients; examples include AHA, Yale New Haven Hospital, UCLA Health and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Highlights included Los Angeles-based Barry Landsberg representing Dignity Health in a Supreme Court case relating to religious exemption issues for faith-based hospitals; Peter Olberg in New York advising Mount Sinai Health System on the creation of its for-profit health information company Sema4; and Washington DC-based regulatory expert Cindy Mann assisting the Catholic Health Association of the United States with issues relating to the Affordable Care Act repeal and replace efforts. New York-based William Bernstein leads the group; James Schwartz in Los Angeles regularly acts for nonprofit organizations and Los Angeles-based Gregory Pimstone focuses on healthcare litigation.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP’s Los Angeles-based practice represents copyright owners, including prominent recording artists, in disputes arising from their portfolios. The firm won on summary judgment for IN2N entertainment Group in a lawsuit brought by the alleged co-author of the song Bad Girl. It is also representing Yomei Chiang McLellan in a dispute over the ownership of diaries inherited from the defendant’s great grandfather, Chiang Kai Shek. Other clients include Will.I.Am and Kendrick Lamar. Robert Jacobs and Michelle Cooke are recommended.

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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

The California-based team at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP handles complex class actions as well as multi- and single-plaintiff cases across the retail, media, entertainment and healthcare sectors. Sharon Bauman secured a significant jury victory for Blue Shield of California in a whistleblower and breach of contract case. Esra Hudson secured a resolution for CashCall in a wage and hour class action brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). Robert Platt obtained a complete defense victory for Rite Aid in a wrongful termination, retaliation and disability discrimination action. Team head Sandra King, Alan Brunswick, Mandana Massoumi and Andrew Satenberg are also key figures. Named individuals are based across the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orange County offices. Rebecca Torrey joined Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP in 2017.

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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 regularly advises on M&A transactions in the firm’s key industries of technology, financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, and consumer and retail. Recent highlights include serving as legal counsel to CU Bancorp in its sale to PacWest Bancorp; advising Valley Campus Pharmacy (d/b/a TNH Advanced Specialty Pharmacy) on its sale to Diplomat Pharmacy; and assisting Stamps.com with its $55m acquisition of Texas-based ShippingEasy. The team also advised international investment bank Houlihan Lokey on its acquisition of Black Stone IP; and acted for Dura Coat Products, a developer and manufacturer of construction and industrial paint coatings, in the sale of a majority stake to Axalta Coating Systems. Los Angeles-based Jordan Hamburger and Orange County’s Matthew O’Loughlin are co-chairs of the firm’s M&A practice, where they are supported in Los Angeles by chair of the business, finance and tax division, Ben Orlanski, as well as Gordon Bava, who is co-chair of the firm. Richard Maire Jr is another notable name in Los Angeles and Washington DC-based Douglas Boggs is recommended. In New York, Aydin Caginalp is another highly rated adviser. Since publication, Alan Noskow and Brian Ashin have joined King & Spalding.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

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

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Notable practitioners in Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice include Jeffrey Edelstein in New York and Jesse Brody in Los Angeles. The group is highly regarded for its work with brands: Edelstein recently advised AT&T on the licensing of movie and television clips used in its advertisements; Brody assisted Kia Motors America with various products surrounding the Kia Niro, including sweepstakes rules and online advertising, and also advised apparel brand Guess on the development of disclaimers for website offers, discounts and coupons. The department regularly acts for agencies, including the Martin Agency, which the team assisted with Rana’s launch of the Dine with Rana sweepstakes and advised on the drafting of a talent contract with Randy Jackson for Geico. T. Hale Boggs is Los Angeles heads the department, which also includes New York-based Richard Lawson, who is ‘technically proficient’. Former practice head Linda Goldstein and Holly Melton joined Baker & Hostetler LLP.

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

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice builds on the firm’s ‘excellent healthcare expertise’ and advertising knowledge to advise clients on HIPAA compliance, TCPA issues and cyber breaches; the team recently advised New York eHealth Collaborative on its shift towards electronic health records and its work with the state’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration relating to its new rule on substance use disorder confidentiality, and represented Survey Sampling International in a class action alleging TCPA violations. The group is also highly regarded for its experience in the vehicle space, with recent work including assisting Kia Motors with its compliance with Global Automakers’ consumer privacy protection principles. Litigator Donna Wilson leads the department from Los Angeles. Jesse Brody and Christine Reilly are also recommended; Reilly is an ‘excellent communicator and has superior TCPA knowledge’.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

At Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Lindsay Conner is the key name for film and television work, while Charles Biederman and Gary Gilbert jointly lead the music practice, and John Gatti focuses on entertainment litigation. In a recent highlight, Conner and Sophia Yen acted for Sony Pictures Entertainment on the first-ever slate co-financing deal in the virtual reality space; Conner also advised the Tornante Company on a fifth season pickup agreement with Netflix relating to BoJack Horseman and assisted IMAX with film distribution regulations in over 70 countries. Other highlights for the department included representing Johnny Depp in a professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claim against his former business managers; acting for Warner Bros Records in a dispute with Avenged Sevenfold relating to the band’s attempt to end its contract with the label, and representing Twentieth Century Fox in litigation against Bay City and Grupo Televisa for the non-payment of licensing fees owed for the broadcast of King of the Hill and The Simpsons. All attorneys mentioned are based in Los Angeles.

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

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLPexceeds the expectations’ of its clients and is well versed in commercial, residential, mixed-use and infrastructure developments. Los Angeles-based Victor De la Cruz successfully acted for Kilroy Realty Corporation in the entitlements and environmental review of its Academy Square project in Hollywood, while Susan Hori assists Newport Banning Ranch with the entitlement process to redevelop a 400-acre oil field in the city of Newport Beach into a mixed-use site. Other highlights include advising key client CapRock Partners on obtaining entitlements for five industrial developments in the Inland Empire area of southern California.

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