Firm Profile > Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP > Washington DC, United States

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
2099 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, N.W.
SUITE 100
WASHINGTON DC 20006
United States

Government > Government contracts Tier 2

Split between Los Angeles and Washington DC, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP's government contracts practice has expertise in the areas of aerospace and defense, international trade, and intelligence. The team also stands out for its national security practice, fielding a number of lawyers with high security clearance credentials. Jonathan Aronie leads the team in Washington DC and is noted for his experience in qui tam cases and False Claims Act litigation. Other DC-based contacts include former practice head Anne PerryJohn Chierichella, and Keith SzeligaBryan Daly is the name to note in Los Angeles; as a former federal prosecutor, Daly has considerable experience in the white-collar and whistleblower cases, in addition to FCA complaints. Scott Roybal is also recommended in Los Angeles; he leads the firm's government contracts, investigations and international trade group.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Daly; Scott Roybal; Jonathan Aronie

Other key lawyers:

Keith Szeliga; Anne Perry; John Chierichella; Adam Bartolanzo; Keeley McCarty

Key clients

Account Control Technologies

Deloitte

Engility

Gartner

Huntington Ingalls Industries

Northrop Grumman

Staples

W.W. Grainger

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has a significant focus on renewables transactions, with expertise not only from a financing and corporate perspective, but also in adjacent but pivotal areas including environmental, permitting and land rights. Much of the firm's transactional work for developers, sponsors and financiers is driven by tax considerations, including advice on structuring equity investments for the monetization of investment tax credits or production tax credits, special allocations in partnership arrangements, implementing tax advantaged financing and acquisition techniques. Led out of Chicago by Katherine Gillespie  on the transactional front and Andrew Ratts  for bespoke tax advice, the firm has recently advised many project developers in relation to the financing of wind project portfolios throughout the country. Gillespie co-heads the team alongside Chicago-based partner Tony Toranto .

Practice head(s):

Katherine Gillespie; Tony Toranto

Other key lawyers:

Amit Kalra; Andrew Ratts; Laurette Petersen; Katarzyna Levecke; Benjamin Huffman; Matthew Bonovich

Key clients

NextEra Energy Resources

Wells Fargo

Invenergy

Clearway (formerly NRG)

E.ON Climate and Renewables North America

EDF Renewable Energy

Lincoln Clean Energy

Longroad Energy

Capital Power Corporation

USBank

Greenbacker Renewable Energy

Alterra Solar

GoldWind

TerraForm Power

CIT

Innogy Renewables US LLC

X-Elio

174 Power Global

Allete Clean Energy

Alterra Power U.S.A.

ENGIE (including SoCore)

sPower

TerraForm Power

Excelsior Energy Capital

Open Road Renewables

ConnectGen

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 2

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP handles a broad range of transactional and general corporate matters for public and private companies both domestically and internationally. It provides full legal support on M&A and LBOs, financing transactions, recapitalizations, public offerings, real estate capital markets transactions and joint ventures. The firm's highlights also illustrate the team's ability to work across industry sectors, with recent work covering the IT, healthcare, consumer goods, aerospace and defense, financial services, and food and beverage industries. The corporate and securities practice group is jointly led by Century City-based Jeryl Bowers and Linda Michaelson, alongside Ariel Yehezkel in New York. Will Chuchawat leads the M&A team in Los Angeles, where he represents public and private companies, private equity clients, and venture capital investors.

Practice head(s):

Jeryl Bowers; Linda Michaelson; Ariel Yehezkel; Will Chuchawat

Other key lawyers:

Lawrence Braun

Testimonials

‘Partners directly work on the matters’.

‘I feel like the deal is in good, capable hands’.

Key clients

Adidas AG

Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.

Bison Capital

CA Technologies (formerly Computer Associates)

Healthloop inc

Jaguar/Land Rover

LendingTree, LLC

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp

Samsung Semiconductor, Inc

Signet Healthcare Partners

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 2

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is highly active in the digital content and OTT distribution space and often advises Amazon and subsidiaries in content deals, as well as representing several notable production companies and studios in their dealings with other streaming service providers. The practice is jointly led from Century City by Robb Klein and Linda Michaelson, both of whom have significant practices in the film and television space, with Michaelson focusing more on strategic corporate transactions, while Klein is active in the field of day-to-day financing, distribution, licensing, and production deals. Also based in Century City is Sidney Fohrman, who leads the firm's music and esports industry teams and acts on the full range of mandates in both sectors. The firm has a particularly strong relationship with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, who instruct New York-based Daniel Schnapp in relation to various licensing matters. Robert Darwell is another key figure within the practice, and is particularly strong in the new media space, handling work for several clients including Amazon, as well as having significant experience in the areas of fashion and art law.

Practice head(s):

Robb Klein; Linda Michaelson; David Sands

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Schnapp; Robert Darwell; Leif Cervantes de Reinstein

Testimonials

Robert Darwell stands out not only as an expert in entertainment law, but also because of the knowledge of the commercial aspects involved and of who is who in the industry. He is an excellent negotiator, respected by his clients and counterparties. He understands the needs of the client.

Sheppard Mullin are very experienced, with knowledge of both legal and commercial aspects, and are available around the clock.

Key clients

Amazon Studios

Walt Disney Company

Spotify

Turner Entertainment Group

Lionsgate Entertainment Corp.

Fremantle

ICM Partners

Mastercard

Showtime Network

Nickelodeon

Fashion Nova

Twitch

Universal’s Focus Features

Cavalry Media

Creative Wealth

101 Studios

Komixx Entertainment

Facebook/Oculus

Technicolor

Abrams Artists Agency

Peloton Interactive Inc.

Warner Music Group

Saban Music Group

Spirit Music Group

Emerson Collective

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 2

The Washington DC team at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is primarily known for communications-related litigation and 'thoughtful' strategic counselling in the cable and telecommunications industry, but also demonstrates expertise on regulatory issues in the satellite and commercial space industry. It represents clients disputes in state and federal trial and appellate courts, administrative tribunals, and international arbitrations. Practice head, Brian Weimer handles the majority of state and local regulatory and litigation issues for Charter, while also acting as the primary outside FCC counsel to OneWeb. Telecoms litigation specialist Paul Werner, who has 'a measured, thoughtful approach' and 'comes exceptionally well-prepared for trial', has experience in large-scale domestic consumer protection matters, with a particular emphasis on privacy, as well as arbitration and international disputes. Dave Thomas focuses on wire and wireless networks and services, specifically on federal, state and local regulations surrounding broadband networks. Other key team members include cable specialist Ray Rutngamlug, and Drew Svor and Abraham Shanedling, both of whom are associates.

Practice head(s):

Brian Weimer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

I have found the team’s analysis, and the approach to matters entrusted to them, to be superb. Not only is the legal analysis outstanding, the thoughtful, strategic approach to tackling issues and delivering results is, in my opinion, unparalleled.’

From a litigation perspective, Paul Werner has the ability to filter through issues and determine the approach most likely to lead to a positive outcome which he has achieved many times. He has a measured, thoughtful approach and comes exceptionally well-prepared for trial.’

Key clients

Charter Communications

OneWeb

KTSAT

Snap

Ness Technologies S.A.R.L.

Global Eagle Entertainment

Astra Capital Management

Piper Networks

Rakuten

Zayo Group

Rite Aid

CVS

Susan L. Uecker, Receiver

Comcast Communications

Cox Communications

California Cable & Telecommunications Association

Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association

The Internet & Television Association

Telecommunications Association of Maine

SES Government Solutions

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 2

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP fields teams of experts in key cities across California, which routinely advise on issues such as subdivision and zoning, historic preservation, development agreements and environmental permits. The practice group is jointly headed by Keith Garner in San Francisco and San Diego-based Nancy Scull. Also in San Diego, Jeffrey Forrest is a name to note for large-scale planning matters, litigation defense and entitlement approvals. He also advises on compliance with regulations, such as NEPA and CEQA. Jennifer Renk in San Francisco is also recommended; she has experience of development projects across the state of California, and has a focus on matters relating to the California Environmental Quality Act.

Practice head(s):

Keith Garner; Nancy Scull

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Forest; Jennifer Rank

Testimonials

‘They are one of the firms that have strong connections in San Diego and throughout California. When you are an out of town client, you need those connections.’

‘Jeff Forrest is diligent, aggressive (when appropriate) and knows both the subject matter and the players. He is a helpful guide throughout the process.’

Key clients

City of Diamond Bar

CarMax

ColRich

Consolidated Edison Company of New York

ACounty of San Diego

Fortbay

Hines International

Holland Partner Group

Lightstone Group

The Primary School

Tax > Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) Tier 2

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is rated for its 'caring, understanding, and knowledgeable' nonprofits team, which stands out in particular for its experience in the healthcare sector. The group is jointly led by Los Angeles-based David Ulich and Tamar Rosenberg in New York, both of whom have experience advising a range of not-for-profit organizations on corporate and tax matters. Other names to note include corporate and tax expert Jay Gerzog, a key advisor for nonprofits in the healthcare sector, and 'talented' associate Amanda Zablocki, who attracts praise for her 'breadth of legal knowledge and understanding of nonprofit and tax-exempt law'. All attorneys referenced are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

David Ulich; Tamar Rosenburg

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

To work in the nonprofit sector, especially when the organization is in the ‘help others’ area, the law firm has to have attorneys comprised of people who are caring, understanding, and knowledgeable to guide the organization accordingly.  Our attorney and the team she works with at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP are such people, and the firm’s foundation is very much about helping others.

Amanda Zablocki provides much more than legal help; she lends a helping hand to make this world a better place.  Amanda cares! Cares about the wellbeing of the people we help, the work we do, and assists us in meeting our goals.

From the day we met Amanda and talked about our organization’s goals, we saw a talented attorney and a kind minded individual.

Amanda’s breadth of legal knowledge and understanding of nonprofit and tax-exempt law gives her the ability to explain the requirement clearly.  When Amanda does not have the legal answer on the spot, she goes to her fellow partners, consults law, and other references and then gets back to us stating the solution and then explains it to us clearly and concisely laden with examples.

From day 1, Amanda has been our gifted attorney, empowering coach, strict referee, master teacher, a caring friend, and a kind soul that has enabled us to gain traction each week in our effort to help others.  Knowing we have Amanda on our team truly allows us to bring our ‘A’ game every day we work.

Key clients

Adam Yauch Foundation

Advance Care Alliance of New York

Ahmanson Foundation

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

American Arbitration Association

Annenberg Foundation

Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnyland

Animal Legal Defense Fund

Archdiocese of New York

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

California Charter School Association

California Community Foundation

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles

CCOF Certification Services

Center for Family Support

Center for Sustainable Energy

Chemotherapy Foundation

Childhelp

Community Resource Center for the Development

ConcertES

Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare

Democracy Now Productions

District of Columbia Hospital Association

Entertainment Industry Foundation

EmblemHealth

Fire Family Foundation / Firefighters First Credit Union

Fore Batten Foundation

Foundation for Global Sports Development

Glennwood Housing Foundation

Glenwood Housing Foundation

Good Sheppard Services

Goodwill Industries of Southern California

H.O.M.E Foundation

Hopewell Fund

Hand In Hand Family Services

Independent Living Association

iNewsource

Jeffrey Carlton Charitable Foundation

Labor of Love

Lupus Foundation of America

Madera Community Hospital

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital

Montefiore Health System

MotorMVB Foundation

Mount Sinai Health System

New York City Health + Hospitals Corporation & MetroPlus

One Brooklyn Health System

Ounce of Prevention Fund

Para la Naturaleza and the Conservation Trust Fund of Puerto Rico

Pollyanna

Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital

Project Concern International

Propel

Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange

Sandra and Lawrence Simon Family Foundation

San Diego Humane Society

Self Realization Fellowship

Shriners Hospital for Children

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Spark of Hope Foundation

Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation

St. Charles Health System

Sweetland of Freedom Foundation

Sun Valley CARE Development

SynGap Research Fund

Tenacre Foundation

The California Endowment

The Collaborative for Children and Families

The Greenlining Institute

The Huntington Library and Art Gallery

The Listen Charity USA

The Rauch Family Foundation

The Recovery and Resilience Foundation

The St Cyril Foundation

The Stan Lee Foundation

Trustee, Della Martin Foundation

US Fund for UNICEF

Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Voice of San Diego

Weingart Foundation

Zott

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is equipped to handle cartel investigation appointments across a wide range of industries: The firm's strong national healthcare practice attracts a lot of industry clients and the antitrust team is especially strong in the technology sector. Led out of San Francisco by Michael Scarborough, the team is also involved in cases at the intersection of antitrust and IP. Operating out of the same office, Dylan Ballard combines his business litigation and white-collar know-how with a strong antitrust practice. Stationed in Washington DC since moving from the Los Angeles office in June 2019, Leo Caseria is active in DOJ and FTC antitrust investigations in addition to his litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Michael Scarborough

Other key lawyers:

Michael Cohen; Dylan Ballard; Leo Caseria

Key clients

The Reynolds & Reynolds Company

Ningbo Sunny/Meade Corporation

CalPortland Company

Christopher Lischewski (former CEO Bumble Bee Foods)

Samsung Electronics

International Seafood Sustainability Foundation

Korea Yakult Co., Ltd. and Paldo Co., Ltd.

Expert Network Consultants

OneBeacon Insurance Group

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to health insurers Tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP advises clients on transactional and regulatory matters in the healthcare space. Areas of specialism include health plan licensing, reimbursement, fraud and abuse, tax, financing, HIPAA, and privacy. The practice also handles matters such as structuring alliances and joint ventures, leading physician alignment initiatives, and organizing population health management and risk-based reimbursement systems. Los Angeles-based practice head Eric Klein has extensive experience advising US and Chinese healthcare companies and private equity funds in healthcare M&A. The group also has partners in Washington DC, Chicago, Dallas, and New York.

Practice head(s):

Eric Klein

Other key lawyers:

Lynsey Mitchel; Eric Newsom; Christine Clements

Key clients

Blue Shield of California

Mutual of Omaha

Dignity Health

Unum Group

Premera Blue Cross

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

Bright Health

Cambia Health Solutions

CareMore Health (Anthem Subsidiary)

Centene Corporation

Cigna-HealthSpring

Delta Dental

Dignity Health

Emblem Health

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP's privacy and cybersecurity team includes 'very practical and business-savvy lawyers' who cover a full range of disputes, transactional and advisory matters. The team is perhaps most active in the retail sector, though it boasts a varied client base including names such as Levi Strauss, NEO Technologies and Toyota Motor Credit Corp. The practice is jointly led from Chicago and Century City by Liisa Thomas and Craig Cardon, respectively; Thomas and New York-based Kari Rollins are names to note for data breach incidents, while Cardon along with Rollins and Shannon Petersen in San Diego handle privacy litigation and class action defense. Washington DC-based Jonathan Meyer specializes in cybersecurity matters, while, in San Francisco, Brian Anderson and recently promoted partner Rachel Tarko Hudson are highlighted for their experience advising on the privacy aspects of technology transactions.

Practice head(s):

Liisa Thomas; Craig Cardon

Testimonials

Very practical and business-savvy lawyers who understand moving at the speed of business. They understood that while responding to reporters might not be the best move from a legal perspective, our company nonetheless wanted to control the public message and worked to achieve our goals while protecting us legally. Also a great help with the practical realities of a data breach, such as helping navigating insurance coverage and working with identity theft monitoring.

Kari Rollins dug in deep and really understood the technical story as well as legal framework.

Liisa Thomas offers great advice and mastery of the space, while being super business friendly.

Key clients

Williams-Sonoma

Levi Strauss

Inspire Brands (fka Sonic Drive-In)

NEO Technologies

StockX and Stock

Toyota Motor Credit Corp.

Rite Aid

Hanson Aggregates Pacific Southwest

Jimmy John’s Restaurants

ESET

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

The antitrust litigation offering at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP includes defense of monopoly violations or joint collaborations, market foreclosures and other competitor and supplier-side cases. Alongside expertise at the nexus of antitrust and intellectual property, the group is committed to assisting clients from the technology sector. Michael Scarborough, in San Francisco, fields experience through all phases of class action litigation, presides over the practice. Washington DC-based Leo Caseria is also involved in antitrust litigation issues including alleged price-fixing, boycott and monopolization defense.

Practice head(s):

Mike Scarborough

Other key lawyers:

Leo Caseria; Michael Cohen

Key clients

Samsung Electronics

Reynolds and Reynolds Company

Ningbo Sunny Electronic Co., Ltd. and Meade Instruments Corp.

ESET LLC

MasterCard International

Korea Yakult Co., Ltd. and Paldo Co., Ltd.

Continental Automotive Systems Inc.

Fuyao Glass America Inc.

Jain Irrigation Inc.

OneBeacon Insurance Group

Humboldt Medical Specialists, Inc.

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 4

The team at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is active in high-stakes environmental litigation throughout the state of California, and is also experienced in representing clients before various governmental agencies. Jointly led from Los Angeles by Jeffrey Parker and Whitney Roy, the practice group is especially strong in issues related to California Proposition 65. In addition, Parker has expertise in toxic tort and groundwater contamination matters, while Roy stands out for her in-depth knowledge of regulatory matters and experience in contamination litigation. Gail Suchman, who recently joined the New York office from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, has a wealth of experience in the fields of climate change and carbon emissions.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Parker; Whitney Roy

Other key lawyers:

Olivier Theard; Gail Suchman

Key clients

Anacomp

City of Berkeley

County of San Diego

Davis Chemical PRP Group

ESCO Group

Exide Technologies

Exxon Mobil Corporation

ExxonMobil Oil Corporation

Merco

Soco West

Weber Metals

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP handles a range of regulatory and permitting matters before federal, state and local agencies, such as air pollution control districts and regional air quality management boards. The team also provides crisis response services, and advises on compliance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The practice group is jointly headed in LA by Jeffrey Parker, who is experienced in enforcement actions brought under CERCLA, RCRA, and the Clean Air Act, among other environmental statutes; and Whitney Roy, who specializes in Proposition 65 matters. Gail Suchman recently joined the New York office from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Parker; Whitney Roy

Other key lawyers:

Olivier Theard; Gail Suchman

Key clients

Eastern Generation

Phelps Dodge Refining Corporation

JP Morgan Investment Management

Related Fund Management

Mack Real Estate Group

Sheridan Owner’s Corporation

Carr Properties

Isoage Technologies

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to service providers Tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is best known for its transactional work, which encompasses matters such as joint venture projects, often involving multiple hospital systems and large physician groups, and a growing private equity practice. Other areas of work include health plan licensing, HIPAA issues, payor and provider contracting, fraud and abuse litigation, and advice on risk- and value-based reimbursement systems. The group has a robust presence in California, with offices in San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, where practice head Eric Klein is based. Other locations include Chicago, Dallas, Washington DC, and New York.

Practice head(s):

Eric Klein

Other key lawyers:

Jay Gerzog; Jeralin Cardoso; Michael Paddock; Eric Newsom

Key clients

Summit Medical Group

Jinxin Fertility Group

Pediatric Associates

The Polyclinic

VillageMD

Amulet Capital Partners

R1RCM

agilon health

ChenMed

Varsity Healthcare Partners

University of California San Diego

Pikes Peak Anesthesia Associates

Planned Parenthood of Greater Northwest Hawaii

Bon Secours Mercy Health

Caremount Medical Group

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP's West Coast trademark team is perhaps best known for its work in the style and fashion industry, but is also highly active in the entertainment and hospitality industries. Century City-based Jill Pietrini leads the team and regularly represents clients in cases involving trademark dilution, trade name and trade dress issues.

Practice head(s):

Jill Pietrini 

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP houses a litigation team which advises media sector clients on a wide range of cases, including profit participation, breach of contract, talent disputes, and intellectual property litigation. Marty Katz heads the team from the firm's Century City office and advises the full spectrum of entertainment industry clients in relation to a wide range of disputes, with recent instructions including bankruptcy-related cases, contract disputes, and right of publicity claims. In the music sector, recent work has primarily involved IP and royalty disputes, in which the firm acts both for platforms and distributors as well as individual artists and their estates in relation to claims by alleged rights-holders. James Curry is another key figure within the team, and is particularly focused on the film and television sector, acting for studios, broadcasters and production companies in relation to their distribution, financial, and IP disputes.

Practice head(s):

Marty Katz

Other key lawyers:

James Curry; James Gatto; Dylan Price

Key clients

Abrams Artists Agency

BBC Films

CBS

Endemol Shine

eOne Entertainment

Freemantle

Global Eagle Entertainment

MGM

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP handles joint venture mandates, intellectual property matters, and outsourcing and licensing agreements for media, financial services and retail entities. The group is advising Truepic, a photo and video verification platform, on IP issues concerning its image verification technology. The practice group is jointly headed by New York-based Daniel Schnapp, Brian Anderson in San Francisco and Michael Orlando in San Diego. Los Angeles-based Sidney Fohrman is noted for his expertise in media and entertainment sector mandates. James Gatto in Washington DC garners praise for his 'innate ability to understand, simplify, and protect complex technologies in cutting edge fields'.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Schnapp; Brian Anderson; Michael Orlando

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

James Gatto has an innate ability to understand, simplify, and protect complex technologies in cutting edge fields‘.

Key clients

Mastercard

HEED

Vevo

Paramount

Cinedigm

Sony Pictures

Geo AI

adidas

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactional Tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is particularly active on satellite transactions, and advising private equity clients on their telecoms investments. Satellite, wireless and media expert Brian Weimer heads the practice, which also handles acquisitions and mergers. Recent work of note includes advising social network giant Snap concerning its move into mass media content. Paul Werner handles the vast majority of the litigation issues arising in the telecoms space, while Ray Rutngamlug specializes in communications service agreements. Associate Drew Svor is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Brian Weimer

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Charter Communications

OneWeb

KTSAT

Snap

Ness Technologies S.A.R.L.

Global Eagle Entertainment

Astra Capital Management

Piper Networks

Rakuten

Zayo Group

Rite Aid

CVS

Susan L. Uecker, Receiver

Comcast Communications

Cox Communications

California Cable & Telecommunications Association

Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association

The Internet & Television Association

Telecommunications Association of Maine

SES Government Solutions

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s offices in California traverse the West Coast, and primarily handle public or private transactional and contentious cases. Los Angeles-based Candace Matson handles the bulk of disputes, and has further experience acting as an independent arbitrator or mediator. Matson co-chairs the practice with San Francisco-based Erinn Contreras, whose clients include owners, developers, subcontractors and construction lenders from project start until final completion. Such work includes the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts, advising on scheme execution issues, and step-by-step claim management.

Practice head(s):

Candace Matson; Erinn Contreras

Key clients

Digital Realty Trust

Essex Property Trust

Exide Technologies

Henry E. Huntington Library & Art Gallery

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

Madison Capital

Primoris Renewable Energy

Sempra Energy

Samsung Engineering & Construction, Ltd.

The Jay Paul Company

Real estate > Real estate Tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP's 'cohesive' real estate group ticks all of the key boxes, with noted expertise in acquisitions, public-private developments, and commercial real estate finance. San Diego-based Nancy Scull jointly leads the department with Keith Garner in San Francisco. The team has been particularly active in build-to-suit office developments, and also has a strong track record in handling complex leases on behalf of multinational technology companies.

Practice head(s):

Keith Garner; Nancy Scull

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Masenga; Pamela Westhoff; Scott Morehouse; Anna Dorros

Testimonials

‘The team functions well as a cohesive group whose primary function is to provide the highest level of quality service and advice to clients. The members of the team demonstrate high levels of commitment to the project while maintaining a spirit of camaraderie amongst themselves and between them and the client.’

‘Each member of the team brings significant expertise in one or more complementary areas so that the entire team reflects deep substantive knowledge of technical and legal topics relevant to the project, which enhances the quality of the advice and strategic direction. The team listens carefully to the client’s needs and goals and offers advice to get to those goals most efficiently, including incorporating relevant local political climate issues.’

‘They communicate clearly, effectively and consistently; they know when to float issues they see and who to raise them with.  Their billing is very competitive — much more efficient than their competition. We used this team for a high profile, paradigm-shifting project that will transform the local area, and would choose them again in a heartbeat.’

‘Domenic Drago is highly knowledgeable, excellent negotiator, strategically minded, diplomatic but still forceful when necessary, thinks ahead so many steps that he would likely be a chess master if he were not a lawyer.’

‘Jen Chavez is highly knowledgeable (particularly on CEQA and related matters), ruthlessly efficient, so diplomatic that even those on the receiving end of bad news feel good about it after.’

Key clients

KBS Strategic Opportunity REIT

KBS Strategic Opportunity REIT II

Revantage and BRE Hotels and Resorts

Shea Commercial Properties

Lincoln

Trammel Crow Commercial

D.R. Horton

New York State Teachers’ Retirement System

Prudential

Lennar Communities

Holland Partner Group

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 5

Antitrust lawyers at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP collaborate closely with the firm's corporate practice to handle merger reviews and Hart-Scott-Rodino filings of primarily mid-market deals. The department is headed by the San Francisco-based Michael Scarborough and often makes use of a pull and refile to avoid second requests. Bevin Newman from Jones Day is a significant addition to the Washington DC office, bringing her healthcare expertise. The firm's offices in the capital further fields Robert Magielnicki, a pre-merger expert with knowledge of business law. David Garcia serves as managing partner of the Century City office, alongside his antitrust transaction practice with a focus on healthcare and entertainment.

Practice head(s):

Mike Scarborough

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Harris Corp.

Arlington Capital Partners

The Polyclinic

United Flexible, Inc.

Samsung Electronics

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal