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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
United States

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 2

The energy, infrastructure and project finance team at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP continued its growth in 2022, with notable new hires including San Francisco’s expert for power purchase agreements Thomas W. Solomon, regulatory and transactional renewables partner Joseph Karp,  real estate lawyers  Lisa Cottle in San Francisco and Los Angeles based Christine A. Kolosov, all four joining from Winston & Strawn LLP in April 2022. The team is led jointly by Chicago’s Katherine M. Gillespie and Anthony L. Toranto in Del Mar, who each have extensive experience in the structuring, financing, acquisition, and disposal of renewables projects. The firm advises on projects including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, hydrogen and storage, and is particularly strong on tax equity financing, with Chicago tax partners Amit Kalra and Andrew Ratts both recommended here. With a particular focus on transactions, such as lending, leasing and tax credit, Chicago’s Katarzyna Levecke is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Katherine M. Gillespie; Anthony L. Toranto

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aypa Power, LLC

Brookfield Power U.S. Asset Management LLC

EDF Renewable Energy, Inc.

EDP Renewables North America

Hecate Energy LLC

Invenergy LLC

Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd.


NextEra Energy Resources, LLC

Peninsula Clean Energy

RWE Renewables Americas, LLC

Solar Aquagrid, LLC

U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation


Wells Fargo, N.A.

174 Power Global

Akuo Energy USA Inc.

Arevon Energy, Inc.

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC

Capital Power Corporation

Citadel Energy Marketing, LLC

Clearway Renewables LLC

Clenera, LLC

ConnectGen Operating LLC

Cordelio Power

Cubico USA, LLC

Eastern Generation LLC

ENGIE North America Inc.

Eni S.p.A.

Enyo Renewable Energy

Eolian, L.P.

Falck Renewables

Fifth Third Bank

Goldwind USA, Inc.

Guzman Energy, LLC

Hitachi Energy USA Inc.

LATAM Power, Inc.

Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC

Naturgy Candela DevCo LLC

NRG Energy, Inc.

Open Road Renewables

Oriden (Mitsubishi Power Americas)

Ormat Nevada, Inc.

Pattern Energy Management Services LLC

Ranger Power

RC Energy

SPG Solar Inc.

sPower, LLC

Starwood Energy Group

Strata Solar Development, LLC

Sunrun Inc.


Terra-Gen LLC

United Renewable Energy, LLC

United States Solar Corporation

Vesper Energy

V-Grid Energy Systems

V-ridium Oak Creek Renewables, LLC

Wind Wall Development, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Brookfield Power in several equipment procurements and construction agreements for a variety of large and small utility scale projects across the U.S.
  • Represented the Green Hydrogen Coalition as the leader of a large consortium of investors, off-takers, producers, utilities, government agencies and public interest groups called HyDeal-LA Phase I, for the creation of a structure for a green hydrogen hub in Southern California.
  • Represented Aypa Power, LLC in connection with a non-recourse construction-to-term loan financing for a standalone battery storage project.

Government > Government contracts Tier 2

Offering ‘pragmatic advice’, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP‘s government contracts team is the go-to adviser of major defense and aerospace contractors and Fortune 500 companies. In addition to its ‘deep experience in commercial item contracting, bid protests, government audits, cybersecurity requirements and compliance issues’, its lawyers have high security clearance and handle significant national security matters. The practice is led by Jonathan Aronie, who is ‘knowledgeable, efficient and always gives practical guidance.’ Anne Perry and Keith Szeliga are key names for complex bid protest litigation, while David Douglass is noted for his wealth of experience in advising healthcare, pharmaceutical and tech companies on False Claims Act investigations and litigation. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Aronie

Other key lawyers:

Keith Szeliga; Anne Perry; David Douglass; Townsend Bourne; Ryan Roberts


‘The team has deep experience in commercial item contracting (especially via GSA’s Federal Supply Schedules program), bid protests, government audits, cybersecurity requirements, and compliance issues. It has strong relationships with regulators, which help foster positive outcomes with difficult issues. It lawyers give pragmatic advice and staff matters with cost and effectiveness in mind.’

‘Jonathan Aronie literally wrote the book on commercial item contracting. I trust him and Ryan Roberts with any questions in that area, as well as to provide guidance in building compliance programs, navigating audit issues, and facilitating any interactions with federal agencies. Townsend Bourne is a skilled government cybersecurity attorney. Anne Perry does consistently great work on bid protests and understands GAO very well, having worked there. All of the Sheppard attorneys referenced here have great client relationships skills and are pragmatic and cost-conscious.’

‘Successfully brought together a large integrated trial team including partners, associates, paralegals, expert witnesses, trial technicians, and other support personnel to present the case in a manner which displayed superiority over the adversary in every aspect over the course of a lengthy trial, resulting in a significant win for our company.’

‘The government contracts team displays thought leadership, particularly in terms of navigating a constantly changing environment with a proliferation of vague and challenging executive orders, injunctions and regulations. It seamlessly brings together the relevant disciplines from within the firm to assess impact and provide practical guidance through unchartered territory. In addition, the team is recognized by and engage with its federal counterparts in reaching productive paths to challenging issues.’

‘Jonathan Aronie, Ryan Roberts and Keith Szeliga are leaders in their respective fields. They are highly accessible and offer sound advice for addressing challenging issues.’

‘Sheppard’s government contracts team has an encyclopedic knowledge of the FAR and the agencies apply the relevant regulations.’

‘Jonathan Aronie is the real deal. Knowledgeable, efficient and always gives practical guidance. A real expert.’

Key clients

Northrop Grumman


American Automotive Safety Research, LLC

PDS Consultants, Inc.

New Orleans Police Department

Deloitte & Touche LLP

W. W. Grainger


Collins Aerospace

Electronic Warfare Associates


Xerox Corp.



Work highlights

  • Represented Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. in litigation in the United States Court of Federal Claims regarding a $1bn contract for heavy plant machinery and equipment.
  • Successfully represented IBM in a GAO bid protest challenging a $31m award by the IRS.
  • Successfully challenged the service-disabled veteran small business status of one of PDS Consultants, Inc.’s main competitors, Superior Optical Labs, Inc.

Healthcare > Health insurers Tier 2

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s healthcare practice has seen continuous growth over the last decade, and the firm has a solid healthcare offering with a particular focus on insurance-related transactional and regulatory issues. The team has an especially strong West Coast presence, with much of the team based in California. In Century City, Eric Klein leads the team, with a particular focus on healthcare insurance-related M&A and market consolidation, while Lynsey Mitchel’s practice concentrates on HMO regulatory matters. Eric Newsom represents buyers, sellers, and investors in private equity and venture capital investment transactions from his base in San Francisco, and Los Angeles-based Moe Keshavarzi is a trial and appellate lawyer with a focus on healthcare entities and insurers in civil disputes and regulatory enforcement actions. Washington DC’s Christine Clements rounds out the team, focusing on state and federal managed healthcare government contract programs.

Practice head(s):

Eric Klein


‘Extremely knowledgeable and hard-working practice. Intelligent attorneys at all levels from junior associates to partners. The group is very collaborative.’

‘Knowledgeable and hardworking.’

Key clients

Blue Shield of California (BSC)

SCAN Health Plan

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc

Honest Medical Group LLP

Centene Corporation

California Association of Health Plans

Physicians Medical Group of San Jose, Inc.

Hartford HealthCare

United Health and Kaiser Permanente

Altais, Inc.

agilon health, inc.

Hawai’i Medical Service Association

Renal Payer Solutions, Inc.

Delta Dental

Work highlights

  • Assisted Blue Shield California in the structuring and development of a joint venture with Walgreens, Inc. to create Blue Shield “Health Corners” inside California Walgreens locations.
  • Advised SCAN Health Plan in connection with its launch of SCAN Affirm, a first-of-its-kind Medicare Advantage plan for seniors in the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Represented Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. in connection with the San Diego Attorneys’ allegations that three health plans misled consumers by publishing inaccurate healthcare provider directories, which violated California’s Unfair Competition Law.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 2

The ‘outstanding' Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP exhibits ‘broad experience and provides exceptional support‘ to physician organizations, digital health companies, and hospital systems. The team is experienced handling shifts to risk and value-based reimbursement systems, in addition to advising on provider sponsored health plans. California-based practice head Eric Klein often acts for Chinese healthcare companies and private equity funds in healthcare M&A matters, supported by Lynsey Mitchel, who primarily represents managed care and risk bearing organizations in HMO regulatory matters. Michael Paddock heads the Washington DC practice, and focuses on healthcare fraud and abuse matters and federal healthcare program compliance issues. Also based in Washington, Erica Kraus - who was promoted to partner in February 2022 - draws on her broad knowledge of FCA litigation and government investigations. In Dallas, Phil Kim utilizes his expertise in corporate matters to advise private equity companies and ambulatory surgery centers on healthcare M&A and operational issues.

Practice head(s):

Eric Klein

Other key lawyers:

Lynsey Mitchel; Michael Paddock; Phil Kim; Kathleen O’Neill; Jordan Grushkin; Erica Kraus


‘The team at Sheppard Mullin has broad experience and provide exceptional support. The team is wonderful.’

‘Kathleen O’Neil, her experience as a nurse practitioner gives her unique insight when dealing with medical group problems including quality, human resources, hiring and firing, dealing with providers and affiliated medical centers. It’s a pleasure working with Katie.’

‘Every attorney is knowledgeable and professional.  They value their clients and work tirelessly to support their needs.  I would recommend them to other healthcare companies without hesitation.’

‘They have a top-notch healthcare department. I am most impressed by their commitment to excellence.’

‘Jordan Grushkin leads a team of exceptional attorneys and closes deals in record time.’

‘The entire healthcare department are subject matter experts, with the upmost professionalism. They are there for their clients. We have used the healthcare practice at Sheppard Mullin for 25 years and find them to be outstanding.’

Key clients


Ethos Veterinary Health

Montefiore Health System

Prospect Medical

PSN Group


Save Mart Supermarkets

Duke University and Duke University Health System

Quartet Health

Advantage Wound Care

Millennium Physicians Group

University of Maryland Medical System

Parachute Health, LLC

Vision Integrated Partners

Physicians Medical Group of San Jose, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing VillageMD in its agreement to acquire Summit Health-CityMD. The transaction is valued at approximately $8.9 billion.
  • Advised Ethos Veterinary Health, as co-counsel with Proskauer Rose, in its $1.65 billion sale to National Veterinary Associates.
  • Representing Montefiore Health System and its affiliates in connection with the pending sale of the assets and operations of its joint venture with Crystal Run Healthcare to Optum.

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

The corporate and securities group at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is a strong performer in the middle-market M&A space, where it supports companies of all sizes, ranging from private and public companies to start-ups and emerging businesses. With an expansive footprint across the country, the team is proficient in multi-state and cross-border M&A, as well as private equity deals, joint ventures and strategic alliance arrangements. Based in Century City, co-head Linda Michaelson focuses on corporate transactions in the technology, media, renewable energy and healthcare sectors. John Hempill in New York and Jeralin Cardoso in Del Mar are also at the helm of the group; Cardoso is a key contact for healthcare clients. Lawrence Braun in Los Angeles maintains a broad practice in corporate and securities law, M&A and healthcare transactions, while Frank Bacelli is the M&A partner to note in the Washington DC office.

Practice head(s):

Jeralin Cardoso; John Hempill; Linda Michaelson

Other key lawyers:

Lawrence Braun; Zachary Turke; Kandace Watson; Chad Ensz; Frank Bacelli; Stephen LaSala; Cedric Powell


‘The team’s sheer intelligence and business acumen distinguish it from others. The key lawyers don’t operate from a scripted deal “playbook” the way that other firms typically do; rather, the partners really extend themselves to understand the subject businesses (and the businesses at a particular point in their history) and the deal objectives before putting any pen to paper. This approach produces an optimal result tailored for the client in a most streamlined and cost-effective manner.’

‘Frank Bacelli and Cedric Powell were exceptional. Not only do they demonstrate strong subject matter expertise, but they’re extremely intelligent and results-oriented businessmen. They approach their work with great humility and an earnest engagement with the client, which shows how confident they are in their own capabilities. They are smart, agile, collaborative and affable – a real joy to work with even under very difficult and time-sensitive circumstances. The culture they’ve created among the M&A team is one that fosters unique relationships with their clients, and a desire to deliver the optimal result in the most cost-effective way.’

Key clients

FAT Brands Inc.

Sony Pictures Entertainment


Bellami LLC

Brooklyn Bedding

EZ-Flo International, Inc.

Battery Systems, Inc. and its affiliates

OpenGate Capital

Fishawack Health Group

Washington Gastroenterology

Mawson Infrastructure Group Inc

Amulet Capital Partners

BlueHalo, an Arlington Capital Partners portfolio company

Arlington Capital Partners

Save Mart Companies

Potter Electric Signal Company

Octo Consulting Group, an Arlington Capital Partners portfolio company

Thrasio Holdings, Inc.

Allied Universal

Work highlights

  • Assisted Fatburger parent, FAT Brands Inc in the acquisition of Global Franchise Group from Serruya Private Equity and Lion Capital.
  • Represented Sony Pictures Television in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Industrial Media.
  • Acted for the UrgentMED group companies in the sale of their equity to Quilvest Capital partners.

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

The California-based team at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP specializes in content acquisition and production matters such as film library purchases and licensing deals for both major streaming services and indie media companies like Black Bear Television. Film financing specialist Robb Klein heads the practice, he recently inked a high-value accordion credit facility for Ashland Hill Media Finance. Robert Darwell is noted for his long-standing work on behalf of Amazon, while digital media specialist Linda Michaelson ’s practice centers around corporate transactions; she recently Sony Pictures Television in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Industrial Media. David Sands is a media finance and mergers expert who recently advised creator platform startup Spotter on a series D funding round and has handled previous funding rounds for the company. Shaun Clark ’s entertainment practice encompasses IP rights and first look agreements, and Leif Cervantes De Reinstein represents an impressive roster of indie production companies and deals primarily with matters pertaining to scripted television and VOD.

Practice head(s):

Robb Klein

Other key lawyers:

Robert Darwell; Linda Michaelson; David Sands; Shaun Clark; Leif Cervantes de Reinstein


Everyone at SM offers practical, business centric advice when I need it the most. With SM I know that I will always get an accurate risk analysis in a timely manner that allows me to move my business forward. Their Entertainment practices is one of the best I have worked with and their network of attorneys and their skills are always top-notch.

Robert Darwell, is the one-stop go to person for all my legal needs as he responds to an email immediately and puts me in touch with the right practitioner. He is the ultimate connector and an invaluable resource for in-house counsels.

Key clients

Amazon Studios


Sony Pictures Television

ICM Partners

Black Bear Television


Domain Capital Group

Spotter, Inc.

Disney Television Animation


Ashland Hill Media Finance

iGeneration Studios

Lionsgate Entertainment

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 2

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

Operating as part of the firm’s national healthcare group, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP‘s nonprofit team is described as a ‘truly full-service practice with qualified attorneys who have different specialties’ in which ‘each lawyer is detail oriented, and matters do not fall through the cracks’. David Ulich, who has particularly strong relationships with several very large nonprofits including the American Film Institute and Catholic Health Services of Long Island leads the team together with Tamar Rosenberg, whose practice focuses on the full life cycle of a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. The pair are based in Los Angeles and New York respectively. Ulich. Elsewhere in the team, Jay Gerzog heads up the firm’s nationwide healthcare practice, with a specialty in the representation of tax-exempt and other nonprofit healthcare providers and payor institutions. Practitioners also regularly work in the entertainment, real estate, retail and education industries. Amanda Zablocki is the group’s key figure for advising clients in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

David Ulich; Tamar Rosenberg

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Zablocki; Jay Gerzog; Molly Unterseher


‘The team is smart, anticipates and cares about their clients. They also work extremely well as a team – very in sync.’

‘They are stellar and go above and beyond. The lawyers each put our organization at the forefront of their decision making.’

‘It is truly a full-service practice with qualified attorneys who have different specialties. If an issue is outside of the expertise of one attorney, there’s another to either assist or take over the case/matter. E-mails are answered swiftly and rarely is there a delay in their responding to questions.’

‘I believe each lawyer is detail oriented, and matters do not fall through the cracks. The record keeping in general and oversight of projects on the part of all of the attorneys is praiseworthy in my opinion.’

Key clients

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

AltaMed Health Services Corporation

American Arbitration Association

Annenberg Foundation

Archdiocese of New York

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Blue Shield of California

Catholic Health Services of Long Island

Childhelp USA

Classy, Inc.

Coronado Yacht Club

Duke University Health System

Dwight D. Opperman Foundation


Foundation for Global Sports Development

Hidden Hills Community Association

Humane America Animal Foundation

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital

Maimonides Medical Center

MemorialCare Health System

Work highlights

  • Assisted Montefiore Medicine with a range of nonprofit corporate, tax-exempt, health regulatory, transactional, property tax exemption and other work.
  • Advising The Annenberg Foundation on nonprofit corporate, tax-exempt, governance, grant making, and investment issues.
  • Represented The San Diego Foundation in SDRPIC’s formation and application for tax-exempt status and provided a full spectrum of organizational and governance advice for the new organization.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 3

Clients seek out Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP‘s cartel team for its strong cartel litigation capabilities, having successfully represented a number of corporates and individual executives from a range of industries in major US civil and criminal cartel proceedings. The tech industry is a particular area of expertise for the firm,  as is real estate and food. Leo Caserio now heads the team from Washington DC, regularly acting for clients in international cartel proceedings and government investigations, and has broad industrial experience, including consumer electronics and automotive parts. Michael Cohen, also in DC, is an active cartel defense litigator currently representing executives at Reynolds & Reynolds in the ongoing tuna canning cartel investigation. Mike Scarborough  and Dylan Ballard left the firm in January 2023. Ann O’Brien, formerly at Baker Hostetler, joined the firm’s DC office in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Leo Caseria

Other key lawyers:

Michael Cohen; Ann O’Brien

Key clients

Continental Automotive

Reynolds & Reynolds Company


Jain Irrigation Inc.

Fuyao Glass America Inc.

San Francisco Association of Realtors

Work highlights

  • Representing Continental Automotive Systems Inc., who sued three large holders of patents essential to practicing the 2G, 3G and 4G cellular standards, accusing them of colluding via patent pool Avanci LLC to artificially inflate royalties.
  • Representing Reynolds and Reynolds Company in antitrust federal investigations, state attorney general investigations, federal multidistrict litigation and federal lawsuits challenges state regulations, all relating to alleged data access disputes in the market for automotive computer system software.

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s privacy and cybersecurity team frequently advises high-profile clients in the retail sector on privacy counseling, breach response and high-stakes litigation. Craig Cardon and Liisa Thomas co-lead the practice- the former, based in Century City, focuses on representing retail brands, ad agencies and technology platforms in intersecting advertising and data matters, such as false advertising and consumer privacy class actions. The latter, in Chicago, leverages her global experiences to assist clients on worldwide security programs and navigate data breach notification mandates. Del Mar-based Wynter Deagle designs and implements global privacy and cybersecurity programs, while Moorari Shah in Los Angeles assists clients on complying with state and federal consumer protection laws and regulations. Retail, fashion and beauty brands contact San Francisco-based Rachel Hudson for advice on compliance with domestic and international privacy laws. New York-based seasoned litigator Kari Rollins works on data breach internal investigations and data privacy counselling matters.

Practice head(s):

Craig Cardon; Liisa Thomas


‘Liisa Thomas and her team have provided expert guidance to our privacy team. They have helped us meet compliance requirements while keeping the program simple and easy to manage.’

‘Liisa Thomas has an expertise in privacy, but she can present it at a level that is easy to understand and implement. She sorts through the information to present what is relevant and needed for our situation.’

‘Moorari Shah is a clear industry expert and leader in his field.’

Key clients

County of Los Angeles

Insight Global LLC

Rockley Photonics, Inc.

Sports Warehouse

Nestle Purina PetCare

Deckers Outdoor Corporation

Levi Strauss & Co.

Digital Realty Trust

Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Forge Global, Inc.

Kontoor Brands, Inc.




Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has established itself in the satellite domain, representing high-profile market players before the FCC in respect of a range of business-critical spectrum mandates, including compliance with FCC programs, spectrum auctions, and contentious proceedings. The practice has a global reach to match that of its clients, but also has experience working with national operators in relation to infrastructure deployment and assisting regional broadcasters with their regulatory needs. Brian Weimer heads the Washington DC-based practice with a focus on satellite operators and investors in satellite and wireless, representing such clients before the FCC and ITU on a range of mandates, namely the regulatory approval of transactions. Dave Thomas focusses on the deployment and operations of wire-based and wireless networks and services, working at the federal, state, and local levels of regulation. Paul Werner brings his extensive litigation experience to the practice, representing domestic and international providers in state and federal trial courts and advising them on a range of policy issues arising from novel tech.

Practice head(s):

Brian Weimer

Other key lawyers:

Key clients



Charter Communications



Astra Capital Management

Piper Networks

Susan L. Uecker, Receiver

Comcast Communications

Cox Communications

New England Cable & Telecommunications Association, Inc.

Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association


Maine Cable Association

Vero Fiber Networks

San Diego Gas & Electric

Work highlights

  • Representing SES S.A. in the FCC’s efforts to convert the “C-Band spectrum” from satellite to terrestrial use.
  • Advised OneWeb’s as principal regulatory counsel within the United States and abroad, as it nears the final stages of deploying its first generation low-Earth orbit satellite network.
  • Represented Peloton before the FCC and accessibility groups concerning a waiver filed with respect to the accessibility of its fitness products, securing a favourable outcome.

Real estate Tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP‘s real estate healthcare expertise was significantly with the addition of a five-attorney team from Polsinelli PC, led by Los Angeles partner Tim Reimers, who joined in February 2022. Nancy Scull leads the practice from San Diego, focusing on representation of commercial, industrial, retail and residential developers in all real property transactions, with a particular expertise in mixed use projects, condominiums and Bureau of Real Estate regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Scull

Other key lawyers:


‘The group of attorneys we use bring both strong theoretical and extremely practical advice and approaches to our deals. They also draft some of the cleanest and easiest to follow documents. The team is always available for advise or quick reviews of documents or situations large or small, even when between major loan closings or extension.’

‘They have diversified substantially in the past 5-10 years with a supporting cast including associates up to senior associates and counsels that is almost entirely female. We’ve watched this next generation grow up in the business and they’ve consistently demonstrated the best habits and practices of their more senior peers.’


Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

Blackstone Group

Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority

Realty Income

Murphy Development Company

Chevron USA

Momentum Real Estate Partners

Save Mart Supermarkets

Lincoln Property Company [LPCC West LLC]

The TCW Group, Inc.

Legacy Health

SteelWave, LLC

Taco Bell

Faring Capital

KB Home

Minkoff Group

GID & Various entities affiliated with GID

M&T Bank Corporation

Arbor Realty Trust

BlackRock Funds

SMARTCO Properties, L.P.

SKW Funding

Work highlights

  • Advising The Walt Disney Company in establishing the governance structure and advising on the sales program for Disney’s Cotino™, a Storyliving by Disney™ community in Rancho Mirage, CA.
  • Represented the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) in connection with the three quarter billion dollar restructuring of ACTA’s public-private partnership backed debt.
  • Advised owner of the Hotel del Coronado in California, as part of a long-term redevelopment, on on the vertical subdivision of this mixed use building.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

The antitrust practice at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has an expertise in the multifamily, technology and food and beverages sectors, and offers experience acting for key clients such as Samsung Electronics in multidistrict litigation alleging monopolization and exclusionary conduct, and Cyient in an antitrust class action concerning no poach agreements. In Washington DC, head of the antitrust team Leo Caseria has successfully litigated many cases involving allegations of antitrust violations under the Sherman and Clayton Acts and advises clients on many competition issues relating to compliance and intellectual property. Of counsel Michael Cohen has recently been involved in private civil antitrust lawsuits for the firm’s longstanding client The Reynolds and Reynolds Company. Ann O’Brien, formerly at BakerHostetler, joined the firm’s DC office in February 2023. Michael Scarborough and Dylan Ballard left the firm in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Leo Caseria

Other key lawyers:

Michael Cohen; Helen Eckert; Joy Siu

Key clients

Continental Automotive Systems Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Mastercard International


Jain Irrigation Inc.

Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Fuyao Glass America Inc.

ACT, Inc.

San Francisco Association of Realtors

Reynolds & Reynolds Company

Cal Portland Company

Cyient Inc.

Odem International

Markstein Beverage

Work highlights

  • Representing and defending Cyient Inc. in a putative antitrust class action, in which defense contractor employees accuse defense contractor Raytheon Technologies (through its Pratt & Whitney division) of orchestrating an illegal conspiracy with its subcontractors to restrict the hiring and recruiting of engineers and skilled laborers working on aerospace projects.
  • Representing Hartford HealthCare Corporation and its subsidiaries, including Hartford Hospital, in litigation filed by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in January 2022.
  • Representing CalPortland Company in its antitrust claim against the four major US railroads.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has a prolific record in HSR filings and merger review processes, advising a wide range of businesses and private equity investors on approvals for deals in diverse sectors, with a particularly strong focus on the healthcare space. The team also offers significant agency review and contentious expertise through John Carroll, a former FTC official who represents clients before the DOJ Antitrust Division, FTC, and international and state antitrust enforcement authorities. Bevin Newman specializes in healthcare antitrust matters, advising on merger control cases relating to acquisitions, collaboration agreements, and joint ventures across the sector, while Century City-based David Garcia is a key name for contested mergers, regularly representing hospital and physician groups. Leo Caseria specializes in HSR filings, while special counsel Malika Levarlet focuses on approvals for cross-border transactions. Lawyers are in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Key clients

U.S. Brick




Quixote Studios

Work highlights

  • Representing VillageMD in its agreement to acquire Summit Health-CityMD.
  • Representing U.S. Brick, a leading manufacturer of bricks and other building materials in the United States, as the purchaser of certain assets being divested by Meridian and General Shale, pursuant to a Department of Justice, Antitrust Division Consent Decree.
  • Represented BitGo in antitrust aspects of its $1.2 billion acquisition by Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd.

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has a strong track record in soil and groundwater contamination, hazardous waste, and air quality cases, and represents clients before judicial tribunals, as well as in disputes. The practice offers ancillary advice in regulatory and permitting matters and is well versed in interacting with various US regulators. The firm has a substantial presence on the West Coast and the team is led by Jeffrey Parker and Whitney Roy in Los Angeles, who both act for high-profile oil and gas, and aerospace companies. San Francisco’s Nicholas Van Aelstyn has 25 years’ experience in litigation, enforcement and regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Parker; Whitney Roy

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

International Emissions Trading Association

PRP group at the Yosemite Slough Superfund Site

ESCO Group LLC, a division of The Weir Group PLC

RWE Renewables Americas, LLC

Soco West, Inc. and Brenntag Pacific, Inc.

Hanson Aggregates Mid-Pacific, Inc., Lehigh Hanson, Inc. and Martin Marietta

Trojan Battery Company, LLC

OPI Products, Inc.

Protective Industrial Products, Inc., West Chester Holdings, Inc. and Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC


Annenberg Foundation

Work highlights

  • Retained by IETA to provide advice regarding aspects of California’s carbon emission cap-and-trade program, including to analyze the effect of the current December 31, 2030 sunset date for the program and to provide advice regarding future legislative and regulatory fixes to extend the life of the program and improve the program elements.
  • Representing a nine-member PRP group at the Yosemite Slough Superfund Site, the largest contaminated sediment site in EPA Region 9.
  • Representing ESCO Corporation with respect to the Portland Harbor Superfund site in Portland, Oregon, one of the country’s Superfund mega-sites.

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

The Century City-based team at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP litigates across the entertainment industry with notable expertise in rights of publicity, copyright infringement and breach of contact matters. Renowned litigator Martin Katz leads the team; his varied practice incudes performer injuries, wrongful death disputes and music and distribution rights. Dylan Price is a profit participation specialist with substantial experience of litigating in trials and arbitrations; he is currently representing Campanario and Netflix in a case that revolves around a producer’s claim to the life story rights of the late singer Selena Quintanilla. Another name to note is litigator and trademark attorney Jill Pietrini .

Practice head(s):

Martin Katz

Other key lawyers:

Dylan Price; Jill Pietrini

Key clients

Row 44

Nu Image, Inc.

Oakley, Inc. and Luxottica of America, Inc.

Tohme R. Tohme

Barajoun Entertainment FZ-LLC

Weying Galaxy Inc

Campanario Entertainment, LLC and Netflix, Inc.

Just Goods Inc



Hilary Duff

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has an experienced cross-disciplinary technology transactions team which combines a mixtire of corporate, IP, and entertainment and media lawyers. The firm has been particularly busy advising media and entertainment companies on NFT launches, while on the M&A side, it assisted Sony Interactive Entertainment on its acquisition of the Seattle-based videogame developer Valkyrie Entertainment. The ‘responsive and knowledgeableBrian Anderson and Daniel Schnapp in New York jointly lead the team with Michael Orlando in San Diego and Marisa Brutoco in Orange County. ‘Excellent’ associate, Brittany Walter (San Diego), is also singled out for her ‘good eye towards substantive legal issues‘.

Practice head(s):

Brian Anderson; Michael Orlando; Daniel Schnapp; Marisa Brutoco

Other key lawyers:


‘Brian Anderson is a responsive and knowledgeable partner who is able to advise on a wide variety of issues from straight up technology licensing to sweepstakes and contests to music licensing.’

Work highlights

  • Strategic counsel and transactional support to the Non-Fungible Token platform Async Art, advising on the nuanced intellectual property issues arising out of the launch of Async’s music based offering (Async Music).
  • Represented Sony Interactive Entertainment in several major gaming transactions over the last year including its agreement to acquire Seattle-based videogame developer Valkyrie Entertainment, and the acquisition of Bluepoint Games.
  • Advised Under Armour in its first NFT launch into the Metaverse with digital Steph Curry Sneakers.

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP operates from Washington DC, providing transactional advice to global satellite companies and a range of regional broadcasters; the firm’s chief focus in this regard is spectrum work, representing their clients in spectrum sales and before the FCC in relation to spectrum auctions and related proceedings. Brian Weimer leads the practice, providing transactional and regulatory experience in his work focussing on satellite and investment in the satellite and wireless sectors, representing these investors before the FCC and the ITU in seeking approval for these transactions. Douglas Svor has a similar focus, representing satellite, wireless, and tech companies before the FCC and CFIUS in relation to M&A.

Practice head(s):

Brian Weimer

Other key lawyers:

Key clients




San Diego Gas & Electric

Liberman Broadcasting

Piper Networks

Piper Networks

Susan L. Uecker

Work highlights

  • Advising OneWeb as principal regulatory counsel within the United States and abroad, as it nears the final stages of deploying its first generation low-Earth orbit satellite network.
  • Represented Peloton before the FCC and accessibility groups concerning a waiver filed with respect to the accessibility of its fitness products, securing a favourable outcome.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 5

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP offers extensive experience and knowledge of contractor licensing, insurance coverage, and surety bond mandates concerning design and construction, also handling dispute and transactional matters on behalf of a breadth of clients including contractors, design professionals and REITs on public and private projects. Co-head Erinn Contreras is located in San Francisco and drafts and negotiates a diversity of construction contracts, in addition to her contentious workload which includes defect and delay, cost overrun, product liability claims, mechanic’s lien and quiet title disputes. New York-based Ira Schulman co-leads the team and has appeared before several jury and bench trials in state and federal courts as well as arbitration panels in the representation of contractors, owners, school districts, subcontractors, and sureties. John Yacovelle is based in California and is particularly focused on energy and Native American law, while associate Emily Anderson works from New York and has overseen a multitude of mandates including breaches of contract, delay damage and construction lending issues.

Practice head(s):

Erinn Contreras; Ira Schulman

Other key lawyers:


‘This firm provides both creativity and diligence to its clients. The team are relatable and passionate about their approach to difficult issues.’

‘The firm’s wide array of experts is a great asset to our company. They are able to tackle several different issues and pull from a spectrum of resources to get us the best counsel for the situation. It is great to have a firm that can be a one-stop shop for all things legal.’

‘They seem to have a very collaborative approach and genuinely care about our business.’

‘The attention to detail, deadlines plus time for our internal team to perform reviews, and our company’s business goals in addition to legal ones, keeps us continually looking for ways to draw upon Sheppard’s services. Their offering is truly world-class.’

‘The individuals we work with, specifically Ira Schulman and Emily Anderson, strike the right balance of counselor and zealous advocate. There have been times where our team’s various opinions on how to approach a problem or need are not fully aligned, and Ira and Emily have effortlessly stepped in to bring some much needed counsel/perspective.’

Key clients

Digital Realty Trust

Vantage Data Centers

Eurofins Environment Testing

BRIDGE Housing

POSIBL Project/Kind Farms

1400 Cahuenga JV, LLC

Evolve Charging USA Corp.

DM Development Partners, LLC

Signature Healthcare Services, LLC

Pasadena Oaks Life Properties, LLC

San Diego Gas & Electric

Lightstone Group, Bedford Avenue Associates LLC, Stonehill & Taylor Architects, P.C.

Sciame Construction LLC

County of Westchester (New York, NY)

JDS Development

WDF Inc.

City Harvest

Mack Real Estate Capital Group, LLC

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to Digital Realty, handling a wide variety of matters for the company including litigation and disputes related to construction and product defects, design issues, real estate, and vendor and customer agreements.
  • Acted as construction counsel to Vantage Data Centers, handling a wide variety of matters, including negotiating and drafting construction and design agreements and providing advice and counseling on a variety of construction-related issues.
  • Represented Lightstone Group in connection with its development of the Williamsburg Moxy Hotel, a 210-room approximately 12-story, branded hotel, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions)

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is known for its experience in wage and hour claims and handling litigation and is headed by Kelly Hensley Los Angeles and Jonathan Stoler in New York. The team is experienced in industries such as healthcare, retail, financial services, transportation, fashion, and hospitality. Recent work includes obtaining a defense verdict for the University of Southern California in a sexual assault and retaliation case, and acting on Groupon’s behalf for a trade secrets and non-compete case.

Practice head(s):

Kelly Hensley; Jonathan Stoler


‘Paul Cowie is our primary relationship partner and I wish all of my outside counsel were as knowledgeable and responsive as him. His deep expertise and clear and practical recommendations have been invaluable in urgent employment matters. I have recommended him to all of my in-house colleagues at peer companies and made sure to engage him again when I moved companies.’

‘The firm and the team members we deal with are exceptional, remarkably responsive and truly dedicated to their clients. They are always available to us, taking a business-minded approach to addressing issues and meeting our needs.’

‘Kevin Cloutier and Mikela Sutrina are exceptional attorneys who are remarkably responsive, caring and dedicated.’

‘SM offers incredibly empathetic client service, and is always looking for ways to make in-house counsels’ lives easier. They are strong advocates and especially nimble on their feet, including in mediation settings. They are true partners that share in the team wins and losses.’

‘Paul Cowie takes particularly detailed ownership over relationships with his clients, and ensures that associates on his team get the proper recognition, visibility, and work opportunities.’

‘The attorneys I work with focus heavily on labor and employment matters, especially on non-compete and non-solicitation clauses. They are much more experienced and are better at oral argument and writing than the opposing parties.’

‘Kevin Cloutier, Mikela Sutrina and Matt Tobias have been outstanding. Extremely intelligent, experienced and use creative approach to allow for exceptional results.’

Key clients

Lyft, Inc.

In-N-Out Burger Corporation

Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings, Inc.

University of Southern California

Dale Poe Real Estate Group

CommonSpirit Health

Swift Transportation Co. of Arizona, LLC

Groupon Inc.

Strong Home Mortgage, LLC

NAV Consulting, Inc

Work highlights

  • Secured a complete dismissal of all claims against Lyft, Inc. and an individual defendant driver on an anti-SLAPP motion with an award of fees against the plaintiff.
  • Successfully represented client in an appeal in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in a case involving non-compete agreements for truck drivers.
  • Represented Knight-Swift Transportation in a 51-plaintiff independent contractor wage and hour action that was resolved at mediation.

Healthcare > Life sciences

Headed by Jeffrey Fessler and Scott Liebman in New York, and Allison Fulton in Washington DC, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP handles pre-market regulatory issues, compliance programs, and clinical trial agreements for pharmaceutical companies and investment companies.

Tax > International tax

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP provides tax advice in structuring transactions that comply with federal, state and foreign tax laws.

Sheppard Mullin is a full service AmLaw 100 firm with more than 1,000 attorneys in 16 offices located in the United States, Europe and Asia. Specifically the firm has US offices throughout California and in New York, Washington, DC, Dallas and Chicago, and its international offices are located in London, Brussels, Shanghai and Seoul.

Since 1927, companies have turned to Sheppard Mullin to handle corporate and technology matters, high stakes litigation and complex financial transactions. In the US, the firm’s clients include more than half of the Fortune 100.

In addition to the areas of legal practice listed in the sidebar, the firm has numerous interdisciplinary teams focused on such key industries as: aerospace and defence; communications; construction; blockchain technology and digital currency; energy; fashion; financial services; food and beverage; healthcare; hospitality; insurance; and life sciences.

Lucantonio Salvi was elected as chairman of the firm’s executive committee in March 2021.

Sheppard Mullin is a firm that truly puts clients first. And this sets it apart. The firm doesn’t just give lip service to client service. Sheppard Mullin regularly gives ‘Clients First’ awards to attorneys and staff members who ‘go the extra mile’ for clients. Client service is part of the culture and permeates everything the firm does.

The firm recognizes the importance of diversity and the need to create a workplace of inclusion. Law firms need, and clients demand, a team of attorneys that is as diverse as the world in which they practice. Achieving and maintaining diversity is key to effective client service – a core value of the firm. The firm repeatedly gets a 100% ranking from the Human Rights Campaign.

At Sheppard Mullin, the firm encourages attorneys to help pro bono clients. Coast-to-coast, the firm has compiled an admirable record in providing community service and legal services to those in need. The firm achieved two historic victories on behalf of New York City’s persons with disabilities that were featured in American Lawyer magazine. One of the firm’s partners is the recipient of the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award which honors those who have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the nation’s poor and disadvantaged.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition Michael Scarborough
Business Trials Sascha Henry
Business trial Paul Werner
Business trial Robert Friedman
Corporate Jeralin Cardoso
Corporate Linda Giunta Michaelson
Corporate John Hempill
Entertainment & Digital Media Robb Klein
Finance and bankruptcy Ori Katz
Finance and bankruptcy Edward H Tillinghast, III
Government contracts, investigations and international trade Jonathan Aronie
Intellectual property Dan Yannuzzi
Intellectual property Laura Chapman
Labor and employment Kelly Hensley
Labor and employment Jonathan Stoler
Real estate, land use, natural resources, environmental Keith Garner
Real estate, land use, natural resources, environmental Nancy Scull
Tax Michael Chan
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Number of Partners : 400
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 530
Other Staff : 800+
Chairman : Lucantonio Salvi (
Vice Chairman : Jon Newby (
Managing Partner : Robert Beall (
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