Firm Profile > Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP > New York, United States

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA
NEW YORK, NY 10112
United States

Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Co-headed from Chicago and San Diego by Katherine Gillespie and Tony Toranto, respectively, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP's energy, infrastructure and project finance team provides a comprehensive service, including advice on financing provisions, project acquisitions and divestitures and PPAs, to developers, investors and lenders. Although she does handle some M&A throughout the project development and operation process, Gillespie is best known for her financing expertise, and is conversant with a range of techniques (including project-level debt transactions, back-leverage financings, and lease financing) to help facilitate the funding of renewable projects, including wind power generation facilities. Gillespie, and indeed the team as a whole, have perhaps gained most recognition for their ability to structure deals utilizing the tax benefits available in the market. This was recently underscored by its representation of Wells Fargo Bank, as tax equity investor, in two wind production tax credit (PTC) transactions, which uniquely achieved a binding commitment between a regulated utility and a tax equity provider. Chicago-based tax partner Amit Kalra is regularly involved in tax equity financing mandates, including on the aforementioned Wells Fargo matter.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Gillespie; Tony Toranto

Other key lawyers:

Amit Kalra; Andrew Ratts; Laurette Petersen; Paul Kaufman; Christine Hourcade-Hoefliger; Elliot Hinds; Matthew Bonovich; Katarzyna Levecke; Benjamin Huffman

Key clients

174 Power Global

Akuo Energy USA Inc.

ALLETE, Inc.

Avangrid, Inc.

Brookfield Power U.S. Asset Management LLC

Capital Power Corporation

CarVal Investors, LLC

CIT Bank, N.A.

Clearway Renewables LLC

ConnectGen Operating LLC

Consolidated Edison Development, Inc.

Crestwood Biofuels Investors, LLC

EDF Renewable Energy, Inc.

ENGIE North America Inc.

Eni S.p.A.

Exelsior Energy Capital LP

Falvez Energy

Fifth Third Bank

First Reserve Energy Infrastructure Fund

Fortistar Services, LLC

Gexa Energy, L.P.

Goldwind USA, Inc.

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Corporation

Hecate Energy LLC

Homestead Capital USA LLC

Invenergy LLC

Longroad Energy Holdings, LLC

Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Co., Ltd.

Montopolis Storage, L.P.

Nestle USA, Inc.

New Resource Solutions

Nexamp, Inc.

NextEra Energy Resources, LLC

RWE Renewables Americas, LLC

sPower, LLC

Sure Power LLC

Telamon Energy Solutions

TerraForm Power LLC

U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation

United States Solar Corporation

Waste Management, Inc.

Wells Fargo, N.A.

X-Elio Energy, SL

ZCF Wind Wall, LLC

Government contracts Tier 2

With a strong presence in Washington DC and California, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP fields 'a deep bench of capable government contracts lawyers' with significant experience in the intelligence, aerospace and defense spheres. In addition to its strong capabilities in national security matters, the group is adept at advising on regulatory compliance, cost accounting issues, investigations, bid protests and FCA litigation. Based in Los Angeles, Bryan Daly and Scott Roybal head up the nationwide government contracts, investigations and international trade practice, alongside Jonathan Aronie in Washington DC. Anne Perry is recommended by clients and peers alike as a 'well-rounded government contracts lawyer and litigator'. She is a key contact in the DC office, along with 'capable first chair trial lawyer' John Chierichella and Keith Szeliga, who is often retained by defense contractors in bid protest litigation.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Daly; Scott Roybal; Jonathan Aronie

Other key lawyers:

Anne Perry; John Chierichella; Keith Szeliga

Testimonials

‘John Chierichiella is preeminent, in my book, among all government contract attorneys. He is a very strategic thinker, with deep knowledge, and instills fear in the opposition. Jonathan Aronie is highly competent and well attuned to new developments in the regulations; he is strong on the GSA Schedule, which we use him for. Keith Szeliga is very knowledgable about small business issues, for which we rely on him. We have also consulted Ann Perry who is excellent.’

‘Sheppard has a deep bench of capable government contracts lawyers who can handle an aerospace and defense company’s full range of litigation, investigations, and counseling needs. Anne Perry stands out among the group, but a big part of the value the firm provides is its ability to handle large matters or to juggle multiple matters without brining in people who lack the desired familiarity with the industry and the unique laws affecting it.’

‘Anne Perry is a superb and well-rounded government contracts lawyer and litigator. She is one of the few people whom I would trust to handle bid protests, internal investigations, government investigations, and federal or state court litigation. The rest of the practice group complements her skills effectively. John Chierichella is a capable first chair trial lawyer with deep government contracts knowledge and excellent strategic judgment.’

‘The team leader and associates are knowledgeable and consistently on target in our government contract arena.’

Key clients

Govplace

Deloitte Consulting LLP

PDS Consultants

Huntington Ingalls

International Business Machines Corporation

SES Government Solutions

Rivian Automotive LLC

Science Applications International Corporation

William Friedman

Engility Corporation

Land use/zoning Tier 2

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has a large and diverse land use practice that routinely advises developers, investors, owners, nonprofits and local agencies on zoning, historic preservation, development agreements and environmental permitting matters. The team is co-ordinated by Keith Garner in San Francisco and Nancy Scull in San Diego. Jodi Stein joined the New York office from Herrick, Feinstein LLP in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Keith Garner; Nancy Scull

Other key lawyers:

Jodi Stein

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP's non-profits team is housed within the firm's healthcare practice and excels in all aspects of corporate governance matters, large restructurings, and transactional work for tax-exempt organisations. Based largely out of New York, the group is jointly led by Los Angeles-based David Ulich and Tamar Rosenberg in New York, and holds various religious institutions, public charities, and medical centres as clients. Tax transactional lawyer Jay Gerzog has over three decades of experience advising clients in the healthcare sector, whilst Amanda Zablocki, who was elevated to the partnership in 2020, remains a key contact for regulatory matters for healthcare sector clients. She also has an active pro-bono practice for non-profits.

Practice head(s):

David Ulich; Tamar Rosenberg 

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Zablocki; Jay Gerzog

Key clients

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

American Arbitration Association

Animal Legal Defense Fund and Animal Legal Defense Legislative Fund

Annenberg Foundation

Archdiocese of New York

Dwight D. Opperman Foundation

EmblemHealth

Fire Family Foundation

Foundation for Global Sports Development

Independent Sector

The Rotary Club of Los Angeles (“LA5 Rotary”) and the Rotary Club of Los Angeles Foundation

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital

Molina Healthcare, Inc.

Montefiore Medicine Academic Health Center

Mount Sinai Health System

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

New York City Health + Hospitals Corporation & MetroPlus

One Brooklyn Health System

Ounce of Prevention Fund No

Para la Naturaleza and the Conservation Trust Fund of Puerto Rico

Pollyanna, Inc.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County

SOMOS Healthcare Providers, Inc.

St. Charles Health System

The Wallis Annenberg Legacy Foundation

Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Yale New Haven Health System

Cartel Tier 3

Under the leadership of San Francisco-based Michael Scarborough, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s cartel investigations capabilities are underpinned by a robust litigation offering. In the investigations field, however, the 'highly-skilled, mature, and experienced' team defends both domestic and multinational clients in connection with antitrust investigations by the FTC and the DOJ, including enforcement actions at the FTC and actions the agencies pursue in federal courts. In recent years, the team has been particularly active in technology sector-related monopolization investigations. Scarborough’s practice encompasses active federal and state cartel criminal enforcement investigations. In the wake of Covid-19, Washington DC-based Leo Caseria has acted for several supermarket chains navigating state and local price gouging investigations.

Practice head(s):

Mike Scarborough

Other key lawyers:

Michael Cohen; Dylan Ballard; Leo Caseria

Testimonials

‘Sheppard has a highly-skilled, mature, and experienced team that you can work with for years.’

‘Not only excellent knowledge and product, but the team understands business needs and finds a way to get things done. Their depth of knowledge across all antitrust channels is top-notch.’

‘Michael Cohen has tremendous practical knowledge, knows the business, knows the board room, and is very passionate about his client.’

Key clients

Reynolds & Reynolds Company

Samsung Electronics

International Seafood Sustainability Foundation

Continental Automotive Systems Inc.

Eset Inc.

Jain Irrigation Inc. / Agri-Valley Irrigation LLC / Irrigation

Design & Construction LLC

Christopher Lischewski (Bumble Bee Tuna CEO)

CalPortland Company

Save Mart Supermarkets

OneBeacon Insurance

Korea Yakult Co., Ltd. / Paldo Co., Ltd.

Fuyao Glass

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

The data protection team at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP assists clients with compliance programs, class action suits and other contentious matters. The team acts for a diverse client roster including Burberry, Toyota Motor Credit and NEO Technologies, and is particularly well versed in defending alleged violations of the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act within its diverse portfolio. Craig Cardon in Century City and Chicago-based Liisa Thomas jointly lead the practice group, which also includes seasoned litigators Kari Rollins and Shannon Petersen in New York and San Diego, respectively; and cybersecurity specialist Jonathan Meyer in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Craig Cardon; Liisa Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Kari Rollins; Shannon Petersen; Jonathan Meyer; Brian Anderson; Rachel Tarko Hudson

Key clients

Williams-Sonoma

StockX LLC and Stock, Inc.

Inspire Brands (fka Sonic Drive-In)

NEO Technologies

StockX LLC and Stock, Inc.

Toyota Motor Credit Corp.

Rite Aid

Hanson Aggregates Pacific Southwest

Jimmy John’s Restaurants

ESET LLC

Quizlet

Kontoor Brands (Lee and Wrangler)

Burberry

CDW

Kate Spade

Healthcare: health insurers Tier 3

The growing team at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has expanded its focus on healthcare transactions, having recently been involved in several significant structured collaborations and M&A. The firm's expertise in transactions and risk arrangements involving Medicare Advantage plans, led by practice head Eric Klein, has been a key feature in its major cases. Other key figures include Lynsey Mitchel, who is recommended for her experience in HMO licensing, and Eric Newsom, a name to note for healthcare transactions and M&A. The firm has also stood out for its diversity initiatives, receiving multiple recognitions from clients and external bodies.

Practice head(s):

Eric Klein

Other key lawyers:

Lynsey Mitchel, Christine Clements, Eric Newsom

Key clients

Blue Shield of California

Mutual of Omaha

Dignity Health

Unum Group

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

Bright Health

Cambia Health Solutions

CareFirst

CareMore Health (Anthem Subsidiary)

Centene Corporation

Cigna Corporation

Delta Dental

Dignity Health

Emblem Health

Fidelis Care corporate members

Fresenius

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Healthfirst

HealthNow of New York

Hawai’i Medical Service Association

Molina Healthcare

Premera Blue Cross

Providence Health & Services

SCAN Health Plan, Inc.

Healthcare: service providers Tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has maintained its activity in healthcare transactions, with recent work including joint venture projects, often involving private equity investors and large physician groups. Its additional work areas include advice on risk and value-based reimbursement systems, health plan licensing, fraud and abuse, payor and provider contracting, and other payment plan structuring advice. Though the group's core practice is based in California, where Century City-based practice head Eric Klein is a key contact, it has expanded its New York office with two partner promotions. Also recommended is Washington DC-based Michael Paddock, who has garnered strong client feedback for his work on federal healthcare regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Eric Klein

Other key lawyers:

Jay Gerzog; Aytan Dahukey; Eric Newsom; Michael Paddock

Testimonials

‘I think Sheppard Mullin’s Health Practice is extremely helpful in terms of resolving complicated regulatory and fraud and abuse questions.’

‘I would highlight Mike Paddock, who has been an outside counsel partner to me for years. I very much value his insight and ability to handle complex analyses. He makes himself available whenever needed, and does a great job of supervising other attorneys who work for him (so everything goes through him). What I like most about Mike’s counsel is that he has a great ability to hone down on the specific issue at hand and not get lost in the weeds. I have had counsel provide me with analysis in the past that analyzed both sides of an issue but was hesitant to come to a specific conclusion or recommendation. That will not happen with Mike’s counsel.’

Key clients

Blue Shield of California

Orthopedic Care Partners Holdings, LLC

Summit Medical Group

Pediatric Associates

The Polyclinic

VillageMD

Amulet Capital Partners, LP

BlueMountain Capital Management LLC

R1RCM

agilon health

Aligned Telehealth

Alignment Healthcare

Aledade

Evolent Health

Excellere Capital Partners

Iora Health

Kadiant Holdings, L.P.

Landmark Health

Lumeris

Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s Century City office is highly involved in the entertainment sector, with a heavy caseload consisting of contractual disputes and copyright infringement. Specifically, recent highlights have involved unlawful terminations, contract breaches and settlement agreement violations. Marty Katz leads the practice and, in addition to breach of contract and copyright matters, is also skilled in handling employment and insurance liability issues. Dylan Price has a similarly broad skill set with notable strengths in distribution rights and content licensing matters.

Practice head(s):

Marty Katz

Other key lawyers:

Dylan Price

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP's antitrust group defends clients in cases involving alleged monopoly violations, joint collaborations, market foreclosures and other competitor and supplier-side suits. Led from the firm’s San Francisco office by Michael Scarborough, the team is plugged into the cartel defense space, where it handles follow-on cartel litigation and related class actions, particularly in the electronics sector. It has particular expertise in issues arising at the intersection of antitrust and IP law. Based in Washington DC, Leo Caseria and Michael Cohen are both well versed in price-fixing, boycott, and monopolization cases.

Practice head(s):

Mike Scarborough

Other key lawyers:

Leo Caseria; Michael Cohen

Testimonials

‘Mike Scarborough has good antitrust litigation skills.’

Key clients

Samsung Electronics

Reynolds & Reynolds Company

Mastercard International

ESET LLC

Jain Irrigation Inc.

Fuyao Glass America Inc.

ACT, Inc.

Continental Automotive Systems Inc.

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

Reynolds & Reynolds Company

OneBeacon Insurance

Save-Mart Supermarkets

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 4

Ira Schulman and his team joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP's construction practice from Troutman Pepper in April 2020, strengthening the firm's construction litigation capabilities on the East Coast. Based in New York, Schulman now co-chair the group alongside Candace Matson in Los Angeles, who has expertise in transactional work and disputes, and has handled several recent matters in the tourism and healthcare sectors. Erinn Contreras has strengths in construction and real estate law, and acts for a variety of owners, developers, contractors and lenders.

Practice head(s):

Candace Matson; Ira Schulman

Other key lawyers:

Erinn Contreras

Key clients

Digital Realty Trust

Essex Property Trust

Automobile Club of Southern California

Henry E. Huntington Library & Art Gallery

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

Oxford Capital Group, LLC

One WorkPlace Construction, LLC

Sempra Energy

Samsung Engineering & Construction, Ltd.

The Jay Paul Company

County of Westchester (New York, NY)

LaGuardia Development Partners

Environment: litigation Tier 4

Based in California, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP represents clients before judicial tribunals in all areas of environmental law, with a particular emphasis on soil and groundwater contamination, hazardous waste and air quality issues. On the administrative front, the team is frequently retained to assist with enforcement actions in connection with alleged contamination of industrial sites. Proposition 65 issues also feature in the group's caseload. The team is jointly led by Jeffrey Parker, a key contact for tort and multi-district litigation, and Whitney Roy, who has extensive experience in Proposition 65 matters. Both are based in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Parker; Whitney Roy

Other key lawyers:

Nico van Aelstyn

Key clients

International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)

Rheem Manufacturing, Inc.

Soco West, Inc.

Exxon Mobil Corporation and ExxonMobil Oil Corporation

California State University; San Diego State University

O P I Products, Inc.

Yosemite Slough PRP Group

ESCO Group LLC, a division of The Weir Group PLC

Merger control Tier 4

Working in conjunction with its active mid-market M&A team, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is heavily involved in merger control, handling merger review proceedings and HSR filings. The team has become increasingly active in representing private equity funds in HSR filings, acting for notable clients such as Arlington Capital and Blue Wolf. Elsewhere the team’s strength lies in healthcare, with DC-based Bevin Newman a noted expert in federal and state antitrust enforcement of healthcare transactions, acting for clients including Blue Shield of California and other top insurance companies. Leo Caseria is also recommended in the DC office. In Century City, David Garcia also regularly represents healthcare clients in merger review proceedings, including DOJ second requests and FTC investigations; and Michael Scarborough leads the team from San Francisco. Isabelle Rahman left for Reed Smith’s Brussels office in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Michael Scarborough

Other key lawyers:

Bevin Newman; Leo Caseria; David Garcia

Real estate Tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is rated for its ‘deep knowledge of both the legal and business issues of real estate development’, an area of strength which routinely sees it involved in large-scale mixed-use, build-to-suit, master-planned community, condominium and public-private partnership projects throughout California. In San Francisco, Keith Garner jointly heads the department alongside Nancy Scull, a San Diego lawyer who in addition to a range of finance matters, is also an expert when it comes to the reshaping and restructuring of development projects. Other core strengths of the department include nationwide sale, purchase, joint venture and equity transactions on behalf of REITs, private equity and pension funds. It also has experience of a range of leasing matters at commercial, data center, broadcasting, telecoms and studio sites, areas where Los Angeles-based Pamela Westhoff is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Scull; Keith Garner

Other key lawyers:

Larry Eppley; Michael Roth; Scott Morehouse; Peter Koffler; Brian Gurtman

Testimonials

‘The team I work with has a deep industry knowledge of not only relevant legal issues, but also of the business of real-estate development.  The firm is willing to bill on a fixed fee basis, which makes budgeting easier.’

‘Larry Eppley is incredibly knowledgeable about the industry.  A deal maker and leader.  Michael Roth is deeply knowledgeable about both legal and business issues. Does a great job simplifying difficult concepts.’

Key clients

The California State University system and San Diego State University

DM Development Partners LLC

Pacific Oak Strategic Opportunity REIT, Inc.

Pacific Oak Strategic Opportunity REIT II, Inc.

Keppel-Pacific Oak US REIT

Merlone Geier

Gateway Belvedere, LLC

Bizzi Partners

Summit Medical Group

Arbor Realty Trust

Urban American Holdings

EmblemHealth, Inc.

Nakash Holdings

Artisan Partners Limited Partnership

CIBC Bank USA

Dynamite Real Property Investments

Heitman Capital Management

Kraft Heinz Food Company

Narco Enterprises

PHRM Holdings

PNK Group I Investments LLC

Oxford Capital Group, LLC

Quadrum Global

American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company

Allstate Life Insurance Company

MRR Development LLC

Chicago Athletic Association (CAA) Hotel Owner

233 E Ontario Hotel PropCo LLC

Ranger 203 ML, LLC

Aligned Equity Partners, LLC

SF Hotel Portfolio Holdings, LLC

Rebel Hospitality, LLC

Now Naud, LLC

Bond Capital

Rudra Investments

Technology transactions Tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has an experienced cross-disciplinary practice that has recently advised on several novel collaboration agreements, and is often handling matters at the interface between sports, media, entertainment and technology. The team's expertise includes support on IP licensing, business process and IT outsourcing, and strategic alliances and joint ventures. New York's Brian Anderson leads the team alongside Michael Orlando in San Diego and fellow New York partner Daniel Schnapp, who also leads the firm's eSports industry team. Sidney Fohrman in Century City is a top contact in the media and entertainment space, while James Gatto in Washington DC is recommended for IP commercialization.

Practice head(s):

Brian Anderson; Michael Orlando; Daniel Schnapp

Other key lawyers:

Sidney Fohrman; James Gatto

Key clients

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

Viacom

Mastercard

Heed, LLC

Vevo

Paramount

News America Marketing (subsidiary of News Corporation)

Peloton

Cinedigm Entertainment Corp.

Sony Pictures

Tiny Horse

ArtistXP

Spotify

Match.com

adidas

B8ta, Inc.

Chelsea Football Club and Chelsea Digital Ventures

BigGo

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Rakuten Mobile