Ms Linda Michaelson > Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP > Century City, United States > Lawyer Profile

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
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Linda Michaelson is a partner in both the Transactional Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group, which was recently ranked by U.S. Legal 500 in its top tier, and the Corporate Practice Group in the firm’s Century City office. Ms. Michaelson also spent two years in the firm’s London office, from 2011-2013.


Ms. Michaelson’s practice focuses on the representation of companies involved in corporate transactions primarily in the entertainment and media, technology, fashion and apparel, renewable energy, and healthcare industries. Ms. Michaelson represents major motion picture studios, television networks, independent production companies, digital media companies, investors and other institutional entertainment, media and convergence clients in strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and other corporate finance transactions around the world. Ms. Michaelson represents public and private companies in a variety of corporate transactions including formation planning, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, public and private equity and debt offerings, corporate governance, executive employment and compensation structures, and relationships among shareholders, among other general corporate matters. Ms. Michaelson’s clients range from individuals and privately held companies to publicly-traded corporations.


J.D., Emory University, 1990, member and Articles Editor of the Emory University Law Review; B.A., Ursinus College, 1987, summa cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional

The multi-disciplinary entertainment and digital media group at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP boasts an impressive client roster which includes Amazon Studios, Paramount and The Walt Disney Company, among others. Robb Klein, Linda Michaelson and David Sands are key names to note for transactional work. In recent highlights, Klein advised Media Net Partners as the lead investor in a new film and television production and licensing company, Accelerated Global Content, and Michaelson acted for Lions Gate Entertainment in its acquisition of Good Universe Media. Robert Darwell frequently handles a range of matters in connection with motion picture and television production; he is instructed by Focus Features to assist with the production legal work relating to the Spike Lee movie, BlacKkKlansman. New York-based Daniel Schnapp drafted and negotiated an ASCAP multi-year license agreement with Facebook for the right to use ASCAP’s repertory of musical works in audio-visual content distributed on and through Facebook’s platform. Except where otherwise specified, all mentioned attorneys are based in Los Angeles.

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP‘ deal sector experience includes aerospace and defense, financial services, healthcare and technology, as well as entertainment, electronics, telecoms, food and beverage, retail and transportation. Active clients are adidas, LendingTree, Belgacom International Carrier Services (BICS), Lions Gate Entertainment and Samsung Semiconductor. Highlights included acting for BICS, which provides wholesale connectivity and interoperability services, on its $230m acquisition of TeleSign Holdings, which provides a telephone and SMS verification system; and assisting AMN Healthcare, a provider of healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services, with its $195m acquisition of MedPartners. Other work included M&A team leader Will Chuchawat, who divides his time between Los Angeles and Shanghai, leading advice to Mercury Systems, a hi-tech company serving the aerospace and defense industries, on its agreement to acquire Themis Computer, which manufactures manufactures computing products; and Lucantonio Salvi in Washington DC acting, as US counsel, for Charme Partners, an Italian private equity fund, on its acquisition of ammunition maker Fiocchi Minuzioni. The co-corporate and securities practice group leaders are Century City’s Jeryl Bowers and Linda Michaelson, and Ariel Yehezkel in New York, while Los Angeles’ Lawrence Braun is also highly rated. Recent growth includes the arrivals of Jordan Hamburger in Centruy City, whose experience includes advising clients in the healthcare and financial services industries, and Eric Newsom in San Francisco, who is focused on the technology and healthcare sectors; both joined from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Also, John Booher, who works with life sciences, healthcare, aerospace, transportation and technology industry clients, was hired in Silicon Valley from Hogan Lovells US LLP.