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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
321 North Clark Street
32nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
United States

Government > Government contracts Tier 2

Spanning both Washington DC and California, the team at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is notable for its experience in the defense, intelligence, and aerospace spaces. Covering both work for Fortune 500 companies and national security matters, the group is particularly strong in counselling, cost accounting, compliance, investigations, False Claims Act litigation, and bid protests. The group is under new leadership from Jonathan Aronie, who covers the full range of public procurement issues, both proactive and defensive. The team is supported by Keith Szeliga, who has extensive experience in bid protest litigation, compliance programs, and investigations/audits, particularly for defense contractors. Former practice head John Chierichella is a key contact for defense contractors. Also of note in the team are Anne Perry and David Douglass. All named lawyers are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Aronie

Testimonials

‘The Sheppard Mullin team have some of the best talent and respond quickly to my requests. They have an unparalleled, in my view, bench of specialists and in almost all cases respond promptly (within the same day or 24 hours) of an inquiry.’

‘For the most part the practitioners are generous with their time and do not nickel-and-dime you when you ask peripheral or passing questions. They take time to get to know your company’s individual needs.’

‘Very responsive. Brought an impressive team to bear on a significant claim.’

Key clients

Northrop Grumman

IBM

American Automotive Safety Research, LLC

TechFlow Mission Support, LLC d/b/a EMI Services

SES Government Solutions, Inc.

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Huntington Ingalls Inc.

Olin Winchester, LLP

Collins Aerospace

Electronic Warfare Associates

American Automotive Safety Research, LLC

Collins Aerospace

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Electronic Warfare Associates

Gartner

Huntington Ingalls Inc.

IBM

Mastercard

Northrop Grumman

Olin Winchester, LLP

Salesforce

SES Government Solutions, Inc.

Symantec/Norton

TechFlow Mission Support, LLC d/b/a EMI Services

WW Grainger

Work highlights

  • Representing Norton (previously Symantec) in a False Claims Act matter, which is scheduled to go to trial this February.
  • Represented Northrop Grumman Systems Corp, in a matter involved affirmative claims of almost $200 million and counterclaims that aggregated in excess of $400 million.
  • Represented IBM in a bid protest challenging the Army’s award of a $729 million task order to Accenture Federal Services (“Accenture”) for Unified Enterprise Resource Planning Capability Support Services.

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP fields a 'strong broad specialist team for the renewables/energy sector', advising clients on all stages of renewable energy generation projects across the country. Developers, lenders, utilities and infrastructure investors make up the team's varied client base, which regularly seeks advice on debt financing transactions, tax equity deals and acquisitions and divestitures of renewable and alternative power developments. Katherine Gillespie co-leads the team, which is primarily based in Chicago. With more than two decades of experience in this field, Gillespie has handled several development, financing, and M&A transactions involving wind, solar and other renewable assets. Also in the Chicago office, Amit Kalra and Andrew Ratts are key contacts for tax equity matters. On the West Coast, fellow co-head Tony Toranto  is based in San Diego, and brings together comprehensive knowledge of both conventional and renewable energy projects. Christine Hourcade-Hoefliger in San Francisco focuses on the sale, acquisition and financing of renewable assets.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Gillespie; Tony Toranto

Other key lawyers:

Amit Kalra; Andrew Ratts; Paul Kaufman; Christine Hourcade-Hoefliger; Elliot Hinds; Katarzyna Levecke; Benjamin Huffman; Andrew Mina

Testimonials

‘Great industry insights and strong broad specialist team for the renewables/energy sector. They have handled highly structured and complex deals for us working to structure bespoke transactions while also diligently managing typical asset level diligence. Have collaborated well in our switch to SimpleLegal billing and have met all of our requests over the years, one of our core external counsels we depend on.’

‘Christine Hoefliger has been our main partner and relationship manager and has handled everything from matter management, leading legal support/advice/drafting as well as broad management of billing/pricing/corporate support to the team. She has an excellent mix of legal execution, commercial understanding, and relationship management that has made working with SM seamless and our growth over the years feel less overwhelming.’

Key clients

174 Power Global

Able Grid

Akuo Energy USA Inc.

ALLETE Clean Energy, Inc.

Arevon

ArtCenter College of Design

Avangrid, Inc.

Bridge Bank

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.

Cordelio Power

Crestwood Biofuels Investors, LLC

Crossover Energy Partners

EDF Renewable Energy, Inc.

EDP Renewables North America

ENGIE North America Inc.

Eni S.p.A.

Exelsior Energy Capital LP

Falvez Energy

Fifth Third Bank

Fortistar Services, LLC

Foss Maritime

Gexa Energy, L.P.

Goldwind USA, Inc.

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Corporation

Hanwha Q Cells

Hecate Energy LLC

Homestead Capital USA LLC

Invenergy LLC

i.on renewables LLC

Jaton 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

Oak Creek Energy

Open Road Renewables

Oriden (Mitsubishi Power Americas)

Pacific Mercantile Bank

Photosol

Pivot Power

Plus Power

Ranger Power

RC Energy

RWE Renewables Americas, LLC

sPower, LLC

Sure Power LLC

Telamon Energy Solutions

Tenaska

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

Zions Bancorp

Work highlights

  • Represented ALLETE in several transactions in the past 12 months, including the tax equity financing of a 303MW wind project in Johnson and Pontotoc Counties, Oklahoma.
  • Represented  EDF Renewables in the tax equity financing of two wind projects in Texas and four solar projects in California, totalling 889MW across all projects.
  • Represented ENGIE in connection with a hybrid financing transaction of a large portfolio of distributed generation solar projects located in Illinois, Massachusetts, Vermont and other states.

Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 2

The transactional experts at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP are known for providing expert advice on M&A, joint ventures, and are particularly known for their private equity advice. It also offers expertise to tax-exempt non-profit organisations on their corporate needs, including hospitals and academic medical centres. The team’s most notable strength, however, is its advice on risk/value-based reimbursement systems, having acted on Alkuri Global Acquisition Corp’s $4.2bn merger with digital value-based care company Babylon Holdings. Eric Klein leads the practice from Century City, offering clients advice on their large scale transactions. California-based Lynsey Mitchel and DC-based Michael Paddock both offer regulatory expertise.

Practice head(s):

Eric Klein

Other key lawyers:

Lynsey Mitchel; Michael Paddock; Phil Kim; Mike McKinnon

Testimonials

‘Mike McKinnon is exceptional. Available 24/7 Super business focused. A lawyer that really “gets it” in doing deals. Not an impediment to getting a deal done.’

‘Integrity of the legal explanations of the matters at hand. Able to connect the legal issues with the business challenges. Help provide a solution in a timely manner’

‘The associates were readily available and quick to put a response to a question or solution. Honesty was part of their character throughout the entire case. Realistic approach to fast past issues.’

‘This team is incredibly thorough with their answers. The best type of responses and emails to in-house counsel involve emails that don’t require any additional follow-up back to outside counsel, and just being able to use the outside counsel’s email and attachments right away within the company. The healthcare team at SMRH provides just that – work product you can actually use.’

‘Phil Kim and his associates are quick and efficient with their responses. I have not worked with outside counsel who provides such a useable work product. Their hard work and thoroughness save me days of work and it’s worth every dollar!’

‘The wide range of talents makes SMRH a great firm for a growing company’

Key clients

Blue Shield of California

Orthopedic Care Partners Holdings, LLC

Alkuri Global Acquisition Corp.

Landmark Health

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

NYC Health + Hospitals

Summit Medical Group

Excelsior Integrated Medical Group, PLLC and Excelsior Integrated Management Corp.

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.

Lumeris

ChenMed

The Innovation Institute

Varsity Healthcare Partners

University of California San Diego

Pikes Peak Anesthesia Associates, PC

Planned Parenthood of Greater Northwest Hawaii

Bon Secours Mercy Health

Caremount Medical Group

Montefiore Medicine Academic Health System

NYU Hospitals Center and NYU School of Medicine

General Atlantic

University of Maryland Medical System

Work highlights

  • Advised Alkuri Global Acquisition Corp. in its $4.2bn merger with Babylon Holdings Limited.
  • Represented Landmark Health in its sale to Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group.
  • Advised CareMount Health Solutions on its merger into a subsidiary of Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group.

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP operates across the aerospace, entertainment, healthcare, technology, software, fashion and financial services sectors, providing both buy- and sell-side representation. Working from the Century City office, practice co-head Linda Michaelson  caters to a client roster of motion picture studios, digital media companies and television networks, among others, providing acquisition, divestiture, merger, corporate finance and strategic alliance expertise.

Practice head(s):

Jeralin Cardoso; Linda Michaelson; Ariel Yehezkel

Other key lawyers:

Larry Braun; David Sands; Zachary Turke; Jordan Hamburger; Jeff Bowling

Testimonials

‘Jeff Bowling is absolutely exceptional. He is constantly available, does an excellent job properly managing expectations and is incredibly good at getting deals across the line. He quickly can summarize what is acceptable and what is not and works to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients.’

 

Key clients

Oasis Materials Company LP

Xytech Systems Corp.

Snak-King Corp.

Keyes Motors, Inc

Micro Quality Labs, LLC

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Wedgewood, LLC

ICM Partners

AMRO Fabricating Corporation

Milestone Technologies, Inc.

CareMount Medical, P.C.

Trillium Engineering, LLC

Action Verb, LLC (d/b/a Files.com)

Technicolor Creative Services USA, Inc.

Arlington Capital Partners

BlueHalo, LLC

Octo Consulting Group

Milton’s Holding Corporation

Provepharm Life Solutions

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has established itself as a practice at the cutting-edge, handling matters related to content and streaming for key players from the music and motion picture sectors such as Amazon Studios and Spotify as well as advising NFT platforms like Async Art. Robb Klein co-heads the practice out of Century City and handles matters pertaining to production, financing, IP centered agreements, and digital business. Klein’s co-head Linda Michaelson represents clients on the corporate side of media and entertainment and recently represented Lionsgate in its acquisition of the majority of Spyglass Media Group’s feature film library. Further recommended on finance, M&A, and joint venture transactions is co-head David Sands in Los Angeles who has special expertise in sports-related matters. Highly active in the practice and leading the team on Amazon’s acquisition of MGM, Robert Darwell in Century City is an expert in handling content-production deals in various industries. Stacey Rosenberg joined the firm in May 2021 from Hogan Lovells US LLP, further bolstering its strength with her deep expertise in debt finance transactions in the media and entertainment industries. Sidney Fohrman left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Robb Klein; Linda Michaelson; David Sands

Other key lawyers:

Robert Darwell; Shaun Clark; Leif Cervantes de Reinstein; Daniel Schnapp; James Gatto Alexis Robinson; Genevieve Perez; Marc Hershberg

Testimonials

‘They are incredibly business minded and work with a lot of people in the sector so they have a tone of industry knowledge.’

‘They are incredibly business minded and great drafters.’

‘The Sheppard team bring a combination of experience and sound business judgment to the table when it comes to media and entertainment. This extends into areas of data privacy as well. The team is consistently very responsive to our needs, and always available to answer questions, provide feedback, and help with more complex issue and drafting.’

‘Dan Schnapp and Genevieve Perez each bring a wealth of knowledge to the table and keeps up to the date with the latest developments in the law and within the media and tech industries. This is very important for us as we weigh legal risk against industry practice.’

Key clients

Amazon Studios

Gaumont

Hemisphere Media Group

Lionsgate

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Troy Aikman

ICM Partners

Spotify

Rare Beauty

loanDepot.com

101 Studios

BET Network

Royal Goode Productions

AmazeVR

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Domain Capital Partners

News Corporation

Peloton Interactive

Spotify Inc.

ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)

STIM

Async Art

Truepic

Entertainment Software Association

Dapper Labs

Superplastic

ABXR Labs, Inc.

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

Based in Washington DC, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP assists clients worldwide in matters pertaining to satellite and cable, involving its integrated litigation practice where necessary. Practice head Brian Weimer advises satellite operators as well as financiers of satellite and wireless companies, representing them before the FCC and ITU. His colleague Paul Werner is a seasoned first chair trial and appellate litigator, currently defending the largest nationwide class action ever filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Dave Thomas broadens the firm’s scope with his expertise in wire-based and wireless networks and special focus on broadband networks. In a recent highlight, Werner and Thomas led the team in representation of Charter Communications against the City of Yuma regarding compliance with Arizona’s Uniform Franchise Law, requiring the city to adopt a uniform video service license agreement. Also recommended is Drew Svor, for his expertise in representing clients before the ‘Team Telecom’ governmental agencies as well as CFIUS. Stephen Chernow joined the firm as special counsel in April 2021 from an in-house position, while Ray Rutngamlug  has departed.

Practice head(s):

Brian Weimer

Other key lawyers:

Dave Thomas; Paul Werner; Drew Svor; Imad Matini; Abraham Shanedling; Hannah Wigger; Stephen Chernow

Testimonials

‘Sheppard Mullin’s Telecoms practice sets itself apart by offering clear, actionable advice that our business can quickly implement. The team also offers a deep and thorough understanding of the industry. This allows them to offer top-tier regulatory advice. And they have the ability to handle complex disputes in all fora — whether in state/federal court, before state/federal regulatory commissions, or before international arbitral tribunals.’

‘The Sheppard Mullin Telecoms team truly puts their clients’ needs first. They recognize that offering top-notch legal advice requires constant investment in developing relationships, understanding clients’ businesses, and understanding the industry at large. This allows them to advise “in the weeds” on particular issues, with the vision to ensure their advice complements and advances the overall enterprise.

‘Paul Werner, Partner, an exceptional litigator on any matter, is unparalleled when it comes to litigating complex telecommunications matters. He approaches every dispute with the end game front of mind — driving great results whether the dispute ultimately is settled, arbitrated, or tried and/or appealed.’

Key clients

SES S.A.

OneWeb

Charter Communications

New England Cable & Telecommunications Association, Inc.

Snap

Astra Capital Management

Piper Networks

Rakuten

Susan L. Uecker, Receiver

Comcast Communications

Cox Communications

California Cable & Telecommunications Association

Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association

LCTA – The Internet & Television Association

Maine Cable Association

Vero Fiber Networks

San Diego Gas & Electric

Work highlights

  • Represented SES S.A. in the FCC’s efforts to convert the “C-Band spectrum” from satellite to terrestrial use, culminating in a $80.9bn spectrum auction.
  • Advising OneWeb on FCC and international regulatory matters.
  • Advised Rakuten, a multinational e-commerce conglomerate based in Tokyo, Japan, with respect to FCC regulatory issues in connection with Rakuten’s leadership in Open RAN technology and its global rollout of the new Rakuten Communications Platform.

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 2

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s non-profit practice fields a coast-to-coast presence and is jointly managed by David Ulich  in Los Angeles and Tamar Rosenberg in New York. Housed within the firm’s national healthcare group, the team handles the full gamut of matters for tax-exempt clients ranging from governance issues to transactional mandates and corporate restructurings. Jay Gerzog heads the healthcare team and is recommended for representing academic medical centers and other healthcare entities, whilst corporate partner Amanda Zablocki focuses on regulatory and compliance. Special counsel Molly Unterseher joined the firm in New York from Conley Law Group LLC, and advises private foundations, public charities and donor advised funds on charitable activities and grant making. The team also leverages its wider contacts in the West Coast to handle real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

David Ulich; Tamar Rosenberg

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Zablocki; Jay Gerzog; Molly Unterseher; Rena Andoh; Lois Durant; Alan Martin; Tyler Bernstein

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable in a complex specialty; they have really invested the time to understand our organization. Tamar Rosenberg has demonstrated an in-depth understanding in the tax-exempt area, and she is very responsive.’

‘Rena Andoh, Amanda Zablocki and Lois Durant have all been extraordinary thought partners.’

‘Under Alan H. Martin Esq.’s coordination effort, the partners or associates most qualified to handle with a specific matter are normally assigned to their area(s) of expertise. As Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP are the only firm I deal with (outside of “one off” matters assigned to another firm by our insurance company), it’s hard for me to offer insight as to how SMRH compares to other firms.’

‘They make themselves available on short notice. Of the various lawyers with whom I regularly collaborate, Tyler Bernstein stands out as a solid up and comer. He assesses situations well and is forthright in his approach.’

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

Duke University Health System

Dwight D. Opperman Foundation

EmblemHealth

Foundation for Global Sports Development

Humane America Animal Foundation

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital

Maimonides Medical Center

MemorialCare Health System

Molina Healthcare, Inc.

Montefiore Medicine Academic Health Center

Mount Sinai Health System

New York City Health + Hospitals Corporation & MetroPlus

Ounce of Prevention Fund

Para la Naturaleza and the Conservation Trust Fund of Puerto Rico

Pollyanna, Inc.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County

San Diego Regional Policy and Innovation Center

SOMOS Healthcare Providers, Inc.

St. Charles Health System

The HBCU Founders Initiative

The San Diego Foundation

The Wallis Annenberg Legacy Foundation

University of Maryland Medical System

U.S.S. Midway Museum

Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Yale New Haven Health System

Work highlights

  • Advised on a broad range of nonprofit corporate, tax-exempt, health regulatory, transactional, property tax exemption and other work for Montefiore Medicine Academic Health Systems.
  • Advised The Annenberg Foundation on nonprofit corporate, tax-exempt, governance, grant making, investment, and other advice.
  • Advised The San Diego Foundation on its application for tax-exempt status and provided a full spectrum of organizational and governance advice for the new organization.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has a successful record in cartel defense litigation, representing corporate and individual clients in civil and criminal proceedings against the DOJ, as well as opt-out and state Attorney General cases. The primarily West Coast-based team has a strong focus on the electronics sector, representing a wide range of major clients including Samsung, and also has expertise in the petrol, cybersecurity and essential patents space. Practice head Mike Scarborough represents Samsung and its subsidiaries in a number of high-profile cases, including relating to lithium ion batteries, while Washington DC-based Michael Cohen is active in cartel defense proceedings, most notably at present for executives at Reynolds & Reynolds in the tuna canning cartel investigation. Also in DC, Leo Caseria has broad sector expertise and is also regularly involved in international cartel proceedings. Dylan Ballard handles civil and criminal litigation, and was involved in several of the cases for Samsung Electronics. Lawyers are in San Francisco unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Mike Scarborough

Testimonials

‘Mike Scarborough is a very effective antitrust lawyer.’

‘I do think that Mike Scarborough is a stand-out partner and exceptional attorney.’

Key clients

Continental Automotive

Reynolds & Reynolds Company

ESET LLC

Jain Irrigation Inc.

Fuyao Glass America Inc.

San Francisco Association of Realtors

Work highlights

  • Representing telematics supplier Continental Automotive Systems Inc in their antitrust suit against 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 U.S. 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.
  • Representing CalPortland Company in its antitrust claim against the four major US railroads, alleging billions of dollars in damages, revolving around an alleged scheme to fix fuel surcharges.

Industry focus > Healthcare: health insurers Tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP continues to expand its presence in the healthcare space, particularly regarding insurance-related transactions. Risk contracting-based arrangements are a particular area of expertise for the team, as is the establishment of value-based care arrangements. It also acts on major M&A, serving as healthcare regulatory counsel to Cigna in its acquisition of telehealth provider MDLive. Much of the team is based in Century City, and as such, it has a strong presence in the California market. Eric Klein leads the team, offering major experience in market consolidation. Lynsey Mitchel focuses on HMO licensing advice, and San Francisco-based Eric Newsom advises on health tech.

Practice head(s):

Eric Klein

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Newlight Partners

Stanford Health Care Advantage, Inc.

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

Hawaii Medical Service Association

Molina Healthcare

Premera Blue Cross

Providence Health & Services

SCAN Health Plan, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Cigna in its 2021 multi-billion-dollar acquisition of leading telehealth provider MDLive.
  • Represented Molina Healthcare, Inc. in its acquisition of Magellan Complete Care from Magellan Health, Inc.
  • Represented Cambia Health Solutions in its sale of HealthSparq, Inc. to Kyruus, Inc.

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

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is ‘excellent’ at handling privacy regulatory compliance and houses ‘some of the top privacy experts in the field’, including practice co-heads Craig Cardon in Century City and Liisa Thomas in Chicago. The team focuses on advising large retailers, among other clients, in relation to data breaches, where New York's Kari Rollins excels, class action and litigation cases, and technology transactions and privacy counseling. Jonathan Meyer is now a general counsel at the Department of Homeland Security.

Practice head(s):

Craig Cardon; Liisa Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent at privacy regulatory compliance. They have some of the top privacy experts in the field. Have written extensively on the topic with regular updates.’

‘Lawyers are personable, explain topics in practical and understandable terms, and provides practical and actionable guidance to meet regulatory requirements.’

Key clients

Inspire Brands (fka Sonic Drive-In)

Dick’s Sporting Goods, The TJX Companies and Sephora

Williams-Sonoma Inc.

FaceFirst, Inc

FC Dallas

StockX LLC and Stock, Inc.

Arby’s

Papa John’s

Digital Reality Management Services, LLC

Subway

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company

Flanders Corp

ZARA USA

Broder Bros., Co.

Method Products, PBC

NEO Technologies

Work highlights

  • Representing in a data breach class action MDL filed by financial institutions that allegedly sustained damages as a result of a 2017 data breach perpetrated against Sonic.
  • Represented StockX LLC in securing the dismissal of five consolidated class action lawsuits that were filed against StockX LLC in the aftermath of a 2019 data breach.
  • Advising Papa John’s on privacy issues and assisting the company with a variety of compliance projects.

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP litigates breach of contract, publicity, fraud, and IP matters for corporate players such as Global Eagle Entertainment and key figures on the talent side of the industry such as Hillary Duff. Marty Katz leads the practice out of Century City, a seasoned litigator covering a wide variety of claims and entities in the industry, he recently represented Oakley Inc. in a dispute with snowboarder Shaun White regarding endorsement royalties. Additionally based in Century City, Dylan Price is a practitioner with international reach, he regularly represents foreign investors, producers, and distributors in profit participation and distribution-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Marty Katz

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

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Global Eagle Entertainment 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

Wargaming

Amobee

Hilary Duff

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

The antitrust and competition team at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP handles and assortment of cases in its defense side practice, including monopoly violations, joint collaborations, and market foreclosures. One of the firm’s specializations lies at the intersection of antitrust and IP, particularly within the technology sector. Mike Scarborough leads the department from San Francisco, placing a focus on matters regarding international cartel investigations, class actions, commercial disputes, and consumer protection matters. Further key contacts are Michael Cohen and Leo Caseria, both in Washington DC. In January 2021, John Carroll joined the DC office from a previous position at King & Spalding LLP.

Practice head(s):

Mike Scarborough

Key clients

Continental Automotive Systems Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Mastercard International

ESET LLC

Jain Irrigation Inc.

Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Fuyao Glass America Inc.

ACT, Inc.

San Francisco Association of Realtors

Reynolds & Reynolds Company

Cal Portland Company

Amerifoods Trading Co.

Odem International

Markstein Beverage

Work highlights

  • Leading the defense of the Reynolds and Reynolds Company in U.S. antitrust federal investigations, state attorney general investigations, federal multidistrict litigation and federal lawsuits challenging state regulations, all relating to alleged data access disputes in the market for automotive computer system software.
  • Represented Samsung Electronics in global patent and standards-related antitrust governmental proceedings and MDL litigation involving Qualcomm.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has a prolific merger control practice, focusing primarily on mid-market M&A. Primarily handling HSR filings, the team is also able to advise clients through merger review and challenge proceedings, including regulatory and CFIUS issues. The firm is particularly known for its work in the healthcare space, with Washington DC-based practice co-head Bevin Newman an expert in advising on national and state-level healthcare transactions, including vertical combinations and innovative strategic alliances. Elsewhere, the firm has also advised on a number of crypto-related mergers, demonstrating expertise in this developing industry space. In Century City, co-head David Garcia combines merger control advice with an active litigation practice, representing clients before the DOJ and FTC in merger-related cases. The DC office was bolstered by the arrival of John Carroll from King & Spalding LLP in early 2021, a former FTC official with experience in merger litigation and media industry transactions.

Practice head(s):

Bevin Newman; David Garcia

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

U.S. Brick

Blue Shield of California

BitGo

Extend

Doosan Corporation

SKOUT Solutions

Work highlights

  • Representing U.S. Brick in the purchase of certain assets being divested by Meridian and General Shale.
  • Represented BitGo Inc. in its acquisition by bitcoin-focused firm Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd. for $1.2 billion.
  • Represented Extend in its $260M Series C funding round led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2.

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 4

With a strong environmental bench based on the West Coast, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is well-versed in high-stakes environmental litigation throughout California and high-profile enforcement actions before various regulatory agencies. Covering all areas of environmental law, the practice is seen with great regularity advising clients engaged in contentious matters arising from soil and groundwater contamination, hazardous waste and air quality issues. Defending companies from the food and beverages, real estate, electronics and consumer goods sectors who have received Proposition 65 Notice of Violations is another area of particular strength for the practice. Jeffrey Parker  is a key contact for this type of work in Los Angeles; he is also singled out for is track record in environmental and tort litigation. Whitney Roy  co-chairs the environmental litigation with Parker in LA; her expertise cuts across Propositiong 65, water contamination, CERCLA and the Clean Air Act.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Parker; Whitney Roy

Other key lawyers:

Nico van Aelstyn

Testimonials

‘I believe the firm has broad and capable expertise and from my experience I would be glad to consider them for any California matter that I might have. Compared to the other larger law firm that my client had used for the same type of work, I find this firm to much stronger in the law and much more client-oriented.’

‘I have seen a number of attorneys practicing in the field of Proposition 65 work, and Whitney Jones Roy is by far the best we’ve used — she is client-oriented, smart and strategic and practical in her advice.’

‘The Sheppard team combined specialized knowledge of three areas of law and legal practice: international climate change law, carbon market practices and US constitutional law. This combination of perspectives helped add weight to our case. It involved coordination with a legal expert representing a variety of private sector firms to form a powerful common view, which helped to drive a successful outcome.’

‘The firm has deep expertise in the emerging field of international climate change law, particularly commercial trading linkages that allow cross-border carbon credit transactions. Given that we operate in an emerging market, the firm’s depth of experience in related markets was a tremendous asset.’

Key clients

Trojan Battery Company, LLC

Soco West, Inc. and Brenntag Pacific, Inc.

Hanson Aggregates Mid-Pacific, Inc.

O P I Products, Inc.

Soylent, Inc.

City of Diamond Bar

International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)

PRP group at the Yosemite Slough Superfund Site

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has a ‘business savvy‘ team working at the intersection of various industries operating within the technology sphere, including entertainment, sports, retail, digital media, consumer products and healthcare. Clients benefit from good credentials in IP licensing and commercialization agreements, privacy and data security law, and other forms of outsourcing and strategic collaboration projects. The team also provides crucial support on IP and technology driven corporate matters including M&A, restructurings, capital markets, and antitrust. Brian Anderson  and Michael Orlando, respectively in San Francisco and San Diego, co-lead the team with the ‘amazingDaniel Schnapp in New York, who also heads the firm’s eSports industry team. Other key partners include Washington DC’s James Gatto, music and entertainment lawyer Sidney Fohrman in Century City, and the recently promoted Alexis Robinson in New York.

Practice head(s):

Brian Anderson; Michael Orlando; Daniel Schnapp

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They’re business savvy and weigh legal risks against business needs.’

‘Alexis Robinson and Dan Schnapp are amazing and I’d recommend them to anyone.’

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

Sony Pictures

Tiny Horse

ArtistXP

Spotify

Match.com

adidas

B8ta, Inc.

Chelsea Football Club and Chelsea Digital Ventures

BigGo

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Rakuten Mobile

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

As specialists in cable and satellite matters, the Washington DC-based team of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is a go-to counsel for OneWeb, who alongside the firm’s other clients additionally benefits from the practice’s close relationship and integration of the firm’s litigation practice. Practice head Brian Weimer  is an authority on matters pertaining to the satellite and wireless industries leads the team in representation of OneWeb. His colleague Drew Svor focuses on M&A and matters before the ‘Team Telecom’ government agencies in representing satellite and wireless companies. Ray Rutngamlug  has left the practice to work in-house.

Practice head(s):

Brian Weimer

Other key lawyers:

Drew Svor; Stephen Chernow

Key clients

SES S.A.

OneWeb

Charter Communications

New England Cable & Telecommunications Association, Inc.

Snap

Astra Capital Management

Piper Networks

Rakuten

Susan L. Uecker, Receiver

Comcast Communications

Cox Communications

California Cable & Telecommunications Association

Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association

LCTA – The Internet & Television Association

Maine Cable Association

Vero Fiber Networks

San Diego Gas & Electric

Work highlights

  • Represented SES S.A. with respect to the FCC’s efforts to convert the “C-Band spectrum” from satellite to terrestrial use.
  • Advising OneWeb on FCC and international regulatory matters to OneWeb.
  • Advised Rakuten, a multinational e-commerce conglomerate based in Tokyo, Japan, with respect to FCC regulatory issues in connection with Rakuten’s leadership in Open RAN technology and its global rollout of the new Rakuten Communications Platform.

Real estate Tier 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP‘s practice is angled towards the Californian real estate market, with offices across San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. Aside from its core transactional work, the multi-disciplinary team regularly assists REITs, industrial, retail and residential developers in their equity transactions, and development of master-planned communities and build-to-suit offices. Nancy Scull and Keith Garner co-head the group from San Diego and San Francisco, respectively. For mandates involving radio and television broadcasting studios, tech offices and data centres, Los Angeles’ Pamela Westhoff is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Scull; Keith Garner

Other key lawyers:

Pamela Westhoff

Key clients

Landsea Homes Corporation

HomeFed

Surgalign

Save Mart

Mesa Canyon Community Partners, Lennar Homes, Shea Homes

Lincoln Property Company and Bridge Investment Group

Technicolor USA

Public Data Center REIT

The Related Companies

Castle & Cooke NJ, LLC

Montefiore Medical Center

Oxford Capital Group, LLC

MPF Oxford Thompson Property LLC

Godfrey Detroit PropCo LLC

Continental DTLA LLC

Oxford Portland Leaseco LLC

Dana Hotel LLC

Allstate Insurance Company and American Heritage Life Insurance Company

American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company

West 87 LP

Integrated Development Group II

Artisan Partners

Kraft Heinz Foods Company

CIBC Bank USA

PHRM Holdings

Heartland Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented Landsea Homes Corporation, in a number of acquisitions including 306 homesites to create the new community Ellis Town and Country in Tracy, CA, 128 homesites to create the new community, Lavender, in Sunnyvale, CA, and the Alameda Marina master-planned community.
  • Represented a joint venture of Lincoln Property Company and Bridge Investment Group in negotiating a large ground lease with the Port of Vancouver in an Opportunity Zone to serve as the basis for a commercial mixed-use development which will exceed 750,000 square feet.
  • Advising Save Mart Supermarkets in connection with a $1bn + sale-lease back transaction involving a portfolio of over 65 properties throughout California and Nevada.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 5

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP ‘s construction practice has strong bases on either coast, and is a regular fixture in public and private projects across the country, with members offering both transactional and contentious expertise. Ira Schulman in New York is praised for his ‘sage guidance that is delivered effortlessly‘ and co-leads the group and has recently been active in the popular areas of private residential and large public projects. From Los Angeles, Erinn Contreras co-leads and is a seasoned counsel to owners, developers, contractors and construction lenders in all stages of developments. Associate Emily Anderson works with Schulman in New York and has professional experience in the construction industry.

Practice head(s):

Erinn Contreras; Ira Schulman

Other key lawyers:

Emily Anderson; Michelle Cooper; Sophia Cahill; Tori Kutzner

Testimonials

‘I work with a team that handles construction litigation and disputes which is a highly specialized area. There are three people on the team that I work with- a partner and two associates. They are very responsive and collaborative. They know the subject matter.’

‘The partner we work with Ira Schulman is, in my assessment, one of the leading construction dispute lawyers in the state and the nation. In addition to his litigation expertise, he was instrumental in drafting contract provisions which are very favorable to the county as an owner.’

‘Great team and excellent knowledge of California construction contracts.’

‘Michelle Cooper and Tori Kutzner are great associates and have been very helpful in developing our case.’

‘Sheppard Mullin is a large scale law firm that has brought a boutique firm feel in terms of client attentiveness and support. Its team is a mix of seniority and they are selective in how the elect to staff meetings and projects accordingly, with an innate sense of what is appropriate and/or expected by us as a client.’

‘Of the individuals we work with Ira Schulman continues to provide us with sage guidance that is delivered effortlessly. Ira has that unique ability to draw off decades’ of experience without ever uttering the words “I had this case where,” which I have begun to seek out in my outside counsel. Additionally, Emily Anderson continues to make us feel as though we are one of her most valued clients, and while she may not have decades to draw on yet, her experience is impressive and her instincts are unparalleled in the outside counsel I have thus far worked with.’

Key clients

Digital Realty Trust

Vantage Data Centers

AECOM

Hillock Land Company

Oxford Capital Group, LLC

One WorkPlace Construction, LLC dba Vantis

Sempra Energy

Samsung Engineering & Construction, Ltd.

The Jay Paul Company

Charities Housing Development Corporation

County of Westchester (New York, NY)

LaGuardia Development Partners

WDF Inc.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has a sizeable team and represents major financial institutions, private equity firms and creditor committees. The team is headed by Brent Horstman , operating from Los Angeles, Edward Tillinghast , who is based out of New York, and Ori Katz , operating from San Francisco.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious

Jointly led by the Los Angeles-based Michael Chan and the Del Mar-based Amy Tranckino , Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP offers good coverage across California, advising a diverse array of high-profile productions studios, distributors, and security companies on the full gamut of transactional and tax planning issues.

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

The labor and employment team at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is noted for its expertise in wage and hour claims and handling litigation before the federal Department of Labor and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
Number of Partners : 400
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 530
Other Staff : 800+
Chairman : Lucantonio Salvi (lsalvi@sheppardmullin.com
Vice Chairman : Jon Newby (jnewby@sheppardmullin.com)
Managing Partner : Robert Beall (rbeall@sheppardmullin.com)
MaryJeanette Dee : Managing Partner, MaryJeanette Dee (mdee@sheppardmullin.com)