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Los Angeles-based law firm Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP has hired a partner and an associate from Greenberg Traurig LLP to open an office in Costa Mesa. Gordon A. Schaller, a longtime tax and estate planning lawyer in Orange County, was hired as managing partner of Jeffer Mangels’ Costa Mesa office last month. Schaller started the Costa Mesa office of Miami-based Greenberg Traurig LLP three years ago. Jeffer Mangels’ office is close by at 695 Town Center Drive, across from South Coast Plaza. The office opened last week. Lawyer Scott Harsh-man, also from Greenberg’s Costa Mesa office, is joining Schaller at Jeffer Mangels. The expansion here was a long time coming for Jeffer Mangels, the 12th-largest law firm in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Largest Los Angeles Law Firms

  Law Firms Los Angeles law firm largest los angeles law firms Law Practice Areas
1 O'Melveny & Myers LLP
400 S. Hope St., 90071-2899
430-6000, www.omm.com
  1885
13
Los Angeles
Antitrust/competition; appellate; aviation; capital markets; class action defense; corporate; entertainment and media; finance and restructuring; global enforcement and criminal defense; healthcare; insurance and mass torts; intellectual property and technology; labor and employment.
2 Latham & Watkins
633 W. Fifth St. Suite 4000, 90071-2007
485-1234, www.lw.com
  1934
22
N/A
Corporate finance; mergers and acquisitions; venture and technology; complex business litigation; tax; real estate and finance; insolvency and restructuring; environmental and land use.
3 Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
221 N. Figueroa St. Suite 1200, 90012
250-1800, www.lbbslaw.com
  1979
112
Los Angeles
Employment; insurance regulatory; healthcare.
4 Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
333 S. Grand Ave., 90071-1504
229-7000,
www.gibsondunn.com
  1890
13
Los Angeles
Corporate tax, transactions and securities; antitrust and trade regulation; appellate and constitutional law; business crimes and investigations; business restructuring and reorganization;consumer class action; commercial litigation.
5 Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP
865 S. Figueroa St. 10th Fl., 90017
443-3000,
www.quinnemanuel.com
  1986
5
Los Angeles
Business litigation.
6 Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker
515 S. Flower St., 90071
683-6000,
www.paulhastings.com
  1951
17
N/A3
Employment; real estate; corporate(including project finance; mergers and acquisitions; corporate finance; bankruptcy; litigation (including intellectual property law).
7 Munger Tolles & Olson LLP
355 S. Grand Ave. 35th Fl., 90071-1560
683-9100, www.mto.com
  1962
2
Los Angeles
Business litigation including intellectual property; entertainment /communications; securities; media defense and access issues; antitrust; energy; employment; aerospace/government contracts; white-collar criminal investigations.
8 Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
333 S. Hope St. 48th Fl., 90071
620-1780, www.sheppardmullin.com
  1927
9
Los Angeles
Full service business law firm.
9 Sidley Austin Brown & Wood
555 W. Fifth St., 90013
896-6000,
www.sidley.com
  1866
14
N/A
Litigation; corporate and finance; insolvency; intellectual property and technology; labor and employment; environmental; real estate; taxation.
10 Jones Day
555 S. Flower Sst. 50th Fl., 90071
489-3939, www.jonesday.com
  1893
30
N/A
Intellectual property; antitrust; corporate criminal/internal investigations; product liability; labor and employment; mergers and acquisitions; pension benefits; tax.
11 Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
300 S. Grand Ave., 90071
687-5000, www.skadden.com
  1948
22
New York
Corporate; corporate restructuring; banking; litigation; labor and employment; employee benefits; real estate; and tax.
12 Morrison & Foerster LLP
555 W. Fifth St., 90013-1024
892-5200, www.mofo.com
  1883
19
N/A
Litigation; financial services; banking finance; corporate finance; real estate; intellectual property; entertainment and new media; land use and environmental; bankruptcy; labor and employment; and tax.
13 Kirkland & Ellis LLP
777 S. Figueroa St. 34th Fl., 90017
680-8400, www.kirkland.com
  1908
7
N/A
Litigation; corporate; intellectual property; restructuring; tax.
14 Bingham McCutchen
355 S. Grand Ave. 44th Fl., 90071
680-6400, www.bingham.com
  20027
11
Boston
Corporate; finance; litigation; environmental; intellectual property; labor.
15 Buchalter Nemer Fields & Younger
1000 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1500, 90017-2457
891-0700, www.buchalter.com
  1948
4
Los Angeles
Bank and finance; business practices.
16 Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
300 S. Grand Ave. Suite 2200, 90071-3132
612-2500, www.morganlewis.com
  1873
19
N/A
Litigation; corporate and securities matters; energy and infrastructure finance; environmental matters; mergers and acquisitions; labor and employment; real estate; real estate finance; tax.
17 Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
725 S. Figueroa St. Suite 28th Fl., 90017-5406
488-7100, www.pillsburylaw.com
  1875
16
San Francisco
Litigation; corporate; corporate securities and white-collar defense; intellectual property; insurance/reinsurance; restaurant, food and beverage industry; retail industry; retail industry; Japan practice.
18 Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
555 S. Flower St. 41st Fl., 90071
892-9200, www.fulbright.com
  1919
13
Houston
Business litigation; corporate; public finance; environmental; labor and employment; healthcare; intellectual property; real estate and tax.
19 Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP
601 S. Figueroa St. Suite 1500, 90017
623-9300, www.sonnenschein.com
  1606
9
Chicago
Litigation; corporate; franchise; real estate; labor, intellectual property; healthcare; bankruptcy; trusts and estates.
20 Arnold & Porter LLP
777 S. Figueroa St. 44th Fl., 90017-5844
243-4000, www.arnoldporter.com
  1946
7
Washington, DC
Antitrust; corporate securities; intellectual property and outsourcing; product liability; real estate.
21 Musick Peeler & Garrett LLP
One Wilshire Blvd. Suite 2000, 90017
629-7600, www.mpgweb.com
  1954
6
Los Angeles
Appellate; corporate; coverage; healthcare; labor and employment; litigation; tax; trusts and estates.
22 Manning & Marder Kass Ellrod Ramirez LLP
660 S. Figueroa St. 23rd Fl., 90071
624-6900, www.mmker.com
  1994
5
Los Angeles
Government and police civil liability; insurance defense; employment law; workers' compensation defense; professional malpractice defense; intellectual property; general civil litigation; appellate; construction defect litigation; real estate litigation; trusts and estates litigation.
23 Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP
601 S. Figueroa St. 30th Fl., 90017
892-4000, www.milbank.com
  1866
10
New York
Corporate finance; mergers and acquisitions; restructuring project finance; litigation; tax.
24 Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw LLP
350 S. Grand Ave. 25th Fl., 90071-9500
229-9500, www.mayerbrownrowe.com
  1881
13
Chicago
Banking and finance; bankruptcy; corporate and securities; environmental; government; litigation; real estate; tax.
25 Holland & Knight LLP
633 W. Fifth St., 90071
896-2400,
www.hklaw.com
  1967
26
Lakeland, Fl. 9
Indian law; trust and estates; corporate law; commercial litigation; real estate; employment law; bankruptcy.
26 White & Case
633 W. Fifth St. 19th Fl., 90071
620-7700, www.whitecase.com
  1901
38
New York
General corporate including asset finance; bank finance; mergers and acquisitions; business litigation; intellectual property; insolvency; energy; infrastructure; project finance; white-collar criminal defense..
27 Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava MacCuish LLP
333 S. Hope St. 16th Fl., 90071
576-1000, www.wbcounsel.com
  1984
2
Los Angeles
Business litigation; corporate and business transactions; energy; environmental; compliance and litigation; franchise; insurance coverage; intellectual property; land use; real estate; telecommunications; water resources; labor and employment; franchise and toxic torts.
28 Heller Ehrman LLP
601 S. Figueroa St. 40th Fl., 90017
689-0200, www.hellerehrman.com
  1890
12
San Francisco
Antitrust; intellectual property; commercial trial; corporate responsibility; environmental; appellate; insurance recovery; international arbitration; securities litigation.
29 Howrey LLP
550 S. Hope St. Suite 1100, 90071
892-1800, www.howrey.com
  1956
13
Washington, D.C.
Antitrust; intellectual property; commercial trial; corporate responsibility; environmental; appellate; insurance recovery; international arbitration; securities litigation.
30 Richards Watson & Gershon
355 S. Grand Ave. 40th Fl., 90071-3101
626-8484, www.rwglaw.com
  1954
3
Los Angeles
Eminent domain; entertainment; environmental law/oil and gas; labor and employment; litigation;public agency and municipal law; public finance; real estate; redevelopment; water rights and water law.
31 Reed Smith
355 S. Grand Ave. Suite 2900, 90071
457-8000, www.reedsmith.com
  1877
16
Pittsburgh
Litigation; corporate and securities; appellate; financial services; life sciences; product liability; labor/employment.
32 Thelen Reid & Priest LLP
333 S. Hope St. Suite 2900, 90071
576-8000, www.thelenreid.com
  1924
6
New York; San Francisco
Commercial litigation; construction; labor and employment; intellectual property; insurance; white-collar criminal defense.
33 Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
777 S. Figueroa St. Suite 3200, 90017-5855
629-2020, www.orrick.com
  1863
15
N/A
Corporate law including real estate; financing including private and public financing, structured finance, energy and project finance; litigation.
34 Hill Farrer & Burrill LLP
300 S. Grand Ave. 37th Fl., 90071www.hillfarrer.com
  1923
1
Los Angeles
Corporate transactions and consulting; entertainment; real property; taxation and estate planning; environmental; insurance and surety law; intellectual property; labor and employment; litigation
35 Murchison & Cumming LLP
801 S. Grand Ave. 9th Fl., 90017
623-7400, www.murchison-cumming.com
  1952
5
Los Angeles
Business and commercial; construction law; directors and officers liability; general liability and casualty; health law; insurance law and risk management; international law and appellate; product liability; professional liability.
36 McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
444 S. Flower St. Suite 800, 90071
688-1000, www.mckennalong.com
  1939
8
Atlanta
Government contracts; litigation; real estate; complex litigation; white collar; environmental.
37 Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP
445 S. Figueroa St. 31st Fl., 90071
612-7800, www.nossaman.com
  1959
6
N/A
Complex civil litigation;infrastructure; land use; environmental; real property and water; health care; corporate transactions; public policy law.
38 Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP
801 S. Figueroa St. 14th Fl., 90017
624-2500, www.ssd.com
  1890
31
Cleveland
Litigation; corporate; Japan practice; China practice; labor and employment law; intellectual property; public finance; real estate; bankruptcy.
39 Morris Polich & Purdy LLP
1055 W. Seventh St. 24th Fl., 90017
891-9100, www.mpplaw.com
  1969
4
Los Angeles
Appellate advocacy; architect and engineer law; asbestos litigation; business; civil litigation; construction law; drug, medical products and biotechnology; employment law; environmental law; estate planning; healthcare; insurance law; long term care; products liability; professional liability; toxic tort.
40 Burke Williams & Sorensen LLP
444 S. Flower St. Suite 2400, 90071
236-0600, www.bwslaw.com
  1927
6
Los Angeles
Education law; environmental and natural resources law; labor and employment; public law; real estate and business law; trial and advocacy.
41 Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley
515 S. Flower St. Suite 1100, 90071
312-2000, www.ropers.com
  1950
6
Redwood City
Appellate; civil rights; commercial litigation; construction; corporate law; employment; environmental; government agencies; insurance services; intellectual property; international; mergers and acquisitions.
42 K & R
350 S. Grand Ave. 21st Fl., 90071
229-0990, www.knrlaw.com
  1978
2
Los Angeles
Health care.
43 Parker Milliken Clark O'Hara & Samuelian
333 S. Hope St. 27th Fl., 90071-1488
683-6500, www.pmcos.com
  1913
1
Los Angeles
Litigation; labor/employment law; environmental; business; estate planning/probate and bankruptcy/creditor's rights.
44 Baker & Hostetler LLP
333 S. Grand Ave. Suite 1800, 90071-1523
975-1600, www.bakerlaw.com
  1916
1014
Cleveland
Labor and employment; general corporate litigation; real estate; hospitality; music entertainment.
45 Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
865 S. Figueroa St. Suite 2400, 90017-2566
633-6800, www.dwt.com
  1908
9
Seattle
Litigation; media litigation; corporate healthcare; corporate entertainment; employment law; intellectual property; immigration.
46 Brown Winfield & Canzoneri
300 S. Grand Ave. 15th Fl., 90071
687-2100, www.bwclaw.com
  1974
1
Los Angeles
Real estate; public/private partnerships; litigation; municipal law.
47 Anderson McOharlin & Conners LLP
444 So. Flower St. 31st Fl., 90071
688-0080, www.amclaw.com
  1947
2
Los Angeles
Litigation defense including employment practices, legal malpractice, first party property.
48 Hogan & Hartson LLP
500 S. Grand Ave. Suite 1900, 90071
337-6700, www.hhlaw.com
  1904
23
Washington, D.C.
Patent/prosecution and litigation; labor and employment.
49 LaFollette Johnson DeHaas Fesler Silberberg & Ames
865 S. Figueroa St. Suite 3100, 90017
426-3600, www.ljdfa.com
  1965
5
Los Angeles
Insurance defense litigation; general liability.
50 Sulmeyer Kupetz
333 S. Hope Street, 35th Fl., 90071
626-2311, www.sulmeyerlaw.com
  1952
2
Los Angeles
Insolvency.

 

A California appeal court has revived an attempt to hold Los Angeles' Christensen, Glaser, Fink, Jacobs, Weil & Shapiro liable for the removal of 12 cash-stuffed duffel bags from a Palm Springs, Calif., condo 10 years ago. The suit, filed by a receiver for a company called PCO Inc., contends that name partner Robert Shapiro helped PCO's former president David Laing arrange to have as much $6 million in cash removed from his home so he could post bail and pay Shapiro's fees. The cash grab was allegedly designed to beat a judge's order freezing Laing's assets. Kirkland & Ellis' Los Angeles law office has hired Mark Holscher, the O'Melveny & Myers partner who has represented Wen Ho Lee, former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham and former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling. Holscher will lead the expansion of 1,300-lawyer Kirkland's white-collar practice on the West Coast, with the help of new partner Jeffrey Sinek, who is joining from Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner. "We view this as an increasingly important practice area, and increasingly complementary to our complex civil litigation practice," said Kirkland's John Weissenbach, a senior partner in the Los Angeles law office. The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today said it is an outrage that the Los Angeles city council supports new efforts to ratchet down on the rights of law-abiding gun owners, while it touts itself a "Sanctuary City" for illegal aliens. Los Angeles is one of about 50 cities around the country that have adopted so-called "Sanctuary Laws" that prevent police from determining someone's immigration status. Yet Los Angeles suffers from a plague of gang violence, and many of these criminals are in this country illegally. "The city council has endorsed four new California anti-gun bills," noted CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron, "that target the wrong people. These bills place additional burdens on firearms retailers and law-abiding gun owners, but do nothing to curtail gang activities or stop gang members, many of whom do not belong in this country. These criminals make our neighborhoods unsafe, not citizens who legally own firearms.

 

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