A Southern California power for the past half-century, Irell
& Manella matches or exceeds its multinational peers in salary,
prestige and high-stakes cases. Founded in 1941, Irell enjoys a
top-flight reputation and serves clients worldwide from its
locations in Los Angeles and Newport Beach.
A Story of Tax, IP, Securities and
Irell harkens back to the glamour days of old Hollywood-1941, to be
exact: the year in which Orson Welles released a little flick
called Citizen Kane and two tax attorneys set up what became one of
the most prestigious law firms in Tinseltown. The firm's tax
business has been eclipsed by powerhouse IP, securities, white
collar and entertainment practices. Famous clients have included
the likes of Apprentice and Survivor producer Mark Burnett, the
Lord of the Rings' Peter Jackson, Kirk Douglas, Sam Goldwyn, and
Stevie Wonder. Irell's A-list doesn't end there-the firm has
represented more than its share of glitzy clients over time: ABC,
Intel, Universal Music Group, Warner Bros., TiVo, Pixar,
Hewlett-Packard, Disney, Skechers, Lucasfilm, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell
and almost a dozen universities have called on the firm.
Irell's IP group has garnered top honors-including recognition from
Chambers Global-with IP litigation partner Morgan Chu regarded as
one of the best in his class. The firm's ranks also include a
number of high-profile securities and white-collar criminal defense
practitioners, including a former federal district court judge and
former Enron Task Force head John Hueston (who chose Irell over a
number of other bidders in 2006). Irell's transactional
specialists, meanwhile, work in a wide variety of industries,
including green tech and renewable energy, private equity, gaming
and entertainment-related deals. Recent deals have included.the
sale of YouTube network AwesomenessTV to DreamWorks Animation, as
well as multiple transactions for Angiotech Pharmaceuticals and
gaming company Pinnacle Entertainment.
IN THE NEWS
Courtroom Drama in Dallas
Irell & Manella obtained a dismissal of criminal mortgage fraud
charges against client Albert Hill III due to prosecutorial
misconduct, after Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins
repeatedly refused to testify as to whether Hill was targeted for
prosecution by Watkins to help a prominent Dallas benefactor who
was engaged in a civil dispute with Hill. At the hearing on
prosecutorial misconduct, Watkins was held in contempt of court for
refusing to testify.
American Suzuki Chapter 11 Plan Confirmed
Irell & Manella represented the Official Committee of Unsecured
Creditors in connection with the Chapter 11 proceedings of American
Suzuki Motor Corporation. The Hon. Scott C. Clarkson of the United
States Bankruptcy Court confirmed American Suzuki's plan of
liquidation at a hearing on February 28, 2013. The Plan was
recently amended to incorporate a settlement reached by Irell on
behalf of the Committee.
A First for "Robo-Signing"
Irell & Manella secured a dismissal of all 306 counts of an
indictment brought by the Nevada Attorney General's "Mortgage Fraud
Task Force" against client Gary Trafford in a high-profile
prosecution followed by observers around the country. At the time
the charges were handed down, the Nevada Attorney General's office
trumpeted the indictment as being the first criminal case in the
nation filed in connection with the so-called "robosigning"
Top Dollar for TiVo
Longtime Irell client TiVo Inc. settled its patent litigation with
Verizon over DVR technology and entered into a mutual patent
licensing arrangement. Verizon agreed to provide TiVo with total
compensation worth at least $250.4 million, bringing the total
amount Irell has secured for TiVo on its DVR patents to more than
Lighting the Way
Irell & Manella secured a royalty-free settlement for Skechers
U.S.A., Inc. in Skechers' dispute with Cobra International, Inc.
over Cobra's patent relating to lighted shoes. Cobra contended that
its patent covered all shoes with repeating sequences of lights,
including the lights used in popular children's shoes. Skechers
received a full release and license to Cobra's patent with no money
changing hands. All litigation was dismissed.
Angiotech Sells Quill to Ethicon
Irell & Manella represented Angiotech Pharmaceuticals in
connection with the sale of its Quill™ knotless tissue closure
product line to Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, for
a purchase price that could reach US$62 million.