Irell & Manella LLP at a Glance


  • “I can see the ocean from my office”
  • “I love working with such talented and intelligent people”
  • “Early responsibility”


  • “The pressure to be perfect”
  • “The hours are very unpredictable”
  • “Lack of transparency”

The Buzz

  • “Great IP Litigation”
  • “Outstanding West Coast firm”
  • “Irritating but effective”
  • “Nerd paradise”

About Irell & Manella LLP

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 Entertainment

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.


February 2014

A Patent Win
Irell & Manella secured a complete win for its client Tessera Inc., when Powertech Technology Inc. agreed to pay $196 million to settle the patent licensing-related litigation between the two companies in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

January 2014

Calling Balls and Strikes
Irell & Manella achieved a history-making victory for GlaxoSmithKline(GSK), in which the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Constitution prohibits jury strikes based on sexual orientation, extending a protection once reserved for race and gender to sexual orientation. The court granted a new trial for GSK in its breach of contract, antitrust and unfair trade practices lawsuit against Abbott Labs, because a gay potential juror was improperly excluded based on his sexual orientation.

October 2013

Prenatal Patent Battle
Irell & Manella secured a major court victory for its client Ariosa Diagnostics, a molecular diagnostics company, in a patent infringement litigation against Sequenom Inc. Ariosa brought an early summary judgment motion, and the court invalidated Sequenom's patent because it attempted to cover a natural phenomenon, which is not patent-eligible. The decision gave Ariosa a complete victory, allowing the diagnostics company to continue selling its popular Harmony™ Prenatal Test-an affordable, highly accurate, non-invasive blood test to determine fetal chromosomal abnormalities.

June 2013

Respect the DVR
On the eve of trial, Irell & Manella LLP secured its latest mega-recovery for its long-time client TiVo Inc., when Motorola and Cisco agreed to pay $490 million to TiVo as an upfront lump-sum settlement to resolve the patent litigation between the companies over DVR technology. The settlement brought the total in jury verdicts, judgments and settlements garnered by Irell for TiVo to $1.6 billion.

May 2013

Awesome Deal
Irell & Manella represented AwesomenessTV in its acquisition by DreamWorks Animation for approximately $33 million in cash, with additional payments of up to $117 million if earnings targets are met in 2014 and 2015. AwesomenessTV is a network of 55,000 YouTube channels, with 14 million subscribers, that feature online talk shows, sketch comedy and scripted and reality series aimed at teens.

April 2013

A $12 Million Verdict is Nothing to Wine About
After a three-week federal trial in New York, the jury found liability in favor of Irell & Manella client William Koch on all claims of fraud, deceptive business practices and false advertising. Irell proved that the defendant Eric Greenberg, one of the largest individual wine sellers in the world, had knowingly and fraudulently sold and advertised high-end counterfeit wine. In the subsequent punitive damages phase, Irell secured a $12 million punitive damages verdict.

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Irell & Manella LLP

1800 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90067-4276
Phone: (310) 277-1010
Fax: (310) 203-7199


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Andrei Iancu
  • Hiring Partner: Jonathan Kagan
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 176

  • Employment Contact
    Edith Gondwe
    Manager of Recruiting & Development
    Phone: (310) 203-7196

  • Base Salary
    Los Angeles, CA
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $265,000
    8th year: $280,000
    Summer associate: $3,080/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    31 out of 31 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    ADR & Arbitration
    Bankruptcy Reorganization & Creditors’ Rights
    Class Action Defense
    Debt Finance
    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
    Entertainment Litigation
    Entertainment Transactions
    IP Litigation
    IP Transactions
    Labor & Employment
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Patent, Copyright & Trademark
    Private Equity & Venture Capital
    Professional Liability Defense
    Public Offerings & Private Placements
    Real Estate
    Securities Law & Corporate Governance
    Securities Litigation
    White Collar Defense

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA (HQ)
  • Newport Beach, CA

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