Irell & Manella LLP at a Glance


  • “Early responsibility”
  • “Flexibility”
  • “Brilliant people”


  • “Lean staffing”
  • “Extremely high expectations”
  • “Bleak partnership prospects”

The Buzz

  • “IP powerhouse”
  • “High compensation”
  • “Splintered”
  • “Intense”

About Irell & Manella LLP

A Southern California power for the past 75 years, 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, litigation, transactions, white collar, and entertainment practices. Irell's high-profile clients include: Tesla, City of Hope, Genentech, eBay, PayPal, St. Jude Medical, Snapchat, Hulu, Lionsgate, Warner Bros., TiVo, Disney ,and Skechers 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, class actions and entertainment practitioners. 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 acquisition of Miramax by BeIn Media Group, Dalian Wanda Group's $3.5B acquisition of Legendary Entertainment, and Acano's acquisition by Cisco for $700M.


May 2016
Only on CBS

Irell & Manella won a summary judgment ruling for CBS dismissing a closely watched case brought by ABS Entertainment involving the radio broadcast of pre-1972 sound recordings based on a novel argument that CBS wasn't playing the original pre-1972 recordings. Rather, it played versions that were remastered years later, using technology that changed and improved the sounds. The remastered versions have a new federal copyright, which eliminates any state law protection.

Storage Wars

Irell & Manella represented Public Storage, a publicly traded Fortune 500 company, in a complex merger litigation arising from its acquisition by way of mergers of several limited partnerships in which it served as the general partner. After a two-week trial, the court ruled entirely in favor of Public Storage and denied plaintiffs any recovery.

March 2016

Irell & Manella represented Miramax in its acquisition by media and entertainment company beIN Media Group.

February 2016
Double Dismissal

Irell & Manella represented Calavo Growers and certain officers and directors in the defense of federal securities act claims relating to Calavo's January 2015 restatement of its audited financial statements. The court twice dismissed the complaint-the first time with leave to amend, and the second time with prejudice in February 2016.

January 2016
Legen…Wait for It... Dary.

Irell & Manella represented Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd. in connection with a definitive merger agreement to acquire Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion. The transaction is heralded as China's largest cross-border cultural acquisition to date.

October 2015
Taking a Bite out of the Apple

On October 16, 2015, a federal jury in the Western District of Wisconsin found that Apple Inc. owes Irell & Manella client, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), $234.2 million for patent infringement following a two-week trial. The damages verdict follows the jury's finding that Apple's A7, A8, and A8X system-on-chip designs infringe a WARF-owned computer processing patent.

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Irell & Manella LLP

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Andrei Iancu
  • Hiring Partner: Ellisen Turner
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 132

  • Base Salary

    Los Angeles, CA
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    8th year: $315,000
    Summer associate: $3,462/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    16 out of 18 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Bankruptcy Reorganization & Creditors’ Rights
    Class Action Defense
    Cyber Liability
    Debt Finance
    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
    Entertainment Litigation
    Entertainment Transactions
    IP Litigation
    IP Transactions
    Labor & Employment
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Patent, Copyright & Trademark
    Patent Post-Grant Proceedings
    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