Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP at a Glance

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About Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP was founded in 1965 in Los Angeles and has grown to 400 attorneys and consultants across eight U.S. offices. With five offices in the Golden State, Manatt is a West Coast force, especially in its native L.A. From its roots in banking, entertainment and government, the firm has grown and now offers a range of practices.

Looking beyond L.A.'s Glamour and Glitz

Though its offices reach from Sunset Boulevard to the Adirondacks, Manatt retains a distinctively Hollywood bent, with numerous entertainment players topping a client roster that's also well-stocked with institutional corporate clients.

The firm's rolodex includes such deep-pocketed clients as AT&T, Blue Shield of California, Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West), Kindred Healthcare, Tesoro, Bertelsmann AG, DIRECTV, Lowe Enterprises, Siemens, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Goldman Sachs and Central Pacific Bank. Manatt's Tinseltown headquarters affords the firm a prime position from which to nab industry whales-the firm has represented such entertainment clients as Sony Pictures Entertainment, Michael Douglas, Randy Jackson and Barbara Streisand. Many such luminaries find themselves in the capable hands of Manatt's litigation division, whose lawyers comprise nearly half the firm.


Manatt's transactional attorneys handle mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, financing, venture capital, private equity, global payments, consumer finance, real estate, tax, joint ventures, licensing and trust and estate administration services. The litigation practice covers a variety of areas, including antitrust, class actions, complex business disputes in a wide-range of industries, intellectual property disputes, white collar defense, government investigations and inquiries, employment matters, insurance recovery, privacy and data security, false advertising and appellate work.

The firm's core practice areas include a number of sub-specialties. Attorneys in the government and regulatory group advise, guide and represent clients in areas where law, business and government intersect. Manatt's healthcare lawyers work broadly across the healthcare industry, representing state policymakers and agencies, payers and healthcare providers, foundations, associations and product and service vendors.

The experience of the firm's advertising lawyers extends to disciplines that are subject to varied and complex rules, regulations and requirements, such as emerging media, mobile marketing, telemarketing, FTC investigations and many others.

Manatt attorneys are also at the forefront of legal issues and policy decisions affecting the energy and natural resources sector, and they bring the most challenging environmental projects to successful conclusion.

Manatt has also diversified with ancillary businesses, including ManattJones Global Strategies LLC, a team of professionals providing strategic advice and advocacy to help clients identify new opportunities and resolve problems in the international marketplace, established by former U.S. ambassadors Charles Manatt and James Jones; Manatt Health Solutions, an interdisciplinary policy and business advisory division helping healthcare clients develop and implement strategies to address their greatest challenges, improve performance and position themselves for long-term sustainability and growth; and, launched in 2013, Manatt Digital Media, which the firm describes as "a disruptive full-service digital media services business offering a one-stop shop for empowering venture capital, strategic business consulting and partnerships, aggressive and smart negotiating, and unchallenged direct access to A-list artists and global brands."


May 2015

A Healthier Tomorrow  

A study by Manatt Health examines the potential value proposition of retail clinics and reviews evidence of the impact they have had so far. Retail clinics offer convenient, low-cost basic primary care treatment, screening and diagnostic services in a variety of settings. Increasingly, these clinics are an integral part of the U.S. healthcare system. The paper, "Building a Culture of Health: The Value Proposition of Retail Clinics," was prepared for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and was reported on by top media, including Forbes.

April 2015

Movie Magic

A Manatt team, led by partner Lindsay Conner, negotiated an 18 film co-financing and distribution agreement for Huayi Brothers Media Corp., China's largest privately held film company, with STX Entertainment, the recently formed Hollywood film studio headed by Bob Simonds. The deal is one of the first major investments by a Chinese company in a Hollywood studio film slate.

New Blood

Former top Medicaid official Cindy Mann joined the Washington, DC, office of Manatt as a partner in the firm's Healthcare practice on April 13, 2015. Mann previously served as deputy administrator of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services and director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services within CMS. A key leader in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Mann has effectuated the biggest improvements to the Medicaid program since its inception.

March 2015

Play Ball (Everyone)!

Manatt, with the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and the California Women's Law Center, won a landmark Ninth Circuit ruling that helps level the playing fields for girls and boys in high school. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination by schools that receive federal aid.

August 2014

The Show Must Go On

A Manatt trial team that included partners Robert Platt, Andrew Satenberg and associate Davis Reid successfully represented AMC Theaters in one of the first "suitable seating" cases to go to trial in California. The team obtained a full defense verdict for AMC in a class action alleging that AMC violated the state's "suitable seating" law by failing to provide seats for employees who sell tickets at its box offices. The court found that seats were in fact available and used by box office cashiers in many of AMC's California theatres during the class period.

July 2014

sO much mOre

Manatt, Originate and ICM Partners have launched O Labs, an independent company that will create, grow, and operate portfolio companies that address the challenges facing large and growing enterprises. O Labs brings together leading talents in several key fields, including business consulting and law from Manatt; software and product development from Originate; and sales, marketing and branding from ICM. 

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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

11355 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: (310) 312-4000
Fax: (310) 312-4224


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner & CEO: William T. Quicksilver
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 400

  • Base Salary

    The firm says: Manatt has a merit based compensation model, through which associates who meet or exceed expectations in terms of their competency level and their overall contributions to the Firm will receive competitive levels of total compensation. Manatt has placed an increased emphasis on training and development and, to demonstrate their commitment, they have created a unique program where associates receive an “Investment Account” to which associates may record time spent on specified development activities for which they will receive billable-hour credit up to specified caps of up to 550 hours.

  • Summer Associate Offers
    6 out of 6 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Advertising, Marketing and Media
    Corporate and Transactions
    Digital Media
    Energy and Natural Resources
    Financial Services and Banking
    Government and Regulatory
    Intellectual Property
    Real Estate and Land Use

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA (HQ)
  • Albany, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Orange County, CA
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
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