Michelman & Robinson, LLP at a Glance


  • “Culture, leadership, quality of our clients”
  • “Young attorneys are given as much responsibility as they are ready for”
  • “Strong emphasis on and training in business development”


  • “Poor compensation”
  • “Managing workloads while the firm works towards bringing more attorneys”

About Michelman & Robinson, LLP

With 80 attorneys across five offices (three in California, one in New York, one in Chicago), Michelman & Robinson, LLP (M&R) is focused on the future and poised to grow.  Representing clients across a diverse array of industries and with significant victories in several of its core practice areas in recent years, this thriving firm is sure to expand its national presence. The firm's management encourages associates to be an integral part of its growth strategy, providing the mentoring and resources to make it happen.

Small Firm, Big Impact

Don't let size fool you. While M&R may be a smaller firm than many of its competitors-it has only been operating since 1999, after all-that hasn't stopped it from being a major contender for high-profile work across a variety of practice areas.  Superstar partners and co-founders Sanford L. Michelson, a litigator, and Mark B. Robinson, a transactional lawyer, have added to their team at a rapid pace.  In addition to its well-known insurance litigation practice, M&R boasts expertise in numerous fields including advertising and marketing, corporate finance, hospitality, and a robust health care practice.  While it continues to be primarily West-Coast based, the firm's clients-which include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, high-tech and industrial enterprises, real-estate developers, government agencies, entrepreneurs in major and emerging industries, educational and philanthropic institutions, and individuals and small and mid-sized businesses-are all over the globe, and M&R continues to attract top talent to fill its growing list of litigation and transactional practice areas.

Health is Wealth

M&R's Health Care Law Department has achieved recognition in the Golden State and beyond for its success with provider reimbursement actions against payers, as well as partnership and regulatory disputes. M&R is currently handling one regulatory action involving a TRO against a payer that misled patients when sending out continuity of care letters. On the transactional side, the firm has recently closed several hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of mergers and acquisitions for physician organizations, long-term care, and behavioral health providers. M&R boasts an impressive roster of experts in the health care industry, which keeps these high profile clients coming back.

Insurance Insiders

M&R is perhaps best known for its representation of private equity sponsored insurance company consolidators, and three of its long-time clients are now among the top 15 insurance brokers in the U.S. While mergers & acquisitions, as well as regulatory work, has been the firm's bread and butter in this space, M&R also prides itself on handling litigation, employment and intellectual property matters for these billion dollar acquirers. In one recent victory, M&R successfully defended an insurance carrier company against class action claims brought under California's Invasion of Privacy Act.

Class Action Stars

M&R has become well known for its complex litigation experience and class action prowess, defending more than 50 class actions in the past decade. The firm has successfully defended companies in a number of industries against class actions alleging unfair business practices, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets, wrongful termination, and wage and hour and benefit violations.


June 2016
Now in the Windy City

On June 7, 2016, M&R announced the opening of a Chicago office. Michael Kasdin, formerly of Dentons and DLA Piper, is Managing Partner of the new Chicago office. Previously at K&L Gates, Seth Darmstadter (Partner) joined Kasdin in co-founding M&R's Chicago office. The firm is proud to open a Chicago office and welcome an exceptionally talented team to M&R.

January - June 2016
Tremendous growth

M&R experienced significant growth in the first half of 2016. The firm gained a total of 16 attorneys across NY, OC, LA and Chicago offices, and added depth to various practice areas. A team of intellectual property attorneys joined the firm's Orange County office from K&L Gates in May 2016, and a group of seven commercial, corporate, employment and real estate attorneys moved from Vandenberg & Feliu to M&R's New York office in late May.

December 2015 - Current
Taking on the Digital Music Business Model

M&R represents David Lowery, lead singer and guitarist of bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, in a $150 million class action against Spotify and, more recently, a $200 million class action against Rhapsody. On December 28, 2015 the class action lawsuit against Spotify was filed in the Central District Court of California. The complaint alleges Spotify knowingly, willingly, and unlawfully reproduces and distributes copyrighted compositions without obtaining mechanical licenses.

June 2015
Expands SoCal presence

M&R relocated its LA office to the heart of Westwood. The move, prompted by M&R's quick growth and resulting need for additional space, brings the firm closer to many of its clients. The modern office is geared to help facilitate the firm's interactive and innovative approach to client service. The 27,000 square foot suite is equipped with state-of-the-art technology capabilities, an in-suite café, and a spacious and versatile multi-purpose room. The new space reflects M&R's commitment not only to growth, but collegiality. 

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Michelman & Robinson, LLP

10880 Wilshire Blvd
19th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 564-2670
Fax: (310) 564-2671


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Firm Managing Partner: Dana Kravetz
  • Office Managing Partners: Ron Camhi (Los Angeles); Mona Hanna (Orange County); William Adams (San Francisco); Michael Kasdin (Chicago); Raymond Vandenberg (New York)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 80

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $150,000
    2nd year: $160,000
    3rd year: 
    4th year: $180,000
    5th year: $190,000
    6th year: $230,000
    7th year: $240,000
    8th year: $250,000
    9th year: $260,000
    10th year: $270,000
    Summer associate: $2,500/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    5 out of 6 (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Commercial & Business Litigation
    Corporate & Securities
    Intellectual Property
    Labor & Employment
    Real Estate
    Regulatory & Administrative
    White Collar
    Advertising & Digital Media
    Banking & Financial Services
    Government & Municipalities
    Health Care
    Internet, Software & Technology
    Retail & Apparel

Major Office Locations

  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Orange County, CA
  • San Francisco, CA