Shartsis Friese LLP


Specializing in complex litigation and investment funds, Shartsis Friese operates out of its San Francisco base. Its hedge fund and investment advisor practice is the largest practice of its type on the west coast, and has been ranked as one of the top two hedge fund practices in the country by a recent hedge fund manager survey.

An Independent Spirit

Shartsis Friese was founded in 1975 by Arthur J. Shartsis, his wife Mary Jo, and Robert Charles Friese. Shartsis was a third-year associate at Morrison & Foerster when he pitched to Friese, a Securities and Exchange Commission attorney, the possibility of starting their own firm.

With no official titled managing partner (the firm is run by a six-person management committee, of which one member is an associate representative), Shartsis Friese has an undoubtedly unconventional management philosophy. Perhaps this is to be expected, as founder Arthur Shartsis, who acts as de facto managing partner, has written two screenplays, travels the world, fly fishes, and sells grapes to Napa Valley wineries in his time off. Despite several offers, the firm has staunchly refused to merge with larger firms--and why bother? The firm out-earns many of the larger firms which want to acquire it and takes on no debt. Sound good? Better polish up that resume: Shartsis Friese follows a policy of controlled growth, selecting only two attorneys out of an estimated resume pool of 2000 each year. The firm also maintains a strict no-perks policy, in an effort to avoid a competitive atmosphere. Such unusual strategies seem to have worked: no partner has left to join another firm in over 20 years.  

For the Good of the Bay

Shartsis Friese regularly handles high profile cases and deals with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. Its coveted client list includes Google, Oracle, Yahoo!, Netflix, Adobe, Twitter, Lucasfilm, the States of California and Hawaii. 

But it's not all about the bottom line for Shartsis Friese: in 2004, the firm founded the Shartsis Friese LLP Public Interest Fellowship, which subsidizes a staff attorney position at a selected local organization providing legal services to indigents in the San Francisco Bay Area for a three-year period. The Fellowship has been awarded to Bay Area Legal Aid, which provides legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence, the East Bay Community Law Center, which provides legal services to low-income and Southeast Asian communities and in areas concerning HIV and health, homelessness, housing, welfare and economic development and Centro Legal de la Raza, which serves low-income and immigrant Latino communities. 

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Shartsis Friese LLP

One Maritime Plaza
18th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 421 -6500


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Arthur J. Shartsis
  • Hiring Attorney: Lisa A. Jacobs
  • Total No. Attorneys 2013: 64

  • Employment Contact

    Jason White
    Recruiting Coordinator
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Phone (415) 421-6500

  • Base Salary

    1st year:  $160,000

  • Summer Associate Offers

    1 out of 1 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Intellectual Property
    Investment Funds & Advisers
    Real Estate
    Family Wealth Planning
    Securities Enforcement Defense
    Venture Capital 

Major Office Locations

  • San Francisco, CA (HQ)

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