Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP at a Glance


  • “Transparent management”
  • “Entrepreneurial culture”
  • “Substantive work from the beginning”


  • “Quantity of work”
  • “Emphasis on billable hours”
  • “Lack of formal training”

The Buzz

  • “Friendly”
  • “Good employment practice”
  • “Trying too hard”
  • “High opinion of self”

About Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

With expertise in a variety of practices, including corporate, litigation, employment, IP, antitrust and finance, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has grown aggressively in recent times. The firm has added a number of industry focused practices, such as healthcare, insurance, communications and entertainment, serving such clients as DaVita Inc., Liberty Mutual, Charter Communications and Disney.

Starting Up

Today's Sheppard Mullin entered the world in 1927 as Haight & Mathes, the brainchild of two young lawyers who left a small Los Angeles firm to strike out on their own. At the behest of Harvard Law classmate Bill Mathes, James Sheppard ditched O'Melveny & Myers to join the nascent firm the following year. After co-founder Ray Haight left to form yet another startup in 1932 (before an unsuccessful bid for the California governor's chair), two men who would develop into name partners-J. Stanley Mullin and George Richter-cut their teeth as law clerks in the Great Depression's waning days. Richter briefly left the firm for Security First National Bank's legal department in the mid-1930s, a stint that afforded him a knowledge reserve he'd tap to build up the firm's commercial and banking offerings upon his return. With the 1938 hiring of Harvard grad Gordon Hampton, the firm closed out its recruitment of the quartet that formed the nameplate maintained through today-a rarity in this age of mergers, spinoffs and partner raids.

Mathes answered President Truman's call in 1945, when he accepted Give 'Em Hell Harry's nomination to join the federal bench in L.A. While the partner's ascendance clearly lent additional prestige to the Sheppard Mullin letterhead, it also cost the firm its senior trial lawyer; another OMM lawyer, Frank Balthis, stepped in to help fill the void, earning his own judiciary invitation in 1961 after 15 years with the firm. Meanwhile, a third Sheppard Mullin attorney-turned-jurist, Kathleen Parker, made headlines in becoming one of L.A.'s first female attorneys and, later, one of the region's first female judges. Parker joined the firm in 1946 and was the first woman to practice at the firm.

Go for Golden

Given the history of prestigious attorneys who have graced Sheppard Mullin's halls, the firm's continued success and growth is no surprise. The firm opened offices throughout the Golden State in the 1970s and 1980s; added niche practices in such areas as aerospace, defense, land use and real estate in the 1990s; and launched a slew of new branches as the third millennium dawned. In addition to its major California presence, the firm also has offices in DC, New York, Chicago, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, London and Brussels. Recent growth has reflected an increased emphasis on regional specialization: lawyers in Century City focus largely on entertainment law, those in Del Mar target the region's biotech companies and attorneys in DC pass much of their time helping clients land government contracts.


April 2016
Re-elected for Another Term

Sheppard Mullin announced that the firm's chairman of the executive committee, Guy N. Halgren, was re-elected to a sixth consecutive, three-year term leading the firm. Halgren was first elected to this management role in 2001. Halgren is the first Sheppard Mullin chairman to hold this position for more than three terms, and he ran unopposed.

February 2016
Promoting Their Very Best

Sheppard Mullin announced that the firm was elevating eleven of its attorneys to partner. The new partners are Katharine E. Allen (San Francisco), Rena Andoh (New York), Daniel P. Bane (Orange County), Jeralin Cardoso (San Diego (Del Mar), Jeffrey S. Crowe (Orange County), Ruben D. Escalante (Los Angeles), Brian D. Murphy (New York), Jennifer E. Renk (San Francisco), James Rusk (San Francisco), W. Ray Rutngamlug (Washington, D.C.) and Reid Whitten (Brussels). 

October 2015
The Finer Things in Life

Sheppard Mullin represented Diageo in the sale of its global wine business to Treasury Wine Estates, announced Oct. 13, 2015. The Sheppard Mullin deal team included Shon Glusky, Stephanie Zeppa, Adam Freiman, Michael Peng, Bill Ziegelbauer, Adrian Smith, Brian Anderson, Rachel Hudson, Mike Orlando, David Van Pelt, Michael Chan, Amy Tranckino, Joan Story, Katherine Allen and Randy Short. 

October 2015
Expanding Practices in Europe

Sheppard Mullin bolstered its presence at the heart of the European Union by launching an EU Competition and Regulatory practice at its office in Brussels. The California-based firm initiated a series of lateral partner and counsel hires, starting with prominent competition lawyer Jacques Derenne from Hogan Lovells, who was joined by Robert Klotz from Mayer Brown to form an EU team advising on competition, regulatory and other EU law. With additional hires in Brussels (including partners Isabelle Rahman and Wim Vandenberghe from Dechert on Nov. 23) and a preeminent Antitrust and Competition team across the US, Asia and more recently London, Sheppard Mullin has established a leading global competition practice.

September 2015 
Gaining a Sharper Edge

Los Angeles-based glass industry supplier C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. was acquired by Oldcastle Building Envelope, a subsidiary of Irish building products giant CRH Group, for $1.3 billion in cash. C.R. Laurence, which has been in the Friese family for decades, is the country's largest supplier of custom hardware and products for the glazing industry. The acquisition closed on September 3, 2015. Sheppard Mullin represented C.R. Laurence Co. in this deal.

June 2015
It's in the Bank

Partner Kevin Puvalowski and associate Sarah Aberg represented Abacus Federal Savings Bank, the only bank to face trial on criminal charges in connection with the financial crisis and the first bank indicted by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office since 1991. The Indictment, which was handed down in May 2012, charged Abacus and eleven former employees with conspiracy and substantive fraud charges alleging that the bank knowingly approved mortgages to unqualified borrowers based on falsified documentation and then sold those fraudulent mortgages to Fannie Mae. On June 4, 2015, following a four-month trial, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all 80 counts against the bank. 

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

333 South Hope St.
43rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: (213) 620-1780


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Executive Committee Chairman: Guy N. Halgren
  • Hiring Partners: Ronda Jamgotchian (Century City); Moe Keshavarzi & Olivier Théard (Los Angeles); Edward Tillinghast, III (New York); Michael Stewart (Orange County); David Lee (Palo Alto); Michael Orlando (Del Mar); Michael Leake (San Diego); Babak Yousefzadeh & Michael Scarborough (San Francisco); Don Williams (Shanghai); James Zimmerman (Beijing); Paul Werner (Washington, DC); Kevin Cloutier (Chicago); Seth Kim (Seoul)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 750

  • Base Salary

    All offices
    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
    31 out of 32 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust and Trade Regulation
    Bankruptcy and Restructuring
    Corporate and Securities 
    Entertainment, Media and Technology
    Food and Drug Regulatory
    Global Climate Change
    Government Contracts, Investigations and International Trade 
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    International Business
    Labor & Employment
    Land Use & Natural Resources
    Real Estate
    Tax, Estate Planning and Private Wealth Litigation
    White Collar & Civil Fraud Defense

Major Office Locations

  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles/Century City, CA
  • Los Angeles/Downtown, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Orange County (Costa Mesa), CA
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • San Diego/Del Mar, CA
  • San Diego/Downtown, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • London
  • Shanghai
  • Seoul
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