2019 Vault Rankings
“Leanly staffed cases leads to lots of early experience”
“Lack of transparency”
“Dishonest and dismissive management”
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."
11355 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: (310) 312-4000
Employer Type: Private
Managing Partner & CEO: William T. Quicksilver
Recruiting Manager: Susan Reonegro
Total No. Attorneys 2018: 319
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.
Los Angeles, CA (HQ)
Costa Mesa, CA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Palo Alto, NY
San Francisco, CA
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