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About Michelman & Robinson, LLP
With more than 65 attorneys across five offices (three in California, one in New York City, one in Chicago), Michelman & Robinson, LLP (M&R) represents clients from an array of industries and with an impressive string of significant victories as of late.
Mid-Size Firm, Big Impact
Don't let size fool you. While M&R may not be as large as many of its competitors, that hasn't stopped the firm from being a major contender for high-profile work in a range of practice areas. Superstar partners and co-founders Sanford L. Michelman, a renowned litigator, and Mark B. Robinson, a sought after insurance lawyer, have added to their team at a steady pace, and their namesake firm boasts well-known appellate, class action & complex business litigation, corporate & securities, cybersecurity & privacy, environmental, intellectual property, labor & employment, real estate, regulatory, tax, and white collar practice groups. Based in Los Angeles, M&R serves a global client base, including Fortune 500 companies, insurance-related entities, advertising and digital media firms, hotels and restaurants, financial institutions, high-tech and industrial enterprises, real-estate developers, government agencies, entrepreneurs in major and emerging industries, educational and philanthropic institutions, individuals, and small and mid-sized businesses.
M&R is perhaps best known for its representation of insurance-related companies. Three of its long-time clients are now among the top 15 insurance brokers in the U.S., and the firm also works on behalf of insurers, reinsurers, private equity concerns and agents. M&R’s bread and butter in the insurance space falls under the regulatory umbrella. That being said, it also prides itself on handling mergers and acquisitions, litigation, employment, and intellectual property matters for its insurance clientele.
Advertising and Digital Media Mavens
Advertising, creative and media-buying agencies, advertisers, media outlets, ad-tech companies, Internet publishers, and other content providers rely on M&R to keep pace in an ever-changing advertising and digital media landscape. The attorneys in M&R’s Advertising & Digital Media Industry Group actively participate in some of the market's preeminent events and trade associations, including the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Advertising Week, and the Digital Place-based Advertising Association (DPAA), among others.
M&R has achieved recognition in the Golden State and beyond for its success in counseling, litigating, and handling transactional matters in the hospitality industry. The firm’s Hospitality Industry Group is comprised of attorneys from several distinct practice areas—corporate, cybersecurity, labor & employment, real estate—with insight into the hospitality space. Together, they advise on day-to day operational issues, corporate governance, and business and employment disputes for hotels and restaurants.
Class Action Stars
M&R is known nationally for its complex litigation experience and class action prowess, successfully defending 50-plus major class actions in the past decade alone. 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.
News & Awards
M&R, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, continues to make headlines. Within the past year, the firm has been on the winning side of several newsworthy cases, including a class action filed against Rhapsody International Inc. alleging that the streaming music platform failed to pay songwriters royalties; a major breach of contract and related tort action prosecuted on behalf of one of the country’s leading full-service global private aviation companies, specializing in Gulfstream jets, that resulted in an eight-figure verdict; and an appellate court decision upholding a lower court judgment in favor of M&R’s insurance company clients that was music to the ears of players in the rental car and insurance spaces. It’s no wonder the firm is known as a litigation powerhouse. On the transactional front, M&R worked to close several significant deals—one of which was the largest HUD-insured loan ever on a single building in the United States.
The firm and several of its attorneys have been recognized time and again for their great work. Among the ranks at M&R are one of Billboard Magazine’s top music lawyers; one of the top litigators in Los Angeles according to the Los Angeles Business Journal; a handful of Best Lawyers for 2020 as named by Best Lawyers; a bunch of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars; and Legal Trailblazers as signified by New York Law Journal and National Law Journal. In addition, the Legal 500 shined a light on M&R for the fifth consecutive year.
10880 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 299-5500
Chairman: Sanford Michelman
Managing Partner: Dana Kravetz
Recruiting Chair: Lara Shortz (Los Angeles)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
50 - 100
1st year: $150,000
2nd year: $160,000
3rd year: $170,000
4th year: $190,000
5th year: $210,000
6th year: $220,000
7th year: $230,000
8th year: $240,000
Summer associate: $2,500/week
No. of Summer Associates:
6 total (2019)
Chief Operating Officer
Los Angeles, CA (HQ)
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Advertising & Digital Media
Banking & Financial Services
Commercial & Business Litigation
Corporate & Securities
Government & Municipalities
Internet, Software & Technology
Labor & Employment
Regulatory & Administrative
Retail & Apparel
*See firm website for complete list of practices and industries.