At a Glance
“The culture of inclusiveness.”
“The quality of the work, our clients, and the people with whom I work.”
“Last-minute assignments that can derail other plans.”
About Nossaman LLP
Founded in Los Angeles in 1942, Nossaman has been a key player in California law and politics for more than seven decades. The firm has pushed beyond the state’s borders with offices in Austin, DC, and Seattle.
Nossaman got its start in LA when Walter Nossaman and Joseph Brady launched a tax law firm named Brady & Nossaman. Nossaman quite literally wrote the book on trusts, penning Trusts Administration and Taxation—an updated version of which is still in publication today. When Brady retired in 1962, Nossaman and his team merged with another tax firm to form Nossaman, Thompson, Moss, Scott & Riordan; named partner Richard Riordon would later serve as LA’s mayor through most of the 1990s. The firm continued to expand through mergers and opening new offices over the next few decades, including with the 2008 pairing with Washington, DC, firm O’Connor & Hannan, at which point the firm dropped all its other names to become simply Nossaman LLP.
Nossaman focuses on environmental law, health care, real estate, infrastructure, and government relations services for clients in a number of industries. The firm has worked for the FDIC, Texas Department of Transportation, United Surgical Partners International, The Regents of the University of California, Sprint Nextel Corporation, Procter & Gamble, and Valero Energy Corporation.
Known for its work advising government agencies and other entities, Nossaman counsels those in the public sector in a range of areas, including employment, health care, litigation, natural resources, real estate, and more. When it comes to litigation, the firm has experience in trials, appellate work, and alternative dispute resolution. Among the industries its litigators serve include antitrust, environmental law, financial services, health care, insurance, real estate, and technology.
Nossaman takes what it calls a “holistic approach” to its clients’ needs. Those seeking advice on transactional matters will also benefit from the firm’s experience in employment, health law, IP, real estate, and other areas, as the firm’s attorneys work across practices to advise clients on all of their needs.
Nossaman successfully lobbied for pro bono client MyGoodDeed to make September 11 a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Nossaman built support on both sides of the aisle to honor the many people impacted by the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. That lobbying effort culminated in President Barack Obama signing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law in 2009. Earlier, Nossaman assisted MyGoodDeed in persuading the Obama and McCain campaigns to abstain from campaigning on September 11 during the 2008 election and in having President Bush include service and volunteerism in his last 9/11 proclamation.
News & Awards
Nossaman has been named by Law360 as one of the Top 25 U.S. law firms for women and minority attorneys for 2019. Nossaman was ranked in the “150-299 Lawyers” category. The firm has been recognized numerous times by Law360 for its achievements in this area. The 25 law firms appearing on this list reported “above-average representation of both women and minorities at every tier, from non-partners to equity partners, compared with firms of similar size.”
Nossaman was once again recognized by the National Law Journal (NLJ) as one of the top law firms for women in its 2019 Women’s Scorecard. The scorecard, which ranks the 350 largest U.S. law firms in terms of gender diversity, places Nossaman at #37 on the list.
Chambers & Partners has recognized 12 Nossaman attorneys along with the Firm's Eminent Domain, Environment & Land Use, Healthcare, and Infrastructure practice groups in its 2019 Chambers USA guide of leading law firms and lawyers. The 2019 edition distinguishes Nossaman as one of only three firms in the top-tier of law firms nationally in the Projects: Public Private Partnership (PPP) category. Chambers notes that the group is “one of the go-to firms for representation of public sector clients including state authorities, government departments and universities in the PPP space” and its “well-known ability in road and rail PPP structures is augmented by additional skill in social infrastructure projects.” One client commented that Nossaman's Infrastructure attorneys are “fantastic; they continue to cement themselves as the preeminent public owner adviser for public owner projects in the U.S. They are excellent lawyers and develop clear, comprehensive contracts; they understand how P3s must be procured, and ultimately closed."
Nossaman has been recognized for the second year in a row as one of the Best Midsize Law Firms For Diversity by Vault. The firm ranked #14 on the list. The firm was previously ranked in 2018.
Why Work Here
Nossaman is an innovative mid-sized law firm, with expertise focused in distinct areas of law and policy. With a strong foundation in California, we work on cutting-edge issues across eight U.S. offices. Our attorneys come from top schools and leading firms, and we count among our ranks former elected officials and prominent business leaders -- people who have helped to shape the legislative, legal, and regulatory landscape.
We have created a work environment that offers the best service to our clients, and brings out the best in our people. Many attorneys and staff have been with the Firm for more than 30 years, and are a testimonial to the value Nossaman places on its people and culture. Everyone at Nossaman makes a contribution -- to our clients, to the Firm, and to the community at large. We support a strong work ethic, quality service, and integrity in our everyday interactions. We believe that by promoting a high standard and collegial spirit in the workplace, we also deliver a superior product to our clients.
777 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 612-7800
Chairman and Managing Partner: George Joseph
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
100 - 150
1st year: $155,000
Summer associate: $2,700/week
Attorney Recruiting and Development Director
No. of U.S. Offices: 8
No. of International Offices: 0
Los Angeles, CA (HQ)
Orange County, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Corporate Practice Group
Eminent Domain and Valuation Practice Group
Employment Practice Group
Environment and Land Use Practice Group
Government Relations and Regulation Practice Group
Healthcare Practice Group
Infrastructure Practice Group
Insurance Recovery Practice Group
Intellectual Property Practice Group
Public Pensions and Investments Practice Group
Real Estate Practice Group
Water Practice Group
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.