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At a Glance


“Quality of work and quality of colleagues.”

“The work is sophisticated, and we do large/notable projects.”

“Flexibility in work schedule.”


“Compensation could be better.”

“Schedules/workloads are sometimes unpredictable.”

“Pressure on associates to make their hours.”

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. 

LA Law

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. 

Holistic Lawyering

Nossaman focuses on infrastructure, environmental law, litigation, healthcare, real estate, public policy and corporate law 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.  

Industry Voices

If you think you’ve heard insights from Nossaman lawyers before, you’re probably right. The firm is home to five blogs: California Eminent Domain Report, California Water Views, Endangered Species Law & Policy, Infra Insight Blog, and The Health Law Ticker. Nossaman also hosts a podcast on land use issues: Digging Into Land Use Law. Plus, the firm is a regular on both Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

News & Awards


February 2021

Chambers Global recognized Nossaman’s Infrastructure group in Band 1 in the Projects: Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) category. The Chambers Global rankings, based on interviews with lawyers and clients, look at a broad range of qualities, including legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness, diligence and commitment to the client, to provide an independent assessment of counsel throughout the world.

January 2021

Patrick Harder, Chair of the Infrastructure group, and Alfred Smith, Chair of the Water group, were recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal in its “Minority Leaders of Influence: Attorneys” supplement. The supplement features a select group of L.A. County’s leading minority attorneys who are “particularly stellar” and act as trusted advisors to their clients while contributing to the region’s business and legal communities on a daily basis.

December 2020

Nossaman launched a podcast: Digging Into Land Use Law. This audio series covers the development of all things in, on, or above the ground. Each episode features a timely and topical discussion of land use issues, from valuation, development, and natural resources to endangered species, property rights, and other legal and regulatory aspects.

October 2020

Brooke Marcus Wahlberg was named a Texas Trailblazer for 2020 by Texas Lawyer. "Texas Trailblazers" is a special supplement that profiles a select group of lawyers from across the state that "have taken extra measures to contribute to positive outcomes" and are "truly agents of change." Brooke was recognized for her proactive approaches when "advising energy clients on compliance with federal wildlife laws."

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.

Nossaman LLP

777 South Figueroa Street
34th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 612-7800

Firm Stats

Chairman and Managing Partner: George Joseph
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
100 - 150
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

1st year: $155,000
Summer associate: $3,000/week

Employment Contact

Erika Schreiber
Attorney Recruiting and Development Director
(213) 612-7813

No. of U.S. Offices: 8

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Austin, TX
Los Angeles, CA (HQ)
Orange County, CA
Sacramento, CA
Seattle, WA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC

Major Departments

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 and Counseling
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.