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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 DC, Austin, and Seattle. Nossaman focuses on commercial litigation, 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.

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.

Subway Success

Nossaman successfully represented the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in a decades-long dispute alleging that the construction management company that oversaw the 1990s construction of the Red Line subway—which runs from downtown Los Angeles through Hollywood and into the San Fernando Valley. Nossaman persuaded the court that defendants improperly billed expenses for the support of employees who were stationed in offices where the MTA had already paid directly for all support.

Remembering 9/11

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.



A Nossaman Infrastructure team was featured in the Daily Journal’s “Dealmakers” column for advising the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports on the recent commercial and financial close of the $2 billion Consolidated Rent-a-Car (ConRAC) facility, which is a portion of LAX's "Landside Access Modernization Program." The article highlighted that the high-profile project is "the first public-private partnership for a rent-a-car facility in the country," and notes that "Southern California has the largest rental car market in the world, and LAX is the second-largest rental car airport." 


Nossaman’s Public Policy practice group helped LA Metro secure approval from the California State Transportation Agency for a nearly $300 million grant request from the State’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program to complete the extension of the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair. Formal approval for the grant came from the California Transportation Commission. The Foothill Gold Line was one of several major projects submitted by LA Metro to be awarded grants, which totaled nearly $1.8 billion in awards county-wide from SB1 and the TIRCP. The International Railway JournalRailway Age, and Mass Transit Magazine covered the story.


Nossaman’s Litigation practice group was featured in the Daily Journal article, “U.S. Judge Dismisses Trade Secrets Theft Claim Against City of Oakland.” The article noted that Nossaman helped persuade a “federal judge to dismiss a suit against the City of Oakland for allegedly misappropriating proprietary information from a former software vendor.”  The case—Progressive Solutions Inc. v. City of Oakland—is one of the first cases that was decided upon that involved claims under the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. 


A Nossaman Environment and Land Use team was noted for its victory for the City of Solana Beach in the Daily Journal. The story, which was featured on the front page of the Daily Journal, covered the 4th District Court of Appeal’s recent ruling in favor of the California Coastal Commission and the City of Solana Beach. The court held that administrative mandamus is the sole remedy available to challenge a Coastal Commission decision approving the city’s land use plan, rejecting the property owner’s collateral attack on the city action to accept the commission’s decision.

Nossaman LLP

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


Managing Partner: George Joseph

Base Salary

1st year: $145,000
Summer associate: $2,700/week

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
4 out of 5 (2018) (2Ls only)

Major Office Locations

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

Major Departments & Practices

Eminent Domain & Valuation
Environment & Land Use
Financial Services & Bankruptcy
Insurance Recovery & Counseling
Intellectual Property & Media
Management & Compliance Consulting
Privacy, Cybersecurity & Data Protection
Public Agency
Public Finance
Public Pensions & Investments
Public Policy
Public Utilities Regulatory
Real Estate
Trucking Industry