2022 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Mentorship from partners.”
“Demanding, fast paced.”
“Work-life balance can be challenging.”
“Uneven assignment distribution.”
About Sheppard Mullin
With expertise in a variety of practices, including corporate, litigation, employment, IP, antitrust, and finance, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has grown aggressively in recent times. The firm has added several industry-focused practices, such as health care, insurance, and entertainment, and serves such clients as Mastercard, Liberty Mutual, Allstate Insurance, and Disney.
Today’s Sheppard Mullin entered the world in 1927 as Haight & Mathes, the brainchild of two young lawyers who left a small Los Angeles firm to strike out on their own. James Sheppard joined the nascent firm the following year. Name partners J. Stanley Mullin and George Richter cut their teeth as law clerks in the Great Depression’s waning days. With the 1938 hiring of Harvard grad Gordon Hampton, the firm closed out its recruitment of the quartet that formed the nameplate maintained through today—a rarity in this age of mergers, spinoffs, and partner raids. Given the history of prestigious attorneys who have graced Sheppard Mullin’s halls, the firm’s continued success and growth is no surprise.
They’ve Got It Covered
You’ll need all of your fingers, all of your toes, and then some to count all of the industries that Sheppard Mullin handles. The firm’s experience includes blockchain, cannabis, venture capital, entertainment, esports, financial services, health care, insurance, life sciences, private equity, REIT, transportation, and so much more.
The firm is well known for its Labor and Employment practice—which ranks among the top 20 in Vault’s Practice Area ranking. The firm has experience counseling all kinds of clients, from Fortune 100 companies to startups. The firm serves as an every-day employment counselor to many clients, providing advice on employment agreements, employee arbitration agreements, employee handbooks, sexual harassment policies, and other workplace policies. Sheppard Mullin lawyers also handle myriad employment litigation issues—from affirmative action to discrimination to whistleblower actions to wage and hour, and much more. In addition, the firm counsels clients on union management and relations.
Sheppard Mullin also boasts a reputable Health Care practice, with more than 150 lawyers. With a cross-disciplinary approach, the practice handles a range of areas as they relate to health care, including antitrust, compliance, cybersecurity, fraud, HIPAA, licensing, litigation, private equity, regulatory matters, and much more.
When it comes to diversity and inclusion, Sheppard Mullin puts its money where its mouth is. In addition to its affinity groups for women attorneys, attorneys of color, and LGBTQ+ attorneys, the firm also has gender-neutral parental leave and mentoring programs. Plus, the firm gives billable-hours credit for attorney participation in external diversity programs—examples include MCCA, LCLD, and CMCP. In addition, the firm has achieved Mansfield certification. In 2019, the firm announced its sponsorship of the LA Galaxy OC Women’s Soccer Team—an effort to support the local community and demonstrate its commitment to women’s empowerment.
News & Awards
- Score of 100% on Corporate Equality Index, 2021—Human Rights Campaign
- Diversity Scorecard (#32/200+), 2021—American Lawyer Top Firms for Diversity
- Best Law Firms for Women, 2021—Working Mother Magazine
- Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certification Plus Status, 2020—Diversity Lab
- Beacon of Justice Award, 2021—National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Why Work Here
Today’s Sheppard Mullin had a Roaring Twenties start in Los Angeles as a firm called Haight & Mathes. By the mid-1940s, and operating under its current name, the firm had become highly regarded (and still is) for its antitrust, finance, and employment law practices. Between 1977-86, the firm opened three other offices spanning the Golden State and added practices in key California industries, including aerospace and defense. In the '90s, the firm's specialties expanded to include a thriving corporate and securities practice, a prestigious real estate/land use/natural resources group, and a strong construction litigation practice.
To learn more about the firm's history click here.
333 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: (213) 620-1780
Executive Committee Chairman: Guy N. Halgren
Executive Committee Chair-Elect: Lucantonio Silva
Hiring Partners: Ronda Jamgotchian & Jay Ramsey (Century City); Daniel McQueen & Heather Plocky (LA); Jeff Kern (NY); Michael McKinnon (Orange County); Alex Nie & Chris Ponder (Palo Alto); Travis Anderson (Del Mar); Whitney Hodges (San Diego); Dylan Ballard & Jennifer Renk (SF); Don Williams (Shanghai); Paul Werner (DC); Kevin Cloutier & Larry Eppley (Chicago); Seth Kim (Seoul); Dwight Francis (Dallas)
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2021:
1st year: $205,000
2nd year: $215,000
3rd year: $240,000
4th year: $275,000
5th year: $305,000
6th year: $330,000
7th year: $350,000
8th year: $365,000
Summer Associate: $3,894/week
Chief Human Resources Officer
For a full list of office-specific employment contacts, visit sheppardmullin.com/careers
No. of U.S. Offices: 11
No. of International Offices: 4
Los Angeles, CA (Century City)
Los Angeles, CA (Downtown)
New York, NY
Orange County, CA (Costa Mesa)
Palo Alto, CA
San Diego, CA (Del Mar)
San Diego, CA (Downtown)
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC I Brussels
Antitrust and Trade Regulation
Bankruptcy and Restructuring
Corporate and Securities
Entertainment, Technology and Advertising
Food and Drug Regulatory
Global Climate Change
Government Contracts, Investigations and International Trade
Labor & Employment
Land Use & Natural Resources
Tax, Estate Planning and Private Wealth Litigation
White Collar & Civil Fraud Defense
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.