2021 Vault Rankings
- Health Care#20
At a Glance
“Colleagues are smart and reasonable human beings who care about each other and are respectful.”
“The sophistication of the work.”
About Sheppard Mullin
With expertise in a variety of practices, including corporate, litigation, employment, IP, antitrust, and finance, Sheppard Mullin 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 whistle blower 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
Special counsel Tenaya Rodewald recorded more than 700 pro bono hours in 2019 and 2020 protecting the public’s right of access under California’s new police transparency statute, SB 1421. She led a team of litigators from the firm and was the principal author of many of the key legal arguments that vindicated the public’s right of access under the law. Her team succeeded in obtaining numerous trial court victories and published appellate court decisions, upholding the public right of access to records of past police uses of force and misconduct and a broad scope of the law going forward. Covered in “Meet the Sheppard Mullin Litigator Facing Off with California Police Unions Over Misconduct Records,” AmLaw Litigation Daily.
The firm joined with Georgetown Law’s Innovative Policing Program to create the ABLE (Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement) Project, the first nationwide program dedicated to promoting, teaching and studying “active bystandership” within law enforcement agencies. Covered in “Sheppard Mullin, Georgetown Law Team Up on Police Training,” Law360.
In 2019, the firm’s revenue increased by more than 13 percent, and its profits per equity partner rose 6.6 percent to $1.8 million. The firm’s headcount increased by 9.2 percent to 780 lawyers. Covered in “Sheppard Mullin Revenue Jumps 13% Amid Growth in Equity Tier, Texas Launch,” The Recorder.
The firm announced the launch of its Organizational Integrity Group (OIG) to offer clients a values-driven, holistic approach to identify, solve, and defend against complex reputational threats. Sheppard Mullin’s OIG consists of highly specialized attorneys with experience counseling companies through complex and public-facing legal and reputational challenges. Covered in “Sheppard Mullin Forms Organizational Integrity Group,” Washington, D.C. Citybizlist.
- Successfully defended Abacus Federal Savings Bank, the only bank to face criminal charges in connection with the financial crisis. Won full acquittal and case was the basis for the Oscar-nominated documentary Small Enough to Jail.
- Represented DaVita in the $4.4 billion acquisition of Healthcare Partners; named Healthcare Deal of the Year by the M&A Atlas Awards
- Secured dismissal of all claims against Samsung Electronics in boycott/monopsonization case relating to smartphone patent licensing; obtained affirmance on appeal to the Ninth Circuit
- Represented 900,000 disabled NYC residents alleging the city failed to plan for their needs in large scale disasters. The result was the development of the most comprehensive emergency plan for people with disabilities in the nation.
- America's Top Corporate Law Firms, 2019—Forbes
- Best Firms in California, 2020—Benchmark Litigation
- Mansfield Rule Certification 3.0, 2020—Diversity Lab
- Scored 100% on Corporate Equality Index, 2020—Human Rights Campaign
- Best Places to Work: Dallas, Chicago, San Diego, San Francisco, 2020
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
Hiring Partners: Ronda Jamgotchian (Century City); Daniel McQueen & Heather Plocky (LA); Jeff Kern(NY); Michael McKinnon (Orange County); John Booher (Palo Alto); Travis Anderson (Del Mar); Whitney Hodges (San Diego); Dylan Ballard & Jennifer Renk (SF); Don Williams (Shanghai); Paul Werner & Ray Rutngamlug (DC); Kevin Cloutier & Larry Eppley (Chicago); Seth Kim (Seoul); Dwight Francis (Dallas)
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer Associate: $3,654/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 | 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.