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Irell & Manella LLP

  • Designation: Los Angeles
  • Head Count: 171
  • Gross Revenues: $244,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,425,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,875,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -8

Irell & Manella is a Los Angeles-based law firm. The firm ranked 113th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 200 rankings of firms based on revenue with $256,000,000 in gross annual revenue in 2010. With 184 attorneys, the firm placed 212th on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size. The firm divides its practice into two broad groups: litigation and transactions. Practice areas include alternative dispute resolution and arbitration; art; entertainment; intellectual property; insurance; real estate; and tax. In addition to its Century City headquarters, the firm has a second office in Newport Beach, California.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 NR N/A Gross revenue
Am Law 200 121 -8 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 234 -22 Lawyer head count
The A-List 44 -10 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 113 6 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 27 3 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 114 -59 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 104 -14 Summer programs

In the News

Anadarko Inks $5.15 Billion Deal to End Tronox Cleanup Woes

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

The settlement follows a major courtroom victory last year by Kirkland's David Zott and his client, litigation trustee John Hueston of Irell & Manella.

Anadarko Agrees to Record $5B Environmental Settlement

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

In the U.S. Justice Department's largest environmental enforcement recovery ever, Kerr-McGee Corp. and its parent Anadarko Petroleum Corp. today agreed to pay $5.15 billion to settle charges that they fraudulently tried to duck responsibility to pay for environmental cleanup after decades of contamination.

Using Arbitration Clauses in Class Action Settlements

Andra Barmash Greene and Bryant Y. Yang : Corporate Counsel : January 28, 2014

Companies rarely use arbitration clauses in class action settlement agreements in California. That may be a missed opportunity.

Big Law Defectors Score $85M Verdict in Google Patent Trial

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

When Greg Dovel and Jeff Eichmann left prestigious law firms to become contingency fee plaintiffs lawyers, some of their Harvard Law School classmates were left scratching their heads. But no one was second-guessing their career path this week, when the duo won a big verdict in a patent case against Google Inc.

Verdicts & Settlements

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Quinn's tit for tat … Koh sticks to her guns … DQ depo deal breaker

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Powertech to Pay Tessera $196 Million to End Patent Dispute

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 27, 2014

Fifth Court Hears Arguments in Fight Pitting Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins and Albert G. Hill III

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 24, 2014

A lawyer representing Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins told Dallas' Fifth Court of Appeals that a trial court had no authority to dismiss indictments that the DA had brought against a wealthy oil heir—charges that the trial judge concluded Watkins filed "to assist" plaintiffs lawyer Lisa Blue.

Fifth Court Hears Arguments in Fight Pitting Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins and Albert G. Hill III

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 19, 2014

The Fifth Court of Appeals heard arguments regarding a trial court's authority to dismiss indictments brought by D.A. Craig Watkins against a wealthy oil heir who was in a fee dispute with Lisa Blue.

Citing Ninth Circuit Ruling, Nevada Drops Fight Over Gay Marriage Ban

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 11, 2014

We named Lisa Blatt of Arnold & Porter and Brian Hennigan of Irell & Manella Litigators of the Week for last month's Ninth Circuit win, in which the court found that lawyers for Abbott Labs improperly struck a self-identified gay juror because of his sexual orientation.

Don't Look for Absolution in Law

Vivia Chen : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

How much penance does an established liar have to perform before he can be admitted into the sacred halls of law practice?

Prenatal Testing Firms Take IP Fight to Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

San Diego-based Sequenom—which saw its patent squelched by a district judge last year—is asking the appeals court to take judicial notice of "uncontested" scientific facts. But the company's rivals are crying foul.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Irell's Finances Slip in 2013

Drew Combs : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Los Angeles–based Irell & Manella suffered declines in all key financial metrics in 2013, with the sharpest drop coming in the revenue per lawyer category, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

In a Challenging Economy, Some Firms Pulled Away From the Pack

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Richard Dickson's Fenwick, along with Cooley, saw gains in all the major metrics, but other firms fell flat or faltered.

The Careerist: Don't Look for Absolution in Law

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 03, 2014

News about fabulist Stephen Glass, the English Maiden, and Dilworth's new chairman.

Another Day, Another Data Breach Settlement. Plus: Send in the Drones

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

'Windsor' Extended

Scott Graham : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has become the first federal appellate court to rule explicitly that laws denying equal protection to gays and lesbians are subject to heightened judicial scrutiny — a decision that could have enormous ramifications in civil rights litigation all over the western United States.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 24, 2014

Breyer blows the whistle … 'Hail Mary' Harriman … McKool Smith lines up in new formation

Litigators of the Week: Lisa Blatt of Arnold & Porter and Brian Hennigan of Irell & Manella

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 23, 2014

Hennigan and Blatt scored an important civil rights victory for gays and lesbians in the unlikeliest of cases: a drug licensing battle between GlaxoSmithKline and Abbott Labs.

Ninth Circuit Rules Gays Cannot Be Excluded as Jurors

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday became the first federal appellate court to rule explicitly that laws denying equal protection to gays and lesbians are subject to heightened judicial scrutiny—a decision that could have enormous ramifications in civil rights litigation all over the western United States.

MoFo Loses Bid to Topple Patent Law Doctrine

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

A state court gambit in the brawl between Palo Alto Networks and Juniper fell flat before Santa Clara Judge James Kleinberg.

The Bankruptcy Files: Freedom Taps McGuireWoods for Chapter 11

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

McGuireWoods is advising Freedom Industries, the company responsible for a recent chemical spill that prompted drinking water bans that affected 300,000 West Virginians, on its Chapter 11 filing. Meanwhile, Skadden and Kirkland are dominating the market on bankruptcy work amid a dearth of large filings and the latter is among the Am Law 100 firms handling out-of-court restructurings for clients like Altegrity, Brookstone and M*Modal.

Radware Fires DQ Motion at Irell in A10 Suit

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

The company's attorneys contend IP litigator Morgan Chu and other Irell lawyers should be kicked off the case because they previously represented Radware.

Tesla Chief Keeps Divorce Attorney Close at Hand

Chelsea Allison : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Todd Maron reportedly enjoys Elon Musk's confidence.

A Car Mogul's Unusual Choice

Chelsea Allison : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The billionaire Tesla Motors CEO needed (another) lawyer for his company, so he settled on one he already knew—from his divorce.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 23, 2013

A weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.

In Walmart Fee Fight, Ninth Circuit Balks at 'Non-Appealable' Arbitration

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 17, 2013

Though the panel accepted an arbitrator's allocation of legal fees, Judge Milan Smith Jr. insisted the court had power to review it.

Litigation Departments of the Year

: The Recorder : January 06, 2013

See what put these firms at the head of the field in The Recorder's inaugural contest.

Litigation Dept. of the Year: IP Winner Irell & Manella

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

Unsettled

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

Even before a settlement hearing, the NFL is roiled by a tentative agreement.

In-House Counsel Profile: Razor USA LLC's John W. Cochrane

June D. Bell : The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

Razor USA LLC is the exclusive distributor of Razor scooters, electric scooters, bicycles and accessories in the United States and most of the world. General counsel John Cochrane said Razor is "an amazingly lean ­corporation. People are surprised by how small we are for the visibility we have."

The Innovators: Carole Levitt

Lisa Holton : Law Technology News : January 19, 2013

The Innovators: Carol Levitt. She expected her company, Internet for Lawyers, to last five years. She underestimated that by several decades.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 04, 2013

A weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.

In Prenatal Testing Feud, Judge Shoots Down Key Patent

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 31, 2013

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said the patent added nothing inventive to the discovery of a nonpatentable natural phenomenon.

Over Drug Company's Protest, Federal Circuit OKs Venue Change

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2013

Divorce Lawyer Gets Keys to Tesla's Legal Department

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 28, 2013

From 2009 to 2012, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk sped through three general counsel. The latest hire in the legal department helped Musk through a bruising marital break-up.

Divorce Lawyer Gets Keys to Tesla's Legal Department

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 25, 2013

Latest hire at Elon Musk's company helped the CEO through a bruising marital break-up.

Boutique Targets Video Game Industry

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 21, 2013