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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

  • Designation: Los Angeles
  • Head Count: 326
  • Gross Revenues: $268,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $820,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,230,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 2

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips is a Los Angeles-based law firm; it merged with Steefel, Levitt on February 1, 2008. The firm ranked 111th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 200 rankings of firms based on revenue with $258,000,000 in gross revenue in 2010. With 322 attorneys, the firm placed 136th on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size. Manatt, Phelps specializes in providing counsel to the financial and entertainment sectors. The firm also represents clients in energy and natural resources, healthcare, and telecommunications and technology. Among the firm's practice areas are antitrust, intellectual property, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, and government and regulatory. In addition to its Los Angeles headquarters, the firm has offices in California locations including San Francisco, Palo Alto, Costa Mesa and Sacramento, as well as offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 NR N/A Gross revenue
Am Law 200 109 2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 132 4 Lawyer head count
The A-List 27 32 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 40 -3 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 23 19 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 48 -48 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey NR N/A Summer programs

In the News

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 31, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Randy Aoyama joins Hinshaw & Culbertson as partner in the Phoenix office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Churn: Foley Snags Weil's Boston Leader, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Weil Gotshal's latest lateral defector is the managing partner of the firm's Boston office; Pillsbury lands two transportation finance partners from DLA Piper in London; and a former senior federal prosecutor heads to Sidley.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Pamela Fulmer joins Arent Fox's intellectual property and complex litigation practices as partner in the San Francisco office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 17, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

The Churn: Holland & Knight Scatters Five Partner Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Holland & Knight adds two partners in Tampa and individual partners in Miami, New York and San Francisco; Burr & Forman welcomes four health care attorneys in Birmingham; and two energy and natural resources partners move to Husch Blackwell's Denver office.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

Morgan Lewis Poaches From Bingham in Three Cities

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Bingham McCutchen energy partner Mark Williams, tax partner Daniel Nelson, investment management partner Gerald Kehoe and corporate of counsel Ann Chamberlain are leaving the firm's offices in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., to join Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. For Bingham, the latest lateral losses come on the heels of the firm's worst financial performance in six years.

The Churn: Kaye Scholer Adds Cybersecurity Expert, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

Kaye Scholer creates a new global cybersecurity and privacy group in connection with a recent hire; Dentons makes a series of additions in Washington, D.C., and several lawyers leave Edwards Wildman & Palmer.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Harvey Kauget joins Burr & Forman's intellectual property practice as partner in the Tampa office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Five firms have announced additions, while Holland & Knight and Bracewell & Giuliani have elevated new partners.

Tyrrell, Patton Boggs May Part Ways Amid Merger Push, Newark Closing

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Patton Boggs, which is engaged in preliminary merger talks with Squire Sanders after announcing the closure of its Newark office this week, could see one of its top partners head for the door. James Tyrrell Jr., a member of the firm's executive committee and head of its toxic tort and product liability practice group, joined Patton Boggs in a high-profile lateral move in 2006. He also took on a controversial case representing indigenous Ecuadoreans suing energy giant Chevron, which has complicated Patton Boggs' efforts to find a merger partner. As it happens, Squire Sanders has its own ties to the South American nation.

The Churn: Latham Adds from Ropes in Boston, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

A Boston-based white-collar litigator jumps to Latham & Watkins from Ropes & Gray; Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck gains five intellectual property lawyers; and Morrison & Foerster welcomes back a former partner from the Obama administration.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 24, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

The Churn: MoFo Lands Judge Peck, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

MoFo hires the federal bankruptcy judge who oversaw Lehman Brothers' Chapter 11 case; nine securitization and structured finance attorneys leave Jones Day to join Chapman and Cutler; and Latham adds its third private equity partner from Clifford Chance in the past year.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 18, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

The Churn: Milbank, Shearman Land Securities Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A string of New York securities litigators are on the move; Bingham loses two Los Angeles–based lawyers to Winston and a partner in San Francisco to Manatt; and a former U.S. ambassador rejoins Jones Day.

Your Career: Merger Mania

Sandy Lechtick : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

In this post-recession economy, partners should really understand where their firm is headed and what that means for them, writes recruiter Sandy Lechtick.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 24, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

The Churn: K&S Adds Two From Fried Frank, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

King & Spalding bolsters its white-collar group by recruiting a pair of partners of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Meanwhile, three Am Law firms open new offices with lateral hires. The Churn is constant. Please send all announcements to thechurn@alm.com.

Holland & Knight Beefs Up Left Coast Litigation Group

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

The Churn: Chadbourne Adds 'Deep Throat' Lawyer, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A former Manatt Phelps partner in Washington, D.C., with ties to Watergate figures joins Chadbourne; Hinshaw & Culbertson makes a group hire from an IP boutique in Chicago; and Orrick lands two Bingham entertainment trial lawyers in Los Angeles.

The Churn: Sidley Picks Up Weil Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses another lawyer to Sidley Austin; a renewable energy team in Chicago, San Francisco and New York joins Morgan, Lewis & Bockius from Foley & Lardner; and Edwards Wildman Palmer makes a string of hires around the country.

Bench-Bar Conversation with O. Peter Sherwood

Vincent J. Syracuse and Paul D. Sarkozi : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 19, 2013

Vincent J. Syracuse and Paul D. Sarkozi of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt detail the still-evolving courtroom practices of New York County Commercial Division Justice O. Peter Sherwood.

Lawsuits Are Anticipated Against Volcker Rule

Jenna Greene : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2013

When federal financial regulators last week adopted the massive Volcker Rule, it didn't mean their work was finished. If anything, lawyers say the work is just beginning.

Banks Draw Out Their Knives

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

When federal financial regulators last week adopted the massive Volcker Rule, it didn't mean their work was finished. If anything, lawyers say the work is just beginning.

Lawyers Predict Volcker Rule Likely to Face Challenges

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2013

Regulators released the massive rule barring banks from making short-term proprietary trades, while exempting certain activities including market-making, on Tuesday. Given the rule's scope and magnitude, lawyers warn that legal challenges are practically inevitable.

Challenges to New Volcker Rule a 'Virtual Certainty'

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2013

Challenges to New Volcker Rule a 'Virtual Certainty'

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2013

Hold Your Bets: Third Circuit Rejects Sports Betting Law

Ronald S. Katz and Jeremy R. Lacks : New York Law Journal : January 04, 2013

Ronald S. Katz and Jeremy R. Lacks of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips write: The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA scored a significant victory in September in their ongoing lawsuit to prevent legalized gambling in the state of New Jersey, but with Governor Christie's pledge to appeal the ruling, the case may be one of the next great federalism battles to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

Capital Accounts: State IT Planners Hatch Another Turkey

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 27, 2013

Developments in Advertising and Marketing Law

Marc S. Roth and Edward Kabak : New York Law Journal : January 14, 2013

Marc S. Roth, a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, and Edward Kabak, the chief legal officer of the Brand Activation Association, write: Advertising industry lawyers who were hoping for landmark cases in 2013 have been sorely disappointed. However, despite a dearth of monumental developments, the past year had its share of significant matters, as the FTC continued its active enforcement of industry practices in emerging areas such as social media and mobile marketing, while issuing key guidelines in new areas of focus.

Proposal Supports Victims Of Human Trafficking

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2013

A private right of action should be established to give the victims of human trafficking recourse in civil court against those exploiting them, a New York State Bar Association committee has recommended.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips hires a new president for its international consulting subsidiary; a Mayer Brown lawyer has defected to Freeborn & Peters in Chicago; and the chair of Kaye Scholer's investment funds group has gone to Sidley Austin. .

With Chill in the Air, a Fresh Law Firm Lawsuit-Palooza

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

Our latest roundup of litigation in which Am Law 200 firms are either defendants or plaintiffs includes Dorsey & Whitney getting sued over a burst pipe; the ex-wife of a deceased Kaye Scholer partner seeking retirement benefits from the firm; and Thompson Hine facing accusations of discrimination and wrongful termination brought by a legal secretary once employed by the firm.

Court Denies Indian Entity's Claims of Sovereign Immunity

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 04, 2013

A financial services company associated with the Lower Brule Indian tribe is not protected by sovereign immunity, a Manhattan state judge ruled, allowing a lawsuit against the company over a failed loan purchase deal to go forward.

Court Denies Indian Entity's Claims of Sovereign Immunity

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 01, 2013

A financial services company associated with the Lower Brule Indian tribe is not protected by sovereign immunity, a Manhattan state judge has ruled, allowing a lawsuit against the company over a failed loan purchase deal to go forward.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Seth Levy has been named managing partner of Nixon Peabody's Los Angeles office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Boutique Targets Video Game Industry

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 21, 2013