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on Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

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Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

  • Designation: Los Angeles
  • Head Count: 521
  • Gross Revenues: $437,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $840,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,265,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 4

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton is a Los Angeles-based law firm. The firm ranked 75th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of firms based on revenue with $368,000,000 in gross revenue in 2010. Sheppard, Mullin has ranked on The American Lawyer's Am Law rankings of firms by revenue since 1987. The firm ranked 95th on the 2011 Global 100 survey of law firms worldwide in terms of revenue. With 465 attorneys, the firm placed 88th on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size. Sheppard, Mullin practices in the areas of bankruptcy, corporate law, finance, entertainment, media and technology, intellectual property, government contracts, labor and employment, litigation, real estate, and tax and estate planning. The firm has several offices in California, an office in Washington, D.C., an office in New York, and an office in Shanghai.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 67 4 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 67 4 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 79 9 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 68 83 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 38 41 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 43 -5 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 21 -8 Summer programs

In the News

The Churn: Weil, Patton Boggs See More Defections, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 01, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses a securities litigation partner to Jenner & Block; Patton Boggs goes through another spate of departures; and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr hires a former FBI director and his ex-chief of staff.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 31, 2014

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

The Churn: Bingham Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

Bingham & McCutchen loses a real estate finance partner to Holland & Knight and litigator to Stubbs Alderton Markiles; Greenberg Traurig adds a former FINRA enforcement counsel; and Holland & Hart absorbs a Salt Lake City tax boutique.

'Sweetheart Deal' for Figure in Campaign Corruption Case

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Jeffrey Thompson, a Washington businessman who pleaded guilty on March 10 to funneling millions of dollars in illegal campaign contributions, got a "sweetheart deal" from prosecutors, criminal defense lawyers said.

Bingham Corporate Partner Moves to Pillsbury's Valley Office

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Labor & Employment

: New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Achieving a Work Environment Free of Cyber Bullying," "Issues With Self-Destructing Messages in the Workplace," "Developing Social Media Policies That Survive NLRB Scrutiny," "Beware the Risks of Using Social Media During Recruitment" and "Social Media: Changing the Face of Employment Law."

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Jennifer Weiss joins Goulston & Storrs' tax practice as partner in the Boston office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Six firms announce new hires, while Sheppard Mullin, Baker & McKenzie and Stroock announce new partners.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 25, 2014

Craig Wolfe has joined Sheppard Mullin as a partner, Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed Bond Schoeneck member Laura Harshbarger as chair of the Fourth Department Judicial Screening Committee, and other announcements.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 24, 2014

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

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Geoffrey Willis joins the Brown Rudnick's environmental and real estate practices in the Irvine, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Platters Keep Spinning at Sheppard Mullin

Sara Randazzo : The American Lawyer : January 23, 2014

Partner Robert Stumpf found space for his vintage jukebox collection at the office.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Bingham's Worst Drop Yet, as Profits, Revenue Plunge

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Despite seeing his firm register double-digit declines in both gross revenue and profits per partner last year, Bingham McCutchen chair Jay Zimmerman remains bullish on 2014.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 18, 2014

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

Bingham's White-Collar Co-Chairman Leaves for Sheppard

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

The Churn: Bingham Loses Trio of Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

A three-partner litigation team moves from Bingham McCutchen to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Greenberg Traurig sees its lawyers jump to Dechert, Husch Blackwell and Squire Sanders; and the chair of Dorsey's labor and employment practice joins Littler Mendelson.

In-House Counsel Profile: Cupertino Electric Inc. general counsel Jan Kang

June D. Bell : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Profits Slip as Sheppard Mullin Adds to Head Count

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

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton saw gross revenue increase in 2013 but profits took a slight dip as the firm added more lawyers to its ranks, according to reporting by The American Lawyer.

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 Churn: Katten Grabs Bingham Real Estate Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2014

Bingham McCutchen loses another practice group leader, as real estate cochair Kenneth Lore takes a nine-lawyer team to Katten Muchin Rosenman. Meanwhile, Skadden brings back a former partner to head its white-collar group and Blank Rome poaches two partners versed in sometimes tricky partnership issues from Greenberg Traurig.

Oral Agreement? Get It in Writing, Too

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 30, 2014

If it didn't happen in writing . . . it didn't happen.

Fee Tracker: Super Bowl, Patent Battles and More

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

In our latest installment of the Fee Tracker, The Am Law Daily looks at the legal fees paid by several leading nonprofit organizations in the news, such as the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Bidding Committee, the Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research and the UJA-Federation of New York, which recently hired a top Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner as its new leader.

Deloitte Dabbles in Chinese Legal Practice

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

If the Chinese arms of the Big Four accounting firms get suspended from auditing, at least one of them may have something to fall back on. Deloitte quietly opened a Shanghai law firm last year with seven professionals, the most senior of whom are also Deloitte partners.

Covington Guts Motorola Claims in LCD Antitrust Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

A judge slashed more than $3 billion in potential damages from a price-fixing lawsuit brought by Motorola against eight Asian liquid crystal display manufacturers, including Samsung and Sharp.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 22, 2014

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

Valley Building Boom Keeps Land Use Lawyers Busy

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

Advised by Morrison & Foerster, Apple is embarking on the construction of a new Cupertino headquarters in the shape of a colossal spaceship.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 13, 2014

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

Sheppard Mullin Partner Is Champion for Disabled

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Daniel Brown hadn't yet passed the bar when he took on a pro bono case that launched what has become a years-long legal crusade.

Cooley Advises LegalZoom in Private Equity Infusion

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

Legal Zoom, a Web-based provider of legal services, withdrew its initial public offering plans Tuesday to pave the way for a European private to take a controlling stake.

Cooley Advises LegalZoom in Private Equity Infusion

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 08, 2014

Sheppard Mullin Litigator a Fighter for the Disabled

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

As a young law firm associate, Daniel Brown sued the New York Road Runners Club on behalf of a group of plaintiffs that included his quadriplegic brother to ensure that racers in wheelchairs be treated fairly in the New York City Marathon. Brown, now a Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton litigation partner, has fought to advance the cause of New Yorkers with disabilities ever since. He recently celebrated the successful outcome of two pro bono cases designed to make life easier and safer for this class of clients.

Sheppard Brings On Former Dentons CFO

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

Reed Smith Partner Jumps to Sheppard

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

The Churn: Paul Weiss Adds From Weil, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

The cohead of Weil, Gotshal & Manges' tax practice moves to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; another partner leaves Kaye Scholer in Los Angeles; and Jenner & Block welcomes back a former partner in New York.

Finalist, General Litigation Department of the Year: O'Melveny

Mark Obbie : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

If any period might have broken O'Melveny's litigation hot streak—the firm has been a perennial Litigation Department of the Year honoree—this might have been it. Never fear. The streak continues.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 23, 2013

Barbara de Marigny joins the tax practice of McGuireWoods as partner in the Houston office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

State Bar Loses Bid to Shield Race Data on Bar Exam Takers

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 19, 2013

In a unanimous ruling, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye sided with a UCLA law professor that there is public interest in the data but said privacy issues must still be hashed out.

The Churn: Brown Rudnick Takes Paris, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2013

Brown Rudnick opens a Paris office and brings on California's state treasurer to work part-time; BuckleySandler hires a lawyer from Weil, Gotshal & Manges; and Debevoise & Plimpton poaches the cohead of Herbert Smith Freehill's Seoul office.

Reed Smith Takes Tech Transactions Lawyer From Wilson

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 10, 2013

City Agrees to Boost Number of Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis

David B. Caruso : The Associated Press : January 09, 2013

Getting around New York City in a wheelchair has long been an exercise in frustration, but it could become easier after officials announced a legal settlement Friday mandating that at least half the city's taxi fleet be wheelchair-accessible by 2020.

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: Labor & Employment Finalist Sheppard Mullin

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Judge OKs Antitrust Suit Against RPX

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 03, 2013

NPE attorney Raymond Niro has overcome a key hurdle in his case against the self-described "anti-troll."

Sheppard Mullin Acts for Korean Bank on U.S. Trademark Win

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2013

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Hana Bank in a trademark dispute originally brought by a California company with a similar name.

Latham, Paul Weiss Help Keep Elvis, Ali Together

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2013

Consumer marking and branding company Authentic Brands Group announced Wednesday its acquisition of the licensing rights to Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali.

Latham, Paul Weiss Help Keep Elvis, Ali Together

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

The King and The Greatest are staying together, as consumer marking and branding company Authentic Brands Group announced Wednesday its acquisition of the licensing rights to two of the 20th century's most famous names: Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali.

Clarifying the SEC's General Solicitation Rules

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 11, 2013

Are the Securities and Exchange Commission's new general solicitation rules as clear as your morning coffee?

Court Calls for Better Disaster Plans to Protect Disabled

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 08, 2013

Although making it clear that none of its failures "are a result of intentional discrimination," Southern District Judge Jesse Furman found New York City liable for discriminating against the disabled during evacuation and sheltering in times of disasters such as Hurricane Sandy.

Employment Litigation in the Age of Social Media

Paul Cowie and Marlene Nicolas : The Recorder : January 05, 2013

Attorneys must balance the obligation to preserve evidence with restrictions on employers' access to employee accounts.

Special Report: Employment Law

Vitaly Gashpar : The Recorder : January 04, 2013

Employment Litigation in the Age of Social Media

Paul Cowie and Marlene Nicolas : The Recorder : January 04, 2013

Attorneys must balance the obligation to preserve evidence with restrictions on employers' access to employee accounts, explain Sheppard Mullin attorneys.

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

Nathalie Pierrepont : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

The new (online) art of perfect pairings.

Labor & Employment

: New York Law Journal : January 21, 2013

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Waivers of Whistleblower Claims After Dodd-Frank," "Recent Decisions Clarify Scope of Third-Party Retaliation Doctrine," "Employers' Changing Obligations in the Post-DOMA World" and "Workplace Violence: Employee Rights, Employer Recourse."

Recent Decisions Clarify Scope of Third-Party Retaliation Doctrine

Jack Kiley and Shira Forman : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2013

Jack Kiley and Shira Forman of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton write: As the case law regarding third-party retaliation continues to develop, it remains to be seen how far courts will stretch the zone of interests outlined by the Supreme Court in 'Thompson'. One thing is already clear: The need for fact-based decision-making regarding the interrelatedness of the parties means that a genuine issue of material fact will almost always exist in third-party retaliation cases, making summary judgment in these cases particularly elusive.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2013

Leisa Lundy joins the Holland & Knight's intellectual property practice group as partner in the New York office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.