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Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

  • Designation: Los Angeles
  • Head Count: 549
  • Gross Revenues: $466,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $850,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,245,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 2

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 65 2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 65 2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 73 2 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 136 1 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 45 -7 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 43 -5 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 21 -8 Summer programs

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Understanding Legal Malpractice to Reduce Your Risk

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

Know what constitutes malpractice and outline your duties to clients at the start of a relationship to mitigate exposure.

The Churn: Dickstein Group Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Greenberg Traurig has raided Dickstein Shapiro for 13 lawyers and lobbyists in Washington, D.C., Paul Hastings plucks Kaye Scholer's white-collar and internal investigations chair and Troutman Sanders snags Hughes Hubbard's private equity chair in the latest round of lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Constant Communication Can Prevent Payment Problems From Becoming Lawsuits

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

Billing early and often, following up on nonpayment and other helpful hints to stop billing issues from becoming malpractice claims.

Catheter Patent Suit Balloons in Scope

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

After a ruling from Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, medical device maker TriReme brings in new lawyers to fight claims its CEO breached a fiduciary duty to a rival.

UC-Hastings Dean Fights Rankings Dive

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

Frank Wu wants to stop talking about the U.S. News rankings. If only he could.

Legal Fees and the Malpractice Minefield

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

Five steps for effective billing and collection that can help avoid legal malpractice claims.

Akin Gump Chooses Prosperoware Legal Process Management

Sean Doherty : Law Technology News : January 02, 2014

Prosperoware's legal process management software comprises Umbria Core and Umbria Litigator products.

When to Sue Your Client for Unpaid Fees

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 27, 2014

Four questions to ask before you file, from the authors of a new book on legal malpractice.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 25, 2014

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith has added a partner, while other firms have added counsel

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Seven firms announce new additions, and Albany Law School has appointed professors Deborah Kearns and Sarah Rogerson as co-directors of its Law Clinic & Justice Center.

The Ethical Implications of Alternative Fee Arrangements

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Lawyers need to be mindful of ethics issues when crafting different billing structures, explain the authors of a new book on minimizing legal malpractice risks.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 16, 2014

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

Niro Client Abandons Fight in 'Exceptional' Patent Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Litigation counsel at Niro Haller appear to be off the hook, but Raymond Niro Sr. said defense lawyers may still have their sights set on him.

Shook Hardy Set to Sublease Hometown Space

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Shook, Hardy & Bacon is downsizing in a Kansas City, Mo., office tower built to house the firm a decade ago. And in seeking to sublease three floors of space in the building where it serves as anchor tenant, Shook Hardy is just the latest Am Law 200 firm to reduce its real estate needs amid an evolving market for legal services.

Judge Backs Surcharge to Make Taxis Accessible

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

A federal judge has approved a 30-cents-per-ride surcharge for New York City taxis to pay for the addition to the fleet of thousands of wheelchair accessible taxis.

Perkins Coie Snares Emerging Companies Partner in LA

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Jonathan Atzen previously served as general counsel at a Santa Monica biotech company.

Attorney-Mediators Can't Hide From Conflicts of Interest

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Even without legal services being rendered, conflicts can arise.

The Churn: Husch Blackwell Hires Again in Denver, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Husch Blackwell becomes the latest large Midwestern firm to bulk up in the Rockies; Dechert raids Wilmer to launch a life sciences practice in Frankfurt; Sidley Austin shutters its office in Germany's financial capital and other moves from around The Am Law 200.

Scarpulla, Panelists Discuss Efficient Ways to Litigate

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 09, 2014

The newest judge to join Manhattan's Commercial Division told an audience of junior associates and other practitioners Friday that the key to greater efficiency in litigation is to be realistic, reach across the aisle early and work on getting clients "the best deal possible."

Associates Are Doin' It for Themselves

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

For young lawyers, carving out practice niches can be a path to partnership or new careers outside the law.

Beastie Boys Win Copyright Fight Against Monster Energy

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 06, 2014

With help from longtime counsel Kenneth Anderson of Sheppard Mullin, the Beastie Boys secured a $1.7 million jury verdict on Thursday against energy drink company Monster Energy Co. for using the band's music in a promotional video without authorization.

Keys to Effective Conflict Waiver Disclosures

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

A simple agreement isn't enough; disclosures must be detailed and put in writing, according to our legal malpractice columnists.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Judge Wants to Know Niro Firm's Role in 'Pattern of Deceit'

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

Sheppard Mullin's Stephen Korniczky has been pursuing sanctions against Niro Haller & Niro for its representation of Intellect Wireless in a series of patent cases.

Judge Wants to Know Niro Firm's Role in 'Pattern of Deceit'

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

Sheppard Mullin's Stephen Korniczky has been pursuing sanctions against Niro Haller & Niro for its representation of Intellect Wireless in a series of patent cases.

Squire Sanders Partner Moves to Chinese Firm

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Ni Xudong's move to Concord & Partners comes just as Squire Sanders prepares for its merger with Patton Boggs in the U.S.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Outdoor advertising company Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings has named Craig Gangi as executive vice president and general counsel and Proskauer Rose partner Robert Kafin has been elected as chair of the Times Square Alliance, among other announcements.

Check Conflicts Early and Always

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 29, 2014

An effective conflicts screening process is vital for reducing malpractice exposure. Here's what yours should look like.

Tips for Effective Client Screening

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens, Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

Advance research and questioning can weed out problem clients and prevent legal malpractice claims.

Ten Tips for Avoiding Malpractice Claims

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens, Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

Practical steps you can take to reduce your exposure, excerpted from a new book by Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi.

China Announces GSK Charges

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2014

The Chinese government said Wednesday it had concluded a corruption investigation into the British pharmaceutical giant and would be charging three former executives, including the company's China legal director.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 14, 2014

A joint venture of Savanna and KBS Capital Advisors has acquired 110 William St. from Swig Equities and Dubai Investment Group for $261.1 million. Also, retail real estate firm RKF has expanded its midtown New York City headquarters at 521 Fifth Ave.

The Churn: Ballard Spahr Bulks Up in Delaware, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Ballard Spahr snags a leading litigator from the First State, Reed Smith hires Fried Frank's energy head and other lateral moves from around The Am Law 200.

Getting In With the Emerging Crowd

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

Lawyers such as Wilmer's Glenn Luinenburg, seen here with SRI's Richard Mahoney, look to incubators, trade groups and plain old networking in hopes of representing the next tech sensation.

Inventor Wants Sheppard Kicked Out of Messy Fee Fight

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

Intellect Wireless CEO Daniel Henderson— whose case has put famed plaintiffs firm Niro, Haller & Niro on the hot seat—says he was once a Sheppard client.

Pillsbury Snags Corporate Partner From DLA Piper

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 05, 2014

Armando Castro is joining the firm's Palo Alto office, where he'll focus on emerging companies in the networking and communications space.

Recorder Names Corporate Practices of the Year

Recorder Editors : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

A Tough Year at Bingham

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

Lower billings and higher costs in 2013 meant that Bingham McCutchen partners took a hit. But not everybody suffered.

2014 Rising Stars

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The New York Law Journal congratulates the 42 young lawyers chosen as 2014 Rising Stars by a panel of 20 esteemed judges. Our panel reviewed more than 230 nominations of attorneys 40 and under who have established a record of accomplishments and demonstrated that they are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities.

In-House Counsel Profile: Crate & Barrel Holdings Inc.'s Victoria Donati

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

General counsel Victoria Donati joined Crate & Barrel in 2008 after serving as outside counsel while at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg. She's one of two attorneys in the four-person department.

California Drought Ripples Through the Supply Chain

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 25, 2014

Companies with business interests in the Golden State are feeling the burn.

Patrick Oot, Tom Baldwin Land New Jobs

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 24, 2014

Lots of career moves in law firms and vendor shops.

Class Certification Granted in Suit Against Massage Chain

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : January 23, 2014

A federal judge has certified a class of perhaps 130,000 California customers of the Massage Envy chain who prepaid for massages but were not allowed to claim them or be reimbursed when they cancelled their memberships or their accounts were in arrears.

The Churn: Gibson Lands Ropes SF Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

Among those switching firms in our latest roundup: a new cochair for Gibson Dunn's life sciences practice.

Missiles Fly in HTC's War on Niro Firm

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Focus on phone records showing Niro lawyers spoke to client Daniel Henderson on the same day he submitted a false declaration to the PTO.

Missiles Fly in HTC's War on Niro Firm

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

HTC Corp.'s brawl with patent powerhouse Niro, Haller & Niro over the firm's alleged role in inequitable conduct before the U.S. Patent and Trade Office shows no signs of abating.

Valley Firms Flex Brands at the Beach

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Cooley's Santa Monica office is up to 25 lawyers, while Fenwick and Wilson say the long-distance thing is working fine for now.

Asia Deal Digest: April 17, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2014

* White & Case and Linklaters lead on $5.85 billion Chinese mine acquisition in Peru* Chinese retail group turns to Simpson Thacher for its takeover of a British department store chain* Milbank advises the government of Sri Lanka on a third sovereign bond offering

Family Can Keep Apartment Despite Error, Panel Finds

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 15, 2014

New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development cannot reconsider its decision to give a four-bedroom subsidized co-op to a family of five, against its normal rules, because the other family challenging the decision has no standing to sue, a state appeals court recently found.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Scott Morehouse joins Sheppard Mullin's real estate, land use and environmental practice as partner in the Costa Mesa, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Churn: Ten McKenna Partners Join Sheppard Mullin, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

Sheppard Mullin adds 10 McKenna Long partners in Southern California; three patent litigators land at O'Melveny; and Weil hires a Goldman Sachs restructuring specialist.

FTC Sues 'Jerk.com' Over Alleged Consumer Deception

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

The operators of the website Jerk.com were sued by the Federal Trade Commission today for allegedly harvesting personal information from Facebook to designate more than 73 million people jerks or nonjerks, then falsely claiming that consumers could revise their online profiles by paying $30.

Sheppard Mullin Team Inks Deal for 3D Printing Company

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

Pressure's on to Recruit More Disabled Workers

Sherry Karabin : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Seven percent of workers on projects funded by federal money must have a disability, starting now.

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.

Beastie Boys Settle Copyright Fight Over GoldieBlox Video

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2014

After attracting top IP lawyers at Orrick and Durie Tangi in its tussle with the Beastie Boys over a viral video, toymaker GoldieBlox is apologizing and paying up to make the case go away.

'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

Cooley, Fenwick Beat Back LendingTree Patent Claims at Trial

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 12, 2014

The online lending exchange LendingTree, a subsidiary of Charlotte, N.C.-based Tree Inc., struck out on Wednesday in a patent infringement trial against the Internet companies Nextag, Zillow and Adchemy.

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."

Developing Social Media Policies That Survive NLRB Scrutiny

Eric Raphan, Jonathan Stoler and Sean J. Kirby : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Eric Raphan, Jonathan Stoler and Sean J. Kirby of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, write: Given recent NLRB decisions, and the NLRB's stated intention to continue focusing on such cases, employers must take steps to ensure that their social media policies will pass NLRB scrutiny, while still protecting themselves in situations where an employee has posted unfavorable comments about the employer on social media.

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.

CliffsNotes for the Painful Internal Investigation

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 03, 2014

Yes, internal investigations are difficult and labor-intensive. But follow these suggestions, and it won't be as painful.

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.

Court Gives Guidance on Contingent Purchase Price Provisions

Isobel Markham : Law.com : January 25, 2014

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.

Sheppard Team Helps Ink Film Deal

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : 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.

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

Preparing for the Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate

Gregg Fisch and Michael Campbell : Corporate Counsel : January 07, 2014

Employers would be wise to figure out if the ACA employer mandate applies to them, understand the potential penalties that can be imposed and decide if they want to pay or play.

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.

Famed Niro IP Firm on Hot Seat Over Inventor's 'I Lied' Email

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

After defeating a patent suit for HTC, Sheppard Mullin partner Stephen Korniczky is going after plaintiffs IP firm Niro, Haller & Niro—and he's got a powerful weapon.

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.