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Irell & Manella LLP

At a Glance


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About Irell & Manella LLP

A Southern California powerhouse for 80 years, Irell & Manella matches or exceeds its multinational peers in salary, prestige, and high-stakes cases, serving clients worldwide from just three locations in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, and Washington, DC.

A Glamorous Start

Irell harkens back to the glamour days of old Hollywood—1941, to be exact: the year in which Orson Welles released a little flick called Citizen Kane and two tax attorneys—Eugene Berger and Lawrence Irell—established what became one of the most prestigious law firms in Tinseltown. Arthur Manella joined the firm in 1944; within a year, Berger had passed away, and Manella had become a partner. The Tax practice started handling tax affairs for Hollywood stars, including Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster, Elizabeth Taylor, and Lou Costello, and the firm became a California fixture.

California Powerhouse

Irell has resisted the rapid expansion of many of its peers, but its reach has been mighty nevertheless. Among its strengths are its Intellectual Property and Complex Commercial Litigation practices. The firm’s high-profile clients include Johnson & Johnson, Uber Technologies, Juno Therapeutics, City of Hope, Genentech, Gilead, PayPal, St. Jude Medical, Snapchat, TiVo, and Skechers, and almost a dozen universities.

Irell’s IP group has garnered top honors—including being named the IP Litigation Department of the Year by The American Lawyer and ranking among the Top 20 in Vault’s Intellectual Property Practice Area ranking. The firm’s IP practice is broken into five sub-practices: appellate, intellectual property litigation, intellectual property transactions, patent office trials, and patent portfolio management. The firm provides IP counsel across numerous industries, including biotechnology, e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, software, telecommunications, and video games. Irell’s expansion beyond the Golden State with its new office in Washington, DC, strengthens the practice even further, with the USPTO and U.S. International Trade Commission just steps away.

Mind the Gap

Irell’s Gap Program encourages mentoring among its associates. Through the program, associates in their third year or above can invite lawyers at least two years below them out for a meal on the firm’s dime. Associates also receive an associate mentor when they join the firm. And associates can consult “litigation solicitors” for career guidance on high-level practice pointers. Mentoring isn’t only for junior associates at Irell, though. Fourth-year associates and above are matched with partner advisors who can provide career advice and shadowing opportunities and assist in finding new ways for the associate to develop their skills.

News & Awards

  • Irell secured over $3.2 billion in total verdicts and judgments, including the largest patent judgment in history, for VLSI Technology in patent suits against Intel involving microprocessor technology.
  • Irell obtained a defense victory for Fortress Investment Group in an antitrust suit brought by Intel and Apple.
  • Irell garnered over $520 million in total jury awards for USAA in litigation against Wells Fargo and PNC Bank involving remote deposit technology.
  • Irell secured a $303.15 million jury verdict for Netlist in a suit against Samsung involving five patents relating to computer memory technology.
  • California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award, 2023—Daily Journal
  • Technology Practice Group of the Year, 2022—Law360
  • IP Litigation Department of the Year, 2021—The American Lawyer
  • National Boutique/Specialty Litigation Department of the Year, 2021—The American Lawyer
  • IP Practice Group of the Year, 2021—Law360

Why Work Here

We Are True To Ourselves

Irell attorneys are a diverse group.  Although we come from a wide array of backgrounds, countries and experiences, we share a common passion for practicing law at the highest levels and we are all dedicated to finding the best solutions for our clients.  Our differences enrich us and our common desire for excellence binds us.  At Irell, we can be ourselves and focus on our shared passions.

Even casual office discussion often involves recent cases, ongoing matters, and interesting legal issues.  We wouldn’t have it any other way, and we encourage hearty discussions and debates about developing legal and social issues.  In fact, the firm produces in-house discussions and training sessions, usually led by associates, on topics relevant to our practice and our community several times every week.  The environment around the office is prime for inquisitive legal minds.

Irell & Manella LLP

1800 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90067-4276
Phone: (310) 277-1010

Firm Stats

Management Committee: Ben Hattenbach, Lisa Glasser, and Keith Orso
Hiring Partner: Keith Orso
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
50 - 100
No. of Partners Named 2022:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $4,135

Employment Contact

Alanna Cowan
Director of Recruiting & Development
(310) 203-7540
General Recruiting Email:

No. of U.S. Offices: 3

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Los Angeles, CA
Newport Beach, CA
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Complex Business Litigation
Class Action Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation
Intellectual Property Transactions
Patent Office Trials
Patent Portfolio Management
Securities Litigation
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.