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Sheppard Mullin

At a Glance

Uppers

“Great opportunities for learning and growth.”

“Culture of transparency.”

Downers

“Lack of formal training.”

“The three days per week in-office firm policy.”

About Sheppard Mullin

With expertise in a variety of practices, including corporate, litigation, employment, IP, antitrust, and finance, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has grown aggressively in recent times. The firm has added several industry-focused practices, such as healthcare, insurance, and entertainment, and serves such clients as Mastercard, Liberty Mutual, Allstate Insurance, and Disney.

Starting Up

Today’s Sheppard Mullin entered the world in 1927 as Haight & Mathes, the brainchild of two young lawyers who left a small Los Angeles firm to strike out on their own. James Sheppard joined the nascent firm the following year. Name partners J. Stanley Mullin and George Richter cut their teeth as law clerks in the Great Depression’s waning days. With the 1938 hiring of Harvard grad Gordon Hampton, the firm closed out its recruitment of the quartet that formed the nameplate maintained through today—a rarity in this age of mergers, spinoffs, and partner raids. Given the history of prestigious attorneys who have graced Sheppard Mullin’s halls, the firm’s continued success and growth is no surprise.

They’ve Got It Covered

You’ll need all of your fingers, all of your toes, and then some to count all of the industries that Sheppard Mullin handles. The firm’s experience includes blockchain, cannabis, venture capital, entertainment, esports, financial services, healthcare, insurance, life sciences, private equity, REIT, transportation, and so much more.

The firm is well known for its labor and employment practice—which ranks among the top 20 in Vault’s Practice Area ranking. The firm has experience counseling all kinds of clients, from Fortune 100 companies to startups. The firm serves as an everyday employment counselor to many clients, providing advice on employment agreements, employee arbitration agreements, employee handbooks, sexual harassment policies, and other workplace policies. Sheppard Mullin lawyers also handle myriad employment litigation issues—from affirmative action to discrimination to whistleblower actions to wage and hour, and much more. In addition, the firm counsels clients on union management and relations.

Sheppard Mullin also boasts a reputable healthcare practice, with more than 150 lawyers. With a cross-disciplinary approach, the practice handles a range of areas as they relate to healthcare, including antitrust, compliance, cybersecurity, fraud, HIPAA, licensing, litigation, private equity, regulatory matters, and much more.

Supporting Diversity

When it comes to diversity and inclusion, Sheppard Mullin puts its money where its mouth is. In addition to its affinity groups for women attorneys, attorneys of color, veterans, and LGBTQ+ attorneys, the firm also has gender-neutral parental leave and mentoring programs. Plus, the firm gives billable hour credit for attorney participation in external diversity programs—examples include MCCA, LCLD, and CMCP. In addition, the firm has achieved Mansfield Certification Plus five years in a row. In 2019, the firm announced its sponsorship of the LA Galaxy OC Women’s Soccer Team—an effort to support the local community and demonstrate its commitment to women’s empowerment.

News & Awards

NOTABLE CASES
  • Together with Disability Rights Advocates, the firm achieved a landmark settlement with the Metropolitan Transit Authority to make 95% of NYC’s subway stations wheelchair-accessible by 2055.
  • Represented VillageMD in its $8.9 billion acquisition of Summit Health-CityMD, a leading provider of primary, specialty, and urgent care—creating one of the largest independent provider groups in the U.S.
  • Represented Sony Pictures Television in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Industrial Media, whose portfolio includes 90 Day Fiancé, So You Think You Can Dance, and American Idol.
  • Secured consequential patent litigation victories for Netflix, Hulu, Snap, and Peloton.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • Class Action Practice Group of the year, 2022—Law360
  • Best Places to Work: Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego/Del Mar, San Francisco/Silicon Valley, 2022
  • Flex Impact Award in recognition of the firm’s flexible working initiatives, 2022—Diversity and Flexibility Alliance
  • Ranked #11 among Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys, 2022—Law360
  • Recognized among the Largest Healthcare Law Firms, 2023—Modern Healthcare
Sheppard Mullin

333 South Hope Street
43rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: (213) 620-1780

Firm Stats

Executive Committee Chairman: Lucantonio Salvi
Hiring Partners: Dylan Price & Jay Ramsey (Century City); Katarzyna Levecke & Mikela Sutrina (Chicago); Phil Kim (Dallas); Travis Anderson (Del Mar); Michelle Replogle (Houston); Jennifer Lee & Heather Plocky (LA); Amanda Zablocki (NY); Lisa Harris (Orange County); Whitney Hodges (San Diego); Alex Merritt & Jennifer Renk (SF); Seth Kim (Seoul); Don Williams (Shanghai); Chris Ponder (Silicon Valley); and Cedric Powell & Drew Svor (DC)
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
10
Billable-Hour Requirement:
1,900

Base Salary

1st year: $ 225,000
2nd year: $ 235,000
3rd year: $ 260,000
4th year: $ 310,000
5th year: $ 365,000
6th year: $ 390,000
7th year: $ 420,000
8th year: $ 435,000
Summer Associate: $ 4,135/week

Employment Contact

Caroline Menes
Director of Legal Recruiting
(212) 896-0656
cmenes@sheppardmullin.com
For a full list of office-specific employment contacts, visit sheppardmullin.com/careers

No. of U.S. Offices: 12

No. of International Offices: 4

Major Office Locations

Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Del Mar, CA
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA (Century City)
Los Angeles, CA (Downtown)
New York, NY
Costa Mesa, CA (Orange County)
Menlo Park, CA (Silicon Valley)
San Diego, CA (Downtown)
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC I
Brussels
London
Shanghai
Seoul

Major Departments

Antitrust and Competition
Bankruptcy and Restructuring
China
Telecom
Corporate and Securities
Construction
Entertainment, Technology and Advertising
Energy, Infrastructure & Project Finance
Environmental
Finance
Food and Drug Regulatory
Global Climate Change
Government Contracts, Investigations and International Trade
Healthcare
Intellectual Property
International Arbitration
International Business
Labor & Employment
Life Sciences
Land Use & Natural Resources
Litigation
Privacy and Cybersecurity
Real Estate
Tax, Estate Planning and Private Wealth Litigation
White Collar & Civil Fraud Defense
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.