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Our Survey Says

VAULT’S VERDICT:

Sheppard Mullin has grown exponentially in size since its founding as a two-person shop in 1927, but that growth hasn’t gone to the firm’s head, so to speak. Proud to be a Los Angeles native, Sheppard Mullin retains a strong California identity even with offices across the country and around the world. The firm also holds tight to its small-firm origins, literally as well as figuratively—from the firm’s selective hiring process focusing as much on fit as on academics and its relatively small summer class size to its culture, which associates describe as “small firm” and “familial.” Partners are highly respectful of associates and express appreciation for their contributions, going above and beyond to provide feedback in the interest of learning and growth. Associates are impressed by management’s transparency, including “tours” by leadership and HR in which associates are welcome to express their input—and even more notably, they feel heard. Speaking of impressed, that’s one word to describe how associates feel about compensation at Sheppard Mullin; salary matches market, but bonuses often go above and beyond, both for higher billers as well as discretionary. Remarkably, associates do not feel overburdened by hours in exchange for this generous compensation, with many praising the emphasis on work-life balance and flexibility (although talk of a mandatory three days in the office policy elicits some grumbles). Contributing to associate satisfaction is billable credit for 40 hours of rest and relaxation, which also sets a positive tone regarding wellness. Formal training leaves something to be desired, although improvements are visible on the horizon. Associates feel that partnership is a very real possibility, particularly given that many current Sheppard Mullin partners began their careers at the firm.

THE FIRM'S PERSPECTIVE:

Sheppard Mullin is a full-service AmLaw 100 firm with more than 1,000 attorneys in 16 offices worldwide.

We pride ourselves on valuing and cultivating what we think matters most: people—our colleagues, our clients, and the larger communities in which we operate. 

We are proud of our culture, which emphasizes civility and teamwork, and we strive to maintain a collegial and inclusive environment where lawyers want to be.   We hold multiple annual retreats to create and strengthen bonds across offices and practices.  We encourage well-being, putting our money where our mouth is through our associate Unplug & Recharge Program, access to Lyra Health and Wellness, and our generous parental baby-bonding leave policies, among other innovative initiatives. 

Our commitment to attorney growth and development is an integral part of our strategic plan.  We realize not all attorneys want to become partner, so our Career Advisory Program provides confidential coaching for those who seek non-partner or in-house opportunities. 

Our clients are not only business partners but also part of our professional family.  Client service is in our DNA which is why we are consistently ranked among BTI Consulting’s Most Recommended Law Firms list.

Our commitment to the larger community is evidenced by our pro bono work; our Impact Initiative, which allows the Sheppard Mullin family to improve our communities through charitable donations as well as volunteering; and our partnerships with our clients and D&I-focused organizations to drive diversity and inclusion progress in the legal and larger business communities and within the firm.

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.