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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, is known for quality, for extraordinary commitment to clients, for integrated, relationship-based services, and for a range of capabilities typically found only in boutique firms. We are progressive and entrepreneurial compared to other major firms; and we are deeply committed to diversity, to public service, to involvement in the communities we serve and to excellence in all we do.

We are proud to represent a sophisticated client base in a range of industries including healthcare, financial services, entertainment, media and advertising, real estate, technology, energy and natural resources, consumer goods and services and transportation.

Our service areas include advertising; antitrust; banking; bankruptcy and financial restructuring; corporate finance and securities; environmental; government and regulatory; healthcare; insurance; intellectual property, including patent, trademark and copyright; internet and e-commerce; labor and employment; litigation and trial; mergers and acquisitions; motion picture and television; music; real estate and land use; tax, benefits and compensation; and venture capital. We provide sophisticated technical and service capabilities at the very highest levels, supplemented by the industry know-how necessary to achieve our clients' business objectives.

Our strong presence in America's most important business markets enables us to address and exceed client expectations. Our largest offices are strategically located in Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Orange County and Washington, D.C. Our offices in Sacramento and Albany - the capitals of California and New York - provide connections to government decision makers and to solutions that are unavailable from our competitors. Our access, influence and reach are enhanced by our subsidiary, Manatt Jones Global Strategies, LLC, which develops and implements programs to expand client businesses and promote effective competition on a global basis.

With powerful national litigation capabilities, exceptional transactional experience and influential government and regulatory resources, our objective is to provide unparalleled legal, strategic and business advice. We deliver on that objective for our clients every day.

Our professionals are leaders. They have served in senior positions, including Chairman and CEO, American Stock Exchange; United States Ambassador to Mexico; White House Chief of Staff; Chairman, Democratic National Committee; Member, United States House of Representatives; Minority Leader, New York State Assembly; Member, District of Columbia City Council; Chair, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; Board Member, The Regents of the University of California; President, California Bankers Association; and Chair, Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission.

Our professionals are accomplished. Our attorneys have served as judicial clerks in many Federal District Courts, U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, United States Bankruptcy Courts and state trial and appellate courts; teaching at major institutions, including Harvard, UCLA, Columbia, USC, NYU, Georgetown, Loyola and Fordham; participating in prestigious professional organizations such as the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Association of Trial Lawyers, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association.

Our professionals understand the intersection of business and government. They are alumni of numerous federal and state agencies, including the United States Department of Justice; the Internal Revenue Service; the United States State Department; the United States Department of the Interior; the Federal Trade Commission; the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; the New York State Department of Financial Services; the Office of the California Attorney General, and many other regulatory and administrative bodies. Our professionals are recognized. Manatt partners have regularly appeared in such lists as “The Best Lawyers in America;” “Top 100 Attorneys in California;” the “Dealmakers Impact Report;" and “Hollywood Power Lawyers.” They consistently receive recognition by top legal ranking organizations Chambers USA and The Legal 500 USA.

Our professionals are interesting. They come from large cities and small towns, from around the country and around the world; they have studied as Rhodes Scholars, played in jazz clubs, written books, served in the armed forces, built businesses and played high-level sports. We employ both legal acumen and real world experience in service to our clients.

As we look for new opportunities to serve, we continue to enhance long-term relationships of trust with our clients. That sense of partnership, coupled with a superior record of success, is responsible for Manatt's reputation for excellence, and identity as the firm where professionals perform, not merely practice.

Recent Recognitions

Manatt Named 2015 Law Firm of the Year For Advertising Law by U.S. News (November 2014)

Manatt Practices Receive Top National Rankings in 2015 U.S. News’ “Best Law Firms” (November 2014)

Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers Recognizes Manatt as a Leading Law Firm for Women (August 2014)

Best Lawyers Names 62 Manatt Attorneys Leading Lawyers in America for 2015 (August 2014)

Women in Law Empowerment Forum Awards Manatt 2014 Gold Certification (June 2014)

The Legal 500 Recognizes Manatt as a Leader in Core Practices (June 2014)

Manatt's Healthcare Practice Wins Chambers USA 2014 Excellence Award (May 2014)
 
Chambers USA 2014 Ranks Manatt Practices Among Top in Nation (May 2014)

U.S. News Names Manatt 2014 Law Firm of the Year in Entertainment Law - Music (November 2013)








Main Location

11355 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: 310-312-4000
9 offices

Firm Attorneys

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Ivan J. Wasserman Ivan J. Wasserman Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Practicing in: Advertising Law
Practicing in: Advertising Law
Jeffrey S. Edelstein Jeffrey S. Edelstein Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Practicing in: Advertising Law
Practicing in: Advertising Law
Linda A. Goldstein Linda A. Goldstein Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Practicing in: Commercial Litigation
Practicing in: Commercial Litigation

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    Achievements

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in California in Financial Services Regulation Law with 6 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York in Entertainment Law - Music with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Los Angeles, California in Banking and Finance Law with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Costa Mesa, California in Banking and Finance Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Los Angeles, California in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Los Angeles, California in Financial Services Regulation Law with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York, New York in Entertainment Law - Music with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York, New York in Health Care Law with 5 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in California in Financial Services Regulation Law with 6 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York in Entertainment Law - Music with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Los Angeles, California in Banking and Finance Law with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Costa Mesa, California in Banking and Finance Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Los Angeles, California in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law with 3 lawyers.

    Clients

    See: http://www.manatt.com/Clients.aspx

    Client Comments

    "Alan Brunswick is incredibly knowledgeable about all Guild matters, and a delight to work with. Everyone in town knows him and he gets things done. His bills are reasonable -- there is great value in working with him."
    "I have dealt with Jeff on a professional basis for the last four or five years. He is incredibly bright, benevolent, practical, personable, responsive and efficient. Jeff always makes the client feel like they are a priority. His breath of knowledge across the entertainment sectors is impressive. He looks for opportunities to network clients and help them build businesses. Jeff is truly a great asset to have in your corner!"
    - Darryl Porter
    PorterGeller Entertainment
    "Initially, Jeff worked with Gerry Margolis on many of the clients that I referred to Manatt. Once Gerry passed, Jeff stepped into the lead role and, as expected, has performed brilliantly. He is busy, but very accessible. He is aggressive, yet equitable. Jeff is smart, practical, and demonstrates strong interpersonal skills. All of the referrals that I sent to Jeff are becoming long term clients."
    - Darryl Porter
    PorterGeller Entertainment
    "Mr. Biederman is among the most informed and intelligent attorneys working in the music business today. His firm is full service and, through Mr. Biederman, I have used Manatt for Real Estate and Bankruptcy matters and been very pleased with the results. I highly recommend them"
    "Craig de Recat and the law firm of Manatt Phelps & Phillips have provided outstanding advice on a variety of litigation and transactional projects. Craig's counsel has always added significant value to our analysis of the risks and benefits of any given course of action. He has crafted the scope and depth of his representation to our particular needs, corporate culture, and budgetary goals for each particular project. His creativity has led to unique and favorable settlements, including the use of insurance proceeds received from a difficult carrier. He is an excellent and very well-spoken communicator who brings clarity to our internal discussions as well as a forceful advocate with opposing counsel and before the courts. There is not another lawyer I know with whom I have a greater trust and respect. We are fortunate to have the counsel of Craig de Recat. "
    - Kriston Qualls
    USA Petroleum Corporation
    "Mr. de Recat is inspiring. He is a level headed, thought provoking, trustworthy, brave, reliable, and loyal legal counsel of superior abilities. Craig also owns a farm tractor and knows how to use it. It is very hard to not like a guy who works hard for fun (he also works hard when it is not so much fun). "
    - Philip Chappelle
    Matrix Service Company
    "Craig has always made the extra effort to understand the Company's operations and business interests. Beyond Craig's superb legal expertise, his in-depth knowledge of the Company, honesty, and trustworthiness have ensured his representation is cost effective and results in the best possible outcome. I have worked with numerous attorneys across the country and I have not met any who have demonstrated the passion for the work as much as Craig. He is truly one of the best and he has been influential to our success."
    - Justin Sheets
    Matrix Service Administration
    "Mr. de Recat is truly a strategic lawyer. He understands the needs, business strategies, and complexities of his clients. He continuously provides practical and intelligent guidance to his clients on various legal matters. He communicates such advice in a logical and insightful manner that instills a tremendous amount of confidence in his abilities."
    - Christian Driscoll
    USA Petroleum Corporation
    "Craig is an intellectual and concise attorney with significant legal skills to aid and guide corporate clients through a variety of issues. I have a great deal of respect for how Craig represents his clients' interests while being mindful of the best way to resolve matters. Craig is an excellent attorney and I have enjoyed working with him on various projects."
    - Charles Magee
    Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company
    "In an age of niche practice areas, Ellen has that rare quality of being proficient in many legal specialties. She is a highly accomplished, skilled, and responsive legal professional whom I highly recommend."
    - Linda Iannone
    Toyota Financial Services
    "Ellen Marshall is a superb communicator and is able to quickly grasp complex situations and provide insight and possible solutions in an expert manner. She is an excellent analyst and very enjoyable to work with. She was recommended very highly, along with many others in her firm."
    "George is excellent at developing a trial strategy and executing it well. He's great with judges and dealing with opposing counsel in an effective and professional way. George is focused on obtaining the right outcome (settlement or trial) and doesn't just see his legal practice as being paid for his time irrespective of the outcome. He genuinely cares that his legal advice and services lead to the right outcome for the client, legally and economically (in terms of paying legal fees). "
    - Lynne McGhee
    California Water Service Company
    "Mr. Rose has been the company's outside attorney since 1989. He is very thorough, prompt, and creative. He's ethical, practical, and knows how to get things done."
    "Keith Allen-Niesen provides a masterful blend of legal expertise, client management skills, and old-fashioned common sense. It is always a pleasure to work with Keith."
    "Linda is an amazing asset with her expertise in all legal matters related to advertising and direct marketing. Everyone at SDP who deals with her respects her well-reasoned and thoughtful advice, and she is a trusted advisor to my entire management team. She is in constant demand to be a speaker at various organizations and has a long list of clients all vying for her attention. "
    - Scott Brady
    Special Data Processing
    "Linda Goldstein is one of the true "Deans" of advertising lawyers. She combines the legal with the practical."
    "Linda is an international expert, with ties in to high level officials. Her expertise cannot be topped, and her practical guidance and advice is spot on. She is extremely responsive, despite her huge roster of national clients."
    "Bob has a depth of expertise in matters relating to privacy, HIPAA compliance, fraud and abuse, and Stark law issues. He is incisive and articulate. He is timely in responding to client needs and is a pleasure to work with. I would recommend him without reservation."
    - Barbara Arky
    Lutheran Medical Center
    "Mr. Belfort has been an invaluable resource to CUCS. His expertise on health care matters as they relate to an organization providing mental health services is outstanding. He has made significant contributions to CUCS regarding policies and procedures, particularly in the area of HIPAA compliance, as well as providing insight and guidance on specific legal issues. Mr. Belfort has an uncanny ability to focus on the substance of a matter and provide precise and concise guidance."
    - Paul Gualano
    Center for Urban Community Services, Inc.
    "GRIPA, and I in particular, have relied heavily on Bob over the last two years in transforming our company from an IPA contracting only with HMO's to a clinically-integrated provider group as defined by the FTC/DOJ. This effort has required guidance on matters of privacy and security beyond HIPAA for electronic data access, as well as intellectual property, and has generated several types of contracts with providers, hospitals, lab and imaging facilities, and software vendors in addition to insurers. Bob has frequently had to help us negotiate contracts with these parties and their attorneys and has been an excellent spokesman and advocate for us. He has been helpful in sorting out the roots of our legal issues and finding us a path through seemingly impenetrable state and federal regulations. When Bob feels his wide-ranging experience and expertise are not enough, he has connects us with other experts within his firm. He has been very responsive to our needs, has formed working relationships with several of our staff, and keeps us informed of when we can expect a certain piece of work to be done."
    - Eric Nielsen
    Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association, Inc.
    "I am pleased to comment regarding the professional services provided to Clinilabs, Inc. by Mr. Robert Belfort. Mr. Belfort has been legal counsel for Clinilabs since 2001. Since that time, he has provided knowledgeable and effective representation in a multitude of matters, and has been an invaluable resource to the Company. I believe that his advice exceeds that which is common in most attorney/client relationships, as Mr. Belfort often has been called on to address high-level issues that are relevant to the discussions of the Company's Board. I personally have relied on him on numerous occasions just as if he were a Board member. Several things impress me about Mr. Belfort. First is his knowledge of the law, and his ability to reduce complicated matters to simpler terms. Second is his even temper and unpretentious demeanor, which makes him someone who is easy to work with - both as a client or in negotiations with others. Third, when negotiating a deal, Mr. Belfort is practical, fair, and balanced while still being able to aggressively defend critically important positions. Mr. Belfort also makes referrals appropriately and always has handed-off referrals in a highly professional way (e.g., to another attorney specializing in finance, patent law, or human resources). One of the most impressive things about Mr. Belfort is that he is unusually responsive and prompt. I have often commented to him that I feel like "his only client..." because he responds to my calls and e-mails within the same day and always follows up with letters, documents, or other materials within a very short span of time. He's let me know through his actions that my business and the state of my Company are a top priority for him. Finally, on a personal note, I often have heard other CEOs complain about their counselors or otherwise speak about their attorneys in unflattering ways. I have experienced none of what they have endured. I feel that Clinilabs truly has been privileged to have the attention of Mr. Belfort; a man who has acted in the interests of the Company as much as any of the Company's senior management or shareholders. Sincerely, Gary Zammit "
    - Gary Zammit
    Clinilabs, Inc.
    "Robert Belfort is a very well-rounded health care lawyer, who gives practical business advice in a highly challenging area."
    "Bob Belfort has great technical expertise and sound judgment. He is a trusted advisor with the ability to reach sound decisions."
    "I cannot imagine a better lawyer for our organization than Bob Belfort. He is knowledgeable, maintains the highest standards of integrity, and responds swiftly and effectively to all our needs. Besides his obvious skill and professionalism, he is a genuine pleasure to work with. Bob is more than just our organization's counsel; he is an integral, and beloved, member of our team."
    "Steve Edwards is very experienced and knowledgeable. He has a good understanding of the business as well as the legal issues involved."
    "Susan is at the top of the food chain when it comes to land use law. She knows CEQA law as well as any attorney I have ever dealt with. She completes the assignments I give her in an expeditious manner with a high level of professionalism. I have often recommended her to others in need of a land use lawyer."
    - Ed Mountford
    California Coastal Communities
    "Bill is extremely creative, thoughtful, and proactive in representing his clients and advancing their interests in a variety of policy and legal contexts. He is a trusted resource for many in both public and private sectors in his many areas of expertise."
    "Alan Brunswick is incredibly knowledgeable about all Guild matters, and a delight to work with. Everyone in town knows him and he gets things done. His bills are reasonable -- there is great value in working with him."
    "I have dealt with Jeff on a professional basis for the last four or five years. He is incredibly bright, benevolent, practical, personable, responsive and efficient. Jeff always makes the client feel like they are a priority. His breath of knowledge across the entertainment sectors is impressive. He looks for opportunities to network clients and help them build businesses. Jeff is truly a great asset to have in your corner!"
    - Darryl Porter
    PorterGeller Entertainment
    "Initially, Jeff worked with Gerry Margolis on many of the clients that I referred to Manatt. Once Gerry passed, Jeff stepped into the lead role and, as expected, has performed brilliantly. He is busy, but very accessible. He is aggressive, yet equitable. Jeff is smart, practical, and demonstrates strong interpersonal skills. All of the referrals that I sent to Jeff are becoming long term clients."
    - Darryl Porter
    PorterGeller Entertainment
    "Mr. Biederman is among the most informed and intelligent attorneys working in the music business today. His firm is full service and, through Mr. Biederman, I have used Manatt for Real Estate and Bankruptcy matters and been very pleased with the results. I highly recommend them"

    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

    Main Location

    11355 West Olympic Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90064
    Phone: 310-312-4000
    9 offices

    Management

    Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner

    Personnel

    Partners: 209
    Of Counsel: 42
    Associates: 92
    Paralegals: 40
    Non-Legal Employees: 391
    International Non-Legal Employees: 4

    Practice Areas

    Advertising Law
    Antitrust Law
    Appellate Practice
    Banking and Finance Law
    Commercial Litigation
    Copyright Law
    Corporate Compliance Law
    Corporate Law
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    Employment Law - Management
    Energy Law
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
    Entertainment Law - Music
    Environmental Law
    Financial Services Regulation Law
    Government Relations Practice
    Health Care Law
    Insurance Law
    International Trade and Finance Law
    Labor Law - Management
    Land Use and Zoning Law
    Litigation - Bankruptcy
    Litigation - Environmental
    Litigation - First Amendment
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
    Litigation - Labor and Employment
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates
    Non-Profit / Charities Law
    Patent Law
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
    Real Estate Law
    Securities / Capital Markets Law
    Sports Law
    Tax Law
    Trusts and Estates