Over the course of more than 30 years in Los Angeles, we have become known for our ability to deliver a range of legal services to a broad array of clients — from the organizations and stars that shine brightest in the entertainment industry to the companies and investors that drive today’s economy.
The Los Angeles Daily Journal named our corporate team one of the best transactional practices in Southern California for our work with corporations, private equity funds and investment managers in some of the highest-profile deals of recent years. These include our representation of Ares Management and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in their $1.65 billion acquisition of General Nutrition Centers, and innovative work establishing joint ventures on behalf of the families of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra to manage the music, names and likenesses of those legendary performers.
We are also known for our work in California employment law, which can vex even the most sophisticated businesses. Employment law clients include the major entertainment studios and talent and management agencies, as well as Fortune 500 companies and private employers headquartered in the state and those based elsewhere that do business in California. This work includes defending discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour cases; traditional labor-management relations and collective bargaining; and employee benefits and executive compensation matters.
Our litigation practice is equally wide ranging. We are known for our excellence in Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement, white collar defense and general commercial matters. These capabilities are enhanced by some of California’s best-known insurance litigators, who have recovered more than $2 billion for policyholders and handled some of the highest-profile insurance coverage matters of recent years. Among the latter are claims arising out of the collapse of the World Trade Center; recovering money for Holocaust victims; defending a company involved in highly publicized blood contamination cases; and some of the largest and most complex environmental insurance coverage cases.
The lawyers in our personal planning practice, part of one of the country’s most respected wealth management groups, represent high-net-worth individuals and organizations. Clients range from Grammy-winning singers, noted authors and principals of major businesses to families, trusts and charitable foundations in estate planning and related litigation matters.
The capabilities of a host of our practices are enhanced by the work of our tax lawyers. They advise on issues involving sophisticated transactions of all types and provide planning advice to companies and individuals.
We are rounded out by our real estate practice, which is heavily involved in financing and transactional matters and has been immersed in restructurings, workouts and refinancings in response to the needs of our institutional and commercial clients.