Management Committee: Ben Hattenbach, Lisa Glasser, Keith Orso
Number of partners: 28 Number of other lawyers: 40
For more than 75 years, Irell & Manella LLP has helped clients resolve their most challenging and complex legal issues. The firm is known for its extraordinary track record of successful outcomes as well as the genuine creativity it brings to high-stakes litigation. The firm’s success is rooted in its unflagging commitment to quality and client service.
Main Areas of Practice:
Comprised of litigators who frequently handle appeals and writs in various appellate courts, with special expertise in handling intellectual property matters in the Federal Circuit. Recent appellate victories were also obtained in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Delaware Supreme Court, and the Federal Circuit, Second Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Ninth Circuit and California Court of Appeals.
Class Action Defense:
Recognized success in class and multi-jurisdiction cases in federal and state courts around the country. The firm’s attorneys have defended more than 100 class action cases in the last decade.
Complex Commercial Litigation:
One of the nation’s premier litigation practices. Represents clients in all types of complex commercial litigation.
Intellectual Property Litigation:
One of the oldest and deepest IP practices in any multi-practice law firm. Gained its world-renowned reputation for winning high-profile IP cases involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and antitrust issues. Recent successes include securing the two largest patent jury awards of 2019. Also named the 2018 ‘IP Litigation Department of the Year’ by The American Lawyer.
Intellectual Property Transactions:
A leading firm in national and international transactions involving information technology, telecommunications, biotechnology, and the protection of patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, service marks and trade dress.
Represents scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, hospitals, universities and other leading companies in pharmaceutical, medical device and other related biotechnology matters. The team includes attorneys and technical staff who hold doctoral and other academic credentials in biology, biomedical engineering, pharmacology and chemistry.
Patent Office Trials:
Offers extensive experience in Patent Office proceedings, including inter partes review (IPR), covered business method review and ex parte reexamination. Features Michael Fleming, former chief administrative patent judge of the Patent Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Encompasses private litigation; shareholder derivative and corporate governance litigation; mergers and acquisitions litigation; inquiries, subpoenas, and investigations commenced by regulatory agencies or prosecuting authorities; internal corporate investigations; and counseling in connection with D&O insurance issues. Recent matters include securing a trial win for Public Storage in a complex merger litigation and representing the former chairman and CEO of Countrywide in a series of shareholder and regulatory lawsuits arising from the mortgage crisis. Named the 2017 ‘Securities Litigation Department of the Year’ in California.
Expertise in virtually every aspect of federal, state, local, and international taxation of public and privately owned corporations, as well as partnerships, limited liability companies, individuals, trusts, and tax-exempt entities.