Managing Partner: David I. Gindler
Number of partners: 46 Number of other lawyers: 60
For more than 75 years, Irell & Manella LLP has helped clients resolve their most challenging and complex legal issues. We are known for our extraordinary track record of successful outcomes as well as the genuine creativity we bring to high-stakes, precedent-setting matters. The firm’s success is rooted in our unflagging commitment to quality and client service. A national leader in intellectual property law, we are also sought out for our wide-ranging experience in litigation, private equity, media and entertainment, securities, class action defense, insurance, global investigations, compliance and bankruptcy, among other disciplines.
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 Delaware Supreme Court, Federal Circuit, Second Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeals.
Bankruptcy, Reorganization & Creditors’ Rights:
Handles major corporate reorganizations and creditors’ rights matters and represents troubled companies in developing formal and informal workouts, exchange offers, and other transactions and strategies. Recent matters include the successful representation of Sports Authority in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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 ten years. Recently secured a dismissal of a biometric privacy class action for a video game publisher, which was affirmed on appeal.
One of the nation’s premier litigation practices. Represents clients in all manners of complex commercial litigation.
Represents publicly and privately held acquirers, sellers, targets and financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, tender and exchange offers, proxy contests, dispositions and spinoffs.
Entertainment & Media Litigation:
Spans issues involving trademark, copyright, format rights, idea submission, defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, profit participation, royalty payments, vertical integration claims, and the interpretation of recording, film, and distribution. Recent victories include a win for Warner Bros. Entertainment in a royalty class action.
Entertainment & Media Transactions:
More than 70 years of experience representing entertainment and new media companies. Recognized as a 2017 ‘Media & Entertainment Group of the Year.’
Advises clients on debt finance transactions; intercreditor arrangements; LBOs; securitizations, tender and exchange offers; and asset-based lending, leasing, recapitalization, reorganization and restructuring transactions. Represented Rosa Foods (dba Soylent) in a $50M Series B financing from Silicon Valley players Google Ventures, Alphabet Inc. and Andreessen Horowitz, among others.
Global Investigations & Anti-Corruption:
Led by a former senior prosecutor in the DOJ’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit, the group represents corporations and executives in government and regulatory actions, internal investigations and corporate compliance matters, and white collar criminal defense.
Business entities and individuals named as defendants in complex business litigation consistently retain Irell to pursue coverage under policies of professional, commercial, fidelity, crime, directors, officers and umbrella liability insurance.
Intellectual Property Litigation:
One of the oldest and deepest IP practices in any multipractice 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 a defense verdict for Juniper Networks following a patent infringement trial, a result recognized as a Top Defense Verdict of the Year. 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.
Labor & Employment:
Represents employers in employment relations including wage-and-hour class actions and matters involving employment agreements, arbitration, trade secrets, and unfair competition.
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 Trial and Appeal Board of the Patent Office.
Represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies, advising initial investments, including financing, tax structure and the satisfaction of regulatory requirements; exit strategies through public offerings or a private sale; and equity offerings, debt financings, and private placements.
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.