Managing Partners: Board of Directors
Number of partners: 70
Number of other lawyers: 65
Stradling represents companies and entities which seek a sophisticated law firm with experienced counsel to guide critical transactions and disputes. Originally founded in 1975 to represent Southern California’s most innovative emerging growth companies, Stradling is known today as a leading full-service law firm representing high growth and established organizations across a wide range of industries. The firm has built its practice around its clients’ core needs. Stradling’s size, structure and culture allow it to provide big-firm representation with small-firm flexibility and responsiveness. Today Stradling serves established and emerging companies, municipalities and global organizations using that very premise.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate and securities, venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, life sciences, debt finance and financial services, securities and complex business litigation, internal investigations, compliance, white collar defense, IP litigation, employment litigation, public law, real estate, taxation, bankruptcy, municipal finance and Article 9 UCC practice.
Corporate & Securities:
The corporate practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures, SEC and SOX compliance and public offerings, venture capital financings and other financings. The firm assists companies in corporate partnering and licensing, technology transactions, corporate governance and taxation. The firm focuses on emerging and established, private and public companies in a variety of sectors including life sciences, healthcare services, technology, software, retail services, clean technology, internet companies, manufacturing, apparel and food services, among others.
Life Sciences, Medical Devices & Pharmaceuticals:
From cardiac devices to ophthalmic innovation, the lawyers at Stradling assist hundreds of early stage and mature companies through their lifecycle. The firm also assists with company formation, VC and private financing, debt and lease financing, public offerings, securities law, technology transfer, distribution and licensing arrangements, joint ventures and strategic alliances as well as in complex licensing agreements with major international drug companies.
Complex Business Litigation:
The firm’s attorneys regularly prosecute and defend business disputes in state courts, federal courts and arbitration proceedings in California and in multiple jurisdictions across the country. The firm has a proven history of developing and implementing cost-effective litigation strategies. The firm handles alternative dispute resolution, antitrust and unfair competition, appellate advocacy, class action defense, partnership disputes and privacy and information security.
Securities Litigation, Government Investigation & Enforcement:
The firm handles all types of disputes involving the purchase and sale of securities and the fiduciary duties owed to shareholders. It defends companies and individuals sued in securities class actions and derivative cases. The firm prosecutes and defends shareholder disputes, M&A litigation, takeover litigation, proxy contests, broker-dealer disputes and litigation involving investment fraud. The firm also handles government investigations, including Securities and Exchange Commission (‘SEC’) inquiries and enforcement proceedings and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (‘FINRA’) inquiries. Stradling also represents audit committees and special committees of boards of directors regarding internal investigations.
Intellectual Property Litigation:
The firm’s attorneys are well-seasoned in litigating the full range of intellectual property and business tort cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. Stradling’s IP team includes attorneys who are licensed before the Patent and Trademark Office with technical backgrounds and expertise in areas such as physics, chemistry and molecular biology.
The firm’s employment attorneys protect and defend clients by reducing their exposure through effective management of both long term and immediate employment issues. The firm assists employers faced with wage and hour issues and class action and with addressing union organizing campaigns.
The firm’s tax attorneys structure sophisticated solutions to tax issues arising from virtually every form of business transaction. Their work in this area includes complex corporate reorganizations, acquisitions, mergers, financing (including tax-exempt financing and derivatives), venture capital investments and fund formations, leveraged buyouts, technology transfers and formation of joint ventures and partnerships, including unique applications of limited liability companies.
The firm’s public law attorneys specialize in the practice of public finance and general public law. Members of the department are recognized experts in their practice areas, including federal and state securities laws, federal tax law and state and constitutional law issues. The firm has been involved in nearly every type of financing undertaken by public agencies and over 35 years has helped to develop many innovative financing programs. For more than a decade, the firm consistently ranked among the top bond counsel and disclosure counsel firms in the State of California.
Bankruptcy & Restructuring:
The firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring attorneys have extensive experience representing numerous stakeholders in the restructuring space, including debtors, creditors, trustees, committees, purchasers, ad hoc groups, municipalities, funds and landlords. The firm’s practice focuses on corporate reorganizations, workouts, bankruptcy, foreclosures, financings, distressed M&A and related litigation, with a particular expertise in the municipal, media/entertainment, technology, real estate, healthcare, automotive and international sectors.
Clearlake Capital Group L.P., Appfolio, Inc., Deckers Outdoor Corp., Endologix Inc., Tandem Diabetes Care Inc., Kofax Inc., Ford Motor Co., Synoptek LLC