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|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California|
|No. of offices||7|
|No. of attorneys||160|
|Major practice areas||Corporate; Healthcare; Infrastructure; Litigation; Real Estate; Public Policy|
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
Nossaman LLP is a national law firm with 160 attorneys and policy advisors located in seven offices throughout the United States. The Firm focuses on distinct areas of law and policy, as well as in specific industries, ranging from transportation, healthcare and financial services to real estate development, water and employment. Clients of the Firm include multi-national corporations, public agencies, private businesses, trade associations, non-profits, and individuals. E. George Joseph serves as Nossaman's managing partner.
The Firm was founded in 1942 in Los Angeles by Walter L. Nossaman. As a result of several mergers and acquisitions, the Firm’s name has morphed throughout the years. In 2008, Nossaman merged with the Washington, DC law firm O’Connor & Hannan  and shortened its name from Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott.
Our Litigation Department celebrated a significant win with our client, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporate (FDIC), in Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, as the Receiver for IndyMac Bank, F.S.B. v. Scott Van Dellen et al. where the FDIC was awarded a $169 million verdict. This was the first lawsuit filed against former bank officers by the FDIC arising out of the recent financial crisis and was also the first such suit to go to trial. This verdict was #13 on the National Law Journal's list of the "Top 100 Verdicts of the Year" for 2012, and was profiled by the Daily Journal as the Top Plaintiffs' Verdict by Impact for 2012 and named the second largest Plaintiffs' Verdict by Dollar for 2012 (the only case to earn a place on both Daily Journal lists).
Also celebrating many recent milestones, Nossaman's Infrastructure Practice Group, named one of the Top Project Finance Practice Groups of 2012 by Law360, served as the lead outside legal advisor to the California Department of Transportation ("Caltrans") on the $1.1 billion Presidio Parkway Project, the first transportation project in California to be delivered under the state's recently enacted public-private partnership (P3) statute. The project was recognized as the "Americas P3 Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International. Our Infrastructure group also advised the Virginia Department of Transportation on the procurement and negotiation of a $2.1 billion toll concession P3 to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/MLK Freeway. The project was the first United States transportation P3 to reach financial close in 2012 and is the largest transportation project undertaken in the region in almost 30 years.
Additionally, members of Nossaman's Healthcare and Corporate Practice Groups successfully represented HealthCare Partners, the country's largest operator of medical groups and physician networks, in their merger agreement with DaVita Inc., a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. The $4.42 billion merger was the fifth largest M&A deal in California in 2012.
Continuing the streak of success, Nossaman's Environment and Land Use Practice Group successfully defended the construction of a new $1.5 billion light rail transit line that will connect downtown Los Angeles with Santa Monica in a case of great importance to transportation and public works projects. Nossaman advised the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority on environmental compliance issues and defeated state and federal legal challenges under the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. When completed, the project will establish the first modern rail transit connection between downtown and the west side of L.A. – an area with among the worst traffic congestion in the nation.
The National Law Journal named Nossaman to its 2012 “NLJ 350" list of largest law firms in the United States, and its 2011 “Midsize Hot List", a special feature that highlights 20 of the nation's leading midsize law firms. Chambers and Partners continually recognizes Nossaman’s Healthcare and Infrastructure Practice Groups in its guide to top law firms in the U.S. Nossaman Partners Geoff Yarema and Patrick Harder are top-ranked nationally in the public-private partnership (P3) projects category. Nossaman Partner Linda Morgan is also ranked in the top tier for the nationwide Transportation: Rail category. The Firm's healthcare practice is ranked in California as well as healthcare chair, Richard Spohn.
Nossaman is a member of The Bridge Group, a non-exclusive network of law firms in the United States and Europe. This network offers expanded geographic reach and depth of experience to clients, including the resources and expertise of more than 1,500 legal professionals in numerous cities around the world.
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Robert M. Adler is known for his successful defense of Gerald Lankford, a former director of human resources at Tyson Foods, in a seven-week criminal trial brought against Tyson Foods and a number of its employees for allegedly hiring workers know to be undocumented immigrants. The National Law Journal named the acquittal the biggest defense win of the year.
William T. Bagley is a former California state assemblymember representing Marin. He is currently a partner at Nossaman in San Francisco. A Segment of the California 101 is named the William T. Bagley freeway.
George J. Hochbrueckner is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and current Senior Policy Advisor with Nossaman in Washington, DC.
Edward V.A. Kussy is a current partner at Nossaman in Washington, DC and the former chief deputy counsel to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Kurt W. Melchior was inducted into the California Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame in 2004. He is a Nossaman Partner and serves as the Firm's General Counsel.
Linda Morgan has more 30 years of in-depth regulatory and legislative experience in the transportation industry. Ms. Morgan was chair of the Transportation Practice Group and co-chair of the Government Affairs Group at an international law firm. In 1995, President Clinton appointed her as Chairman of the former Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), which became the Surface Transportation Board (STB) in 1996. In 1999, the Senate confirmed Ms. Morgan for a second term, and in 2001, President Bush asked for her continued service as Chairman until he designated a new Chairman in December 2002.
Bonnie Neely was a six-term Humboldt County Supervisor and a 12-year member of the California Coastal Commission. She served on the Commission — which she chaired in 2009 and 2010 — as a governor's appointee.
Robert D. Thornton pioneered the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) concept creating the first such plan for the area around San Bruno Mountain. He authored and advocated the HCP provisions of the Endangered Species Act. In 2007 and 2008, Mr. Thornton was ranked as one of the top 10 environmental lawyers nationally by United States Lawyer Rankings. He is a partner at Nossaman and located in Orange County.
Dick Ackerman is former California Senate Republican leader. He left office in mid-2008 after reaching his term limit.
John F. Foran is a former California state senator and assemblymember. A segment of the California I-280freeway is named after John F. Foran for his service to the California Transportation Commission.
Karen J. Hedlund was appointed Deputy Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in November 2011, having previously served as Chief Counsel at FRA. She also served as Federal Highway Administration Chief Counsel where she helped implement the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
John T. Knox is a former California state assemblymember and speaker pro tempore. He authored the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975. A segment of the California I-580 is named the John T. Knox Freeway.
Laughlin E. Waters is a former California state assemblymember, served as U.S. attorney for the Central District and served as a U.S. district court judge.
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