Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
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Headquarters Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles
No. of offices 8
No. of attorneys 336
Major practice areas General practice
Revenue Green Arrow Up.svg$324 million (2015)
Date founded 1965
Company type LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is a Los Angeles-based law firm of more than 400 attorneys and other professionals founded in 1965. The firm earned revenues of $324 million in 2015. Manatt also operates a subsidiary ManattJones Global Strategies which offers a range of consulting services to public and private corporations with professionals in all of the firm's US offices plus outposts in Mexico City and São Paulo. James R. Jones, a former Congressman from Oklahoma and Ambassador to Mexico is a member of ManattJones. William T. Quicksilver is the firm's Chief Executive and Managing Partner.


Manatt, Phelps & Phillips was founded by Charles Taylor Manatt, who later became chairman of the Democratic National Committee and U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, and Thomas Phelps, a banking and finance attorney. Litigation and sports lawyer Alan Rothenberg joined them soon after; Rothenberg remained a named partner in the firm until he moved to Latham & Watkins in 1990.[1] Former U.S. Senator John V. Tunney was a named partner from 1976 until early 1987.[2][3] L. Lee Phillips, an entertainment lawyer, joined the firm in 1977 and became a named partner in 1985.[4][5] Democratic activist Mickey Kantor joined the firm in 1976; he was a named partner from 1991[6] until his departure in 1993 to become United States Trade Representative, and, later, Secretary of Commerce during the Clinton Administration.

Major Practice Areas[edit]

Notable Partners[edit]

In 1978 John B. Emerson joined the firm.

Notable Clients[edit]

Pro Bono Work[edit]

Manatt's pro bono program ranked No. 28 in The American Lawyer’s 2014 Pro Bono Report.[7] The average pro bono hours per Manatt lawyer is 69.3 hours.

Holocaust Survivors Justice Network

In 2007, Manatt and Bet Tzedek launched a nationwide pro bono program, the Holocaust Survivors Justice Network, to help holocaust survivors.[8] The Network has since assisted thousands of survivors and has grown to be the single largest coordinated pro bono effort in U.S. history. At the height of its activity in 2009, clinics operated in 31 cities across the country with the assistance of more than 100 corporate partners, providing free legal services to survivors seeking German “Ghetto Work” reparations. The Network has been recognized by the American Bar Association, the National Law Journal and the Pro Bono Institute.[9][10][11]

Significant Matters

  • In 2012, Manatt lawyers and staff spent more than 1,300 hours assisting clients of the Inner City Law Center, the only provider of legal services on skid row in downtown Los Angeles. In June 2013, the center presented Manatt and partner Margaret Levy with the Humanitarian Award for their consistent support.[12]
  • In late 2010, Manatt secured a landmark victory on behalf of a pro bono client who was victimized by policies and practices of her high school and its administrative district. The U.S. District Court ruled in favor of client Desiree R., then a 17-year-old high school senior, in a precedent-setting Americans with Disabilities Act case.[13]
  • Manatt represented female high school athletes on a pro bono basis in a Title IX class action against Eastern San Diego County’s Sweetwater Union High School District. This was the first Title IX K-12-level case to ever go to trial, and it is the first case in which a class of high school female athletes has won a summary judgment motion under Title IX on the issue of failure to provide equal participation opportunities to girls.[14]
  • Manatt secured a victory in an environmental battle to safeguard the rights and quality of life for residents of McCloud, California, against Nestlé Waters North America. In September 2009, Nestlé abandoned its plans to build a million-square-foot bottling plant that was opposed by environmentalists and McCloud residents.[15] Manatt received the National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Award for the second consecutive year in 2010 for its work with McCloud.[16]
  • Manatt was honored with the 2010 Award of Merit by the Legal Aid Association of California for its work in support of the passage of the AB 590 bill. The bill marked a milestone in California’s history, making it the first state in the nation to establish a right to counsel for low-income citizens in critical need.[17]

Rankings & Recognitions[edit]

Manatt is an AmLaw 200 ranked firm, listed at number 112 on the 2014 list.[18] The firm also appears in:

  • Chambers and Partners: 25 firm lawyers and 10 firm practices were ranked for 2016.[19]
  • U.S. News: 7 Tier 1 national rankings and 25 Tier 1 metropolitan designations were received for 2016. The firm was named the “Law Firm of the Year” for Entertainment Law – Music for the second time since 2014.[20]
  • Best Lawyers in America: 67 Manatt attorneys were named to the guide for 2016.
  • The Legal 500: 7 Manatt practices are ranked in the 2015 edition. The firm's Healthcare group also won the "Healthcare: service providers team of the year" 2015 award from The Legal 500 United States.[21]

Organizations promoting workplace diversity include:

  • Women in Law Empowerment Forum: Manatt has received its Gold Standard Certificate for five years.
  • American Lawyer: Manatt ranked 30 out of 200 surveyed U.S. law firms in The American Lawyer’s 2016 Diversity Scorecard.
  • Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers named Manatt to its 2015 list of the 50 best law firms for women in the country.[22]

Manatt Health Solutions[edit]

Manatt Health Solutions (MHS) is an interdisciplinary policy and business advisory division of Manatt. MHS professionals provide counsel on healthcare coverage and access, healthcare information technology, healthcare financing and reimbursement, and healthcare restructuring.

MHS is composed of healthcare consultants, lawyers, project managers, technology strategists, analysts and policy advisors. They frequently publish by-lined articles and speak with media on major health industry issues.[23][24][25][26] Clients include hospitals, payers, physician practices, state policymakers and agencies, foundations, associations, and technology companies.

In November 2011, the group added Joel Ario as a managing director. He is a former director of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Health Insurance Exchange.[27] Other notable professionals include Deborah Bachrach, former director of New York State Medicaid and Deputy Commissioner of Health;[28] Wendy Krasner, former Deputy Vice President for Policy at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America;[29] and, Jonah P.B. Frohlich, California’s Former Deputy Secretary of Health Information Technology.[30]

Recent Work

  • In early 2012, MHS prepared an Overview of Final Exchange Regulations, as well as a report on State Milestones for ACA Implementation, for the State Health Reform Assistance Network.[31][32]
  • Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board retained MHS to study the design and operations of Maryland’s Navigator program in November 2011.[33]
  • New York State retained MHS in October 2011 to evaluate existing income verification resources and products that may be used to support real-time, automated verification of income in New York’s health insurance exchange.[34]
  • MHS prepared a report for the California Healthcare Foundation in July 2011; the report outlined the programmatic and legal considerations for Accountable Care Organizations in the state.[35]
  • In June 2011, MHS launched, a website that monitors state and national healthcare reform implementation and opposition activities across the country. The Campaign was launched with funding from The Atlantic Philanthropies and seeks to ensure health insurance coverage for all children.[36]
  • In March 2011, MHS released a report titled “Medicaid’s Role in the Health Benefits Exchange: A Road Map for States.” The report is a product of Maximizing Enrollment: Transforming State Health Coverage, which is a $15 million, four-year initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.[37]

Manatt Digital Media[edit]

In May 2013, Manatt launched Manatt Digital Media to serve as a one-stop, full-service legal and business consulting branch for clients in the digital media, entertainment and advertising industries.[38] Services include business consulting, partner negotiations, venture capital, strategic relationship-building and artist access, creative deal-making and mergers and acquisitions.[39]

Manatt Digital Media is headed by T. Hale Boggs, a partner in Manatt’s capital markets and corporate/finance practices. It also receives key leadership from Manatt’s chair of Advertising, Marketing & Media practice, Linda Goldstein, who is nationally recognized in the industry.[40]

Manatt Digital Media Ventures

The firm hired technology entrepreneur and digital media veteran Peter Csathy to run the investment operation, Manatt Digital Media Ventures, which aims to cultivate start-ups and growth companies in and around the digital media landscape.[41]

Manatt Digital Media Ventures will make investments in early-stage companies, expecting to make 10 to 15 investments a year. The firm’s partners provide capital annually and also have the opportunity to personally invest alongside the fund. Since 2000, Manatt has made more than 90 investments in companies and funds focused on digital media, including Etsy, MaxPreps, Pinterest and DFJ Frontier.[42]



In 2010, it was revealed that the Government of Jamaica had undertaken the services of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in an attempt to re-establish diplomatic talks with the United States Government over the extradition request for alleged Jamaican drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke. Jamaican prime minister Bruce Golding and his ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) had refused to extradite Coke, a notable supporter of the party, and an alleged enforcer and strongman—indicted by federal prosecutors in Manhattan in August 2009 on drug and gun trafficking charges—by claiming that evidence cited by federal prosecutors in the U.S. for an August 2009 indictment relied on wiretaps illegally obtained under Jamaican law. The revelation sparked a wave of controversy in Jamaica, and a public commission of enquiry was set up in 2011 with the same name as the law firm.[43]


  1. ^ Linda Darnell Williams, "Manatt Phelps' Rothenberg Goes to Latham & Watkins", Los Angeles Times, July 12, 1990.
  2. ^ Martin Smith, "Difficult days for Manatt & Co.", Modesto Bee, July 16, 1984.
  3. ^ "Ex-Sen. Tunney to Leave Law Practice", Associated Press in Oxnard Press-Courier, December 23, 1986.
  4. ^ "People: Los Angeles County", Los Angeles Times, August 14, 1985.
  5. ^ Marylouise Oates, "Celebration Suits Westside Law Firm", Los Angeles Times, November 8, 1985.
  6. ^ "Manatt Phelps & Phillips changes its name, Los Angeles Times, October 24, 1991.
  7. ^ "National Pro Bono Rankings"
  8. ^ "The Holocaust Survivors Pro Bono"
  9. ^ "Bet Tzedek"
  10. ^ "American Bar Association Pro Bono Awards"
  11. ^ "American Bar Association, A Bitter Fruit"
  12. ^ "ICLC Awards Manatt Humanitarian Award - Met News
  13. ^ "Learning Rights Law Center"
  14. ^ "San Diego Education Report"
  15. ^ "The American Lawyer Pro Bono 100"
  16. ^ "The Alfa International"
  17. ^ "Met News"
  18. ^ "2014 AmLaw 200 List"
  19. ^ "Manatt 2016 Chambers Profile"
  20. ^ "Best Law Firms for Entertainment Law - Music"
  21. ^ "The Legal 500 Awards"
  22. ^ "50 Best Law Firms for Women 2015"
  23. ^ "CNN: Reap Healthcare Law? Forget About It"
  24. ^ "The Hill: Healthcare Reform is a Good Deal for States"
  25. ^ "Washington Post: After Healthcare Ruling Come Doubts That Some States Can Meet Key Deadlines"
  26. ^ "American Medical News: States Eye Leveraging Health Reform Ruling to Cut Medicaid Eligibility"
  27. ^ "Leavitt Partners: Ario Bio"
  28. ^ "National Health Policy Forum: Bachrach Bio"
  29. ^ "American Health Lawyers Association: Krasner Bio"
  30. ^ "Modern Healthcare: Calif. Health IT Vet Joins Manatt"
  31. ^ "Overview of Final Exchange Regulations"
  32. ^ "Report: State Milestones for ACA Implementation"
  33. ^ "Finance and Sustainability Advisory Committee: Report to the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board"
  34. ^ "Income Verification Product Evaluation"
  35. ^ "Accountable Care Organizations in California: Programmatic and Legal Considerations"
  36. ^ "Kids Well Campaign"
  37. ^ "Medicaid's Role in the Health Benefits Exchange: A Road Map for States"
  38. ^ "Bloomberg News, 'Manatt, Jones Day, Howrey, Ropes & Gray: Business of Law'"
  39. ^ "Billboard, 'Manatt Launches Digital Media Investment Fund'"
  40. ^ "Chambers & Partners USA, 2013 Advertising Rankings"
  41. ^ "LABJ, 'Manatt Lanuches Digital Media Investment Arm'"
  42. ^ "Dow Jones, 'Law Firm Manatt Phelps Launches VC Arm for Digital Media Investments'"
  43. ^ Jamaican Government Relationship with Mannat

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