Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
|No. of offices||9|
|No. of attorneys||341|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Revenue||$308 million (2016)|
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is a Los Angeles-based law firm of more than 450 attorneys and other professionals founded in 1965. The firm earned revenues of $308 million in 2016. 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 an outpost in Mexico City. 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. Former U.S. Senator John V. Tunney was a named partner from 1976 until early 1987. L. Lee Phillips, an entertainment lawyer, joined the firm in 1977 and became a named partner in 1985. Democratic activist Mickey Kantor joined the firm in 1976; he was a named partner from 1991 until his departure in 1993 to become United States Trade Representative, and, later, Secretary of Commerce during the Clinton Administration.
Major Practice Areas
- Corporate Finance
- Banking & Financial Services
- Health Care
- Real Estate
- Advertising, Marketing & Media
- Energy & Land Use
- Government & Regulatory Policy
- In Advertising: AT&T Mobility, Expedia, Ticketmaster, Best Buy Co.
- In Banking: East West Bancorp, U.S. Bank
- In Energy: Sun Edison, Goodrich Corporation, Peabody Energy, Tesoro Petroleum Corporation
- In Entertainment: Sony Pictures Entertainment, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Atlantic Records
- In Music: Diplo, Barbra Streisand, Sony Music Entertainment
- In Financial services: Pacific Capital Bank, US Bancorp
- In Healthcare: Pfizer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Aetna
- In Intellectual Property: Estate of Bob Marley
- In Real Estate: Lowe Enterprises, Pacific Gas & Electricity, Macerich
Pro Bono Work
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. 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.
- Affirmed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2014, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Manatt received the National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Award for the second consecutive year in 2010 for its work with McCloud.
Rankings & Recognitions
- Chambers and Partners: 25 firm lawyers and 10 firm practices were ranked for 2016.
- U.S. News: 9 Tier 1 national rankings and 25 Tier 1 metropolitan designations were received for 2017. The firm was named the “Law Firm of the Year” for Advertising Law and Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television.
- Best Lawyers in America: 67 Manatt attorneys were named to the guide for 2016.
- The Legal 500: 7 Manatt practices are ranked in the 2016 edition. The firm's Healthcare group also won the "Healthcare: service providers team of the year" 2015 award from The Legal 500 United States.
Organizations promoting workplace diversity include:
- Women in Law Empowerment Forum: Manatt has received its Gold Standard Certificate for six 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 2016 list of the 50 best law firms for women in the country.
Manatt Health is a fully integrated, multi-disciplinary legal, regulatory, advocacy and strategic business advisory division of Manatt. Manatt Health professionals provide counsel on healthcare coverage and access, healthcare information technology, healthcare financing and reimbursement, and healthcare restructuring.
Manatt Health 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. 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. Other notable professionals include Deborah Bachrach, former director of New York State Medicaid and Deputy Commissioner of Health; Cindy Mann, former Deputy Administrator and Director of the U.S. Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services; and Jonah P.B. Frohlich, California’s Former Deputy Secretary of Health Information Technology.
- For the Association of American Medical Colleges, Manatt Health advised on and coauthored the landmark 2014 report "Advancing the Academic Health System for the Future," which articulated a vision and recommendations for academic health centers as they seek to transform into systems responsive to the changing clinical environment and able to continue to invest in teaching and research missions.
- In August 2014, Manatt Health authored a white paper for The Commonwealth Fund that examined states' efforts to promote integrated care delivery as part of their efforts to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care to Medicaid beneficiaries with comorbid physical and behavioral health conditions ("State Strategies for Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health Services in a Changing Medicaid Environment").
- Manatt Health advised Continuum Health Partners, a New York City nonprofit health system composed of three hospitals (Beth Israel, St. Luke's Roosevelt and NY Eye and Ear Infirmary) in the 2013 formation of a new, integrated health system with Mt. Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. The combined entity—called the Mount Sinai Health System—is one of the nation's largest nonprofit health systems.
- In early 2012, Manatt Health 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.
In May 2013, Manatt launched Manatt Digital to serve as a one-stop, full-service legal and business consulting division for clients in the digital media, entertainment and advertising industries. Services include business consulting, partner negotiations, venture capital, strategic relationship-building and artist access, creative deal-making and mergers and acquisitions.
Manatt Digital is headed by T. Hale Boggs, a partner in Manatt’s capital markets and corporate/finance practices.
Manatt Digital Media Ventures
Manatt Digital Media Ventures aims to cultivate start-ups and growth companies in and around the digital media landscape.
Manatt Digital Media Ventures makes 10-15 investments a year in early-stage companies. 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.
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- New York City
- Washington, D.C.
- Orange County
- Palo Alto
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.
- Linda Darnell Williams, "Manatt Phelps' Rothenberg Goes to Latham & Watkins", Los Angeles Times, July 12, 1990.
- Martin Smith, "Difficult days for Manatt & Co.", Modesto Bee, July 16, 1984.
- "Ex-Sen. Tunney to Leave Law Practice", Associated Press in Oxnard Press-Courier, December 23, 1986.
- "People: Los Angeles County", Los Angeles Times, August 14, 1985.
- Marylouise Oates, "Celebration Suits Westside Law Firm", Los Angeles Times, November 8, 1985.
- "Manatt Phelps & Phillips changes its name, Los Angeles Times, October 24, 1991.
- "National Pro Bono Rankings"
- "The Holocaust Survivors Pro Bono"
- "Bet Tzedek"
- "American Bar Association Pro Bono Awards"
- "American Bar Association, A Bitter Fruit"
- "Appeals Court Upholds Title IX Ruling Against Sweetwater"
- "ICLC Awards Manatt Humanitarian Award - Met News
- "Learning Rights Law Center"
- "The American Lawyer Pro Bono 100"
- "The Alfa International"
- "The 2016 Am Law 200: Our Exclusive Report"
- "Manatt 2016 Chambers Profile"
- "Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Profile"
- "The Legal 500 Awards"
- "Under Tougher Standards, 31 Firms Receive WILEF’s Gold Standard Certification"
- "The 2016 Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers 50 Best Law Firms for Women"
- "CNN: Reap Healthcare Law? Forget About It"
- "The Hill: Healthcare Reform is a Good Deal for States"
- "Washington Post: After Healthcare Ruling Come Doubts That Some States Can Meet Key Deadlines"
- "American Medical News: States Eye Leveraging Health Reform Ruling to Cut Medicaid Eligibility"
- "Leavitt Partners: Ario Bio"
- "National Health Policy Forum: Bachrach Bio"
- "Modern Healthcare: Calif. Health IT Vet Joins Manatt"
- "Overview of Final Exchange Regulations"
- "Report: State Milestones for ACA Implementation"
- "Bloomberg News, 'Manatt, Jones Day, Howrey, Ropes & Gray: Business of Law'"
- "Billboard, 'Manatt Launches Digital Media Investment Fund'"
- "LABJ, 'Manatt Lanuches Digital Media Investment Arm'"
- "Dow Jones, 'Law Firm Manatt Phelps Launches VC Arm for Digital Media Investments'"
- Jamaican Government Relationship with Mannat