Who has Wall Street cred,
D.C. clout, and Hollywood roots?

From our roots in banking, entertainment, and government, our clients are from industries as diverse as healthcare, financial services, real estate, energy and advertising. 

Manatt has more than 400 attorneys and professionals, serving our clients from eight offices nationwide. While our size and scope have changed since our founding in 1965, our philosophy of client service has not. We are dedicated to solving complex problems and crafting innovative strategies for clients of all sizes across the country and abroad. Whether you are a startup, a middle-market player competing for industry share, or a public company at the top of the Fortune 500, we share your priorities and will treat your goals, deadlines, and investments as if they are our own.

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Which firm is in excellent health according to Chambers?

Manatt’s national Healthcare practice has won the Chambers USA 2014 Award for Excellence for the Healthcare category. The award shines a spotlight on the firm and individuals who have excelled above all others in the U.S. legal market over the past year.

The award is based on research conducted by Chambers & Partners for the 2014 edition of its publication Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. It also reflects a law firm’s preeminence in key practice areas and notable achievements over the past 12 months, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

Of Manatt’s Healthcare practice, Chambers says, “Manatt’s heavyweight healthcare group offers coast-to-coast strength, attracting market-leading providers and insurance companies. Recent work includes representation of Continuum Health Partners in the formation of the new Mount Sinai Health System, one of New York’s largest private health systems. The team operates at the forefront of health reform implementation and is sought after by states across the nation to advise on eligibility and enrollment in insurance products and payment and delivery reform.”

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How can you tell if the Volcker Rule applies to you?

Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act—the so-called Volcker Rule—has now been defined and adopted by all pertinent federal agencies. While there are a few surprises, some of them pleasant, these rules are clearly aimed at significantly limiting proprietary trading in the banking sector.

For any banking entity in the federal deposit insurance system, this new world of regulation and compliance procedures will be daunting in its complexity. You want people who truly understand it to help you navigate.

At Manatt, we’ve been studying these rules at every stage of their development. We understand their intent. We appreciate their nuances. Most of all, we’re equipped to affect their interpretation while compliance and enforcement issues are still in their formative stages.

Our thinking on the subject is constantly evolving as we learn more about the Volcker Rule every day. We share this with readers of our Financial Services newsletter. Read our recent ones here:

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Which law firm is instrumental to the music industry?

Named Law Firm of the Year for Entertainment Law – Music by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, Manatt music lawyers represent rock, metal, alternative, urban and country music stars, as well as recording icons and emerging artists, in a range of legal matters, from everyday advice to high stakes negotiations and cases.

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys and review of additional information provided by law firms. For the third year, only one law firm in each of 87 practice areas received the 2014 “Law Firm of the Year” designation.

In addition to this honor, Manatt received the highest national ranking and top-tier metropolitan rankings in the Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C. markets in the area of Music Law. 

Our lawyers also provide sophisticated counsel on a range of matters to other major participants in the business, including songwriters, recording companies and independent record labels, music publishers, producers and concert promoters.

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Is Manatt Digital Media a game-changer?

Manatt Digital Media offers innovative, one-stop, full-service legal and business consulting services for clients in the digital media, entertainment and advertising industries.

Through the deep experience and relationships of its team, Manatt Digital Media will provide its clients the industry’s most comprehensive legal and business consulting services. It will also leverage its deep network of industry relationships for the benefit of its clients of every size and stage, from startups to growth-stage and mature public companies. Manatt’s clients will benefit from the firm’s unrivaled access to artists, deal-making prowess and proven litigation experience, focused on protecting innovation, defending brands and mitigating risk. Manatt Digital Media will also make digital media investments from the firm’s venture capital fund.

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What does it take to be one of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women?

For the sixth year the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) has named us one of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women for 2013. To be a NAFE-recognized firm, it takes an unwavering commitment to diversity through forward-thinking programs and progressive policies that empower lawyers.

NAFE, through its rigorous annual survey, looks for a demonstrated commitment to women’s initiatives; to fostering an inclusive workplace culture; to providing benefits, parental leave, and childcare policies that encourage flexibility; and an institutional emphasis on professional development, mentoring, and community involvement. Selection is based on hard data, including the percentage of female representation in associate and partner ranks, compensation, and a record of female advancement to equity partnership and firm leadership.

NAFE found excellence in Manatt’s creative flexibility and innovative professional development programs designed to retain women lawyers and advance them into the leadership pipeline. In its profile of the firm in Working Mother magazine, NAFE highlighted our inaugural summit held by the Manatt Women’s Initiative in May 2012. Female lawyers bonded with top clients and explored the best ways to accelerate professional growth. The group’s regular panels foster conversations with partners.

Manatt has always been ahead of the curve in addressing these issues. Thanks to the longtime work of the Manatt Women’s Initiative, flextime is embedded in our culture. It is now routine at Manatt for women working flextime schedules to make partner—and to continue their part-time status as a partner.

NAFE is not alone in appreciating Manatt’s efforts for its women. Our integration of women into the highest leadership positions in the firm has earned us Women in Law Empowerment Forum’s Gold Standard Certification each year it has been presented since 2011. Manatt has also been recognized as one of the top 20 firms in the National Law Journal’s 2012 Female Scorecard. 

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Why is a question as important as its answer?

Because the right question inspires the best answer. At Manatt, we believe the talent of knowing what question to ask and when to ask it is critical to helping our clients—whether it’s to take full advantage of their opportunities or to overcome the obstacles that stand between them and their goals.

Framing the right question—the ability to uncover information that prompts the best possible answer—is more than matter-specific. It also is a critical component for developing effective and enduring relationships. And, as the best law firm/client relationships illustrate, the ability to ask meaningful questions begins with effective listening.

How we engage with clients, listen to their objectives and concerns, and render decisive advice is what makes Manatt different from other law firms. Because at the end of the day, what you really want is actionable advice that reflects our awareness of your goals and aspirations, our understanding of what you have at stake, and our commitment to do what it takes to exceed your expectations.

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