• About Us

    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is known for quality, for extraordinary commitment to clients, for integrated, relationship-based services, and for a range of capabilities typically found only in boutique firms. We are progressive and entrepreneurial compared to other major firms, and we are deeply committed to diversity, to public service, to involvement in the communities we serve and to excellence in all we do.

    We are proud to represent a sophisticated client base in a range of industries, including healthcare, financial services, entertainment, media and advertising, real estate, technology, energy and natural resources, consumer goods and services, and transportation.


    Our service areas include advertising; antitrust; banking; bankruptcy and financial restructuring; corporate, finance and securities; environmental; government and regulatory; healthcare; insurance; intellectual property, including patent, trademark and copyright; Internet and e-commerce; labor and employment; litigation and trial; mergers and acquisitions; motion picture and television; music; real estate and land use; tax, benefits and compensation; and venture capital. We provide sophisticated technical and service capabilities at the very highest levels, supplemented by the industry know-how necessary to achieve our clients’ business objectives.

    Our strong presence in America’s most important business markets enables us to address and exceed client expectations. Our largest offices are strategically located in Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Orange County and Washington, D.C. Our offices in Sacramento and Albany—the capitals of California and New York—provide connections to government decision makers and to solutions that are unavailable from our competitors. Our access, influence and reach are enhanced by our subsidiary, Manatt Jones Global Strategies LLC, which develops and implements programs to expand client businesses and promote effective competition on a global basis.

    With powerful national litigation capabilities, exceptional transactional experience and influential government and regulatory resources, our objective is to provide unparalleled legal, strategic and business advice. We deliver on that objective for our clients every day.

    • Our professionals are leaders. They have served in senior positions, including chairman and CEO of the American Stock Exchange, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, White House chief of staff, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, minority leader of the New York State Assembly, member of the District of Columbia City Council, chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, member of the University of California Board of Regents, president of the California Bankers Association and chair of the Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission.
    • Our professionals are accomplished. They have served as judicial clerks in many federal district courts, circuit courts of appeals and bankruptcy courts, and in state trial and appellate courts; taught at major law schools, including Harvard, UCLA, Columbia, USC, NYU, Georgetown, Loyola and Fordham; and members of prestigious professional organizations, such as the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Association of Trial Lawyers, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association.
    • Our professionals understand the intersection of business and government. They are alumni of numerous federal and state agencies, including, at the federal level, the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service, the State Department; the Department of the Interior, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and at the state level, the New York State Department of Financial Services, the California Attorney General’s Office and many other regulatory and administrative bodies.
    • Our professionals are recognized. They regularly appear on such lists as “The Best Lawyers in America,” “Top 100 Attorneys in California,” the “Dealmakers Impact Report” and “Hollywood Power Lawyers,” and are consistently recognized in top legal-ranking publications, such as Chambers USA and The Legal 500 USA.
    • Our professionals are interesting. They come from large cities and small towns, from around the country and around the world. They have studied as Rhodes Scholars, played in jazz clubs, written books, served in the U.S. Armed Forces, built businesses and played high-level sports. They employ both legal acumen and real world experience in service to our clients.

    As we look for new opportunities to serve, we continue to enhance long-term relationships of trust with our clients. That sense of partnership, coupled with a superior record of success, is responsible for Manatt’s reputation for excellence, and identity as the firm where professionals perform, not merely practice.