Chair, Litigation Divisionemail
Manatt’s litigation philosophy is simple: First, listen attentively to understand the client’s business strategy and objectives. Then, aggressively, efficiently and effectively assert or defend its interests in court or at an administrative hearing. Also, while we are vigorous advocates in the courtroom, we maintain an openness to advantageous settlement or other alternatives to trial whenever possible. It’s how we are able to provide our clients with high-quality and cost-effective solutions while assuring them of the strongest possible positions at all stages of the legal process.
A Multitalented Team at Your SideOur Litigation teams combine tactically minded, combat-ready litigators with office lawyers who have a deep knowledge of the industries in which the client operates or issues on which the case will turn; areas like advertising, healthcare, entertainment, energy, financial services, intellectual property and real estate. This pairing of courtroom and corporate attorneys has enabled us to achieve an unparalleled level of success for clients.
Manatt’s Litigation group includes some of the top trial and appellate lawyers in the United States. They are members of the American and International Colleges of Trial Lawyers and have achieved numerous other recognitions from clients and peers—including the National Law Journal's Verdict of the Year in 2008 and an honorable mention in The American Lawyer’s Litigation Department of the Year competition in 2010.
A Litigation Team That Includes YouThe companies whose interests we pursue or defend are not simply clients to us—they’re also our partners. And as their partner, we put a premium on communication. Being readily available to, and always willing to collaborate with, our clients are paramount. You can rely on us to provide candid assessments of your case and to keep you fully apprised of developments, as well to work jointly with you to create a strategy that is carefully calibrated to your specific needs, risks, goals and budget. No case is the same and we don’t offer a one-size-fits-all approach. The size, depth and scope of our practice allows us to commit the right lawyers and legal personnel, in the right number, to handle your concerns effectively.
Success Inside and Outside the CourtroomSome of our cases dominate the headlines, but many more are discreetly resolved before they go to trial. For us, successful litigation is not only about achieving dramatic victories at trial. Rather, success is measured by obtaining the best and most effective outcome to a client’s dispute—whether inside or outside the courtroom. Creativity, judgment and experience are the keys to our success in finding winning outcomes.
We are also more effective because we play to win and our opponents know this. Over the years, our lawyers have proven to be tenacious and strong litigators who have achieved success in in both federal and state cases at the pleading, class certification and summary judgment stages. We also routinely try high-stakes, complex cases with great success. Our trial lawyers have successfully handled cases in every forum, from state and federal trial and appellate courts to international courts of arbitration. But win or lose, we always bring our game, including a firm grasp of the issues, strategic insight and forensic competency.
A Comprehensive PracticeOur attorneys have managed many bet-the-company cases across a wide variety of issues and practice areas. We also understand, and have vast experience dealing with, parallel proceedings, including simultaneous criminal, civil and administrative investigations or actions, often in both federal and state courts and in multiple jurisdictions. With our deep litigation bench and broad business consultation and transactional services, we are able to develop and execute comprehensive strategies for resolving these disputes.
Ranked in California for Litigation: General Commercial, 2012–2015
Ranked Nationally for Commercial Litigation 2014–2016
Achieved an Honorable Mention for Litigation 2010
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