Manatt Adds Former United States Attorney for the Southern District of California and Unveils San Diego Office

Randy Grossman brings decades of complex white collar and civil litigation experience to the Firm’s national litigation platform and newly unveiled San Diego office

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a multidisciplinary, integrated professional services firm, announced today that Randy S. Grossman has joined the Firm’s Trial, White Collar and Investigations practice and will lead its new San Diego office. With extensive experience that spans the private and public sectors, Grossman most recently served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of California. He shares Manatt’s deep connections across California and throughout the greater San Diego region and brings a unique understanding of the complex white collar and civil litigation issues affecting clients nationwide in the key industries in which Manatt focuses.

“Randy is one of the most respected litigators in California and the country, as seen with his background as a U.S. Attorney as well as in his private practice where he regularly first-chaired high-profile cases and served as a trusted adviser to industry leaders,” said Manatt CEO and Managing Partner Donna L. Wilson, who will also be a co-resident in the new office. “Randy’s arrival is an important expansion of our litigation powerhouse team, led by stellar trial attorney and former public defender Naeun Rim and Partner Charles Weir. Further, we are thrilled to have Randy lead our newly unveiled San Diego office, which naturally expands our active work with hundreds of clients throughout this market as well as our historic roots across California.”

Grossman has nearly three decades of experience as a prosecutor and in private practice. As the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, he was the chief federal law enforcement official responsible for prosecuting federal crimes committed throughout San Diego and Imperial counties as well as for representing the United States in civil litigation. Under his leadership, the office successfully prosecuted espionage, cybersecurity, transnational organized crime, cryptocurrency schemes, securities fraud, health care fraud, defense procurement fraud and public corruption. Grossman also worked with other U.S. Attorneys around the country to create and implement national policies regarding white collar crime and corporate compliance. Prior to his service as a U.S. Attorney, Grossman represented clients in private practice as lead counsel in a wide range of high-stakes government investigations and complex civil and white collar litigation. Earlier in his career, he served as a Deputy District Attorney for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, where he tried more than 70 criminal cases to jury verdict, including high-profile murder and gang violence cases.

At Manatt, Grossman will represent corporations and individuals in high-stakes government and internal investigations, criminal and civil litigation, and corporate compliance counseling across the various global industries central to Manatt’s industry-facing model. Grossman’s experience as a prosecutor will help clients navigate investigations into alleged violations of federal law, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute. He will also help clients design and build effective compliance programs. Additionally, Manatt’s clients will benefit from Grossman’s experience leading complex civil litigation in federal and state courts.

“Manatt’s impressive litigation capabilities, collaborative culture, commitment to San Diego and reputation throughout the state and the country were key drivers in my decision to join and are also important differentiators that will catalyze continued growth for the Firm in this market,” said Grossman. “I look forward to working closely with Donna, the rest of the San Diego office and the Firm to help bring the benefits of Manatt’s national footprint and world-class practices to this special city.”

Over the past several years, Manatt has relocated to and launched nontraditional office spaces across the nation that reflect its unique and collaborative professional services model. The new San Diego space, which establishes the Firm’s 11th location nationwide and its sixth in California, is the latest example of these efforts. Its creative design lends itself to an environment where lawyers, consultants, technologists and other business advisers can work together to provide truly integrated services to clients.

“The industries fueling San Diego’s continued growth mirror our own core sectors, so we’re excited to formally open up in this market and further expand our footprint,” added Wilson, who also formerly clerked for Judge David Thompson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Diego. “Randy’s background makes him the ideal fit to lead our efforts here, and he joins a long line of former U.S. Attorneys, prosecutors and federal public defenders, including Dylan Carson, Eric Gold, Richard Hartunian, Kenneth Julian, John Libby, Paul Luehr, Marty Murphy, Naeun Rim and Jacqueline Wolff, who are all part of our broader trial-ready team throughout the country.”

Grossman will be joining other Manatt professionals in San Diego, including Lynn K. Cadwalader, Timi Anyon Hallem, Barry S. Landsberg, Shawn E. McDonald, Linda Rangel, Brandon Reilly, Amar L. Thakur, Ronald B. Turovsky, Fernando Villa, Wilson and Grace D. Winters.

Grossman is the latest addition to Manatt’s expanding roster of legal and consulting professionals across the Firm’s core practices, including Health Care (Edo BanachNicholas (Nick) Bath Jr.Dr. Troyen (Troy) A. BrennanRobert (Rob) Fraiman, Eric GoldPaul Irving, Tracy A. MasselLauren PolakThomas (Tom) RobertsonShelli Silver and Julia E. Smith); Litigation (Dylan CarsonJoan A. Lukey and Marty F. Murphy); Government and Regulatory (Wendy J. Greuel and Cassie M. Prugh); Privacy and Data Security (Paul H. Luehr); Land Use (Fernando Villa); Consumer Protection (Bezalel (Bez) Stern); and Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement (Sherli Furst).

Grossman received his J.D. from California Western School of Law, magna cum laude, and his B.S. in economics from the University of Arizona.



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