About Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Sheppard Mullin is a full service Global 100 firm handling corporate and technology matters, high stakes litigation and complex financial transactions. From our 15 offices in North America, Europe and Asia, we offer global solutions to our clients around the world, providing seamless representation in multiple jurisdictions. Chicago is our kind of town – that's why we opened here in July 2012. Our clients are increasingly involved in business across the nation that involves the Midwest generally and Chicago specifically. Establishing a Chicago presence is a key strategic step in growing and strengthening the firm's national footprint. We're glad we're here!
Given Korea's size and importance in the world economy and the fact that we wanted to be in the same city as so many of the firm's important clients, we felt it imperative to be one of the first U.S. law firms to open in Seoul.
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- Throughout its history, the firm has handled many significant, high-profile matters for its clients. Some of the more recent significant cases include:
- In April 2012, Sheppard Mullin represented Dick Clark Productions in a trial against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association over who controls the right to produce and distribute the Golden Globe Awards shows winning a verdict that allowed them the right to make 2010 deal with NBC to keep the award shows at least until 2018 with the option of entering into further extensions or renewals of that NBC license.
- In January 2012, Sheppard Mullin succeeded in obtaining asylum for Abdalmageed Haroun, a prominent human rights activist and former Sudanese prisoner. Mr. Haroun was impriosend more months, victimized, tormented, and threatened with death by the Sudanese government, forcing him to flee the country he worked so relentlessly to improve.
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Awards and recognitions
Sheppard Mullin is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in each of its central practice areas. Additionally, its lawyers are consistently recognized as industry leaders and ranked among the best practitioners worldwide.
November 1, 2012, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers ranked Sheppard Mullin among the "Best Law Firms" in the country, including rankings in 33 practice areas nationally and 59 practice areas by metropolitan regions.
June 14, 2012, Sheppard Mullin was the recipient of the Best USA Law Firm Gold Award in the Regional Leader Category and the Best USA Law Firm Silver Award in the Regulatory and Public Procurement Category at the 5th annual International Alliance Summit & Awards on June 14 in Paris.
In 2012, nineteen Sheppard Mullin partners were recognized by PLC's "Which Lawyer?" as top attorneys in their practice areas.
In 2012, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers ranked Sheppard Mullin among the "Best Law Firms" in the country, including rankings in 33 practice areas nationally and 59 practice areas by metropolitan regions.
October 29, 2012, The Orange County office of Sheppard Mullin was named among the city's "Best Places To Work" by the Orange County Business Journal in the publication's annual list.
September 25, 2012, Sheppard Mullin was ranked in Modern Healthcare's "2012 Largest Healthcare Law Firms" list. The ranking is based on a firm's healthcare lawyers headcount and AHLA memberships.
September 24, 2012, Nine attorneys were named "New York Super Lawyers 2012" by Super Lawyers: Kenneth Anderson, Robert Friedman, Paul Garrity, Theodore Max, James McCarney, Benjamin Mulcahy, Kevin Puvalowski, Russell Reid and Edward Tillinghast.
September 24, 2012, Five attorneys were named "New York Rising Stars 2012" by Super Lawyers: Shon Glusky, Sean Kirby, Lisa Lewis, Eric O'Connor and Eric Raphan.
Sheppard Mullin was ranked #24 nationally in the 2012 Associates Survey conducted by The American Lawyer.
PAugust 22, 2012, The San Diego/Del Mar and San Diego/Downtown offices of Sheppard Mullin were named among the "Best Places to Work" by the San Diego Business Journal in the publication's annual list. The rankings are based on employee surveys and company benefits.
Sheppard Mullin has a long-standing commitment to both increasing and sustaining diversity in the legal profession. The firm's Diversity Committee, set up to address the wide range of vital issues that the legal profession was facing, has sponsored many initiatives and programs to accomplish their objectives.
The firm says that it is committed not only to having a diverse workplace, but also to providing quality training, mentoring, and opportunities for growth and business development to all its attorneys. The firm says it understands the developmental role such issues play in the growth of the attorneys.
In 1946, at a time when there were few women practicing law, Sheppard Mullin became one of a handful of law firms in Los Angeles to hire a female associate, the late Kathleen Parker. Ms. Parker went on to become one of the first female judges in Los Angeles County where she served on the bench for more than 30 years.
The Sheppard Mullin symbolizes a diverse leadership: The Firm's Executive Committee and office managing partners include women and a member of its LGBT group. The Practice Group Leaders include three women. An African-American woman partner chairs the Firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which includes seven additional partners of color, one associate of color, eight women attorneys and two openly gay male partners.
This year, Sheppard Mullin was named among the "Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity" by MultiCultural Law magazine for the 8th consecutive year. The magazine ranks participating firms based on partner and associate demographics for race/ethnicity and gender. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) rated Sheppard Mullin 100%, based on LGBT workplace benefits and the American Lawyer in its "Diversity Scorecard" listed Sheppard Mullin among the top 40 law firms in the country for diversity.
Summer associate program
Sheppard Mullin's Summer Associate Program has been ranked number 8 in the U.S. and number one in Los Angeles in Vault.com's first ever summer associate program rankings. This year it was ranked 28th nationally in the 2012 Summer Associate Survey conducted by The American Lawyer. 3,957 students at 111 law firms were polled.
The firm believes that its summer program serves a threefold purpose. It is the prime source of attracting high-quality legal talent from diverse background to the firm; it helps students get acquainted with the firm's practice and its lawyers through its social activities. The firm acknowledges that the purpose of its Summer Associate Program is to hire students who will return to Sheppard Mullin and form a lasting relationship with the firm.
The firms program is structured to provide the law students with a realistic view of the way the firm functions throughout the year. The summer associates are provided with consequential, billable work and they get to work closely with partners and associates in various practice groups. The assignments the students get are designed to expose them to a range of legal problems, they are likely to confront and also brings them into close contact with many attorneys within the office. Students have been known to draft briefs and other pleadings, credit agreements, acquisition agreements and other significant legal documents.
Attorneys provide valuable feedback to summer associates when a project has been completed, and each student receives a mid-summer review.
Working for the Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Sheppard Mullin is great place to begin your career as it places a great stress on professionalism, which makes it easier for the lawyers to focus on becoming great in their line of expertise owing to which it is able to attract a very broad range of clients, which not only makes the work more interesting but also gives the firm more stability during downturns in the economy. Moreover, the working atmosphere at the firm is extremely welcoming and supportive and it has a strong commitment to diversity. The firm's dedication to providing resources and opportunities to help attorneys succeed along with the brilliant and talented people together with the mutually respectful friendly environment makes Sheppard Mullin an ideal place to work.