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With a 32-year history in Southern California, Skadden’s Los Angeles office represents U.S.-based and multinational clients, including a wide variety of California-based Fortune 500, middle-market and privately held companies in industries as diverse as the region.
Our attorneys advise on a range of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, private equity and restructurings. Our litigation practice includes a high-profile trial group and advises on securities class and derivative actions, white collar and government enforcement litigation, and class actions. Additional areas of practice include banking, labor and employment law, real estate and tax. Through our collaboration with Skadden’s Palo Alto office, clients benefit from additional counsel in the areas of intellectual property transactions, executive compensation and benefits, and IP litigation, and we leverage the firm’s global network to meet client needs around the world and across the practices.
David Eisman Recognized as a Top 'Power Lawyer' in Hollywood
For the second year in a row, Los Angeles corporate partner David Eisman was recognized in the Hollywood "Power Lawyers" report, published by The Hollywood Reporter. To determine "Hollywood's most influential attorneys," The Hollywood Reporter researches deals and legal cases of the past year. Mr. Eisman was recognized for his work advising United Talent Agency, Relativity Media and its co-founder Ryan Kavanaugh, RatPac Entertainment and Brett Ratner, among others.
David Eisman Named to Variety’s 2015 Hollywood ‘Dealmakers Impact Report’
Variety has recognized Los Angeles corporate partner David Eisman as one of the top power players in entertainment industry transactions in its 2015 “Dealmakers Impact Report.” Variety highlighted Mr. Eisman’s involvement with several high-profile Hollywood transactions, including his representation of United Talent Agency in a sale of a minority stake, the acquisition of music agency The Agency Group and the acquisition of the majority of CAA’s comedy agents.
Richard Marmaro Named a 'White Collar Crime Trailblazer'
Richard Marmaro, the head of Skadden's West Coast SEC enforcement and white collar defense practice, was named to The National Law Journal's 2015 list of "White Collar Crime Trailblazers." The "Trailblazers" series honors individuals who have advanced their legal practice areas through the use of innovative strategies. The "White Collar Crime" list celebrated just 50 lawyers from throughout the country for exemplary achievements. Mr. Marmaro was recognized for, among other things, his work successfully defending William J. Ruehle, the former CFO of Broadcom, in the largest stock options backdating case brought by the federal government.
Skadden Honored by Public Counsel for Preventing Homelessness
On November 5, Skadden and a Los Angeles-based litigation team received the Pro Bono Award from Public Counsel. The organization’s Homelessness Prevention Law Project recognized the team’s leadership, ongoing commitment to justice and outstanding work representing tenants facing housing discrimination. The team successfully litigated three eviction cases in partnership with Public Counsel, and helped the organization fend off a meritless abuse of discovery deposition subpoena, ultimately winning almost $4,000 in sanctions and fees. The team includes Matt Sloan, Emily Aviad, Daniel Blau, Antonieta Pimienta, Rachael Schiffman, Grayce Frink, Shannon Cooper, Marie Davis, Matt Tako and Matt Delgado.
George Fatheree Among 2015 'Fifty Under 40'
Los Angeles real estate counsel George Fatheree was named to Real Estate Forum's 2015 "Fifty Under 40" list. George was recognized for his pro bono work representing charter schools, students with special needs, survivors of the Holocaust and the American Jewish University, and advocating for disability rights.
Skadden Receives 'Champions of Education Award'
Skadden received the Learning Rights Law Center's "Champions of Education Award" at the 2015 "A Cause for Celebration" dinner on September 26. As a decade-long sponsor, Skadden was honored for our commitment to education equity and dedication to the local community. Corporate partner and Los Angeles office head Brian McCarthy accepted the award on Skadden's behalf.
Los Angeles Attorneys Named ‘2016 Best Lawyers in America’
Fourteen Los Angeles partners and one of counsel were named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America, which annually ranks attorneys on the basis of peer reviews and other factors: Jeffrey Cohen, David Eisman, Rodrigo Guerra and Gregg Noel (Corporate Law); Karen Corman (Labor and Employment); K. Kristine Dunn and David Kitchen (Banking); Van Durrer (Corporate Restructuring); Michael Gisser and Brian McCarthy (M&A); Richard Marmaro, Peter Morrison, Tom Nolan and Matthew Sloan (Litigation); and Rand April (Real Estate).
Additionally, Richard Marmaro was named “Los Angeles Litigation — Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Lawyer of the Year” and Brian McCarthy was named “Los Angeles Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year.” Best Lawyers recognizes only one lawyer in each practice and geographical area as “Lawyer of the Year.” Attorneys are selected based on peer-review assessments. According to the publication, “this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.”
Lisa Gilford, Brian McCarthy and Tom Nolan Among 'Top 100'
Five California partners were named to the Daily Journal's annual list of the "Top 100 Lawyers" in the state, including Los Angeles partners Lisa Gilford (litigation), Brian McCarthy (corporate) and Tom Nolan (litigation). Skadden had more attorneys on the list than any other law firm, nonprofit or other entity.
Richard Marmaro and Matthew Sloan Among Most Influential in White Collar and Cyber Crime
Los Angeles litigation partners Richard Marmaro and Matthew Sloan were named to the Los Angeles Business Journal's 2015 list of the "Most Influential Lawyers in White Collar and Cyber Crime." Mr. Marmaro and Mr. Sloan were recognized for numerous accomplishments, including Mr. Marmaro' s role as lead counsel to a major accounting firm in its confidential, largest-ever arbitration proceeding, and Mr. Sloan's defense of individuals and corporations in matters involving allegations of securities fraud and government contractor fraud, in addition to False Claims Act allegations and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Meryl Chae Selected as One of California's 'Women of Influence'
Meryl Chae, leader of Skadden's Los Angeles real estate practice and co-leader of the firm's global REIT practice, was named to Real Estate Forum's 2015 list of California's "Women of Influence." Ms. Chae was recognized for her work on transactions such as AustralianSuper Pty Ltd.'s partnership with General Growth Properties, Inc. to own and operate the $5.5 billion Ala Moana Center mall in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Lisa Gilford Named Among Top Women Lawyers
Los Angeles litigation partner Lisa Gilford was named to the Daily Journal's annual list of the "Top Women Lawyers" practicing in California. The article focused on her work on behalf of clients such as Toyota Motor Corporation, Purdue Pharma L.P. and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
David Eisman Recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as a 'Top 100 Power Lawyer'
Los Angeles corporate partner David Eisman was recognized in the ninth annual "Top 100 Power Lawyers" report, published by The Hollywood Reporter. To determine Hollywood's 100 most influential attorneys, The Hollywood Reporter researches the biggest deals and legal cases of the past year. Lawyers are identified as talent dealmakers, litigators or corporate dealmakers and evaluated against their peers based on cases won, nature of deals closed and reputation within the entertainment legal community.
David Eisman Named to Variety’s 2015 ‘Legal Impact Report’
Los Angeles corporate partner David Eisman earned a coveted spot on the 2015 edition of entertainment trade publication Variety’s annual “Legal Impact Report,” which highlights top entertainment attorneys working in film, television, theater and digital media.
David Eisman Named Among the ‘Top Entertainment Lawyers in California’
Los Angeles corporate partner David Eisman was named among the Daily Journal’s “Top 50 Entertainment Lawyers in California,” an annual list of the state’s leading lawyers. The publication noted Mr. Eisman’s representation of Vulcan, United Talent Agency and RatPac Entertainment LLC.
Tom Nolan and Nick Saggese Among Top 50 Loyola Law Alum
At Loyola Law School’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of its Albany Street campus, Los Angeles partner Tom Nolan and retired partner Nick Saggese were recognized among the school’s “50 Inspirational Alumni” for their achievements, personal integrity and passion for justice. The list represents a “who’s who” of the most accomplished lawyers, public servants, and business men and women who attended Loyola Law School since its founding 50 years ago.
George Fatheree Receives Loyola Law Pro Bono Service Award
Los Angeles associate and Loyola Law School alum George Fatheree received the school’s “Pro Bono Service Award” for his active role in pro bono work and public service, primarily in areas related to public education reform and disability rights. He was recognized at the school’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of its Albany Street campus.
Brian McCarthy and Tom Nolan Recognized Among ‘Top 100’
Los Angeles partners Brian McCarthy (corporate) and Tom Nolan (litigation) were recognized by the Daily Journal in its annual list of the “Top 100” lawyers in California. The publication noted Mr. McCarthy’s representation of principal shareholders of Beats Electronics and Beats Music in the $3 billion sale of the two companies to Apple Inc. and Mr. Nolan’s work as lead trial counsel in an embezzlement case on behalf of First California Bank.
Three Los Angeles Partners Named to Lawdragon's '500 Leading Lawyers' List
Los Angeles partners Lisa Gilford, Brian McCarthy
Los Angeles Attorneys Named '2015 Best Lawyers in America'
Thirteen Los Angeles partners and one of counsel were named to the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America, which annually ranks leading attorneys on the basis of peer reviews and other factors: Jeffrey Cohen
Karen Corman Named a Top Labor and Employment Lawyer in California
Los Angeles labor and employment partner Karen Corman has been named to the Daily Journal's annual list of "Top Labor and Employment Lawyers" in California. She was recognized for her work with Caesars Acquisition Company, Thomas Properties Group and Nokia Corporation. The list recognizes 75 leading lawyers in California.
Skadden Recognized as a ‘California Powerhouse’ Law Firm
Law360 recognized Skadden as one of 20 “California Powerhouse” law firms for having “thrived in large measure by catering to the needs of burgeoning tech titans and by bridging the legal gap between East and West.”
Daily Journal Names Its ‘Top Women Lawyers’ in California
The Daily Journal has named Los Angeles partners Meryl Chae and Lisa Gilford among its 2014 “Top Women Lawyers.” Ms. Chae was recognized for her representations of QIC Global Real Estate, HCP Inc. and M. David Paul & Associates, and Ms. Gilford was selected based on her work on behalf of Toyota Motor Corp.
Skadden Named ‘California Corporate Pra ctice of the Year’
Skadden was selected by The Recorder as the “Top Overall Corporate Practice” in the publication’s “Corporate Practices of the Year” contest, which recognizes “the best transactional work done in 2013 by California-based teams,” announced on May 2, 2014. The firm also was selected as a finalist in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets categories.
Jeffrey Cohen Named Among California’s ‘Top Private Equity Lawyers’
Los Angeles corporate partner Jeffrey Cohen was recognized in the Daily Journal’s first-ever list of the 10 “Top Private Equity Lawyers” in California. The publication included Mr. Cohen among attorneys “who made their mark on the year,” noting his representations of Dutch LLC in its sale of a majority interest to TA Associates, and of New Cotai Holdings LLC, a joint venture between Oaktree Capital Management and Silver Point Capital.
Skadden Named ‘Los Angeles — Tax Firm of the Year’ by International Tax Review
In recognition of innovative client work, Skadden was named “Los Angeles — Tax Firm of the Year” at the annual International Tax Review Americas Awards on September 26, 2013.
Lisa Gilford Named Among the Daily Journal’s ‘Top 100 Lawyers in California’
Los Angeles litigation partner Lisa Gilford was recognized in the Daily Journal’s list of “Top 100 Lawyers in California.” The publication noted Ms. Gilford’s representations of Toyota and highlighted her successful dismissal of plaintiff claims from 14 different countries during a recent proceeding.
Brian McCarthy Named Among the Daily Journal’s ‘Top 100 Lawyers in California’
Los Angeles office leader Brian McCarthy was recognized in the Daily Journal’s list of “Top 100 Lawyers in California.” The publication noted Mr. McCarthy’s work on several notable transactions, including long-time client Walt Disney Co.’s $4.1 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd., among others.
Tom Nolan Named Among the Daily Journal’s ‘Top 100 Lawyers in California’
West Coast litigation head Tom Nolan was recognized in the Daily Journal’s list of “Top 100 Lawyers in California.” The publication noted Mr. Nolan’s successful negotiation of a $1.6 billion settlement on behalf of Toyota Motor Corp.
Meryl Chae Recognized Among the Daily Journal’s ‘Top Real Estate Lawyers’
Meryl Chae, the leader of Skadden’s Los Angeles real estate practice and one of the leaders of the firm’s REIT practice, has been named once again to the Daily Journal’s annual list of “Top Real Estate Lawyers” in California. She was recognized for her representations of QIC Global Real Estate, Westfield America and M. David Paul & Associates.
Karen Corman Named Among the Daily Journal’s ‘Top Labor & Employment Lawyers’
Los Angeles labor and employment partner Karen Corman has been named once again to the Daily Journal’s annual list of “Top Labor & Employment Lawyers” in California. She was recognized for her work with The Walt Disney Company in its acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. and Dell Inc. in its purchase of Quest Software Inc.
Daily Journal Names Its ‘Top Women Lawyers’
Two Los Angeles attorneys were recognized among the Daily Journal’s list of “Top Women Lawyers.” Real Estate partner Meryl Chae was recognized for her work on behalf of Westfield America and DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners LP, and litigation partner Harriet Posner was honored for her representations of Wells Fargo, American Apparel, Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. and Feihe International Inc.
Law360 Recognizes Peter Morrison as a 2013 ‘Rising Star’
For the third consecutive year, litigation partner Peter Morrison was named a “Rising Star” by Law360. Mr. Morrison is one of only two attorneys nationwide to be included for three consecutive years on this list, which recognizes “attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age.”
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