Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP
Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP

Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP

2 Star Rating     3 reviews 
Main Office:

801 South Figueroa Street, 15th Floor | Los Angeles | CA | 90017

Phone: 213-624-6900 | Fax: 213-624-6999

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Biggest office Los Angeles
Number of attorneys 164
   3 reviews

Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP Reviews

- Reviewed on April 06, 2019

Advice to law firm management: Welcome your new hires, introduce them to the team they're working with. Communicate with employees directly rather than going around them and making swift judgments and giving zero allowances for being new.

Pros: Friendly, approachable attorneys. Firm is broken into teams, working for a group of 6 or 7 attorneys. Liked that it was a professional environment. The attorneys in my particular group were very nice and approachable.

Cons: Extremely high billable requirement. Lack of communication. Felt like a hired hand rather than a member of a team where I could add value. Assumptions are made without communication. They're very strict about cell phone use and had a policy re use of phones or computer for personal reasons even on a break; felt like I was being watched. People were not terribly welcoming. Cold environment.

Partners to Avoid and Why: This firm has a lot of partners, but I only worked with two partners and I thought they were both very nice, approachable people and I enjoyed working for them.

Favorite Things About this Firm: Very professional, quiet environment, able to work independently. Most people were nice but I was the one who had to make the effort.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2019

Job type: Full time

Length of Employment: Less than a year

- Reviewed on August 31, 2018

Advice to law firm management: Lower the billable requirement OR significantly increase compensation and improve benefits. Stop the competition and treat staff with respect. When you keep losing employees, it should be a sign that something is unhealthy at the firm.

Pros: Lots of resources. Some quality partners and plenty of friendly associates and staff. Lots of different practice areas and it is relatively easy to move between teams (though you might get judgmental sideways glances for it.) Holiday celebrations and attorney retreat are very nice (but it would be nice to have one that is family oriented - like the summer picnic).

Cons: Shareholders are competitive with one another and with junior partners which creates a hostile atmosphere. Disrespect between the different levels of employees. Below average compensation, subpar health benefits, ridiculously high billable requirement (at least 9 hours a day.) There is a revolving door of associates - in one year there were 25+ departures.

Partners to Avoid and Why: Dennis Kass is biased and makes snap, unchangeable judgments about people. I've heard Jeff Lenkov is difficult to work with but never had personal experience.

Favorite Things About this Firm: Location was convenient. Met some nice people. Was able to learn a lot in my chosen practice area which has led to partnership at a better firm.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2016

Job type: Full time


Every organization is a conglomeration of common ­­­­“parts” combined in a way that makes them 100% unique. What makes us different at Manning & Kass is the pairing of yesterday’s traditional values—respect for leadership, hard work and integrity—with today’s cost-effective, collaborative and flexible case management. Manning & Kass is not your ordinary law firm—Every case and every client counts. Founded in 1994, with only sixteen attorneys, in twenty four years the firm has grown to more than 175 attorneys in seven offices, including the major U.S. economic centers of New York and Los Angeles. We are known by our clients as competent, innovative attorneys who, even in victory, refuse to fall victim to complacency. We are continually engaged in a daily process of refinement, knowing that small, gradual improvements are stepping stones on the path to monumental achievement.

Practice Areas

Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • ADA Compliance Litigation
  • Appellate Law (Strategy
  • Writs
  • & Appeals)
  • Business Litigation
  • Catastrophic Liability Defense
  • Class Action and Mass Torts Defense
  • Construction Defect
  • Corporate and Commercial Transactions
  • Employment Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Fraternity and Sorority Defense
  • Governmental Entity Liability
  • Health Care Liability
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance Coverage / Bad Faith
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord / Tenant / Habitability
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Long Term Care / Elder Abuse Defense
  • Military and Veterans Law
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional License Defense
  • Professional Sports Law
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institution Defense
  • Retail
  • Restaurant
  • and Hospitality Litigation
  • School Civil Liability
  • Security Services and Security Guard Litigation
  • Special Investigations Unit / Insurance Fraud Litigation
  • Sports
  • Recreation
  • and Attractions Law
  • Subrogation and Recovery
  • Trucking and Transportation
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Workers' Compensation
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