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Sheppard Mullin

Main Office: 333 South Hope Street, Forty-Third Floor | Los Angeles | CA | 90071

Phone: 213-620-1780 | Fax: 213-620-1398

4 Star Rating

7 Reviews

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Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Current Employee Current Employee Mr. San Francisco

Advice to law firm management:
Leadership should really consider getting some software to allow associates the ability to work from home. It would save the firm money and increase productivity.

I was very happy with the onboarding process used by this firm. It made my transition into my new position much easier than it could have been. The compensation package I was offered was pretty good, as well.

This firm doesn't have a system in place to let associates do remote work. It would be nice to get work done from home on occasion, but there is currently no way to do this.

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Length of Employment:
10+ years

Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Current Employee Current Employee Mr. San Francisco

Advice to law firm management:
Try and divide the workload between employees better so that way stress is reduced in the workplace and allows for more individuals to de-stress.

I have learned a lot while working here. Everyone here is very seasoned and knows a lot and is willing to share their knowledge which is great.

It takes time getting you to the deadlines and how quick everything moves in and out of here. That can be stressful at first.

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Discover the Excitement of Working at Sheppard Mullin: A Global Powerhouse in the Legal Industry Sheppard Mullin is not your average law firm. With a strong global presence and a reputation for handling complex legal matters, this full-service Global 100 firm is a force to be reckoned with. From corporate and technology matters to high-stakes litigation and complex financial transactions, Sheppard Mullin offers a wide range of legal services to clients around the world. With 15 offices strategically located in North America, Europe, and Asia, Sheppard Mullin is able to provide seamless representation in multiple jurisdictions. This global reach allows the firm to offer comprehensive solutions to clients' legal challenges, no matter where they arise. Whether it's navigating the intricacies of international business transactions or representing clients in high-profile litigation, Sheppard Mullin has the expertise and resources to deliver exceptional results. One of the firm's most recent expansions took place in Chicago, where Sheppard Mullin opened its doors in July 2012. This move was driven by the firm's recognition of the Midwest's growing importance in the business world, particularly in the city of Chicago. By establishing a presence in this vibrant city, Sheppard Mullin has solidified its commitment to serving clients involved in business across the nation. But Sheppard Mullin's global reach doesn't stop there. Recognizing the significance of Korea in the world economy and the firm's many important clients based in Seoul, Sheppard Mullin became one of the first U.S. law firms to open an office in the city. This strategic move allows the firm to be in close proximity to its clients and provide them with the highest level of service. Working at Sheppard Mullin is an exciting opportunity for attorneys and staff alike. The firm's global footprint means that employees have the chance to work on cutting-edge legal matters with an international scope. From advising multinational corporations on complex regulatory issues to representing clients in cross-border disputes, the work at Sheppard Mullin is intellectually stimulating and professionally rewarding. But it's not just the firm's global reach that makes it an exciting place to work. Sheppard Mullin is known for its collaborative and inclusive culture, where teamwork and diversity are valued. Attorneys and staff have the opportunity to work alongside some of the brightest legal minds in the industry, learning from their expertise and gaining invaluable experience. The firm also places a strong emphasis on professional development and career growth. Sheppard Mullin offers a wide range of training programs and resources to help employees enhance their skills and advance their careers. Whether it's through mentorship programs, continuing education opportunities, or participation in industry conferences, Sheppard Mullin is committed to supporting the professional growth of its employees. In addition to the professional benefits, Sheppard Mullin also offers a competitive compensation package and a comprehensive benefits program. From health insurance and retirement plans to generous vacation time and flexible work arrangements, the firm recognizes the importance of work-life balance and strives to create a supportive and rewarding work environment. Joining Sheppard Mullin means becoming part of a global powerhouse in the legal industry. With its strong reputation, global reach, and commitment to excellence, the firm offers attorneys and staff the opportunity to work on challenging and impactful legal matters. Whether it's shaping the future of technology, navigating complex regulatory landscapes, or advocating for clients in high-stakes litigation, Sheppard Mullin provides a platform for professional growth and success. So, if you're looking for an exciting and fulfilling career in the legal field, Sheppard Mullin is the place to be. Discover the thrill of working at a firm that is at the forefront of the legal industry and join the ranks of talented professionals who are making a difference at Sheppard Mullin.

Practice Areas

Sheppard Mullin practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Sheppard Mullin follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

The firm looks for students whose personal qualities, academic records and other achievements demonstrate exceptional ability, motivation, legal skills and potential for growth. The firm prefers students who show superior academic standing in college and law school. Participation in extracurricular activities is an added advantage. Students who demonstrate experiences that evidence initiative and responsibility are most likely to be accepted. Ties to Orange County help.

Sheppard Mullin attorneys interview at approximately 20 national and regional law schools each fall, and the firm also participates in a variety of job fairs throughout the country. Its on-campus visits occur between mid-August and early September, with callbacks extended soon after each visit. The firm's interviews are with second-year (or third-year evening) students only.

Those students whose law schools are not on the firm's campus interview list are welcome to send the resume and transcript to their office of interest.

Those students who are called back, usually interview with 4-5 attorneys in our office and have lunch or dinner with 2 additional attorneys. Each office's Recruiting Committee meets periodically to review evaluations of students that have visited their office. The firm strives to notify students of the results of their callback as soon as possible. Students receiving offers will have 28 days to accept or refuse it.

Sheppard Mullin is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, genetic information, medical condition, physical or mental disability, veteran status, all other characteristics prohibited by law, or gender identity and/or expression.

Pro bono

The firm is committed to Pro Bono and encourages and supports its attorneys in their pro bono efforts. Across the country, the firm has an admirable record in providing community service and legal services to those who desperately needed it, but who were unable to pay for it.

Its lawyers have earned plaudits for their pro bono efforts and the "The Recorder" recognized the firm's pro bono efforts in its 9/14/2012 issue, commending it for a "a commitment to pro bono clients or causes through determined and creative advocacy."

Sheppard Mullin's Washington, D.C. and New York offices were the recipients of the prestigious Frankel Award from Human Rights First for extraordinary pro bono commitment on behalf of political asylum applicants in the United States. Human Rights First is one of the leading human rights organizations in the United States.

In addition, Sheppard Mullin attorneys sit on the Boards of numerous community service organizations.

The scope of Sheppard Mullin's pro bono work has traditionally been broad, involving asylum and immigration issues, education, criminal matters, as well as business representation."

The firm handles all its pro bono work with the same dedication and commitment and with all available resources as it does its other activities.

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Sheppard Mullin Awards and Recognitions Write a review

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.

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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
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.


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