Our Los Angeles office provides a full range of legal services in all major practices and collaborates effectively with the firm’s other offices to provide innovative and effective solutions for our clients. We work with companies in a broad range of industries, including financial services, entertainment and media, transportation, technology, retail, insurance, manufacturing, renewable energy, food, restaurant and hospitality.
In separate annual surveys of general counsel and of senior officers and directors of U.S. publicly traded companies, Corporate Board Member ranked Akin Gump as one of the nation’s Top 20 national corporate law firms. Our Los Angeles corporate lawyers regularly counsel private equity and hedge funds, public and private companies, sovereign entities and financial advisors in connection with their transactional, finance and ongoing business needs. Our corporate practice includes five principal areas: mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, corporate governance, bank finance and private equity, with distinct experience in entertainment and media, project finance and renewable energy, and financial restructuring. We also frequently collaborate with the firm’s American Indian law and policy practice in addressing the unique and complex issues associated with the finance, development, construction, operation and regulation of resorts and gaming projects of American Indian nations.
Entertainment and Media
Residing in our Century City office, our entertainment and media practice collaborates with lawyers firmwide to provide a sophisticated client base with legal and business advice on a wide range of domestic and international issues. Described by Chambers USA as “well equipped to deal with cross-border transactions and co-productions” and acting for a “range of borrowers, lenders, investors and suppliers,” the firm’s entertainment and media practice is consistently ranked in Band 1 for its practice. Our Los Angeles entertainment and media lawyers represent studios, independent producers, broadcasting and cable companies, distributors, financial institutions, completion guarantors, foreign media companies and others involved in the development, financing, production and distribution of media content throughout the world.
Described in Chambers USA as having “one of the most impressive creditor and creditor committees side groups in the country,” and as being “very smart and very knowledgeable, with a breadth of talent on any issue,” the firm’s financial restructuring group has been repeatedly recognized as having one of the nation’s premier practices in the field. Our Los Angeles financial restructuring lawyers have actively participated and appeared in many of the major bankruptcy cases in the United States. Working seamlessly across borders, our financial restructuring practitioners have a global reputation for representing constituencies with divergent interests, understanding the range of restructuring perspectives and devising creative solutions to provide clients with the best possible results. Our global representation of the various constituencies in restructurings and business rehabilitations includes official committees and informal groups of creditors, debtors (financially distressed companies), secured creditors, administrators, liquidators, receivers, trustees and examiners, and purchasers and sellers of debt or assets of financially distressed companies.
Labor and Employment
Akin Gump’s labor and employment practice is highly regarded by its peers and legal industry publications. Chambers USA has recognized the quality of our labor and employment lawyers and the collective depth of our knowledge in all areas of employment law as a leading nationwide labor and employment practice. Our Los Angeles lawyers handle cutting-edge issues in high-stakes, class action litigation in the areas of wage and hour litigation and employment discrimination. We have obtained groundbreaking successes in these areas against the nation’s best plaintiffs’ firms. Our cases are frequently cited as standard-setting by courts, government administrators and other lawyers.
With a winning combination of creative strategy and strong trial skills, our Los Angeles litigators regularly handle a multifaceted array of complex civil lawsuits. We represent a broad range of industries and Fortune 500 companies in matters involving contract disputes, business torts, trust matters and intellectual property, labor and employment, securities, constitutional, and First Amendment issues, carrying on the firm’s tradition of a robust trial practice. We handle class action litigation as well as complex matters involving insurance, energy and wage and hour litigation. Our litigation practice also includes a distinguished white collar criminal defense practice.
Global Project Finance
Our global project finance team has been described in Chambers USA as a “major player” with “renowned capabilities in the energy sector.” Led from Los Angeles, our global project finance practice comprises lawyers around the globe and is ideally suited to address all needs associated with energy projects—from project development issues involving construction, environmental, regulatory and tax considerations to the most difficult financing matters. Our global project finance team has significant experience counseling clients in the development and finance of some of the world’s largest and most complex projects involving both traditional and renewable energy, including wind, solar, hydroelectric, landfill gas, biomass and geothermal projects. We regularly represent project sponsors and developers, financial institutions, investors, manufacturers, technology companies, multilateral bodies, contractors, governments, sovereign nations and other participants in the development, financing, construction and operation of projects and facilities throughout the world. Our practice is recognized globally as a leader in the development and financing of energy projects.
Public Law and Policy
Akin Gump has one of the largest and most diverse government relations practices of any major law firm worldwide. Our public law and policy practice draws on the considerable governmental and bipartisan political experience of our lawyers and advocacy professionals, many of whom have served previously in public office. We expanded this practice to California, which continues to be a political and policy trendsetter for the nation. Our lawyers and advisors provide strategic advice in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C. to clients based in or focused on California. We represent many of California’s most prominent companies and government agencies. Our practice stresses careful evaluation of client issues and detailed design of strategies and tactics to achieve objectives and provide advocacy that is executed in an effective, timely and coordinated manner.
Real Estate and Finance
The real estate and finance markets face a host of challenges and unprecedented opportunities. More than ever, it has become imperative to choose the most knowledgeable partners to help navigate this complex landscape in today’s economy. Having found creative solutions to help our clients save money, avoid pitfalls and achieve success, our real estate and finance lawyers are committed to being good partners for our clients and providing innovative and comprehensive representation. We advise clients in domestic and international real estate matters, including acquisitions, sales, development, joint ventures and financing. This includes the representation of buyers and sellers of distressed real estate and real estate loans and mortgage pools, including REITs and other investment entities. Our complex real estate matters often require that we leverage the experience of practitioners across Akin Gump’s full-service platform, including tax, environment, natural resources and land use.
Supreme Court and Appellate
Time and time again, Akin Gump’s appellate practice has received accolades in legal industry publications. Our appellate practice has been selected by The Recorder as among the “Top Appellate Practices in California”; consistently named to The National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List, which highlights law firms that are “turning in the most exemplary, cutting-edge advocacy” before the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal and state appellate courts across the country; and ranked in the top tier for its field by Chambers USA. Our appellate litigation practice serves our clients across a broad range of appellate matters throughout the country. The practice is led by a leading appellate and media law authority and former U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals clerks.