During 120 years of legal practice, Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP has developed the resources and the expertise to provide the highest quality representation in every area of law.

Pillsbury can meet any legal need, from straightforward counseling to the most complex litigation. While we are organized by specialty practice groups, each practice group has the ability to draw upon the expertise of the other groups. This means that a client working with any Pillsbury attorney has available the expertise of the entire firm. Our firm's culture emphasizes cooperation rather than competition. For clients, this means that we will seek out the lawyer who can handle a given task most effectively and at the lowest possible cost.


The firm recruits the finest legal talent from preeminent law schools, and we are committed to training our lawyers rigorously and extensively. We are proud of our cultural and ethnic diversity, with women and minority lawyers serving on our executive committee and as practice group managers.

The firm gives its lawyers the support they need to stay in the forefront of their respective fields. Our law library is one of the largest in the country, with 170,000 volumes plus a growing collection of CD-ROMs and access to unlimited online resources. We employ a highly trained staff of paralegals, librarians, computer experts, and litigation-support personnel. We have invested in cutting-edge information and communication technology.

To control the cost of litigation, Pillsbury has taken an aggressive approach to case management. We use case management software to develop detailed budgets and to review progress against the budget with clients. Sophisticated desktop publishing and imaging technology enables us to develop exhibits and support materials in-house. We are a leader in the use of alternative dispute resolution, including mini-trials, mediation, arbitration, and court-sponsored early neutral evaluation.


Pillsbury's clients include multinational corporations, financial institutions of all types, emerging and mid-sized companies, and individuals. On their behalf, we have participated in many precedent-setting cases and transactions that have prepared us to address the next generation of legal problems. We serve as principal outside counsel for numerous companies, many of which we have represented for decades. Other clients have turned to us for expertise in specialty areas.

While we represent some of the largest corporations in the world, we are equally committed to providing smaller clients with legal services tailored to their unique needs. Hundreds of start-up and developing companies benefit from our broad range of expertise and our attention to cost-efficient service. We understand and support the entrepreneurial spirit that continues to be the engine of growth in Southern California and worldwide.


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