Other Gibson Dunn work includes getting the legalities hammered out for the Los Angeles Rams’ new football stadium in Inglewood, which is projected to cost $2.6 billion.
“It’s a very strong, balanced practice in Los Angeles,” said Kenneth Doran, Gibson Dunn’s chairman and managing partner.
“We’re as busy as I’ve seen it for several years (locally).”
Among the top five on the Business Journal’s list, O’Melveny & Myers climbed one spot to No. 4 by adding 17 lawyers to its local office for a total of 242 attorneys, though it lost three partners.
Latham & Watkins added eight attorneys to its downtown L.A. office to boost its local numbers to 240 attorneys, but still slipped to No. 5, and also lost a partner, dropping to 66 in 2017. The firm was busy, nevertheless.
“Corporate, finance, litigation, tax, environmental – all of our major practice groups had banner years last year,” said Jeffrey Greenberg, managing partner of Latham’s L.A. office.
The firm’s lawyers advised the Short Hills, N.J.-based private equity firm Energy Capital Partners in its $17 billion acquisition of Houston-based energy company Calpine Corp. last year. Another client is Madison Square Garden Co., owner of the Forum, which is suing the City of Inglewood over what it alleges was a secret land deal with the Los Angeles Clippers so the team can build a new arena 1.5 miles south of the Forum.
DLA Piper, with 4,000-plus lawyers worldwide, employs 93 locally at No. 22nd on the list. Its merger last year with Liner boosted its total attorney numbers from 2016’s 54 lawyers, and causing it to leapfrog 32 spots year over year.
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