Overview

Introduction

 

Irell & Manella associates are lucky to work with friendly colleagues and partners who provide great mentorship and training. They also appreciate that they are given early responsibility and experience—and they are well compensated for it. A Southern California powerhouse for 80 years, Irell & Manella matches or exceeds its multinational peers in salary, prestige, and high-stakes cases, serving clients worldwide from just three locations in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, and Washington, DC.&l...

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

50 - 100

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No. of Partners Named (2021)

2

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Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)

7


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No. of Summer Associates (2021)

11 total (All 2Ls)


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Base Salary

All offices

Vault Verdict

Irell attorneys are a quirky, intellectual bunch. They’re friendly and social too—the firm offers an open-door environment with plenty of social opportunities. Partners and associates get along well; many associates appreciate how generous partners are when it comes to providing ongoing feedback and mentoring. The formal review process is helpful for insights into individual performance, but associates agree that the firm is not as open when it comes to firmwide matters and decision making. Associates have a billable-hours requirement of 2,000 hours, which they feel is fair, although sometimes the workload has them automatically hitting more. They appreciate that there is no pressure to bill more that they have to, though—hitting hours means a full bonus payout. And bonuses are ge...

About the Firm

 

A Southern California powerhouse for 80 years, Irell & Manella matches or exceeds its multinational peers in salary, prestige, and high-stakes cases, serving clients worldwide from just three locations in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, and Washington, DC.

A Glamorous Start

Irell harkens back to the glamour days of old Hollywood—1941, to be exact: the year in which Orson Welles released a little flick called Citizen Kane and two tax attorneys—Eugene Berger and Lawrence Irell—established what became one of the most prestigious law firms in Tinseltown. Arthur Manella joined the firm in 1944; within a year, Berger had passed away, and Manella had become a partner. The Tax practice started handling tax affairs for Hollywood stars, including...

Associate Reviews


  • “Lots of open doors [and] colleagues interacting with one another socially and professionally on a regular basis.”
  • “There [were] weekly firm-sponsored happy hours when COVID wasn't around, and the firm does a good job keeping associates together during COVID quarantine by using virtual happy hours and paying for lunch-and-learns. Everyone at the firm is a little bit quirky, which makes it fun to work with people (they're all a bit different).”
  • “The firm has a professional culture that feels very academic. Individuals seem largely liberal and people are generally quite friendly.”

Why Work Here


We Are True To Ourselves

Irell attorneys are a diverse group.  Although we come from a wide array of backgrounds, countries and experiences, we share a common passion for practicing law at the highest levels and we are all dedicated to finding the best solutions for our clients.  Our differences enrich us and our common desire for excellence binds us.  At Irell, we can be ourselves and focus on our shared passions.

Even casual office discussion often involves recent cases, ongoing matters, and interesting legal issues.  We wouldn’t have it any other way, and we encourage hearty discussions and debates about developing legal and social issues.  In fact, the firm produces in-house discussions and training sessions, usually led by associates, on topics relevant to our practice and our community several times every week.  The environment around the office is prime for inquisitive legal minds.

Diversity at Irell & Manella LLP

"In 2014, we proudly established the Irell & Manella Diversity Scholarship. We award an amount of $15,000 each to a select number of 2Ls, who in addition to meeting certain criteria, receive and accept an offer to join our summer program. For more details about the scholarship, please visit www.irell.com/about-diversity.html."

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