Overview

Introduction

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2022)

750 - 1K

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No. of Partners Named (2022)

24

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Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2022)

52


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No. of Summer Associates (2022)

54 total (50 2Ls; 4 1Ls)


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Base Salary

All offices:1st year: $ 215,000

Vault Verdict

About the Firm

Associate Reviews


  • “We have a very collegial culture. The firm is laid back and really cares about its people and their well-being. Interactions are casual and pleasant. Everyone is happy to be here or at least acts like it.”
  • “The collegiately at Sheppard Mullin is outstanding. Partners, associates, and staff have great, genuine relationships. The day-to-day atmosphere is friendly and fun. Opportunities to socialize are never scarce.”
  • “The firm is generally casual, with partners, associates, and staff interacting frequently both professionally and socially. Although in-person interaction is down due to most people working from home, the firm has tried to stress the importance of maintaining the firm culture and encourage more in-person interaction.”

Why Work Here


Historical Highlight 
Today’s Sheppard Mullin had a Roaring Twenties start in Los Angeles as a firm called Haight & Mathes. By the mid-1940s, and operating under its current name, the firm had become highly regarded (and still is) for its antitrust, finance, and employment law practices. Between 1977-86, the firm opened three other offices spanning the Golden State and added practices in key California industries, including aerospace and defense. In the '90s, the firm's specialties expanded to include a thriving corporate and securities practice, a prestigious real estate/land use/natural resources group, and a strong construction litigation practice.

To learn more about the firm's history click here.

Diversity at Sheppard Mullin

"Sheppard Mullin focuses tremendous resources on every phase of an attorney's career with the Firm, all the way from the first year of practice through the equity partner selection process. In addition, the Firm is transparent with both associates and partners regarding its finances, strategy and statistics and the criteria for partnership. • Affinity groups for diverse attorneys continue to play an essential role in helping us to retain and develop diverse associates as they advance through the Firm. Besides monthly..."

Getting Hired Here


  • “The firm considers all the standard factors in hiring: law school attended, grades, journal experience, clerkship, prior work experience, personality, and diversity. Feeder schools likely vary by office.”
  • “Sheppard Mullin typically hires from top law firms, as well as law schools with a geographic connection to the area.”
  • “Sheppard Mullin hires only top-tier talent, but is not overly obsessed with status of the law school or grades. The firm really values grit and diversity more than any other place I've worked.”

Practice Area Q&A’s


Babak Yousefzadeh

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Amanda Zablocki

Partner

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Eric Klein & Jeralin Cardoso

Partner & Partner

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Dianne Baquet Smith & Matthew Tobias

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Perks & Benefits