Dechert’s Los Angeles office advises corporations and financial institutions on their most sophisticated, high-stakes corporate, financial and litigation matters. The office has grown fourfold since opening in 2011.
Known for delivering both high quality legal expertise and practical commercial judgment, our LA lawyers are regularly involved in many of Dechert’s most complex commercial litigation matters, and typically conduct several jury trials each year in state and federal courts around the country. We also represent clients in a variety of appellate matters in state and federal courts nationwide.
Our LA lawyers provide advice to numerous financial services firms, including asset managers and investment funds. We also handle the entire range of corporate and business law matters and conduct a vigorous energy and project finance practice.
Areas of Focus
Complex Commercial Litigation
Widely recognized as a “go-to” firm for litigation, Dechert defends clients in complex matters where the stakes are highest, including class actions and multi-district litigation. We have helped companies across a broad range of industries achieve successful outcomes in disputes related to consumer fraud, intellectual property, false advertising, insurance and banking litigation, corporate governance, commercial disputes, and securities litigation.
Our LA litigators are renowned for devising strategy, facilitating pre-trial resolutions, defeating class certification, managing e-discovery, obtaining summary dismissals – and, most of all, winning at trial.
Moreover, working with Dechert lawyers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, our LA lawyers deliver multi-jurisdictional expertise to guide clients through disputes wherever they arise.
Financial Services and Investment Management
Dechert is a leading advisor to asset managers, investment funds and other financial services firms, representing most of the world’s largest asset managers as well as smaller and emerging managers. We are the only firm with lawyers in all of the EU’s leading investment fund jurisdictions as well as numerous others throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Our lawyers advise on fund formation across the full range of asset classes, management company issues, regulatory and compliance matters, fund and management company transactional matters, commodities and derivatives law, and financial institutions regulation.
Dechert’s appellate lawyers in LA have extensive appellate experience handling a wide variety of complex high-stakes matters. We appear before state and federal appellate courts across the country and typically achieve outstanding results. Clients also benefit from timely advice on appeal viability and in the preparation of written and oral arguments in court.
A number of Dechert’s lawyers have clerked for federal and state appellate judges, including the United States Supreme Court, and many are former prosecutors from U.S. Attorney offices around the country.
Dechert’s West Coast corporate and securities team helps clients achieve their goals in the entire range of corporate and general business law matters.
In LA, we advise on domestic and international transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, complex real estate acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures and financing matters. We have particularly deep expertise in U.S./Canadian cross-border transactions and in handling the hospitality industry’s most sophisticated deals.
Clients include private equity sponsors, public and private companies, financial institutions, and domestic and international real estate developers and operators.
Energy and Clean Technology
Dechert’s global, multi-disciplinary energy practice is based in regions vital to global energy flows or rich in natural resources. In LA, we have considerable expertise in advising on domestic and international corporate matters in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sector, including project development, financing and related merger-and-acquisition activity.
We bring a creative approach to the task of unlocking capital, representing project sponsors, developers, lenders and investors on a range of transactions in the renewable and nonrenewable energy fields. We advise on capital markets transactions and are fully conversant with financing projects on a limited-recourse project finance basis or by using asset-backed structures or off-balance sheet methods.
We always focus on overcoming obstacles to transactions in order to arrive at the best possible solution for our clients.
Dechert’s trial lawyers have a strong track record defending the most significant, multi-party class actions — and the claims by state and federal agencies and third-party suits that frequently follow.
We are adept at minimizing exposure to class action claims before they arise. Clients rely on us to identify risk factors and develop effective strategies in order to mitigate the threat of costly litigation.
Our experience covers every phase of class action practice, from defeating certification and achieving de-certification on appeal to securing defense jury verdicts in complex class action trials.
Labor and Employment
Dechert excels at providing rapid, integrated solutions to any employment, benefits or labor matter. Our aim is always to preserve the efficiency and productivity of a client’s workforce.
Employers in a wide array of industries rely on us to manage risk, assist with labor disputes, avoid or defend litigation, and devise effective workplace policies and procedures. We regularly represent companies before state and federal agencies and defend against both individual claims and class actions.
Product Liability and Mass Torts
Dechert’s well-established product liability and mass torts group helps clients avoid exposure and defends them when litigation occurs. Our work is particularly focused on prescription drugs and devices, biologics, chemicals, toxic substances emissions, consumer products and durable goods. We also handle cases involving latent injuries and complex issues of medical causation.