Distinguished Legal Counsel in California and Nevada
Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard & Shapiro, LLP has gained recognition as an established, reputable, full-service law firm offering a full range of legal services to a diverse client base. With the majority of its 110 attorneys located in the Century City area of Los Angeles, California, and a recently established office in Las Vegas, the Firm's clients include international, national and local corporations and private entrepreneurs. The Firm represents clients' interests throughout California, the United States and the world.
Many of the Firm's attorneys have practiced together throughout their entire careers. The Firm recruits lawyers who are committed to providing personalized client service while obtaining successful results. This philosophy acts as a cohesive force in the firm. Attorneys are trained to think creatively, always with the clients' interests in mind
Glaser Weil distinguishes itself among other firms through its close-knit collaborative style of practice, where lawyers work together as a team to obtain the best results. The firm is responsive to its clients growing and evolving needs, closely aligning with clients whenever possible. As an example, the Firm recently opened its first office in Las Vegas, to service the many real estate and litigation matters of Nevada clients.
The Firm's sophisticated local, national and international practice includes:
- Green Building
- Intellectual Property
- International Business Transactions
- Real Estate/Land Use/Government Relations
- Major motion picture studios and entertainment companies
- National and local public and private utilities
- Major commercial and residential real estate developers
- Internet and technology enterprises
- Major securities and investment banking firms
- Banks, institutional lenders, foreign-based corporations and investors
- National and international manufacturing and distribution companies
- International gaming and hospitality enterprises
- Recording and performing artists
- Television and motion picture talent
- The country's largest waste management company
The lawyers at Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard & Shapiro understand their mission is to promote clients' interests and help them achieve business and personal objectives. While applying creative and comprehensive legal expertise in support of clients' goals, the firm is also mindful of other factors that play an important role in the delivery of excellent services:
CONTROLLING COSTS. We understand the best legal services have become very expensive and that clients of all sizes and industries are striving to control legal costs. In response we manage litigation matters and business transactions efficiently by employing a practical, common sense approach. For example, we send only essential personnel to depositions, court appearances and business meetings. The Firm endeavors to staff each matter to achieve optimum results while remaining cost-efficient, always keeping in mind the specific objective of the litigation or business transaction. We maximize our use of cost effective alternatives such as electronic research, paralegal personnel, video conferencing and other technology to control costs without compromising quality and results.
GOING THE DISTANCE WHEN NECESSARY. The Firm's litigation partners are recognized as first-rate, experienced trial attorneys with hands-on experience with trials, appeals, administrative hearings, arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. The Firm's trial attorneys frequently are retained specifically for their extensive courtroom and jury presentation skills - the number of court appearances made by the firm's lawyers is significant and impressive. Opposing counsel are generally aware that facing Glaser Weil in a Courtroom will require considerable skills. This often translates as a warning message to those whose cases are vulnerable in any way.
THE FIRM IS FREQUENTLY CHOSEN TO HANDLE DIFFICULT MATTERS. Clients who find themselves involved in a highly publicized or politically charged dispute or transaction need attorneys adept at communicating the client's position in a sophisticated and appropriate manner. The Firm's attorneys have many years of experience in handling high-profile matters, including the defense of cities and municipal authorities, disputes between municipal authorities and public officials, the prosecution or defense of major defamation, securities and wrongful termination claims, and representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in large-scale commercial litigation. Members of the firm also have managed numerous high profile corporate transactions, including proxy fights, corporate acquisitions and corporate divestitures.
THE FIRM ENCOURAGES QUALITY OF WORK, NOT QUANTITY. The Firm's attorneys are rewarded and promoted based upon merit, the quality of the advocacy skills he or she possesses and the ultimate usefulness and value of the services provided. This philosophy attracts high caliber attorneys who focus on understanding the clients' needs and expectations.
THE FIRM'S "VALUE ADDED" APPROACH TO BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS. The Firm's business attorneys have a wealth of experience and knowledge pertaining to the various client businesses and industries they serve, enabling them to effectively handle and add value to all types of client matters. The Firm prides itself in its ability to understand and relate to the client's overall business and to provide advice that goes beyond a specific litigation or business matter.
ACCESS TO A WORLDWIDE NETWORK OF LEADING LAW FIRMS. The Firm is the Los Angeles affiliate of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, an affiliated network of leading law firms located in nearly every major city throughout North America and in over 60 countries world-wide, staffed by more than 5,000 attorneys. Whether the task is recording security interests and title documents in multiple jurisdictions on a single day, obtaining prompt information on Chinese law or performing due diligence on a British business entity, the Firm has instant access to counsel at the highest level of professional practice in practically every venue in the world. The Firm was selected for membership in Meritas after rigorous screening, and has been its Los Angeles affiliate since 1994.
Community Involvement/Pro Bono
From their earliest days at the Firm, attorneys are encouraged and recognized for the pro bono legal services they provide in serving the communities in which they live. The Firm's lawyers serve on a pro bono basis as trustees, members of boards of directors and in other capacities in numerous charities and civic organizations.
Lawyers at the Firm have volunteered with many civic and not-for-profit organizations, including the Southern California March of Dimes, D.A.R.E. America, P.A.T.H. Homeless Shelter, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Museum of Comtemporary Art, John Tracy Clinic, One Voice, American Friends of Hebrew University, American Jewish Committee, Skirball Cultural Center, City of Hope and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, to name a representative few.
The Firm's lawyers also generously offer their time and expertise to further the professional development and support of others within the legal community. Among the organizations to which the Firm has donated time and talent are the California State Bar, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, The William B. Rea Inn of Court and the Century City and Beverly Hills Bar Associations.
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AREAS OF PRACTICE
Led by department Chair Patricia Glaser, widely recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in the nation, the Firm's litigators are known and respected for having a result-oriented, cost-effective approach to success in the courtroom. The Firm has built a reputation as the go-to litigators for high-stakes and high-value cases. Since most cases do not end up in trial, in many firms litigators do not accumulate significant trial expertise. In contrast, at Glaser Weil the Firm is abundant with seasoned litigators who regularly try complex, high-profile cases. In part, this is a result of being the Firm of choice by clients who believe a case may ultimately go to trial. Indeed, the Firm's trial lawyers are often retained on the eve of trial for exactly this purpose, achieving successful results in cases that had languished or been considered unresolvable.
Peter Weil and Roger Howard head the Firm's Real Estate Department which provides a broad range of legal services for clients in California, Nevada and throughout the country. The Real Estate Department's areas of practice include real estate acquisitions and dispositions, secured lending, including restructuring and workouts, construction, architecture and related development matters, leasing, hospitality, land use, and environmental risk analysis, and in conjunction with the Corporate and Tax Departments, structuring the ownership and investment vehicles in connection with real estate acquisition and development. Real Estate attorneys are knowledgeable in multiple disciplines and bring a broad range of expertise to each project. In recent years the Firm has provided lead real estate counsel services to the developers of "CityCenter" in Las Vegas - the largest Real Estate development in the history of the U.S.
Led by Barry Fink, the Firm's Business Department provides all manner of business related legal services, including mergers and acquisitions, alternative investment transactions, emerging company/venture capital issues and general company representation. Sophisticated tax planning, tax controversies and issues related to trusts and estates are integral parts of the Firm's practice. The Firm's attorneys help clients resolve a wide range of financial, management and competitive challenges as to the choice, capitalization and management structure of entities, shareholder matters, bank debt financing, the licensing of technology, and executive compensation issues. The Firm also represents issuers and investors in all stages of the capital raising process, and attorneys in the Business Transactions department have extensive experience in public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities. In addition, the Firm represents foreign and domestic clients in the acquisition and disposition of businesses
Led by noted entertainment transaction specialist John Mason, the Firm's Entertainment and Media department provides sophisticated and proactive legal services in all media representing athletes, producers, directors, writers, authors, songwriters and recording artists, digital content and intellectual property licensors and licensees. The Firm's entertainment practice is international in scope with clients and matters in the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.
Led by Terry Avchen, the Environmental Law group at Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard & Shapiro, LLP provides full service in all areas of environmental law, renewable energy, and natural resources. In addition to traditional environmental and energy litigation and business issues, this interdisciplinary group addresses the rapidly growing renewable and alternative energy areas, with projects ranging from wind power and solar power to biofuels and hydroelectric.
Glaser Weil's Insurance Department handles litigation for, and advises insurers and insureds on, litigation and coverage matters related to title insurance, entertainment, directors' and officers' liability, construction defects, and professional liability. The nation's largest title insurers routinely consult with the Firm's Insurance group, relying on our attorneys' expertise to address high-stakes, multi-party claims.
The Firm's tax attorneys engage in tax planning for mergers, acquisitions and other forms of business transactions. The Firm's taxation lawyers are adept at negotiating and structuring business transactions and combining knowledge in the areas of corporate law, securities law and taxation.