Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton Company History Timeline

1927
In November 1927, they left the Newlin firm to open their own office under the name Haight Mathes in the Title Insurance Building on Spring Street in Los Angeles.
1928
1928 The following year, they were joined by Mathes' law school roommate, James Sheppard, and the name of the Firm became Haight, Mathes Sheppard.
1930
The Firm has garnered numerous awards for its pro bono service, and now boasts more than 400 lawyers, a far cry from the small contingent who laid the foundation in the 1930's.
1932
The Firm -- now named Mathes Sheppard -- had two law clerks in 1932 J. Stanley Mullin and George R. Richter.
Before joining the Firm, Mullin participated in the 1932 Olympic Trials in equestrian events.
1933
Both joined the Firm upon completion of their legal studies in 1933.
1936
In 1936, he returned to the Firm, where he began serving lending clients and also became an expert in labor law.
1938
With the 1938 hiring of Harvard grad Gordon Hampton, the firm closed out its recruitment of the quartet that formed the nameplate maintained through today a rarity in this age of mergers, spinoffs, and partner raids.
1945
Having lost its senior trial lawyer, in October 1945 the Firm recruited Frank Balthis, who had begun his legal career at O'Melveny and who had served during the war years as Southern California Director of the Office of Price Administration.
1946
1946 In 1946, at a time when there were few women practicing law, the Firm became one of a handful in Los Angeles to hire a female associate, Kathleen Parker.
1950
Gordon Hampton specialized in antitrust law, helped develop the antitrust laws during the 1950's, and was a founder of the American Bar Association Antitrust Section.
1960
He spent 16 years as the United States delegate to the International Ski Federation, was the first president of the California Sports Car Club in the 1960s, and was on the organizing committee for the 1960 Winter Olympic Games at Squaw Valley.
1975
By 1975, because of the leadership exhibited by the founders and the excellence of those who followed, the Firm outgrew the space it had occupied in the Rowan Building for over 40 years.
1977
1977 In 1977, the Firm opened its first branch office, in Orange County.
1981
1981 In 1981, the Firm opened its San Francisco office.
1986
The San Diego office opened in March, 1986.
2001
2001 In 2001, the Firm moved to invest itself even more fully in the legal firmament of California by opening two new offices in Century City and Del Mar Heights.
2003
2003 In 2003, the Firm opened an office in Washington, D.C. allowing for a truly nationwide practice.
2008
In the Chips In April 2008, Sheppard Mullin's 11th office opened shop in Menlo Park, in California's Silicon Valley.
In December 2008, New York associate Gabriel Matus and Sheppard Mullin shared an award from Aid for AIDS International, for representing the nonprofit on matters ranging from corporate governance to litigation.
Also in 2008, the Firm announced the creation of a Sustainability Program focused on promoting the efficient use of energy, resources and materials throughout the Firm.
2009
Yippee Yahoo Sheppard Mullin client Yahoo Inc. announced a landmark deal in July 2009 with Microsoft under which Microsoft will become the Internet search platform for Yahoo , and Yahoo will become the exclusive sales force for Microsoft's paid search services to premium advertisers.
2009 The Brussels office first opened in 2009 with a practice focusing on international trade.
Sheppard Mullin was lead outside counsel on the deal and the partner on the deal, Brian Pass, was named Dealmaker of the Week by The American Lawyer . The parties finalized a binding Letter of Intent and committed to reach a definitive agreement during the fall of 2009.
2010
The office moved to Palo Alto in 2010.
2017
Per the article, The Los Angeles-based firm saw revenue rise 10.5 percent in 2017, to more than 671 million, according to preliminary reporting by ALM.
2018
Sheppard Mullin was the only law firm to win an employment case before the California Supreme Court in 2018.
Ranked 4th on 2018 Best Firms for Minority Attorneys 600 lawyers category list, Law360.
2019
Merchant was featured in a May 2019 article in Washington Lawyer, titled Fatema Merchant Breaking Barriers For Muslim Women In The Law, which described Merchant as the first hijab-wearing woman to make partner at a Washington, DC, Am Law 100 firm.
In 2019, the firm announced its sponsorship of the LA Galaxy OC Women s Soccer Team an effort to support the local community and demonstrate its commitment to women s empowerment.
Founded
1927
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Los Angeles, CA
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