Bryan Cave opened its Los Angeles office in 1979, becoming one of the first major law firms based outside of the area to establish a location in that city. In 1990, the firm opened a second Los Angeles office in the coastal community of Santa Monica. The two offices were combined in Santa Monica in 1998.

Our Los Angeles attorneys are problem-solvers when it comes to handling complex legal matters as well as making a difference in our local communities. We take on many pro bono representations on behalf of disadvantaged populations and give back through a variety of civic and charitable involvements. The office contributes to a wide range of non-profits, including Bet Tzedek, Constitutional Rights Foundation, Inner City Law Center, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and Westside Children’s Center. Our attorneys also contribute to the vitality of the local business community by serving on a number of area boards, including the California Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. In addition, our office has frequently been selected by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the “Best Places to Work in Los Angeles.”

With approximately 55 lawyers, our Los Angeles office advises sophisticated corporate clients, high net worth individuals and family offices, and emerging companies in a variety of areas, including: commercial litigation, class actions, technology transactions, corporate finance and transactions, franchise, international trade, employment, consumer financial services litigation, intellectual property, real estate, and bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights

We have extensive experience in a wide array of insolvency matters from various perspectives, including representation of creditors, individual and corporate debtors, trustees, and creditors’ committees. Our clients in this area include parties engaged in banking, real estate, consumer electronics, healthcare, restaurant, garment, entertainment, and retail sales industries. See our team.

Class & Derivative Actions

Led out of our Los Angeles office, defense of class actions has been at the heart of Bryan Cave’s litigation practice for more than 25 years, including defending class claims in antitrust, consumer fraud, breach of warranty, contract, environmental tort, and other regulatory claims against manufacturers, retailers, financial institutions, and insurance carriers. See our team.

Commercial Litigation

Half of our Los Angeles lawyers are litigators in a variety of specialties including financial services, hospitality, manufacturing, transportation, food and beverage, energy, technology, retail, product liability, and non-profit organizations. Our litigators are also skilled in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. See our team.

Consumer Financial Services Litigation

We represent some of the largest financial institutions in the world in consumer class actions, mass actions, commercial disputes, secondary market disputes, and other consumer finance litigation. Our clients include banks, mortgage companies, mortgage servicers, credit card issuers, and insurance companies. See our team.

Corporate Finance/Transactions

We regularly advise clients in a broad range of transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; initial formation and capitalization; intellectual property protection and licensing; and public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, including venture capital financing, strategic alliances, recapitalizations and corporate restructurings, and joint ventures. Lawyers in our emerging companies practice represent startup and emerging growth companies in every stage of development from inception through entry into the public markets or sale. See our team.

Emerging Companies

Located in the heart of Silicon Beach, our office is uniquely positioned to assist start-up ventures and emerging companies from the ground up. Our attorneys represent many companies that began as start-ups and are now multimillion dollar enterprises. We partner with these companies by offering tailored services, including serving as “outside general counsel,” analyzing corporate structures, creating corporate formation documents, negotiating and drafting contracts, advising on intellectual property issues, and counseling on financing with investors. See our team.

Franchise & Distribution

Led out of our Los Angeles office, Bryan Cave’s Chambers USA-rated franchise practice has a world-class reputation as a firm of choice for franchisors. We have more California Board Certified franchise specialists that any other law firm. Our lawyers represent clients in myriad industries, including restaurant and food distribution, automotive, hotels and lodging, alcohol distribution, and agriculture. See our team.

Intellectual Property

Our attorneys provide strategic counsel in all areas of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent strategy, preparation, prosecution, and litigation; selection and protection of trademarks, trade names, product configurations, and trade dress; as well as copyright and trade secret matters. We have broad experience advising clients with respect to the management of their intellectual property portfolios, including maintaining and enforcing their rights through settlement, arbitration, and litigation before the Patent & Trademark Office and the Copyright Office. See our team

International Trade

Led out of Los Angeles, home to the largest U.S. commercial port, our International Trade lawyers advise multinational and high-growth companies as they expand overseas and navigate the complex maze of international regulations that impact the movement of goods, services, and people. We are globally recognized for our expertise in complex international transactions, global and U.S. import/export rules, and “global mobility” – issues related to the movement of personnel around the globe. We have one of the leading China practices in California, with more than 25 years of experience delivering practical, 24/7 business advice to our clients. Our practice strategically partners with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service in promoting U.S. exports and providing advice with respect to global anti-corruption laws (including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), export controls, and economic sanctions. See our team

Labor & Employment

Our lawyers have extensive experience representing employers with respect to almost all aspects of labor and employment relations, including employment discrimination, wage and hour, employment contracts and policies, and related litigation. We advise employers on employee terminations, reductions in force, leaves, non-compete and trade secrets, and labor and employment law compliance; draft employee handbooks, policies, and agreements; and provide compliance training for management. See our team.

Real Estate

We represent private equity funds, banks, real estate companies, and real estate investment trusts in a wide variety of real estate transactions. Our experience includes advising lenders and borrowers in loan financing transactions as well as representing sellers and purchasers in the purchase, sale, and financing of commercial properties across asset classes, including office, retail, hotel, gaming, and healthcare in both domestic and international transactions. We also represent clients in the negotiation and structuring of joint ventures and in leasing transactions. See our team.

Technology Transactions

Our attorneys provide rapid, thorough responses to client needs arising across a wide spectrum of technology transactions – from licenses, joint ventures, procurement and development transactions, to the security and privacy policies that govern your systems. We also provide strategic counsel to companies doing business on online, including drafting and negotiating web development, web hosting, colocation, linking, domain name purchase, advertising, and similar Internet-related business agreements. See our team.