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Our Los Angeles attorneys help clients build city infrastructure, develop pharmaceuticals and medical devices, advance technology and improve health care.

Given LA's position as a thriving business center, our attorneys there practice domestically and abroad on a range of finance, corporate, fashion, entertainment and transactional matters.

Our clients are public agencies, cultural institutions and renowned educational institutions creating innovations that will drive society far into the future. They include the City and County of Los Angeles, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the University of Southern California, the State of California, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Caltech.

We are active participants in advancing charitable causes of the community. As an example, the Los Angeles office handles pro bono cases for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), an initiative that helps unaccompanied children navigate the U.S. immigration process. In addition, we are active supporters of the It Gets Better Project, which inspires hope for young people facing harassment.

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  • Law Firms Double Down on Veterans Pro Bono
    Daily Journal | November 14, 2014
    Nixon Peabody is acknowledged by Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Veterans Project for the firm’s pro bono support in this feature story on local initiatives supporting Veterans.
  • Nixon Peabody Nabs Fox Rothschild's Fashion Law Head
    Law360 | October 7, 2014
    This feature story highlights the arrival of Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partners Staci Jennifer Riordan and Julian Petty. The coverage notes that Staci Jennifer will lead our fashion law team after having spearheaded Fox’s group and Julian will focus his practice on providing strategic career and business guidance to clients in the music, TV, film, new media and book publishing industries.
  • Healthcare Big Data Debate: Public Good vs. Privacy
    InformationWeek | October 6, 2014
    Los Angeles Health Care partner Jill Gordon is featured in this article discussing big data’s role in health care. Jill’s comments are from her panel discussion at the 8th annual Body Computing Conference. Click here to read the full article.
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  • Franchisors Should Stay Out of Franchisee Personnel Management
    The Legal Intelligencer | September 26, 2014
    New York City partner and leader of the Franchise & Distribution practice Craig Tractenberg and Los Angeles Labor & Employment associate Michael Curtis authored this column on circumstances where a franchisor may be liable for alleged employment law violations.
  • The Past, Present and Future of Stem Cells
    Daily Journal | August 27, 2014
    Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy and Los Angeles patent agent Stephen Chen co-authored this column looking at the state of stem cells and what’s next.
  • 5 Questions Before Cos. Enter Worker Arbitration Deals
    Law360 | August 18, 2014
    Los Angeles Labor & Employment counsel Richard Bromley provides commentary on questions employers should ask themselves before drafting arbitration deals.
  • Immigration-Related Liability for Calif. Employers Rises
    Law360 | July 25, 2014
    Los Angeles Labor & Employment counsel Richard Bromley, Los Angeles Labor & Employment associate Erin Holyoke and San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Paul Lynd discuss a California Supreme Court ruling finding that employers should not continue to employ workers after discovery of unauthorized status because doing so may expose them to further liability.
  • SEC Strikes Back on MCDC
    The Bond Buyer | May 22, 2014
    Los Angeles Public Finance partner Dan Deaton discusses the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation initiative.
  • Universities Seek More Legal Help on Export Control Compliance
    Daily Journal | February 4, 2014
    Patents partner and Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy discusses export control compliance relating to increased federal enforcement attention on academic institutions bringing in top international talent.
  • Chinese Developer to Spend $200M on 4.6-Acre Site in Downtown LA
    Commercial Property Executive | January 2, 2014
    This coverage notes that Chinese investor Oceanwide Real Estate Group has closed escrow on land in downtown Los Angeles. Nixon Peabody served as Oceanwide’s acquisition counsel and will serve as development counsel moving forward.
  • Nixon Peabody Hires California Private Equity Partner
    Bloomberg News | December 20, 2013
    This coverage highlights the arrival of Los Angeles Private Equity partner Marc Kenny.
  • Firms Reinvent Office Managing Role Amid Changing Legal Environment
    Daily Journal | December 20, 2013
    Seth Levy is among those Los Angeles–based office managing partners profiled for this story.
  • Patentable Subject Matter in the U.S.
    IP Copy | December 17, 2013

    Los Angeles patents partner Seth Levy discusses the current state of case law in the U.S., the U.S. Supreme Court's Myriad decision and its aftermath, USPTO Guidance, and patent prosecution tips.

  • Enter the Academic-Entrepreneur
    Daily Journal | November 27, 2013
    Los Angeles Patents and office managing partner Seth Levy authored this contributed article focusing on some of the pitfalls that exist for the academic-entrepreneur and the university technology transfer programs whose currency is those academician’s innovations.
  • Restaurant Owner Loses $1M Copyright Claim Over TV Show
    National Law Journal | October 23, 2013
    This coverage notes a California federal judge’s decision to dismiss copyright infringement claims against TV One LLC. TV One’s legal team was led by Los Angeles partners Thad Stauber and Sarah André, Washington, DC, partner Kendal Tyre, Los Angeles associate Michael Azat, and Washington, DC, associate Kenneth Nichols.
  • Amid Rollout of Affordable Care Act, Firms Face Challenge in Boosting Health Care Practices
    Daily Journal | October 22, 2013
    Los Angeles Health Services partner Jill Gordon discusses the impact of the Affordable Care Act on law firms.
  • Insiders Dissect Rise of New Money Direct Lending
    The Bond Buyer | October 10, 2013
    Los Angeles Public Finance partner Rudy Salo discusses the increased use of direct lending among municipal issuers in California.
  • Business of Law
    Bloomberg News | October 9, 2013
    This story highlights Seth Levy’s new role as managing partner of our Los Angeles office.
  • The Restitution Struggle
    ARTnews | September 1, 2013

    This feature story reports on an in-depth investigation into the state of restitution policies and practices related to Holocaust artworks and objects. Los Angeles commercial litigation partner and leader of the firm’s Arts & Cultural Institutions practice Thad Stauber provides commentary.

  • Former Thelen Attorneys Who Stuck Together Have Thrived
    Daily Journal | August 7, 2013

    This feature story provides a five-year retrospective since Thelen dissolved and highlights how successful this integration was for our firm. Litigation department chair Jenny Kuenster and San Francisco Real Estate partner Paul Schrier are quoted throughout the article.

  • Nixon Peabody Partner Discusses Main Issues in SEC Fraud Charges
    The Bond Buyer | July 3, 2013

    Los Angeles Public Finance partner Dan Deaton is interviewed about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s main concerns and targets of its recent enforcement activity in the muni market.

  • Nixon Peabody Partner Discusses Main Issues in SEC Fraud Charges
    The Bond Buyer | July 3, 2013

    Los Angeles Public Finance partner Dan Deaton is interviewed about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s main concerns and targets of its recent enforcement activity in the muni market.

  • Tax Court: Religious organization not liable for employment taxes
    Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report | July 2, 2013

    This article notes the U.S. Tax Court’s ruling in Kadimah Chapter Kiryat Ungvar v. Commissioner finding that a tax-exempt religious organization was not liable for employment taxes and associated penalties because no employer-employee relationship existed. Kadimah was represented by Washington, DC, Tax partner Ken Silverberg, Los Angeles Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Jason Gonzalez, and Washington, DC, business associate Rob Trott.

  • Workplace Investigation Dos and Don'ts
    Human Resource Executive | May 15, 2013

    Los Angeles Labor & Employment counsel Dale Hudson authored this column discussing how human resource professionals should and should not approach investigations within the workplace.

  • Herbalife Raises Estimate of Legal Costs Amid Pyramid Allegations
    Los Angeles Times | May 4, 2013

    Los Angeles Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Jason Gonzalez provides commentary regarding allegations that the nutritional products company Herbalife is participating in a pyramid scheme.

  • Legacy of Service Marks Jack Berman Award Winners
    California Bar Journal | February 1, 2013

    Los Angeles patents partner Seth Levy is featured in this story highlighting previous winners of the Jack Berman Award of Achievement, which is presented to young lawyers who have shown an extraordinary commitment to pro bono service.

  • End of an Era
    Thomson Reuters | January 25, 2013

    This news brief recaps a federal court appellate court hearing to consider who is the rightful owner of paintings seized during World War II. Los Angeles commercial litigation partner and leader of the firm’s Arts & Cultural Institutions practice Thad Stauber, counsel to the Hungarian government, argued that the paintings should remain at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest.

  • U.S. Court Considers Claim on Art Stolen during World War II
    Los Angeles Times | January 23, 2013

    This article focuses on a federal appellate court hearing in which judges are considering who is the rightful owner of artwork seized during World War II. The artwork includes paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, Hungary. Los Angeles commercial litigation partner and leader of the firm’s Arts & Cultural Institutions practice Thad Stauber serves as counsel to the Hungarian government. During the January 23 hearing, he argued that the paintings rightfully belong to his client. For the complete article, please click here:,0,798333.story

  • Southland Man Carries on Quest to Recover Art Taken in Holocaust
    Los Angeles Times | January 22, 2013

    This feature story notes the efforts by ancestors of Baron Mór Lipót Herzog to try to recover artwork who claim it was seized during World War II, including paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, Hungary. Los Angeles commercial litigation partner and leader of the firm’s Arts & Cultural Institutions practice Thad Stauber, counsel to the Hungarian government, is quoted discussing his client’s expectation to be declared the rightful owner of the artwork.

  • 2013 Roundtable Series: Health Care
    California Lawyer | January 1, 2013

    Los Angeles Health Services partner Jill Gordon discusses the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's impact on health care practices in California.

  • Pro Bono 2012: Power Player
    American Lawyer | August 27, 2012

    This article highlights the firm’s pro bono involvement with Impact Energies, a company that distributes clean energy products throughout Ghana by providing microfinance loans to locals. New York City securities associate Dan McAvoy, who led the firm’s efforts, is quoted in the piece, as is Washington, DC, Energy & Environmental partner Deborah DeMasi. The other members of the Nixon Peabody team highlighted in the article included partners Allan Cohen and Bill O’Brien and associates Carly Eisenberg, Susannah Keagle, Deirdre Nash, and Richa Naujoks.

  • Reform's Momentum
    San Francisco Business Times | July 6, 2012

    Los Angeles Health Services partner Jill Gordon provides commentary in this feature article discussing the Supreme Court’s health care reform decision and its impact.

  • U.S. District Court confirms Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation of Spain as owner of artwork
    ArtDaily | July 4, 2012

    Los Angeles Commercial Litigation partner and leader of the firm’s Arts & Cultural Institutions practice Thad Stauber and Los Angeles Commercial Litigation associate Sarah Andre are featured in this piece highlighting the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California’s ruling for the firm’s client, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation of Madrid, Spain, in the matter involving a Camille Pissarro painting.

  • Aetna, Doctors Face Off Over Costs
    Wall Street Journal | July 4, 2012

    Los Angeles Health Services partner Jill Gordon provides commentary in this article discussing California physician groups lawsuit alleging business practices the doctors say limit patients’ choices.

  • Health Care Decision Boon for Lawyers
    Daily Journal | June 29, 2012

    This article discusses the June 28 Supreme Court health care reform ruling and its impacts on both attorneys and employers. Los Angeles Health Services partner Jill Gordon is quoted throughout the piece, addressing accountable care organizations (ACOs) and how they deal with anti-kickback and antitrust regulations.

  • Lawyers Get Vigilant on Cybersecurity
    Wall Street Journal | June 25, 2012

    Los Angeles and San Francisco Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Jason Gonzalez, a member of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group, provides commentary in this article discussing cybersecurity in the legal industry.

  • Nixon Peabody Nabs Davis Wright’s Health Group Vice Chair
    Health and Life Sciences Law 360 | May 18, 2012

    The arrival of Los Angeles Health Services partner Jill Gordon is highlighted in this article.

  • Business of Law: Nixon Peabody Expands IP Practice in L.A. with Davis Wright Team
    Bloomberg News | May 8, 2012

    This article highlights the arrival of Los Angeles Patents and Life Sciences partner Seth Levy and his team.

  • People on the Move
    Los Angeles Business | February 3, 2012

    This news brief notes that Los Angeles Global Business & Transactions attorney Matthew Grazier has been promoted to the firm’s partnership.

  • Mobile Devices and Attorney Ethics: What Are the Issues?
    BNA The United States Law Week | December 6, 2011

    This contributed article, co-authored by Los Angeles & San Francisco government investigations & white collar defense counsel Jason Gonzalez and Providence partner & leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection Group Linn Freedman, discusses the ethical risks associated with attorneys’ use of mobile devices.


A flood of funding for water projects in California
Environmental Law Alert | November 14, 2014

California Federal Court Takes First Stab At False Advertising Claims Involving Prescription Drugs After POM Wonderful
IP Law Alert | October 21, 2014

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California adopts new data privacy legislation affecting retailers
Retail Alert | October 15, 2014

Don't get caught holding the bag: California enacts ban on single-use plastic bags
Retail Alert | October 6, 2014

A wellspring of groundwater legislation rises up in California
Environmental Law Alert | September 23, 2014

California's paid sick leave law — no get well card for employers
Employment Law Alert | September 18, 2014

Stay out of it: Franchisors who leave personnel management and training to franchisees not liable for franchisees' actions
Employment Law Alert | September 2, 2014

Webcast Recording: Patents for Humanity
Originally recorded August 14, 2014 | August 20, 2014

No cutting out: California employers must reimburse all cell phone expenses
Employment Law Alert | August 18, 2014

Timing is everything: California Supreme Court clarifies timing of commission pay for overtime exemption and when commissions must be paid
Employment Law Alert | August 4, 2014

Leave deductions for exempt employees' partial-day absences—still ok in California, now with no minimum
Employment Law Alert | August 4, 2014

Joining the main stream: California groundwater regulation seems likely
Environmental Law Alert | July 30, 2014

California Supreme Court allows undocumented workers to recover damages in discrimination cases
Employment Law Alert | July 21, 2014

Retailers and other businesses breathe a sigh of relief: Court rules Target not required to have AEDs
Retail Alert | July 10, 2014

California's Paid Family Leave Program expands the definition of a family member and brings new leave challenges for employers
Employment Law Alert | June 26, 2014

California Supreme Court allows class action waivers — but with exception for PAGA
Employment Law Alert | June 25, 2014

Combating drought: California's new general permit for recycled water use
Environmental Law Alert | June 23, 2014

Don't forget! California's minimum wage increases on July 1, along with minimum salary for exempt employees
Employment Law Alert | June 9, 2014

Will large retailers (and others) be required to install and use emergency medical equipment?
Retail Alert | June 4, 2014

"It's getting hot [out] here…"
OSHA Alert | May 16, 2014

New York and several other states move closer to banning microbeads in personal care products
Products Alert | May 15, 2014

California legislature moves toward enacting new restrictions on merchants' collection and retention of credit card data, and additional liabilities for data breach
Retail Alert | April 30, 2014

Ouch: penalties for reporting errors add up quickly under California's greenhouse gas emissions regulatory regime
Environmental Law Alert | April 15, 2014

Ninth Circuit says PAGA claims are not class actions under CAFA
Class Action Alert | April 9, 2014

Dramatic change for light industry: adoption of California's new Industrial General Permit for stormwater
Environmental Law Alert | April 7, 2014

California's Green Chemistry Initiative continues rolling along: DTSC announces draft priority products which will require a rapid response from manufacturers
Products Alert | April 4, 2014

Adjunct professors targeted for unionization
Employment Law Alert | March 28, 2014

Court of appeal limits liability theories under California's "Shine the Light" data privacy act
Retail Industry Alert | December 31, 2013

Further attempts to avoid dismissal on commonality grounds…
Food Safety & Litigation Alert | December 16, 2013

Coming January 1, 2014: Amendments to California breach notification and privacy laws—what you need to know
Privacy Alert | December 12, 2013

California Employment Legislation: What's New for 2014?
Employment Law Alert | November 12, 2013

California increases minimum wage, in two steps, to $10 per hour
California Law Alert | October 24, 2013

Timing may not be everything after all: A clarification from the California Court of Appeal concerning conflicts of interest and Cumis counsel
Insurance Law Alert | September 24, 2013

The other side of Zhang: an insurer's ability to utilize California's unfair competition law against a business policyholder
Insurance Law Alert | August 16, 2013

California medical center settles HIPAA violation for $275,000
HIPAA Law Alert | June 19, 2013

U.S. Army Defense Logistics Agency—Energy announces RFP seeking 15MW of solar generation at Fort Irwin, CA
Renewable Energy Alert | May 13, 2013

California's greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program in action with a new alliance, but facing renewed scrutiny
Environmental Alert | May 1, 2013

California's green chemistry regulations of consumer products inch closer to completion
Products: Class Action, Trade & Industy Representation Alert | April 16, 2013

Update on the Kilgore Ninth Circuit appeal: California's public injunction exception escapes for another day, but the en banc court reads the exception to arbitration narrowly and rejects plaintiffs' attempt at artful pleading
Class Action Alert | April 16, 2013

New decision, rules require new focus on pregnancy leaves and accommodation in California
Employment Law Alert | March 18, 2013

Mixed win for employers: California sets new standard in discrimination cases
Employment Law Alert | February 12, 2013

Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP: Scope of duty of care to third-party purchasers of residential construction
California Law Developments | January 31, 2013

California requires employers to have commission agreements in writing
Employment Law Alert | November 9, 2012

California attorney general warns mobile application developers of non-compliance with CalOPPA
Privacy Alert | November 6, 2012

New California laws promote distributed energy, biopower, and expanded net metering in California
Renewable Energy Alert | October 25, 2012

California becomes third state to enact social media password law, joining Maryland and Illinois
Employment Law Alert | October 2, 2012

Public Notice and Comment Period Ends October 11, 2012 for California's Green Chemistry Initiative's Proposed Safer Consumer Product Alternatives Regulations
Environmental Alert | October 1, 2012

California Legislature adds new requirements for disability access litigants—and their lawyers
Employment Law Alert | September 25, 2012

California attorney general expands antitrust investigation of acquisitions of physician groups by hospitals
Health Law Alert | September 19, 2012

State legislature passes bill that would allow California residents to participate in alcohol-related sweepstakes and contests
Beverage Alcohol Brief | September 4, 2012

California charter cities do not have to pay prevailing wages on local public projects involving local public funds
Employment Law Alert | July 10, 2012

California court: class arbitration waivers allowed after all
Employment Law Alert | June 20, 2012

The Net Energy Metering Cap Redefined: The Sun Is Shining on Rooftop Solar in California
Renewable Energy Alert | June 14, 2012

California Court of Appeal holds that the employer/premises owner owes no duty to remote family member for secondary/take-home exposures to asbestos
Products Alert | May 24, 2012

Brinker sequel: no attorney's fees allowed on California meal and rest period claims
Employment Law Alert | May 7, 2012

Webinar Recording: Can employers catch a break and rest after Brinker?
Originally recorded April 17, 2012 | April 20, 2012

California Supreme Court resolves key meal and rest period issues for California employers
Employment Law Alert | April 12, 2012

Ninth Circuit applies Concepcion to invalidate California's "public injunction" exception to arbitration and further upholds KeyBank's "opt-out" clause
Class Action Alert | March 12, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court remands Supremacy Clause challenge to California's budget-driven Medicaid rate cuts
Health Law Alert | March 12, 2012

California Court of Appeal weighs in on trade secrets protection for insurance companies in unpublished decision
Insurance Law Alert | February 28, 2012

California Supreme Court sets stage for major decision on employers' rounding of time entries
Employment Law Alert | February 14, 2012

California clarifies reporting time pay for scheduled meetings, split shift premiums
Employment Law Alert | January 18, 2012

California Supreme Court affirms limitations on liability for replacement parts
Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation Alert | January 13, 2012

Webinar Recording: San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance: New Notice Obligations and Year-end Deadline
January 9, 2012

California Labor Commissioner issues template notice under Wage Theft Protection Act
Employment Law Alert | January 6, 2012

California Supreme Court finds claims adjusters may be overtime exempt
Insurance Law Alert | January 5, 2012

California Supreme Court Rules Against Redevelopment Agencies
Affordable Housing Alert | January 3, 2012

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