Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP is pleased to announce that the firm's chairman of the executive committee, Guy N. Halgren, has been re-elected to a fourth consecutive, three-year term leading the firm. Halgren was first elected to this management role in 2001. Halgren is the first Sheppard Mullin chairman to hold this position for four terms.
"Our partnership is very fortunate to have Guy at the helm for another term. He's smart, fair and forward-thinking," said Benjamin R. Mulcahy, New York-based partner and member of the executive committee. "Guy has been instrumental in growing the firm in terms of size, locations, and practice areas, while preserving Sheppard Mullin's tradition of collegiality and entrepreneurship."
Sheppard Mullin has experienced significant growth in the past nine years. The number of attorneys is now more than 500, which is more than 70% greater than the firm's attorney headcount in 2001. During the same time period, the firm has geographically grown from a California firm, to a national firm with locations in New York and Washington, D.C., to an international firm with an office in Shanghai. The firm currently has a total of eleven offices, having significantly expanded from four locations in 2001.
Comparing 2001 to 2009, gross revenue has climbed from $149 million to $361 million. Practice area growth has occurred in a number of ways, including the establishment of an institutional entertainment and media practice in 2003, the significant growth of the firm's Intellectual Property practice group in recent years, and the strengthening of signature practices: Antitrust, Corporate, Finance & Bankruptcy, Government Contracts, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Real Estate/Land Use and Tax.
Additionally, Sheppard Mullin's Business Trial practice group co-chair, Robert S. Beall, has been re-elected as the firm's managing partner for another three-year term. He has held this firm management position since 2005. Beall, based in the firm's Orange County office, has also been re-elected to the firm's executive committee for another three-year term.