WilmerHale's Los Angeles office is dedicated to handling our clients' most significant and complex trials, business disputes, internal investigations, and government enforcement matters. Established in 2007, the Los Angeles office is built upon the firm's guiding principles of a dedication to excellence in our legal work and our client service, a collaborative and collegial environment, diversity, and a commitment to public service.
Our Los Angeles-based lawyers bring their extensive trial, litigation and investigations experience to a broad range of matters, from protecting our clients' most critical intellectual property to conducting a complex internal investigation to handling a sensitive government inquiry to trying a wide range of complex civil cases. We have experience in California state courts and in federal district and appellate courts around the country, as well as in arbitrations and mediations. Our clients are highly diverse and include major public companies, broker-dealers and investment management firms, small and medium-sized businesses, corporate officers and directors, and entrepreneurs, in California and elsewhere. Each of our Los Angeles-based partners has significant trial experience, thus enhancing our ability to achieve the best possible results for our clients.
Consistent with the firm's longstanding tradition, our clients benefit from the insights and judgment that lawyers with prior high-level government service bring to bear. The Los Angeles office is led by the former Regional Director of the Pacific Region of the US Securities and Exchange Commission who previously was also an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles. Another of our partners served as Executive Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles and as a state prosecutor before that, and a third lawyer was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California. Additionally, nearly half of our lawyers were law clerks to federal judges.
The Los Angeles office features the entrepreneurial spirit, camaraderie and collegiality of a small office, backed by the capabilities and depth of a leading global firm. Our lawyers regularly work in teams with lawyers from other offices of the firm to ensure that we draw upon the knowledge and resources of the entire firm. We view every client as a client of the firm, not of an individual office or lawyer, and therefore we naturally and seamlessly work with our colleagues around the world to serve the interests of our clients, wherever they may be located. We pride ourselves on a culture in which every lawyer feels—and acts—as if he or she has a stake in the success of the office.
The Los Angeles office shares the firm's deep commitment to pro bono representation and community service. We actively encourage our lawyers to give back to the community through pro bono matters, service to the bar, and participation in charitable organizations and public institutions. Recent examples of our pro bono work include a successful constitutional challenge to the US Department of Veterans Affairs' refusal to grant equal disability benefits to an Army veteran in a same-sex marriage; representation of an inmate at Pelican Bay State Prison in a civil rights lawsuit against prison officials; petitions for resentencing under California's Three Strikes Reform Act (Proposition 36), which eliminated life sentences for non-serious, non-violent crimes; and a 9th Circuit appeal on behalf of an immigrant who fled a gang in El Salvador and sought withholding of removal under the Immigration and Nationality Act and the United Nations Convention Against Torture. In addition, our lawyers are active and have held leadership positions in a variety of professional and civic organizations, such as the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Dialogues on Freedom Committee, the Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the Diversity Pipeline Coalition of the Constitutional Rights Foundation, and the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.