Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has been committed to serving clients and the community of Los Angeles since 1979. Our team knows greater Los Angeles, its industries, businesses and communities, and has watched the city transform into a dynamic global economic engine. We strive every day to make a difference for our clients and our communities by providing cutting edge, collaborative professional services. We are driven by our shared core values, among them an unwavering commitment to inclusion, excellence, innovation, community service and deep knowledge of our clients’ businesses and the legal and regulatory environments in which they operate.

Together, we provide substantial pro bono support and have collaborated with our clients on a variety of pro bono projects, including working with Public Counsel and One Justice. We contribute to a wide range of non-profits, including Bet Tzedek, Constitutional Rights Foundation, Inner City Law Center, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Kids in Need of Defense, and Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Our attorneys also are leaders in local business community, serving on a number of area boards, including the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Our team frequently has been selected by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the “Best Places to Work in Los Angeles.”   

We leverage our relationships and expertise to collaborate seamlessly for our clients, bringing the best of each lawyer’s skills to the team. We partner with our clients to implement the most effective delivery of legal services and critical information, with expert assistance from our Cantilever innovation, operations and technology teams.

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 disputes, class actions, technology, corporate, franchiseemployment, consumer financial services litigation, intellectual property, real estate, and restructuring and insolvency.

Class & Derivative Actions

Led out of our Los Angeles office, defense of class actions has been at the heart of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’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.

Commercial Disputes

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.

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.


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.

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.

Franchise & Distribution

Led out of our Los Angeles office, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’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.

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.  

Employment & Labor

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.

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.

Restructuring and Insolvency

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.  

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.